News Shorts

TRAGEDY Veteran actor Patrick Shai committed suicide on Saturday morning (22 January) after an online spat with Cassper Nyovest the week before. The moral of the story: stay off social media. RIP Patrick.
Comments | 22 Jan 2022 13:00
CANCELLED! Randall Abrahams and Unathi uWeepy. Out of Idols for upcoming Season 180. According to Shirley Adonisi, channel director for local entertainment channels at MultiChoice: “We are taking a fresh approach to the judging panel to retain audiences and stay competitive in the Sunday night timeslot.” Replacements to be announced.
1 Comment | 22 Jan 2022 07:56
CASTING Joshua Jackson to play the Michael Douglas character in TV remake of 80s erotic thriller Fatal Attraction. A married man's one-night stand turns psycho when she becomes obsessed with him. Stalks him and his family and boils his daughter's pet rabbit on their stove. Lizzy Caplan plays Glenn Close's stalker character Alex.
Comments | 21 Jan 2022 16:53
REALITY LOW SABC1 picks up talk show spin-off of Mzansi Magic's uThando Nes'thembu. Musa Mseleku's four wives become agony aunts on Igumbi Lamakhosikazi, a 13-part series inspired by people asking them for advice on the socialz. Premieres Monday 7 February at 21h00.
Comments | 21 Jan 2022 16:43
SHOW NEWS Amazon Prime titles new Lord of the Rings series The Rings of Power. Why? The Rings of Power unite all the major stories of Middle-earth's Second Age. Loads 2 September with weekly episodes.
1 Comment | 20 Jan 2022 13:04
REALITY LOW Simon Cowell makes a desperate attempt to throttle more life out of the exploitative America's Got Talent franchise with new Extreme edition, described as "showcasing the most outrageous, unique and jaw-dropping acts of enormous scale and magnitude that simply can’t be confined to a theater stage." Contestant almost dies in rehearsal >>
1 Comment | 20 Jan 2022 12:34
SHOW NEWS Season 2 of eVOD's Is'phindiselo loaded on Thursday 20 January for 13 new episodes. Benny embarks on a dangerous mission of re-inventing himself as an investor and entrepreneur. He wants and needs revenge on Vusimuzi but this is blurred by his growing desire to trust and love Khethiwe. Zamani Mbatha, Lindani Nkosi and Zikhona Bali reprise their roles.
5 Comments | 19 Jan 2022 17:58
RENEWED! Forest Whitaker to return as Bumpy Johnson for a 10-episode third season of EPIX masterpiece Godfather of Harlem.
Comments | 19 Jan 2022 17:16
CHANNEL NEWS Betting, betting everywhere, and more on the way. New horse racing channel launches on DStv channel 240 on 19 January and a lot of thought went into the name: Racing 240. Who got paid for that?! Features coverage of high profile local and international race days, starting with the MET at Kenilworth on Saturday 29 January. "Initially" available to subscribers on all bouquets.
Comments | 19 Jan 2022 17:03
BORING Grammy Awards get a new date: Sunday 3 April in the US, Monday in SA. Original date of 31 January was postponed because of Covid.
Comments | 19 Jan 2022 10:59
SCHEDULE ALERT! SABC1 to announce matric results on Thursday 20 January between 18h00 and 19h00. News moves to 17h30 and Skeem Saam to 19h00. Regular programming resumes after with The Estate at 19h30. (Times updated.)
Comments | 19 Jan 2022 10:39
SCHEDULE ALERT! Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja returned to S3 with new episodes from Tuesday 18 January at 17h00. Episode topic: growing up in an orphanage.
Comments | 18 Jan 2022 12:01
CASTING YFM DJ Kea Zawadi stars in SABC1's new Sunday comedy 13 Weeks to Find Mr. Right. An ambitious journalist attempts to save her job by writing an anonymous dating column to prove whether she can find Mr. Right in 13 weeks. She falls for one of her dates while still dating the others. Also starring: Mohau Cele, Monnye Kunupi, Lerato Mvelase, Didintle Khunou and Bonko Khoza as Zakhele. Premieres 6 February at 19h30.
1 Comment | 17 Jan 2022 11:33
