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Old 03-18-2020, 01:22 AM   #1
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Default American Idol suspends production, allowing contestants to return home

The ABC reality competition is the latest show to suspend production, effective immediately, but pre-taped episodes will continue to air. "Filming has been halted to ensure that contestants can get home to their families, according to a source; the rest of the production is working remotely, and has been since last week," reports TVLine's Dave Nemetz. "For now, episodes will continue to air as scheduled through the beginning of the live shows, which were slated to kick off in mid-April, but producers will continue to evaluate things on a week-to-week basis." ALSO: Idol has already ruled out shooting live shows with an audience.

ABC shifts American Idol episodes as it explores "multiple options" for live shows

Idol was set to begin airing live shows on Monday, April 6. Instead, ABC will air pretaped shows on March 29 and April 5 and show a repeat of Celebrity Family Feud on April 6. The following week, on April 12 and April 19, ABC will air specials titled American Idol: This Is Me. “Regarding American Idol live shows, we are monitoring the situation and exploring multiple options within statewide guidelines," ABC said in a statement. "We will share a production plan as soon as it’s in place.”

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