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REVIEW Latest Pam Golding TV ad is full of big stuff marketing speak that makes no sense. Features an estate agent with a voiceover saying: "At Pam Golding we understand that the most valuable properties are those that can't be bought or sold." WTF? The entire real estate business is based on buying and selling properties! Maybe they're giving them away for free. >>
1 Comment | 04 Dec 2023 13:22
GOSSIP Did you hear? Die Brug contestant Avril Albetti claims she dated Clint Eastwood for eight or nine months. She told her reali-buddy Jamie in the latest eps. Is it true? Well, she has two pics that prove she was with him, with her arm sort of round him in one. See comments >>
1 Comment | 01 Dec 2023 12:14
BAH! Updated at 19h26 on Friday 1 December: SABC+ available again on domain after this news from the morning >> SABC+ unavailable on Friday 1 December as SABC migrates it to another technology system. Let's not forget that they rebranded TelkomONE as their "new system" just over a year ago. Now there's another new system apparently. According to the presser, the downtime "should not be more than 48hours." >>
3 Comments | 01 Dec 2023 11:15
RENEWED! kykNET crime drama Die Byl returns for Season 5 on Tuesday 16 January 2024 at 20h00. The Wild star Tyrone Keogh and Suidooster stalwart Marcel van Heerden join the show as Captain William Miller, a new profiler who joins the team, and pathologist Dr Anton Fourie. Waldemar Schultz reprises his role as titular character Colonel Piet van der Bijl.
Comments | 30 Nov 2023 15:11
TV BIZ Noot vir Noot team Stemmburg Television and Emo Adams take new music game show titled Oppi Noot to kykNET. Singers compete in musical challenges for cash prizes with viewer participation. Audition details to follow.
Comments | 29 Nov 2023 10:24
CHANNEL NEWS SABC2 to air inaugural Robben Island Memorial Run on Saturday 2 December from 08h00 to 11h00 (live). A joint venture between the Robben Island Museum, SABC and Western Province Athletics. The theme: Celebrating 60 years of Sobukwe and Mandela. Muvhango omnibus moves to 11h00.
Comments | 28 Nov 2023 11:44
SCHEDULE ALERT! Divya-Drishti postponed on Star Life. New premiere date: Sunday 24 December at 22h00. Was supposed to start on 13 November but didn't, with no warning nor word from the channel.
Comments | 28 Nov 2023 11:19
TV BIZ Former MultiChoice and SuperSport Marketing Manager Nomsa Chabeli appointed as new group CEO for SABC. Most recently she was the brand and marketing manager for MTN.
Comments | 27 Nov 2023 10:25
ACTOR NEWS New North West province community station NWTV launches on DStv channel 266 on 30 November, on all bouquets. Makes lots of promises about binge-worthy series and captivating stories from our communities so let's see if it delivers. Website: It's the second community channel to go live on DStv this month - One Freestate TV switched onto 264 on 16 November.
Comments | 24 Nov 2023 15:39
TRAILER Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Bryan Brown and director Baz Luhrmann reunite for six part miniseries Faraway Downs, based on their 2008 film Australia. A posh British aristocrat experiences an awakening when she travels to Australia to sell her philandering husband's cattle ranch Faraway Downs. Loads on Disney+ 26 November. >>
1 Comment | 23 Nov 2023 11:17
SHOW NEWS Premiere date confirmed for Season 3 of natural history epic Planet Earth: Monday 19 February 2024 at 20h00, on BBC Earth. David Attenborough returns to present, now age 97. >>
1 Comment | 23 Nov 2023 11:16
TRAILER "The future belongs to those who build on what's come before". Quizzical Pictures-produced movie Shaina loads on Netflix on 29 November. Follows Zimbabwean teen Shaina - or Shine - who could have a promising career as an engineer if it weren't for the challenges she faces. Grief, unpaid exam fees and lack of confidence. >>
1 Comment | 22 Nov 2023 16:30
CELEBS Did you know? Graham Norton was born Graham Walker. He changed his name to Norton when he joined the Equity actor's union because there was another actor named Graham Walker.
Comments | 22 Nov 2023 16:04
REALITY LOW Love Island USA gets double renewal from Peacock, for Seasons 6 and 7. Franchise airs on M-Net in South Africa. No sign of another season of the local version after the insulting, amateur drivel they assaulted us with in 2021.
Comments | 22 Nov 2023 15:59
SHOW NEWS Team Aniston fans...prepare to be triggered. Mr. and Mrs. Smith the TV series premieres on Prime Video on 2 February 2024. But not with cheaty Brad and Angelina - with Community and Atlanta star Donald Glover and Maya Erskine (Heartbeat) as the lusty spies. No, Donald isn't related to Danny. >>
1 Comment | 22 Nov 2023 15:24
TRAILER Japan in the 1600s... what was it like? Shogun revival sheds light with 10-episode series on Disney+. Set in 1600, at the dawn of a century-defining civil war. Based on the novel by James Clavell, inspired by the real life of an Englishman who went to Japan and became a samurai. Loads February 2024. >>
1 Comment | 22 Nov 2023 12:59
FANBOY K-drama to be celebrated from 30 November to 2 December at the Korean Cultural Centre in Pretoria. Festival includes K-pop performances, Korean food and K-content on Netflix, with upcoming series previews. Entry free but pre-registration required on the website: (Under Special Events.)
Comments | 22 Nov 2023 12:35
