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COOL Betty White (The Golden Girls, Boston Legal, Hot in Cleveland) turned 99 on Sunday, 17 January.
1 Comment | 18 Jan 2021 15:12
SCANDAL Former TV golden boy Katlego Maboe was arrested earlier this month for contempt of court and appeared in the Goodwood Magistrate's court four days later. According to News24 - and logical reason - the case involves his ex Monique Muller who accused him of giving her an STD last year after cheating.
1 Comment | 18 Jan 2021 14:49
RIP Multi-faceted actor, music composer, director and producer Sam Phillips (Soul City, Jacob's Cross, Kings of Jo'burg) died on Saturday (16 January). The news was announced by his daughter Mpumi and agent Gaenor Artiste Management. He was 72.
1 Comment | 18 Jan 2021 09:22
WTF?! Moja Love endangered people's lives on Saturday (16 January) when hopefuls were arrested at auditions at the Booysens Hotel in Joziburg, Fighting broke out and Covid protocols were broken. INSANE that the channel thought it was okay to have open auditions in the flesh when everyone else is doing virtual.
1 Comment | 17 Jan 2021 13:20
YOH! The Real Gold Diggers of Durban has been ripped from 1Magic with no explanation. Will now be "first and exclusive" on Showmax from 29 January instead.
Comments | 15 Jan 2021 16:38
AWARDS Heads-up! The SAFTAs have extended the submission deadline for the 2021 awards to Friday 22 January 2021 instead of the 15th.
Comments | 15 Jan 2021 12:59
AWARDS Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture & Television Fund will receive this year's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 93rd Oscars on 25 April. See why The Academy chose them in the comments >>
1 Comment | 15 Jan 2021 12:38
CASTING Radio presenter and eNuus anchor Sue Pyler and former Binnelanders star Pietie Beyers (Siende Blinde, Scandal!) headline the dubbing cast of eExtra's new Afrikaans-dubbed novela As Die Skoen Pas. They voice the protagonist roles of Defne and Ömer. Other voices include Henrietta Gryffenberg (Die Sonkring, Binnelanders), Anton Dekker (Skeem Saam, Die Sonkring), Kaz McFadden (Egoli, Swartwater), Francois Stemmet (Wielie Walie, Swartwater) and Rina Nienaber (Getroud met Rugby, Skwizas).
Comments | 14 Jan 2021 16:18
CANCELLED! HBO orders fifth and final season of comedy Insecure, which airs on Vuzu in South Africa. Production begins later this month for a premiere later in the year.
Comments | 14 Jan 2021 12:56
COVID-19 Muvhango resumed this filming this week after the holiday hiatus. According to series producer Herbert Hadebe, the on-set protocols are strict and the cast and crew have been given a clear bill of health after Covid testing a few days ago.
Comments | 14 Jan 2021 11:48
CASTING Former OPW presenter Phumeza Mdabe (Sokhulu & Partners, Heist, Unmarried) to host new Mzansi Magic reality show Abandoned. Orphans who were abandoned in places like parks, commuter stations or at orphanages are assisted in finding their biological mothers or fathers. Premieres Tuesday 19 January at 20h00.
1 Comment | 13 Jan 2021 14:18
MOVIE HIGHLIGHT Netflix loads a new movie every week from now until an unconfirmed date. Titles include The Power of the Dog, The Hand of God, Don’t Look Up, The Harder They Fall, Concrete Cowboy, Army of the Dead, The Woman in the Window, Munich and The Last Letter from Your Lover.
Comments | 13 Jan 2021 13:56
COOL The Trevor Gumbi/Tiffany Barbuzano comedy-drama Sober Companion premieres on Netflix on 28 January. It first debuted on SABC3 in 2018 and follows lead character Trevor as he guides a variety of addicts on the path to rehabilitation, while putting his own sobriety in jeopardy. Cast includes Chris Beasley (Isidingo), actor and musician Kabomo Vilakazi, comedienne Tumi Morake and City Ses'la star Meren Reddy.
Comments | 13 Jan 2021 13:51
