End of the school year watchlist: upcoming shows and movies to look forward to

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One of the movie posters for “In The Heights” featuring Anthony Ramos, previously known for his role in the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” The film adaptation of the Tony award winning musical will come out on June 11 in theaters and on HBO Max.

By Olivia Yasharoff, Editor in Chief

While WCHS students are battling through AP exams and a plethora of end of the year assignments, it can be hard to find the light at the end of the tunnel. Luckily, there are a bunch of upcoming TV shows and movies to look forward to and motivate students to get to the end of the year. From comedy and reality TV to musicals and Marvel, there is something coming soon for everyone.

Bo Burnham’s “Inside” – Netflix, May 30

Comedian and actor Bo Burnham is famous for his meta stand-up comedy, directing of the 2018 movie “Eighth Grade,” and most recently, his role in Oscar-winning movie “Promising Young Woman.” Burnham’s return to comedy has been heavily-anticipated and the time is finally here. His last special, 2016’s  “Make Happy,” featured comedic songs and commentary on celebrity, love and mental health. Burnham has been working on “Inside” throughout the pandemic and unlike his two previous Netflix specials, filmed it himself without a crew or audience.

Katie’s season of “The Bachelorette” – Hulu, June 7

Fan favorite from Matt James’ season of “The Bachelor,” Katie Thurston will be getting her own season and another chance to find love — or at least gain a lot of new social media followers. There will be 30 male contestants from ages 25 to 36 and the season will be hosted by former Bachelorettes Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams. Following Katie’s season will be the annual “Bachelor in Paradise” season and another season of “The Bachelorette” starring Michelle Young, also from James’ season.

“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” – Disney+, May 14 to July 16

In this season of HSMTMTS, the Wildcats are putting on “Beauty and the Beast” for their spring musical while Nini (Olivia Rodrigo) and Ricky (Joshua Bassett) adapt to long-distance dating. Starting May 14, a new episode has been released every Friday and if this season has ten episodes like the previous one, there will be a new episode every week until July 16. 

“Loki” – Disney+, June 9

Disney+ is on a roll with Marvel shows such as “WandaVision,” “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and now, “Loki.” Marvel fans have bonded over weekly episodes from previous shows, sharing theories and jokes online. This show will take place after “Avengers: Endgame” and follow Loki, also known as the God of Mischief, in a total of six episodes, released every Wednesday starting June 9.

“In The Heights” – HBO Max, June 11

Lin Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical of the same name is coming to HBO Max but this time as a film adaptation. The movie features a variety of famous actors like “Hamilton’s” Anthony Ramos and Christopher Jackson, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Stephanie Beatriz and “West Side Story’s” Rita Moreno. The story follows the predominantly Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City, with themes of hope, fortune and community.

Although it can be difficult to find time to relax and watch entertainment during AP season, upcoming releases at the end of the school year look promising and are sure to inspire WCHS students to push through.