Filming for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has reportedly halted after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19.
Production is temporarily suspended but is scheduled to resume after the Thanksgiving holiday, ET reports. Meanwhile, Kyle Richards revealed on her Instagram story that she’s not feeling well and thanked alum Teddi Mellencamp for dropping off a Thanksgiving meal since she wasn’t able to cook this year.
Additionally, Dorit Kemsley posted about how her husband PK Kemsley held down the fort for her. “I’m incredibly thankful for these 3 angels I have in my life,” she wrote along with a video. “Thank you @paul_kemsley_pk for holding down the fort(and for building them) and for being such a fun, loving Daddy and husband. I’m thankful for the pleasure it brings me to see my husband and children build pyramids together, and for all the memories and love we have in this family.”
The pandemic has altered production on a number of Bravo shows
Other Bravo series have had to stop filming this year due to COVID-19. Family Karma reportedly returned for a second season but was shut down for two weeks when a member of the production team tested positive in early November.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta and The Real Housewives of New York City also had a brush with the virus. RHOA put filming on hold for two weeks after a crew member tested positive. Meanwhile, RHONY only briefly paused filming in October when a crew member tested positive. Filming quickly resumed and the cast was soon seen shooting in the Hamptons.
Bravo also quickly pivoted with previously filmed productions. Cast confessionals were shot at home, plus reunions were filmed via Zoom. However, in-person reunions seem to be returning. RHONY and The Real Housewives of Potomac were shot in person.
Some reality series are waiting for the pandemic to end
Not all reality series have resumed production. Netflix’s popular Queer Eye series is still on hold and won’t finish the current season until the country receives the “all clear.”
“Our show is not filmed on a set,” Queer Eye cast member Bobby Berk told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “We’re out there in real life, in stores and restaurants, and salons. Interacting with people in public.”
“So it’s impossible to keep talent, crew, and heroes safe,” he said. “So I’d say safety is the biggest part. But luckily, what we’ve been hearing is there’s a vaccine on the near horizon and once that’s out we can probably get back to work in a good way.”
One Bravo series that is still up in the air is Vanderpump Rules. Lisa Vanderpump recently announced that she would close restaurants in accordance with California’s current three-week shutdown. But cast members are starting to feel jittery and unsure if it’s the pandemic that is keeping their show on hold.
Cast member Scheana Shay recently admitted she is worried. “I’m worried that, I mean, ‘cause we don’t know exactly what’s going on. We were just gonna assume that with three cast members all being due in April, they would kind of schedule around that, but nothing has been said for sure,” she said on her Scheananigans podcast.
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