The coronavirus has caused massive delays in both the film and television industries. Some film theater release dates have been moved to next year. In television, currently airing shows are suffering series finale problems because of production delays and cancellations. AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” for example, can easily solve this problem because the next to last episode for the current Season 10, Episode 15, supposedly ends with a cliffhanger, which means that Episode 16 can air later as a planned special episode or even act as the first episode of the upcoming Season 11.
Yet, on April 1, Fox announced that there would be no such continuation of Season 6 of its popular hip hop-related series “Empire.” The coronavirus shut down production on the final two episodes (i.e. Episodes 19 and 20). Instead, Fox plans to expand Episode 18 to include footage already shot for Episode 19. No one knows if answers to some of the series’ biggest questions will be provided as originally intended in the new finale.
It’s also currently unknown if Lee Daniels, the show’s creator, might still develop a spin-off based on Cookie Lyon’s early life. The drastic day-to-day changes caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic have made it impossible for most people to plan and schedule, especially in the entertainment industry.