A crew member who was working on the upcoming Fox/Disney sci-fi drama series neXt has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday morning (March 11).
The crew member is a woman in her 50s from California, who traveled to Chicago to work on the show. She came into contact with other crew members, as well as members of the cast.
The show stars Mad Men actor John Slattery as a paranoid former tech CEO who joins a Homeland Cybersecurity Agent (Fernanda Andrade) who wants to stop a rogue artificial intelligence from taking over the world. It’s set to debut on Fox in May.
Disney Television Studios said in a statement, “We have been notified by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) that a crew member on ‘neXt,’ which concluded production in Chicago last week, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is receiving treatment. We are working closely with the CDPH to identify and contact all individuals who came in direct contact with the crew member, and are taking precautions to protect all who work on our productions.”
SAG/AFTRA also released a statement on Tuesday, which read: “Fox/Disney notified cast and crew today that a production member for the show ‘neXt,’ which wrapped production at Cinespace in Chicago last week, has tested positive for the Coronavirus. That person came into contact with other cast and crew at Cinespace and possibly elsewhere. We are working with the production company regarding this matter to determine the timeline and scope of potential exposure to members and others. We are monitoring the situation closely and will update our statement periodically as warranted.” ~Alexandra Heilbron
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