New to View: February 21 – 27

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


Trial in the Outback: The Lindy Chamberlain Story TVNZ 1, 8.30

TVNZ 1 follows the season return of Sunday at 7.30 with this two-part re-examination of the “dingo took my baby” case narrated by Sam Neill (who played Chamberlain’s husband in Evil Angels). “Tells the story of a woman who fought against the frame she was given, and beat the frame until it represented her truth. It’s a painful tale, but one that’s worth watching, just to remind you of how damaging the power of the media can be in the wrong hands.” — The Spinoff.


Moonbase 8 SoHo, 8.30

Noen’s Showtime comedy about three astronauts simulating life in space in Arizona at last has its linear TV launch. “Despite a talent central trio and a few great moments, Moonbase 8‘s portrait of monotonous mediocrity may be too low-key for some viewers to achieve comedic lift off – though that may be exactly the point.” — Rotten Tomatoes.

Allen v Farrow Neon

“The central theme of the series is child sex abuse. Woody Allen had been accused of molesting his adopted daughter, 7-year-old Dylan Farrow —an accusation Mr. Allen has consistently and emphatically denied … This docuseries, by filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, is a revisit of the case on the grounds that—as the filmmakers argued in a New York Times piece—the full story had never been told. And because, one of the show’s creators announces, it’s necessary to understand ‘the way we are all complicit to these crimes.’ A familiar pronouncement from the department of sociological claptrap.” — Wall Street Journal.


Big Sky Disney+

Disney+’s Star channel launches with a slate of 155 TV series and 435 movies, including this David E Kelley drama about the kidnapping to two sisters in remote Montana “It’s far more visceral than cerebral. And for all its crisp, immersive cinematography and timely themes, it still feels more like a network potboiler than a groundbreaking work of art. All you can really ask of this kind of series is that it’s entertaining, and in that respect Big Sky delivers.” — Time.

Love Victor Disney+

The Hulu series spun off the movie Love, Simon is a coming-of-age comedy about a teenager’s sexual orientation issues. “If it is less a slice of life than it is a TV show, a comedy of situations, it is closer to life as most people know it than, say, Riverdale. It is also — unrealistically or not — remarkably chaste: No one is going beyond first base here.” — Los Angeles Times.

NCIS Three, 9.00

One of TV’s worst procedurals in terms of its HD specs marks its 400th episode by flashing back to when Gibbs and Ducky met. Expect more Vaseline than ever on the lens. The latest NCIS spin-off in the works will be set in Hawaii while the most recent, New Orleans, will wrap after seven seasons.


➢ Wellington Paranormal TVNZ 2, 8.30

Season three of the Kiwi ghostbusters hit has our top cops tackling everything from a “handsy” invisible monster to a van full of ghostly rugger buggers disguised as Where’s Wally. Incidentally, Amazon Prime Video’s take on the sub-genre, Truth Seekers, has been canned after only one season (star Nick Frost called the cancellation “a kick in the willy“).

➢ Superman & Lois TVNZ OnDemand

What would life be like for DC Comics’ favourite couple if they had to raise kids in the ‘burbs while fighting crime? “This is just one of many spin-offs in Greg Berlanti’s DC TV-verse. But Superman & Lois is also a reset, and maybe an attempt at audience expansion … There’s a lot to enjoy in the premiere — and some serious question marks … I worry it’s taking on a lot. High-flying action, scenes from a marriage, cosmic twists, teen romance, Recessionary ruin, the notion that young Clark Kent liked Soul Asylum, global stakes, the American cultural divide: Superman himself couldn’t carry all that weight. Which, after all, is why he needs Lois.” — Entertainment Weekly.

Informer 3838 TVNZ OnDemand

Informer 3838 begins as these things always do: with the words ‘the following is based on actual events.’ This is the story of Nicola Gobbo, who is, in her own words, or at least in the words of the actress playing her, the most notorious police informer in Australian legal history … In purely television terms, she’s the character who didn’t make it into the original Underbelly … This is a fast-moving, punchy drama.” — Sydney Morning Herald.

Ginny & Georgia Netflix

After years on the run, a mother and her teen girl seek a normal life in New England, but the mother’s past threatens their future. “’We’re like the Gilmore Girls, but with bigger boobs, carefree Georgia (Brianne Howey, The Passage) quips to her angsty 15-year-old, Ginny (Antonia Gentry), on this comedic drama that takes cues from the Girls. (Georgia, like Lorelai, was a teen mom.) The subject matter here, however, gets darker as they set out for a fresh start.” — TV Insider.


The Mum Who Got Tourette’s TVNZ 2, 9.05

“A moving yet also uplifting documentary. Elizabeth’s husband, Simon, an absolute diamond of a man, had decided, after Tourette’s struck his wife three years ago, to see the funny side of their predicament. I have rarely seen a documentary about a health disorder in which a family laughed so often and so genuinely.” — The Times.


Snowfall Neon

“The first few episodes of season four feel a bit like the show is on autopilot. It’s still entertaining, but it’s also lost some of its edge. The season picks up in the midst of chaos; it’s 1985, Ronald Reagan has been re-elected, crack cocaine has taken hold of Franklin’s community in South Central, and every gang of every size is trying to get a piece of the action … Feels more focused on plot than ever, and while that’s not a bad thing because this show is great with plot, there’s definitely a hole where a sharper critique and thematic underpinning used to be.” — The AV Club.

Miss Scarlett & the Duke Vibe, 8.30

Neon’s Victorian sleuths romp goes linear. “Miss Scarlett and the Duke mixes elements of Ripper Street, Sherlock Holmesand Peaky Blinders, but gives the whole package a distinctively feminine touch. Just when you thought producers had mined this rich seam in every possible way, this is crime drama reinvented. And as it’s a stylish costume drama with a hint of will-they-won’t-they romance thrown in too, it basically encompasses all things audiences across the world love about British television.” — Daily Mail.

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One Response to “New to View: February 21 – 27”

  1. The biggest news of the week is of course Star on Disney+. I will be watching it non-stop from Tuesday once I’ve decided what to watch. There are so many movies and TV shows :)

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