New to View: April 12 – 18

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online


India’s Wild Eden | TVNZ 1, 7.50

“Time spent absorbed in an Attenborough documentary is never wasted … Here his comfortingly familiar narrative is complemented by well-chosen pieces of Indian music that enhances the breathtaking footage of a cast of Jungle Book characters, as well as some of the smaller creatures of this incredible wilderness.” — Sydney Morning Herald.


Run | Neon (SoHo2 from 8.30 Thursday)

Ruby Richardson (Merritt Wever) leaves her dull life to travel across America with her old college boyfriend Billy (Domhnall Gleeson) to fulfil a pact they made 17 years earlier. “The new HBO comedy, from Fleabag producers Vicky Jones and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, does better by its smart romantic leads than its twists and turns.” — Variety.

Finding Joy | Acorn TV

“A merry Irish sitcom that makes use of the modern trends of vlogging and new age ‘wellness’ to pep up the ancient comedic premise of ‘person with perfect life must cope with it falling dramatically to pieces’’. The titular Joy – conveniently named for purposes of thematic titling – has her life under control until an unwanted promotion tips her headlong into a world she’d rather not get to grips with. Joy’s OCD clashes with her sudden unasked-for immersion in the human race.” — The Age.

Killing Eve (S3) | TVNZ OnDemand

Killing Eve isn’t a bad show now, but it’s a different show, in depressing ways — less vital, more ordinary. It is still shocking here and there but largely devoid of surprise. A mordant and sexy comic thriller edged with terror has become a competent psychodrama bordered with sentimentality. The air has gone out of it.” — New York Times.

Prison Girls: Life Inside | TVNZ 2, 8.35

New four-part series that’s billed as “a raw, intimate and in-depth look into the extreme lives of women incarcerated in an American jail, as they seek love and family while facing the realities of violence and crime”. It spawned a second top-rating Channel 5 season and coincides with TVNZ 2 re-running S7 Wentworth late-night Tuesdays ahead of S8’s mid-year premiere.

Inside Cadbury: Chocolate Secrets Unwrapped | Three, 9.40

Behind-the-scenes documentary that sounds like an Easter weekend treat but was panned for being “sickeningly dull” (Birmingham Mail) and packaging “the dreariest selection of talking heads ever pushed before a camera” (The Guardian). Kudos to Three for double-billing it with the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory but true chocoholics would have been better served by the “slow TV” special that aired Saturday on SBS, The Chocolate Factory: Inside Cadbury Australia.

Grey’s Anatomy  | TVNZ 2, 9.30

Season 16 premieres within days of its run being cut short due to COVID-19 complications. It ended Thursday in the US, “with the 21st of what was planned to be a 25-episode season,” The Hollywood Reporter says. “The series, starring Ellen Pompeo, will not resume production to complete those remaining episodes.”


David Lomas Investigates | Three, 7.30

The Lost & Found investigator tries to solves perplexing Kiwi mysteries that span the globe, from Italy, Spain, England and Bulgaria to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, China and Australia. Expect it to be a top-rating trek.


Outer Banks | Netflix

“Is this about to be your latest Netflix obsession? Outer Banks is the latest YA series to hit the streaming service, and it has everything you could ever want in a teen drama: intriguing mysteries, secret romances, high-stakes rivalries — all set against the backdrop of the sleepy titular town in North Carolina.” — Entertainment Tonight.

Project Blue Book (S2) | TVNZ OnDemand

Project Blue Book season 2 is … is doing its version of The Joker by tackling the origin stories of some of the most famous UFO cases. As seen in the first episodes of the season, the infamous alleged crash of a UFO in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 is the focus of the first arc of the season. Showrunner Sean Jablonski says this season will also feature Area 51.” — Den of Geek.

Pooch Perfect | TVNZ 2, 7.30 (continues 8.00 Thursday)

Despite dealing ratings and “paw” reviews, the BBC has commissioned its own version of this Australian designer dog grooming competition fronted by Rebel Wilson. “Viewers failed to connect with The Hustler star in her role as host, with many taking to Twitter to say they were shocked by Rebel’s ‘adult humour’ on the family-friendly programme,” the Daily Mail reports.

9-1-1/Hawaii Five-O | Three, 8.30/9.30

Two of Three’s most popular drama series resurface just as one ends its 10-year-run run the US. The emergency services hit, 9-1-1, resumes from episode seven of S3 and the Jack Lord reboot from S8E8. This month’s two-hour finale on CBS marked its 240th episode, 39 fewer than the original. The series went out on a two-year ratings high.


Mrs America | Neon (SoHo2 from 8.30 April 19)

“Cate Blanchett is flawless as anti-ERA [Equal Rights Amendment] crusader Phyllis Schlafly, but FX on Hulu’s limited series struggles to encapsulate the women’s liberation movement … The show lacks a sense of cohesion, as it labours to give equal time to the ERA era’s many, many key players. The result is more admirable and educational than truly entertaining.”  — Entertainment Weekly.

What We Do in the Shadows (S2) | Neon, SoHo2, 7.30

“Over the course of the season, the vampires will try to find their way in a world of human Super Bowl parties, internet trolls, an energy vampire who gets a promotion and becomes drunk on power and of course, all the ghosts, witches, necromancers, zombies and shadowy cloaked assassins who roam freely in the Tri-State area. Is Guillermo destined to be a vampire or a vampire hunter? Or maybe just a familiar for the rest of his life?“ — Bloody Disgusting.

George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Specials | TVNZ 1, 7.30

The series returns with a trip to Otama Beach on the Coromandel. Says the host: “With 8000 miles of breathtaking coastline, Kiwis are so obsessed with wonderful coastal properties, they’ve even got their own name for them – baches. And the bach I am about to see today is nothing short of incredible.”

The Graham Norton Show | Three, 8.30

Michael Bublé, Michael Sheen, and Breeders’ Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard guest on the S27 premiere, which sports a new social distancing format that’s half-an-hour shorter. Norton “will be alone in the studio for the first time ever,” The Express reports. “Instead, his guests will be speaking via means of video link.” But the Red Chair segment remains.


NCIS: New Orleans (S6) | Prime, 8.30

“I think that the show’s going to be different in Season 6,” star Scott Bakula told TV Insider. ” I think it’s going to be a little bit less of the Apollyon kind of stories and more about getting back to the more local, more personal stories, and I think along with that, I’m hoping Pride will relax a little bit more in his life. That’s his bucket list.”

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