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'Saturday Night Live' Suspends Next Three Shows Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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The NBC staple had been set to air its next episode on March 28.

Saturday Night Live is going dark amid the coronavirus outbreak.

NBC sketch series is shutting down for three weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the news. NBC did not immediately respond to request for comment.

SNL had been set to return on March 28 with John Krasinski as the host and Dua Lipa as the musical guest. Like other films that had been slated for a release soon, Krasinski's movie A Quiet Place Part II was already pushed back until later this year.

Of course, SNL films in front of a live studio audience, and many other shows that do so (like JeopardyWheel of Fortune and many late night shows) have already suspended filming.

SNL is 16 episodes into its 21-episode season and it's currently unclear whether the comedy series will pick back up for those final episodes.

In New York, where SNL films, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered all movie theaters, nightclubs and concert venues to close by Tuesday, March 17. Restaurants, bars and cafes can stay open but are limited to food delivery and takeout only.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.