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Some of the most memorable Crosswalk the Musical performances have riffed on Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, and On the Town.

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By Nate Millado

Sadly, Broadway has remained dark since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there's light at the end of the Great White Way: Broadway shows are expected to reopen after Labor Day. Until then, The Late Late Show with James Corden brings the theater to you with Crosswalk the Musical. For the uninitiated, the Tony-winning late night talk show host headlines pared-down versions of some of your favorite shows (with your favorite stars) in the middle of the street. Watch rounds up some of the best, from Aladdin to Les Misérables.

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The Late Late Show with James Corden airs Weeknights at 12:37/11:37c on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

Crosswalk the Musical on Broadway With Hugh Jackman, Zendaya & Zac Efron

Who is the greater showman: Hugh Jackman…or James Corden? Decide for yourself with this special edition of Crosswalk the Musical on Broadway. (The Big Apple troupe also features Zendaya and Zac Efron.) New Yorkers are a notoriously hard-to-please bunch, but Corden and Co. give it their best shot, performing selections from On the Town, Guys and Dolls, Fame, and, of course, the Jackman-Zendaya-Efron movie The Greatest Showman.

Crosswalk the Musical: Aladdin With Will Smith, Naomi Scott & Mena Massoud

The stars of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin bring a whole new world to a busy Los Angeles intersection. A surprisingly moving highlight: Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and Aladdin (Mena Massoud) serenading each other on a forklift-powered magic carpet. "We rubbed the lamp and what came out is a friendship that I will cherish forever," Corden tells Will Smith. "You ain't never had a friend like me," teased the A-list genie.

Crosswalk the Musical: Frozen With Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad & Jonathan Groff

The Frozen 2 cast really let it go on Beverly Boulevard—faux snow and all—much to the amusement (or chagrin?) of the commuter audience.

Crosswalk the Musical: Beauty and the Beast With Dan Stevens, Luke Evans & Josh Gad

Corden is the Belle of this ball, donning Beauty's iconic yellow gown as he warbles showstoppers alongside the live-action adaptation's stars Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (LeFou), and the Beast himself, Dan Stevens!

Crosswalk the Musical: Mary Poppins With Sir Ben Kingsley

Corden takes his show on the road—and across the pond—when he performs Crosswalk the Musical back home in England as Mary Poppins. Sure, Sir Ben Kingsley may have won an Oscar for playing Gandhi, but here the Hollywood icon tackles a bigger challenge: stepping in time like chimney sweeper Bert while dodging double-decker buses.

Crosswalk the Musical: Grease

Honk if you wanna see Corden don a black leather jacket as Danny Zuko! After intense prep, the Crosswalk crew perform Grease on the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Genesee Avenue in Los Angeles.

Crosswalk the Musical: The Sound of Music With Allison Janney

Mom star Allison Janney performs the mother of all musicals, The Sound of Music! Just a few of our favorite things: Corden and Allison Janney as dueling Marias, dancing marionettes, and a cameo by Young Sheldon himself Iain Armitage.

Crosswalk the Musical in Paris—Les Misérables

The Crosswalk cast conquered Los Angeles, New York, and London, so it was only a matter of time before our intrepid host hit French soil. And what could possibly be more French than the Eiffel Tower, a French bulldog, and Le Corden in a beret and scarf? Why, a staging of Les Misérables before unimpressed Parisians, of course—including the rousing Act 1 closer, "One Day More." Corden subs baguettes for guns in a few crucial scenes because, as he quips, "Le pain is mightier than the sword."

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The Late Late Show with James Corden airs Weeknights at 12:37/11:37c on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

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By Nate Millado

A unicorn is that "elusive creature that all single women are looking for": a good-looking guy (with a good head of hair) who's a devoted father with a proven track record of fidelity and a steady well-paying job. In this case, The Unicorn is Wade Felton (Walton Goggins), a widowed father of two who's had sex with only one other woman in 20 years! "Factory fresh," his friend Delia (Michaela Watkins) calls him. And if a unicorn is a perfect man, The Unicorn is a perfect series. Let us count the ways.

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Reason #1: Walton Goggins Is Endearingly Likable

Wade singing into a broomstick

Walton Goggins as Wade.

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If you've seen Walton Goggins in Justified, The Shield, Django Unchained, and The Hateful Eight, you know what we mean: the characters he plays can be downright terrifying. But because Goggins is such a chameleonic actor, it should have come as no surprise that he could tackle an every-man role with aplomb. Wade misses his wife, loves his daughters—even if he doesn't understand them half the time—and appreciates his friends; you can't help but root for the guy.