CHANNEL NEWS Pop-up James Bond channel coming to DStv 111 for Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family subscribers. Live from Friday 22 January to Sunday 31 January, 06h00 to 22h00. Features every 007 film starting with 1962's Dr. No. All films will also be available on Catch Up until Sunday 28 February.
1 Comment | 13 Jan 2021 13:43
AWARDS SAMA organisers have split the Best Kwaito/Amapiano/Gqom category into three separate awards for 2021. Entries close at midnight on 31 January.
Comments | 13 Jan 2021 12:05
CASTING Former Uzalo star Kay Sibiya debuted on Generations on Tuesday 12 January in the lead role of Siyanda, Jack Mabaso's (Vusi Kunene) long lost, principled younger brother.
Comments | 13 Jan 2021 12:02
CELEBS Muvhango's pulling out the stops to up its game. First with the arrival of multiple new characters and now a performance by Sho Madjozi. She performs her song Shahumba on Thursday 14 January when Teboho (Liteboho Molise) invites her to perform in her show to cause a stir in Thate.
1 Comment | 13 Jan 2021 09:48
TV BIZ Kevin Hart and his production company Heartbeat Productions ink deal with Netflix for four exclusive films starring Kevin.
Comments | 12 Jan 2021 16:16
SHOW NEWS Cynthia Erivo (Holly Gibney in The Outsider) reveals first look of herself as Aretha Franklin in Season 3 of National Geographic's delayed anthology series Genius. >> Premieres March 2021.
1 Comment | 12 Jan 2021 16:10
FANBOY SABC2's Fokus goes behind-the-scenes on 7de Laan this Wednesday 13 January at 19h00 to focus on the cast and crew in the wake of the soapie reaching Episode 5000 on Thursday 7 January.
1 Comment | 12 Jan 2021 16:05
FOR THE NOSTALGIA HBO Max to revive Sex and the City for a 10-episode new chapter of the iconic series called And Just Like That... Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis reprise their roles as Carrie, Charlotte and Miranda. Notably missing: Kim Catrall as Samantha. Series will follow the three as they shift from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of their 50s.
Comments | 12 Jan 2021 15:28
TEASER And the latest guest on AKA's braai is: fashion, textile and knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo. On SABC1 on Thursday 14 January at 19h30. Let's hope he convinces AKA to ditch the sunglasses on red carpets at night. #Cringe
Comments | 12 Jan 2021 15:10
RIP Prolific actress Lindiwe Ndlovu (Zabalaza, Ses'Top La, Lockdown, Umlilo, Isono) died on Monday, 11 January. Her agent Lynne Higgins of Gaenor Artiste Management told TimesLIVE that she died of medical complications in her sleep and that she doesn't know if it was Covid related. Lindiwe was 44.
Comments | 11 Jan 2021 21:23
CASTING Newcomer Bontle Rampa debuted on Muvhango last week in the role of Mmagauta "Bubbles" Mosipidi, an ambitious, in-your-face, 28-year-old front desk assistant, who takes herself and the world seriously. Her only ambition in life: to go far. BUT what does this mean exactly?
1 Comment | 08 Jan 2021 16:58
AWARDS 2021 Grammy Awards rescheduled from Sunday 31 January to Sunday 14 March because of the intense increase of COVID in Los Angeles.
Comments | 08 Jan 2021 16:47
CASTING Catherine Zeta-Jones (Ocean's 12, Traffic) slums it on TV again, this time on Season 2 of Hannibal knock-off Prodigal Son. She plays Dr Vivian Capshaw, Claremont Psychiatric's resident MD who enters in the later half of the season. Season 2 debuts in the US on 12 January.
Comments | 08 Jan 2021 16:27
CASTING Kamo Letsosa (Greed & Desire, T.O.M.z) debuted on Muvhango this week as KK's black-lipstick'ed overlord Master. Her task: to reveal his dark side. Bwahahahaha.
1 Comment | 08 Jan 2021 16:19
CASTING And the cast for The Real Gold Diggers....oops! we mean Housewives of Durban are... Kgomotso Ndungane: wife of former Sharks and Springbok winger Odwa Ndungane, Ayanda Ncwane: widow to the late gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane, Nonkanyiso Conco: Jacob Zuma's ex and baby mama, Annie Ludick: wife to entertainment celeb Kgolo 'Daguru' Mthembu and owner of Annaesthetic beauty salon, Sorisha Naidoo: wife to businessman Vivian Reddy, former actress and Diva of Jozi; and Nonku Williams: founder of Ashes to Beauty Winery. Premieres on 1Magic on Friday 29 January at 19h00.
