The Amazing Race production for season 33 with Phil Keoghan has come to a standstill because of the coronavirus outbreak. They were in the middle of production when it turned too risky for cast and crew. Although no one has caught the coronavirus, the epidemic has become too widespread. CBS has postponed filming until there’s a handle on the virus.
More than the risk cast of the Amazing Race crew catching the coronavirus, it’s the unpredictability of the travel industries. A small outbreak in an area can shut down airline travel, stranding all the crew and cast in a remote location.
The Amazing Race: CBS Halts Filming Over Coronavirus
The coronavirus spreading quickly in countries overseas, so CBS is deciding to err on the side of caution. According to Variety, no one directly involved with The Amazing Race has contracted the virus. But they’ve made the decision to pause production, “out of an abundance of caution”.
It’s one of the United State’s first television programs to be affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Yet, Amazing Race isn’t the only CBS project to film outside of the US. CBS’s Survivor typically films in Fiji. But it’s a different story in countries across the globe. Below is a map showing countries with confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
In an effort to keep the coronavirus contained, movie premieres, sporting events, and much more have been canceled. The 2020 Olympics will take place in Tokyo this summer. It’s the biggest sporting event of the year. Yet, officials haven’t made any moves to cancel or postpone.
I’m 99% sure TAR33 is gonna get cancelled halfway through filming cause of the coronavirus 💀💀💀
— Delanie #JennLeeDefender (@ShoneeDanniStan) February 27, 2020
CBS Send Racers Sent Home in Middle of Competition
It seems that The Amazing Race‘s 33rd season was right in the heat of production when CBS made the call. Its contestants were reportedly on the third leg of the race. They had already visited both England and Scotland before the crew got the command to put things on pause. All of those involved with the season are in the process of being sent back home.
CBS says that “no Racers or anyone on the production team traveling with them have contracted coronavirus or shown symptoms”. But doctors will be monitoring The Amazing Race cast and production even after they return home.
Just heard the news that TAR33 shut down filming. Probably for the best, I'm surprised they attempted a race around the world right now in the first place. It would be playing a game of Russian Roulette with the crew and racers' health.
— Mark Carroll a.k.a. TurquoiseStar17 (@TurqMc) February 28, 2020
The Amazing Race: Season 32 Will Air Sometime This Year
Despite production being halted on season 33, there will still be a season of TAR hitting televisions this year. The show’s 32nd season filmed from November 10, 2018, to December 3, 2018. The exact airdate is up in the air at the moment, but it’s supposed to be sometime in 2020. Host Phil Keoghan teased a “return to the basics” when talking about the upcoming race.
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