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The Show You Have To Watch This Week: ‘Squid Game,’ ‘La Brea,’ ‘Maid’ & ‘Good Grief’ Reviewed

[WATCH] Squid Game Review + Maid, Good Grief & La Brea

On Monday, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos offered a peek at the extensive data the streamer has on its shows and films with Shonda Rhimes executive produced Bridgerton topping both engagement and viewership lists. Then after allowing the period drama a brief victory glow, the exec predicted that the ultraviolent Squid Game would soon become Netflix’s “biggest show ever.”

But will the series penned and helmed by Hwang Dong-hyuk be the show you have to watch this week? For that answer, you’ll have to watch my video review above.

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A competition to the death among debt-heavy people, horror thriller Squid Game debuted on Netflix on September 17. The richly stylized nine-episode Korean series stars Assassination alum Lee Jung-jae, Wi Ha-joon and Money Heist remake’s Park Hae-soo, Squid Game melds a lot of obvious and not so obvious influences in its deceiving simple saga of a desperate crew of 456 individuals willingly playing children’s games with a deadly twist in the hope of snaring the equivalent of $38.7 million. A second season is clearly in the offering after the initial success of the show

Based on Stephanie Land’s 2019 New York Times best seller Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and A Mother’s Will, Netflix’s limited series Maid stars Margaret Qualley and her real-life mother Andie MacDowell playing the Fosse/Verdon vet’s on-screen parent here.

The October 1 launching 10-episode limited series from former Shameless scribe and showrunner Molly Smith Metzler, John Wells Productions, Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television focuses on Qualley’s suddenly single mother Alex, who turns to cleaning rich people’s house’s to stop from financially sinking as she battles against poverty, homelessness, the courts and her abusive ex-boyfriend

Maid also features Billy Burke, Nick Robinson as that abusive ex-boyfriend, Anika Noni Rose and Tracy Vilar. Metzler, Wells and Erin Jontow executive produce along with Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Brett Hedblom.

Premiering tonight on NBC, La Brea sees a giant sinkhole open up in the middle of LA and the blast radius that ensues.

The heavily promoted sci-fi drama from NCIS: New Orleans alum David Appelbaum probes into not just what is the giant hole on the City of Angel’s Miracle Mile, but what happened to those it swallowed up and those left behind

La Brea sprawling cast includes Justified’s Natalie Zea, Jack Martin, Eoin Macken, Jon Seda, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chiké Okonkwo, Karina Logue, Zyra Gorecki, Veronica St. Clair, Rohan Mirchandaney, Lily Santiago, Josh McKenzie and Chloe De Los Santos. Co-showrunner Appelbaum produces the Australia filmed series with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan, co-showrunner Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt and Ken Woodruff. Adam Davidson serves as an executive producer. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, is the studio, producing with Keshet Studios.

Set to kick off on Sundance Now on September 20 and debut on IFC on October 4, New Zealand dark comedy Good Grief from sisters Eve and Grace Palmer is already set for a second season on both sides of the Pacific.

Co-created, co-written and starring the Palmer sisters along with co-creator and co-writer Nick Schaedel, Good Grief is set in small-town New Zealand as two very different millennial sisters inherit the Loving Tributes funeral home from their grandfather.

Good Grief‘s first season is directed by Kiel McNaughton (The Legend of Baron To’a, My Life is Murder), produced by Angela Cudd (I Am Waru) and Kerry Warkia (Vai, Waru), with much of the same creative team expected to return for Season 2. Produced by the Palmers, plus McNaughton and Kerry Warkia’s Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions Ltd, Season 2 is set to start production soon in Auckland and will premiere in 2022 with six episodes expanded to 20 minutes each.

With all those good intentions, which one took the have to watch prize this week? Well, watch the video review above to find out.




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