Hi, friends. As I type this, it is 64 degrees and sunny in Boston and it feels like heaven! I hope the sun is shining wherever you're reading this.
More and more spring premiere dates keep getting added to the calendar and I am pumped. Get ready for:
- Thursday, April 15 - Younger returns! If you've been sleeping on this show, catch up before the final season begins on Paramount+ (and thankfully, Hulu). It's about a woman who lies about her age to score a job at a publishing house and builds a new life around her false persona, including an amazing best friend at work and a dreamy, much younger boyfriend. #TeamJosh
- Tuesday, May 4 - Real Housewives of New York City returns to Bravo and the trailer looks bananas! I continue to miss Bethenny Frankel as part of the cast, but the Ramona-coaster keeps things interesting.
- Tuesday, May 4 - This is also the day that Netflix released the second season of Selena. If you didn't watch the first batch, do that now so you're ready to go. It's great, trust me!
- Thursday, May 6 - Million Dollar Listing New York City returns to our screens. Despite being bi-coastal now, Fredrik Eklund is still considered part of this cast, alongside Ryan Serhant, Steve Gold and a new female broker!
- Wednesday, May 26 - The Bold Type comes back to Freeform (formerly ABC Family). It's about three best friends who work at a magazine, based on Cosmopolitan. It's smart, funny and socially conscious.
I have just two recommendations this week, one TV show and one movie.
1. Top Chef (Bravo) - There are so many trashy shows on Bravo, but Top Chef is truly stellar. This year, the cast of culinary superstars is in Portland, OR. Since they all had to quarantine (judges too) they aren't allowing any outside guests, so for now, they have a panel of past contestants who are helping the three core judges to evaluate each challenge.
There isn't a chef from Boston this season (who I always root for out of local pride), but several personalities have emerged as masters of creativity - and speed!
There have been two episodes so far and the challenges are insanely difficult. This show will leave you inspired (and probably hungry).
2. Uncle Frank (Amazon) - One of my besties recommended this movie, which stars Paul Bettany as Frank, a man in his forties who is mourning the loss of his father, while also coming out to his family after being in the closet his entire life.
He drives from New York City to his hometown of Creeksville, South Carolina with his niece, Beth, played by Sophia Lillis. She looks so much like Amy Adams that I kept thinking it was her!
This is a story about love, shame and the bitterness of having to hide your true self. Despite the heavy topic, it's really well done.
The movie also has a fantastic supporting cast, including Margo Martindale, Steve Zahn and Judy Greer.
There you have it! This week's top picks. Tonight I am planning to watch Thunder Force with Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer on Netflix. I can't wait.
Have a lovely weekend!