Trial & Error (NBC)

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Trial & Error (NBC) – Premieres 14th March – Renewed

A mockumentary comedy in the same vein as The Office and Parks & Recreations. Set in a small town in South Carolina, Larry Henderson has been arrested for murdering his wife. To help, his brother-in-law hires a New York lawyer to defend him only to get Josh, a junior lawyer who’s sent down to prep for the case.

After meeting up with his defence team of bumbling associates new evidence in the case leads to Larrys brother-in-law switching his support to the prosecution. Josh, believing that Larry is innocent then decides to work the case for free believing he can get Larry not guilty verdict.

It’s a solid opening ep, and is very similar in feel to Parks & Rec with its humour. So if you enjoy that style of comedy, then this is well worth a watch.

5.7/10

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Kicking & Screaming (FOX)

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Kicking & Screaming (FOX) – Premieres 9th March

Another reality survival competition, this time ten folks who have never even been camping are paired up with a survival expert to live in a Fijian jungle for a month. Where the last team remaining will win $250K between them.

The competition itself has more in common with show like Survivor opposed to Alone. The teams are set a challenge and the last to finish are put up for elimination, while the winning team gets the choice of picking what team the losers go up against in the elimination round or chose the prize on offer and allowing the rest of the team to vote who will go up.

Then in the elimination round the two teams go head-to-head in a challenge and the losing team leaves the competition.

As reality competitions go it’s a pretty bland offering and only slightly better than Stranded With A Million Dollars.

3.7/10

People Icons (ABC)

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People Icons (ABC) – Premieres 7th March

A collaboration between ABC News and People Magazine that produces a mind numbingly tedious show that looks at celebrity lifestyles dependent on the episodes theme.

Along with clips of celebs doing celeb things, it also has various members of the People Magazine staff explaining why the the celebs in question we chosen. Then occasionally,  some of the more easily bookable famous folk get the chance to be interviewed and tell their stories themselves.

It’s basically a gossip magazine turned into a tv show.

0.4/10

The Partner (CNBC)

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The Partner (CNBC) – Premieres 7th March

Reality competition where after investing in numerous businesses of the course of The Profit, Marcus Lemonis is in need of a partner to help him look after the projects.

Luckily Marcus has narrowed down a few thousand applicants to the final ten, where after a 6 weeks the winner ends up getting a three year contract and a 1% equity stake in Lemonis’ portfolio.

Like The Apprentice, Lemonis sets the applicants a challenge then reviews their performances before getting them all together and eliminating the worst using the handy catchphrase “You will not be going forward”.

Even though the prize for the winner is more prestigious, it a lightweight version of The Apprentice where nothing of note really happens.

4.5/10

Three Days to Live (Oxygen)

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Three Days to Live (Oxygen) – Premieres 5th March

Signalling the beginning of the transfer of Oxygen to crime only programming, Three Days To Live is a docuseries where each episode follows a case where from the moment the crime occurred, the police have three days to have any realistic chance of finding the victim alive.

The show recounts the events from the moment the victim disappears by interviewing family and member of the police involved in the investigation. Along with the interview they also show actual footage, 911 audio clips and reenactments to show what happened during the case.

It similar to other real crime programmes like Copycat Killers and Policewomen Files in the way the story is delivered, so if you enjoy them then this s more of the same.

2.5/10

Believer with Reza Aslan (CNN)

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Believer with Reza Aslan (CNN) – Premieres 5th March – Cancelled

Docuseries where author and religious scholar Reza Aslan heads off around the world to meet members of the more fringe sects of larger religions.

Reza initially meets up with people of the area to ask about their religion, before explaining the fundamentals of the beliefs of the area. He then heads out to meet the members of the lesser known denominations and find out how their take on the religion differs from the main church.

There he looks into the divisions within the group, taking part a ceremony with the more extreme aspects, then meeting up member of the moderate version to see how they are spreading their word.

For a religious docuseries it doesn’t delve to deep into the background of the denomination he’s looking into but it’s still an interesting enough watch.

4.9/10

Origins: The Journey of Humankind (Nat Geo)

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Origins: The Journey of Humankind (Nat Geo) – Premieres 6th March

Docuseries that looks into the defining innovations of humankind that aided the evolution and how it is still being used to this day. Using dramatisations of possible events it shows the discoveries of early man and how it was used, along with various interviews with experts explaining the advantages it gave them.

It then starts to show who during later to modern times the discovery is still being used and and the possible uses for it in the future.

The show while vaguely similar to First Peoples, its use of tying into latter day human advancement makes it a more interesting watch.

4.1/10