“‘Julia,’ ‘Tokyo Vice’ & ‘The Girl From Plainville'”
Like coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon and other classic Julia Child dishes, the chance to play the culinary sensation was simply too delicious for Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire to deny. “She’s a joy to watch. You want to be in her company,” raves the actress (above), who is equally delightful in this lovely, frothy series celebrating the kitchen icon’s rise from happily married home cook to the star ingredient of public television’s The French Chef. Sweetening things are terrific turns by Frasier alums David Hyde Pierce as Child’s enthusiastic husband Paul and Bebe Neuwirth as her loyal confidant Avis. As Child herself would say, “Bon appétit!”
Series Premiere, Thursday, March 31, HBO Max
West Side Story’s Ansel Elgort stars as real-life American journalist Jake Adelstein, whose late-’90s coverage of the Tokyo police beat and the city’s organized-crime underworld drives this fascinating fast-paced drama. Filmed entirely on location (with a pilot episode directed by Miami Vice visionary Michael Mann), the 10-part series also features Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Ken Watanabe.
Series Premiere, Thursday, April 7, HBO Max
The Girl from Plainville
This gripping miniseries looks beyond the salacious headlines to dramatize the disturbing landmark case of Michelle Carter (Elle Fanning, The Great), the Massachusetts teenager charged with texting her boyfriend Conrad Roy III (Colton Ryan) into taking his own life in 2014. “A lot was left out in [coverage of] the case that we were able to explore,” says cowriter Patrick Macmanus, who relied on copious text messages, depositions and personal interviews “to be able to present a full and true story.”
Series Premiere, Tuesday, March 29, Hulu
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