Over the past six months, the Wuhan coronavirus has taken a major toll on the entertainment industry. Some theme parks have reopened, but low visitor numbers suggest most guests seem disinclined to return to their pre-COVID-19 travel plans until an effective vaccine emerges. Capacity limits on theaters have battered the movie industry, with studios continuing to push back release dates on major films in light of recent bad box office showings.
One corner of the entertainment world has returned to something approaching normalcy, however. “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” returned to the air Monday evening, starting their 38th and 37th seasons in syndication, respectively. The shows’ return to the air, after making comparatively minor tweaks to accommodate public health concerns, represents another example of a return to normalcy — or at least a post-coronavirus version of “normal.”
Abrupt End in Spring
As with the rest of movie and television production, game shows ended taping abruptly once the virus hit