Digital Spy: James Corden’s Late Late Show taking break due to positive COVID-19 test

Digital Spy: James Corden’s Late Late Show taking break due to positive COVID-19 test. “The Late Late Show with James Corden is now a late-night television staple in the US, but the series will be taking a break over the next few days. Corden, who took over as The Late Late Show’s host back in 2015, confirmed the news on Instagram yesterday (January 6), telling followers that he has tested positive for COVID-19.”

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Production Paused After More Than 50 Test Positive for COVID-19 (Exclusive) (Hollywood Reporter)

Hollywood Reporter: ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Production Paused After More Than 50 Test Positive for COVID-19 (Exclusive). “Sources say more than 50 members of the large production tested positive on Monday, which was the first day of work after the Christmas break. The Patrick Stewart-led series has one of television’s biggest crews, numbering more than 450 staffers. The infections impacted multiple zones, including cast in zone A.”

TV Technica 2021: Our favorite shows and binges helped us combat pandemic fatigue (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: TV Technica 2021: Our favorite shows and binges helped us combat pandemic fatigue. “Fortunately, while there were indeed some hiccups, we still had plenty of fantastic television on hand to take our minds off the grim daily reality, ranging from established franchises and quirky newcomers to imaginative adaptations and several foreign offerings that proved to be surprise breakout hits. With apologies to the many great series we just didn’t have room for on this year’s list, here are our favorite TV watches and binges for 2021, in no particular order.”

The Mary Sue: Dear TV Shows, It’s Very Weird to Watch You Pretend Like COVID-19 Is Over

The Mary Sue: Dear TV Shows, It’s Very Weird to Watch You Pretend Like COVID-19 Is Over. “When these characters talk about the pandemic in the past tense and eat in crowded indoor restaurants and sit shoulder to shoulder at a children’s music recital without a mask in sight, that is—outside of a few major cities that still have enforced mandates—what is happening all across the country. It is very hard to separate that infuriating reality that we all have to deal with daily from that of the show, where this behavior is supposed to be perfectly fine and safe.”

Mashable: Thought virtual watch parties were dead? 2022 would like to have a word.

Mashable: Thought virtual watch parties were dead? 2022 would like to have a word.. “I’m not happy that we have to rely on virtual watch party software again and I assume you aren’t either. But if we have to deal with constantly shifting circumstances, it’s good to keep in mind the growing list of digital tools we have at our disposal to make the most of a bad situation. These apps even have utility outside the context of a pandemic, as loved ones can be physically far apart for any number of reasons while still wanting to experience movies together.”

Mashable: The best, worst, and weirdest pandemic TV moments of 2021

Mashable: The best, worst, and weirdest pandemic TV moments of 2021. “Over the past two years, how and why COVID-19 is portrayed on screen has grown more and more interesting. Some flagrantly fictional worlds have bent to accommodate the real crisis, while their more realistic counterparts sidestepped the matter altogether. So how was the pandemic addressed on TV this year? Listed in no particular order, here are 12 note-worthy Covid moments from 2021 television.”

Wall Street Journal: Covid-19 Vaccine Issues Create ‘General Hospital’ Drama and Increased Costs on Movie Sets

Wall Street Journal: Covid-19 Vaccine Issues Create ‘General Hospital’ Drama and Increased Costs on Movie Sets. “In Hollywood, soap opera characters portrayed by vaccine skeptics are being killed off or shipped away, set crews for Walt Disney Co. ’s ‘Black Panther’ sequel and other projects are being reprimanded or reassigned, and some A-list stars won’t work with colleagues who haven’t gotten a jab.”

Engadget: ‘Reading Rainbow’ will return in 2022 with an interactive component

Engadget: ‘Reading Rainbow’ will return in 2022 with an interactive component. “After more than 15 years off the air, Reading Rainbow will return to TV in early 2022. Per CBS News, this latest version of the classic children’s show will be known as Reading Rainbow Live. It will feature an interactive component that kids will be able to access through Looped. The platform will allow viewers to ask questions of the cast, and participate in games. Naturally, Reading Rainbow Live will also be available to stream online.”

Vulture: Netflix Ratings Just Got a Little Less Secretive

Vulture: Netflix Ratings Just Got a Little Less Secretive. “Netflix is making good on its promise to start disclosing viewership stats on a regular basis. Reversing years of secrecy, the streaming giant today will start releasing a weekly report revealing not only the most popular programming on the service but exactly how many viewing hours those titles accumulated around the world over the preceding seven days.”