Which Of Your Fave LGBT TV Shows Are Filming During the Pandemic and When Can You Watch Them?

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.

9-1-1
Filming begins in October 2020.

All-American
Production on Season Three started September 28th.

Batwoman
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.

Black Lighting
Scheduled to start filming Season Four in October 2020.

Brooklyn 99
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. 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.

Carnival Row
Cara Delivingne’s fairy drama on Amazon was able to finish filming in the Czech Republic under “strict coronav

Charmed
Season 3 of Charmed began shooting in September 2020 and should wrap in November 2021.

The Chi
Filming on Season 4 will start in Spring 2021.

Claws
Production began 9/21 in New Orleans.

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.

Dickinson
The first three episodes of Season 2 will debut January 8th on Apple+, followed by new episodes every week after that. The series has also been renewed for season three.

Euphoria
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.

Gentleman Jack
Shibden Hall has announced that they’ll be closed for the filming of Gentleman Jack starting October 19.

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.

Hanna
Season Three starts in November.

Hightown
Starz has scheduled filming to begin in “October 2020.”

Hitmen
Filming resumes in “early 2021.”

In the Dark
Filming scheduled for November 2020 – April 2021.

Killing Eve
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.

Lucifer
Filming the remainder of Season 5 and Season 6 resumed September 24th.

Manifest
Season 3 started filming in September 2020.

Motherland: Fort Salem
Filming of Season Two began on October 6th and is set to wrap March 2021.

Nancy Drew
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.

The L Word: Generation Q
Production is set to begin in November 2020. (Update: December 2020) They will be relying on “safety protocols and narrative tricks” to film intimate scenes.

Pose
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?’

Queen Sugar
Season Five started filming in New Orleans on September 28th.

Riverdale
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.

Sex Education
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.

Shameless
The final season began filming in September 8th in Los Angeles and Chicago.

Stranger Things
Filming began September 28, 2020 in Atlanta.

Station 19
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.

The Flash
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.

Shrill
Extras casting for Season Three in Portland began in September (you too can apply for $13.25 an hour) for filming beginning in October.

Supergirl
A “possibly shorter season” began shooting September 28th, with the season premiere to be “done” by April 5.

S.W.A.T.
Began filming in early August.

Van Helsing
Filming has resumed in Vancouver under strict COVID protocols, with Ali Liebert joining the cast as vampire Nina.

Wynonna Earp
Season 4 finished filming from July – September 2020 in Calgary.

Younger
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,

Riese is the 38-year-old Co-Founder and CEO of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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9 Comments

  1. BBC America and CBC, this is on you now, I need my queer lady detective/reporters/nurses/code breakers more than ever.

    Also RIP to On Becoming a God, which wasn’t queer but had Kristen Dunst being her usual amount of amazing.

  2. “Supergirl A “possibly shorter season” began shooting September 28th, with the season premiere to be “done” by April 5.”

    This blurb, and the link, are old. Supergirl will film 20 episodes for its 6th and (sigh) final season. Melissa Benoist promises us “a helluva final season”, so fingers crossed for SuperCorp!!!

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