When the COVID-19 pandemic took its hold worldwide, many of our favorite queer television shows halted production; like Gentleman Jack, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Bold Type, One Day at a Time and Riverdale. Some never had a chance to start, like The L Word: Generation Q, which was initially scheduled to start filming in July. Once it became clear that the pandemic would be with us for a while, productions began ramping up for shooting with extensive COVID-19 protocols, often involving “bubbles,” quarantining, and a lot of testing. So, what’s happening now with all those shows we were looking forward to?
911: Lone Star
Filming in Los Angeles began October 12.
Filming begins in October 2020.
A League of Their Own
Amazon has said this (very queer) TV adaptation of our fave (subtextually queer) League of Their Own will resume shooting in Spring 2021.
Production on Season Three started September 28th.
Production began September 3, but was paused last week due to a bottleneck for rapid COVID-19 tests in Vancouver. They’re starting back up now.
A Black Lady Sketch Show
Writing for Season Two has been completed, and they were five days away from shooting when the production shutdown kicked in. We have no new information on when they will start again.
In June, Terry Crews announced that the planned direction of the season would shift following the killing of George Floyd, which required scratching four “ready to go” episodes. We have no information on when they’ll start filming again. Production resumed November 2020 and it will return to air in 2021.
Burden of Truth
Season Four began filming in Winnipeg in August and will wrap in November.
Call the Midwife
Season 10 of this BBC show I still have not seen resumed filming in September 2020.
Cara Delivingne’s fairy drama on Amazon was able to finish filming in the Czech Republic under “strict coronav
Season 3 of Charmed began shooting in September 2020 and should wrap in November 2021.
Filming on Season 4 will start in Spring 2021.
Dear White People
After Season 4’s filming was halted due to the pandemic, there has been no new news about when filming will resume. In September, Jeremy Tardy announced he’d not be returning, citing racial discrimination when attempting to negotiate pay.
HBO says filming won’t start in earnest until early 2021 but the cast has been spotted around L.A. filming what seems to be the “special bridge episode” Zendaya has mentioned in the press that should debut this year.
Production resumes November 20th for Season 4.
Grey’s Anatomy – Returning November 12
Filming began in September, with Ellen Pompeo sharing a photo from set and saying Season 17 is “dedicated to all who have fallen and to everyone of you who by the grace of God is still standing.” The medical drama will start the season about a month and a half into the coronavirus pandemic.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Previously interrupted by the pandemic, the Hulu show went back to work on Season 4 in September, to wrap in March 2021.
Season Three starts in November.
Filming resumes in “early 2021.”
In the Dark
Filming scheduled for November 2020 – April 2021.
As of July, the team was looking for solutions for filming Season 4, which was initially scheduled for August. The show films in multiple European locations, making it very complicated to shoot. The 2021 premiere date will absolutely be pushed back.
Legends of Tomorrow
Filming of Season 6 began October 6th and will continue though May 10th.
Filming the remainder of Season 5 and Season 6 resumed September 24th.
Season 3 started filming in September 2020.
Started in September 2020, should wrap in April 2021.
Never Have I Ever
Season 2 of Mindy Kaling’s Netflix property, which featured a very cute lesbian coming out story, is apparently casting for a Black, plus-sized LGBTQ character open to all genders. Filming is scheduled to resume in November.
One Day at a Time
The beloved sitcom is making its broadcast debut on CBS on October 12 with the six episodes already produced for Season 4. Season 5 isn’t a sure thing yet — and some of that decision will be guided by how well it performs on CBS.
Filming was halted just eight days into Season Three, but is starting back up this week (October 7th). COVID-19 restrictions will be echoed in the script — co-creater Steven Canals said: Things like kissing—we will likely forgo those moments. The place on our show where the biggest impact will be felt will be the ball scenes: Those scenes have 125 to 150 background actors. That’s tricky because that’s such an important and critical part of our show and the narrative. We’re just, only now, having conversations of, ‘Is there a world where we forgo these things?’
Season Five started filming in New Orleans on September 28th.
Pre-production on Season 5 started August 17, virtual table reads began September 2, and it looks like filming itself began the second week of September. They’re aiming for a January premiere date.
Season Three has begun filming in the UK — the show requires a “sunny’ environment and thus must be done in the summer. Emma Mackey assures that people are still making out. Should wrap in February 2021.
The final season began filming in September 8th in Los Angeles and Chicago.
Filming began September 28, 2020 in Atlanta.
Set to debut with Grey’s Anatomy on November 12, Station 19 has already resumed production.
Star Trek: Discovery
Season Three debuts next week and the team returns to production for Season Four November 20th through June 2021.
Seventh season production began October 1 and the premiere will include pre-shutdown footage from their previously interrupted filming experience.
The Umbrella Academy
Season Three starts filming October 2020.
Began filming in early August.
Filming has resumed in Vancouver under strict COVID protocols, with Ali Liebert joining the cast as vampire Nina.
Season 4 finished filming from July – September 2020 in Calgary.
Season Seven starts filming October 2020.
In “Active Development”: Betty, Better Things, The Chi, Dead To Me, Dear White People, Good Trouble, Grown-ish, Warrior Nun, Work in Progress
No New Information: Feel Good
Cancelled: I Am Not Okay With This, G.L.O.W., Teenage Bounty Hunters, Harlots, Stumptown
Not In Production But Not Cancelled: Mindhunter,