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'Riverdale,' 'Batwoman,' & More Temporarily Shut Down Production Over Testing Delays

'Riverdale,' 'Batwoman,' & More Temporarily Shut Down Production Over Testing Delays

Many productions have been shut down because of Coronavirus testing delays!

The CW’s Riverdale, Batwoman, Charmed, and Nancy Drew, as well as ABC’s Big Sky have all shut down in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Variety reports.

β€œThere were some delays in test results, so out of caution we shut down yesterday and today. We expect to resume production either tomorrow or Friday,” Big Sky‘s executive producer David E. Kelley said during a press conference for the Television Critics Association.

Other shows being affected reportedly include Hulu’s The Mysterious Benedict Society, The CW’s The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Variety says that according to a source, “there is a single lab company approved to oversee coronavirus testing, and the company is prioritizing schools, which have reopened in the province, and local businesses.”

This shut down is only temporary, and filming is expected to resume by the end of the week.

In case you missed it, Riverdale just announced that this actress has been cast in a series regular role for season five!

Insatiable's Erinn Westbrook Joins 'Riverdale' Season 5 As Series Regular

Insatiable's Erinn Westbrook Joins 'Riverdale' Season 5 As Series Regular

Erinn Westbrook has joined the cast of Riverdale!!

The 29-year-old actress will play Tabitha Tate in the upcoming season of the CW series.

Tabitha is described as “the ambitious, entrepreneurial granddaughter of Pop Tate, who has come to Riverdale to take over Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe in the hopes of franchising the iconic diner, even as the town around it struggles to survive,” according to Deadline.

“So very excited to finally be able to share this news. Looking forward to a fun ride! See you soon, Riverdale… πŸ˜‰β€οΈ #TabithaTate,” Erinn wrote on Instagram.

“So, so excited to welcome @erinnwestbrook to the #Riverdale family as Tabitha Tate, but what’s happening with Pop Tate????? πŸ₯΄πŸ”β˜•οΈπŸ₯€πŸ”₯β­οΈπŸ‘ πŸ’‹β˜ οΈ,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared on his Instagram.

Lili Reinhart also offered her congratulations, sharing Roberto‘s post on her Instagram story and writing, “Welcome to the family, @erinnwestbrook ❀️”

You may recognize Erinn for her roles on Insatiable, Glee, Awkward, Jane The Virgin or The Resident.

If you missed it, check out the first photos of Choni reunited on set of season five!

BFFs Vanessa Morgan & Madelaine Petsch Are Back As Choni On 'Riverdale' Set!

BFFs Vanessa Morgan & Madelaine Petsch Are Back As Choni On 'Riverdale' Set!

Vanessa Morgan and Madelaine Petsch have finally reunited!!

The BFFs have been separated throughout quarantine and shared a new photo back together as Choni on the set of Riverdale.

“back w bae πŸ₯΅πŸ₯°,” Madelaine captioned the photo on her Instagram, with Vanessa commenting, “πŸ’–πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ”

Vanessa, who is pregnant with her first child, also shared new pics on her account of her back in Toni Topaz’s signature pink hair.

“Toni T ✌🏽First Day Back. 6 Months later & 6 months🀰🏽,” she captioned one photo.

If you missed it, one of the first photos from the upcoming prom episode of Riverdale was shared by showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and it featured none other than Vanessa and Madelaine.

Filming on the fifth season of the hit CW series just began this week, and the first scene being filmed was KJ Apa shirtless. Check it out!

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Mark Consuelos Says The 'Riverdale' Time Jump Is 'Super Interesting'

Mark Consuelos Says The 'Riverdale' Time Jump Is 'Super Interesting'

Mark Consuelos is dishing on the new season of Riverdale!

The 49-year-old actor, who plays Hiram Lodge on the series, recently opened up about the show’s seven year time jump in the upcoming fifth season.

“Um, season five is graduation, and then they’re going to jump cuts seven years after a few episodes. Which was a decision not to stay like in the college,” he said on SiriusXM’s Quarantined with Bruce.