Reason #2: Its Unique Premise

Walton Goggins with his TV daughters at a diner

Makenzie Moss as Natalie, Ruby Jay as Grace, Walton Goggins as Wade.

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The Unicorn isn't your typical sitcom—it expertly walks a fine tightrope between rom-com and family sitcom. It's got heart (without being hokey), funny (without being mean-spirited), and addresses loss (without being a downer).

And Wade isn't your typical sitcom dad. He's a single dad, though not by choice, dealing with grief, raising teens, and wading through the online dating pool. The fact that Wade hasn't been able to move on a year after his wife's death is efficiently set up within the first five minutes of the pilot—via a dwindling supply of donated frozen dinners.

Reason #3: With Friends Like These…

Wade and pals hang out at a backyard BBQ

Walton Goggins as Wade, Rob Corddry as Forrest, Michaela Watkins as Delia, Omar Benson Miller as Ben, Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle.

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Wade's got a solid support group—played by an all-star supporting cast. Among his circle of friends: nerdy Forrest (Rob Corddry) and his neurotic doctor wife, Delia (Michaela Watkins); gentle giant Ben (Omar Miller) and his no-nonsense better half, Michelle (Maya Lynne Robinson). They may be a little hyper-involved in his love life, but they always have Wade's back.

Reason #4: It's Family Friendly

Wade chats with his daughters.

Walton Goggins as Wade, Ruby Jay as Grace, Makenzie Moss as Natalie.

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With most of us hunkered down in quarantine, what a relief to have a series the entire family can watch. The jokes aren't too "adult" for the kiddos—nor are they too old-school to elicit eye rolls from the tweens. And the dynamic between Wade and his girls is completely relatable.

Reason #5: You Might Learn A Thing Or Two

Wade and Ben surrounded by single ladies at a bar

When Wade visits a local hot spot to meet people instead of using his dating app, Forrest and Ben decide to be his "wing men."

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Speaking of relatable, if you're as endearingly inept at dating like Wade, let The Unicorn be your handbook:

Lesson #1: Don't list your actual height, round upmake 5 feet 11 inches an even 6 feet!
Lesson #2: Do check the "widowed" box—it's catnip to singles.
Lesson #3: Don't accept friend requests from disastrous first dates.

And so on—navigate relationships alongside Wade!

Reason 6: It's An Easy Breezy Binge

The gang helps Grace prep for her first dance

Michaela Watkins as Delia, Makenzie Moss as Natalie, Ruby Jay as Grace, Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle, Omar Miller as Ben.

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With each episode clocking in around 22 minutes, you can practically binge the entire first season in one sitting! And with so much doom and gloom on TV these days, we could all use a "feel-good" series to stream in 2020. The Unicorn is the sitcom equivalent of comfort food. We especially loved the first season ender, when Wade leans on his friends to help Grace prepare for her first dance, in wife Jill's absence. All the feels!

Reason #7: But It Also Tackles Tough Issues

Michelle, Ben, and Forrest having a frank discussion.

Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle, Omar Miller as Ben, Rob Corddry as Forrest.

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We loved how The Unicorn put Ben and Michelle front and center in a Season 2 episode titled "It's the Thought That Counts." After Forrest (Rob Corddry) gifts Noah a blue squirt gun, Ben and Michelle quickly take it away, and the group engages in a frank discussion about racial injustice. "It's not about the color of the gun," Ben schools Forrest, "but the color of my son."

Reason #8: We Can't Wait To See What Happens Next

Wades mystery woman at the playground

Natalie Zea recurs this season as Shannon, the mystery woman.

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We've already established how root-worthy Wade is…will he find love with a mystery woman he meets briefly in a parking lot? Goggins' Justified co-star Natalie Zea recurred in the second season as Shannon.

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By Nate Millado

No shame in their game: If there are two things the Gallaghers are really good at, it's knowing how to get back up—and knowing how to party! But after 11 seasons, who would've thought that the family that puts the "fun" in dysfunctional would also be really good at inspiring deep thoughts and profound messages?

As Shameless comes to a close on Sunday, April 11, we look back at a dozen life lessons Frank & Co. learned from the school of hard knocks.

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Lesson No. 1: Make Time For "Me" Time.

