Believe it or not, today is the first day of spring.
Personally, it feels like the furthest thing from spring as the weather outside is gloomy and rainy, and we’re all quarantined at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, which is necessary precaution but an unfortunate one.
The pandemic has affected nearly every single industry including the production of many of your favorite TV shows. It’s also forced a handful of shows like The Resident and the Chicago franchise to air shortened seasons.
It’s also affected upcoming programming as many shows that were scheduled to air this spring are in limbo, canceled, or postponed.
On the bright side, there’s still a lot to look forward to in the world of network television and streaming as the industry works hard to entertain the masses and bring them some semblance of normalcy.
Check out all your spring offerings below and let us know what shows you’re excited about this spring! Tweet us at @CraveYouTV
*indicate a series debut
Thursday, March 19
- *Feel Good (Netflix)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
Friday, March 20
- *Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (Netflix)
- *The Letter for the King (Netflix)
Tuesday, March 24
- One Day at a Time (Pop)- previously canceled by Netflix
- *Council of Dads (NBC)
Thursday, March 26
- Tacoma (truTV)
Friday, March 27
- *Making the Cut (Amazon)
- Ozark (Netflix)
Sunday, March 29
- Call the Midwife (PBS)
- Vice (Showtime)
Tuesday, March 31
- *Council of Dads (NBC)
Thursday, April 2
- Man With a Plan (CBS)
- Siren (Freeform)
- *Broke (CBS)
- How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Friday, April 3
- La Casa de Papel (Netflix)
- *Home Before Dark (Apple TV+)
- *Outcry (Showtime)
Sunday, April 5
- *Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project (Oxygen)
- The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS) POSTPONED – and replaced with a special titled ACM Presents: Our Country
- *Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered (HBO)
- *World on Fire (PBS)
Monday, April 6
- *The Baker and the Beauty (ABC)
Wednesday, April 8
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Revival (ABC)
- Liar (Sundance)
Sunday, April 12
- *Belgravia (Epix)
- Insecure (HBO)
- *The Walking Dead: The World Beyond (AMC)
Monday, April 13
- *The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart (ABC)
- Songland (NBC)
Wednesday, April 15
- *Mrs. America (Hulu)
- What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Friday, April 17
- *Home (Apple TV+)
Saturday, April 18
- Night of Too Many Stars (HBO)
Sunday, April 19
- *The Walking Dead: World Beyond (AMC)
- Fargo (FX.)
- *The Longest War (Showtime)
Wednesday, April 22
- Mental Samurai (Fox)
Friday, April 24
- *Defending Jacob (Apple TV+)
Sunday, April 26
- *Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime)
Wednesday, April 29
- 2020 Billboard Music Awards (NBC) – POSTPONED due to coronavirus concerns/ no new date has been set
Friday, May 1
- *Hollywood (Netflix)
- *Trying (Apple TV+)
Saturday, May 2
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (HBO) – LIKELY NOT HAPPENING
Sunday, May 3
- Billions (Showtime)
Wednesday, May 6
- Archer (FXX)
Friday, May 8
- *Solar Opposites (Netflix)
- *Love Fraud (Showtime)
Sunday, May 10
- Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (Nat Geo)
Tuesday, May 12
- *Stargirl (CW)
Friday, May 15
- *The Great (Hulu)
Sunday, May 17
- *Hightown (Starz)
Wednesday, May 20
- The 100 (CW)
Monday, May 25
- Genius: Aretha (Nat Geo)
- *Quiz (AMC)
Tuesday, May 26
- *Stargirl (CW)
Thursday, May 28
- In the Dark (CW)
Friday, May 29
- Ramy (Hulu)
Sunday, May 31
- *Snowpiercer (TNT)
- *Laurel Canyon (Epix)
What to Watch November 2020: #OneChicago Returns, The Crown Season 4, Virgin River, and The Princess Switch Sequel!
Usually, the month brings excitement because it’s the kickstart of the holiday season. However, this year, it’s also the month that brings back some of our favorite TV shows (and introduces some new ones) that were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s everything we’re looking forward to in November:
Mom (season 5)- Thursday, November 5 (CBS)
When Mom season 8 returns, it’ll look a little different as it will debut without Anna Faris as Christy.
One Chicago shows – Wednesday, November 11 (NBC)
One Chicago night includes Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD, all of which will tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
Stations 19, Law & Order: SVU, Grey’s Anatomy, The Unicorn – Thursday, November 12 (ABC and NBC)
The two Shondaland shows – Grey’s and Station 19 – will incorporate pandemic storylines, Law & Order: SVU brings back Olivia Benson for season 22, and a little comedy comes your way about a widowed father finding love on The Unicorn.