CASTING Former Rhythm City star Samkelo Ndlovu joins M-Net thriller Reyka for Season 2 as Reyka Gama's new partner and confidant Detective Ayanda Jali. Also new to the cast are Pallance Dladla and Frank Rautenbach - as their respective handbags, vlogger Zee and Captain Lombard. Premieres Thursday 11 January 2024 at 20h00.
Comments | 21 Nov 2023 16:37
REALITY LOW YouTuber and actor Moshe Ndiki becomes the latest personality to get "candid" in Life with Moshe. Follows him as he prepares for the arrival of his twin children, carried by a surrogate. According to Mzansi Magic, questions raised include: How does this form of parenting work? How will traditional lineage and ancestral connection customs play out? Premieres Sunday 28 January 2024 at 19h00.
1 Comment | 21 Nov 2023 15:04
AWARDS South African-associated short film The Smeds and The Smoos won an International Emmy for Best Kids: Animation on Monday 20 November. Co-directed by South Africans Daniel Snaddon and Samantha Cutler, and co-written by Julia Smuts Louw. Produced by UK production house Magic Light Pictures and entered as an entry from United Kingdom. All winners in comments. >>
1 Comment | 21 Nov 2023 10:47
LOL! We speculated it might happen and it has. Naked yoga teacher Sam Marais showed off a lot more than his yoga skills on Thursday's eps of Die Brug when he got nude and intense, pulling off nekkid moves that took on biblical proportions. See comments for in-the-buff pics >>
1 Comment | 20 Nov 2023 15:55
RENEWED! More children (older and younger) to be reunited with their parents in Season 3 of Abandoned. Phumeza Mdabe returns to help those who were left on park benches, commuter stations or at orphanages as they search to reconnect with those who abandoned them - their mothers or fathers. Premieres on Mzansi Magic, Tuesday 9 January 2024 at 20h00.
Comments | 17 Nov 2023 13:29
SCHEDULE ALERT! to air BET novela Redemption from Monday 20 November at 20h30, weeknights for the show's 130 episodes. Set at a mega church, run by the mega problematic Zikode family. Stars include Kwanele Mthethwa, Tina Jaxa,Themba Ndaba, Sparky Xulu, S'thandiwe Kgoroge, Yonda Thomas, Pearl Modiadie, Zenzo Ngqobe and Seputla Sebogodi.
Comments | 16 Nov 2023 13:21
SCARY SABC sounds alarm about fake, scam videos with clips of SABC journalists claiming to offer an Elon Musk investment "opportunity". Videos use an AI soundtrack to mimic their voices but the lips don't synch up when you look closely. >>
1 Comment | 15 Nov 2023 11:19
TV BIZ Netflix rescues animated series Star Trek: Prodigy by streaming Season 1 from 25 December. It was on Paramount+ and was renewed for Season 2 but Paramount cancelled it before Season 2. Follows a group of young aliens who discover abandoned spaceship Protostar. Netflix picked it up after Trekkies went berserko - they hired a plane to fly over streamer offices in LA with the banner “Save Star Trek Prodigy”.
Comments | 14 Nov 2023 15:14
RENEWED! Small town whodunnit Recipes for Love and Murder has the greenlight for Season 2. 10-episode Season 1 aired on M-Net in 2022, starring Maria Doyle Kennedy as intrepid sleuth and recipe advice columnist Tannie Maria. Filming begins in South Africa in 2024.
Comments | 14 Nov 2023 15:04
SCHEDULE ALERT! kykNET novela Diepe Waters starts a run from Season 1 on kykNET & kie on Tuesday 14 November at 21h00.
Comments | 13 Nov 2023 12:53
COOL Prequel to Stranger Things coming soon but not on TV, to stage. An origin story play on London's West End titled Stranger Things: The First Shadow, set before the show, in 1959. Debuts in December 2023. >>
1 Comment | 13 Nov 2023 12:50
CHANNEL NEWS Community station One Freestate TV launches on DStv 264 on Thursday 16 November, on all bouquets from Premium to EasyView. Free State based. Programming includes entertainment, information, education, local culture and community engagement. In Sesotho and English.
Comments | 13 Nov 2023 12:16
AWARDS Miss Universe 2023 to air live and delayed on the Pageant Channel (S3) on Sunday 19 November at 03h00, repeated at 19h30. Happening in El Salvador. Miss SA runner-up Bryoni Govender represents us. Married women, mothers and transgender entrants are "allowed" this year, but they still insist on calling everyone "Miss", thereby defining them according to their relationship with men. SHOULD be Ms Universe. >>
1 Comment | 13 Nov 2023 11:40
CHANNEL NEWS New Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish novela Skerpioen (Scorpion) replaces Verbode Liefde on kykNET & Kie once it ends on 28 November. Abandoned daughter Ferda stings her mother who deserted her by having an affair with her mother's son-in-law i.e. her sister's husband. Her sister who wasn't abandoned. Premieres Wednesday 29 November at 20h00.
Comments | 10 Nov 2023 10:26
BEHIND THE SCENES What we didn't see on Devil's Peak Eps 2: editing trickery in the scene between Thobela and traumatised mother Ntsusa - when he was in her house, saying he would help her. Sisanda Henna and Faith Baloyi filmed it separately and weren't actually together. Twas edited into one scene. Faith was injured in a previous scene when she ran after the car that took Jacob and couldn't film their scene according to schedule. >>
1 Comment | 09 Nov 2023 14:23
TRAILER If looks could kill, this mofo gonna equalize you. Denzel returns as retired intelligence agent Robert McCall to take on crucifix-wearing Mafia in third, final installment of The Equalizer. The Threequaliser baby! Streaming on Apple+. On DStv Box Office from 14 November. >>
1 Comment | 09 Nov 2023 10:39
