AMERICAN WOMAN (TVNZ ON REQUEST)
Apparently inspired by Little house in the meadow and Real housewives from Beverly Hills The childhood of star Kyle Richards, Jon Riggi’s 12-part dramatic comedy from the 1970s doubles as a formidable return showcase for seemingly lost ’90s icons Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari.
The first, in particular, shines as a woman forced to take back control of her own life and destiny.
Although it lacks the insightful dramas or compelling characters from period shows on the same theme as Masters of sex and the devil, the detail of the period is impressive. Perfect for those who lack the likes of Mad Men or Desperate housewives.
Veteran Australian actress Claudia Karvan co-created and stars in this 10-part drama set in and around Sydney’s western suburbs.
Olympia “Oly” Chalmers-Davis (Nathalie Morris) is an ambitious, high-performing teenager who faces the fallout of an unexpected pregnancy.
“To bump presents an array of decent people getting confused, doing their best, sometimes drunk and apologizing, ”wrote Ageby Debi Enker. “As a bonus, there is a beautifully developed and upside down love story.”
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Heist is now available to stream on Netflix.
From the producers of the Oscar-winning live-action short Two distant strangers, comes this docu-series on the real crime which, as the title suggests, chronicles the events of three famous recent American robberies.
There is the case of a 21-year-old woman who stole millions of cash from a Vegas casino, the man who stole a fortune at the Miami airport and used television shows to teach s ‘get out and the Kentucky dad who was accused of one of the biggest bourbon burglaries in the world. Each episode will feature reenactments and interviews with the authors.
“Robbery is intelligently told, keeping its many twists in reserve until the moments when they have the most impact, and it’s a lot of fun, ”wrote The gardians Rebecca Nicholson.
JUNIOR BAKE OFF (TVNZ ON REQUEST)
After a three-year hiatus (and a change of UK broadcaster), the kids’ version of the popular UK cooking contest returned in 2019 with a new format, judges and a host.
Comedian Harry Hill provides the puns, while adult Bake Off contestant Liam Charles and main series judge Prue Leith sample the results of the 20 entrants aged 9 to 15. They’re initially split into two sets of 10, before the Top 10 takes on a week of even more devilish challenges.
“A world far from the increasingly competitive adult series, children’s series Pastry it’s more smiles than tears, with pastries you’ll want to eat, and extra laughs from Harry Hill ”, wrote Olivia Potts of The Guardian.
LOKI (DISNEY +)
Marvel’s “God of Mischief” gets its own six-part series that follows the events of Avengers: Endgame, when Loki stole the Tesseract again. Having turned away from the “sacred timeline”, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) must now respond to the Time Variance Authority, including Agent Mobius (Owen Wilson).
With a Ned Flanders-esque mustache and relaxed delivery and character, Wilson (Wedding crashers, Wonder) is the perfect counterpoint to Loki’s more flamboyant tendencies, with the opening episode establishing a difficult relationship that should make for a terrific “buddy comedy” to lighten up the potentially heavy talk about multiverses and time crimes.
Boasting an aesthetic and tone supposedly inspired by everything from Thesilenceofthelambs, Spirit hunter, 48 hours, Mad Men and (apparently) the Teletubbies, an inspired use of super slow motion and time reversals and new clues that Loki is responsible for some of the world’s biggest unsolved mysteries, Wednesday night’s viewing this winter has just been settled.
MONSTERS AT WORK (DISNEY +)
This is a smart, sassy, and surprisingly effective 10-episode update to the 20-year-old minor animated classic Monsters Inc.
While following the same format as the Uneven Cinematic Prequel Monster college (featuring a bunch of quirky underdog characters) and paving the way for a new main man in Tylor Tuskmon, the creators actually don’t do the traditional TV tactic of ditching the original players after a brief appearance.
Mike and Sully are integral to the ongoing plot, overseeing the transition to their new source of energy (a pretty brilliant vanity, which not only provides a mirror to the energy issues facing our world, but also promotes positivity through compared to fear).
Monsters at Work is now airing on Disney +
IT’S POP (NETFLIX)
Shania Twain, Boyz II Men, Benny Andersson of ABBA, T-Pain, Brandi Carlile and Chuck D of Public Enemy are among the artists featured in this eight-part documentary series, which focuses on different aspects of the beloved musical genre. .
Topics include the crossover with country music, the rise of auto-tune, why Stockholm produced so many great artists and producers, and a history of Britpop.
Production of an entertaining, informative and captivating documentary.
VIRGIN RIVER (NETFLIX)
Now in its third 10-part season, this romantic drama follows the fate of former Los Angeles nurse practitioner Melinda Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) as she adjusts to life in a remote northern California city. New Zealander Martin Henderson plays Jack Sheridan, a former US Marine and owner of a local restaurant / bar who loves Melinda, but whose life is rather complicated.
A funeral, a fire, a divorce, a hurricane and a new romance, are just a few of the events promised by the creators in what they describe as “a season full of twists and turns that will keep fans on edge. seats “.
A show described as “Dawson Creek for broken adults ”by The gardians Lucy Mangan, this latest series “has all the charm and qualities of its predecessors”, according to Ready Steady Cut ‘s Daniel Hart.