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Troubled Production

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted the production of many works on a global scale in early 2020. Some filming shutdowns are supposed to last between two and four weeks, but the durations of many are already thought of as indefinite.

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For the delayed release dates, see this page.


Anime and Manga

Live-Action Films:

  • The Avatar sequels.
  • Matt Reeves' untitled Batman film.
  • Baz Lurhmann's Elvis, an Elvis Presley biopic. Tom Hanks, playing "Colonel" Tom Parker, and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the virus while it was filming and self-quarantined in Australia before returning to the United States.
  • Principal photography of the third Fantastic Beasts film would have started on March 16, 2020. It has been postponed.
  • The Disney+ remake of Home Alone.
  • Jurassic World: Dominion.
  • Ridley Scott's The Last Duel.
  • The live-action remake of Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989).
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The Eternals wrapped up principal photography just a few weeks before the epidemic went global. Post-production work is slowed down, although one special effects studio managed to work 100 per cent remotely.
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    • The filming of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has been halted. Director Destin Daniel Cretton self-isolated, but ultimately tested negative for the virus.
  • The fourth Matrix film.
  • The seventh Mission: Impossible film. It was filming in Italy, the country hardest-hit by the virus in Europe.
  • Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley.
  • Netflix's Red Notice.

Live-Action TV:

  • Season 33 of The Amazing Race.
  • Season 4 of American Housewife.
  • The 2020 seasons of Arrowverse shows: Season 6 of The Flash (2014), 5 of Supergirl (2015), and 2 of Batwoman (2019) respectively.
  • Season 8 of Big Brother Canada was cut short on April 1 due to the outbreak. The $100,000 that would have gone to the winner was instead donated to a COVID-19 relief charity.
  • The final season of Empire was cut short by two episodes due to production shutting down before the episodes could be filmed in full (what was shot for those will be incorporated into the last actual episode).
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  • Season 4 of Fargo.
  • Season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale.
  • Season 21 of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was cut short by two episodes. Filming for the following season usually starts shortly after the recent Season Finale, but that obviously was also halted.
  • Season 2 of Legacies, the season ending after the airing of the sixteenth episode.
  • Amazon's adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe Disney+ shows:
    • The Falcon & The Winter Soldier. Some sequences were being filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, until the local outbreak forced the production to relocate them in Atlanta, losing some weeks in the process.
    • WandaVision
    • Loki.
  • Mashin Sentai Kiramager. Rio Komiya, the actor for Juru Atsuta/Kiramai Red, tested positive for the virus.
  • Season 2 of Pennyworth.
  • Season 4 of Riverdale. A crew member tested positive for the virus.
  • Saturday Night Live's production shutdown scrapped an episode with John Krasinski as host and Dua Lipa as musical guest. An At Home edition with Tom Hanks hosting and Chris Martin as musical guest aired on April 11, ending a 5 week break. However it’s unknown if the show will resume regular airings in this manner.
  • Season 2 of See.
  • Season 4 of Stranger Things.
  • The final season of Supernatural went on an extended hiatus due to the final episodes either needing post-production or, in the case of the Grand Finale, to be filmed.
  • Superstore cut its season 5 episode count by one, with the second part of the two-part finale being retooled to start the next season (and therefore extended America Ferrera's tenure on the show in order to properly close her character's arc).
  • Seasons 41 and 42 of Survivor.note  Season 40, Winners at War, was filmed before the pandemic, but the traditional live reunion at the finale was instead altered to have host Jeff Probst remotely interview the players at their homes.
  • The Walking Dead was filming its Season 10 finale when production was halted.
  • A Celebrity Edition revival of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was taped without an audience. The lifeline Ask the Audience was replaced with Ask the Host.
  • A cruise-themed week of Wheel of Fortune episodes were replaced with reruns.
  • Season 2 of The Witcher. Kristofer Hivju tested positive for the virus.
  • In January 2020 a second 10-episode season of The World According to Jeff Goldblum was announced and Goldblum even revealed the topics of the first four shows (dogs, fireworks, monsters, and magic) on Conan. While no formal announcement has been made, filming and release are definitely on hold as the heart of the show is his adventures traveling the U.S. and interacting with people to learn about the topics, things impossible to pull off under the current circumstances.

