ABC’s The Good Doctor has halted its production in Vancouver, British Columbia as a result of COVID-19 testing concerns of the cast and crew, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama has been in pre-production with the goal of beginning filming by the middle of August.
The 2017 drama series The Good Doctor follows an autistic surgeon as he transitions to his place on the surgical team at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. The series stars Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, August Rush), Nicholas Gonzalez (Christmas Belle), Antonia Thomas (Lovesick, Misfits), Richard Schiff (The West Wing, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Man of Steel), Hill Harper (CSI: NY, Limitless), Paige Spara (Kevin From Work, Home Again), Christine Chang, (Live Free or Die Hard, 28 Days), and Fiona Gublemann (Wilfred, Royally Ever After).
Sources at Sony Pictures Television claim that “There is an issue with COVID-19 testing, which we are working to resolve with the BC Council,” via The Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, the problem allegedly has to do with how often members of the cast and crew are tested. Some individuals on set have allegedly argued that they should be tested more frequently, while others believe that the virus is more managed in Canada than the U.S. therefore, testing is not a necessity.
Similar to other production teams struggling to pick themselves back up following the affects of a pandemic, the frequency and type of testing has been the main issue to be dealt with. Soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, one of the first TV productions to resume after the state of California lifted its ban, was also forced to halt production with COVID-19 concerns of their own. However, they resumed production just a few days later once they sorted out these issues.