The second month of the year brings two new Australian series to the US, one an historical drama, the other a contemporary comedy-drama.
For updates about shows from Australia and New Zealand added to US linear TV and streaming channels throughout the month, see the Down Under TV Viewing Guide.
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New Gold Mountain (AU)
Set in 1857 in the Ballarat Goldfields, this historical western drama tells the untold story of the Australian gold rush from the perspective of Chinese miners, who risked everything for a chance at unlikely fortune in a new land. Inspired by real life, the four-part miniseries follows Leung Wei Shing (Yoson An, Dead Lucky, The Luminaries, Creamerie), the charismatic head of the Chinese mining camp. When a European woman is found murdered, Leung struggles to maintain the fragile harmony between Chinese and European miners and the authorities when it’s discovered that the victim had links with the Chinese community.
Costars include Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings), Christopher James Baker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Sam Wang (Life is Easy), Mabel Li (The Tailings), Rhys Muldoon (Rake), Alison Bell (The Letdown), and Dan Spielman (The Code), amongst others.
New Gold Mountain premieres in the US and Canada on Thursday, February 3, exclusively on Sundance Now and its digital channels, including Sundance Now on Amazon, as well as the AMC+ streaming bundle.
Erik Thomson (800 Words, Packed to the Rafters, The Luminaries) stars in this comedy-drama series as Easton West, a renowned and volatile celebrity chef who, after having burned all his bridges, gets one more chance in a high-end Shanghai restaurant. But when opening night turns into a pig-slinging disaster, the subsequent social media tsunami washes Easton ashore in his hometown of the Adelaide Hills.
Arriving like a pariah to the dysfunctional family he abandoned 30 years earlier, it’s only his outspoken 19-year-old pastry cook niece, Diana (Natalie Abbott, The Moth Effect), who shows any interest. Easton realizes that Diana represents everything he’s not — young, female, and fresh — and takes her under his wing in an effort to restore his reputation, rebuild his career, and crawl his way back to relevance. But what price is Diana willing to pay to work with her infamously difficult uncle?
Costars in the six-episode series include Rachel Griffiths (Total Control), Wayne Blair (Mystery Road), Susan Prior (The Gloaming), and Remy Hii (Harrow), amongst others.
Aftertaste premieres in the US and Canada in its entirety on Monday, February 14, exclusively on Acorn TV and its digital channels, including Acorn TV on Amazon.
Did you miss any of the new shows from previous days, weeks, or months? Check the Down Under TV Viewing Guide and Archives to find out.
For details about the February premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For info about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.
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