Professional Wrestling:

  • Both WWE and All Elite Wrestling were forced to perform behind closed doors.
  • TakeOver: Tampa Bay was cancelled.
  • WrestleMania 36 changed venues at short notice and was also split into two parts to limit the crew in attendance. This was done by essentially pre-taping almost all the matches and segments and stitching together the show via that method. Nonetheless, two wrestlers (Dana Brooke and Rey Mysterio) were quarantined a week before the event while another (Roman Reigns) dropped out at the last minute due to being high risk for already being twice in remission from Leukemia.
  • The daily live show of NWA Powerr was halted.

Radio:

  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue not only had two of the three recordings for its 73rd series cancelled, but also its entire future put into doubt when regular panellist Tim Brooke-Taylor — who had been part of the show since its very first episode in 1972, and the only member of the original cast still to be regularly appearing — passed away after contracting the virus on 12 April.

Web Video:

  • The planned Joueur du Grenier special episode celebrating the show's 10th anniversary was put on hiatus, because the virus' containment rules in France didn't allow Fred and Seb to gather and meet in person the many extras they need to shoot some of the planned scenes.
  • The Runaway Guys had to resort to online play-friendly playthroughs due to travel restrictions preventing them from meeting up. Their charity event, TRG Colosseum, had to be altered drastically: instead of the group along with friends gathering in one place, they recorded their segments from their homes.

Western Animation:

Other:

  • The 40th Golden Raspberry Awards, which were to be the first to be aired live on television, were cancelled, with the "nominees" announced over the internet.

Release Date Change

In early 2020, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic impacted the entire entertainment industry as productions were halted, release dates pushed back, and live performances shut down due to the outbreak threatening large gatherings, so it has its own page. Some films that had theatrical releases right amidst the crisis or just prior to it got early digital releases, eschewing the usual delays for home video.

For the production shutdowns caused by the pandemic, see this page.


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    Anime 

    Comic Books 
  • Diamond Comic Distributors, North America's primary comic book distributor, announced on March 23 that it had stopped accepting new product into its inventory, leaving all comics slated for release on April 1 or later delayed indefinitely. Most comic book publishers subsequently announced that the digital release of the affected issues would be postponed until Diamond resumed print distribution, and several publishers, including Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing, suspended production on select titles originally planned for release in May or later.

