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13 Best Government Conspiracy Shows to Watch During Your Self-Quarantine

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Feeling a little restless and bored at home during your self-quarantine? It’s understandable. You didn’t expect to be living and working from home a month or so.

While you’re doing your part to flatten the curve and help prevent the spread of coronavirus, if you don’t have something to keep you occupied, your mind begins to wander just a little bit.

That’s honestly the only explanation I can think of for all the conspiracy theories I’ve been reading. While there’s absolutely no basis to them, it made me think that maybe there’s something there entertainment wise– people are craving a specific genre of television to help them through this tough time.

So, I’ve put together a list of shows surrounding government conspiracies that you might enjoy while you are cooped up inside.

Manifest (two seasons – currently airing)

Manifest is a mystery inside of a riddle that focuses on the return of Flight 828 five years after its initial disappearance. The plane’s re-emergence shocks everyone because they assumed their loved ones were dead. As the passengers begin looking for the truth, they stumble upon a government conspiracy that’s dangerous and frightening.

 

Emergence (one season so far)

Manifest made way for Emergence, a drama about a small-town cop who takes in a young girl at the site of a mysterious plane crash. The young girl begins exhibiting certain supernatural powers, and as high-ranking officials develop an interest in the girl, Jo realizes she’s entangled in a mystery larger than she ever imagined.

 

Stranger Things (preparing for season 4)

When Will Byers goes missing, three best friends in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana begin their search for him along with his mother and police chief Hopper. The investigation leads them to unraveling a series of supernatural mysteries that lead to secret government experiments with an alternate universe.

 

God Friended Me (two seasons – currently airing)

Not all government conspiracy’s have to be dark and dangerous, sometimes, they’re feel-good shows! Miles is friended by the “God Account,” a mysterious account on Facebook that allows him to help people in need. Miles and his friends try to figure out who is behind the all-knowing account, and the possibility of a government entity is high up on that list.

 

The Bodyguard (one season)

The British police thriller follows Police Sergeant David Budd, who is a war veteran suffering from PTSD. He currently works for the  Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service and is assigned as security for Homeland Secretary, Julia Montague, who is rather controversial in the political landscape. It keeps you guessing until the very end over who did what and who knew what.

 

The Passage (one season)

The series, based on a trilogy of the same name, focuses on Project Noah, a secret medical facility where scientists test dangerous viruses that could potentially be a cure-all. However, there’s a chance they could potentially wipe out the whole human race if they get into the wrong hands (this might be a little too on the nose). A federal agent grows to love a young girl who becomes a test subject and attempts to protect her at all costs… even human destruction.

Quantico

Alex Parrish is the one of the top recruits at Quantico, a training facility for only the best and brightest, but she’s being set up of masterminding the deadliest attack on U.S soil since 9/11 — a bombing at Grand Central. Can she solve the conspiracy and clear her name before its too late?

Timeless

What’s better than a show that combines time traveling to relevant, pivotal, and iconic moments in history with a government conspiracy? Timeless is an adventure series that places you in the middle fo all the actions as Lucy, a historian, Wyatt, a soldier, and Rufus, a scientist, get recruited to thwart a nefarious government institution that wants to change the world as we know it.

Prison Break (5 seasons)

Michael Scofield’s brother, Lincoln Burrows, is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit and put on Death row. Michael holds up a bank to get arrested and begins his elaborate plan of breaking them both out, which eventually leads into the reason he was framed and yeah, you guessed it, it’s an intricate political conspiracy that’s really messy.

24 (9 seasons)

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles,  thwarts assassination attempts,  torture, traitors, and nuclear attacks, while hoping to save his nation from ultimate disaster.

 

Designated Survivor (3 seasons)

In a similar vein and also starring Kiefer Sutherland, low-level cabinet member Tom Kirkman ascends to the role of President of the United States after a devastating attack on the night of the State of the Union blows up the Capitol and kills the President and most of the top-reigning officials. Soon, it’s revealed that Kirkman wasn’t the designated survivor on accident as a government conspiracy unfolds.

 

The Event (one season)

Sean Walker, a seemingly regular man, begins to look into the mysterious disappearance of his fiancee and exposes one of the biggest cover-ups in American history.

