New to TVNZ+: April 13-19

The Max drama Tokyo Vice returns for its second season on April 17 — and it sounds like fans won’t be disappointed.

“Fully settled into its dense cast of compelling characters and rich milieu, Tokyo Vice‘s sophomore season is a riveting crime chronicle,” was the critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes.

Inspired by real-life American journalist Jake Adelstein’s first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, “The series remains one of the most finely rendered urban portraits on TV, a crime drama that resists sensationalism in favour of a more patient and character-forward approach,” Variety said.

Quipped The Wall Street Journal: “There’s no easing into season 2 of Tokyo Vice, whose characters have been left mangled, stabbed, beaten, extorted and occasionally dead since the first season ended in 2022.

“There is no rest for the weary, homicidal or well-intentioned. No moment of zen.”

If you’re more in the mood for American vice, Secrets of Penthouse (April 13) is an A&E documentary about how “the cartoonishly lascivious Bob Guccione found fame and fortune as a publisher but lost every penny and alienated his children”. Said CNN of this “vaguely sleazy” insight:

Not surprisingly, Secrets of Penthouse is most interesting in the ‘fall’ part of Guccione’s business, as he foolishly expanded into areas separate from the magazine – sinking money into the star-studded Caligula, basically just a glorified porn film amid a more explicit cinematic wave in the 1970s; and losing millions fruitlessly trying to open an Atlantic City casino.

Also new to TVNZ+ are the 2019 young adult miniseries that first streamed here on Neon, Looking for Alaska (April 19), and another Sky re-run, the exhilarating Patrick Melrose (April 15).

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