    Films — Animation 
  • Bob's Burgers: The Movie moved from July 17, 2020 to April 9, 2021.
  • Disney bumped up the Disney+ release of Frozen II from June 2020 to March 15, 2020 in order to cheer up kids who were stuck at home because of their schools closing.
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru was pulled from its original July 3, 2020 release date and delayed an entire year to July 2, 2021 after COVID-19 concerns prevented Illumination's animators from finishing the movie on time. The date change also resulted in Sing 2, originally set for that date, being pushed back to December 22, 2021.
  • Onward was able to make its intended release date of March 6, but its box office earnings were significantly impacted by the pandemic. As a result, Disney released it for digital download only two weeks later on March 20, with it coming to Disney+ on April 3.
  • Raya and the Last Dragon was pushed back from November 25, 2020 to March 12, 2021.
  • SCOOB! was pulled from its originally planned release date of May 15, 2020.
  • Soul was pushed back from June 19 to November 20, 2020.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run was moved twice, first from May 22 to July 31, then to August 7, 2020.
  • Trolls: World Tour was moved from April 17 to April 10, 2020. However, when the coronavirus outbreak started shutting down theaters, Universal made a bizarre move: they decided to release the film on video on demand at the same time as it was in theaters as many couldn't attend a theatrical showing, before removing a theatrical release altogether after all theaters shut down bar some drive-ins. The fact that Universal had already invested heavily in the marketing and licensing campaigns may have also played part in the decision. As a result, helped by a dearth of new releases, the film ended up beating the biggest debut record for a video on demand film, with $90 million.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Various movies got early digital releases after theaters began closing, with most of them having only been playing for a few weeks:
  • Antebellum was pulled from its original April 24, 2020 release date.
  • Antlers was originally set to be released on April 17, 2020 before being postponed indefinitely.
  • The previously-delayed Artemis Fowl was not only pulled from its May 29, 2020 slot, but was made a Disney+ release instead.
  • The US release of Rapman’s directorial debut Blue Story was originally set for March 25, 2020 before being pulled.
  • Candyman (2020) was moved from June 12 to September 25, 2020.
  • Fast & Furious 9 (or F9) was originally slated for May 22, 2020, but was pushed back almost a year to April 2, 2021, becoming the second consecutive even-year Fast film to be delayed, after Furious 7 was delayed by the death of Paul Walker.
  • Free Guy moved from July 3 to December 11, 2020.
  • The French Dispatch moved from July 14 to October 16, 2020.
  • The film adaptation of In the Heights was pulled from its original June 26, 2020 release date in late March.
  • Indiana Jones 5 was pushed back a year from July 9, 2021 to July 29, 2022; a date originally set aside for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
  • Infinite was pushed back from August 7, 2020, to May 28, 2021.
  • Jungle Cruise was pushed back a year from July 24, 2020 to July 30, 2021.
  • The Lovebirds, much like Artemis Fowl, was pulled from its original April 3, 2020 theatrical release date and will now debut on Netflix instead.
  • Malignant was pulled from its original August 14, 2020 release date in late March.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe: Marvel Studios had already announced films through 2021 and staked out release dates to 2022, so they just pushed all of their films back one release slot:
    • Black Widow moved from May 1, 2020 to November 6, 2020. This makes 2020 the first year since 2009 in which a Marvel movie was not released at the beginning of May (or end of April).
    • The Eternals, which originally had the November slot, was moved to February 12, 2021.
    • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings moved from February to May 7, 2021.
    • Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness went from May to November 5, 2021.
    • And finally, Thor: Love and Thunder was bumped from its original November date to the first unclaimed release date of February 18, 2022. It's unknown what was originally planned for that date.
    • The following scheduled release date of May 6, 2022 was already known to be a a sequel to Black Panther and left unchanged.
    • Originally, there was also an unidentified release planned for July 29, 2022. That date was moved forward to July 8 in order to accommodate Indiana Jones 5's delay and announced as the sequel to Captain Marvel.
  • Mulan was set to be released March 27, 2020, and had its world premiere screening earlier that month, but ended up among the delayed releases; it is now set for July 24. Previously, Disney intended to only delay the release in China, where the pandemic had originated.
  • Already having delayed it once, STX pushed the US release of My Spy from March 13 to April 17 because of the pandemic, before withdrawing from a theatrical release altogether for the same reason, and heading to Amazon Prime Video instead at an initially undetermined date.
