Coming Soon: Everything You Need to Watch, Read & Play This May
In terms of TV show premieres, May is never known for being a heavy-hitter — but, movies on the other hand, usually see a huge boost on Memorial Day weekend. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting movie releases and our ability to enjoy a new flick in a theater, all of that at-home content is stepping up its game. Streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+ are releasing new seasons of beloved series, while Hulu and HBO have a few tricks up their sleeves in the way of offerings and partnerships. Tired of watching TV and movies? We’ve also pinpointed some great video games and books that you can dive into while social distancing this May.
Netflix Brings Its May-Game
While Netflix first branded itself as a movie rental service, we’d say its TV series offerings have really cemented its place as a network replacement. But that doesn’t mean the platform isn’t churning out some great feature-length content. This May, 2019’s Uncut Gems, which stars Adam Sandler in an award-winning role, hits the ‘Flix. If you missed the frenetic thriller pre-Oscar season, now is your chance to dig into one of Sandler’s best (and most memorable) dramatic roles.
HBO Max Launches
If you were sheltering in place over the last few months and thought to yourself, "Hmm, I wish there was another streaming platform I could turn to…" your prayers have been answered. This May, everyone’s favorite prestige drama network, HBO, will launch a third streaming service, though this one has a few new tricks — and a slate of original and exclusive programming — up its sleeves.
Hulu and FX Team Up
One of Hulu’s advantages over competitor Netflix has always been its ties to currently airing television. That is, if you want access to the latest network shows just hours after they air, Hulu is your best friend. Right now, you can catch up on the latest season of This Is Us, stream all of the recently wrapped Fresh Off the Boat and tune into new episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine every week. And, on May 27, you can enjoy the season seven premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., perhaps the last remaining Marvel offering that’s not exclusive to Disney+ — yet.
Disney+ Wraps Clone Wars, Gives Us Some Behind-the-Scenes Treats
Set between the Star Wars prequel films Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Clone Wars chronicles the eponymous galaxy-wide war. While the show focuses on the relationship between Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), it also shines a light on the franchise’s peripheral characters and storylines. Clone Wars became one of Cartoon Network’s highest-rated shows, receiving critical praise for its writing, visuals, voice acting and music.
Killing Eve Is Back, Shudder Creeps Onto the Scene and More
The end of April has seen quite a few big-name show returns, including BBC America’s Killing Eve, a tense, irreverent, feminist cat-and-mouse spy story that unfolds between Eve Polastri, an MI6 agent (Emmy nominee Sandra Oh) and Villanelle, an ever-glamorous, sociopathic assassin (Emmy winner Jodie Comer). The new season picks up a little while after season two ended: Villanelle thinks Eve is dead and is eager to move up the ranks in her (as she puts it) "industry," and Eve, who is trying to live a somewhat normal life, finds herself pulled into a very personal murder case.
Video Games Worth Sinking Some Hours Into
While most of us will spend May the same way we spent April — paying off yet another Tom Nook debt in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons — there are a few other video game worlds worth dabbling in. Like the film industry, video games and their launch dates weren’t immune to the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, Square Enix managed to successfully launch its highly anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake, an updated (and slightly retooled) version of its hit role-playing game from 1997.
Must-Read Books Flying Off the Virtual Shelves
If you need a break from screens, you can always turn to books (and audiobooks!). Quite a few publishers soldiered on in April, releasing new novels despite the pandemic impacting sales. For May, we recommend catching up with a few of these recent releases — and checking out a few more newbies.