As COVID-19 cases fueled by the transmissible omicron variant continue to increase dramatically, entertainment shows and events are again being canceled or postponed during the fall and winter months.
As of Saturday, the omicron variant accounted for 73.2% of new COVID-19 infections in the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. In the week ending December 11, Omicron accounted for 12.6% of new cases.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday urged the public to cancel upcoming events due to the omicron threat.
“It is better to cancel an event than to cancel a life,” Tedros said.
Below are the entertainment events that have been canceled or postponed as a result of the surge.
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New Year’s Eve Deals
Fox’s New Year’s Toast & Roast 2022
FOX Entertainment announced Tuesday that its New Year’s Eve special, “Fox’s New Year’s Toast & Roast 2022,” will not continue due to a spike in COVID cases. Comedians Ken Jeong and Joel McHale have been appointed to host the special.
The network said in a statement that the recent rapid spread of Omicron cases has made it impossible to produce a special live show in Times Square that meets our standards. It is still of paramount importance.”
The network added that the alternative programming for the special program will be announced in the coming days.
Fox’s “Toast & Roast” is set to include shows from Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Billy Idol, Pink, and more.
However, New Year’s Eve specials for other networks are still being implemented.
NBC’s holiday special “Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party” hosted by Miley Cyrus and “Saturday Night Live” comedian Pete Davidson will air live on the network from Miami.
CBS is also joining in the fun with its own first-ever Nashville show “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash,” featuring country music’s hottest stars — including Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay — across multiple Music City locations. , according to the network.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of “Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Dick Clark with Ryan Seacrest” on ABC. Seacrest of Times Square in New York is scheduled to host with Lisa Koshy.
However, plans to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square are also in question, with Mayor Bill de Blasio expected to decide this week whether to proceed with plans to allow vaccinated visitors to congregate. De Blasio said in November that he wanted to bring the event back “in full force” this year.
Live recordings of shows that are often filmed before studio audiences postpone episodes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.
“Wendy Williams Show”
While the show’s host has been absent from her seat all this season due to health concerns, the show itself will be suspended while COVID-19 cases are shattering record highs in New York City.
The show announced on Tuesday that the live episodes will run on January 10 instead of the originally scheduled January 3 date.
“Due to the increasing number of new COVID-19 cases and to ensure the safe return of our crew and staff, The Wendy Williams Show will now return with new live episodes on Monday, January 10,” the show announced on Instagram. . “We continue to observe all health and safety protocols in New York City, and we wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.”
“The Nick Cannon Show”
The “Nick Cannon Show” announced similar news on Tuesday, writing on Instagram that the show will continue with its live tapings on January 10.
The rise of the omicron variant also comes with the approach of Hollywood Awards season.
Oscar Awards Ceremony
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has postponed its annual judges awards due to a spike in COVID-19 cases and the omicron variant. The event, one of the Academy’s annual celebrations leading up to the Oscars, was scheduled to take place on January 15 in Los Angeles.
“I made the difficult decision to change our plans” in light of the uncertainties about the variables, the academy said in a statement. “We feel this is the best and safest decision for the honorees and guests. Scheduled plans will come later as we continue to prioritize the health and well-being of all participants.”
Samuel L. Jackson, Liv Ullman and Ellen May have been named honorary Oscars at this year’s Governors Awards, while Danny Glover is set to receive the Jane Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Due to the shutdown, the 2021 Governors Awards ceremony has been canceled entirely and the two Hersholt honorees, Tyler Perry and The Motion Picture and Television Fund, will be presented during the Academy Awards on April 25.
Critics’ Choice Awards
The Critics’ Choice Association has postponed its annual Critics’ Choice Awards due to mounting public health concerns regarding COVID-19 and the increased prevalence of the omicron variant.
“We have collectively come to the conclusion that it is a wise and responsible decision at this point to postpone the 27th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards,” the association said in a statement. “We are in constant contact with Los Angeles County public health officials, and are currently working hard to find a new date during the upcoming awards season to host our annual gala in person with everyone’s safety and health remaining our top priority.”
The decision to postpone the awards show contradicts an earlier statement from the association, which stated that the Critics’ Choice Awards will be held with “the strictest and safest protocols,” such as “mandatory proof of vaccination, negative 48-hour PCR tests in social distancing requirements and prior and appropriate concealment.”
