Berlanti Productions such as Batwoman and Riverdale resume filming new seasons following coronavirus testing backlog.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, it has been revealed that a number of popular television series produced by The CW, such as Riverdale and Batwoman have resumed production following their brief unanticipated shutdown days after work on their new seasons kicked off.
The reason for the second shutdown was the backlog of tests in the region of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Several more of these series, particularly those of which air on The CW Network, like Charmed, Nancy Drew and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow were halted due to local commercial laboratory LifeLabs being unable to process a vast number of coronavirus tests (COVID-19) within a 72-hour cycle.
THR learned from a source that LifeLabs partnered with a third party lab to help reduce the backlog. The delays in processing these results have primarily affected Riverdale, which like Batwoman and its fellow Arrowverse series, The Flash, had their seasons cut short last season due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Production is underway once more
Much of The CW’s shows have now been able to resume production. Alongside Batwoman and Riverdale, The Flash has also picked things up once more as they finish off the episode that was supposed to serve as the twentieth episode of season 6.
As for Batwoman, things are back underway too. Javicia Leslie recently took to Instagram to reveal the first look in her costume as the second Batwoman as she now seems more than ready to undertake the mantle of Scarlet Knight.
Riverdale has also picked things back up, with season 5 set to undergo a seven-year time-jump early on in the season (originally planned for the beginning of it), which showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa stated will be a “way of revamping” the show.
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