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – Friday, November 13 (Netflix)
No, we’re not talking about the “candy” from Riverdale. The synopsis for this diverse holiday film reads, “decades after his apprentice betrays him, a once joyful toy maker finds new hope when his bright young granddaughter appears on his doorstep.
The drama that chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth will introduce Princess Diana.
The Neighborhood, Bob Hearts Abishola, All Rise – Monday, November 16 (CBS)
We all need some laughs this year and that comes with the return of The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola! All Rise continues to follow the journey of Amy Quinn, a high-powered criminal defense attorney.
FBI – Tuesday, November 17 (CBS)
Hailing from Dick Wolf, the series focuses on the inner workings of the NY office of the FBI.
Big Sky – Tuesday, November 17 (ABC)
From the creator of Big Little Lies, the thriller finds private detectives Cassie Dewell and Cody Hoyt searching or two sisters kidnapped by a truck driver on a remote highway in Montana. Soon, they realize that this isn’t the first time a woman was taken.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again – Thursday, November 19 (Netflix)
The sequel to the Vanessa Hudgens-led holiday film introduces a third lookalike! It’s cheesy holiday fun, but we love it.
Supernatural: The Long Road Home – Thursday, November 19 (The CW)
After 15 seasons, it all comes to an end. As fans say goodbye to Sam and Dean Winchester, The CW airs a special about the show ahead of the series finale.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square – Sunday, November 22 (Netflix)
The upcoming Christmas musical finds Dolly Parton in the role of an angel who changes the mindset of a “Scrooge”-like character bringing havoc to a small-town.
Shawn Mendes: In Wonder – Monday, November 23 (Netflix)
Fans from the Mendes Army will enjoy this documentary that takes place “over the course of a world tour” and finds the pop star opening up about “his stardom, relationships, and musical future.”
The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2 – Wednesday, November 25 (Netflix)
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn return as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. Teenager Katie Pierce is reunited with the couple when a young troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas.
Saved by the Bell – Wednesday, November 25 (Peacock)
It’s time to go back to Bayside High and reunite with your favorites: Zack, Slater, Kelly, Jessie, and even Lisa! Zack Morris is now a governor of California and closes several low-income schools, which means those students will now attend Bayside High and give the “privileged” students a bit of a wake up call.
The Flight Attendant – Thursday, November 26 (HBO Max)
The miniseries based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian is led by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, a flight attendant who wakes up in a Dubai hotel room after a one night stand with a man who has been murdered. As she pieces together what happened, she becomes the top suspect.
Virgin River (Season 2) – Friday, November 27 (Netflix)
The highly-anticipated second season brings fans back to the small Northern California town of Virgin River. Here’s the synopsis: “Engagement. Babies. Heartbreak. Murder. For a small town, Virgin River has its fair share of drama — and Mel Monroe is often in the middle of it.”
Is Randall’s Birth Mother His New Therapist on ‘This Is Us’ Season 5? Here’s What the Writers Said
For several seasons, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) has struggled navigating life as a Black man raised in a white family.
Tensions really escalated when he found out that his adoptive mother, Rebecca Pearson, had known his biological father, William, his entire life and kept him a secret despite knowing how much he wanted information on his biological family.
After years of dealing with identity and anxiety issues, Randall eventually went to therapy to deal with the stress brought on by his mother’s illness, his run for City Council, and the burglarization of his home.
There’s a stigma that follows seeking out therapy, especially when it comes to Black men, so Randall’s decision was bold and important.
It wasn’t easy at first to open up, but eventually, the therapist was able to break through his tough exterior. When This Is Us Season 5 premiered, Randall seemed in a much better place mentally — the tremors were gone! — as he continued virtual therapy amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He also dealt with racial relations brought on by yet another heinous murder of a Black man in America prompting protests known as the Black Lives Matter movement.
Important and difficult conversations were had with his family, specifically Kate, which led him to realize that he needed to change therapists.
While he initially made the conscious decision to pursue a therapist that was a white woman, just like adoptive mother, as he grew more secure in his identity, he realized he needed someone that he could fully open up with and not hide the “Black parts” from.
He needed a Black therapist.
Randall’s realization happens at the same time as the shocking twist that his biological mother, Laurel, (who audiences thought died shortly after birth due to an overdose) was actually resuscitated and likely survived.
This Is Us is such a meticulously planned show that the writers managed to weave in COVID and BLM into an episode so organically that it was impossible for the audience to tell when or how it was altered. It just fit.
