HBO's "Westworld" and CBS' "S.W.A.T." have temporarily stopped filming due to wildfires that broke out in California near the filming stations. HBO and CBS, which produce the two shows respectively, have also issued a statement regarding the halting of production. 'Safety of cast and crew come first.
Los Angeles County is now facing two major fires as of Tuesday: the 11,000-acre Creek Fire and the 1,000-acre Rye Fire.
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. 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. The unnamed personnel also confirmed that S.W.A.T. was the only show scheduled to shoot at the Valencia facility on Tuesday. The freeways have already been closed and there have been traffic jams on the main roads. "We're chasing the fire and trying to get ahead of it". The employee added that the fire could be seen from the studio offices.
Filming on Westworld season 2 has ground to a halt - and not for the first time.
As things stand, Westworld season 2 has been slated for a spring 2018 premiere on HBO, though it's possible that date will be pushed in order to accommodate these extenuating circumstances.
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