I honestly don't think such shows will be able to continue for long - as things stand I struggle to see it continuing another week.
But just now another player wants to leave. Carol has claimed several times she wanted to quit. So now she just called a house meeting. There is speculation that she will ask the houseguests to vote her out. The house guests gather and guess what production did to hide this.....of they cut the feeds.
So one self-evicted, 2 were expelled and now another will self evict by default. This season has been something else.
I can't think of a worse mistake in this situation than for production to let a whole week play out where they go through the motions to evict Carol just so she avoids having to officially quit.— Taran Armstrong (@ArmstrongTaran) March 20, 2020
So I fully expect this to be what happens. #BBCAN8
Seven Network's attempt at bringing back the Australian Big Brother has back fired:
BIG BROTHER shuts down after COVID-19 positive test
It was suddenly looking quite wise to have pre-recorded if they could get it over the finish line but these shows have such big crews it seems inevitable they're going to be affected.
The reality television show “Big Brother Canada” has continued production despite prevalent worries on-set about the spread of COVID-19, The Logic has learned. Insight Productions, which produces the show, continues to film in a Toronto house even as several crew members have resigned rather than continuing to work in the face of a pandemic. The show, which premiered March 4, currently features 12 “houseguests” who live in televised competition with one another. They often interact with crew members who regularly come and go from the set, according to a source with direct knowledge of the production. (The Logic is not naming the source because they have signed a non-disclosure agreement with Insight Productions.) There are about 60 crew members listed in the show’s credits.
Many crew members quit on Sunday, according to the source. Others have remained, the source said, because they don’t want to lose their eligibility for employment insurance. (Employees who quit a job aren’t eligible for EI benefits unless they have “just cause” for doing so.) The situation left one crew member in tears—they don’t “want to be there,” the source said.
Apart from sharing close quarters, the houseguests must perform challenges to avoid being evicted from the house. “Spring Fling,” the challenge that aired March 18, involved partners attempting to trap with their lips balls that floated between their faces. “We did a challenge last weekend where contestants had to transfer balls in partners using their mouths,” the source said. “They would drop [them] on the ground and [then] put them back in their mouths. And we fully were aware of corona.” “Insight is taking every precaution to keep our crew and houseguests safe on Big Brother Canada while delivering programming to audiences across the country when they need it most,” said Insight publicist Gabrielle Free in response to The Logic’s inquiries. Cast members were informed of the virus’s spread on-camera in mid-March. “Before you guys entered sequester, there was a virus in China called the coronavirus…. Since you guys have been sequestered with us, the virus has continued to spread worldwide. The World Health Organization declared this a pandemic on March 11,” the show’s executive producer Erin Brock told the cast members over a loudspeaker, promising to provide “updates as we get them.” (Nevertheless, many houseguests remained confused as to the severity of the outbreak because the updates were “sugarcoated,” according to the source.) “I’m cancelling ‘have-nots’ for the week, because I think the last thing you guys need to worry about is food and rest,” Brock said, as several members broke out in tears. Brock did not return The Logic’s requests for comment. (“Have-nots” are contestants who are made to sleep in uncomfortable conditions, eat “slop” and take cold showers.) “The safety of the crew and houseguests is paramount to Insight and as such we are taking every precaution to ensure a healthy set and workplace. A medical professional has verified that there are no symptoms of COVID-19 in the house,” Free said. “Many additional practices have been implemented including, but not limited to, placing sanitizers at every entrance; daily professional cleaning and disinfection of all edit suites, control rooms, studio spaces, and offices; elimination of the live audience; adjusting the creative so that more staff can work from home, etc. The onsite crew members are checked for symptoms prior to entry on a daily basis. We are continuing to keep our staff and houseguests updated on a regular basis as the situation evolves.” According to the source, however, these measures were only put in place on Sunday “after a bunch of people quit.” Free didn’t respond to further requests for comment regarding resignations or the timing of the safety measures. On Monday, Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment, which broadcasts “Big Brother” through Global Television Network, published a story noting Insight’s “additional safety precautions to protect their Season 8 houseguests” amidst the outbreak. The statement is identical to the one provided to The Logic. Insight Productions, which also produces “The Amazing Race Canada” and “Battle of the Blades,” faces an unrelated $35-million class-action lawsuit alleging a variety of violations of Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, including unpaid overtime, vacation pay and holiday premiums, due to contracts that didn’t comply with the act. Much of the television and film industries in Canada have shut down as a result of COVD-19. That includes the Vancouver-based production of “Riverdale,” which ceased filming after a “team member” tested positive for the virus. Members of Germany’s “Big Brother” were told of COVID-19 by the resident doctor sitting behind a glass screen. Several sponsors of “Big Brother Canada”—including the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, First Choice Haircutters and Wendy’s—have also shuttered much of their own operations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The season is over. ❤️💔 #BBCAN8— Arisa Cox (@arisacox) March 24, 2020
As a result of recent COVID-19 government mandates, effective today #BBCAN8 has ended production. We’re all in the house together Canada, thanks for watching ♥️— Big Brother Canada (@BigBrotherCA) March 24, 2020
Full Statement » https://t.co/qsAQblIQXA
“Big Brother Canada is a labour of love for so many, and even though it hurts to say goodbye to the season, it’s the right thing to do,” said Big Brother Canada Host Arisa Cox. “On behalf of the incredible people who put this show together, thank you to everyone who started this journey with us. Please take care and be safe!”
At this time, Big Brother Canada has no plans to resume production at a later date. After a truly unprecedented season, the show will take its final bow over two episodes Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
My heart is overflowing! Sending MUCH LOVE out to everyone who works on #BBCAN8, to every Houseguest, past & present, to everyone in our BBFam saddened by the loss of our show, while dealing with the uncertainty of the important issues #covid19 has exposed. Love! pic.twitter.com/pOKwhQIPXo— Arisa Cox (@arisacox) March 25, 2020