COOL Timothy Olyphant revives his role as Raylan Givens for limited series Justified: City Primeval. Action picks up eight years after Justified with Raylan relocated in Miami, balancing life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 14-year-old girl. A chance encounter sends him to Detroit. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.
1 Comment | 17 Jan 2022 10:52
SCARY An intruder broke into SABC's Bloem studios at 04h00 on Sunday (16 January) but didn't steal anything. According to the SABC, he vandalised the building near the studios with graffiti that mentioned a bomb and was shot by a security guard after a confrontation. He was injured in the lower part of their body and admitted to Pelonomi hospital. Hawks investigating.
Comments | 17 Jan 2022 10:28
SCHEDULE ALERT! SABC does an about-turn and suddenly starts airing AFCON 2021 from Saturday 15 January, six days after the start of the tournament. The result: the usual avalanche of schedule changes on SABC1. See comments for changes and game times >>
3 Comments | 14 Jan 2022 16:06
TRAILER Thabo Rametsi, Lemogang Tsipa and Israel Matseke-Zulu star in new Netflix flik Amandla. Two brothers, bound by a childhood tragedy, find themselves on opposite sides of the law when a gang-related crime tests their loyalty to each another. Loads 21 January. >>
1 Comment | 13 Jan 2022 14:24
FOR THE NOSTALGIA Nyaniso Dzedze, who rose to fame as Tsietsi on Ashes to Ashes, debuted on Durban Gen on Tuesday 11 January. He plays Dr Siphesihle Dhlomo who's going to have everyone smitten and under his spell but he only has eyes for one particular nurse.
2 Comments | 11 Jan 2022 17:12
RENEWED! The show that needs a band aid: Grey's Anatomy. ABC orders Season 19 and Ellen Pompeo ain't going nowhere. She must have a very healthy bank account.
Comments | 11 Jan 2022 11:09
RENEWED! Apple TV greenlights Season 3 of the Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston passion project The Morning Show. Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland, House of Cards) replaces the show's creator Kerry Ehrin as showrunner. Kerry to consult on the season.
Comments | 11 Jan 2022 10:59
CASTING M-Net's Masterchef SA snatches TV chefs from SABC's The Taste Master after losing their original judges to's Ultimate Braai Master. Zola Nene and Gregory Czarnecki to judge MasterChef SA 4, joined by food writer Justine Drake of Just Cooking on S3. Clearly there's a sick world of TV chef judging going on. Premieres Monday 28 Feb at 18h00.
1 Comment | 10 Jan 2022 11:36
AWARDS Succession wins Golden Globes for Jeremy Strong (Kendall), Sarah Snook (Shiv) and Best Television Series - Drama. Unfortunately this is meaningless. The awards have become so D-grade they only exist as a Twitter feed now. No TV ceremony, no stars, no guests. Just tweets. Insanely spun by the Golden Globes "as the most exclusive event in the industry". So exclusive no-one was there!
2 Comments | 10 Jan 2022 10:54
RIP Comedian Bob Saget (Full House, America's Funniest Home Videos) died on Sunday 9 January in yet another mysterious celebrity death. No cause of death has been confirmed. He was touring Florida with a comedy show and hotel security found him in his hotel room on Sunday afternoon. He was 65.
1 Comment | 10 Jan 2022 10:20
CHANNEL NEWS eExtra launches Skop, Skiet en Kuier programming block on Sundays at 19h30 featuring Afrikaans dubs of Turkish action novelas starting on 9 January with Impak: One car accident. Four lives. Impacted forever.
Comments | 07 Jan 2022 15:21
CASTING Ray Neo Buso (Ash on Skeem Saam) debuted on 7de Laan on Friday 7 January as part of 7de Laan's internship programme for 2022. He plays Zakhele, known as Zee, Aggie's relative, described as flamboyant, kind and openly gay. He's one of two interns on the soapie for the season. The other is Daniel Coetzee who debuted as Uys Visagie recently.
1 Comment | 05 Jan 2022 17:46
