New to View: September 13 – 19

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


The Simpsons TVNZ 2, 7.00

Woohoo! Look who’s back for another Sunday night run, starting from episode 18 of season 31, The Incredible Lightness of Being a Baby. Den of Geek dubbed it “a light and fun episode with heart”.

Real Time with Bill Maher SoHo2, 9.30

Maher becomes the first of the US talk show hosts to return to the studio, albeit only half-filled because of social distancing. The panel includes Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat’s political show Good Luck America, and Jessica Yellin, former CNN Chief White House Correspondent and author of Savage News, while Ewan McGregor and disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok submit to virtual interviews.


Grand Designs NZ Three, 7.30

The season six premiere follows an Auckland couple’s attempt to transform an historic art deco building that was once the Farmers tearooms into a luxury penthouse. “Grand Designs NZ once again showcases an eclectic mix of homes from across the country that capture the imagination as well as demonstrate Kiwi ingenuity.” — Stuff.

Kids: An Instruction Manual With Nigel Latta TVNZ 1, 8.00

Another psychological self-help guide to modern parenting from the master.

Toke, Three, 8.30

Lucy Lawless describes her character in this telemovie about three seasonal workers who become cannabis kingpins as “a female Mr Asia“.  She told TV Guide: “The show kind of reminds me of going back to New Zealand in the ’80s when New Zealand had amazing action-adventure movies like Came A Hot Friday and Goodbye Pork Pie.They were just a romp. This is like that.”


Origins TVNZ 1, 8.30

This journey of self-discovery about Scotty Morrison’s ancestry, and that of Maoridom generally, follows the season two premiere of Artefact (Prime, 7.30), in which Dame Anne Salmond unearths artefacts and taonga at the heart of our historical conflicts. 

 Mean Mums/Golden Boy Three, 8.30/9.30

Two kick-ass Kiwi comedies return to compete against TVNZ 2’s season three premiere of Young Sheldon as the new lead-in to Mom.

The Third Day SoHo, 9.30/Neon

“Jude Law and Naomie Harris star in an HBO limited series about family trauma, an island with weird religious practices and the evocative beauty of a causeway … Well-acted and structurally interesting, but excessively familiar.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

➢ Save This Shark National Geographic, 7.30

Part one of two in which three-time World Champion Surfer-turned-ocean activist Mick Fanning conquers his fear of sharks five years after punching one on the nose — with help from experts and renowned shark conservationist Cristina Zenato.


Outlander Vibe, 8.30

Linear premiere of the streaming sensation about a World War II nurse who inexplicably finds herself trapped in 18th century Scotland on the eve of the battle of Culloden. It seamlessly blends romance, adventure and fantasy in a ravishingly beautiful locale with strapping characters and writing that’s just as vigorous. 

Criminal: UK: Netflix

Season two comprises four episodes with Sophie Okonedo, Kit Harington, Sharon Horgan and The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar as the chief suspects being grilled by Katherine Kelly (Liar).


Hypothetical BBC UKTV, 8.30

“As formulaic as any BBC panel show – and features a lot of the same people – but at the same time it comes to the chummy game show template from a distinctly sideways angle … In each round the panellists have to come up with answers that are as silly and absurd as the questions.” — Beyond the Joke.

The Last Word Netflix

After her husband’s death, a woman unexpectedly finds a new lust for life as a professional eulogist.


The Secrets She Keeps TVNZ 1, 9.30

“Pre-lockdown, influencers were king and there was no better way to feel stink about your own life than to step into theirs. This is the premise that drives The Secrets She Keeps, the new six-part psychological thriller [about] two women in search of the perfect existence. ‘When the life you want isn’t yours, how far would you go to get it?’ the show asks. The answer? A long and twisted way.” — The Spinoff.

Ratched Netflix

Said Bloody Disgusting of this One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel: “Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series Ratched basically looks like a new season of American Horror Story.” Sarah Paulson, Sharon Stone, Judy Davis and Sophie Okonedo star.

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