“The present should go on,” because the saying goes — and lots of a present tried to just do that, as coronavirus panic began to set in throughout the nation.
Over the previous few days, earlier than the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention declared COVID-19 a pandemic, plenty of daytime and late-night collection tried to maneuver ahead with out studio audiences — which, if nothing else, made for attention-grabbing tv. However because the state of affairs worsened, most productions determined to go on hiatus.
As of press time, practically a dozen late-night collection — ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Dwell, Bravo’s Watch What Occurs Dwell!, CBS’ The Late Present and The Late Late Present, Comedy Central’s The Day by day Present and Lights Out, NBC’s Tonight Present and Late Evening, HBO’s Actual Time, and TBS’ Full Frontal — have opted to halt manufacturing, efficient instantly. Amongst daytime choices, The Ellen DeGeneres Present, The Tamron Corridor Present and The Wendy Williams Present have adopted go well with. (HBO’s Final Week Tonight is scheduled to air a truncated episode on Sunday, earlier than it, too, goes darkish.)
What follows is a 72-hour timeline with clips from every present that tried to maintain the lights on…
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
Dwell With Kelly and Ryan grew to become the primary present to go on air with out an viewers. It stuffed the void by having crew members fill the primary two rows.
“As you’ll be able to see, issues are a bit of completely different right here at this time, given the creating state of affairs in New York with the coronavirus,” Ryan Seacrest stated, explaining the state of affairs to viewers at dwelling. Added Kelly Ripa, “Whereas we don’t have our common studio viewers, apart from a few of our producers… that shouldn’t cease everybody from watching at dwelling. As a result of, let’s face it: You may’t go anyplace else!”
Shortly thereafter, the women of ABC’s The View went stay with solely producers and cameramen on the ground. “Effectively, howdy! Hey! Hey!” moderator Whoopi Goldberg stated, as she greeted a nonexistent audience: “Welcome to The View, y’all! Welcome to The View! Welcome to The View! Welcome to The View! Welcome to The View! Welcome to The View! Welcome to The View! Welcome to The View!”
Later that night time, TBS’ Full Frontal With Samantha Bee grew to become the primary late-night collection to placed on a present sans seat fillers.
“We thought-about utilizing fun observe tonight,” Bee stated. “Sadly, the one sound cues we had readily available have been the woos from Saved by the Bell when Zack Morris kissed Kelly Kapowski. So we received’t have viewers laughter, however we would have my laughter, as a result of my writers added some jokes that I haven’t seen earlier than.” Bee then proceeded to interrupt a number of instances throughout her preliminary phase on COVID-19.
THURSDAY, MARCH 12
The syndicated Wendy Williams Present adopted Kelly and Ryan‘s lead and stuffed seats with myriad staffers. (“Welcome my workers and my co-workers, in any other case often known as my co-hosts till corona could be carried out correctly,” Williams stated.)
When Comedy Central’s The Day by day Present With Trevor Noah aired later that night time, the Powers That Be thought the present would transfer ahead with new episodes the week of March 16. That call was reversed, however not earlier than Noah serenaded his ultimate studio viewers:
A half-hour later, NBC’s Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon determined final minute to eliminate the viewers. Fallon then proceeded to placed on what would in the end be his final present.
“Such as you, I’m watching the information, and I’m simply as confused and freaked out as you’re,” Fallon stated. “However what I do know is after we’re there for one another, we’re at our greatest.”
Over on CBS, The Late Present With Stephen Colbert adopted go well with and carried out to an viewers of only a few staffers, who have been spaced out among the many 457 seats contained in the Ed Sullivan Theater. Colbert ultimately revealed that viewers at dwelling have been watching costume rehearsal; halfway by means of his monologue, which he selected to carry out at his desk, Colbert determined that it was redundant to undergo the motions of a no-audience present twice. Earlier than he introduced out the night time’s sole visitor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the host remarked on the day’s headlines — together with phrase that Tom Hanks examined optimistic for coronavirus.
“Hey, coronavirus! You may shut down Italy, you’ll be able to shut down South Korea [and] you’ll be able to destroy our financial system, however maintain your filthy nucleocapsid proteins off Tom Hanks!” he exclaimed. “The person is an American treasure!”
By the point NBC’s Late Evening With Seth Meyers was to document its no-audience present on Thursday night, the choice was made to droop manufacturing altogether. Whereas a repeat aired that night time, Meyers recorded a coronavirus-themed “Nearer Look” phase that was posted as an internet unique:
Final however not least was CBS’ Late Late Present With James Corden, which taped Thursday’s episode a day forward of air. On the time, the host assured viewers that they’d maintain the lights on and see what occurs, however that received’t be the case anymore.
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
HBO’s Actual Time With Invoice Maher went stay from Los Angeles. In the course of the present, which he carried out in entrance of members of his writing workers, the comic confirmed earlier studies that HBO would droop manufacturing indefinitely following that night’s broadcast.
“Welcome to F—king Ridiculous With Invoice Maher,” the host stated. “This nation went from zero to loopy in about three seconds this week. It’s Friday the 13th now, there’s a pandemic, the markets are in free fall… and Trump is president. So let’s hope we don’t run right into a spate of unhealthy luck!”