The season 4 premiere of The Resident is going to hit a bit close to home.
For years people have turned to television for an escape, but lately, reality and fiction are beginning to bleed together.
Our everyday experiences and dilemmas are beginning to shape and influence the content we see on television, and, in turn, that content becomes a direct reflection of our society and provides poignant commentary on current events.
For the most part, it’s exciting to see our daily lives reflected on screen as it offers a more robust and representative experience. However, it also means that it’s harder to escape the monotony of everyday life in lockdown.
There’s absolutely no way to escape the pandemic plaguing our world — it has consumed every part of our lives.
Everywhere you look, you’ll (hopefully) see face masks, people using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.
And now, you’re going to see more of that reflected on the small screen.
The medical drama, which often draws from real-life scenarios for inspiration, will tackle the pandemic in its upcoming season.
Series co-creator Amy Holden Jones told Us Weekly: “Our premiere deals with the early days of the outbreak, focusing on the effect on our hero doctors and nurses as they risk their lives daily.
She added: “Long-term, sadly, the after-effects of COVID-19 will go on, even after we have a vaccine, and we’ll be there to show that, as well.”
The show’s writing team includes several medical professionals who weigh in on storylines to ensure accuracy. Daniel Lama and Eric Lu penned the coronavirus inspired episode.
Meanwhile, an on-set nurse has spent her time volunteering in New York City and Texas during the pandemic.
Jones said the episode would honor the heroes fighting on the frontlines stating, “their stories are moving, deep and tragic and continue to accumulate to this day,” Jones added. “We hope soon to share all we have learned.”
The show hasn’t begun production on the season just yet, so it may take a bit until we get to see these pandemic episodes considering, you know, we’re in a pandemic ourselves, and that pandemic has made it harder for cast and crew to film new episodes of our favorite TV shows.
However, this wouldn’t be the first mention of coronavirus in the series as the season 3 finale dealt with a highly contagious superbug that was initially compared to coronavirus.
The Resident also won’t be the only drama incorporating the pandemic into their storylines. Grey’s Anatomy previously announced that they would touch upon the pandemic with showrunner Krista Vernoff stating, “there’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
It’ll be interesting to see these two shows tackle the virus in their own unique ways. As we look to relate to our favorite characters in our shows, you have to admit,, there’s nothing more relatable than seeing their lives altered by the same disease that has stripped us of so many joyous moments this year.
Do you think it’s a good idea for shows to address the pandemic? Sound off in the comments!
A ‘Revenge’ Virtual Reunion Is Happening in February with Emily Vancamp, Josh Bowman, and More
Emily Thorne, is that you?
After six years, Hampton’s finest are back together again. The cast of ‘Revenge’ is reuniting virtually this February. The best part? You can be a part of it.
Join Emily Vancamp (Amanda Clarke/ Emily Thorne), Josh Bowman (Daniel Grayson), Nick Wechsler (Jack Porter), and Barry Sloane (Aiden Mathis) on February 6, 2021 for the fun-filled festivities!
Fans will be able to play video games with Barry nd Josh! Per the invite, you can “Play Co-Op or Free-For-All in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with Barry” or “Play FIFA World Cup with Josh Bowman!”
You can also take part in 1-on-1 virtual hangouts with 2.5 minutes with Josh, Nick, or Barry.
There’s an option to snag autographs from Josh, Emily, Barry, or Nick or opt for a personalized video message, which also makes a great gift.
And you can even commemorate the day with a T-Shirt!
According to Vancamp’s Instagram story, a portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s, so not only are you getting to catch up with your favorite characters, but it’s also for a good cause!
For more information, check out Tixr.com!
‘Sex and the City’ Revival Officially Happening at HBO Max with Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis
Grab your Cosmopolitan’s and your Manolo Blahnik’s because the Sex and the City is officially happening.
The start of 2021 may have been a little “meh,” but the revival news from HBO Max is here to turn things around.
On Sunday night, Sarah Jessica Parker, who will forever and ever be known as Carrie Bradshaw, posted a teaser to her Instagram page that confirmed a brand new season of SATC.
“I couldn’t help but wonder… where are they now? X, SJ @HBOMax@JustLikeThatMax#AndJustLikeThat #SATCNextChapter, ” the caption read.
The short clip is accompanied by Parker writing on a computer. The words “And just like that…” flash across the screen followed by “the story continues…”
Both Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis shared the video on their Instagram pages confirming that they will be reprising their roles of Miranda Hobbes and Charlotte York Goldenblatt, respectively.
And if that’s not enough confirmation… HBO Max put out a press release confirming that the upcoming 10-episode, half-hour season will give longtime fans a glimpse at this next chapter for the ladies.
“HBO Max has given a series order to AND JUST LIKE THAT…, a new chapter of the groundbreaking HBO series, Sex and the City, from executive producer Michael Patrick King and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis,” the statement read.
“The new Max Original series is based on the book, Sex and the City, by Candice Bushnell and the original TV series created by Darren Star. The series will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s,” it added.
Production is set to begin in the spring, so no release date has been announced for now.
But honestly, this is the best news we’ve heard in awhile.
Not even COVID can stop these ladies!
The only thing missing is Kim Catrall, who has been very clear over the years that she will never reprise her role of Samantha Jones.
The original series aired on HBO from 1998-2004. It was followed by two spin-off films that premiered in 2008 and 2010.
What do you think of the news? Are you pumped?
‘Riverdale’ Time Jump: Meet Veronica’s Husband (Nope, It’s Not Archiekins)
Changes are underway for our favorite Riverdale residents when season 5 premieres and this casting news is not going to sit well with “Varchie” fans.
The CW series cast The Perfectionists Chris Mason to play Veronica Lodge’s husband, Deadline reports.
Now, you might be wondering why Veronica has a husband in high school, but the series is planning to time jump several years once it wraps up the remaining episodes from season 4 that were delayed by the COVID pandemic, which include senior prom and graduation.
This all means that in those few years, Veronica and Archie called it quits. Maybe it had something to do with his feelings for Betty Cooper?
The casting also reveals that Ronnie will be making her way to the Big Apple following high school as Mason, who will play a Chad Gekko, is described as a Wall Street banker.
And you know how Archie is all easy-going and artistic? Well, that’s not Chad at all. Veronica’s husband is described as a “controlling and jealous alpha male.” Hmmm, sounds like Hiram Lodge, right?
“Chad is threatened by Veronica’s life in Riverdale, especially her friendship with Archie,” the official description notes.
With Chad and Veronica’s relationship already on the outs before it even had a chance to thrive, does that mean there’s a chance Veronica and Archie reconcile eventually?
While it’s unclear what the future holds, we also know that Vanessa Morgan’s real-life pregnancy is being written into the show. Is it a Choni baby? Or has Riverdale’s other favorite couple also broken up?
Mason is set to appear in the fourth episode of the series, which returns on Wednesday, January 20, and while we’re excited to see how senior year pans out and to finally solve the mystery of those VHS tapes, we also can’t wait to see what post-college life looks for everyone!
What do you think of this casting news? Sound off in the comments!
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