It’s that time of the year again when cooler weather kicks in, days get shorter, kids nestle back into the classrooms and new seasons of our favorite shows come back to television after a summer hiatus.

Maybe if it wasn’t the year 2020. This year millions of kids are doing their studies from home and the television line up this fall is going to differ from what is expected.

For several decades major broadcast TV networks have relied on Fall to not only launch new shows but to bring back fresh new episodes of shows that audiences already love. While some shows will head back to the networks this season with delays, many others will miss from the line up entirely because of production being suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hit shows like ABC’s “The Good Doctor” will not air this fall and this will also be the first time in nearly 20 years that CBS will not be airing “Survivor” on its network.

Streaming players have also been impacted by the pandemic with Netflix warning in July that the company does not foresee programming production in America to return until 2021. “Current infection trends create more uncertainty for our productions in the U.S.,” said Netflix.

“If Netflix is telling you that they can’t shoot content in the U.S. — and they’ve been out aggressively starting production around the world — that means that for the networks, it’s not happening,” remarked Rich Greenfield, a media analyst and Partner at LightShed.

Netflix was still working on season 5 of “Lucifer” when it announced an abrupt halt to production earlier this year. Hulu’s highly acclaimed “The Handmaid Tale” and Apple’s “The Morning Show” have also had their productions suspended.

The impact of coronavirus has additionally swept through the global film industry with cinemas remaining closed for most of the year and the productions of many anticipated movies coming to a halt.

The next chapter of Keanu Reeve’s film “John Wick 4” has been delayed all the way to 2022 as well as Disney’s “Doctor Strange” sequel. Both upcoming Mission Impossible films have also been halted with the seventh chapter pushed to November 2021 and the eight pushed to November 2022.

Many more television shows and films are facing delays as productions remain halted. Now maybe the best time to consider listening to the radio.

There is a significant difference in radio broadcasting compared to watching television or movies as the radio allows you to multi-task and do other things simultaneously. Radio also makes people feel more informed, with news, traffic updates, radio personalities, and the live feel. Listening can also make you happier.

According to a GFK Radio Insights report from 2018, radio makes people happier than any other media. A survey of 1,200 Australian radio listeners found that 85% of respondents said they tune in because radio entertains them, while 78% listen to stay up to date. 56% tuned in for news, local events, and traffic, while 47% said the major reason they listen is for specific presenters or talent.

“The research found that people receive positive emotional benefits from listening to the radio, including feeling happier, more inspired and motivated,” remarked Commercial Radio Australia CEO Joan Warner.

“The positive social effects extend to younger listeners, with 57% of those aged 10 to 17 saying they find radio motivational and one in two saying radio presenters help them have more confidence in their point of view.”

“Radio offers something unique that keeps audiences tuning in and that sense of connection to real, live human beings will be even more valued as the use of artificial intelligence becomes more commonplace,” Warner added.

Earlier this year, The Radio Advertising Bureau in Britain also determined that radio listeners have higher levels of happiness and energy than consumers of other media.

The Radio Advertising Bureau surveyed 1,000 consumers in Britain via their smartphones, asking which media they were consuming and to rate their mood.

Those taking in any media — TV, radio, or the Internet — were happier and had more energy than those consuming no media at all, and radio helped raise happiness and perceived energy, Radio Today said.

Another investigation that used EEG brain scan techniques on six volunteers had shown that radio stimulates positive engagement levels within the brain. Brain activity was monitored while the participants were exposed to audio clips of editorial content, advertisements, and silence.

According to the scans, levels were higher by 30 percent when advertising messages were preceded by editorial content, compared with when they were played as a stand-alone ad break, the researchers say.

While television shows and films face delays because of the coronavirus, perhaps using this time to listen to more radio is the answer to staying happy and calm, especially during this turbulent year.


All the films and TV shows suspended due to coronavirus

Report: Listening to radio makes people feel happier