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Netflix series Maid comes out this weekend, starring Margaret Qualley, and as her mother, Qualley’s real mother, Andie MacDowell.

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Netflix series Maid comes out this weekend, starring Margaret Qualley, and as her mother, Qualley’s real mother, Andie MacDowell.

Ricardo Hubbs / Netflix

Netflix series Maid comes out this weekend, starring Margaret Qualley, and as her mother, Qualley’s real mother, Andie MacDowell. It’s one of my favorite shows of the year and we’ll be talking about it on the podcast soon. Mara Gay wrote this week about COVID experience in New York City, and it is worth reading. I’m very late for Tatum the talking dog on TikTok, but that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to every single one of her adventures. And by the way, yes, we will cover the extremely animated Netflix series. Squid! You’ll have some time to watch it before we talk about it, which is nice with something so talked about. Also on file: Indictment: American Crime Story and Y: the last man, so if you’re looking for things to check out, those are a few we’ll get to soon! –Beautiful Holmes

This is what we are seeing this weekend:

What to see

Jack Whitehall: travel with my father, Netflix

A listener to our podcast recommended this show to me. Is named Jack Whitehall: travel with my father. Jack Whitehall is a young British actor and comedian. His father is a fool, the funniest of all possible fools. He is a very ambiguous white old man, in his 70s, who despises new experiences, who idolizes Winston Churchill, who wears a suit and hat everywhere. They travel together and bond because they don’t really know each other at all. The father sent Jack to boarding school when he was 8 years old, and this appears on the show. much. The catch of the show is that Jack wants authentic experiences, and the father wants gin and tonics and sandwiches on the terrace of the Ritz.

A couple of caveats here. It’s a bit overproduced in the sense that they are clearly making parts to outline their different worldviews. The other thing is, and this is a hot take, but skip the first season. That season they go to Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. There are many of the parents who are openly distrustful and even dismissive and disrespectful of the culture, which is something the show finds much more fun than I do. It gets so much better in the other four seasons where they travel to Europe, the US, Australia and finally the UK There is something about an old Brit who performatively taunts Americans, Germans, Australians, and Brits that hits differently than he did in that season one, which left a bad taste in my mouth. in my mouth. You will come to feel for these two men and for their relationships. – Glen Weldon


Sohla El-Waylly cooking videos, New York Times Cooking YouTube Channel

What makes me happy this week is part of New York Times Kitchen YouTube channel, and it’s a series with Sohla El-Waylly, who is one of the many fabulous chefs who used to be in Enjoy. She is making solid content in a ton of different places now. She and her husband, whose name is Ham, who is also a chef, are making a NYT cooking series called Mystery Menu. What happens is that they give them a paper bag with a mystery ingredient and tell them that you have to make dinner and dessert with this mystery ingredient. It has a kind of chopped up feel, but with super sophisticated and smart chefs who are very very personable and work very well together. They give them, for example, pickles and usually they try to make some kind of salad, some kind of main dish and some kind of dessert with this ingredient. I love how much they like each other, how warm it is, and also how creative they are. It is super wonderful. I highly recommend it. – Linda Holmes

What to read

The participation by Megan Abbott

Last weekend I devoured a book by the great novelist Megan Abbott called The participation. Hardcore crime fiction is this really stereotypically male area of ​​interest, and what I love about Abbott’s books is that she has carved out a huge niche for herself, where she applies the tone and style of film noir to stereotypically female areas of interest. He has written past novels about cheerleaders and gymnastics, among others. On The participation, is about a couple of sisters who run a ballet school together. They are gearing up for their annual big performance of The Nutcracker. There’s a lot of tension between all the girls who want to play the title role, including some really horrible hazing that goes on. But then there is a fire, and a suspicious contractor walks in to try to repair the damage from the fire, and basically their lives start to implode as a result of this man’s entry into their lives. There are many great thematic parallels between the story of the book and the story of The Nutcracker, so all of these things are intertwined. And Abbott does a good job of detailing the physical difficulties of dance and creating this truly unnerving atmosphere that left me feeling like I needed to take a bath every time I put the book down. I always love his stuff, and The participation is no exception. – Alan Sepinwall

“Introducing the real Will Smith”, GQ

How wonderful journalist Wesley Lowery has a very interesting profile in GQ this week about Will Smith. Will Smith is someone who has fascinated me most of my life. I fell in love with him since early childhood. I have seen most of your movies. Lately I have been puzzled by many of your movie choices. But this profile really dives into some interesting aspects of Will Smith’s personality and the way he’s been using this person as someone who is super ambitious, someone who wanted to be the biggest movie star in the world, and how always it was. personable and saying all these platitudes about happiness and how much of it belies a kind of darker part of Will Smith. If you’ve seen the second season of Ted Lasso, it somehow feels like the Ted Lasso reveal. I highly recommend it checking this profile if you are interested in Will Smith as a person. It’s probably one of the most revealing he’s done in his entire career. – Aisha Harris

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