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YOH! On Sunday (11 April at 19h00) Carte Blanche meets people who are willingly getting themselves stung by bees to provoke their immune systems into producing an anti-inflammatory response.
Comments | 08 Apr 2021 14:38
TV BIZ Quizzical Pictures (Swartwater, Intersexions) partners with Australian production house Goalpost Pictures (The Invisible Man) for new M-Net crime series Detective Cooper. It's based on the book A Beautiful Place to Die by Australian-South African writer Malla Nunn and it's about a white detective in apartheid-era South Africa who has a dangerous secret: he's mixed race.
Comments | 08 Apr 2021 14:30
SCHEDULE ALERT! Pasella returns to SABC2 for Season 28 on Wednesday 21 April at 19h30. Guests include Idols 6 winner Elvis Blue, Clementine Mosimane (The Estate), singers Karlien van Jaarsveld and Refentse, Neil Sandilands (7de Laan, The Flash) and the cast of 7de Laan in celebration of the show's 21st birthday on 3 April.
Comments | 07 Apr 2021 18:20
CASTING Former YOTV presenter and avid farmer Kamo Bombe signed as the new host of SABC2's agricultural show Living Land. She debuts on Saturday 1 May at 13h30.
Comments | 07 Apr 2021 18:14
SCHEDULE ALERT! New series Love or Poison to premiere on Glow TV on Thursday 15 April at 19h00, once Complicated Love ends. Sitaara, a Visha Kanya (poisoned girl), grows up without knowing her true identity. She gets drawn into the tussle of choosing between good and evil, after learning the truth about her biological mother.
Comments | 07 Apr 2021 18:01
SHOW NEWS The 13 guests on the new sixth season of SABC2's Musiek Roulette are: The Voice Season 1 runner-up Gavin Edwards, Jarrad Ricketts, Liezel Pieters, Granville Michaels, Leah, Clinton Viljoen, Bianca le Grange, Lana Crowster, Emil Struwig, Josh Ansley, Robin Pieters, Edith Plaatjies and Samantha Leonard. Premieres 15 April at 19h00.
Comments | 07 Apr 2021 17:57
MOVIE HIGHLIGHT Netflix acquires local movie I Am All Girls by iNumber Number writer and director Donovan Marsh. Stars: Hlubi Mboya (Isidingo) as Ntombizonke, a troubled but powerful detective with a dark, ugly secret and Erica Wessels (Erfsondes) as her unlikely confidant and emotionally-troubled colleague Jodie. It follows them on an all-consuming journey to bring down a global human trafficking ring. Loads 14 May.
Comments | 07 Apr 2021 17:37
CASTING Zolo Nombona (Single Galz, Z'bondiwe) debuted on Isono on Monday 5 April in the role of Zoleka Sigcawu, a high powered modern woman at the top of her field as Head of Production at a sports channel, UltraSport. She dates Makwande (Anga Makubalo) and falls in lurve with him.
Comments | 07 Apr 2021 17:23
REALITY LOW Two single pastors try to find a wife (one each) in new reality show Pastor Wants A Wife, produced by Our Perfect Wedding's Connect TV. Premiered on Saturday 6 April on 1Magic and premieres on Mzansi Magic on Thursday 8 April at 20h00.
Comments | 06 Apr 2021 17:01
FOR THE NOSTALGIA CBS orders CSI: Vegas, the sequel to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. You're not alone if you think you've seen the name CSI: Vegas years ago already - they all look the same to us too. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation stars William Petersen and Jorja Fox reprise their roles as Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle.
Comments | 06 Apr 2021 16:58
RENEWED! The Big Bang Theory spin-off Young Sheldon renewed for three more seasons taking it to Season 7.
Comments | 06 Apr 2021 16:44
TRAILER Trailer and key art released for Season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale. Things pick up where Season 3 left off, with June's (Elisabeth Moss) fight for freedom against Gilead. The risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges, and her desire for justice and revenge threaten to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships.
1 Comment | 06 Apr 2021 16:29
CASTING Ariana Grande joins judging panel for Season 21 of The Voice, replacing Nick Jonas. She'll judge alongside Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton. Season premieres in America in our spring this year.
Comments | 06 Apr 2021 16:26
