Coronavirus may have halted production on several hotly anticipated new series and seen traditional TV channels rapidly revamp their schedules – but it hasn’t pushed pause on creativity altogether.
With their own usually tightly packed schedules suspended for the foreseeable future, celebrities are turning to livestreaming in a bid to reconnect with their fans during this difficult time – and in some cases, just to entertain themselves.
If you’re finding yourself tiring of traditional telly, we have rounded up the very best celebrity content to tune in to instead…
Miley Cyrus – Bright Minded
Having already excelled at singing and acting, the 27-year-old has proven she’s a dab hand at pretty much anything after launching her Instagram Live series Bright Minded.
The daily talk show, which, as Cyrus says, provides tips on how to “stay lit” during these troubled times, aims to connect people during the coronavirus outbreak and features a whole galaxy of stars.
With guests even Graham Norton would be desperate to snag, Cyrus has welcomed the likes of Demi Lovato, Rita Ora and Reese Witherspoon via broadcast link. Parkinson, eat your heart out.
Konnie Huq – Science, Scribbles and Stories
Those with little ones left looking for something to do now the schools have closed can find solace with the coolly calming Konnie Huq, who is heading back to her Blue Peter roots with a daily broadcast on her YouTube channel for children.
The 44-year-old was universally praised with her short video on helping children understand and cope with the coronavirus during these unsettling times, as well as her numerous fun (and free) science experiments available to copy.
John Kransinski – Some Good News
He’s moved away from his comedic Jim Halpert persona in more recent years in favour of more brooding roles – but Krasinsi is back to his very merry best in his new YouTube series Some Good News.
The first episode saw the star, 40, interview Steve Carell for the US Office’s 15th anniversary, as well as sharing more positive news stories from all around the globe.
Kaia Gerber’s Book Club
She’s rich, she’s beautiful – and if we wanted another reason to envy Kaia Gerber, she’s also very well-read.
The 18-year-old has announced she’s launching her very own book club, inviting her 5.4 million Instagram followers to join her in reading and discussing a book a week, with the conversation happening every Friday.
“Every week I’m gonna post a book to my stories and the following week I’ll jump on [Instagram Live]—sometimes with a friend, writer, or guest—so we can all talk about the book,” she said.
The first book she’s discussing? The fantastic Normal People by Sally Rooney.
Alice Liveing’s Full Body Workouts
Joe Wicks isn’t the only one who’s offering ways to shape up from home – fitness influencer and Clean Eating Alice founder Alice Liveing is leading a full body workout live on Instagram to stave off boredom and keep you fit.
Saturday sees Liveing focus on HIIT, while Sunday sees you stretch out your muscles.
Charli XCX’s beauty tutorial
The singer has been doing a number of videos and challenges on her Instagram to support those stuck in isolation – but Saturday 4th April sees her team up with Zara Larsson to do a make-up tutorial.
Charli has previously livestreamed alongside musician Orville Peck and tried yoga on her Instagram channel.
Major Lazer – live-stream
Charli XCX isn’t the only musician who is bringing the party online, with the dance trio launching A Very Lazer Sunday to brighten up the weekend.
Expect some of their biggest hits, including Lean On, Get Free and Jai No Partial.
Together at Home
The campaign by Global Citizen has seen a number of celebrities take part in a series of virtual concerts to encourage people to stay at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
The first few days saw Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Legend and Niall Horan take part, with Skip Marley and Jack Johnson take part last week.
John Mayer – Current Mood
Mayer may be on the third series of his Instagram talk show, but he may have found a vastly bigger audience watching after the coronavirus outbreak. The 42-year-old’s deliberately low-budget Instagram programme, filmed on his iPhone with a homemade backdrop, has been described as “charming” and “adorable” by fans.
His most recent episode saw him discuss the Covid-19 outbreak and anxiety about isolation, but previous episodes have welcomed A-Listers such as Gigi Hadid and Dave Chapelle.
Katharine McPhee and David Foster – daily Instagram show
The Waitress and American Idol star has teamed up with her husband David Foster to perform a daily concert on her Instagram page – but there’s more than just singing in their adorable feeds.
McPhee has resorted to doing what several partners all across the globe are now being forced to do – cutting her husband’s hair. Prepare to have a smile put on your face.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End treats
The theatres have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, with the country’s best-loved shows forced off stage.
But the West End experience can now be enjoyed from home, with Andrew Lloyd Webber launching his very own YouTube channel titled The Show Must Go On.
The 72-year-old’s hit musicals from all across the world will be broadcast daily from 7pm for free and available to watch for 48 hours.
Save with Stories
Hollywood actors Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams have teamed up to read children a bedtime story on the Instagram story SaveWithStories, encouraging people to pay $10 towards the charities Save the Children and No Kid Hungry.
The campaign have seen a number of celebrities sign up to read beloved children’s stories, including Chris Pratt, Reese Witherspoon and Kelly Clarkson.
Celebrity television watchalongs
Tired: Watching TV at home.
Wired: Watching TV with your favourite celebrities.
Whovians are nominating their favourite Doctor Who episodes, with former showrunners Russell T Davies and Stephen Moffat livetweeting along with them,
RadioTimes.com have led this charge with their #RTWatch events on Twitter, organising a Torchwood watchalong with John Barrowman and Naoko Mori.
Elsewhere, drama editor Eleanor Bley Griffiths has launched Call the Midwife Unite, a weekly viewing of a classic episode of the popular BBC One drama, followed by an interview with members of the cast.
Associate editor Morgan Jeffery explained: “This is just the start, and we have even more ambitious plans going forward about how we can unite a nation of telly fans and hopefully provide some respite during this uncertain period.”