  • The New Mutants, after having been delayed thrice, finally seemed like it was going to make its fourth release date of April 3, 2020... and then the pandemic caused another release delay.
  • The Bob Odenkirk thriller Nobody was pushed back from August 14, 2020 to February 26, 2021, which also unseated a currently-untitled film from M. Night Shyamalan originally meant for that date.
  • No Time to Die, after having already been delayed twice, was pushed from April 8, 2020 to the traditional November Bond release date (November 12 for the UK and November 25 for the US). While the exact reason wasn't made clear in the initial press release, the correct general assumption was that it was in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, which had already resulted in mass movie theater closures in China, France, and Italy, all big markets for Bond films, even before the mass closures in the U.S.
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield, was bumped from its planned release date of May 8.
  • A Quiet Place Part II was originally announced for May 15, 2020 before being pulled forward to March 19, 2020 (in the United Kingdom and Australia) and the following day in North America. On March 12, 2020, its release date was indefinitely delayed, despite Paramount saying it wouldn’t be changed the Friday beforehand. It was eventually moved to September 4, 2020.
  • Run was pulled from its original May 8, 2020 release date.
  • Sony:
    • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway was supposed to arrive on April 3, 2020 to capitalize on the Easter holiday period, but the outbreak pushed back its release to August 7. On March 30, it was moved again to January 15, 2021
    • After the broader impact of the pandemic was made clear, Sony did a massive shake-up of its release schedule. First, Ghostbusters: Afterlife was moved from July 10 to March 5, 2021, in the process bumping the Uncharted adaptation to October 8, 2021. Then, Morbius was moved to March 19, 2021, and a second Marvel/Sony project was delayed from the October 8, 2021 release by Uncharted. Finally, Greyhound became unscheduled from June 12, 2020, while Fatherhood moved up from the January 15 date to October 23, 2020.
  • Spiral (2020) was pulled from its original May 15, 2020 release date.
  • The Truth (La Vérité), Japanese director Hirokazu Kore Eda's first film not in his native language, was pulled from its original US release date in March to sometime in summer 2020.
  • The Tomorrow War was pulled from its original Christmas Day 2020 release date.
  • Top Gun: Maverick was moved from June 24 to December 23, 2020.
  • The long-gestating film adaptation of Wicked, a release that Universal had already been pushed back 2 years in favor of focusing on the infamous adaptation of Cats, was unseated from its December 22, 2021 release by Sing 2.
  • The Woman in the Window was delayed indefinitely from its original planned release date of May 15, 2020. This was its second delay.
  • Wonder Woman 1984 was delayed from June 5 to August 14, 2020.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The CW
    • New episodes of Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Batwoman were replaced with reruns, extending a previously-scheduled one-week Flash break into one running five weeks for three shows, while Supergirl took six.
    • Stargirl's premiere was pushed back a week in both DC Universe and The CW, to May 18 and 19, 2020, respectively.
    • Legacies ran out of completed episodes after the sixteenth episode, prompting the network to move the start of the new season of In The Dark from May 28 to April 16. While the episode was promoted as just a “spring finale”, the season was released on Netflix on April 3, indicating production on the season would not resume.
    • The final season of Supernatural also ran out of finished episodes after the thirteenth, forcing an extended hiatus.
    • After the sixteenth episode, the fourth season of Riverdale took a five-week break, returning on April 15, 2020. Its sister series, Katy Keene, took a three-week break after its eighth episode.
    • Nancy Drew took a four-week break after its sixteenth episode.
  • The series finale of Empire was originally scheduled to air as episode 20 on May 5, however the production shutdown caused the final two episodes to be scrapped, making the April 21 episode the series finale, utilising footage from the unfinished episodes.
  • The Eurovision Song Contest was postponed until 2021, marking the first time in its 65-year history that the contest had not taken place on schedule. Artists selected for the 2020 event will be welcome to enter in 2021, should their host nation choose to send them, but all songs selected for the 2020 event will be ineligible for 2021 (forcing artists to choose new material).
  • The 2020 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020, were postponed, along with lead-in event SlimeFest. This also prompted the series finale of Henry Danger to move one night sooner and return to the show’s usual Saturday timeslot, as it no longer had such an event to lead into.
  • With sports fans finding themselves without any major live sporting events to watch, ESPN decided to move up the first two episodes of The Last Dance, a 10-part documentary miniseries on Michael Jordan's final championship season with the Chicago Bulls, from June 2 to April 19 (April 20 on Netflix outside the U.S.), with each subsequent pair of episodes released each Sunday (Monday) up to and including May 17 (May 18).

