New to View: February 28 – March 5

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


2021 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Vibe/Sky Go, 2.00

Variety predicts two streaming series — Netflix’s The Crown and Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso — will win the best TV drama and comedy series awards. But a Rotten Tomatoes poll is picking Disney+’s The Mandalorian and Schitt’s Creek (which scooped the Emmys). Reuniting to host the awards for the first time in six years, albeit from opposite coasts, are Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Black Magic – The Team New Zealand Story TVNZ 1, 8.30

With the latest COVID-19 community transmission capsizing the latest America’s Cup racing schedule, relive what TVNZ bills as “the story of how underdogs in the world of megabuck sailing came out on top due to Kiwi ingenuity, innovation, and an inspirational attitude”.

The Drowning SoHo, 8.30

“Jill Halfpenny and Rupert Penry-Jones star in this Channel 5 drama about a missing child … Despite its predictable trappings, the show’s premise taps into something universal, almost primal. Many of us will have spotted a stranger in a crowd and mistaken them – for a split second – for someone we’ve loved and lost. But what if that stranger resembled your own child? A child missing, presumed dead, for almost a decade? … somehow, it’s by building the series around this most familiar of emotions that The Drowning still manages to feel fresh.” — Radio Times.

The Gulf Three, 9.15

The NZ-German co-production starring Kate Elliott and Ido Drent as Waiheke Island cops returns for a longer run, in which they investigate an apparent abduction-and-murder case with multiple suspects. If you missed S1, it can be streamed on Netflix.

The Walking Dead TVNZ 2, 9.35

The last six episodes of the COVID-interrupted S10 will include an origin story about Negan. “It’s the episode Walking Dead fans have been waiting for ever since the character was first introduced on screen.” — Entertainment Weekly.

The Defence TVNZ OnDemand

“We’ve had brilliant dramas about abduction before, from Broadchurch to The Missing, so what does [this] French import bring to the table? On the face of it, pas beaucoup. It’s a glossy serial with improbably attractive young protagonists – not least the missing girl, Léa – plenty of gratuitous nudity and a soundtrack of mediocre French pop … What makes The Disappearance more than the sum of its oft-laboured parts is its unrelenting twistiness, and an abundance of red herrings.” — The Guardian.


Back Comedy Central, 9.40

Stream season one on TVNZ OnDemand before you watch S2. “A 42-year old divorcee Stephen (David Mitchell) is driven insane as his job (pub landlord), the affections of his family and his very consciousness are slowly infiltrated, usurped, and possessed by a foster brother he’d forgotten he’d ever had (Robert Webb’s Andrew), who turns up unexpectedly at his/their father’s funeral … Blooming brilliant.” — Independent.


The Flash Neon

The first two episodes of fast-tracked S7 are, in fact, the two-part cliffhanger planned for S6 that was thwarted by COVID-19 disruptions. Showrunner Eric Wallace reckons the lockdown’s impact on filming will make season seven “even better“: “I think it’s making it stronger because it’s forcing us to look at these two separate things – which is the end of Eva’s story and the beginning of the next villain’s story and how she relates to Barry and Iris.”

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