REALITY LOW The Kar'trashians attempt to revive their cancelled 20-season show by launching "new" series on US-only streamer Hulu. The highly original title: The Kardashians.
2 Comments | 03 Jan 2022 10:08
RIP Comedy Golden Girl Betty White died on Friday 31 December 2021, at the age of 99, two weeks before her 100th birthday. She would have turned 100 on 17 January 2022. Well done on making it so far Betty!
1 Comment | 31 Dec 2021 22:28
RIP HIV activist, relationships counsellor and TV personality Angie Diale died on Thursday 23 December. According to her family, the cause of her death was pneumonia.
1 Comment | 23 Dec 2021 19:42
CASTING It's Vuyo City, man. Vuyo Dabula, Vuyo Ngcukana and Phuti Khomo to star in new 1Magic rom-com Entangled. 30-something Sharon is on the verge of marrying the love of her life, Sizwe. When her ex, Julius, suddenly resurfaces after many years, everything Sharon and Sizwe have built is threatened. Premiered Friday 7 January at 21h30.
1 Comment | 23 Dec 2021 16:06
CHANNEL NEWS SABC1 launches new 13-part talker for school goers titled Breaking The Silence, hosted by Dineo Ranaka. Topics include gender-based violence, HIV, early unplanned pregnancy, drugs, and substance abuse. Premiered Monday 3 January at 16h30, with new episodes weekly.
Comments | 23 Dec 2021 15:50
ACTOR NEWS Muzi Mthabela made his final appearance as Menzi Vilakazi on Imbewu on Tuesday 28 December. He's skipped town to play Sphe's uncle Nkosi Cele on Gen.
1 Comment | 22 Dec 2021 12:00
CHANNEL NEWS New M-Net Movies pop-up channel Men of Action to launch on Premium, Compact Plus and Compact from 21 January to 6 February 2022. Features blockbusters and classics starring big names. Titles include American Gangster (Denzel Washington), The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds), Snakes on a Plane (Samuel L. Jackson), Pacific Rim (Idris Elba), A Man Apart (Vin Diesel) and 21 Bridges (Chadwick Boseman).
Comments | 21 Dec 2021 17:02
SCHEDULE ALERT! Isono finale aired as a double bill affair on Thursday 23 December, starting at the usual time of 21h30. See comments for extended teaser >>
1 Comment | 21 Dec 2021 16:20
BEEF Trevor Noah sues New York hospital and orthopedic surgeon. His lawsuit claims he was physically and emotionally injured by a surgery they performed on him. He also accuses them of not prescribing proper medications and failing to discontinue certain prescription medications.
1 Comment | 20 Dec 2021 18:19
RENEWED! Season 23 of 7de Laan premiered on Wednesday 29 December 2021.
Comments | 20 Dec 2021 17:35
GOOD NEWS Shower Hour returns with new season of Big Brother Mzansi. Premieres on Mzansi Magic on Sunday 23 January, with a 24-hour channel on 198.
Comments | 20 Dec 2021 09:59
CASTING TV host and actor Lawrence Maleka (Clash of the Choirs, The Final Cut, The River, Isibaya, All Access Mzansi) to host 2022's Big Brother Mzansi.
Comments | 20 Dec 2021 09:53
SHOW NEWS The character of Zandile Majola returned to Imbewu on 20 December 2021 after a two and a half year absence, portrayed by a different actress: Angela Sithole replaces Buhle Samuels who played the role on Seasons 1 and 2. Man eating Zandile returns on a mission to ensnare Nkululeko Bhengu.
2 Comments | 17 Dec 2021 16:35
GOOD NEWS It's a hlaudi day with thunderstorms for former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng who has to pay back R11.5 million + interest within seven days. The High Court has ruled he has to return the "success bonus" he received from the SABC for brokering the deal with MutliChoice involving the SABC archives. It's been ruled unlawful and invalid. If he doesn't pay, the SABC pension fund has to cough up. They have to use Hlaudi's pension funds to pay.
Comments | 17 Dec 2021 16:00