3 Comments | 05 Jan 2021 13:14
RIP Skeem Saam actor and veteran theatre practitioner and broadcaster Mahuma Paul Rapetsoa died on Tuesday 29 December. The news was announced by his son Matome, with no cause of death confirmed. Bra Paul first debuted in the role of Malome Josias on Skeem Saam in Season 3 in 2014.
Comments | 30 Dec 2020 14:44
SHOW NEWS Prepare for botox and boob jobs from KZN in January. The Real Housewives of Durban are heading to 1Magic.
Comments | 26 Dec 2020 14:18
CELEBS TV chef Siya Mtongana opens a restaurant at the 5-star Table Bay Hotel in da Mudda City. Name: Siba The Restaurant,.
Comments | 26 Dec 2020 14:06
REALITY LOW Survivor sletty Jonny Fairplay arrested for larceny, accused of stealing from his gogo - the same one he lied about on Survivor when he said she'd died! According to TMZ, he's accused of stealing her furniture and jewelry and his mother's been accused of taking advantage of her severe dementia.
1 Comment | 23 Dec 2020 15:20
TV BIZ Rapid Blue co-founder Kee-Leen Irvine steps down as Managing Director of the production house after 28 years. Rapid Blue Executive Producer and Business Director Ziyanda Mngomezulu steps up as new MD. Kee-Leen's husband Duncan Irvine remains CEO.
Comments | 23 Dec 2020 15:13
SHOW NEWS Showtime extends eleventh and final season of Shameless with six episode companion series Shameless Hall of Shame. Each eps features new, original scenes, juxtaposed with retrospectives on the characters over 10 seasons e.g. Episode 1 covers Ian and Mickey's relationship from teen fling to adult marriage. No confirm on whether Emmy Rossum will return as Fiona and no premiere date confirmed on M-Net.
Comments | 21 Dec 2020 15:00
RENEWED! NBCUniversal orders two more seasons of The Kelly Clarkson Show, taking it to 2023.
Comments | 21 Dec 2020 14:30
CASTING Isono introduces four new characters for a story arc about the complicated world of prison. They are: Jack Devnarain (isidingo, Imbewu) as gangster Hashmi, Roderick Jaftha (Villa Rosa, Generations) as racist warden Diedericks, Craig Palm (Yizo Yizo, Zone 14) as gang leader Numbers and Jaques de Silva (High Rollers) as Josey, a non-violent credit card fraudster.
Comments | 21 Dec 2020 14:05
COOL Season 8 of Survivor SA: Immunity Island to be set in South Africa for the first time in the history of the franchise. The location: the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. Filming wrapped last week. Nico Panagio returns to host for a June 2021 premiere. See comments for location snaps>>
1 Comment | 21 Dec 2020 13:41
CASTING Further headline cast announced for M-Net's new Shannon Esra thriller Lioness: Jacques Bessenger (Erfsondes,Fynskrif), Frank Rautenbach (Warrior, The Bang Bang Club), Nokuthula Ledwaba (Rhythm City, The River), Gerald Steyn (Trackers, Getroud met Rugby), Joshua Eady (Banged Up Abroad/Deep End), Fiona Ramsay (Hard Copy, Scandal!) and Natasha Sutherland (Egoli, Scandal!). Premieres Thursday 28 January at 20h30.
2 Comments | 21 Dec 2020 13:21
SCHEDULE ALERT! Close Enemies returns to Telemundo for Season 2 on 15 February at 22h00, once The End of Paradise wraps. The action picks up two years after Season 1. Roxana has established her business in Vigo, Spain and Horacio Santilla is suspected of money laundering.
Comments | 19 Dec 2020 13:43
LOL! Now we know where Tara Reid's been hiding. In deadly cheerleader movies. Lifetime starts 2021 with fliks about twisted cheerleaders on Saturdays at 19h20. Titles are: The Wrong Cheerleader Coach on 2 January, starring Tara and Vivica A. Fox, Killer Cheerleader on 16 January and Cheer Squad Secrets on 30 January - about the cover-up of a mysterious supplement given to the captain of a squad.