Originally scheduled for January 9, 2022, Tye Diggs and Nicole Bayer would host the Critics’ Choice Awards. The ceremony honors prominent figures in the film and television industry. Movies like “Belfast,” “West Side Story,” “Dion” and “Dog Power” were nominated this year, while actress Halle Berry received the SeeHer Award for championing women.
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Palm Springs International Film Awards
Event organizers canceled the Palm Springs International Film Awards. The awards ceremony was expected to take place in person on January 6, 2022, at the Convention Center in Palm Springs, California.
Directors Jane Campion and Kenneth Branagh, actors Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, Andrew Garfield, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz and the crew of “King Richard” and “Belfast” were expected to attend the event.
“We are taking this action due to the recent surge in COVID cases and out of great caution to ensure the health and safety of honorees, sponsors and employees,” a statement from the Palm Springs International Film Festival said. “The Palm Springs Film Awards is one of the biggest events in the world of cinema with 2,500 guests and over 1,000 employees in the room.”
The Palm Springs International Film Festival is still scheduled to run until January 17th. Ticket holders are required to show proof of complete vaccination, photo ID and sign a waiver to enter venues and events, which also apply to the Film Awards.
New York Film Critics Circle
The New York Film Critics Circle has postponed its 2022 awards show, originally scheduled for January 10, according to Variety.
“Out of our concerns about the safety of our award winners and members, we have taken the decision to postpone the dinner,” NYFCC Chairman Stephanie Zachark told the outlet. “But rest assured, we will find a way to celebrate the achievements of the winners in the coming months. Even in the midst of an uncertain time, we see this as a positive step forward.”
Miami jingle ball
iHeartRadio’s annual Jingle Ball 2021 tour has been cut short this year. The Miami leg of the tour, scheduled for Sunday, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Y100 Miami announced on Social media.
“Due to the increased transmission of the new Covid-19 variant and to minimize any potential risks, as a precautionary measure and for the safety of our staff, talents and guests, we have taken the decision to cancel the IHeartRadio Y100 Jingle Ball tonight,” iHeart said in a statement.
The show was originally slated to feature Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Jonas Brothers, Black Eyed Peas, Saweetie, Monsta X, Anitta, and more.
‘small coarse grain’
As Broadway struggles to keep the blinds up, COVID issues are forcing longer product closures — and the permanent closure of “Jagged Little Pill.”
“Jagged Little Pill” announced Monday night that it will not reopen after a closure that was set to end early this week. This was the second show to directly blame COVID for the shutdown; The first was “Chicken and Biscuits” in November.
“Six” has announced that the Monday night show has been canceled with fans lined up outside. Broadway shows are scheduled to resume on December 29.
‘The ship’s crew’
“Skeleton Crew,” a new Broadway play by Dominic Moreso and starring Felicia Rashad, announced Monday that it is delaying the start of its previews and opening night due to COVID cases. Its first show will be on December 27.
“small coarse grain” closes permanently Amid the onslaught of Corona virus cancellations on Broadway
Hamilton has canceled all shows through December 26.
‘Mrs. ‘fire doubt’
“Mrs. Doubtfire” has canceled shows through December 21. Shows will resume on December 22.
“Harry Potter and the cursed Child”
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” shows have been canceled through December 27.
“Is there still sex in the city?”
Writer and star Candice Bushnell tested positive for COVID-19 on December 21 just before she headed to stage — and the producers said the show, which premiered on December 7, could not go on. A national tour is still in the works, as well as an international tour.
The Rockettes announced on December 17 that Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be ending early.
“We regret that we are unable to continue the ‘Christmas Spectacular’ this season due to the increasing challenges of the pandemic,” a statement on the Rockettes’ website read. “We were hoping to make it through the season and we are honored to have hosted hundreds of thousands of fans at over 100 shows over the past seven weeks.” We loved bringing back this cherished tradition that helps kickstart the holiday season in New York City and we look forward to welcoming fans back to Radio City Music Hall in 2022.”
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Contributing: Pamela Avila, Ryan W. Miller, Adriana Rodriguez, Brian Truitt, Edward Segara, USA TODAY; Ilana Keeler, Asbury Park Press; Brian Blusky, Emma Sasek, Palm Springs Desert Sun
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