Television and film production stalled in March due to Covid-19, which stopped filming for several months. And while some shows got back on the air this fall, others were on hold due to the pandemic, which means more than a year will pass between seasons.
So if you’re wondering why some of your favorite shows weren’t on one of the top TV lists for 2020, it could very well be because the series didn’t air any new episodes this year.
Here are 12 popular shows that were MIA in 2020, along with the latest information on when to expect them to come back up.
American Crime Story (FX)
It’s been almost three years since FX aired the last installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The third season, called Impeachment, focuses on the national scandal between Monica Lewinsky (played by Beanie Feldstein) and President Clinton (Clive Owen) that led to the country’s first impeachment in over a century in 1998. From the perspective of the women involved (including Lewinsky and Linda Tripp, played by Sarah Paulson), Impeachment was originally planned for this fall. Main photography didn’t begin until November, however, and FX has yet to set a revised broadcast date.
Like American Crime Story, Atlanta made the list of last year’s shows that didn’t air in 2019. Adweek ranked Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed comedy as one of the best shows of the decade, but it hasn’t aired on FX since May 2018, but the network had ordered not one, but two more seasons of the series to be filmed in a row last spring. Instead, Atlanta won’t start filming until early 2021. Vowing it would be worth the wait, Glover tweeted in November, “The Atlanta S3 + S3 will be one of the best televisions ever made. Only sopranos who can touch us. “
Bill Hader’s dark comedy about a killer (Hader) who questions his life and stands in the moonlight as an aspiring actor was one of the best shows of 2019. Season three production was due to begin in April, but HBO said when it would Filming is about to begin.
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Although the Karate Kid Revival Netflix ‘No. 1 show after it aired on the Streamer in August, subscribers did not watch any new episodes of the series. Instead, they played the first two seasons, which were already available on YouTube Premium.
That’s because Cobra Kai left YouTube Premium earlier this year as part of moving away from scripted originals from that platform, and Netflix agreed to record the series and the already filmed season 3. This season will be released on January 1 on Netflix and the streaming service has already ordered a fourth season of the show.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
The Hulu series had just started filming season 4 when the pandemic hit. It went back into production last September, and Hulu said the fourth season of 10 episodes will premiere sometime in 2021. Earlier this month, Hulu renewed the series for the fifth season.
It’s always sunny in Philadelphia (FXX)
The comedy hasn’t been on FXX since season 14 in November 2019, but there’s a lot more Sunny ahead of you. Earlier this month, FX Networks extended the show by four seasons to Season 18, making Sunny the longest-running live-action comedy series in TV history, ahead of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Season 15 will air in 2021.