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Designers Tan France and Alexa Chung host Next in Fashion.

One of the neatest surprises of 2020, Netflix’s Next in Fashion slaps a fresh coat of sass on a format in sore need of rejuvenation: the fashion-design competition. Comparisons with Project Runway (the venerable parent of all fashion comps) are inevitable, but they redound to the benefit of this kicky upstart, a far pacier, upbeat affair that goes lighter on the crybaby bathos and persnickety infighting, and fields a higher-caliber squad of contestants with creative wonders to unfold.

The humor and rapport of hosts Tan France (sleek and glossy) and Alexa Chung (storky and squawky) suggests a screwball comedy couple for a Hollywood that doesn’t exist. Once you’re finished with Season One of Next in Fashion, you should be ready for the debut of Making the Cut (Amazon Prime), presented by the original hosts of Project Runway, Heidi Klum and fashion deacon Tim Gunn, out to teach those young ‘uns a thing or two.

Next in Fashion is a far pacier, upbeat Project Runway.

Meanwhile, holster up, adjust your sunglasses for Steve McQueen action, and get ready to roll for Season Six of Bosch, which premieres April 17 on Amazon Prime. Played by Titus Welliver, Harry (short for Hieronymus) Bosch is an old-school, crusty-on-the-outside, caramel-on-the-inside detective who mellows out between brusque interrogations and tense shootouts by pouring himself a smooth one and putting on some fine jazz. He’s a romantic throwback, but a romantic throwback for a hero beats a cynical heel with no dented ideals to lean on.

The show’s Los Angeles nightscape is a marriage of Raymond Chandler and Michael Mann, and what could be better? If you’ve somehow missed out on Bosch through some pardonable oversight, catching up on the first five seasons—which includes guest stars Jeri Ryan and Mimi Rogers—will make corona-confinement fly by. Season Six involves the theft of radioactive material that puts the entire city at risk, as if L.A. didn’t have enough problems.

James Wolcott is a columnist for Air Mail

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