How storm Sandy is affecting the TV industry in New York

When storm Sandy dug her claws into the East Coast of the US, the entertainment industry was hardly the biggest concern when both lives and livelihoods were at stake across several states.

But in the aftermath of the storm, the Hollywood Reporter has detailed the effect the violent weather had on the TV industry in New York.

When Sandy hit New York, there were 21 TV series currently in production in the city including Person of Interest, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock and new Kevin Bacon drama The Following.

All of these series were put on hold for at least three days.

Other affected shows include Nurse Jackie, Smash, Special Victims Unit, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Permits for exterior filming in the city were revoked this week in preparation for the storm arriving. These were expected to be issued again later in the week.

The studios in Brooklyn where The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Smash are filmed are located near the East River and one of the stages took in water. Production was expected to begin again this week.

Sandy also forced the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman to film their respective late night talkshows without audiences. Kimmel’s show usually films in LA but he was in his hometown to film a special week of shows.

A number of films currently shooting in the city were also halted and all of the Broadway theatres closed.

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