The Apprentice series will not air and has been canceled for 2020 as the coronavirus lockdown has made it impossible to film.
The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have caused the world to hit pause on many shows and events, one being The Apprentice which has disappointed many because it is one of BBC’s biggest and most popular shows.
The BBC recently announced that this year’s series of The Apprentice is canceled as filming while social distancing was difficult to navigate around lockdown, as well as trying to shoot overseas challenges even though they had a full cast of business hopefuls ready to go.
The Apprentice first debuted in 2005 and this will be the first time fans of the annual show will not be given a new series, instead, highlights of the show will be aired from previous best hits of the reality show.
In a statement, a BBC spokesperson confirmed saying, “Sadly we have decided to postpone The Apprentice for 2020. Production safety and the wellbeing of everyone involved in the show is our number one priority.”
“While this is understandably disappointing news, viewers will still be able to get their weekly fix of memorable tasks, favourite candidates and boardroom bust ups alongside brand new insights from Karren, Claude, Lord Sugar and many more from the past 15 years in a special highlights series airing on BBC1,” the BBC spokesperson added.
With hopes that moving forward the pandemic will get better and lockdown rules will ease as we try to find a new norm around the coronavirus, the series expects to come back in 2021 with a bang.
The question still stands on how other shows can still carry on, how will they work around the crisis during this time and how will entertainment be effected as a whole.