CBS Cuts Series Orders for 2020-21 Due to COVID-19

CBS has been forced to alter its plans for the 2020-21 season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

This week, Variety reported that popular series on the network have had their series orders cut which will take away multiple episodes for more than half a dozen shows.

The cuts and reductions come because of altered production schedules that have been fluctuating, but CBS hopes the series’ will be able to carry through May which would put them back on schedule moving forward.

Among the shows that will have their episodes cut from 22 include Blue Bloods, Magnum P.I., NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and SEAL Team.

A look at the revised number of episodes for each series moving forward includes:

  • Blue Bloods (16)
  • Bull (16)
  • Magnum P.I. (16)
  • The Neighborhood (18)
  • NCIS (16)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (18)
  • NCIS: New Orleans (16)
  • SEAL Team (16)
  • The Unicorn (13)

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 8.46 million confirmed cases and 223,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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