Extant (2 seasons)

After a year in space, Molly Watts (our girl Halle Berry) returns to Earth and reconnects with her husband, a gifted scientist, and her son, Ethan, who has skills and powers that make him incredibly special. However, she begins to realize something isn’t just right and the conspiracy that unfolds threatens her career and family. The thrilling drama hails from Steven Spielberg, so even if it’s slightly overcomplicated, you know it’s bound to be an adventure.

There’s likely plenty of other shows… which ones would you add to the list? Share them with us in the comments or on Twitter @CraveYouTV!


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘Emily in Paris’ on Netflix is Going to be Your Fall TV Obsession – Watch the Trailer!

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Emily in Paris is Your New Fall TV Obsession

Streaming services have been a saving grace when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. 

As all TV show and film productions shut down in mid-March and are slowly beginning to ramp up, the usual slate of programming that we look forward to in the fall might not be available to us. 

Yes, many networks are feeling confident that coronavirus will dwindle enough for them to film some episodes, but the reality is, it might be a long time before our favorite sitcoms and dramas return to “normal”… whatever that is these days. 

So, as we chill out at home, the need for new TV shows to watch is growing. And if you live alone or are simply socially distanced from your friends, you might be looking for a cast of independent, funny, like-minded women to befriend from the comfort of your couch. 

If that’s the case, Darren Star’s new series, Emily in Paris is going to be your new fall obsession. 

If the name Darren Star sounds familiar to you, that’s because he’s the genius behind some cult hits like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sex and the City.

The new Netflix series, which was originally supposed to air on Paramount, aims to fill the void left behind by Younger, another Star show that has unfortunately delayed production and its highly-anticipated season due to the pandemic. 

Why Isn’t ‘Younger’ Season 7 Returning This Summer?

You don’t need a synopsis to gauge what Emily in Paris is going to be about — the title says it all. Emily, a 20-something marketing professional from Chicago snags a dream job in France and begins her European adventure. 

Alright, fine… here’s the official synopsis:

Emily, an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. 

The show will not only fill the void of many other bold babe shows that are currently on hiatus but since the entire series was filmed on location in Paris, it’ll also fill that travel void while likely providing travel inspiration for when the world opens back up again. 

If you’ve ever tuned in to any of Star’s shows, you know that in addition to powerful female leads that are career-oriented and rely on their friends to navigate life, the characters are also trendy and stylish boasting some of the best designer pieces and giving you plenty of fashion inspo in case you’re looking for a closet revamp or maybe to invest in some staple pieces. 

Lily Collins, who will step into Emily’s pumps, is already embracing the fashion-aspect by channeling her inner Carrie Bradshaw on Twitter. 

Collins not only stars as the titular character, but she’ll also serve as a producer on the series. She posted a still from the series on Instagram saying that the series comes at the perfect time as she’s missing “friends, working, traveling, and especially Paris.”

Broadway’s Ashley Park will star as Mindy Chen, also a 20-something navigating life in Paris who becomes Emily’s confidant, while Kate Walsh stars as Emily’s co-worker from Chicago. 

Even without watching the series, I know that my biggest complaint will be that the episodes are only a half-hour each, which has been everyone’s biggest gripe when it comes to Younger.

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Today marks the last day of filming in Paris. I cannot believe my time here as Emily is over but I know it won’t be the last. I am eternally grateful for the entire @emilyinparis cast and crew for making this adventure pure magic. It has been the experience of a lifetime and I will never ever forget it. Playing Emily these past 64 days has brought me such happiness. I’m beyond proud of what we’ve created and I cannot wait to share her journey with you all. Merci @starmandarren for giving me this opportunity. Paris truly has changed me forever. I may have one more city to go until I am officially finished but I am so sad to bid adieu to this city of love. You’ve certainly filled up my heart in more ways than I could have ever imagined…

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The first season of Emily in Paris will consist of 10 episodes premiering on October 2, 2020.


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Is ‘Younger’ Ending with Season 7? Hilary Duff Gives the Scoop

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To pile onto the steaming pile of trash that is 2020, Hilary Duff just revealed some somber news about Younger. 

According to Duff, who plays Kelsey Peters on the hit TVLand series, the upcoming seventh season will be the show’s last. 

Seventh and final season, can you believe it?

On the bright side, the world of Younger will continue, in part, with a spinoff focusing on Duff’s character. 

If it wasn’t’ for the COVID pandemic, we likely would’ve already been able to binge-watch season 7. However, the novel virus put all productions on hold indefinitely, and since the series films in New York, which has had a lot of cases, it doesn’t seem like production will pick up anytime soon. 

