New to TVNZ+: January 6-12

Ted (January 12) is a prequel to the Seth McFarlane movie of the same name (which screens on Duke on January 5).

It’s named after a cherished teddy bear that magically comes to life and is the foul-mouthed best friend of ’90s high school student John Bennett (Parenthood’s Max Burkholder).

Says McFarlane and his show runners of the seven-episode Peacock series:

Each generation develops its own unique artistic style, its own way of seeing the world. In the ’20s, it was the subversive musical phrasings of jazz. In the ’50s, it was the bold brushwork of the abstract expressionists.

Our generation’s unique art is streaming content based on previously successful intellectual property. In that proud tradition, we humbly give you Ted.

Our series is a prequel to the Ted movies. It takes place in the ’90s but is based on the timeless truth that being 16 sucks. The only thing that makes it tolerable is going through it with a friend, even if that friend is a has-been magical teddy bear with a foul mouth and a proclivity for drug use.

The three of us were teenagers in the ’90s and grew up in and around Boston, where the show takes place, so many of these stories are personal for us.

We were able to put the characters through some of the same indignities and milestones we experienced back then. Also, we made stuff up (it’s a lot of pages to fill and real life is mostly boring).

Difficult People (January 6) stars Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner as struggling New York comedians who hate just about everything —  and take out their frustrations on everyone around them.

The 2015 comedy ran for three seasons on Hulu and, according to Rotten Tomatoes, “makes the unlikable likeable with mean-spirited, unhappy characters who still can’t help but amuse”.

Critics loved it. Quipped one: “It’s as if Seinfeld and Will & Grace had a Hulu sitcom baby and raised it on a steady diet of pop culture, Wendy Williams and Parks & Recreation reruns.”

Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine (January 12) is a three-part take on how a New York City deli clerk named Daniel Hernandez “exploded into the tattooed face of Gen Z and hip hop’s prince of trolls”, boasting 2.6 billion streams and 15 hits on the Billboard charts.

And being rounded up for an eight-season binge is 2000s Aussie ranching hit McLeod’s Daughters (January 10).

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4 Responses to “New to TVNZ+: January 6-12”

  1. Merry Christmas Philip and a Happy 2024. Thanks for all your posts and updates throughout the year, we all appreciate your efforts running this site and long may it continue.

  2. Thank you, Leo, for not only your season’s greetings and kind comments but also your unstinting support, encouragement and astute observations. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for the coming year.

  3. Yes thanks for all your work Philip. Your efforts and summaries are greatly appreciated.

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