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Coronavirus: What To Play When Your Life Is On Pause

An AMC theater remains closed in New York City.
An AMC theater remains closed in New York City.

Sports games are on hiatus. Movie theaters and playhouses are shutting down. Concerts are canceled. All thanks to the spread of the coronavirus.

But this doesn’t mean entertainment is over. With Americans working from home and staying indoors, there is a lot more time to catch up on the latest shows, books and music.

And the entertainment industry is starting to rise to the coronavirus challenge. Universal Pictures announced that with movie theaters shuttered, it would allow its new movie releases — usually only available in theaters — to be offered for in-home rental. This is a break with longstanding Hollywood practice.

That’s good news for streaming services. Both 2019 and the beginning of 2020 have seen increased competition among Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and more for viewers’ attention.

What implications does the spread of COVID-19 have for the entertainment industry? What should Americans be streaming or binging while social distancing?

Find many suggestions from our audience and our guests in this Twitter thread, and tweet at us to add your own!

-The Hillary documentary on Hulu

-Arrested Development

-True Detective, season 1

-The West Wing

— 1A (@1a) March 19, 2020

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Charla Freeland