What will you watch once you’ve packed your javelin away? We’ll still going for gold this August, but of a different kind as we head back out to the Bering Sea on a fishing expedition not just for crabs, but for that elusive shiny mineral. We’re also checking in with Charlie Sheen and checking out Patrick Swayze’s final performance.
A glimmer of TVNZ7 lives on in new series 'Media3', which previously aired as 'Media7' on the now defunct channel.
The 'Media 3' team, comprising presenter Russell Brown and reporters Jose Barbosa, Sarah Daniell and Sam Mulgrew, will carry on Media7’s theme of lively, intelligent discussion about media matters, with the people who produce media in New Zealand - and the people who find themselves the subject of media stories.
The show will be recorded in front of a live audience and the onscreen debates and interviews will be accompanied by field reports, news backgrounders and, says Brown, "occasional mickey-taking of our media peers."
Media3 premieres Saturday August 11th at 10:25am on TV3
Paul Simon: Under African Skies
In this Emmy nominated documentary, Paul Simon returns to South Africa to explore the journey of his groundbreaking 'Graceland' album, including the political backlash he received for allegedly breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.
Paul Simon: Under African Skies airs Monday 13th August, 9.30pm on Prime
Charlie Sheen returns in his highly anticipated new comedy, 'Anger Management'. After a slow start, 'Anger Management' has picked up in the ratings in the U.S. and has been renewed for a second season.
Sheen stars as former baseball player turned therapist Charlie Goodson (Charlie’s dad, veteran actor Martin Sheen who guest stars as Charlie’s dad, might disagree with that stage surname). 'Anger Management is a loose adaptation of the 2003 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, and follows Charlie’s trials with the patients of his therapy groups and his own issues with his ex-wife and teenage daughter.
Brian Austin Green, Selma Blair and comedienne Brett Butler also guest star, and Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards is also expected to make an appearance.
Anger Management airs on TV2, Wednesday 15 August, 8.30pm
Discovery Channel’s most successful show returns for season 8, and celebrates its 100th episode.
This year, big changes are afoot on the Bering Sea as brothers Josh and Jake Harris make the difficult decision to leave their late father Captain Phil’s boat, the Cornelia Marie, in dock at Dutch Harbour and go their separate ways this crab season.
Seasoned fisherman Josh initially struggles with his new environment as a deckhand on the Time Bandit, while younger brother Jake joins the Northwestern, but soon learns Captain Sig likes things done the right way, which he also likes to call "the Norwegian way".
Season 8 of 'Deadliest Catch' starts Wednesday 15 August, 7.30pm on Discovery Channel
Debuting after 'Deadliest Catch' is new series, 'Bering Sea Gold', which follows four gold dredgers in the freezing waters of the Bering Sea as they try to chase a big payoff in the frigid waters off Alaska.
Bering Sea Gold begins Wednesday 15 August, 8.30pm
New drama 'The Beast' is most notable for being the final role for Patrick Swayze, filmed as he battled pancreatic cancer.
Swayze stars as Charles Barker, a gaunt FBI agent lurking amongst the underworld in the permanent twilight of Chicago. Barker takes rookie Ellis Dove (Travis Fimmel) under his wing and trains him using his own unorthodox yet effective tactics. However, an FBI Internal Affairs team feels Barker may have gone rouge and so enlists Dove as a double agent in the bureau’s investigation of his mentor.
As to who is 'The Beast' of the title, Swayze himself said that’s for the viewer to decide.
"I think 'The Beast' is up for interpretation. Actually, the title is what initially attracted me to this show. For me, "the Beast" is about the wildness inside of us... those demons or whatever you want to call it. I call it "the beast" or "the wild man." I have lived a life wondering how do you toy with that beast and play with those demons."
The Beast airs Mondays on The Box from 20 August at 9.30pm
New local series 'Thirsty Work' focuses on our love of a wee drop. Presented by drinks writer Yvonne Lorkin, 'Thirsty Work' unearths the personalities behind New Zealand’s successful and innovative wine and beverage industry. Discover what goes on behind the scenes and see how wine, beer and cider are made.
In episode one, Yvonne visits her home turf of the Hawkes Bay and sips her way around our most agriculturally rich region meeting winemakers.
There are long, lingering shots of glossy wines slowly and generously decanted into voluptuous glasses against a backdrop of rolling fields and sun-drenched vineyards. "I want to bathe in this wine," exclaims Yvonne of a particularly fine chardonnay. This is wine porn at its finest.
It’s not just the professionals who get a look in as Yvonne visits amateur viticulturists and local home brewers, including Norm McPhee, who started hobby brewing at the tender age of 12!
Yvonne is also introduced to an unusual, wriggly accompaniment to a glass of chardonnay – fried huhu grubs.
Thirsty Work begins Wednesday 15 August at 9.30pm on Food TV
Finally, a bit of Saturday afternoon female bonding rounds out our August offerings. Get your tissues at the ready because this guilty pleasure is a real hanky dampener.
Sometimes, talking about your feelings can be easier with a stranger. 'Chick Fix' combines that principle with pedicures, champagne, flash frocks and luxury country manor living as each week four women analyse each other and try to resolve their personal issues as a group.
With the help of stylists, life coaches, beauty professionals and each other, the women tackle an array of problems, including cheating partners, whether to start a new business, and rebuilding lost confidence.
Former 'The X Factor' stylist Grace Woodward hosts the series and describes it as "the real 'Sex and the City'.
"That show had four women talking about their lives and what's going on in their lives and Chick Fix reflects that."Chick Fix airs Saturdays at 4.30pm on Living