SHOW NEWS Season 2 of the Netflix fantasy drama The Witcher wraps production after 128 days. Filming took place in 15 locations, with 89 cast members and 1,200 crew members.
Comments | 06 Apr 2021 16:20
OOKAY THEN Bridgerton heartthrob Regé-Jean Page (Duke of Hastings) won't be in Season 2, despite his wife Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) remaining in the series. Season 2 focuses on her brother Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his search for a wife so there's no need for Regé-Jean apparently.
Comments | 06 Apr 2021 16:11
GOOD NEWS Eleventh and final season of The Walking Dead to air in August 2021. It can't end soon enough! The bad news: it has a ridiculous 24 episodes, taking it into late 2022.
Comments | 06 Apr 2021 16:01
ACTOR NEWS Khaya Dlada and Nokuthula Mabika returned as GC and Thobile on Uzalo on Tuesday (6 April). Hopefully the scriptwriters are true to their characters so they can energise the series with much needed humour.
Comments | 06 Apr 2021 15:39
REALITY LOW Season 3 of The Real Gold Diggers of Johannesburg "discontinued" after Christall Kay ends up with a purple eye, allegedly punched by her co-stars Brinnette Seopela and Gugu Khathi while filming at a club in Pretoria. According to Sunday World, Christall's laying charges and seeking legal advice. The moral of the sordid story: don't go to clubs in Pretoria.
1 Comment | 06 Apr 2021 15:12
YOH! 621 staff members left the SABC on Wednesday 31 March as a result of the nine month long retrenchment process.
Comments | 31 Mar 2021 10:04
CASTING And the cast for the new 1Magic/Mzansi Magic drama series The Station is: Lerato Mvelase (Isibaya), Sello Maake Ka-Ncube (The River), Siphamandla Dhludhlu (iKhaya), Aubrey Mmakola (iKhaya) and Owen Sejake (Zone 14). See deets below for the scenario and broadcast dates.
Comments | 30 Mar 2021 09:19
SHOW NEWS Transgender reality show Becoming debuts on 1Magic and Mzansi Magic on 3 and 7 April. It follows four trans people who go through the process of gender transition. And tragedy strikes. One of the four, Gina Sokoyi, died while the show was being filmed.
Comments | 29 Mar 2021 13:26
CASTING Siyabonga Shibe (Uzalo), Kwezi Ndlovu (Isithembiso), Wiseman Zitha (Giyani), Thuli Phongolo (Generations) and Thabisile Zikhali (The Queen) join the cast of Rockville for Season 5, set in our Covid world. JB (Shona Ferguson) and his wife Lindi (Enhle Mbali) must turn their Hotel Paradiso into a money spinner again as the aftermath of death has dried up their coffers and put many livelihoods on the line as room bookings dwindle.
Comments | 26 Mar 2021 15:22
SHOW NEWS New series The Station premieres on 1Magic and Mzansi Magic once Mzali Wami ends and it has a unique scenario. Four petrol station workers unexpectedly inherit the station and think they're suddenly wealthy. But they risk losing it to a man who's determined to destroy it. An explosive situation when you're surrounded by petrol. Premieres 3 April at 20h30 on 1Magic and 5 April at 20h00 on Mzansi Magic.
Comments | 26 Mar 2021 14:54
FOR THE NOSTALGIA SABC announces the retirement of isiXhosa newsreader Noxolo Grootboom after 37 years in the broadcasting industry. She anchored her final bulletin on Tuesday 30 March.
Comments | 26 Mar 2021 09:02
TV BIZ eMedia and SABC extend their carriage deal which currently sees SABC1, 2 and 3 on OpenView. SABC's Sports Channel will be added soon, along with 19 SABC radio stations and two other SABC channels. We presume one of these will be an Encore-type set-up. Move coincides with the switch-off of analogue across the country while many households still don't have access to DTT (digital TV) set top boxes
Comments | 26 Mar 2021 08:57
TV BIZ AMC Networks' scary streaming service Shudder picks up Fried Barry by South African filmmaker Ryan Kruger. Acting newcomer Gary Green stars as a drug addict who gets overpowered by an alien tourist who takes him on a joyride through Cape Town. See comments for trailer >>
1 Comment | 24 Mar 2021 13:27
CHANNEL NEWS Comedy Central actually tries to do something innovative for once! Introduces a "New at Nine" daily timeslot from Monday 29 March. Not that the first featured series is new but it hasn't been seen in South Africa before. Schitt's Creek starts a full series run of all six seasons. Tells the tale of the once wealthy Roses who must confront their new-found poverty and discover what it means to be a family.
