These TV shows aren't finishing their seasons because of coronavirus

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Is there a part of our lives that the coronavirus hasn't disrupted?

The schedules of beloved television programs have also been affected by the pandemic that continues to wreak havoc.

From early finales to delayed endings, here's how some series are shifting plans: 

"Grey's Anatomy": Production won't resume on the 16th season of the medical drama, which premiered 15 years ago, so the season finale will air April 9 (ABC, 9 ET/PT), with its 21st episode. 

"Supernatural": Writer Andrew Dabb shared March 23 via Twitter that that night's  episode would "be our last episode for a while," as a result of being shut down. A few more episodes, including the series finale, planned for May, will now air later this year.

"American Idol": ABC's singing competition will name its top 20 finalists in a final taped episode scheduled for April 5. Live shows are delayed indefinitely while producers explore "multiple options within statewide guidelines," including an audience-free version. Clip shows are planned to fill the gap April 12 and 19. 

"The Walking Dead": The series' official Twitter account announced March 24 that the season would wrap April 5, earlier than planned. "The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year," the announcement read.

"Superstore": As a result of NBCUniversal suspending production on about 35 series, production for "Superstore" was halted one episode shy of its full season. It's unclear how (and whether) the show will address the departure of star America Ferrera. NBC declined comment. 

"The Resident": The Fox medical drama will now finish its third season with Episode 20 on April 7 (8 EDT/PDT). That's a bit short of the traditional 22-episode broadcast-network season. 

"Saturday Night Live": The sketch show joined other late-night comedy shows in putting production on hiatus indefinitely. The next original episode, with John Krasinski due to host, had been scheduled for March 28. Additional episodes in early April are also canceled, but no word on plans for three final episodes for the 45th season due to start May 2. 

"New Amsterdam": NBC scrapped an episode of the series about a flu pandemic that hit a little too close to home amid the current climate, show creator David Schulner detailed in an essay for Deadline. The drama's second season will end April 14. (Beginning on March 31, the program will air at 9 EDT/PDT, while NBC News specials on the COVID-19 pandemic will air at 10). .

"Fargo": After temporarily shutting down production of "Fargo," FX postponed the scheduled Season 4 premiere date, scheduled for April 19. Physical production on eight of 10 episodes, starring Chris Rock, has been completed. FX hopes to broadcast the latest edition of the franchise this year, but it will not air in time to be eligible for the 2020 Emmys. 

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Gary Levin and Bill Keveney

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/tv/2020/03/27/coronavirus-american-idol-greys-anatomy-schedules-disrupted/2928333001/

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