With three live-action Star Trek shows currently in production during the pandemic it was inevitable there would be some issues, even with strict protocols. News came Wednesday afternoon that the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds set is dealing with a positive test.
Strange New Quarantine
According to an exclusive report on Deadline, an actor set for a guest role on Strange New Worlds has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. It is believed the actor was flying in from Vancouver to Toronto, where the series is filmed. The test was caught via the CBS protocols before the actor had made it to the set.
Contact tracing has started and those who had come in contact with the actor have been quarantined. According to Deadline, no other cast or crew members have tested positive at this time and production on the show “has not been impacted” as the series continues filming.
Luckily the protocols identified the person involved and isolated those who had contact before it became more widespread. A number of films and television shows have had to shut down temporarily over the past few months due to positive Coronavirus tests including CW’s The Flash, Netflix’s The Witcher, and NBC’s Chicago Fire.
Shows have had to find ways to work around these issues including Strange New Worlds. In his recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer and co-showrunner Akiva Goldsman said he was not able to finish his directing work in the pilot when the show began production in February because stricter quarantine protocols in place at the time didn’t allow for a scene due to limits on the number of extras. He said he hoped to return to Toronto “pretty soon” to finish up.
Even if there was a delay in production, it likely wouldn’t impact the release of the series, which isn’t expected to debut on Paramount+ until 2022, following the late 2021 debut of Star Trek: Discovery season four, and the 2022 debut of Star Trek: Picard season two.
And even though both Discovery and Strange New Worlds are shot in Toronto, they are produced at different studios and so any issues with one is less likely to impact the other.