    Music 
  • All live concerts and tours were cancelled or postponed, whether by artists' choice, venues' choice, or bans on large gatherings.
  • Any ensemble whose members did not live together or choose to quarantine together were unable to record except individually.
  • A good deal of physical releases saw their release dates pushed back in recognition of social distancing policies and both brick & mortar and online retailers' decisions to cut back on non-essential stock. In particular, the organizers of Record Store Day announced that the 2020 event would be rescheduled from its original date of April 18 to a new date of June 20.

    Sports 

    Theatre 
  • The first New York City stop of Baby Shark Live! was postponed due to the outbreak.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's North American tour started seeing dates postponed/cancelled with its St. Louis engagement.
  • All Cirque du Soleil productions were shut down temporarily; in particular, combined with the shutdown of Walt Disney World Drawn to Life had to postpone its preview period and opening night, which were to take place in March and April respectively.
  • The last two tour stops of Nick Jr. Live! Move To The Music's 2019-2020 run in Boston, Massachusetts and New York City were postponed due to the outbreak. Oddly enough, ads for the cancelled show appeared on various websites, including This Very Wiki, days after the cancellation occurred.
  • The Dolby Theater run of The SpongeBob Musical in Los Angeles had its premiere delayed until April due to the outbreak before getting cancelled altogether.

    Toys 
  • The release date of the Healing Bag toy for Healin' Good♡Pretty Cure was changed from mid-March to the end of April because of the virus impacting the production of the product, which was made in China.
  • The release of Baby Yoda toys for The Mandalorian were delayed because they were manufactured in China.

    Video Games 
  • The special edition Nintendo Switch for Animal Crossing: New Horizons had its production delayed because the system was manufactured in China, where the pandemic originated. However, the game it was made to promote was still released on time.
  • Hamster Corporation announced that its Arcade Archives series may be disrupted by the quarantine and by the suspension of CERO (below), though it intends to reshuffle its release plans and keep its streak of releasing one classic arcade game every week going as long as possible.
  • The physical retail version of Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack for the PlayStation 4 was delayed from the April 28 launch date due to COVID-19 related impact on business and stores. The digital version, however, will still come out on that date.
  • Japanese ratings board CERO suspended its activities for a month; as all games need to receive a CERO rating before they can be released in the region, this will have an effect on games not yet rated.
  • Doom Eternal was intended to have been released on March 20th. GameStop sold the game a day earlier in the US to separate the DOOM Eternal crowd from the Animal Crossing: New Horizons crowd.
  • After twenty-four uninterrupted editions between its 1995 debut and 2019, the Electronic Entertainment Expo had its 2020 edition cancelled due to concerns over the pandemic. The Entertainment Software Association attempted to reconfigure the conference to an exclusively online format for 2020 before announcing that they would not be doing that either; a physical event is still planned for E3 2021.
  • Final Fantasy XIV 5.3 patch was due to come out in mid-June, but the worldwide lockdowns have impacted the development team's ability to work on it.
  • Iron Man VR for the PlayStation 4 was delayed from its May 15 date due to the virus making logistics difficult, preventing Sony from giving the game a proper launch release.
  • After being delayed to May 29, 2020 in order to properly finish development, The Last of Us Part II ended up being delayed again for the same reason as Iron Man VR.
  • maimai Deluxe had content updates scheduled for April postponed, and in the international version, the Touhou Project limited-time Tour area was extended from its previous end date in April to June. In lieu of in-game updates, the community team for the international version launched a custom title contest that players can participate in without visiting an arcade. To put it in perspective, maimai is an Arcade Game, and the arcade industry is perhaps the most adversely-affected component of the video game industry as arcades are some of the last places you want to play games at during a pandemic due to crowds and those crowds touching the same few objects (whereas games on consoles, PC, handheld, and mobile can simply be played at home); many arcades have closed down temporarily, some permanently due to lacking the revenue stream needed for their operating expenses.
  • The Nintendo Switch version of The Outer Worlds was scheduled to release on March 6, 2020, but got hit with a delay as the porting studio was located in China, and thus had to close its offices temporary. At the end of March, it was given a new release date of June 5, 2020. Notably though, the delay enabled the publishers to package physical copies with a cart containing the game instead of just a download code.
  • The TurboGrafx-16 mini-console was delayed from its March 15th launch due to the virus impacting manufacturing in China. This doesn't apply to its Japanese counterpart, the PC-Engine Mini.
  • WACCA had several Temporary Online Content events delayed and extended in response.