“Does it completely forego the college, um, time of, you know, chronological order and just jump cut and people are in their lives,” Mark continued. “Some people are in different relationships and I think I’ve, I’ve read the first six episodes. It’s super interesting. I’m excited to do it. I’m up to my old shenanigans. Um, but I’m excited to get back to work.”

In case you missed it, filming on the new season JUST started TODAY (September 14), and someone went shirtless to film the first scene back!

'Riverdale' Begins Filming Season 5, Starting With a Shirtless KJ Apa

'Riverdale' Begins Filming Season 5, Starting With a Shirtless KJ Apa

Riverdale is officially back to filming!

The show’s upcoming fifth season kicked off filming on Monday (September 14) after the stars quarantined for two weeks.

First scene to be filmed, as documented by showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is a shirtless KJ Apa in a steam room.

“Annnnnd #Riverdale is back. First scene up of Season 5: Archie in a steam room. Even in a Covid world, some things never change…πŸ”₯πŸ‘€πŸ†πŸ’‹β€οΈ,” Roberto wrote on Instagram.

The day before, Roberto shared a photo with Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Cole Sprouse and Drew Ray Tanner ahead of the big return.

“After fourteen days of quarantining πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ and months of prep, #Riverdale Season 5 starts shooting tomorrow. Spent the night in the bubble, reminiscing with these lovely people and celebrating @lilireinhart 24th birthday πŸŽ‚ How time flies. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the gang this week. Here we go….πŸš€πŸ”₯πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘€πŸš’πŸŒŠπŸπŸ’‹πŸ‘ πŸ’πŸ•ΈπŸ”πŸ§—πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ†πŸŽ°πŸŽ²πŸš‘πŸš§πŸŽ’β˜ οΈ,” he captioned the pic.

In case you missed it, see which Riverdale star was the first person to return to the set since March.

Lili Reinhart & 'Riverdale' Stars Step Out After Finishing Their Quarantine

Lili Reinhart & 'Riverdale' Stars Step Out After Finishing Their Quarantine

Lili Reinhart goes for a walk with her cute dog Milo on Sunday (September 6) in Vancouver, Canada.

The 23-year-old actress was seen stepping out after wrapping up her 14-day quarantine, which she was required to do after arriving there from the United States.

Also stepping out in Vancouver that day were Lili‘s Riverdale co-stars Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch, and KJ Apa. You can see all of those pics in the gallery!

Last week, Lili made headlines when she said that she feels “like a prisoner” during the quarantine period in Vancouver. The cast had to quarantine after arriving in town from the U.S.

Lili then said her words were taken out of context.

“Love it when my words are taken out of context YET AGAIN. I’m not complaining about going back to work, I’m incredibly grateful to have a job. I’m sad that I can’t see my family for months on end due to travel restrictions. FFS, leave me alone,” she tweeted. “No wonder people think I’m this pissed off girl all the time. I annoy myself having to speak up about this πŸ™„.”

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Vanessa Morgan Is One of The First 'Riverdale' Stars Back On Set

Vanessa Morgan Is One of The First 'Riverdale' Stars Back On Set

Vanessa Morgan has returned to the set of Riverdale!

The 28-year-old actress, who plays Toni Topaz on the series, was one of the first of the cast back on set.

Vanessa shared a video on her Instagram story of Pop’s diner, writing, “Crazy being back here after 6 months..,” along with a slate emoji. See below!

She also shared a photo from inside a trailer of a pack of testing kits.

“First Covid test before I start filming. Have to do this 3 x a week on set,” she wrote with an upside down smile emoji. Check it out in the gallery!

The rest of the cast who was in LA still has another week left of quarantining before they can return to set. Madelaine Petsch, Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes seem to be quarantining together as they’ve shared videos together on their Instagram stories.

In case you missed it, check out a sneak peek photo of Vanessa and Madelaine from the upcoming prom episode.

Just over a month ago, Vanessa revealed that she is pregnant with her first child, also sharing a sonogram image of his foot. No word yet on how her pregnancy will affect the upcoming season. The show will do a time jump in season seven, so it could very well get written into the show. We’ll have to wait and find out!

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