How COVID shook up TV casts, from ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’ to ‘Witcher’

Time to shuffle the deck.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into Hollywood’s plans, impacting TV exhibits throughout the board. For some, this implies untimely cancellations — even after they initially received the inexperienced mild of a renewal (reminiscent of Showtime’s Kirsten Dunst automobile “On Becoming a God in Central Florida,” or ABC’s “Stumptown”).

For others, it means shedding a star or shaking up the cast when manufacturing delays and shutdowns have an effect on actors’ availability.

Here are the largest exhibits that have been compelled to shake up their casts.

‘Dr. Death’

Jamie Dornan and Joshua Jackson
Jamie Dornan and Joshua JacksonGetty Images

Jamie Dornan was initially set to star on this Peacock restricted sequence as Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Co-starring Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater, it is based mostly on a sinister true story following a revered neurosurgeon who left his sufferers worse for put on. The function would have been a return to type for Dornan, who’s recognized for taking part in stiff swimsuit Christian Grey within the “50 Shades of Grey” franchise however did his greatest work taking part in a creepy serial killer in BBC sequence “The Fall.” But on Oct. 13, it was introduced that he was now not accessible, due to the manufacturing’s pandemic-related delays. He’s been changed by Joshua Jackson, who additionally has apt vary (“The Affair,” “Little Fires Everywhere”) to play a pillar of the neighborhood with darkish secrets and techniques.

“Dr. Death” doesn’t but have an introduced premiere date.

‘9-1-1: Lone Star’

Liv Tyler and Gina Torres
Liv Tyler and Gina TorresFox; Getty Images

When Liv Tyler joined the spinoff to the hit Fox show “9-1-1,” starring reverse Rob Lowe, it was her community TV debut after a profession crammed with films (“The Lord of the Rings” franchise) and status premium dramas (“The Leftovers”). Season 1 of “Lone Star” aired from January to March. Unfortunately, her time taking part in chief paramedic Michelle Blake was short-lived. Tyler, who lives together with her household in London, was reportedly reluctant to fly to Los Angeles to movie Season 2 amidst coronavirus concerns. She will not get replaced, however community TV mainstay Gina Torres (“Suits”) will step into the second season to play a brand new character, filling within the gap Michelle leaves. Ironically, Torres will play a girl who’s re-entering the workforce after her husband loses his restaurant job due to the pandemic.

Season 2 will premiere at an unspecified date in January 2021.

‘The Witcher’

Basil Eidenbenz
Basil EidenbenzDave Benett/Getty Images

The Netflix fantasy swords-and-monsters epic starring Henry Cavill initially cast Danish actor Thue Ersted Ramussen as Eskel, a fellow Witcher (magical monster-hunter) character who’s a fan favourite from the books and video video games the sequence is predicated on. However, the show noticed a scheduling shake-up after the manufacturing shut down in March and resumed in August (certainly one of its new actors, “Game of Thrones'” Kristofer Hivju, even examined constructive for the virus). Ramussen posted on his Instagram, “Sadly, due to the rescheduling due to Covid-19, I cannot be portraying Eskel…it is heartbreaking.” Swiss actor Basil Eidenbenz (“The Favorite”) has been recast within the function.

Season 2 doesn’t but have an introduced premiere date.


Ben Feldman as Jonah, America Ferrera as Amy and Nico Santos as Mateo in "Superstore."
Ben Feldman as Jonah, America Ferrera as Amy and Nico Santos as Mateo in “Superstore.”Greg Gayne/NBC

In what is likely to be the one occasion of the pandemic inflicting an actor to change their schedule for the higher, star America Ferrera was set to depart the NBC office sitcom on the finish of Season 5 (she cited the reasons of spending extra time together with her household and pursuing different alternatives). However, that season’s manufacturing was compelled to shut down one episode brief, throwing a wrench in that plan. In order to give Amy a correct send-off, she’s lingering longer than initially deliberate, staying an additional two episodes into Season 6. The show airs Thursdays at 8 p.m.

‘The Voice’

Gwen Stefani and Nick Jonas
Gwen Stefani and Nick JonasNBC

In October 2019, it was introduced that Gwen Stefani was leaving NBC’s hit actuality sequence to do a Las Vegas residency. (She appeared in Seasons 7, 9, 12, and 17.) Nick Jonas stepped in, teaching alongside Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson in Season 18. However, Stefani’s residency was scheduled to final by May of 2020 and ended ahead of anticipated due to the pandemic. She’s now free to return to “The Voice” and her fiancée Shelton. Meanwhile, Jonas is out after only one season (though he has not disclosed if his departure has something to do with the present state of the world). Season 19 is presently airing Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here