    Western Animation 
  • The eleventh season of FXX’s Archer was delayed indefinitely from its May 6 premiere date.


No-Hoper Repeat

Over the week of March 9, 2020, the coronavirus pandemic disrupted nearly the entire world. With increasing numbers of restrictions on large gatherings and non-essential business being imposed worldwide to control its spread, nearly all events have been forced to cancel or postpone themselves to a later date.

This was especially apparent in sports, where events were cancelled from March 11 onward in a process reminiscent of the September 11 aftermath (if not worse; The Other Wiki says this was the largest worldwide disruption of the sporting calendar since World War II). The diagnosis of a Utah Jazz player shortly before a game was a tipping point that proved not even removing fans from the equation was enough to ensure health and safety.note 

Pretty much every sports channel has had to turn into a sea of no hoper programming and "classic" events, and the major broadcast networks have also had to find ways to fill weekend time slots that were meant for live events.

The major networks have not gone into full-on no-hoper mode yet; although almost all television production has been suspended as well, there's still programming from before the suspension that is in the can and ready to air. However, the networks have begun to ration off or delay such programs to ensure they still have first-run programs at all without having to dig out their contingencies.


  • If sports networks did manage to find something live to air, it was usually an obscure event from somewhere that hadn't basically shut down all sporting events yet (until they did, as was the case with Super Rugby from Australia until New Zealand imposed a major travel restriction that made continuation of play infeasible).
  • The loss of sports has even been detrimental to general broadcasters; CBS lost all of its tentpole events of the Spring calendar (the NCAA basketball tournament and The Masters), and NBC is facing the possibility of a postponed or cancelled NHL playoff, and the Summer Olympics got postponed to 2021 (not to mention the PGA Tour's Players Championship being called off after a single round). A common form of filler has been showing previous editions of events that were to occur that week (such as CBS digging up classic NCAA tournament games).
  • ESPN and Fox Sports 1 cut back on some of their "pundits yelling about sports" shows because they basically have nothing to really yell about (except NFL free agency and the Draft — which are going on, but without public festivities for the latter since Las Vegas has basically been shut down). When ESPN2 has to bring out its annual ESPN8 stunt in March instead of August, you know this is not an ordinary situation.
  • Non-sports events have also been impacted: the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, which were supposed to air on March 21, 2020, were postponed and replaced by a one-hour Best of the Kids' Choice Awards special and some episodes of Henry Danger (to lead into its' Grand Finale, which was supposed to air after the ceremony).
  • Not all cancellations have resulted in a No-Hoper in its place, however:
    • Fox made up for the postponement of the iHeartRadio Music Awards by replacing them with a new charity special, co-produced with the award show's organizers, which featured musicians performing songs from their own homes. The special ended up being a ratings success (beating American Idol), and other Follow the Leader "living room concert" specials would soon emerge — including two CBS efforts (one with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and a second airing in place of the postponed Academy of Country Music Awards), and one being organized by Lady Gaga and the Global Citizen Festival (which will air on a multi-network consortium), and The Disney Family Singalong, which will air on ABC.
    • This pandemic may be remembered for further cementing the legitimacy of eSports, since that is pretty much all that remains. Formula One, NASCAR, and Indy Car took note of one-off sim racing events that courted professional drivers, and established (or placed a further amount of focus on) invitational competitions as Filler for their broadcasters. The eNASCAR events proved to be an unexpectedly popular diversion, achieving the highest ratings for an eSports broadcast on a U.S. television channel in history.
