New to View: July 18 – 24

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


 Clarice TVNZ Ondemand

“In Clarice Starling, creators Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet have a character with ample untapped depths, and their approach to the trauma she endured by the end of Silence of the Lambs is admirably complex. But the series has a frustratingly hard time standing on its own two feet … It’s unclear whether this attempt to tell the story as a broadcast procedural with a full, serialised mystery arc will ever amount to anything more than a prehensile tail clinging to a beloved property..” — The Hollywood Reporter.


➢ Ake, Ake, Ake Maori TV, 8.30

Part one of three that documents from the perspective of three cousins the historic Ihumātao occupation. “This was a campaign that drew its strength and willpower from previous land movements,” producer Whatanui Flavell says. “The difference was the use of modern technology to engage, motivate and shake a nation out of complacency.” All three episodes can be streamed in the new MĀORI+ app.

➢ Elizabeth is Missing Vibe, 8.30

Glenda Jackson won a BAFTA for playing an elderly woman with dementia who tries to solve the mystery of her friend’s disappearance years after her own sister vanished without trace. “Jackson’s ferocious performance grounds a devastating misery.” — Variety.

➢ Outlier Acorn TV

Outlier, which tells the story of a young female crime profiler attempting to solve a murder committed in the Sami community where she grew up, presented a unique creative challenge: the team needed to shoot eight 45-minute episodes of high-quality drama in the remote north of the Arctic wilderness.” — Adobe Blog.


Turner & Hooch Disney+

Reboot of buddy-cop-but-with-a-dog drama. “This latest rehash by Disney+ is family-friendly and fine enough but plays out like telly commissioned by computer.” — The Guardian.

➢ Sexy Beasts Netflix

“Kind of like the illegitimate child of Love is Blind, The Masked Singer, and your worst nightmares. In each episode, singles transform into human-sized creatures through elaborate prosthetics and then go on dates with other, uh, sexy beasts … Just as disturbing as you’d expect.” — Entertainment Weekly.


Casual TVNZ 2, 10.30

Broadcast premiere of the four-season Hulu comedy, about a divorcee and her bachelor brother raising her teenage daughter under the same roof, that first streamed here on Lightbox. “Packs an extraordinary amount of plot and wit into each half-hour episode.” — The Washington Post.

Heart of Darkness Neon

A chance to see in HD the Investigation Discovery docuseries about what happens when “love descends into its darkest place”. Says executive producer Thomas Latter: “All six of the episodes centre around a different real-life murder case — all of which are rife with stunning twists, startling mysteries, and incredible, stranger-than-fiction truths.”

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