So, there’s reason to believe that the timing of Randall’s decision and the reveal that his mother may be alive isn’t an accident.
What if his new therapist is his biological mother? It’s a popular theory and one that the This Is Us writers already debunked, but should we believe them?
She is not going to end up as Randall’s therapist. #ThisIsUs
— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) October 28, 2020
It’s possible that she’s either too old to still be practicing or no longer alive.
However, that doesn’t mean Randall’s new therapist isn’t a long-lost brother or sister that he didn’t know about?
There has to be some connection.
Randall has always sought out answers about his biological family, who he is, and where he comes from. Even after meeting William and mending things with him, Randall continues to have a void because he never knew his biological mother. His “mommy issues” stem from the abandonment (which we now know wasn’t intentional as he was wanted) by his biological mom and the deception by his adoptive mother.
For a show centered around family and the importance of family, it would only make sense for them to pursue this avenue and allow Randall to further explore his background on a deeper level.
What do you think, Cravers? If Randall’s mom isn’t the therapist, how does this storyline play into Randall’s overall arc?
6 Reasons Why We Love Hallmark Christmas Movies
There’s nothing better during the holiday season than curling up under a blanket, sipping on hot cocoa (or gluhwien), and plopping in a Hallmark movie.
Watching Hallmark films, despite their predictable, cheesy, and unrealistic plots, has become a Christmas tradition in the same way that leaving cookies for Santa and opening presents on Christmas morning have.
There’s just something so comforting about getting lost in the romance set in a charming small-town.
Hallmark movies have become such a holiday staple for people of all ages that other broadcast channels and streaming services like Lifetime, Netflix, and Freeform have begun investing in their own “Hallmark-esque” films.
But why do we love Hallmark movies so much? Well, there are a few reasons that keep us coming back for more!
For starters, it’s cozy. Holiday films have a feel-good message and theme. They’re filled with joy, hope, and love — all things that we want to feel and experience during the holidays! Seeing the romance pan out between two incredibly good looking people, even when it’s cliche and predictable, warm our hearts during the cold winter months. It makes us believe in love! Who doesn’t want that?
The comfort of these films is what draws people in and keeps them coming back.
Hallmark films tend to gravitate towards the same actors and actresses each year. Usually, these actors have a nostalgic pull (like Christmas queen Candace Cameron Bure from Full House/Fuller House) or the cast of One Tree Hill, which has starred in several Hallmark and Lifetime movies through the years. And we can’t forget about Mean Girls‘ Gretchen Weiners aka Lacey Chabert. Watching a movie with familiar faces feels like a family reunion or catching up with old friends during the holidays. They also help those who may be experiencing loneliness feel a sense of family and community.
While romance may be a focal point of most Hallmark Christmas movies, it’s always PG and fun for the whole family. I like to call them grown up fairytales because they always end with a “happily ever after” as soon as the protagonists overcome a few hiccups that were standing in their way of true love. The films are suitable for the whole family as they teach some pretty important life lessons about following your heart, being honest, the importance of second chances, and prioritizing family over career… to name a few.
They Provide a Wintery Escape
Since the films are so unrealistic, they provide audiences with a mindless escape from reality. You’re sucked away from the big city to a simple, charming, and quaint wintery town with good looking people and a lot of romance. The jobs are always involved with the media, so that seems to be every person’s fantasy, but along the way, we learn that having a successful career isn’t everything.
However, the films touch on the desire many overworked Americans have to just unplug from the stress of their everyday jobs. They encourage audiences to spend time with their loved ones, to slow down, and to embrace the holidays and all of its magic. They’re an annual reminder that it’s okay to take a break from the hectic life we’ve all become so accustomed to while straying away from up real issues like socio-economic differences, presidential elections, or worst of all, COVID.
Every Hallmark film looks and feels the same. It follows the same formula, which has been proven to work. In that way, you know exactly what you’re signing up for before you even begin watching, and you know you won’t be disappointed.
They’re Making Progress
Hallmark movies have been criticized for their lack of diversity, but in recent years, they’ve been making headway. The network is adding films with people of color to better represent the fanbase and 2020 marks the first LGBTQ-friendly film with a same-sex couple in the lead. Of course, it’ll star Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett along with One Tree Hill’s Robert Buckley, who will play his brother.
Slowly but surely, the films are becoming a reflection of our society while still keeping things light, fluffy, and romanticized.
Are you excited for Hallmark movies this holiday season? What have been some of your favorites? Let us know in the comment section below! Don’t forget to buy your official Hallmark Christmas wine for a jolly good season.
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