Analysis: ‘The Gilded Age’ Brings ‘Downton Abbey’ Drama to 1880s New York Society

I’m not crazy about it, though, because I’ve decided that my new year will actually start in February.

That’s right, I’m using the first month of the year as a simple test for 2022. After all, isn’t the weather now considered a construct?

If you have time (and even if you don’t), check out some of this new content.

Three things to watch out for

“Golden age”

My love of historical dramas is well documented. If you place it in New York, I double the bet.

That’s why I couldn’t have been more excited about HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” which is set in 1882 and brings all the tension that happens when new ways collide with tradition.

Oh, and Cynthia Nixon is in it, and maybe there’s no one who reminds me more of NYC.

The series, which also stars Louisa Jacobson and Christine Baranski, is brought to you by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes.

It airs on HBO Max, which is owned by CNN’s parent company.

“The After Party”

(Center foreground, left to right) Ben Schwartz as Yasper and Sam Richardson as Aniq are featured in a scene from

High school reunions can be a lot, but this one is deadly.

That’s the concept behind the Apple TV+ mystery series “The Afterparty.” A group of friends gather for a party after their high school reunion, and one of them ends up dead.

Each of the eight episodes tells the story from the perspective of the characters of this ensemble cast which includes Tiffany Haddish, Dave Franco, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz and Ilana Glazer.

To add to the fun, each episode is also crafted in a different Hollywood genre. The first kicks off as a romantic comedy, followed by a musical, an action movie, a psychological thriller and more. Click here to read my interview with some of the actors, who had fun working on this one.

“The Afterparty” begins streaming Friday.

“The woman in the house opposite the girl at the window”

Kristen Bell stars as Anna in

Speaking of genres, a long title is needed when you’re satirizing one of the most popular in modern culture.

This miniseries stars Kristen Bell as a woman who loves her wine, sometimes mixes it with pills, and may or may not have witnessed a crime.

Sound familiar?

It should, because there have been so many books and movies centered around this exact type of plot. Bell just makes it funnier than fierce.

It starts streaming on Netflix on Friday.

Two things to listen to

Rick Ross announces his album during a timeout in the game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics at the FTX Arena in Miami on November 4, 2021.

Rick Ross’ 11th album, “Richer Than I Ever Been,” was released in December, but the deluxe version drops Friday.

Where there is Ross, there is a celebration of the good life and all that goes with it in the world of hip-hop.

This latest project gives you all that and more, with help from fellow artists including Wiz Khalifa, 21 Savage and Jazmine Sullivan.

(From left) Morgan Wade and Sadler Vaden perform at 3rd &;  Lindsley in Nashville, Tennessee on March 18, 2021.

Ross isn’t the only one releasing a deluxe album.

Country artist Morgan Wade has a deluxe edition of his debut album “Reckless,” released last year.

Wade said his sobriety and mental health issues helped shape the album, and the reissue includes six new tracks.

It falls on Friday.

Something to talk about

(Left to right) Patrick Dempsey as Andrew Hennings, Reese Witherspoon as Melanie Smooter and Josh Lucas as Jake Perry in

We’re getting old, guys.

Do you realize we fell in love with Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas on “Sweet Home Alabama” 20 years ago?

It’s true. This movie was released in 2002, along with other popular movies like “Lilo & Stitch”, “8 Mile”, “Spider-Man”, “Resident Evil”, “Catch Me If You Can”, “John Q” and “Scooby-Doo.”

Time flies.

something to sip

(Left to right) Neve Campbell as Sidney Prescott and Courteney Cox as Gale Weathers star in

Let’s stick with the theme of old movies and talk about the number of sequels planned for 2022.

We’ve already had “Scream 5” and “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” so far this year – and that’s just the start of the advice.

If all goes as planned, we also have ‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’, ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’, ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ and ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ to come – to name a few. some.

I’ve been known to oppose sequels, but these days it’s comforting to revisit old characters who feel like old friends. So bring them.

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