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The best shows and movies to watch this week: Samuel L. Jackson’s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Pixar’s Turning Red

Hump ​​day arrived after a light TV stint to start the week, and with it came the descent into a weekend with good TV options. Pixar’s latest family film, turn red, is about a young girl who turns into a red panda whenever she gets excited, which is pretty much all the time, and begins streaming Friday on Disney+. For More Serious Fare, Samuel L. Jackson Hosts an Acting Clinic on Fridays in Apple TV+ The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray, about a man who tries to solve the murder of his nephew while battling dementia. Dads, especially European dads, are gearing up to rush to Netflix on Friday for the final season of Formula 1: drive to survive, one of the best sports docu-series. But I’m really excited for you all to watch the gem bust down, a delightfully absurd comedy about four black casino employees that premieres its six episodes Thursday on Peacock. It’s wild!

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THE BEST SHOWS TO WATCH TONIGHT

Andy Warhol’s Diaries

Andy Warhol Foundation / Courtesy of Netflix

Andy Warhol’s Diaries

Wednesday, March 9 on Netflix
The first thing you need to know about Andy Warhol’s Diaries is that it is narrated by… IA Andy Warhol. Netflix’s new docuseries, produced by Ryan Murphy, peers into the inner life of the inscrutable artist using his posthumously released memoir, which is “read” by a digital reproduction of Warhol’s voice. Unlike other recent deployments of this technology, here the deep voice is fully endorsed by the Andy Warhol Foundation and seems like something he would probably love, if not hate it. Watch the six-part series and decide for yourself. –Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez, Good Trouble

Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramírez, good problem

Free Form/Matthias Clamer

good problem

Season 4A premieres Wednesday, March 9 at 10/9c on Freeform; Thursday on Hulu
Calling all 20-somethings (and 20-somethings at heart): It’s time to get back into trouble with Callie (Maia Mitchell), Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and the rest of the Coterie. The last season of good problem left us hanging, as Callie’s courtroom dream sequence left her wondering what she really wanted her life to be like. She heads into Season 4 with some major decisions on her plate. Meanwhile, Mariana adds espionage to her resume. This is the young adult for you! You really don’t want to miss this season. –Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

THE BEST SHOWS AND MOVIES TO WATCH THIS WEEK

Chris Redd, Bust Down

Chris Red, bust down

peacock

bust down

Series premiere Thursday, March 10 on Peacock
Good for Chris Redd, who continues his reign as NBCUniversal’s golden boy with his latest series. bust down is a true hangout comedy about a group of friends – played by Redd, Sam Jay, Langston Kerman and Jak Knight – working dead-end jobs in an Indiana casino, living seemingly monotonous existences until that they accidentally end up deep with a casino bosses. Its very irreverent trailer made me laugh, which is so rare that I have to take it as a sign of fun things to come, and at only six episodes, it’s a quick watch that won’t take too much of your time. –Allison Picurro [Trailer]

Dominique Fishback and Samuel L. Jackson, The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray

Dominique Fishback and Samuel L. Jackson, The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray

AppleTV+

The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray

Limited series premieres Friday, March 11 on Apple TV+
Samuel L. Jackson can use all six episodes of this new limited series as an Emmy reel. He’s as good as Ptolemy Grey, a man who feels the effects of dementia while searching for his nephew’s killer and healing using experimental medicine that allows him to experience periods of lucidity. But the real heart of the series is Ptolemy’s relationship with his new caregiver (also Emmy-worthy Dominique Fishback), a kind-hearted teenager who takes on responsibilities others won’t. Although a bit scattered – it’s a murder mystery, a tale of insanity, a relationship drama, and through flashbacks, a story of the racist and murderous South – Fishback and Jackson’s work is stellar, and if you look for a good scream, the series never shy away from milking the emotional core for all it’s worth. Two episodes air on Friday, followed by weekly releases. –Tim Surette [TRAILER]

turn red

turn red

Disney/Pixar

turn red

Friday March 11 on Disney+
The early 2000s are getting the animated period piece treatment in Pixar’s latest family film. turn red follows Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian obsessed with boy bands who suddenly begins to transform into a giant red panda when excited. It is, as you may have understood, a metaphor for puberty. It’s a Pixar movie, so you know it’s going to be emotionally resonant, fun for kids and maybe even a little more fun for adults, and beautifully animated. The fur effects on this one are flawless. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Formula 1: drive to survive

