News Shorts

CHANNEL NEWS Controversial news talk show host JJ Tabane joins eNCA to host new show Truth to Power, starting on Sunday, 1 November at 20h00. Series aims to "afford the nation a chance to tell their stories in gritty detail and have a champion in JJ Tabane to challenge the status quo and demand answers with no fear or favour. " New episodes air Sundays at 20h00 and Mondays at 20h30.
Comments | 23 Oct 2020 13:49
DUH! Turns out the Timeless Drama Channel is called Timeless Dizi Channel because Dizi means Drama in Turkish.
Comments | 23 Oct 2020 13:07
SCANDAL Cheater Katlego Maboe ditched by Expresso pending investigations into cheating allegations. See their statement in the comments>>
2 Comments | 23 Oct 2020 10:33
SCANDAL TV presenter Katlego Maboe embroiled in viral video scandal, showing him admitting to cheating on his girlfriend Monique Muller, who accuses him of giving her an STD that damaged her womb. He's released a statement about it (see comments>>) while social media erupts with his Outsurance tagline chencha daai ding.
1 Comment | 23 Oct 2020 08:56
CHANNEL NEWS Turkish novela pop-up channel TDC confirmed to launch on DStv Channel 123 on Monday, 2 November. We use "TDC" because it's name has suddenly changed. When it was first announced DStv called it Timeless Drama Channel and now it's suddenly titled Timeless Dizi Channel. Let's hope it makes us Dizi for the right reasons. Will be available on Premium, Compact Plus, Compact and Family.
Comments | 22 Oct 2020 16:07
CELEBS TV and radio presenter Carol Ofori announces she's leaving Radio 2000. Her morning show Queens Of Grace to end on 30 October.
Comments | 22 Oct 2020 12:06
GOOD NEWS Date confirmed for BBC Lifestyle's switch to HD: Wednesday, 28 October 2020.
Comments | 22 Oct 2020 11:27
YOH! Actress Deli Malinga claims she's been fired from Imbewu after telling the show's casting director that she wanted to negotiate her contract herself instead of negotiating through the agent who negotiated her first contract. In a Facebook post Deli says she was supposed to reprise her role as Nomalanga, Nkululeko's mother, but she's been written out instead. Deli claims she never got to the point of a negotiation but was told she's lost the role because she wants too much money. Says the casting director and agent in question are friends.
Comments | 21 Oct 2020 15:37
CELEBS E! celebrates Kim Kardashian's 40th birthday with themed marathons of highlight episodes from all seasons of Keeping Up. Marathons air from Monday, 19 to Sunday, 25 October, leading up to a birthday episode of the current Season 19 on Sunday at 20h00. Kim turns 40 today (21 October).
Comments | 21 Oct 2020 15:15
SCHEDULE ALERT! PSL virtual awards to air live on SuperSport's PSL channel on Thursday, 22 October at 20h00. SABC1 to air delayed broadcast at 22h00.
Comments | 21 Oct 2020 11:30
HOLY CRAPS! What if your creepazoid landlord became obsessed with you? This is Lydia's fate in Lifetime's Saturday night made-for-TV thriller My Nightmare Landlord on 24 October at 19h20.
1 Comment | 21 Oct 2020 11:24
MOVIE HIGHLIGHT The late Chadwick Boseman to co-star with Viola Davis in a Netflix film rendition of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, based on the play by August Wilson. Loads on Friday, 18 December. See comments for a trailer >>
1 Comment | 21 Oct 2020 11:12
RIP Binnelanders director Gerrit Schoonhoven died on Tuesday (20 October) after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Gerrit was also an actor and directed on various other series including Orion, Plek van die Vleisvreters and Isidingo. He was 62.
Comments | 21 Oct 2020 10:43
OOKAY THEN Netflix ramps up its relationship with Turkey by committing to 10 new film and TV projects. This despite the fact that Turkey has censored the streamer in the past when it comes to LGBTQ+ stories e.g. Netflix cancelled If Only after government censorship of the script.
Comments | 21 Oct 2020 10:35
TV BIZ SABC proposes that all South Africans pay a TV licence to watch TV on any device, from any operator e.g. streaming services too. The proposal was presented to parliament on Tuesday, 20 October.
Comments | 21 Oct 2020 10:14
CELEBS Jerusalema's Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode to guest on Afternoon Express this Friday (23 October at 17h00).
Comments | 20 Oct 2020 10:07
AWARDS Idols director and executive producer Gavin Wratten to direct Miss South Africa live show on Saturday, 24 October. He also executively produces.
Comments | 19 Oct 2020 10:11
SHOW NEWS Star Trek: Discovery returns to production in the US for Season 4 on Monday, 2 November.
Comments | 19 Oct 2020 09:51
TV BIZ Major shake-ups at MultiChoice in the wake of the resignation of CEO Mark Rayner. His replacement: Nyiko Shiburi, current Regional Director of MultiChoice Africa: Southern Region. Mark leaves November-end and Nyiko steps in on 1 December. See who else has been promoted in the comments>>
1 Comment | 16 Oct 2020 16:19
CHANNEL NEWS BET (Channel 129) extended to DStv Access for the rest of October as an advert for novela Isono (Mondays to Thursdays at 21h30).
