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Cyclone Sandy Puts Hollywood On Hold

Elizabeth Johnson |
October 29, 2012 | 5:23 p.m. PDT

Senior Entertainment Editor

The empty Late Show with David Letterman audience...the show must go on. (Twitter)
The empty Late Show with David Letterman audience...the show must go on. (Twitter)
Sandy’s the name of the hour, and now the post-tropical cyclone, nicknamed “Frankenstorm,” is hitting Hollywood. From TV programming to film and events, the entertainment industry is changing its plans as the superstorm wreaks havoc on the East Coast.

TV Line-Ups

CBS has announced that it will be replacing its regular primetime schedule Monday in favor of comedy reruns and a one-hour special on the storm. New episodes of How I Met Your Mother, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, Hawaii Five-0 and Partners will air next week.

The CW is following suit, postponing new episodes of Gossip Girl and 90210.

ABC will not change its line-up, but the network plans to air a one-hour program of World News With Diane Sawyer as well as a special Sandy-focused Nightline.

Fox is expanding The Fox Report from one to two hours to cover the storm, replacing the timeslot normally occupied by The O’Reilly Factor.

The possible effect of the storm on TV ratings is unclear, Entertainment Weekly reports. Local stations will likely be cutting intermittently to live news updates, and Nielson outlets may go down. But, if power stays on for shut-in East Coasters, they may watch more television than usual to stay occupied. 

TV Production

TV shows with New York-based production have been suspended for both Warner Bros. and CBS TV Studios, while NBCUniversal stopped all East Coast production Monday as well.

Elementary and 30 Rock have both stopped filming in New York Monday, and production has also stopped on Gossip Girl, Nurse Jackie, Smash, 666 Park Avenue and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Entertainment Weekly reported.

While Jimmy Kimmel was forced to cancel Monday’s taping, Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman filmed their shows without studio audiences.

Film Production

New York film shoots like Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and Winter’s Tale have both been affected. Deadline reports:

...several film shoots in the storm’s path have been suspended, including Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, which has a massive ark constructed at Oyster Bay, NY. Star Emma Watson tweeted the news Sunday about the production shutdown, writing “I take it that the irony of a massive storm holding up the production of Noah is not lost.” On Monday, Hurricane Sandy sank the tall ship constructed for 1962′s Mutiny On The Bounty and used in Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean, according to reports. The Coast Guard rescued 15 crew members and two crew members are missing off the 180-foot vessel, which went down off the coast of North Carolina.

Meanwhile, movie grosses are down about 12 percent from this time last year, which is to be expected as movie theaters across the East Coast have shut down, as has public transportation in many states. Cloud Atlas is seeing an extremely soft opening due to the low movie-attendance, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Live Events

Shows by comedian Louis C.K. as well as musicians Brandi Carlile, Aimee Mann and the xx have all been canceled this week. After shutting down Sunday, Broadway announced that it will remain closed through Tuesday and will be refunding tickets.

The much-anticipated New York premiere of “Anna Karenina” has also been postponed, as has a screening of the new Denzel Washington film “Flight”.

Read more of Neon Tommy’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy here.

For a full list of Sandy-related cancellations, click here.

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