William H Macy as Frank Gallagher in a bathtub

Although to be Frank, when you use Liam as collateral for a stupid bet, fake Carl's "cancer" to exploit the kindness of strangers, or call child protective services on your own kids—it's "me" time all the time for the selfish Gallagher patriarch!

Lesson No. 2: Be A Good Listener.

Fiona putting down a laundry basket

And if lending an ear also involves extending a drink, even better!

Lesson No. 3: Where To Find The Best Gifts.

Frank Gallagher

If neglect is the best gift you can give, then Frank Gallagher (William H. Macy) is the most generous Chicagoan since Oprah.

Lesson No. 4: When Opportunity Calls…

Debbie Gallagher on the phone

Answer the phone! Believe in yourself, rise to the occasion, and go full-throttle, the way Debbie (Emma Kenney) pursued welding or Ian (Cameron Monaghan) became an EMT.

Lesson No. 5: Pay It Forward.

Carl Gallagher in the basement

"Right your wrongs and help others do the same," said Carl Gallagher (Ethan Cutosky). Of course, Carl's sage advice was directed at a detoxing drug addict he was holding hostage in the Gallagher basement. Words to live by nonetheless.

Lesson No. 6: Love Is Love Is Love.

Ian and Mickey get married

Was it Lin-Manuel Miranda who said "love is love is love" after accepting a Tony Award for Hamilton…or Frank Gallagher after a closeted bisexual husband outed himself? Regardless, love is love and nothing on Shameless exemplifies this better than Ian and Mickey (Noel Fisher)—at times a dangerously unhealthy relationship, at times the series' most stable union. Who didn't shed a tear during the Gallavich wedding at the end of Season 10?!

Lesson No. 7: When All Else Fails…

Lip Gallagher

When the smartest Gallagher gives advice, it's not just Lip (Jeremy Allen White) service. "You're a Gallagher, right?" he tells Ian. "Always lie."

Lesson No. 8: Embrace Book And Street Smarts.

Liam Gallagher's going places!

Liam (Christian Isaiah) may be the youngest Gallagher, but he's easily the most resourceful one. With Frank's help, Liam uses his street smarts to pursue education—even earning a scholarship to private school. This Gallagher is going places!

Lesson No. 9: Know When To Seek Medical Attention.

Debbie Gallagher

Get treatment when required (ahem, Debbie), but don't abuse the system and treat the ER like a Holiday Inn (cough cough, Frank).

Lesson No. 10: Invest In Yourself.

Emmy Rossum as Fiona

Because of her deadbeat parents Frank and Monica, Fiona (Emmy Rossum) had to step it up as the sole caretaker—and her scrappy hustle always put food on the table. But after being her siblings' rock for nine seasons, the eldest Gallagher sib finally makes good on her promise and sets out on her own! Fiona doesn't leave her family high and dry, though; she gives $50K to Debbie before hopping on a plane to…somewhere.

Lesson No. 11: Love Thy Neighbors.

It takes a village to survive on the South side, and the Gallaghers couldn't have gotten by without help from their friends Kevin and Veronica.

Lesson No. 12: Family Is Family.

Mickey from Shameless

The one throughline over 11 Shameless seasons is that family is everything. Remember that when we first meet the Gallagher clan, they all chip in to pay the electric bill. They might fight (a lot!), but they'll always have each other's backs.

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United of States of Al buds Riley and Al, NCIS: Los Angeles partners G and Hanna, The Neighborhood's Dave wears his friendship on his chest.

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By Nate Millado

TV bromances—we love to see it! There are guy pals you can watch the game with while knocking back a few. And there are friendships you forge with dudes that are so great, you can tease them, joke with them, wear your heart on your sleeve, and (literally) save each other's lives! Watch rounds up some of our favorite BBFs (Best Bros Forever).

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United States of Al's Riley and Al

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Adhir Kalyan as Al and Parker Young as Riley, from the CBS series United States of Al.

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In Chuck Lorre's new sitcom, United States of Al, Marine combat vet Riley (Parker Young) welcomes Al (Adhir Kalyan), his interpreter from Afghanistan, to the USA. How tight is their bond? Riley actually made Al godfather to his daughter! As Al attempts to start life anew in America, Riley tries to re-acclimate to civilian life (and reconnect with his ex). Al and Riley will no doubt continue to help each other navigate the next phase of their lives. "I have been in many death and life moments with you," Al tells pal Riley. "You always knew what to do."