Comments | 24 Mar 2021 13:18
TV BIZ Netflix picks up Happiness Ever After, the sequel to the 2016 movie Happiness is a Four-letter Word. Thabang Moleya returns as director and Khanyi Mbau and Renate Stuurman reprise their roles as Zaza and Princess. No confirm on whether or not Mmabatho Montsho will return as Nandi. Story takes place five years later and Ayanda Halimana (Makoti, iKani) replaces Busisiwe Ntintili (Greed & Desire, Thula's Vine) as screenwriter. Loads on Netflix later this year.
Comments | 23 Mar 2021 18:09
CASTING Singer/songwriter HLE (Adlib) to host new Mzansi Magic gospel music show VIP Invite. Viewers share personal stories of how popular songs have inspired them. Each episode includes a collab between HLE and guest performer. Premieres Sunday 28 March at 19h00, replacing Our Perfect Wedding which goes on production break.
Comments | 23 Mar 2021 16:14
CASTING Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson in new limited series called Tyson, directed and executively produced by Antoine Fuqua (Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation), with Martin Scorsese executively producing too. Series hasn't been picked up by a network yet.
Comments | 23 Mar 2021 12:48
SHOW NEWS Ferguson Magic's Rockville returns for a new season on Sunday 4 April at 20h00, once eHostela 2 ends. Almost five years after Season 4. Season 5 sees JB (Shona Ferguson) dealing with the impact of Covid on his business.
Comments | 22 Mar 2021 15:23
CASTING Anthony Oseyemi (Room 9), Shamilla Miller (Amaza) and Rea Rangaka (The Mayor) star in new South African paranormal series Dead Places. An author haunted by his sister's death as a child returns to South Africa to investigate a series of supernatural occurrences for his new book. Loads on Netflix on 16 April.
1 Comment | 21 Mar 2021 14:18
RENEWED! Time travel saga Outlander renewed for 12-episode seventh season, based on the seventh of the eight books by Diana Gabaldon titled An Echo in the Bone.
Comments | 18 Mar 2021 14:38
RENEWED! ABC orders Season 17 and 18 of The Bachelorette, both to air in 2021. The Bachelor 25's Katie Thurston and Michelle Young to star.
Comments | 18 Mar 2021 14:34
CASTING Principal photography underway for Disney's live action film Peter Pan & Wendy, based on J. M. Barrie's 1953 novel Peter and Wendy. Stars Jude Law as Captain Hook, Yara Shahidi (Black-ish) as Tinkerbell, Ever Anderson (Black Widow) as Wendy and Alexander Molony (The Reluctant Landlord) as Peter Pan.
Comments | 18 Mar 2021 14:28
CANCELLED! Upcoming eight-episode, fourth season of Killing Eve will be its last. Production begins in winter (CAT). Producers Sid Gentle Films Ltd working on spin-off ideas with AMC Networks.
Comments | 18 Mar 2021 12:46
TV BIZ Showtime orders drama series Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, while we await the much-hyped but non-materialising Shaka Ilembe from M-Net. Showtime's rendition will be directed and produced by Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. Created and written by Nigerian-born writing team Olu Odebunmi and Tolu Awosika, writers on the upcoming Chris Pratt TV series The Terminal List for Amazon Prime, also directed by Antoine.
Comments | 18 Mar 2021 12:31
OOKAY THEN We thought Ellen Cruella DeGeneres was persona non grata but clearly not. Discovery's suddenly gone berserko over her, signing a multi-year deal for her to develop and produce natural history specials, series and documentaries for Discovery Channel and streamer discovery+.
Comments | 18 Mar 2021 12:18
SHOW NEWS BBC orders new doc Louis Theroux: The Cult of Joe Exotic, a decade on from the pair's first meeting. The new film is set to explore what has happened to Joe in the time since - apart from, you know, rotting in jail over a murder-for-hire plot.
Comments | 17 Mar 2021 13:33
RENEWED! TVSA can confirm that's Imbewu has the green light for Season 4. Premieres Monday 12 April. KaMadonsela has to face the music and Nkululeko ditches his family for his lover. Brenda Mhlongo and Nkanyiso Mchunu reprise their roles for the season.
Comments | 17 Mar 2021 13:12
