The Weekly Wrap: Avatar Sequels Suspend Production

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The upcoming Avatar sequels have run into production delays due to Coronavirus concerns in New Zealand. The upcoming sequel was due to start filming in Wellington but that call has been put off as the world attempts to flatten the curve of the spread of the disease. It is unknown if the delay will postpone the release of the film, which is set for 2021. Avatar isn’t the only production to face issues as Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series which is filming in New Zealand has also been put on hold.

The Return Of Ahsoka Tano
Disney+ has unveiled the latest TV spot teasing the return of fan-favourite Padawan, Ahsoka Tano. The seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will premiere on the Disney streaming service in March and will tie-up the storyline of the beloved animated Star Wars series. The series takes place following Episode II: The Attack of the Clones, leading up to events before A New Hope. The character is once again voiced by Ashley Eckstein. The character was last seen in the Disney animated series, Star Wars Rebels.

Friends Reunion Special Delay
Social distancing has affected the Friends reunion special, which was scheduled to begin production this month. The special which was due to air on HBO Max, will reunite the original cast members of the hit television series for studio special. Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry confirmed their participation for The Friends Reunion Special, which would have coincided with the launch of HBO and WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, due to launch in May.

Conan To Air Episodes Filmed On iPhone
Late night television will continue despite the shutdown that is gripping the United States and the rest of the world. Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert got the ball rolling with episodes filmed at home, which air on YouTube and now Conan O’Brien is following suit with episodes shot remotely on an iPhone. The shows will air on TBS beginning 30 March and will feature interviews with celebrities that were recorded on video chat. The episodes will also be worked on remotely by the show’s production staff to ensure quality.

Netflix, YouTube Throttle Down In Europe
The lockdown is continuing to change the way the world views things and that also stretches into the world of streaming. With many forced indoors, the internet is proving to be an outlet for many people, including communication as especially entertainment. But in order to cope with the increased number of people going on online in Europe, both Netflix and YouTube have ceased to stream their content in HD for the next 30 days. With steps to curb the pandemic continue; expect more streaming services and game companies to throttle down on their bandwidth in the coming weeks.

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