The hit drama 800 Words returns to public television this month with the second half of its second season.

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800 Words: Erik Thomson as George Turner — Photo © South Pacific Pictures, courtesy of American Public Television

One of best new shows of 2016, 800 Words follows the lives of widowed Aussie newspaper columnist George Turner (Erik Thomson, Packed to the Rafters) and his two children, after he transplants the family from Sydney to Weld, a small (fictional) coastal seaside community in New Zealand, following the death of his wife.

A (relatively) quick recap: In Season 1, the Turners’ new life in Weld started shakily. The house George bought online turned out to be anything but dreamy, a bit of poor phrasing in his column caused the locals to rail against the town newbies, and memories of his childhood in Weld haunted him. Oh, and George’s daughter, Shay (Melina Vidler, Rake), left Weld and went back to Sydney.

Things started looking up in the first half of Season 2. George and his son, Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony, Cleverman), concocted a plan to bring Shay back to Weld, the columnist got a new job at a newspaper, and he discovered Twitter. Oh, and George’s love life picked up.

There’s more of that in the second half, which finds the budding relationship between George and Fiona (Michelle Langstone, The Almighty Johnsons), the owner-operator of the Weld Boat Club, heating up and becoming headline news among the quirky locals. But Jan (Bridie Carter, McLeod’s Daughters), George’s former boss and former love interest, has a bombshell announcement of her own. And that’s just for starters!

The series features Rick Donald (House Husbands), Anna Jullienne (The Blue Rose), Emma Leonard (Home and Away), Jonny Brugh (The Jaquie Brown Diaries), Rob Kipa-Williams (Nothing Trivial), John Leigh (Shortland Street), and Cian Elyse White (Tatau), and guest-stars Ditch Davey (Blue Heelers) as George’s brother Terry.

800 Words: Season 2, Part 2 is confirmed for its US broadcast premiere on or after March 1 on the following public TV stations and regional networks:

CONNECTICUT Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich
INDIANA Indianapolis
KENTUCKY Ashland, Bowling Green, Concinnati/Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Morehead, Murray, Owensboro, Owenton, Paducah, Pikeville, Somerset
LOUISIANA Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport
MISSOURI Kansas City
NEBRASKA Alliance, Bassett, Hastings, Lexington, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha
NEW HAMPSHIRE Durham, Keene, Littleton
NEW YORK Binghamton, Elmira
NEW YORK Rochester
NEW YORK Syracuse
OHIO Akron, Alliance, Youngstown
OHIO Cincinnati
OREGON Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, La Grande, Portland
SOUTH DAKOTA Aberdeen, Eagle Butte, Lowry, Martin, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Vermillion
WISCONSIN Green Bay-Appleton, La Crosse-Eau Claire, Madison, Menomonie, Park Falls, Wausau-Rhinelander

To see the list of other shows from Australia and New Zealand that recently premiered or were added to programming schedules, check out the Down Under TV Viewing Guide.


For details about the March premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For those about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.



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