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Watch This Week – 7/25/22

This week: Motherland: Fort Salem, Street Food: USA, Dream Home Makeover, The Most Hated Man on the Internet, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, Keep Breathing, Not Okay, Uncoupled, Paper Girls

Motherland: Fort Salem

“Book Club” – Season 3, Episode 6
Tues July 26 – 10PM
On Freeform

Photo: Freeform/Jeff Petry

War has come to the Cession. President Silver (Victor Webster) is making dangerous moves and it’s all General Bellweather (Catherine Lough Haggquist) can do to outmaneuver him. Fortunately, she has Alder (Lyne Renée) and the Bellweather Unit on her side, not to mention some unexpected help from within the Cession. That includes a desperate and emotionally wrought plea to reach Raelle (Taylor Hickson) in the Mycelium. Meanwhile, Abigail (Ashley Nicole Williams) and Adil (Tony Giroux) bring advantageous intel to the army, in a scene that will spark pride in you while watching how far they’ve come. As witches everywhere are forced under more control, you’ll feel sick and even more ready for them to truly take their power back. But you’ll get to see some family reunions that will remind you of what the witches are truly fighting for. “Book Club” is a rush of hope to keep you cheering for Fort Salem to win—even if you know the cost is going to be deadly and heartbreaking.

Motherland: Fort Salem airs on Freeform tomorrow.

From Freeform:
Tally reunites with her mother and finds a reason to keep fighting. Abigail and Adil return to Fort Salem to find their home has changed. Scylla and Edwin work together in attempt to reach Raelle. Anacostia and Sterling plot an escape.

Street Food: USA

Season 1
Tues July 26
On Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix © 2022

At a time when the nation seems to be more divided than ever, Street Food: USA seeks to remind us of something that makes America sing. It’s a place where cultures blend and out of that beautiful melting pot comes some of the best cuisine creations. Street food is often where you find the dishes that dreams are made of—and Street Food: USA handpicks just a few spots you’ll immediately need to add to your list. From classic NY hot dogs to carnitas in LA, New Orleans crawfish to fresh poke from Hawaii and beyond, each place brings deeply personal stories of culture, family, and discovery that makes each recipe that much sweeter. 

Stream Street Food: USA on Netflix tomorrow.

From Netflix:
From the creators of Chef’s Table, the hit series Street Food returns to embark on a cultural journey into street food across America. After previous seasons shot in Asia and Latin America, the series travels to the U.S. to visit six cities: Los Angeles, Portland, New York, New Orleans, Oahu, and Miami. Along the way, we’ll discover the inspiring stories of the people who create flavorful, unforgettable dishes.

Dream Home Makeover

Season 1
Wed July 27
On Netflix

Photo courtesy of Netflix © 2022

It’s that time again: Get ready to nose around other people’s homes and collect some design inspo in Dream Home Makeover. Syd and Shea McGee return to bring your Pinterest boards to life, reimagining a range of huge projects and cozy homes fueled by creativity and a love for their craft. Syd and Shea’s family also grows alongside their business and we get to see their dynamic mixed in amongst the episodes, which always brings some extra joy to the series. If you need to unwind with a gentle and heartwarming design series, let Dream Home Makeover give you a serotonin boost.

Dream Home Makeover returns to Netflix on Wednesday.

From Netflix:
Syd and Shea McGee of Studio McGee are back for a third season of Dream Home Makeover, bringing Shea’s breathtaking interior design touch to a wide range of diverse clients from across the country. From a jaw dropping multimillion dollar estate in southern California to a gut renovation of a single-family home destroyed by a fire in Salt Lake City, each episode features Shea delivering obsession worthy interiors that usher beauty, ease, and efficiency into the lives of her clients. Along the way, Shea and Syd invite viewers into their lives as they raise daughters Wren, Ivy, and new baby Margot.

The Most Hated Man on the Internet

Season 1
Wed July 27
On Netflix

Photo: Netflix © 2022

The internet can be a toxic place—back in the wild west days of the web, Hunter Moore once ruled a dark corner of it. He ran IsAnyoneUp.com, the infamous revenge porn site that ruined so many lives. The Most Hated Man on the Internet focuses on one mother’s mission to take him down after he posted nude photos of her daughter. It brings in other victims of the site to build up a profile of Moore’s disgusting and depraved actions and the culture that allowed him to thrive. You’ll instantly be taken back to that time when emo became mainstream, Sidekick phones ruled all, and nudes were life-ruining with no legal repercussions for the people leaking them. 

It’s sickening to watch the way people not only allowed it to happen but cheered Moore and his website on. TMHMOTI will make you reflect on how far society has come—and how much further it still has to go when the problem is deeply rooted in misogyny, toxic masculinity, and privilege. The series will also give you a sense of schadenfreude as you watch such an awful person get taken down while acknowledging the internet will likely have a fresh wave of justice after this show takes hold.

