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'Westworld' Resumes Filming After Wildfires Interrupted Production

07 December, 2017, 01:32 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • 'SWAT' and 'Westworld' Halt Production Due to California Wildfires

Wildfires have also forced other studios to halt production on their shows as well.

Less bad, but notable, is that the fires have caused production of CBS series S.W.A.T. and HBO's Westworld to shut down temporarily.

HBO's "Westworld" is set to resume production on its second season after shutting down operations on Monday due to concern over wildfire activity in the vicinity of the show's set. Both series film near Santa Clarita, where the Rye Fire is located.

News of S.W.A.T.'s delay was first mentioned by a Twitter account run by the show's writers, who cited unsafe air quality as the reason for the shut-down. Jerry Brown, governor of Ventura County, has declared a state of emergency in the area.

A Santa Clarita Studios employee told Deadline this morning that the facility's internet was down, apparently because of the fire. "We're chasing the fire and trying to get ahead of it".

A major fire also flared up in LA County on Tuesday, and LA mayor Eric Garcetti said that the dry climate and high winds indicate the fire won't die down for another five day.

"Westworld" Season 2 is still filming for its premiere in spring 2018 on HBO.

The series was one of HBO's biggest hits in 2016, and while the series was quickly renewed, development on a second season has taken longer than most shows (not surprising, considering that the development on the first season was said to have issues of its own). The fire drew too close to the stages to continue filming, so cast and crew were sent home.

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