What the world needs now is a fixer who could tell us all how to get out of this mess. Since that’s not possible, we have the next best thing in Olivia Pope, DC’s fixer and right-hand to the President, who is also in a torrid love affair with him. It’s political, dramatic, and sexy as hell to this day.
Don’t you wish we could all travel back to a time before the coronavirus? Same. Maybe if we had a time machine like Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus, we totally could. But alas, we’ll have to settle for watching their journey through key historical moments as they attempt to stop Rittenhouse from destroying the world.
Locke & Key
Think Harry Potter meets Narnia. Netflix’s new fantasy thriller finds a family moving into a mansion following their father’s death where they learn that it’s filled with secret keys that open up portals to other dimensions. You never know where you’ll end up, but it’ll make you forget you’re curled up on your couch amidst a toilet-paper shortage.
Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer by day and doubles as a vigilante hacker by night. When he’s recruited by a mysterious underground organization, he’s forced to do things that make him question his personal beliefs, his morals, and most importantly, what’s real and what isn’t.
Financial burdens (like the fact that you spent all your money stocking up on canned goods and paper towels) plague three suburban moms who are tired of always playing “catch up.” They decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a grocery store. Soon, they find themselves trying to navigate a world of crime that has absolutely no rules. As they try to survive, their actions will keep you on the edge of your seat.
You’ve already heard of Stranger Things, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s high time you do. The series takes place in 1980s Indiana and follows a group of young friends who become privy to supernatural happening within the government.
There’s no better time than during a quarantine to watch all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, when else are you going to have the time? All you need to know is that it’s a medical drama, there’s a doctor named McDreamy, and Shonda Rhimes is the boss babe behind it.
The Good Place is a stroke of comedic genius mixed with some of the most insightful and wholesome storytelling of our generation. It’s also the only series that had the perfect series finale (fight me, but after coronavirus cause there’s a no-touching ban). Eleanor Shellstrop is shocked to find herself in the Good Place following her death and immediately realizes she’s there by mistake. No one is prepared for her hilarious afterlife antics as she hides from architect Michael and her new friends while trying to become a better version of herself.
Don’t be deterred by the plot — a young Latina woman learns she’s pregnant after she’s accidentally artificially inseminated. The series weaves together the best parts of a telenovela while adding heart, feshed-out characters, strong female leads, irresistible love interests, and family at the forefront of every storyline.
Love is Blind
In the reality TV vein, Netflix delivered the world’s newest obsession. It’s a social experiment that many claim prepared our generation for dating throughout “social distancing.” Love is Blind forces a handful of contestants to meet people while isolated in pods. Once they find their “soulmate,” they propose to them without meeting face-to-face and a few weeks later, walk down the aisle.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Goldberg, you’re missing out. YOU is a suspenseful thriller that digs into the mind of an obsessed serial killer and follows his romantic relationships.
Game of Thrones
Similarly to Greys Anatomy, when else are you going to find the time to watch all of Game of Thrones? This is the perfect time to dig into a pop culture phenomenon so you know what “winter is coming” means the next time someone mentions it.
The Marvelous Ms. Maisel
If there’s anyone that can cheer you up and put a smile on your face, it’s Ms. Maisel. Set in the late 1950s, Miriam aka “Midge” breaks the rules and pursues a career in stand-up comedy. While it’s unheard of for women of her class to pursue a career, it’s even more unheard of a woman succeeding in such an industry. But leave it to Midge to prove everyone wrong and do it with flair and style!
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Hollywood has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The virus has shuttered movie theaters making it impossible for movie-goers to experience the joys of some of the most highly-anticipated films debuting this year.
While many movie studios are simply rescheduling film releases for later dates (many in 2021), some have opted to release titles on-demand so that they are still seen by as many people as possible.
If there were to be a bright side to what’s going on in the world right now, being able to watch these movies from your couch in advance is definitely one of them.
