Hulu's Chippendales series starring Kumail Nanjiani pauses production after a positive COVID-19 test

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While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are drastically going down across the country, the pandemic isn’t completely over yet, as Hulu’s untitled Chippendales series starring Kumail Nanjiani recently found out.

The currently-untitled Hulu series (formerly known as Immigrant) has paused production due to a positive COVID-19 test, according to Deadline.

The positive test came within the show’s Zone 1, which includes the cast members and those directly interacting with them, though it wasn’t revealed who tested positive.

New show: While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are drastically going down across the country, the pandemic isn't completely over yet, as Hulu's untitled Chippendales series starring Kumail Nanjiani recently found out

New show: While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are drastically going down across the country, the pandemic isn’t completely over yet, as Hulu’s untitled Chippendales series starring Kumail Nanjiani recently found out

Paused: The currently-untitled Hulu series (formerly known as Immigrant) has paused production due to a positive COVID-19 test, according to Deadline

Paused: The currently-untitled Hulu series (formerly known as Immigrant) has paused production due to a positive COVID-19 test, according to Deadline 

Filming is said to be shut down for the rest of the week, with production resuming as normal next week.

The news comes just days after Belfast director Kenneth Branagh announced he tested positive for COVID-19, along with Hillary Clinton and White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

The person who contracted COVID-19 on the series was not identified, and it’s currently unclear if the virus has spread throughout the set or not.

Shut down: Filming is said to be shut down for the rest of the week, with production resuming as normal next week

Shut down: Filming is said to be shut down for the rest of the week, with production resuming as normal next week

The untitled series hails from Pam & Tommy creator Robert Siegel, which tells the true story of Indian-American entrepreneur Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Nanjiani).

The show will show how Banerjee created Chippendales in 1979, the first all-male stripping troupe in America.

The series will explore the, ‘insane, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.’

Somen: The untitled series hails from Pam & Tommy creator Robert Siegel, which tells the true story of Indian-American entrepreneur Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Nanjiani)

Somen: The untitled series hails from Pam & Tommy creator Robert Siegel, which tells the true story of Indian-American entrepreneur Somen “Steve” Banerjee (Nanjiani)

First: The show will show how Banerjee created Chippendales in 1979, the first all-male stripping troupe in America

First: The show will show how Banerjee created Chippendales in 1979, the first all-male stripping troupe in America

The untitled show also stars Murray Bartlett, Juliette Lewis and Annaleigh Ashford, with Nanjiani also executive producing the series with his wife Emily V. Gordon.

Banerjee bought a failing Los Angeles bar called Destiny II in 1979 and turned it into a nightclub called Chippendales, which featured the first all-male stripper troupe in the country.

He would later open more Chippendales bars in New York, Dallas and Denver, but as more competing companies started sprouting up… Banerjee’s dark side emerged.

First: Banerjee bought a failing Los Angeles bar called Destiny II in 1979 and turned it into a nightclub called Chippendales, which featured the first all-male stripper troupe in the country

First: Banerjee bought a failing Los Angeles bar called Destiny II in 1979 and turned it into a nightclub called Chippendales, which featured the first all-male stripper troupe in the country

Competition: He would later open more Chippendales bars in New York, Dallas and Denver, but as more competing companies started sprouting up... Banerjee's dark side emerged

Competition: He would later open more Chippendales bars in New York, Dallas and Denver, but as more competing companies started sprouting up… Banerjee’s dark side emerged

He attempted to burn down at least three competing strip clubs, and he enlisted Ray Colon, a former Palm Springs cop and male entertainer, to carry out the murders of his producer Nick De Noia in 1987 and other former Chippendales dancers in 1990 and 1991.

Banerjee plead guilty to attempted arson, racketeering, and murder for hire and copped a plea deal that would have lead to a 26-year prison sentence and the loss of his Chippendales company.

The day he was to be sentenced in October 1994, Banerjee committed suicide in his cell by hanging himself, passing away at just 48 years of age.

Guilty: Banerjee plead guilty to attempted arson, racketeering, and murder for hire and copped a plea deal that would have lead to a 26-year prison sentence and the loss of his Chippendales company

Guilty: Banerjee plead guilty to attempted arson, racketeering, and murder for hire and copped a plea deal that would have lead to a 26-year prison sentence and the loss of his Chippendales company

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