Coronavirus concerns put The Morning Show on pause

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Jennifer Aniston and Billy Crudup in The Morning Show.
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The cast and crew of The Morning Show will halt production for two weeks over concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

The break is a precaution and not because of possible exposure. The series studio, Media Res, and Apple made the decision together, according to reports.

News of the hiatus, first reported by the website Deadline, comes as possible contamination shut down two sets, Fox’s NeXt and the CW’s Riverdale. Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, also announced this week they both contracted coronavirus while Hanks was on a movie set in Australia.

It is not known if virus-related precautions will take place on other sets in the Apple TV+ family.

“In concert with our dedicated partners at Apple, we have concluded it would be prudent to take a two-week hiatus to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the incredible people who make this show,” Michael Ellenberg, founder and CEO of Media Res, said in a statement to Deadline.

The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Billy Crudup, is in production of its second season. Apple invested millions of dollars in the series as part of the launch of its new streaming service last November.

Anniston earned a Screen Actors Guild award in January for the show. Crudup won a Critics Choice Award for best-supporting actor.