Comments | 19 Dec 2020 13:35
SHOW NEWS Nicole Kidman/Hugh Grant thriller The Undoing now available as a Catch Up box set on DStv Now for Premium subscribers. Type the show's name into the search of the DStv app to find it.
Comments | 19 Dec 2020 13:28
SHOW NEWS The first 50 episodes of M-Net's novela Legacy also available on Catch Up.
Comments | 19 Dec 2020 13:28
CASTING Antoinette Louw, Nazli George, Sekoati Tsubane, Louw Venter, Vuyelwa Mpela and Wayne van Rooyen return for Season 3 of SABC2's drama series Swartwater on Tuesday 19 January at 19h30.
Comments | 19 Dec 2020 13:22
CASTING Three actors debut as new characters on Rhythm City this week: Kabelo Moalusi (Generations, The Queen), Mpho Sebeng (Ring of Lies, Zero Tolerance) and newcomer Limakatso Mokhiti. Kabelo plays Pastor Busang Makoro, who believes boozing and dating multiple girlfriends isn't a sin. Limakatso is Deaconess Sonto, an innocent "disciple" of the pastor's who discovers his true nature and Mpho plays hustler Mose Lebone, who claims to be Blossom's son.
1 Comment | 17 Dec 2020 17:33
TV BIZ DStv adds Amazon Prime to the new Exlora Ultra decoder. Viewers who have a Prime account can watch on the Ultra in the same way as Netflix and Showmax.
Comments | 15 Dec 2020 10:22
SHOWBIZ Did you know? Idols' Zama Khumalo was born on 25 August 2001 and Lungisani "Mr Music" Mthethwa on 18 June 1999.
Comments | 14 Dec 2020 17:46
RENEWED! Idols renewed for Season 17, with virtual, online auditions from the start. Clearly the show's on an endless renewal loop and will never end. Picture Randall and Somizi's hair 10 years from now, if you have the nerve.
Comments | 14 Dec 2020 10:47
RENEWED! Surprise-surprise. NOT. The River's been renewed for Season 4 once Season 3 ends in February. With the addition of series star Sindi Dlathu (Lindiwe) as co-executive producer. Also: creative producer/writer Bonga Percy Vilakazi steps up as overall series producer. The full announcement>>
1 Comment | 11 Dec 2020 11:04
CHANNEL NEWS Cartoon Network debuts African comedy and promo series titled CN to the Rescue, starring Congolese-born, Capetonian comedian André Lembwa. Eps are loading online at Cartoon Network's YouTube channel and it premieres on DStv on Monday, 18 January at 18h35, with new episodes until 24 January.
1 Comment | 10 Dec 2020 17:23
TV BIZ As you know, renowned agent and casting director Moonyeen Lee died in July this year. She left her agency Moonyeen Lee & Associates (MLA) to her daughter Cindy Lee and Cindy's wife Nina Morris Lee. Nina, who ran her own advertising agency, has taken over the reigns as CEO and manager of MLA. See comments for more about her>>
1 Comment | 10 Dec 2020 17:02

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New on TV today: Tuesday 19 January

Mzansi Magic helps orphans who were Abandoned as drama Swartwater returns to SABC2.


The Bachelorette SA: what long hair on men REALLY means

Impressions on the show's first bachelors.


Binnelanders Teasers - February 2021

Tensions rise in Harare - in particular, in one hotel room.


New on TV today: Monday 18 January

eExtra debuts the telenovela As Die Skoen Pas and Stephen King's The Stand starts on M-Net.


New on TV today: Sunday 17 January

SABC1 searches for The Next Big Thing and SABC3 discovers a Wild Metropolis.


New on TV today: Saturday 16 January

Discovery documents California wildfires in Cal Fire and comedy Grown-ish starts on e.tv.


Scandal! Teasers - February 2021

Judgement day for Dintle! Also, some bed-breaking...


eExtra alert! Kuiertyd's new primetime schedule (from 18 January 2021)

NB: Deur Dik en Dun moves to 21h30.


The Candidate Teasers - February 2021

Finale alert! A suicide and a move abroad.


Confirmed! Isibaya cancelled in The Curse of the "I"s

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