United States of Al airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

NCIS: Los Angeles' G. Callen & Sam Hanna

NCIS: Los Angeles special agents G. and Hanna

Chris O'Donnell (Special Agent G. Callen) and LL COOL J (Special Agent Sam Hanna).

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NCIS: Los Angeles is currently in its 12th season, and its longevity boils down to one thing: Chemistry! Special Agents G. (Chris O'Donnell) and Hanna (LL COOL J) are like an old married couple; they can communicate with just a look (you can practically hear Hanna say, "Seriously?" whenever he glares at G.)

Their playful banter is the bedrock of this action-packed procedural:

G. pestering his partner on a plane: "Would you like me to get you some snacks?"
Hanna: "No."
G: "You might think better on a full stomach."
Hanna: "Not hungry and I'm not thinking."
G: "You want me to get you something to drink?"
Hanna: "Why don't you grab me a glass of shut the hell up? Make it a double!"

NCIS: Los Angeles airs Sundays at 9/8c on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

The Unicorn's Wade, Ben, and Forrest

Wade flanked by buddies Forrest and Ben at a bar

Rob Corddry as Forrest, Walton Goggins as Wade, Omar Miller as Ben in The Unicorn.

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The Unicorn''s Wade (Walton Goggins) has leaned heavily on his best buds, Forrest (Rob Corddry) and Ben (Omar Miller), since the loss of his wife. Whether it's helping the widower raise two teen girls or encouraging Wade to, er, wade into the dating pool, Forrest and Ben make the best wingmen!

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The Neighborhood's Calvin and Dave

Calvin and Dave

Cedric the Entertainer (Calvin Butler) and Max Greenfield (Dave Johnson).

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When Dave (Max Greenfield) moved into a predominantly Black neighborhood, Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) didn't exactly roll out the welcome mat. Despite being on opposite sides of the fence, Mr. Nice Guy ultimately won over his wary next-door nabe. Welcome to the bromance, Dave and Calvin!

The Neighborhood airs Mondays at 8/7c on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

SEAL Team's Sonny and Clay

Clay Spenser and AJ Buckley

SEAL Team's Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser and AJ Buckley as Sonny Quinn.

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On paper, someone as hot-headed as Sonny (AJ Buckley) and as cocky as Clay (Max Thieriot) shouldn't get along, but SEAL Team''s Bravo 3 and Bravo 6 just gel! The bromance between these brothers-in-arms has been a blast to watch these last four seasons, and we get a kick out of all the nicknames Sonny bestows on Clay: Platinum Wonder, Captain America, Bam-Bam, Fabio, Covergirl, Magic Mike, Goldilocks, Ken Doll, and so on!

SEAL Team airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS. Stream anytime on Paramount+.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds' Pike and Spock

Star Trek's Pike and Spock

Anson Mount as Captain Pike and Ethan Peck as Spock.

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The original Star Trek boasted one of TV's best bro pairs, but before Kirk and Spock there was Pike (Anson Mount) and Spock (Ethan Peck). "I think, at this point, Spock has compartmentalized his human side," Peck told "And I think Pike was, as a human, a good emotional example for him." Star Trek:Discovery''s dynamic duo will be able to explore their bromance further as they explore Strange New Worlds in their upcoming Paramount+ spinoff.

Star Trek:Discovery streams exclusively on Paramount+.

Riverdale's Archie and Jughead

Riverdale's Archie and Jughead in a lab class

KJ Apa as Archie Andrews and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones.

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At the start of Riverdale, Archie (KJ Apa) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) aren't exactly the best of friends. But we do know they were childhood besties. (The iconic redhead even snuck out to meet his beanie-wearing buddy at his treehouse back in the day!) Still, the jock and the outcast have always stuck up for each other and have thankfully mended their strained bro-ship. "Jarchie" 4EVA!

Season 5 of Riverdale returns in July on The CW.

Hawaii Five-0's McGarrett and Danno

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Hawaii Five-0's McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danno (Scott Caan).

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For One-0 seasons of Hawaii Five-0, Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan) have had each other's backs. (Sure, they've had their share of carguments, but c'mon! Danno donated his own liver to McGarrett in Season 6, so they're literally blood brothers!) We'll admit we shed a tear or two when McGarrett said "aloha" to Hawaii and his partner in Hawaii Five-0's series finale. "This isn't goodbye forever," McGarrett promised, as they hugged it out and exchanged ILY's.

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