Riverdale fans in meltdown as series given ‘green light’ to resume filming ‘Far too early’

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Filming of the final episodes of Riverdale season four were postponed by the coronavirus lockdown, with season five also expected to return this year. Now, British Columbia’s new plans to restart the TV industry have fans hoping the show could come back to The CW and Netflix sooner rather than later.

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Television production across the globe was hit severely by the coronavirus pandemic, with most major shows suffering a lengthy filming hiatus.

The cast and crew of Riverdale returned to their homes during the lockdown as filming for the final three episodes of season four was unable to continue in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Archie Andrews (played by KJ Apa) and friends were previously expected to return to screens in early 2021, but the show’s current schedule remains uncertain.

Season four was forced to wrap up prematurely, leaving fans in the dark following a catastrophic cliffhanger involving the videotape killer and the murder of Principal Honey (Kerr Smith).

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However, a recent update from British Columbia’s government’s COVID-19 production-restart plans has suggested production on popular shows such as Riverdale, The Flash and The Good Doctor could start again soon.

The Hollywood North government’s CreativeBC has stated “employers can start or resume activities”, provided the studios have a COVID-19 safety plan.

CreativeBC’s update is good news for both the creative industries and the Canadian state of British Columbia, which pulls in over $2 billion each year for its economy thanks to its popular filming locations for television and film.

Since more than 70,000 jobs in the industry have been lost or put on hold since the lockdown began in March, TV crews are keen to get their cast and crew back to work.

Unfortunately, there are other restrictions keeping stars K. J., Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse and Camila Mendes from returning to set, including a stop sign at the border for non-essential workers extended to June 30th .

In its June 5-released Health & Safety Protocols for the motion picture industry, WorkSafeBC said: “Employers are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.”

While the Hollywood North agency added: “Employers must involve frontline workers, joint health and safety committees, and supervisors in identifying protocols for their workplace.”

This means once Warner Bros. Television has outlined effective safety protocols for returning the cast and crew to work, production on Riverdale seasons four and five could kick start after July 1st.

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WBTV have so far not commented on their forthcoming plans following the recent updates from the BC government.

Canada has undergone strict lockdown procedures during the pandemic, and British Columbia has had 2,632 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 167 deaths, with restrictions only being eased in the last two weeks.

In the meantime, Riverdale fans have been discussing whether calls for the show to return to business as usual are happening too soon.

One viewer took to Reddit and said: “I love the show, but it’s far too early. This would mean the cast practically living on set – right?”

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While another argued: “It’s doubtful they can go back because the actors cannot be in that close of contact without masks or other safety precautions.

“How would they keep the film crew safe? What happens if someone gets covid due to unsafe working conditions-can they sue?”

With the level of uncertainty around the pandemic and returning to work still high, fans may be waiting for some months to see the anticipated return of Riverdale.

Riverdale season 4 is available to stream on Netflix.


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