New to View: October 3 – 9

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


Spice Girls: How Girl Power Changed the World TVNZ 2, 8.30

Part one of three. “Showed that they were a gang to be reckoned with from the moment they were assembled in 1994. Long before any single was released, they had the brass to sack the guy who had just whittled them down from thousands … The programme reminded you what a brazen bunch of gobs the Spice Girls were as we returned to the old debate of whether ‘girl power’ was a feminist rallying cry or a facile novelty slogan to sell anything and everything.” — The Times.

➢ Sydney Harbour Force Three, 9.00

Part one of 10 about real-life Water Rats whose crew includes a Kiwi lieutenant commander. The series was jointly commissioned by Discovery Australia and New Zealand and Discovery UK.

➢ The Walking Dead: World Beyond Amazon Prime Video

The second and final season of the zombie spin-off. Showrunner Matt Negretes told Entertainment Weekly: “Season 2 feels more mature and psychologically complex by design. Our characters have been through a lot. They’ve had to grow up fast and make some very hard decisions. To that end, it was important that the look of the show reflect that growing maturity.”


Growing Dope Prime, 9.30

Part one of six about a grassroots Māori company that sets out to grow medicinal cannabis on the East Coast. “The first episode of Growing Dope follows the project through its early stages. We drop in on a hemp cultivation course run through the Eastern Institute of Technology. The footage is impressive, especially if you have some personal experience for contrast.” — Stuff.

Active Shooter: America Under Fire Prime, 10.00

“This interesting, sensational, and disturbing docuseries offers detailed accounts of what transpired during each active shooting, and what happened after the fact. Survivors describe how events unfolded, how they managed to get out alive, and the acts of heroism they witnessed. It also describes the challenges law enforcement and medical staff faced during these extraordinary situations, which sometimes required them to violate their own policies in order to save lives.” — Commonsense Media.

 Among the Stars Disney+

“Filmed over two years, [this documentary series] goes behind the scenes of NASA for a fascinating insight into a job that’s literally out of this world. Incredible footage filmed by the crew of the International Space Station will make you feel like you’re on a moonwalk yourself.” — TV Times.


➢ Young Sheldon TVNZ OnDemand

S5 of the Big Bang Theory spin-off will stream here within hours of its US broadcast. Co-creator Steve Molaro told TV Line there will be more tie-ins into the original show, including “a few exciting Easter eggs scattered throughout the season”, beginning with “the origin of Sheldon’s disdain for engineering”.

➢ Pretty Smart Netflix

New 10-episode comedy about a Harvard-educated wannabe novelist who moves in with the LA-based sister and her quirky flatmates.

➢ Acapulco Apple TV+

“Created by Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist creator Austin Winsberg, Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman, Acapulco is a half-hour Spanish- and English-language comedy that centres on Maximo, a young Mexican man whose dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime at the hottest resort in Acapulco. But soon he realises that the gig is far more complicated than he ever imagined as all of his beliefs and morals start to be questioned.” — Deadline.


➢ Space Invaders TVNZ 1, 7.00

Premiere of the hit Channel Nine series about de-cluttering, renovation and transformation that’s been renewed for a second season. If popular here, expect a home-made version.

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4 Responses to “New to View: October 3 – 9”

  1. I think I will watch the Spice Girls documentary tonight, it sounds interesting ?

  2. Finally Netflix NZ has all of season 8 of The Blacklist. Guess it doesn’t fit Discovery’s reality TV programming model so they let the rights go.

  3. I noticed on TVNZ on demand they no longer have rights to show Grey Anatomy/Station 19 and The Resident? Are we going to be able to see any new seasons in NZ?

  4. Hey, Lisa. You’ll need to subscribe to Disney+ to stream new seasons of these series as they’re all Disney properties. I expect TVNZ 2 will continue to broadcast them but largely as late-night filler as they no longer rate in primetime.

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