No more Sam and Dean for you, South by Southwest attendees. A previously scheduled panel about long-running CW show “Supernatural” has been removed from the conference’s schedule.
Stars and Austin fixtures Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles were scheduled to appear. No official announcement explaining the cancellation has been released from network the CW or from SXSW.
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The CW is a subsidiary of WarnerMedia, which earlier this week announced it would restrict travel out of concern over the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the company told all employees to cancel corporate travel, as well as organizing and attending events.
SXSW officials said Monday afternoon that the conference and festivals are still planned to go on as scheduled, and no Texas health officials have requested cancellation. Organizers said they are monitoring the coronavirus situation and working with government agencies to ensure safety. SXSW has released a statement and safety tips on sxsw.com.
Other WarnerMedia-affiliated sessions are still on the SXSW schedule, including a panel from “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” which is a TBS show, and sessions with HBO’s “Watchmen” creative team and “A Black Lady Sketch Show” creator Robin Thede. Several CNN journalists and employees are still on schedule for panels, including CNN Business’ Jackie Wattles, chief climate correspondent Bill Weir, executive Andrew Morse, anchor Kate Bolduan and anchor Poppy Harlow.
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WarnerMedia’s subsidiaries also have programming still on the SXSW Film Festival schedule with talent set to appear, like TNT’s “Snowpiercer” TV adaptation and HBO’s “We’re Here.”
Check our list of companies and people who have pulled out of SXSW due to coronavirus precautions.