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A New Show Tackles the Subject of Finding Love During the Pandemic

Marion Charatan

Posted on May 11, 2020 11:04

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'Love in the Time of Corona' debuts this August. Could a show on virtual dating really be a hit?

Constant reminders of the pandemic are all around us like a surround sound system blasting dissonance into tired ears. 

I’m going around trying my darndest to forget for just a moment that we are in the belly of the beast; full throttle in a global health crisis. Everywhere you turn, each channel you browse through, whether it's Youtube, network TV, a streaming service, online newspaper, radio news, EVERYTHING is corona.

Y’all remember the song "My Sharona." I have my own version intermittently spinning around and around in my head, "My corona … duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, DAHHH MY Corona." I'm sure a few of you do, too. You know, you have got to get away from the obsessive thoughts, the chronic reminders, and visceral images on all platforms of the worst cases of despair and death.

Believe me, I am not minimizing the suffering and hardship this pandemic has caused, from severe physical illness to job loss to the chronic strain on heroic front line workers -- the astounding efforts and sacrifices of doctors, nurses and all other health care workers, sanitation crews, grocery clerks, volunteers at food banks and countless more who put their own lives on the line every single day to help people like me. I'm grateful. 

But we all need a break from it. However, experts believe the psychological toll is as real as the physical danger of the COVID-19. Accelerating anxiety and the potential for an increase in suicides due to illness, isolation or economic worries are all real concerns.

We need escapes. Many avenues of retreat have been taken away -- from going to parks, movies, restaurants, shopping malls, schools, gyms, etc. We crave distraction in these times. Take heart -- a new show is coming out about finding love in the face of corona. 

The four-part limited comedy series is scheduled to debut in August and is tentatively called "Love in the Time of Corona." It's marketed as "a funny and hopeful look at the search for love, sex and connection amid social distancing" and will hail from the Disney-owned company Freeform.

Look at the popularity of shows like "The Bachelor" (season 24) and the old "The Dating Game" (15 seasons). Most of us can relate to "looking for love," whether married, single, or in-between, people can relate to the ups and downs of tackling relationships. Sometimes, it's good to live a little vicariously through contestants. I think it also helps to look and learn from other people's mistakes. 

Sheltering at home and being told to keep at least 6-feet away from others is not the optimal recipe for starting personal relationships. However, the virtual touch like Zoom, Facetime or Skype will have to replace a more personal touch. 

As crazy as the concept sounds, I think it might work. You know, kudos to writer Joanna Johnson -- wish I'd thought of it first.

Marion Charatan

Posted on May 11, 2020 11:04

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