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Hurricane Sandy shuts down film and TV production on East Coast

October 29, 2012|By Richard Verrier and Meredith Blake | This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
  • The CW's "Gossip Girl" was one of several TV shows that shut down production because of Hurricane Sandy.
The CW's "Gossip Girl" was one of several TV shows that… (Giovanni Rufino )

Hurricane Sandy has put a temporary halt to film and TV production in New York City.

New York City officials announced that all film permits in the city have been revoked for Monday and Tuesday because of "Hurricane Sandy and continuing safety precautions,'' according to a statement from the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. "There will be no City authorized outdoor filming within the five boroughs."

At least nine TV shows were affected by the shutdown, including "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "Elementary" (CBS), "Gossip Girl" (CW), "Person of Interest" (CBS), "666 Park Avenue" (ABC) and "The Following" (Fox).

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Feature films "Noah" and "Winter's Tale," both starring Russell Crowe, were affected.

Several talk shows also canceled production, including "Katie," "The Colbert Report," "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and  "Jimmy Kimmel Live," which usually films in Los Angeles but was scheduled to begin a week of heavily publicized shows Monday from Brooklyn, Kimmel’s home borough.

"Due to stupid Hurricane Sandy and in the interest of the safety of our studio audience, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will not broadcast tonight from the Harvey Theatre at Brooklyn Academy of Music," Kimmel said in a statement. "We are hopeful to be back on the air tomorrow night with Howard Stern, Tracy Morgan and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings."

CBS' "The Late Show With David Letterman" planned to tape its program Monday and Tuesday as scheduled, but without an audience, a representative for the talk show said.

Meanwhile, production studio Focus Features said it was postponing Tuesday night's planned New York City premiere of the Keira Knightley film "Anna Karenina" in anticipation of the storm, which was expected to bring gale-force winds and heavy rain to coastal regions from Delaware to Southern New England.

[For the Record, 12:49 p.m. PDT Oct. 29: An earlier version of this online post said “The Late Show With David Letterman” was on NBC. It is on CBS.]

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