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HBO Suspends Pre-Productions of ‘Succession’ and ‘Barry’ Amid Coronavirus Concern

As the effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to prove tumultuous for the entertainment industry, the pre-productions on two of HBO‘s leading series, “Barry” and “Succession,” have been put on hold with their official production start dates to be determined.

As reported by Deadline, the network also made it clear the series writers will continue to work when remotely possible. HBO released a statement on the pushed productions:

“We are looking forward to resuming preproduction when it is safe and healthy for everyone working on our shows to do so,” said HBO. “Where possible, our writers are continuing to write remotely.”

HBO’s “Barry”

“Barry” emerged from creators Alec Berg and star Bill Hader in 2018. It has since racked a total of six Golden Globe nominations and won three Primetime Emmys last year, one for Hader’s lead performance in the comedy-drama where he stars as a hitman turned actor.

“Succession” has paved its way into a prime spot on HBO fans’ radars after the network’s juggernaut drama series, “Game of Thrones,” concluded last year. The drama, from showrunner Jesse Armstrong, won two Golden Globes this year, for Best Drama Series and Brian Cox’s lead performance.

Earlier this month, the award-winning network suspended production on the second season of “Euphoria,” which had just started. They released a statement on the assessment that has now led to the suspensions of more of their hit slate:

“In response to the global emergency related to COVID-19, we are working closely with our creative teams to assess the status of each of our series in accordance with the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as local health and government officials. We will suspend production on some of our series currently filming and will delay those scheduled to start imminently. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is our number one priority.”

With the shows’ pre-productions now halted, the network, owned by WarnerMedia, is looking to reschedule their shoots at a later date, not affecting any current Emmy eligibility.

What do you think of HBO pushing the production dates on “Barry” and “Succession?” Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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