As the Coronavirus global pandemic rages more and more television and film productions have shut down their day to day one by one and Hallmark Channel is no exception.
Hallmark Channel’s popular daytime show Home and Family has suspended its production for the foreseeable future to follow suit for the safety of their personnel.
Crown Media Family Network’s most popular channel and it’s widely popular original movies who films in many American and international locations also decided to shut down moviemaking for now. Crown Media’s decision follows the growing concern for the further spreading of the virus across the globe that led to American President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency amidst the crisis. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has also ordered for any events or gatherings that leads to large crowds to congregate be canceled.
Hallmark’s Home and Family is taped in Universal City in Los Angeles and is hosted by Cameron Mathison and Debbie Metanopoulos. The show suspended airing new episodes yesterday and will start to air reruns of past episodes while they are on hiatus.
Home and Family joins other daytime talkshows that took a break over the viral crisis like The Wendy Williams Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, among others.
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Crown Media Family Network released a statement about the postponement of the activities for Home and Family and their original movies stating that their top priority is the health and safety of all their personnel, cast, crew, and guests who are part of their productions. They added that they have decided to suspend the production of their daytime lifestyle show that films at Universal Studios in Los Angeles due to the new information that keeps on coming regarding COVID-19 and stated that the potential earliest episode that they might air might be filmed is around the end of this month.
Crown Media says that they will be playing encore episodes and will duly monitor the situation and be in close contact with the CDC and state officials to find out when the ideal time to resume production for Home and Family.
The production company also confirmed the temporary suspension on production for their Hallmark original movies and have initiated a proactive approach to ensure all of their employees’ safety amidst the Coronavirus crisis.
Hallmark has assigned a task force a few weeks back that has been monitoring the situation and are tracking all the activities and information provided by public health agencies like the CDC and World Health Organization and are utilizing the guidelines that they provide.