Why Isn’t ‘Younger’ Season 7 Returning This Summer?

Duff assured fans that the wait will be well worth it because she’s read the scripts thanks to series creator Darren Star and called them “amazing.”

“He writes amazing (scripts) for women and we feel so empowered to be on the show and to be playing the women that we are playing,” the actress told Australia’s 7News. “They’re all very different, but with very strong and flawed qualities – so I’m sure this last season will not disappoint.”

She also remained positive stating that filming may resume slowly “in the next month of two.”

The series debuted in March 2015 and hit all the right notes focusing on Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a divorced mom in her 40s who struggles to get back into the publishing world until she thinks up an elaborate lie that she’s twentysomething. The lie takes her on a whirlwind adventure where she befriends Peters, begins dating a younger man named Josh, has a fling with her older boss, and excels in running an imprimt for millennials… as a middle-aged woman. But you have to give it to Liza, she understands millennials more than they understand themselves. 

As her lie begins catching up with her, she’s forced to figure out how to move forward. 

As you wait for the upcoming final season, read all of our Younger reviews right here


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Interview: Madison Taylor Baez on Playing Young Selena in the Upcoming Netflix Series

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Madison Taylor Baez is only 9-year-old but has more experience acting and singing than many in Hollywood. 

Madison has starred in many national commercials, has vast experience singing the national anthem for major league sports teams and scored the much sought after role of young Selena Quintanilla in the upcoming Netflix series Selena: The Series, which is scheduled to be released in late 2020. According to Google, the slated release date is October 2020. 

According to the press release, the coming of age story will follow the late Tejano singer journey as her dreams come true, and the many life-changing choices on the singer’s journey to success. Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives), Gabriel Chavarria (The Purge), Noemi Gonzalez (The Young and the Restless), and Seidy Lopez (Training Day) will be starring as the rest of the Quintanilla family.

CraveYouTV spoke to Madison about her experience so far, how she got her start, and the upcoming series.

Read the interview below:

 

Congratulations on your new role!

Thank you!

 

Are you still filming for the Selena series?

Actually, we have finished filming.

 

When did you finish filming?

Maybe last Thanksgiving?

 

Is this your first acting job?

No, I’ve actually done 11 national commercials, and I’ve done one short film Tooth Racket (2019) and I co-starred as young Selena in Selena the series.

 

You started singing very young. When will you be 10 years old? 

February 24th

 

You started singing for your dad right when he was diagnosed with cancer?  How old were you then?

I was around three years old.

 

I read that you liked to sing Motown songs to your dad?

Yes, I started singing when I was two years old and when I was three, when my dad was sick, I would get his iPad and listen and memorize all of his Motown music, sixties and seventies music, to sing to him.

What was your favorite song to sing to your dad?

Oh, I would have to say Sam Cooke’s ‘I Was Born By The River” (singing the title)

Netflix Selena: the Series Madison Taylor Baez

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Wow!   You are amazing!  Now, for the Selena Series, have you always been a fan of Selena?  Was her music something new for you?

Yes, well I actually didn’t know who she was when I got the role, but my mom and dad were huge fans of Selena’s and they told me all about her and I fell in love with her!  I watched the movie!  I fell in love with all of her songs, and I also researched her.   I watched all of her videos and even Young Selena’s videos, studied all of her movements and even have the little spin down.

 

The spin is big, yeah (laughing).  Do you know how many girls auditioned to play young Selena?

Well, I would think there would have had to be thousands of girls who auditioned.

 

How many auditions did you have?

I had two auditions, it took about three months. First I went in for the actual audition, I had to do two songs, one in English and one in Spanish, and then I also had to do two scenes.   I went back for the call-back and I did the same thing, and then I found out that I got the role. (laughing)

 

That’s wonderful! Now I know singing is your first love, right?  

Yes, yes I love singing!

 

I’ve seen some of your videos, I went onto YouTube and they are great.  You are absolutely adorable!  Now have you considered or are you considering doing an album?

Um well, I’m maybe thinking about putting out an album, maybe a Christmas album, hopefully!

 

Do you know if they are doing a soundtrack for the Selena Series?

Yeah, maybe, yeah that would be cool!

 

I can’t wait to see the series and you in it!

Thank you!  

 

I look forward to speaking to you again, maybe after the series airs?

I would love that!

 

Thank you so much and good luck!  I can’t wait to see what you do next!

Thank you and good luck to you!

 


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