Flip Wars (A&E)

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Flip Wars (A&E) – Premieres 11th April

A renovation show that shares the base premise of programmes like Storage Wars & Shipping Wars, where it focuses on three pairs of home renovators in Florida as they bid against each other to buy a run down home to flip.

In the show it starts off with the three groups of contractors checking out a home that’s being put up for auction, and follows them as they check the place out, and finding how interested they are in bidding for it. After assessing the building they head off to the auction where after some internal arguing one of the three buy the property.

The programme then goes into a more generic renovation show setup, where the new owners go through the house explaining what they’re gonna do to the place, how much they are going to spend and what they think they’ll be able to sell it for.

As they team does the renovation, the other two teams occasionally pop in to see what they’re up to, and give a few ideas of what they would do if they were working on the property. Then when the building is finished, the teams visit the open house to see the what has been done, and after the place is sold the show reveals the profit made on the flip.

Barring the three teams bidding against each other at the beginning, it’s pretty much a generic renovation show that doesn’t have the watchability of either Storage Wars or Shipping Wars.

2.1/10

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Grace Vs Abrams (A&E)

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Grace Vs Abrams (A&E) – Premieres 29th March

Fronted by legal analysts Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams, this is a show that looks into the case previously covered in Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48. Where in front of a studio audience the pair talk to people involved in the court case, and generally ignore what’s said to them, while saying why the verdict was incorrect.

To start off the programme the pair list the three points they want to look into, explaining that these are the pivotal points that would get a different outcome if they are delved into. They then invite witnesses, back up jurors and the judge that was involved in the case to question them. Then to break that up they get members of the audience to fire some questions.

The show itself is a pointless bit of viewing if you’re after a fair and non sensationalised look into the case. Which is highlighted best when after asking a juror if he thought the person was innocent, said yes much to their disgust highlighting there was reasonable doubt. The pair then ask him if reasonable doubt wasn’t in play what he thought the verdict would be, then announce that he’s changed his mind, ignoring the fact they’ve moved the goalposts to get the answer they want.

It’s a truly awful bit of programming.

0.7/10

Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48 (A&E)

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Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48 (A&E) – Premieres 29th March

A show fronted by former prosecutor Marcia Clark, this is a crime docu-series where in each episode Marcia looks into the first 48 hours of a controversial case.

After briefly explaining what happened and the verdict that was given, the programme shows the main points that happened in the investigation during the first 48 hours. 

The show then goes through each pivotal moment, where Marcia along with two associates, interview the people involved and go through the evidence gathered. Comparing what they discovered to how it was explained in the case.

Along with the going through the evidence, Marcia and her team interview the members of the police, the judge and prosecutors that worked on the case, as well as some of the witnesses. Then by going through the given statements try to find any inconsistencies, and to see if anything was missed.

To wrap up the episode, Marcia gives a monologue talking about how if certain things they discovered could have changed the outcome if they were presented in the court case.

While the show is similar to programmes like Unlocking The Truth & Final Appeal, this does being to drag in places and with it being about an hour and a half long does seem to longer than it needs to be.

4.6/10

Divided States (A&E)

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Divided States (A&E) – Premieres 5th March

A docu-series that looks into the how racial tensions and hate crimes are impacting places in the US and Europe, and how local communities effected are trying to rectify the problems.

In each episode it focuses on a particular event, and after recapping the incident and how it arose, follows the people involved as they go through the aftermath of the event. Along interviewing the victim and their family and finding out how it effected them, the programme also talks to the community where they talk about how they find the situation and how they perceive the media attention the event had caused.

Then over the period of a year the documentary highlights the changes that occur along with the problems that arise while trying to change the ingrained opinions of certain areas. Overall, while the programme does highlight serious issues, what is shown barely goes into any real depth. And along with the slow pacing of the programme does make it a bit of a slog to get through.

3.3/10

Waco: Madman or Messiah (A&E)

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Waco: Madman or Messiah (A&E) – Premieres 28th January – Miniseries

A documentary about the Waco siege, where it talks to the agents involved in planning and executing the operation, along with a couple of the survivors where they explain what happened inside the complex.

The programme starts off with the survivors making their first visit back to the compound since the siege happened. Where they talk about what it was like to live there and what they thought of David Koresh. At the same time the programme goes into detail about how the cult of Davidian started and the backstory of Koresh.

As it goes on the programme introduces the agents involved in initially monitoring then taking part in the siege. Where along with archival footage of the operation the agents explain, why they were interested in the cult and how they believed the operation went awry.

While it’s a bit slow going it’s an interesting enough bit of viewing.

5.5/10

Rooster & Butch (A&E)

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Rooster & Butch (A&E) – Premieres 10th January

Similar to their old show on CNBC West Texas Investors Club, this has Mike “Rooster McConaughey and Wayne “Butch” Gilliam, two self made millionaires, looking for new products to invest in.

Along with their buddy Gil, they put the inventors of a selected product through three stages before deciding whether they want to put their money into the company. The first stage is “The People” where after they arrive into town Rooster and Butch put the though an initial challenge of getting where they need to be. Then when they get there, are grilled about the origins of their product and how the company was started by them and the potential testers of the product.

The second stage is “The Product” where they go to an extreme end of testing the product with the testers, and generally have a lovely old time messing about. All this leads to the final stage “The Business”, where Rooster and Butch grill the investors about how their company has performed, profit margins and other business shenanigans. After all of this is wrapped up the pair make a decision on whether to invest, and if they do, haggle with the inventors for the best deal.

For a show that is from the same genre as Dragons Den/Shark Tank this is probably as far from the aforementioned as you could possibly get. With the pair putting the people through some irrelevant challenges, and putting more focus on the product while keeping the usual serious business vibe at bay, it all it’s an easy bit of viewing.

4.2/10

Undercover High (A&E)

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Undercover High (A&E) – Premieres 9th January

Like a mix between 60 Days In & This Is High School, seven young looking adults to go undercover as students for a semester in a high school in Topeka, Kansas.

During their time there the seven, after being given a false identity and social media accounts, try to fit in and and find out what the students get up to, and how the school can improve to help students from problems that have been arising recently.

While the programme isn’t as watchable as 60 Days In, the escalation of the online side gives it an interesting angle.

4.9/10