SHOW NEWS Tanzanian dance crew Creed Vipers won Zee World's Afro-Bolly dance competition Dance Africa Dance on Saturday 11 December. Their fellow finalists were Zimbabwe's Extreme Dreamers, Botswana's Plus 267 and South Africa's Suvivors. The Creed Vipers won R60,000 and a 55cm TV for each member.
1 Comment | 16 Dec 2021 16:01
RENEWED! The Ranakas returns to Mzansi Magic in the new year for Season 5. Storylines include Ntate Ranaka’s search for his sister, Manaka continuing her farming exploits and Dineo choosing to take on a more backseat position in the family. Premieres Thursday 6 January at 20h00.
1 Comment | 14 Dec 2021 11:59
CASTING Lots of cast additions for Season 2 of Mzansi Magic's political drama The Republic: Bonnie Mbuli, Thembi Nyandeni, Chichi Letswalo, Lemogang Tsipa, Noxolo Dlamini, Bongile Mantsai and Tsholo Mashishi join the new season. Florence Masebe and Masasa Mbangeni reprise their roles as President Mulaudzi and Bridget Ranaka. Premieres Sunday 2 January at 20h00.
2 Comments | 13 Dec 2021 13:13
SHOW NEWS Food & wine consultant Izak Redelinghuys and food scientist Wessel Pieterse won Season 3 of My Kitchen Rules South Africa on Sunday (12 December). The Capetonian friends met in 2007 and are now R1-million richer between them.
1 Comment | 13 Dec 2021 13:00
CHANNEL NEWS Twist of Fate returns to Zee World on 9 January 2022 at 21h00, for Season 7.
Comments | 13 Dec 2021 12:53
SHOW NEWS Soapieville's serial legal eagle Sandra Stein returns to Legacy on M-Net as Msizi’s attorney for the current storyline involving the messy divorce between Msizi and Thandi. This is the fifth series in which Shannon Esra plays Sandra. See comments for an extended teaser. >>
1 Comment | 13 Dec 2021 12:37
AWARDS Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane was crowned 2nd runner-up of the Miss Universe pageant in the early hours of Monday (13 December). 1st runner-up was Miss Paraguay Nadia Ferreira and Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu took the title.
2 Comments | 13 Dec 2021 08:38
RIP Former 7de Laan actress Themsie Times died on Thursday (9 December) at the age of 72. Themsie played gutsy Maria Zibula, who worked for Oubaas and Hilda from 2003 to September 2016, when Themsie left the show. The cause of her death is undisclosed.
2 Comments | 10 Dec 2021 15:14
SHOW NEWS The River on 1Magic celebrated 1000 episodes on Friday 10 December with an hour long episode. Starting at 20h00 as per. Wounds moved to 21h00.
Comments | 10 Dec 2021 11:11
RENEWED! Apple TV orders Season 2 of its "The aliens have landed!" sci-fi series Invasion. The finale of the 10-episode Season 1 loaded on Friday 10 December.
Comments | 10 Dec 2021 11:11
COOL The world's most terrifying TV game Alan Wake lands sequel. Alan Wake 2. Coming in 2023. We're too scared to watch the trailer. >>
1 Comment | 10 Dec 2021 10:41


New on TV today: Tuesday 25 January

Dirty Jobs returns to Discovery and eReality asks Are You the One?.

Big Brother Mzansi 3 hijacked by marketing

THIS is what happens when a show becomes about selling at the expense of entertainment.

Dream Girl Teasers - February 2022

The latest tease of Star Life’s new big in Bollywood series so you have them when you need them.

Elif 2 Teasers - February 2022

Elif searches for Melek while being searched for herself.

Big Brother Mzansi 3: Housemate pics and profiles

Some were big stuff one moment and subdued the next when the housemates moved in on Sunday.

New on TV today: Monday 24 January

Universal asks you to Tell Me Your Secrets and two new shows start on The Home Channel.

New on TV today: Sunday 23 January

Big Brother Mzansi returns and Discovery goes Pushing the Line.

New on TV today: Saturday 22 January

The only new show tonight is the Season 16 premiere of Hell's Kitchen USA on eReality.

Lingashoni Teasers - February 2022

Murderers revealed!

The River 5 on 1Magic Teasers - February 2022

Season 5 premiere! An old stranger returns and asks questions no-one can answer.


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