The major US networks joined the rest of New York city in battening down the hatches yesterday, as Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.
Recordings of live shows including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report were cancelled by their network, Comedy Central, amid safety fears as the massive storm got set to hit Manhattan.
Theose cancellations joined ABC’s late night chatshow Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which had been set to kick off the first of a five day series of specials from Brooklyn, whil talk show giants David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon decided to proceed with their Monday night shoots, albeit without their regular studio audiences who networks had asked to stay away due to safety concerns.
Elsewhere, scripted shows also felt the force of Hurricane Sandy with production shut down across the city. Major shows such as Elementary, The Carrie Diaries, The Good Wife, 30 Rock and Gossip Girl will all be affected as studios including Warner Bros and CBS close all East Coast projects until further notice.
And it’s not just the small screen where the storm’s impact is being felt. Film mogul Harvey Weinstein has moved to delay the Washington DC premiere of Seal Team 6: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden, whilst several ongoing productions – including ironically, shooting on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah – have been shutdown.