  • Some children's networks began to adjust their schedules as a result of the school closures that affected most of the country:
    • Nickelodeon and Disney Channel both shortened their preschool blocks to air more of their regular programming, beginning as early as 10:00AM.
    • Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids and other children's networks removed episodes of various shows from their lineup that involved characters getting sick. This notably included the postponement of a then-upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants episode that dealt with the Krusty Krab going under quarantine.
    • Like what PBS Kids did when September 11th happened, various children's networks pulled out old programs from their archives, some of which haven't been re-ran in years, to entertain those stuck at home due to the pandemic:
      • Disney Junior added reruns of some older or cancelled series back into their lineup after phasing them out several months or a few years prior. Among them was the medical-themed Doc McStuffins.
      • PBS added Arthur episodes from seasons 1-5 into their normal line-up, while their 24/7 channel added more slots for reruns of Sid the Science Kid, a show which featured several episodes focusing on the theme of staying healthy.
      • Nicktoons added reruns of Rugrats back to their schedule for the first time in 9 years, while sister channel TeenNick aired a rarely-seen episode of Rocko's Modern Life: "I See London, I See France; The Fatlands".
  • Some general entertainment channels have also increased their airings of family-oriented shows and movies to appeal to such viewers:
    • On the evening March 28, 2020, Buzzr, a network that shows game shows, ran a two-hour marathon of the Litton series Game Changers.
    • On April 14, 2020, all Turner-owned networks and PBS simultaneously ran the Sesame Street special Elmo's Playdate, including Turner's children's channels Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
  • Fox filled its March 29 afternoon with an encore of Super Bowl LI, and April 5 with a marathon of The Simpsons.
  • Some PBS affiliates had to run "TV classroom" programs in place of regular programming as a result of the aforementioned school closures, including WLIW in New York. This also included the return of SciGirls, a program that only a handful of PBS stations were still airing before the pandemic.
  • One major exception to most of the cancellations in sport- and sport-related content has been Professional Wrestling. Both WWE and All Elite Wrestling have gone on with their weekly shows, but have moved them to closed sets with no public audience — with AEW moving Dynamite to a concert amphitheater outside TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, and WWE moving all of their shows to an empty arena at their Orlando training facility (and also increasingly throwing in encores of pay-per-view matches as filler). Meanwhile on Wednesday, NXT was pretty much a Clip Show at first, and AEW Dynamite had a downsized but still full set with pyro, the locker room peppering the empty stands (plus a few Take That! jokes about "social distancing" and how doing so is pretty much contrary to the very nature of wrestling), and Matt Hardy making his AEW debut. However in April, the show moved to a smaller location in Georgia, where they stockpiled on content (including a bracket tournament for the new AEW TNT Championship) before Georgia implemented a statewide restriction on non-essential business.
    • Even WWE's flagship event WrestleMania had to be moved from Tampa Bay to the same arena, switching to a pre-recorded format, and suspending other recent fixtures of the event (such as the Saturday-night NXT card and the Hall of Fame inductions). They also split the event into a pair of three-hour shows on Saturday and Sunday respectively (perhaps an acknowledgement of how much of an Extra-Long Episode recent Manias had become), promptly putting a strong emphasis on the new "Too Big For Just One Night!" tagline over anything else, and even selling an "I Wasn't There" t-shirt. The show did manage to salvage itself with several matches that did end up being enjoyable, as well as two Hardy-esque "cinematic" matches involving The Undertaker and Bray Wyatt respectively — with critics applauding WWE for trying Something Completely Different to break the monotonous atmosphere.
    • It's becoming more and more apparent that Money in the Bank may suffer a similar fate.

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