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'Star Trek: Picard' shuts down due to massive COVID outbreak

Dozens of production members testing positive has paused production on the Patrick Stewart-led series.

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Filming on Star Trek: Picard has temporarily shut down, reportedly due to a large outbreak of COVID-19 among the production.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Patrick Stewart's Paramount+ series has been on hold since Monday, after more than 50 members of the production team and some cast all tested positive on their first day of work after the Christmas break. According to Deadline, Stewart is not one of the infected. 

The series, which premiered in January 2020, is expected to resume production Friday or possibly early next week. 

Picard employs one of the largest production crews currently working in television, with more than 450 staffers. THR reports that the virus effected people in multiple zones, including cast in Zone A. The fan-favorite sci-fi series has been shooting Seasons 2 and 3 back-to-back in an effort to more effectively manage costs for the streamer and cast schedules.

The show also stars Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Brent Spiner, Star Trek: Voyager's Jeri Ryan, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Evan Evagora, and Oral Brady.

Season 2 of Picard is expected to air in February. No word yet on how this shutdown may delay those plans or the release schedule for Season 3, but we will keep you posted. 

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