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We're So Excited for Lucy Hale's New Show

This Pretty Little Liar is all grown-up in Life Sentence.
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The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You, A Walk to Remember—there are so many movies about a doomed love story involving some sort of terminal illness that have made us cry our hearts out. But what happens when the illness is taken out of the equation? What happens when these characters can finally live their lives like other people?

That's the interesting premise of Lucy Hale's upcoming show, Life Sentence, where she plays Stella, a cancer patient who for the past eight years has been living each day like it's her last. (Gotta be honest: Part of us is expecting A or A.D. to be the mastermind behind all this misery.)

Stella's got a loving family, a devoted husband, and a strong support system. She has made the best of her crappy situation, and now that she’s cured, she finally has the chance to live like each day won't be her last. But as we very well know, getting through everyday life is also a beastly challenge in itself—and this time Stella can no longer use the cancer card. (Well, she does try to use it, but her guilt and fear of karmic retribution get her to 'fess up!)

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It's not just Stella who has to find her bearings in her new world order. For the past eight years, her family has been doing everything to maintain the emotionally positive environment that her doctor prescribed. That meant keeping secrets from her, and now everything's rising to the surface: her mom leaving her dad, her mom being lesbian, her sister giving up a prestigious scholarship to take care of her, her brother resorting to sketchy ways to make money because cancer treatment is no joke.

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Then there's her husband, Wes. Sweet, adorable, head over heels in love with her, Wes. Overjoyed he may be about postponing the "till death do us part" in their vows, he's worried about where he fits in her life now that she's no longer, well, dying. On a lighter note, Stella is also discovering new things about Wes, like the revelation that Love Actually is not his favorite movie (blasphemy!), and that he can't keep going outside whenever he has to fart because winter is coming and it's too darn cold outside. (LOL.)

And on a kilig note, Wes is played by Elliot Knight, who also played a cute love interest in No Tomorrow, another delightful rom-com series from the same network that was unfortunately canceled after just one season (!!!). The actor isn't the only common link between the two shows—based on the trailer, Life Sentence has a similar tone as No Tomorrow: the quirky, upbeat, sunlight-drenched vibe complementing the dark, literally apocalyptic undertones of the story. While nothing can quite fill the hole left by No Tomorrow, we have high hopes for Life Sentence. Here’s hoping it does better and lasts much longer!

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You can catch Life Sentence later this year.

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Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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PRIMO.

First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.

The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.

There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.

Bea Alamis 2 hours ago

If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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