Shut down by the WGA strike months ago, Shondaland's murder mystery drama The residence was preparing to resume production. On Tuesday, the Netflix series lost one of its stars, Emmy winner André Braugher, who died at age 61 after a brief illness.

The residencefrom executive producer/showrunner Paul William Davies and executive producers Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, filmed four episodes of its eight-episode order before suspending filming during the early days of the writers' strike more than six months ago.

The series was set to return to production on January 2, sources told Deadline. In light of Braugher's untimely death, it is unclear whether The residence will keep that date or give the cast and crew more time to grieve. It's also too early to speculate whether Braugher's character will be dropped or recast in the remaining four episodes.

Using Kate Andersen Brower's book The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House As a starting point, the Netflix series is described as “a madcap whodunit set upstairs, downstairs, and in the back of the White House, among the eclectic staff of the most famous mansion in the world.”

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After a dead body is found, an extremely eccentric detective (Uzo Aduba) arrives to investigate 157 suspects attending a State Dinner.

Braugher plays one of the main characters alongside Aduba, White House chief Usher AB Wynter.

The cast also includes Susan Kelechi Watson, Ken Marino, Jason Lee, Bronson Pinchot, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Edwina Findley, Molly Griggs, Al Mitchell, Dan Perrault and Mary Wiseman.

Braugher, two-time Emmy winner for Homicide: life on the street It is Burglar, proceeded to The residence after a regular run on Paramount+'s sixth and final season The good fight and an eight-season premiere on Fox/NBC Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Rosy Cordero contributed to this report.

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