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REOPENING: Streamers Netflix, Apple TV+ Make Plans To Return to Hollywood North After 3+Month Pandemic Shutdown

Reopening Hollywood North


American streamers Netflix and Apple TV+ are making plans to restart production in Vancouver this Summer and Fall, with Covid-19 safety protocols.



Possible production starts & restarts:

Another Life season 2: August 28th to November 24th, 2020.

Out in space, Niko and the Salvare crew discover the endgame for the aliens, called the Achaia, is total destruction.

Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, Elizabeth Faith Ludlow, Jessica Camacho, A.J. Rivera, Alexander Eling, Alex Ozerov, Jay R Tinaco, Barbara Williams, Lina Renna and Selma Blair.


Pieces of Her:  Moved production from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia.

Mother. Hero, Liar. Killer. How can you tell when all you have is . . . Pieces of Her.

Cast: Toni Collette, Bella Heathcote.


Midnight Mass: August 17th – December 16th.

Midnight Mass follows an isolated island community that experiences miraculous events — and frightening omens — after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.

Cast: Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel, Hamish Linklater, Annabeth Gish, Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Henry Thomas, Rahul Abburi , Crystal Balint, Matt Biedel, Alex Essoe, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman, Robert Longstreet, Igby Rigney, Annarah Shephard.

Showrunner: Mike Flanagan.

Isolated Island Community set under construction in Steveston’s Garry Point Park.

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Lost in Space season 3: September 9th to January 14th, 2021.

The Robinsons reunited with their Robot in season 2 of Lost in Space and will return for a third and final season on Netflix.

Cast: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundwall, Parker Posey and Ignacio Serricchio.


Apple TV+

Home Before Dark season 2: September 14th – December 28th 2020.

Pre-teen mystery series inspired  by the real-life story of 11-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak.

Cast: Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Kylie Rogers, Joelle Carter, Jibrail Nantambu, Deric McCabe, Michael Weston, Aziza Scott, Louis Herthum.


Pandemic Timeline

Film & TV production shut down in Vancouver in mid-March, joining movies and series around the world  that halted production or delayed starts because of the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic.

Related: Supernatural, The Flash & Dozens of Other Productions Shut Down in Vancouver Out Of Coronavirus Fears.

Three months later, British Columbia and California both lifted restrictions on film and TV production giving the green light for production to restart, but there is still no agreement between the major studios and the guilds/unions on Covid-19 safety protocols.

And the Canada-US border remains closed to non-essential travel.

Any necessary cast, creators or crew from outside Canada can get temporary work permits but will have to do the government-mandated 14-day quarantine before heading to set.

Smaller productions like Hallmark movies started filming in Vancouver this month with Canadian crews and directors.

Related: Hallmark & Other TV Movies First To Resume Production in Hollywood North After 3-Month Shutdown?

Bigger productions like Supernatural, The Good Doctor, The Flash, Riverdale, A Million Little Things and more have plans to start production on new seasons this summer in Vancouver — using more Canadian guest-stars and episodic directors because of the travel restrictions.

Related: Supernatural, The Good Doctor, The Flash, Riverdale & More Back Filming in Vancouver This July/August?

Sources: Deadline: Hollywood, Production Weekly.




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