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COVID-19 causes spike in "comfort TV" viewing of old favorites like 'Charlie's Angels'

L-R - Shelley Hack, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd -- Walt Disney Television via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the constantly scary headlines that are coming from the COVID-19 pandemic, it's no surprise people are using their time at home to seek comfort in old television favorites.

As previously reported, Hallmark Channel is running its popular Christmas movies now, while retro cable channel COZI TV tells ABC Audio that it's seen a spike in viewership.

In fact, COZI viewing has grown 24% over the past three weeks compared to the same period last year, according Meredith McGinn, the network's senior vice president.

"COZI TV's broadcast lineup has become comfort TV during these uncertain times," McGinn said. "As more and more viewers tune in, we look forward to welcoming them with feel-good family fun, filled with our iconic catalog of sitcoms, dramas and action series that will give families a much-needed reprieve."

One of those feel-good shows? The '70s classic Charlie's Angels, which airs weekday mornings at 9 AM Eastern time, and in a three-hour block on Saturdays.  The show, which inspired several films, follows three young women who work for a private detective firm run by Charles "Charlie" Townsend.

Cheryl Ladd played Kris Munroe on the show; her character was the little sister of Farrah Fawcett-Majors' character Jill Munroe.  In a recent chat with ABC Audio, Ladd explained the Angels' ongoing appeal. 

She expliained, "I just think people connect with the characters...I mean, we were grown-up Girl Scouts really in the show. There wasn't anything too racy about it. The wonderful thing about that show is the whole family could watch it."

Ladd explains, "I've run into so many women who are now police sergeants and firefighters...all of these women that were inspired by those characters, which is always so rewarding to hear." 

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: March 30, 2020, 9:00 pm

Working from home? Might as well get your home office in order with these tips

iStock/PeopleImages(NEW YORK) -- With the COVID-19 pandemic relegating millions of workers to their homes to limit the spread of the virus, chances are we haven't given all that much to out 'home office,' until now. 

However, leave it to those crafty folks at Etsy to help us get our house in order.  

The website's trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson offers the following tips to making any space feel more professional -- even if you're pecking away on an old card table.

  • Prepare the essentials -- Give yourself the tools you need to have a successful workday, whether it’s a desk organizer, charging station to keep your electronics fully fueled, or whiteboard to jot down ideas.
  • Add greenery and natural light -- Plants and sunlight are known to reduce stress and increase productivity.  If you can, choose to create your home office in a room that gets plenty of natural light and has space for a few plants. Nature will always make you feel a little brighter.
  • Keep track of time -- Get yourself a desk clock to remind you how long you’ve been sitting at your desk.  It’s important to take breaks throughout the day, and an old-school clock will ensure that you have an easy way to view the time.
  • Prioritize comfort -- Comfort is key to working from home, so make sure to choose a proper chair, or add a cushion to the chair you have, to keep yourself comfortable throughout the day.
  • Find your light -- Proper lighting can increase productivity, so make sure you have a good fixture, whether it’s a desk lamp or a wall sconce, and play with the angles until you get just the right amount of light in your work space.
  • Utilize wall space --  If your work space has a wall nearby, consider adding a peg wall or cork board to add reminders, calendars, or even inspirational messages to keep you motivated.
  • Reduce stress -- Keep calming aromatherapy roller balls, essential oil diffusers, or candles on your desk to help release stress.  And don’t forget to take a minute to relax when you need a moment. It’s okay to take self-care breaks!

Johnson also notes that if your home office is in your bedroom -- as hers is -- you should try to make the office part feel like a totally different room to separate when and where you're on and off the clock.

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: March 30, 2020, 9:00 pm

#Quarantineandchill: Spike Lee releases the script for his unmade Jackie Robinson film

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Spike Lee is giving fans plenty to do during their #quarantineandchill down time. In a new Instagram post, the Oscar winner announced he's released the script for his unmade Jackie Robinson film, which dates back to 1996, the year he wrote it.

“Afternoon From Da Corona Epicenter Of The USA-NYC,” Lee wrote, sharing a video of himself sitting on his couch. “I Dug Deep Into Da 40 Acres Vault And Pulled Out This Script From One Of My EPIC Dream (Never Got Made) Projects-JACKIE ROBINSON."

"You Do Not Have To Be A Baseball Fan To Enjoy," he continued. "This Script Is A Great American Story. Be Safe. Peace, Light And Love. And Dat’s Da “Brooklyn Dodger” Truth, Ruth. YA-DIG? SHO-NUFF.”

In his video, Lee reveals that his script -- which was his fifth draft of the screenplay -- centered around one special actor: Oscar-winner Denzel Washington.

Lee said he hoped to re-team with his Malcolm X star, but Denzel says he felt "too old" to play the baseball legend, who helped to shatter MLB’s color barrier.

“Hope you enjoy it,” Spike said. “If not, that’s alright too. It’s never getting made, but I wanted to share this script with you. Be safe! Be safe! Social distancing! Peace.”

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Author: Music News Group
Posted: March 30, 2020, 7:55 pm

Hookup site AdultFriendFinder goes clean to stream COVID-19-affected weddings

iStock/cSondy(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE CONTENT) With weddings worldwide being postponed or canceled over COVID-19 concerns, another adult-oriented site has cleaned up its act to help out. 

AdultFriendFinder has launched the safe for work site, and is offering to livestream your wedding to friends and family situated across the world for free in crisp 4K and 1080p.

The site notes that couples can select between having a private video channel that is only accessible to friends and family via a private link and password, or a public video channel that the world can tune in to and watch. 

FriendFinder Networks CEO Jonathan Buckheit tells ABC Audio, "Over the years, we have seen many marriages by couples who met on AdultFriendFinder. We appreciate the many years of patronage the public have given us on our site, and thought this this was a nice way of saying thank you during a difficult time for people who want to take advantage of our offer."

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: March 30, 2020, 7:00 pm

"Made shoes yesterday, making masks today": Sneaker company New Balance now churning out protective gear

New Balance(MASSACHUSETTS) -- The American-made company New Balance may have earned itself lots of brand-new customers when this COVID-19 pandemic is over, based on the reaction to a tweet noting it has started making masks for first responders. 

"Made shoes yesterday, making masks today" declares the tweet, accompanied by a photo of a sturdy-looking face mask, with what looks like shoelace-inspired straps. 

The tweet pointed users to a statement on the company's website, which explained, "The global COVID-19 health crisis has called on individuals and organizations to bring their expertise and resources to solve new and extraordinary challenges. New Balance has engaged a portion of its skilled and innovative U.S. manufacturing workforce to develop face masks to address the significant demand for these supplies."

The sneaker company explained they're producing prototypes at its Lawrence, MA manufacturing facility, and "hope to scale production using our other New England factories soon," in coordination with local and government officials. 

For their part, people applauded the decision, with more than sharing one poster's sentiment, "Forget Nike -- I'm getting all my shoes from these guys."

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Author: Stephen Iervolino
Posted: March 30, 2020, 6:00 pm