Screening Guide: Shady Saul, the Kardashian Clan, Time Travel and an Ōtara Musical


Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul, streaming now on Neon.

You better call Saul

Regularly labeled as one of TV’s best shows, Better Call Saul finally returns for its sixth and final season after a two-year hiatus.
The series has always been a slow burn, but the heat really ramped up last season, setting all the pieces in place for an explosive finale that will see good guy Jimmy McGill complete his descent and transformation into sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.
Early reviews have been rave reviews, with one reviewer raving after watching the first two episodes that “it’s already very clear that the series is going to stick to the landing and end in a way that will firmly anchor Better Call Saul in the all-time-great-TV pantheon”.
Broadcast from Tuesday.

A new season of The Kardashians kicks off today on Star on Disney+.
A new season of The Kardashians kicks off today on Star on Disney+.

The Kardashians
(Star on Disney+)

The heavily curated version of reality the Kardashians are peddling returns to television today with what’s billed as an all-new series. It shouldn’t be surprising to learn that this isn’t a radical reinvention of the reality TV formula. It’s more or less the same, which is exactly what fans of the showbiz family will want.
Kris, Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie are all present and considered, as are their associated family dramas.
It won’t win any new fans, but one reviewer called the first episode “good, engrossing and easy to watch – which will only get more fascinating as we dive behind the scenes of some of the biggest titles in the game.” last 12 months”.
Broadcast from today.

Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll, streaming on Netflix.
Natasha Lyonne in Russian Doll, streaming on Netflix.

Russian doll

This weird, unpredictable, and endlessly inventive sci-fi character study returns for its second season this week. After escaping the first season’s Groundhog Day time loop, main character Nadia now finds herself trapped aboard a time-traveling subway train.
This season jumps through the generations of Nadia’s family tree, looping them all together and confronting and working through their intergenerational trauma through a series of visually inventive and experimental episodes.
Critics are already on board, with one calling the season “a deliciously trippy odyssey.”
Broadcast from Wednesday.

Scene from the local musical reality series O'Town Dreaming.
Scene from the local musical reality series O’Town Dreaming.

Dreaming of O’Town
(TVNZ on demand)

This new docuseries heads to the musical streets of Ōtara to follow seven young musicians as they pursue their artistic dreams. It follows them for nine months as they begin their journey, navigating the streets of South Auckland and sharing their hopes and dreams with their community, family and members of their faith.
It’s called “a heartwarming series that will inspire, tug on your heartstrings, and challenge what you think you know about the people of Ōtara.” And it should also feature some great new music.
Full season streaming starting today.


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