This Week's Must List: Top of the Lake, The Deuce, and Le Carré's Latest
Top of the Lake: China Girl
Four years after the thriller starring Elisabeth Moss debuted, the second chapter, China Girl, introduces a new mystery with standout turns from Nicole Kidman and Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie. (Premieres Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. on SundanceTV)
You're the Worst
Booze, drugs, and more booze: That's what awaits you in the new season of this salty romantic comedy, which picks up a few months after that proposal cliff-hanger. While Jimmy's (Chris Geere) and Gretchen's (Aya Cash) lives are more effed-up than ever, the humor is still sharp. (Airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX)
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The author of Everything I Never Told You sets her latest book in her hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio, a picturesque suburb with tensions simmering beneath its tree-lined veneer. When a white couple tries to adopt a Chinese-American baby, the ensuing legal battle divides the community.
The bong-hitting besties (Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson) return for another over-the-top season of pizza and partial nudity, starting with a sweet Sliding Doors-esque premiere that takes us back to the first day of their friendship. (Premieres Sept. 13 at 10:30 p.m. onComedy Central)
Hitchhiker by Neil Young
Young can shred, but he's often at his best when the fuzz and distortion are stripped away. The legendary singer-songwriter recorded this solo acoustic album in a single night — Aug. 11, 1976 — and it's sat in his archives until now. Some tracks ("Powderfinger," "Pocahontas") appeared in subsequent full-band formats, while others ("Hawaii," "Give Me Strength") were never previously released. Whether they're new versions or fresh tunes, all 10 tracks are revelations.
Blank Check With Griffin & David
What started as a podcast exclusively about Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace has since transformed into a hilarious, highly informative, and delightfully geeky deep dive into director filmographies. The Atlantic's David Sims and The Tick star Griffin Newman are endless sources of movie trivia and good bad puns.
A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré
The highly anticipated return of George Smiley, le Carré's most beloved creation, may not be as literal as fans were hoping, but the bespectacled spy's specter looms large throughout the thrilling new novel, an emotionally complex reframing of the author's best work.
The Wire veterans David Simon and George Pelecanos mix journalistic rigor and some good old-fashioned pulp on this sprawling new drama about Times Square in the early '70s and the rise of pornography. Add James Franco (playing twins!) and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and you have a new plan for Sunday nights. (Premieres Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. on HBO)
Slowheart by Kip Moore
On his third album, the Georgia-bred country rocker leans heavily on his classic-rock influences for a set that's at turns intimate, devil-may-care, and flirtatious.
When Netflix's saddest animated comedy picks up, depressed former star BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) has gone missing. Expect another stirring, hilarious season filled with searing Hollywood satire, family issues, and, as always, animal humor.