‘Shameless’ Begins Filming for Final Season, WarnerMedia’s Ann Sarnoff Reveals, Talks COVID-19 Impact on Production, and More – Deadline


Two more Warner Bros. TV series Television, both from John Wells Prods., Will resume production in Los Angeles next week. Shameless is scheduled to begin filming its 11th and final season on September 8; TNT Animal Kingdom will begin filming for Season 5 on September 7. This is the first WBTV series to restart production in Los Angeles after the coronavirus shutdown, joined by the CBS sitcom Mom September 14.“TV shows are picking up and running in Southern California,” Ann Sarnoff, chief of WarnerMedia Studios & Networks, said in an interview Thursday with Deadline.


The TV studio already has a handful of scripted series in production. Supernatural has been filming its last two episodes in Vancouver since August 18; the limited series HBO Max The stewardess resumed filming in New York on Monday; Batwoman began production of Season 2 in Vancouver today. The next step is Riverdale (September 14), followed by Lucifer (end of September). By the end of September, WBTV is expected to have nearly 20 series back in production.

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“It might not be as continuous as it would have been if we hadn’t had COVID, but I think every linear and streaming service has the same problem,” Sarnoff said of the pipeline. of original content interrupted by the pandemic. “But we’re trying hard to put back into production, so we can have that stream of programming to get into HBO Max and all of our partners, cable channels and CW. ”

Netflix, Amazon, and WarnerMedia’s TruTV have all scrapped previously fired series due to the additional costs of coronavirus-related shutdown and assembly of production during a pandemic with extensive safety protocols.

Sarnoff said it was not expected that other shows whose production had been suspended by COVID would not return.

“We kind of left things halfway and pick up where we left off,” she said. ” We have Flight attendant with Kaley Cuoco that we do with HBO Max, of which I believe we have two episodes left, and Gossip Girl which we’re just getting started. Of course we have to revisit the economics because of the delays and bring the productions back to the world, but it’s something that’s happening throughout the industry.

Le HBO Max / WBTV Gossip Girl the restart is currently slated to begin production in New York City in late October.

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All WBTV-scripted series are creatively overseen by studio president Susan Rovner, who has been the subject of growing speculation that she may be leaving the studio for a high-profile programming position at NBCUniversal. Deadline reported last week that Rovner had started exit conversations with Warner Bros.

Sarnoff would not discuss Rovner’s future at WBTV. “I cannot comment on the speculations or the rumors,” she told Deadline.

In the full-scale interview linked to the Warner Bros. theatrical release ‘ Principe, Sarnoff, who recently picked up HBO Max in a WarnerMedia reshuffle, also clarified details about the WarnerMax label, a joint venture launched between the film group and the new streamer last February.

Originally, the label was overseen by HBO Max Content Director Kevin Reilly and Warner Bros. Group Chairman. Pictures, Toby Emmerich, but with Reilly’s recent departure, “Toby Emmerich will oversee WarnerMax,” Sarnoff said. Moreover, the label, which was supposed to make 8 to 10 films per year, is not a microbudget or a theatrical PVOD or a day and date label in streaming, but rather “it will be films directly in streaming, rather than theatrical in streaming. the near future, ”explains Sarnoff.


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