TRAGEDY Menzi Ngubane's father uBaba Ngubane died on Tuesday (16 March), days after Menzi's death on Saturday. According to Sunday World, a source close to the family said he died of suspected heart failure as a result of a broken heart. He turned 90 last year.
1 Comment | 17 Mar 2021 10:38
SHOW NEWS SABC3's new Turkish novela The Red Room centres round therapists at a clinic and the people they counsel. All characters are based on real life characters and the series is based on the real experiences of an Istanbul doctor and writer Gülseren Budayicioglu. See broadcast deets below.
Comments | 16 Mar 2021 16:44
COOL People's Weather channel premieres its second original series 400 Frogs on Saturday 20 March at 18h00, to coincide with World Frog Day. Amphibian crusaders set out to release a critically endangered species of frogs into their natural environment.
Comments | 16 Mar 2021 16:37
CASTING New SABC2 dramedy Ak’siSpaza to premiere on Thursday 8 April at 21h30. Follows a family of oddball employees at a local, family run supermarket. Stars include Welile Nzuza (Scandal!), Sello Sebotsane (Stokvel), Chantal Stanfield (7de Laan), Duane Williams (7de Laan), Meme Ditshego (Ga Re Dumele), Bahle Hadebe (Black Tax) and Mapaseka Koetle (Dintle on Scandal!).
Comments | 16 Mar 2021 13:26
CELEBS Dakota Fanning slums it on TV in Showtime's TV version of The Talented Mr Ripley titled Ripley. She plays Marge Sherwood, an American living in Italy who suspects darker motives underlie Tom Ripley's affability. Sherlock star Andrew Scott plays Ripley, portrayed by Matt Damon in the movie.
Comments | 16 Mar 2021 13:12
AWARDS 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards confirmed for Sunday 16 May in Los Angeles. Will be followed by an inaugural Movie & TV Awards: UNSCRIPTED special on the Monday ft. over-the-top, funny and drama-filled moments from reality TV.
Comments | 16 Mar 2021 13:01
CHANNEL NEWS SABC3 premieres a third telenovela in April titled The Red Room (Kirmizi Oda), from Thursday 8 April at 18h30 with new episodes Thursdays and Fridays. It alternates with the channel's other foreign novela Orphans of a Nation which will air Mondays to Wednesdays. Both lead into the new local novela The Estate at 19h00.
Comments | 15 Mar 2021 15:31
TV BIZ Principal photography underway for Star Trek spin-off Strange New Worlds by streamer Paramount+, previously known as CBS All Access. It's a prequel to the original series that follows Captain Christopher Pike, Mr. Spock and Number One on the USS Enterprise before Captain Kirk took command. Stars the same headliners as Stark Trek: Discovery: Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn.
Comments | 15 Mar 2021 12:13
MEH Australia's 2021 National Rugby League (NRL) tournament now airing live on ESPN and ESPN2. Started on 11 March and runs until early October.
Comments | 15 Mar 2021 11:23
RIP Tsha Tsha star Noxolo "Noxee" Maqashalala has died. According to reports, forensics suspect she was deceased almost a week after her body was found in her Honeydew home.
1 Comment | 14 Mar 2021 00:53


New on TV today: Saturday 10 April

Reality show Abazali starts on Wethu and Curiosity takes you down The World's Most Dangerous Roads.

New! It's Complicated Teasers - April 2021

Introducing the first teasers for Zee World's new weekend series about Jassi who loves two men.

King of Hearts Teasers - April 2021

Exposed: DD’s conniving plans. And Sid gets arrested for attempted murder.

Begusarai Teasers - April 2021

Begusarai reloads on Zee World on 10 April for weekend double bills at 17h00 and 18h00.

Queen of the South 2 Teasers - May 2021

Teresa and her team are kidnapped.

Ring of Fire Teasers - April 2021

Schedule alert! Ring of Fire loses Saturdays and Sundays from this weekend (10th) with the premieres of It's Complicated and Begusarai (repeat).

Law of the Heart Teasers - May 2021

Andres proposes to Catalina!

New on TV today: Friday 9 April

Four shows start on SABC3 tonight including the mockumentary Tali's Wedding Diary.

The Cost of Love Teasers - April 2021

A mother tries to stop her own daughter from being happy.

Promised Love Teasers - April 2021

Adil has evil plans for Azaan who, in turn, tries to set himself alight.


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