California wildfires prompt TV production shutdowns


California wildfires prompt TV production shutdowns

Production on the second season of HBO's "Westworld" and on CBS' reboot of "S.W.A.T.", have been halted due to the ongoing wildfires affecting Southern California. A brush fire being called the Rye Fire has affected the area, resulting in the nearby freeway being closed in both directions.

One of the writers for S.W.A.T. tweeted that the safety of the cast and crew are of utmost importance to them, which is why they made a decision to not push through with their shooting schedule. Thousands of residents have since been evacuated, though with two other wildfires - namely the Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the Creek Fire close to Sylmar - also blazing across parts of the state, it's unlikely Westworld season 2 will resume production anytime soon.

"S.W.A.T." films at Santa Clarita Studios in Valenica, California, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles. The unnamed personnel also confirmed that S.W.A.T. was the only show scheduled to shoot at the Valencia facility on Tuesday.

Richard Macklin, the spokesman for Ventura CountyCB Fire Department, admitted that it has been very hard to stop the wildfires. Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said a wider area on the east side of the pass has been advised to get ready in case of evacuation orders. The employee added that the fire could be seen from the studio offices.

Though we may not be getting Game of Thrones 8 next year, we will be getting the second season of HBO's fantastic Westworld. The cast and crew of the series brought home five Emmy awards.