"Riverdale" star Camila Mendes and Bill Nye the Science Guy could be your next substitute teachers. The unlikely duo is teaming up for a new series called “Celebrity Substitute” that YouTube Originals is releasing.

YouTube Originals announced Wednesday that it will be rolling out new content to entertain subscribers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The video-sharing platform has created a variety of new series, live streaming shows, and events that touch upon an array of different interests and feature celebrities like Nye and Mendes. Many of the series are meant to engage and entertain while also encouraging people to donate to various charities.

So far, 11 new projects have been announced. Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, said the idea was born from the goal to “give people an outlet to come together.”

“We’re working to develop exciting new original content that is relevant, useful, and entertaining in order to deepen those connections,” she said.

“Celebrity Substitute” brings together celebrities to help “energize” the education process while students are forced to learn from home. The series premieres May 7 and in each episode, a new celebrity is brought in to teach a lesson alongside an actual teacher. Model Karlie Kloss, “Hidden Figures” star Janelle Monáe, and comedian Ken Jeong will also star in the program.

Camila Mendes
Camila Mendes attends the People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on Nov. 11, 2018. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Aside from “Celebrity Substitute,” below are more details on YouTube's other upcoming series, live stream events, and special episode releases.

Live Streams

  • “The Creator Games Presented by MrBeast” is a live stream event happening this Saturday at 6 p.m. EDT. The YouTube star will host a virtual game night with other popular creators during the stream.
  • April 30 will see another live stream. "Stream #WithMe (UK)" is slated to share personal quarantine experiences from famous U.K. celebrities and content creators.


  • The mini-series “The Secret Life of Lele Pons” will document the YouTuber's struggles with fame while suffering from Tourette Syndrome and OCD. Her series premieres May 19.
  • “Untitled Juanpa and Luisito Project” will place the popular YouTube creators at the forefront as creators Juanpa Zurita and Luisito Comunica bring together people from around the globe to discuss how they’re handling quarantine. This series premieres in May.
  • "Stay Home With: YUNGBLUD" follows the life of the singer YUNGBLUD as he navigates filming a music video and maintaining his music career while staying in lockdown at his home. The series will be released on April 27.
  • Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is hosting a mini-series that explores the creative process of those working on short films, music videos, and documentaries. "Create Together #WithMe" premieres in May.
  • "Locked Down" is a new scripted series that airs in May and involves teenagers working to solve a mystery online. The entire series was shot from a smartphone and webcam.

Special Episodes

  • For the dancers out there, established choreographer Matt Steffanina will host a global dance event, titled “#MoveWithMe,” on April 29 that will bring together other popular choreographers like WildaBeast Adams, LaurieAnn Gibson, Chachi Gonzales, and others.
  • Bookworms can rejoice because the monthly book club "BookTube” is inviting fans to tune into an episode on May 21 called “Read with Me.” The episode will feature critically acclaimed authors sharing their current reading lists, as well as mental health experts discussing anxiety during these challenging times. “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert and romantic novelist Nicholas Sparks are contributing along with Elaine Welteroth, James Patterson, Melinda Gates, and John Grisham.