TV BIZ Tinseltown SAG-AFTRA union actors end strike after reaching what they're calling a "tentative agreement" with studios. Also describing it as historic. According to Variety, it includes protection against AI, a streaming participation bonus and increases in pension and health care contributions. This a month after the writer's strike ended.
1 Comment | 09 Nov 2023 10:14
RENEWED! TVSA can confirm that Generations: The Legacy has the green light for Season 10, which wasn't a given this year considering what's happened to cancelled 7de Laan. Premieres Monday 20 November.
Comments | 08 Nov 2023 11:25
BORING Idols is over so what now? Date My Family 11 takes over the 18h30 timeslot on Mzansi Magic on Saturdays, starting from episode 14, and Our Perfect Wedding 14 resumes afterwards, at 19h30, starting from episode 9 - from 11 November.
Comments | 07 Nov 2023 15:01
TV BIZ Dr Phil follows in Oprah's footsteps again, launches his own cable channel called Merit Street Media, starring a comeback of his talk show, in primetime instead of daytime. Title: Dr. Phil Primetime, filmed for a live studio audience in Texas. Channel describes itself as “a new cable TV network dedicated to bringing viewers essential news and entertainment.” Launches in the US in early 2024.
Comments | 07 Nov 2023 13:05
RENEWED! FX renews brilliant comedy-drama The Bear for Season 3, available on Disney+ in South Africa. Seasons 1 and 2 currently streaming. Highly recommended because EVERY SECOND COUNTS.
Comments | 06 Nov 2023 20:12
SCHEDULE ALERT! M-Net's airing a box set of dark comedy drama Succession every weeknight at 22h00. All four seasons, one episode a night. Started on Monday 6 November but they only told us on the 7th. It was exclusively on Showmax previously. According to Waldimar Pelser, Director for Premium Channels, 22h00 will now be a regular timeslot for global hit shows.
Comments | 06 Nov 2023 17:15
CHANNEL NEWS New, local youth channel Play Room launches on DStv 300 on Monday 6 November at 15h00, debuting with multilingual studio show Play Room Live! for tweens and teens. Morning programming caters to 4 to 6-year-olds. Channel includes animated international series dubbed into isiZulu. It replaces Da Vinci. >>
1 Comment | 06 Nov 2023 11:03
YUCK HBO CEO Casey Bloys admits to creating fake Twitter accounts to go after critics of HBO shows. This after a Rolling Stone report which included leaked messages, allegedly between Bloys and HBO's vice-president where they discussed a "secret army" to take on critics. Bloys apologised in a Variety article and says... he's now DM'ing critics! >>
1 Comment | 03 Nov 2023 11:01
SCHEDULE ALERT! Full Springbok Trophy Tour/Victory Parade airs on SuperSport over four days on Channel 211, starting with Pretoria at 10h00 on Thursday 2 November, followed by Jozi at 13h30 and Soweto at 15h00. Cape Town: Friday 3 November at 11h30, Durbs: Saturday 4 November at 10h00, East London: Sunday 5 November at 10h00.
3 Comments | 02 Nov 2023 12:51
RIP DiepCity actress Lebohang “Lettie” Mpyana has died. A family spokesperson posted the news on social media on behalf of her parents saying she died after a short illness. Lebo played Ringo's wife Khelina on both seasons and won the 2021 Viewers' Choice Royalty Award for Best Actress. She was 34.
1 Comment | 02 Nov 2023 12:24
CASTING Former Selimathunzi host and radio presenter Zanele Potelwa signed to S3's Expresso as their Joziburg host in new Gauteng studio. Show will now broadcast from both the Cape Town and Jozi studios. Weekdays, 06h00 to 09h00. >>
1 Comment | 01 Nov 2023 11:21
SCHEDULE ALERT! Springbok Trophy Tour through Joziburg to air on SABC2 on Thursday 2 November from 12h00 to 14h00. They'll also be visiting Pretoria, Soweto, Cape Town, Durban and East London but these aren't airing on the channel unfortunately.
1 Comment | 01 Nov 2023 11:10
CASTING If Die Brug reality contestant Iana Strydom looks familiar, it's because she is - she hosted SABC2's train travelogue Spoor Stories in 2022. >>
1 Comment | 31 Oct 2023 14:37
TRAILER Zolisa Xaluva stars in new Netflix movie The Queenstown Kings about a washed up, boozer soccer player and his relationship with his son after the death of his own father. If only all fathers respected their child's need to connect with them... Oh, and it's also about soccer, with cameo appearances by Robert Marawa and The Big Fish. Loads 17 November. >>
1 Comment | 30 Oct 2023 17:08
CELEBS Dineo Ranaka elbows Somizi out of the way to host new Mzansi Magic schleb talker Sip & Talk. Dineo hosts three guests in her condo each week for heart-to-hearts on topics such as dealing with public grief and the pursuit of mental wellness. List includes Kayise Ngqula, Ayanda Ncwane, TK Sebothoma, Celeste Ntuli and Khabonina Qubeka. Premieres Sunday 26 November at 21h00. >>
4 Comments | 30 Oct 2023 11:50
RIP Friends star Matthew Perry died suddenly on Saturday 28 October at his home in Los Angeles. According to TMZ, emergency services responded to a call for someone in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival they found him unresponsive in his jacuzzi and said he appears to have drowned. No autopsy has been done yet. He was 54.
1 Comment | 29 Oct 2023 14:59
FOR THE NOSTALGIA At 13h47 on Friday 27 October, 7de Laan Vision Mixer Tracey Bagley called the final wrap on the series after the cast and crew finished filming the final scene. Series finale airs on Tuesday 26 December. >>
2 Comments | 28 Oct 2023 16:34


