More than 50 crew members test positive at ‘Star Trek: Picard’, filming paused


Los Angeles: Star Trek: Picard has been making headlines ever since its announcement as fans are extremely excited about it. Its filming has been put on hold since Monday as over 50 crew members on the sets tested positive for COVID-19.

Insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that more than 50 members of the big production tested positive on Monday, the first day of work since the Christmas break. The series reportedly has one of television’s largest workforces, with over 450 employees. The transition affected several sectors, including artists in Zone A.

Filming of the Patrick Stewart-led series was immediately halted on Monday and has remained dark ever since. Sources also revealed that filming is expected to resume early next week, if not sooner, though details remain under wraps.

“Picard” was formally renewed for a third season in September, with seasons two and three filmed one after the other to control costs and adjust production schedules. Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Michelle Hurd, Santiago Cabrera, Jerry Ryan, Orla Brady, John de Lancie, Annie Vershing and Brent Spiner star in ‘Star Trek: Picard’, produced by ‘Star Trek’ franchise Captain Alex . Kurtzman. Akiva Goldsman serves as co-showrunner with Terry Matlus.

The Omicron boom has prompted several shows to halt filming this week, including series produced by CBS Studios, including NCIS, which have been affected.

Major events including the Grammy Awards and several TV and film red carpets have been cancelled. The Sundance Film Festival has also opted to air virtually.

First published:January 7, 2022, 10:18 am

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