Apple TV+ ‘Severance’ production suspended amid Writers’ strike

Apple TV+ Suspends 'Severance' Production

Members of the Writers Guild of America protested outside York Studios, where Severance is filmed, according to Deadline. IATSE and Teamsters members reportedly wouldn’t cross the picket line. The show’s second season, whose premiere date has not yet been set, is anticipated to be further postponed as a result.

After failing to reach a new agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, the WGA declared a strike in the US on May 2. Screenwriters are requesting a rise in compensation as well as assurances from big studios that they won’t use ChatGPT or other generative AI to create movie and television scripts in their place.

However, there are other issues relating to the second season of Severance that are more pressing than the writers’ strike. Conflicts between co-showrunners Dan Erickson and Mark Friedman have led to “significant delays” in Severance season 2 production, according to Puck News’ report from last week. 

The second season of the show has also been dogged by “script issues” and a “ballooning per-episode budget,” among other issues. Apple TV+ aims to create two further seasons of the programme internally. Adam Scott, Patricia Arquette, Britt Lower, John Turturro, and Christopher Walken are the stars of Severance.

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