Formula 1: drive to survive

netflix

Formula 1: drive to survive

Season 4 premieres Friday, March 11 on Netflix
This gripping sports docuseries (if you’re not already a fan of Formula 1 racing, this will make one) returns for its fourth season. This season covers the 2021 World Championship season, one of the most dramatic in Formula 1 history. A dynasty has come to an end, history has been written and a leader has been controversially sacked. And the cameras of famed documentary producer James Gay-Rees were there to capture it all. -Liam Mathews [Trailer]

Walker Scobell and Ryan Reynolds, The Adam Project

Walker Scobell and Ryan Reynolds The Adam Project

Doane Gregory/Netflix

The Adam Project

Friday, March 11 on Netflix
Directed by stranger things producer Shawn Levy, this sci-fi movie stars Ryan Reynolds as a time-traveling pilot named Adam who crashes in 2022 and teams up with his younger self (Walker Scobell) to “save the to come up”. No pressure. Young Adam mourns the loss of his father, played by Mark Ruffalo, and Jennifer Garner plays Walker’s mother, making him the 13 Ongoing 30 meeting we all knew we needed. Bring your Razzles, which are both candy and chewing gum. –Kelly Connolly [Trailer]

Colin Jost and Michael Che, Saturday Night Live

Colin Jost and Michael Che, Saturday Night Live

Will Heath/NBC

Saturday Night Live

Saturday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m./10:30 a.m. on NBC
It’s a simple fact of life that we’re all obsessed with Zoë Kravitz, which means we’ll all be tuning in to see the latest leg of her promotional tour for The Batman: accommodation SNL for the first time. She has such a chill, relaxed energy and a knack for dry humor (which she showed in the cancellation too soon High fidelity – I’ll never forgive or forget, Hulu!) that I’m interested to see how she does doing big, wide-ranging sketch comedies. Rosalía is the musical guest, and I hope I can absorb some of her coolness combined with Kravitz’s through my TV screen. -Allison Picurro

Clayton Echard, the bachelor

Clayton Echard, The single person

ABC/Craig Sjodin

The single person

Two-part finale Monday March 14 and Tuesday March 15 at 8/7c on ABC
Who’s gonna do it *google “Who’s the bachelor?”* Did Clayton Echard choose to be his legally married partner in the wealth of social media sponcons and influencers? We’ll find out in the two-part finale that settles the dust after the fantasy sequels. Has anyone thought that having a guy decide which of three women he’s going to marry immediately after he’s slept with all of them is a bad idea? Cue the host’s “true love” spiel. -Tim Surette

Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson, Phoenix Rising

Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson Phoenix rising

HBO

Phoenix rising

Tuesday, March 15 at 9/8c on HBO, HBO Max (Part II Wednesday, March 16 at 9/8c on HBO; Tuesday, March 15 on HBO Max)
This two-part documentary follows actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood as she goes public with allegations of physical and mental abuse against her former partner Brian Warner, better known as musician Marilyn Manson, and co-writers and lobbies for the Phoenix Act, which extended the statute of limitations for domestic violence crimes in California. Wood’s decision to speak out about her experience encouraged other alleged victims of Manson to come forward as well, sharing their stories of being horribly cared for and abused. In response to the documentary, which alleges that Manson drugged, beat, raped and tortured Wood, Manson sued Wood for defamation. -Tim Surette [Trailer]

RECENTLY RELEASED

Renée Zellweger, The Thing About Pam

Renee Zellweger, The thing about Pam

Skip Bolen/NBC

The thing about Pam

Series premieres Tuesday, March 8 at 10/9c on NBC; Wednesday on Peacock
It’s always cause for celebration when an Oscar-winning star is having a blast on TV, so put the fizz on ice for Renée Zellweger’s first starring role in a TV show, courtesy of the True Crime limited series. from NBC. The thing about Pam. However, you might not immediately recognize her, as she dons a “fat suit” and prosthetic makeup to play Pam Hupp, a convicted murderer, giant plastic cup enthusiast and the subject of the popular Deadline podcast of the same name. Zellweger isn’t the only one to undergo an interesting physical transformation for the miniseries; Judy Greer and Josh Duhamel wear some pretty wild wigs for their parties. Yeah, it looks like this kind of show. –Tim Surette [Trailer | Review]