Stream The Most Hated Man on the Internet on Netflix on Wednesday.

From Netflix: 
The Most Hated Man on the Internet tells the story of one mother’s mission against the self-styled ‘King of Revenge Porn’, after nude photos of her daughter are posted online.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Season 1 premiere
Thurs July 28
On HBO Max

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin debuts on HBO Max on Thursday.

From HBO Max:
Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in present day, a disparate group of teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago…as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars. 

Keep Breathing

Season 1
Thurs July 28
On Netflix

Keep Breathing comes to Netflix on Thursday.

From Netflix:
After her private plane crashes in the remote Canadian frontier, lone survivor and New York lawyer, Liv, must battle both an unforgiving wilderness and past personal demons to stay alive.

Not Okay

Fri July 29
On Hulu

Not Okay hits Hulu on Friday.

From Hulu:
“Not Okay” follows Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch), an aimless aspiring writer with no friends, no romantic prospects and — worst of all — no followers, who fakes an Instagram-friendly trip to Paris in the hopes of boosting her social media clout. When a terrifying incident strikes the City of Lights, Danni unwittingly falls into a lie bigger than she ever imagined. She “returns” a hero, even striking up an unlikely friendship with Rowan (Mia Isaac), a school-shooting survivor dedicated to societal change, and scooping up the man of her dreams, Colin (Dylan O’Brien). As an influencer and advocate, Danni finally has the life and audience she always wanted. But it’s only a matter of time before the facade cracks, and she learns the hard way that the Internet loves a takedown.

Uncoupled

Season 1
Fri July 29
On Netflix

Photo: Sarah Shatz/Netflix © 2022

When we meet Michael (Neil Patrick Harris), he’s a high-flying NY realtor in a seemingly rock-solid 17-year relationship with Colin (Tuc Watkins) who’s just turned 50. Michael has planned the perfect surprise party to match his perfect relationship—but the real surprise is in the bombshell Colin drops on him. He’s leaving, out of the blue and with no explanation, not even a forwarding address. Naturally, Michael goes through the five stages of grief as his world gets turned upside down. And we get taken on that whirlwind journey with him, full of cocktail-furled decisions, steamy hookups, and friendships old and new that will surprise you in their genuine connection. 

Uncoupled is created by Darren Starr, which should give you a good idea of what to expect—this is Sex and the City with more depth and diversity but with plenty of NYC high life (complete with a jazzy soundtrack). The characters are sassy and sharp-tongued, dropping one-liners like they’re fifties on a bar tab. It’s messy and beautiful and funny in the way life has a funny way of putting you through the wringer. And you’ll be totally along for the ride, one quip at a time.

Stream Uncoupled on Friday, only on Netflix.

From Netflix:
Michael (Neil Patrick Harris) thought his life was perfect until his partner blindsides him by walking out the door after 17 years. Overnight, Michael has to confront two nightmares — losing what he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-forties in New York City.

Paper Girls

Season 1
Fri July 29
On Amazon Prime Video

Photo: Amazon Studios

On Halloween in 1988, four girls—Erin (Riley Lai Nelet), Mac (Sofia Rosinsky), Tiffany (Camryn Jones), and KJ (Fina Strazza)—are on their paper delivery route around the town of Stony Stream, when the night takes a weird and scary turn. What starts off as an unsettling scenario quickly turns wild and bloody—because the girls suddenly find themselves in the middle of a time-traveling war that leads them on a journey through the years to find home again. 

Based on the beloved Image Comics series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls brings the page to the screen in vivid ways. You’ll soon get swept up in the world and its mind-bending ways, as the series ping-pongs between the time-twisting war and the struggles between the girls and their future selves. The kids are well-rounded, different, and feel like kids who handle situations in ways you’d expect for their age—even when they’re placed in extraordinary situations that challenge them to rise up. And meeting their adult counterparts brings a balance and something for them to bounce off of (and often rebel against). That grounds the series even as it takes off into the futuristic and fantastical elements that propel the series forward at a speedy pace—all you need to do is keep up.

Paper Girls comes to Amazon on Friday.

From Amazon:
In the early morning hours after Halloween 1988, four paper girls—Erin, Mac, Tiffany, and KJ—are out on their delivery route when they become caught in the crossfire between warring time-travelers, changing the course of their lives forever. Transported into the future, these girls must figure out a way to get back home to the past, a journey that will bring them face-to-face with the grown-up versions of themselves. While reconciling that their futures are far different than their 12-year-old selves imagined, they are being hunted by a militant faction of time-travelers known as the Old Watch, who have outlawed time travel so that they can stay in power. In order to survive, the girls will need to overcome their differences and learn to trust each other, and themselves. 

 

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