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TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing

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In case you haven’t been keeping up with global news, coronavirus, COVID-19, is forcing everyone to practice the 2020 version of”conscious uncoupling” known as “social distancing.”

Many cities/states are on lockdown with bars, restaurants, and other establishments closing their doors to keep the outbreak from spreading even more than it has.

If you’ve found yourself self-quarantined at home on the couch to prevent the spread of germs, you’ll likely be looking for things to keep yourself occupied.

Many shows have shuttered production with daytime and late-night talk shows going sans audiences or completely dark for the remainder of the month.

And this means it’s the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you’ve been putting off.

Here are some shows to watch during your self-quarantine.

 

Scandal

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.

 

Timeless

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.

 

Mr. Robot

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.

Stranger Things

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.

Grey’s Anatomy

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 

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.

 

YOU

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!

Binge. Enjoy. And wash your hands!


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‘Glee’ Cast Speaks Out on Naya Rivera’s Death, Sends Condolences

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Glee Cast speak out after Naya Rivera's tragic disappearance

The Glee cast is coming together in support of Naya Rivera. 

After authorities confirmed the body of Naya Rivera was found at Lake Piru concluding a 6-day search,Jane Lynch, who played Sue Silverman, tweeted “rest sweet, Naya. What a force you were. Love and peace to your family. ”

Other cast members Amber Riley and Kevin McHale asked the fanbase to show some compassion in light of the tragic events. 

“Show some respect. All our energy is going toward helping find Naya and praying for her safe return and for her family,” Riley wrote on Twitter. “No one owes anyone online a performance of grief. This is very real and devastating. Focus on Naya and her family. Not us. We don’t matter right now.”

McHale retweeted and added:

“I cannot begin to understand what Naya’s family must be feeling. I know the rest of us are completely shattered, but not without hope. Please respect her family & their privacy in this moment. Please refrain from judging those who don’t show their pain on social media.”

The comments defended Lea Michele’s silence in the wake of Rivera’s disappearance. Fans called her out for not speaking out, which forced her to delete her Twitter account. 

Earlier this year, Michele was dragged for comments made by former actress Samantha Ware who said the actress was a bully and made her life a “living hell.” The comments were supported by other members of the cast. 

Heather Morris also updated fans writing: 
 
“I have spoken to Sheriff Eric Buschow and rest assured they are using every single one of their resources to locate our Naya. I have full confidence that they’re doing everything they can, and probably more. We will hold off on the citizen search and rescue until we get the go ahead that they’ll allow volunteers. Understand it’s 110 degrees here and if you’re not highly trained in search and rescue, this could end up a much more dangerous situation for everybody involved. Please be kind, compassionate and caring for those who are looking for our Naya.”
 

Earlier today, authorities revealed they found a body at Lake Piru where Rivera was last seen. 

The timing is chilling considering today marks 7 years since Corey Monteith overdosed at the age of 31. Many fans have pointed to a Glee curse placed on the cast as Rivera marks the third cast member to die in her 30s. In addition to Rivera and Monteith, Mark Salling committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography. 


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Body Found at Lake Identified as Former ‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera, 33, Authorities Say

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Naya Rivera Missing, Presumed Drowning

A body has been found at Lake Piru, the Southern California lake where former Glee actress Naya Rivera was reported missing, according to authorities. 

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement on Monday, three days after search and rescue efforts began. Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the body, but TMZ is reporting that it is Rivera.

“A body has been found at Lake Piru this morning. The recovery is in progress. There will be a news conference at 2 pm at the lake,” they tweeted. The conference will happen at 5 pm ET.

The 33-year-old actress has been missing since Wednesday. She was last seen on CCTV footage getting into a rented pontoon boat with her 4-year-old son, Josey Dorsey, who was found sleeping on the boat alone without his mother by another boater. 
 
After search and efforts failed to turn up a body after 24 hours, authorities said she was “presumed dead.”
 
Divers and specialty teams are using sonar equipment and specially-trained dogs to search for the actress but explained that the murky waters with a visibility of roughly 2 feet have made it difficult, per CNN. 
 
Authorities ruled out a suicide, per Just Jared
 
If declared dead, Rivera, who played Santana Lopez, would be the third Glee cast member to die in her 30s. Cory Monteith passed away at 31 in 2013 from an overdose while Mark Salling committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 35 after pleading guilty to child pornography. 
 
Jane Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester on the series, tweeted her condolences likely confirming TMZ’s report of Rivera’s death. 
 


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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Will Continue Its Reign Until Season 6

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The Crown Will Return for Season 6 on Netflix

Queen Elizabeth II’s reign is far from over. 

Netflix’s critically acclaimed historical drama The Crown won’t be ending with season 5 after all. 

The streaming giant’s UK social media platform announced the series is being extended by one more season so the sixth season will now serve as the final season. 

“News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five,” the post read.

We can all thank the series creator and executive producer Peter Morgan or changing his mind. 

“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said per the streamer. 

For those who were anticipating that the season might near present-day or even give us a straight-from-the-palace look at the Megxit drama, don’t get your hopes up. While season 5 will bring us into the 21st center, the EP said the additional season will allow the team to creatively explore the current period in greater detail. 

This mean, Olivia Colman will stay on as the Queen for one more season before giving the crown over to Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge for you Harry Potter fans) for two seasons. 

Colman took over from Claire Foy, who portrayed the younger version of the monarch. 

Last week, it was announced that Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret.

Since season 4 was able to complete production prior to the COVID-19 pandemic halting everything, there’s a huge chance it will air sometime later this year. 

The fourth season begins the reign of Princess Diana and will welcome newcomer Emma Corrin in the role of Prince Charles’ wife. 


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