Hurricane Sandy Halts Entertainment on the East Coast

In addition to flights being canceled and many homes and buildings without power, Sandy has stopped production on several TV shows and films, canceled concerts, Broadway shows, charity galas, and so on.

The New York City entertainment spectrum has pretty much shut down due to flooding and lack of power.

TV shows Gossip Girl, Person of Interest, Smash, 666 Park Avenue, Elementary, The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report did not air new episodes as scheduled last night, and all 40 Broadway theaters will be shut down through today.

Movie theaters didn’t fare any better—Production of Akiva Goldsman’s Winter’s Tale and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah were postponed, and all film permits have been revoked do to safety precautions. Anna Karenina, which was set for release today has been postponed as well.

The video game Assassin’s Creed III was eagerly anticipated for release today, but with no power it’s not as though gamers are missing anything.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel canceled his show last night, but is hopeful he can film the segment he had planned tonight instead. Guest stars would include Howard Stern, Sharon Jones, Dap Kings, and Tracy Morgan.

Both David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon chose to tape their shows as scheduled without a studio audience.

Most daytime talk shows were set to air live as usual today, though Live! With Kelly and Michael chose to air a rerun.

Concerts for New York and New Jersey have been postponed or canceled indefinitely. The Freedom to Love Now show featuring Rufus Wainwright has been rescheduled to the spring of 2013.

Even fashion designer Prabal Gurung has pushed back the unveiling of his anticipated collection for retail store Target until next week.

With the death toll rising and the insurmountable damage still occurring we doubt anyone on the east coast is thinking much about entertainment right now.

We hope everyone remains in a safe environment, and power is restored soon to those without it.