Crazy times, eh? With every venue, theater, and public space closed due to COVID-19 concerns, our normally bustling events calendar is pretty barren. So here’s what we’ll be watching, playing, reading, and listening to at home instead. Stay safe, Milwaukee.
MONDAY, APRIL 6
“Quick Bites. Big Stories.” That’s the promise of Quibi, a brand new streaming service that promises “fresh content from today’s top talent—one quick bite at a time.” Quibi launches April 6 and has what looks to be an intriguing mix of programs, including abbreviated shows with Jennifer Lopez, Kevin Hart, Chrissy Teigen, Kaitlin Olson, and the inimitable Will Forte. Hell, there are even reboots of Singled Out and Punk’d. Will be it another Sesso or is Quibi here to stay. Give it a try…at least until the 90-day free trial ends.
The Big Show Show on Netflix
Read the series synopsis and tell us you’re not watching this. “Former WWE wrestler the Big Show is out of the ring and ready for an even tougher challenge: raising three daughters with his wife in Florida.”
Entry Level With Brooks Wheelan
Every Monday, former Saturday Night Live cast member and guy we once had on our On The Record podcast Brooks Wheelan interviews fellow actors and comedians about all the crummy day jobs they had before they got their big break in entertainment. This week’s episode features up-and-coming stand-up comedian Brandon Wardell.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7
Schitt’s Creek (series finale) on Pop and Comedy Central
Over the course of six seasons, the Rose family was forced to move to a motel in Schitt’s Creek after losing their fortune, they struggled to come to terms with their predicament and their own character flaws, and they grew immeasurably (and grew to love the eponymous town in the process). The Canadian cult comedy’s memorable, uproariously funny, and heartwarming run will come to an end with Tuesday’s season/series finale. Between (spoilers ahead for people who haven’t seen the current season) David’s wedding, Alexis’ impending solo move to New York, Johnny and Moira departing for L.A., and a few other loose ends left to knot up, it’s sure to be a tearjerker and an entertaining sendoff for a truly special show.
Newcomers Podcast with Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer
Yes, there are a million Star Wars podcasts out there. But how many of those are co-hosted by Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer? Probably only Newcomers! Each week since early January, the pair watches a different movie from the franchise (for the first time ever, mind you) and discusses the film with a hilarious guest. This IS the podcast you’re looking for.
Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020 (Part 3) on Netflix
Terrace House is the true story of young men and women in Japan who are picked to live in a house and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people start out being extremely polite and, for the most part, remain extremely polite. Okay, so it’s not Real World by any means, but it’s a refreshingly endearing low-drama take on batshit crazy American reality shows. Part 3 of its Tokyo 2019-2020 season premieres Tuesday.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
Parasite on Hulu
We might be the first ones to say so, but this Parasite movie is actually pretty good. Take our word for it! Starting April 8, the Oscar winner for, um, basically every category can be streamed on Hulu.
The Goldbergs on ABC
In these crazy, uncertain, and almost exclusively nightmarish times, The Goldbergs offers an over-the-top, lighthearted, and semi-autobiographical look back at the ’80s. Now in its seventh season, the family-friendly sitcom has really hit its stride. If you need a break from prestige dramas or the embarrassing mess that is real life for 22 minutes, hang with The Goldbergs during an all new episode this Wednesday. You can also stream previously-aired episodes anytime on Hulu.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9
Grey’s Anatomy (season finale) on ABC
Wait, this show is still on? Holy shit.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10
Tigertail on Netflix
This Netflix original feature (which comes out April 10) chronicles a man’s move from Taiwan to the United States, his effort to find a long lost love, and his attempt to build a relationship with his estranged daughter. The drama was written and directed by Alan Yang—who wrote on Parks & Recreation and The Good Place, co-created Master Of None and Forever, and executive produced Little America—and stars Tzi Ma, Christine Ko, Hong-Chi Lee.
The Strokes, The New Abnormal
Festivals are getting canceled. Film releases are being pushed years into the future. TV productions have been halted for the time being. Miraculously, The Strokes will still release their highly-anticipated new album, The New Abnormal, on its originally-scheduled release date. The band’s first record in seven years comes out April 10 and, if its anything like its predecessors, it will be outstanding.
How Did This Get Made? Podcast
On top of FAR more important things COVID-19 is affecting in the world, this pandemic is also having an impact on the frequency and the quality of podcasts everywhere. Thankfully, the holy trinity of Jason Mantzoukas, June Diane Raphael, and “Tall John” (a.k.a. Paul Scheer) have a bunch of episodes banked. You can hear the trio systematically dismantle another film during a new episode this Friday. They’re also unlocking some old episodes from the show’s paywall-protected archives to help people ride out this quarantine with a few laughs.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Code 8 on Netflix
We’ve never seen Code 8, but the well-received 2019 film where “a desperate young man possessing special powers clashes with a militarized police force after committing a series of crimes” definitely seems worth checking out. It’s available to stream on Netflix starting April 11.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
Bodega Cats on Twitter
The Bodega Cats Twitter account uses a simple-yet-successful formula. Basically, it just posts pictures and videos of felines in their natural habitat (bodegas and corner stores) for people to enjoy. Assuming your Easter plans—if you even had them—are now dashed, get some hot ham and rolls or something, then get lost in more than five years worth of photos that show cats on the job…sort of.
— Bodega Cats (@Bodegacats_) March 22, 2020