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Debuted April 5 on PBS. Finale airs May 17.

Set on the cusp of World War II, this far-flung series from Peter Bowker portrays the day-to-day life of more than a dozen characters in five countries as the war engulfs the planet. Spanning Manchester, Paris, Warsaw, Berlin, and Dunkirk, it’s an ambitious if somewhat rinky-dink production that explores the many lives touched by the war. World on Fire unfolds many well-known milestones of the early days of the Nazi threat, and then follows its brave, doomed characters as they try to survive the chaos in stories that occasionally intersect. Every plot twist is, shall we say, heightened—but that comes with the territory of a story shadowed by Nazis.

The wonderful Lesley Manville stars as a painfully proper Manchester resident whose heart is softened by the courage of her son, Harry (Jonah Hauer-King). He entangles himself in a love triangle between a former girlfriend and a Polish wife—and that is just the beginning of the trials those three weather. The show throws a few Americans into the mix as well: Helen Hunt, who plays an American wartime journalist trying to broadcast the truth to the masses, and Brian J. Smith, a doctor in Paris trying to conceal his boyfriend from the authorities.

World on Fire is, at times, unbelievably cheesy—but the characters’ broad strokes make for high-drama entry points into the true horrors of the historical narrative. If it is soapy and predictable at times, the accessible drama makes for welcome relief as Hitler inevitably begins to tighten his fist on these sweet, naive, well-meaning characters. The seven-episode first season ends with scant resolution, but don’t worry: A second season has already been ordered. Recommended for engrossing yourself in the resilience of humanity despite the seemingly insurmountable power of evil. Not recommended for viewers who are unnerved by the type of TV production that makes your television look as if motion smoothing is turned on.

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Malia’s Boyfriend Tom Checketts Is The New Chef on ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’

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Talk about some perfect timing! Just as Malia White’s boyfriend Tom Checketts was passing through Spain to see her, he picked up a job too! That’s right, the latest episode of Below Deck Mediterranean made it official: Tom is the new chef.

While Tom was only planning to stay in Spain for a few days to see Malia as he was on his way back to the UK to see his sick uncle, Captain Sandy buttered him up and asked for a favor and just like that, the galley has a new occupant.

It’s kind of amazing that he even agreed to stay as he met half of the crew while Bugsy was ripping back hair off of Alex, but the chance to work with his girlfriend was what got him to commit. We learn that Tom and Malia originally met in Fiji, worked together for about a month, and since then have been traveling the globe in different directions. “When you get time together, it’s amazing,” Malia said. “He’s definitely worth fighting for, he’s like…I was about to say the one but hang on,” she laughed when describing her man.

Oh, and if you think that is gushy, just wait until you hear what Captain Sandy said to hook him. “Malia’s told me about your mad skills in the galley,” she starts, then telling him she’s “been reading all about you.”

“Your resume to me is what I’ve always wanted,” she tells Tom. “You worked your way up, you were a sous chef, and then you were formally trained, you did Michelin star,” she goes on, admiring that he was a head chef on an 80-meter boat, but what really sold her is that, “You were a sole chef on a 50-meter and you’re able to cook for 12 guests,” as well as up to 11 crew members on board. “I’m asking you, could you help me out this season?” she pleads, even though he does seem a bit reluctant at first. But he agrees, saying, “It means spending more time with Malia so that helps.”

“I am so grateful and I cannot wait to see what you can do,” Captain Sandy tells him, though he does say the one caveat is his sick family member and that “if anything were to happen there I’d have to [go].”

In his first interview, Tom can only say, “What the fuck has Malia got me into this time?” and telling her that he’s “a little bit nervous, but nice to work with you again though, that’s the important thing.” He also says of his decision, “If you overthink it you’d never do anything, so just go for it and work it out while you’re there. That’s my mentality anyway. I’m sure it will get me into trouble someday.”

Sandy announces the new hire to the group who all seem pretty thrilled, except for Hannah who employs that same expressionless face (that still says it all) that we first got a glimpse at when Bugsy’s arrival was announced. “The good thing with Tom is that he seems to have a lot of experience,” she says, looking on the bright side. “On a personal level, I know that if I have an issue with Malia, I’m also gonna have an issue with him,” and vice versa, she says, looking on the realistic side. She doesn’t know how right she is when she says, “I foresee trouble on the horizon.”

So who is Tom Checketts?

Well, here’s what we know about him so far: he tells Alex that he used to work with Gordon Ramsay in London and that his mom was disappointed that he wanted to become a chef, even though she herself cooked for the queen but she hated it. Also, Tom’s dad was a “raging alcoholic” who he hasn’t seen since he was young, and since his mom didn’t want him to go down the same path, she told him, if he was going to be a chef, he had “to do it properly,” and so far, he has!

And there’s one other person who has a message for everyone watching, and that’s the former chef, Kiko. He exclusively told Decider, “I don’t know Tom, but I met him after the show one day. He seems like a very nice guy and a very nice chef. I’m afraid people [will] come to him and say, “Kiko was so much better.” No. I’m Kiko, he’s Tom. We have different personalities. That doesn’t mean anything. I don’t know how he did there, but I feel like [he’s] a good guy.”

Below Deck Mediterranean airs Monday at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. 

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MacGruber: Peacock Orders Action-Comedy Series Based on SNL Skit (Video)

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Could Coming To America 2 Be Heading To A Streaming Service?

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Based on a screenplay by Kenya Barris, Coming 2 America is a follow-up to the 1988 Eddie Murphy classic Coming To America, which saw the star as an African prince who travels to the United States in search of true love. The sequel will catch up with him as his reign as king is disrupted by the news that he has a long lost son. The film co-stars Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones.

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