Here’s what is available for your viewing pleasure:
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: the final installment of the franchise hit platforms days prior to its release date. Watch now on Prime
The Hunt: Looking for a horror-thriller about rich people hunting down poor people for sport? It went straight to streaming. Watch now on Prime
The Invisible Man: You’ve seen the bizarre commercials, and now you can watch Elizabeth Moss get hunted by an invisible ex. It hit streaming on March 20. Watch now on Prime
Onward: Disney is here to offer you a heartwarming adventure as two elf brothers attempt to spend time with their late father. The film began streaming March 20. Watch now on Prime
Birds of Prey: The Harley Quinn spin-off had a weak opening in theaters, and Warner released it to streaming on March 24. Watch now on Prime
Bloodshot: Vin Diesel’s film is still in theaters, but it’s also available for at-home viewing since March 24. Watch now on Prime
The Way Back: Ben Affleck’s sports drama about an alcoholic former high school basketball star turned coach hit theaters and then on-demand on March 24. Watch now on Prime
I Still Believe:Riverdale might be on hiatus, but you can still get a daily dose of KJ Apa with his new film, which hit theaters earlier this month and became available on-demand on March 27. Watch now on Prime
Bad Boys for Life: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back in their beloved roles. The film hit streaming on March 31. Watch now on Prime
Sonic the Hedgehog: The highly-anticipated cartoon film inspired by the popular video game hit on-demand shortly after hitting theaters. Watch now on Prime
Impractical Jokers: The Movie: Looking for some laughs? The film hit digital streaming on April Fool’s Day. How fitting!
Trolls: World Tour: The sequel to the 2016 hit Trolls is coming to VOD on Friday, April 10, which is the same day it was meant to hit theaters.
The Lovebirds: The film is bypassing its theater debut and going straight to Netflix. No word yet on when the film will be available for streaming, though, it’s possible it’ll keep its date of April 3.
After Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor, you may have found yourself looking forward to The Bachelorette’s season with mature leading lady, Clare Crawley.
Unfortunately, the season has been postponed due to to the coronavirus pandemic. The quarantine and “stay at home” orders are preventing shows from filming, but all hope isn’t lost.
When things finally go back to normal and it is safe to leave the comfort of our home, the franchise plans to move forward with Crawley’s highly-anticipated season.
“Until we can do this show and do it safely, we won’t do it,” longtime host Chris Harrison told People. “Right now, we are just on hold and it’s being postponed. But we’re all chomping at the bit to get back to it and to have Clare be our Bachelorette.”
“If you use your common sense, you have to think, ‘Okay, out of all these people, are they all going to be healthy?’ You pray to God that they all are, but what happens if some of these people are infected? What happens if some of them get severely sick? I mean, Colton [Underwood] went down, so once the smoke clears and this virus subsides and we think, ‘Okay, let’s get back to work.’ It’s going to be a brave new world and we’re all going to have to reassess everything,” he said.
And, that means, the casting for the season can look and feel different.
Of course, we’ve all been changed by what has been happening around the world with the novel virus.
The virus has affected all of us either directly or indirectly. People have gotten sick, lost loved ones, and lost jobs as small businesses and big corporations have all struggled to stay afloat.
It’s impossible to ignore those effects on our society and economy, and The Bachelor, which is often considered escapist reality television, doesn’t plan on shying away from it.
“When we shoot Clare’s season, it’s going to be indicative of what’s happening in the world,” Chris explained. “Obviously, there will be talks of the pandemic and, ‘What were you doing quarantining and who were you with?’ Those are going to be the conversations that we’re going to embrace. And then when you watch Clare’s season, 20 years from now, you’re going to think, ‘What? What were these people doing? Why did they not hug? Why were they scared to embrace?’ And that’s kind of the beauty of this show is it always embraces what’s happening in the real world.”
Coronavirus is definitely a sign of our times. It’s unclear if the show will really bounce back and force contestants to practice social distancing, but it wouldn’t be the craziest thing to happen this year.
With airlines crumbling and the travel industry halted, it may also effect all the trips the contestants take on their journey to love.
We’ll have to wait and see how this all pans out, and while we do, we’re hoping everyone stays safe and healthy!