New on TV today: Tuesday 5 December

Intervention show Uthanda Bani? debuts on Mzansi Magic as Curiosity documents The Balkans in Flames.

WANTED: Singers for new kykNET game show Oppi Noot

The search is on for session singers, karaoke singers, established singers, any singer who can keep a tune.

New on TV today: Monday 4 December

TLC invites you to Survive the Raft and Couples on the Couch chat up S3.

New on TV today: Sunday 3 December

The Crown Gospel Awards bling up SABC2 and Nat Geo airs the doc Bobi Wine: The People's President.

New on TV today: Saturday 2 December

HISTORY documents Footprints of Civilization and Jackie Malton: A Life in Crime begins on ID.

Soapie Digest - December 2023

A Krismas box of all the teasers on TVSA in case you've missed your faves.

New on TV today: Friday 1 December

A new season of The Zoo starts on Real Time and three My Family Xmas Specials drop on BritBox.

Come Dine With Me South Africa 9: Episode 3 recipes

Two cheesecake recipes, cookie dough ice cream, oxtail and tuna steaks. A cookbook by Carolyn, Sakhile, DJ Njabs and Dave. (Includes who won.)

Naagin 6 Teasers - December 2023

Raghu is afraid... scared that Prathana will take his second daughter from him.

Isitha: The Enemy Teasers - December 2023

Chaos before Christmas when Rebs sparks a protest that explodes into the looting of Sokhulu businesses.


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