‘Riverdale’ production shut down over coronavirus fears

The CW’s pulpy show “Riverdale” has weathered many wild story turns, such as cults and bear attacks, but it’s finally being hit by an enemy it can’t throw a twist at: coronavirus.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on Season 4 of the Vancouver-based show has been shut down because a crew member came into contact with a person who tested positive for the highly contagious virus, which was officially declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday.

The fourth season of the pulpy teen drama, which stars Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse, KJ Apa and Camila Mendes, is currently airing (Wednesdays at 8 p.m.) and has already been renewed for a fifth.

The Post reached out for comment from Warner Bros. Television, which released the following statement: “We have been made aware that a team member from RIVERDALE, which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member is currently receiving medical evaluation. We are working closely with the appropriate authorities and health agencies in Vancouver to identify and contact all individuals who may have come into direct contact with our team member. The health and safety of our employees, casts and crews is always our top priority. We have and will continue to take precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. Out of an abundance of caution, production on RIVERDALE is currently suspended.”

There are currently over 1,200 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the U.S., with over 30 confirmed deaths. So far, it’s caused delays in the release of films including the upcoming James Bond franchise installment “No Time to Die,” a delay in the production of “Survivor,” the cancellation of SXSW, the postponement of Coachella and the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the suspension of the current NBA season. Talk shows including “The View” and “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” are opting for audience-free tapings. And Wednesday night also brought the news of the first known celebrities to contract the virus: Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson.

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