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The Chosen given special waiver to continue filming during Hollywood strikes

by Sophie Drew

The Chosen – an award-winning television show about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ – has been given permission to continue filming as strikes rattle Hollywood.

This weekend, Hollywood saw its first full day of both actors and writers striking - the first joint action in 63 years, all but bringing the entertainment industry to a halt.

However, after campaigning to the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), an entertainment union, The Chosen is one of few shows going ahead.

The programme – which tells the story of Jesus’ life and ministry – lost a day and a half of filming because of the strikes.

The cast is currently in the middle of shooting season four.

The series is now entirely reliant on donations, and is totally independent, meaning the union gave it special dispensation.

The TV show’s Twitter account took to the social media platform on Friday to warn viewers that production was about to be shut down. They said: “Important update from Dallas on the Screen Actor’s Guild strike, which starts tonight.

“Unfortunately, despite the requested work we did on our end, an exemption for us will not be granted in time to avoid a shutdown.”

Less than 48 hours later, they were able to confirm that filming was due to restart.

They said: “Update: Great news! We just received word from SAG that we have been approved for a waiver.

“We’ll continue shooting on Monday.”

The Chosen can be viewed for free via their dedicated app, or via Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV.

Rated 9.3 on IMDb, The Chosen is one of few depictions of Jesus widely praised by the Christian community.

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