'Westworld' and 'SWAT' suspend production due to California wildfires


With traffic a mess, the flames getting close to Santa Clarita Studios, and unsafe air, the entire cast and crew of S.W.A.T. was sent home as a precaution.

An HBO spokesperson confirmed that production of "Westworld" has been suspended due to the fires, and writers of the CBS series "S.W.A.T." confirmed that production of their show had been halted as well.

Both series film in Santa Clarita, which is experiencing the 500-acre Rye Fire, prompting the closure of the 5 Freeway in both directions.

HBO's "Westworld" is set to resume production on its second season after shutting down operations on Monday due to concern over wildfire activity in the vicinity of the show's set.

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A separate blaze, the Creek Fire, is also burning in Los Angeles County in the Kagel Canyon area, near Sylmar, with further mandatory evacuation orders in effect.

A staff for the studio revealed that their Internet connection has been down due to the fire.

According to the employee, S.W.A.T. was the only show scheduled to shoot at the 16-office Valencia facility today. Hopefully, the fires can be contained and filming will be able to resume in the near future. "We're in a wind-driven fire event", said Macklin. However, a few water-dropping helicopters have already reached the scene. "Westworld" Season 2 should still arrive this spring on HBO.

Though we may not be getting Game of Thrones 8 next year, we will be getting the second season of HBO's fantastic Westworld.