Comments | 15 Oct 2020 17:29
SHOW NEWS Uzalo confirms that Baby Cele and Siyabonga Shibe are exiting the show at the end of Season 6. Production tells TVSA that they're being written out because their character's storylines will come to an end but they won't die. They'll replaced by new characters who arrive in November. Gabisile and Qhabanga will be on air until early February 2021 when Season 7 starts.
Comments | 15 Oct 2020 15:08
AWW, GEEZ! Eleventh and final season of Shameless to include Covid in the South Side as the Gallaghers find themselves at a crossroads. See comments for full description of the season>> Premieres in the US on Sunday, 6 December. South African premiere date unconfirmed.
1 Comment | 15 Oct 2020 14:51
FAKE NEWS Beware of fake SABC internships being offered on a website called career74. The SABC has issued a warning about them, stating that the pubcaster has no internship programmes running and isn't advertising for future internships.
Comments | 15 Oct 2020 14:38
COOL Showtime revives Dexter for a 10-episode limited series in 2021, with Michael C. Hall reprising his role as the vigilante serial killer.
Comments | 15 Oct 2020 12:50
RIP Two and a Half Men's Conchata Ferrell died on Monday, 12 October from complications after a cardiac arrest. She played Berta the housekeeper for all 12 seasons of the show. She was 77.
Comments | 15 Oct 2020 12:26
AWARDS Zozi Tunzi to return to South Africa to judge Miss South Africa on Saturday, 24 October, on Mzansi Magic and M-Net at 17h00. Other judges are: Peggy-Sue Khumalo, Anele Mdoda and Leandie du Randt. Kim Engelbrecht confirmed as fifth judge.
Comments | 15 Oct 2020 10:02
RENEWED! E! orders 10-episode second season of local Celebrity Game Night. Anele Mdoda returns as host, along with Jason Goliath and Ayanda Thabethe as team captains. Production currently underway in Joziburg for an early 2021 premiere.
Comments | 14 Oct 2020 12:17
RIP Moja Love co-founder and socio-political activist Vuyokazi Mahlati died on Tuesday, 13 October. Cause of death undisclosed. She was 55.
1 Comment | 14 Oct 2020 11:36
EVIL Premiere episode of Phat Joe talk show Cheeky Palate gives guests Gerry Eldson and Joshua Maponga the platform to spew hateful homophobia. To be divisive, spark controversy and make headlines for the show obviously. No members of the LGBTQ community were given the opportunity to challenge the views expressed.
1 Comment | 14 Oct 2020 09:53
COOL Type "Wizard of Oz" into Google, look for the red shoes, click them and see what happens! Then click the tornado. Make sure your sound's turned up.
Comments | 13 Oct 2020 15:54
HOOK-UP It's weddings week on with a double-I-do on Rhythm City and Scandal! Sabelo marries Sindiswa on RC and Simo marries Grace on Scandal! Build-up and the two weddings to air from Tuesday, 13 October to Thursday, 15th.
1 Comment | 12 Oct 2020 17:36
BORING A re-run of False Identity to replace Operation Pacific once it ends on Telemundo in November. Starts Monday, 16 November at 21h00, preceded by three episodes of Decisions from 13 to 15 November as make-shift fillers. Operation Pacific ends on Thursday 12 November.
Comments | 12 Oct 2020 17:06
COOL On Wednesday (14 October) Afternoon Express features a kickboxing demo that can be used to help in life-threatening situations.
Comments | 12 Oct 2020 16:46
SCHEDULE ALERT! Devi gets bumped to 22h30 on to make way for Durban Gen and moves to Thursday primetime instead of Fridays on both and eNCA. These are the show's new times: Thursdays at 22h30 on and 20h30 on eNCA.
Comments | 12 Oct 2020 15:59
SHOW NEWS 10 remain. One must go. Voting for Idols 16 re-opened on Sunday (11 October). Lines close on Tuesday (13 October) at 22h00.
Comments | 12 Oct 2020 09:55
CASTING Real Housewives of Joziburg's Lethabo Mathatho to host new Mzansi Magic reality show Ingane Yam. Parents who have secret children out of wedlock introduce them to their spouses and families. Premieres Tuesday, 20 October at 20h00.
Comments | 09 Oct 2020 16:22
TEASER SABC3's Katie Melua cancels her interview on Afternoon Express, scheduled for Friday, 16 October. Her replacement: ProVerb, who speaks about his book The Book of ProVerb.
Comments | 09 Oct 2020 14:54
CASTING Danica Jones (formerly De La Rey) debuts on Generations: The Legacy in the role of new commune housemate Tamryn.
Comments | 08 Oct 2020 11:06
SCHEDULE ALERT! SABC2 reschedules musical drama series American Soul to Saturday, 17 October at 20h30. Was supposed to start on 26 September but didn't. Series tells the true life story of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius and his Soul Train dancers and musos. Sinqua Walls (Power) plays Don and Kelly Rowland plays Gladys Knight.
Comments | 06 Oct 2020 15:09
SCHEDULE ALERT! Spin-off series titled The End of Paradise to replace The Way To Paradise once it ends on Telemundo in November. Premieres Monday, 16 November at 22h00.
Comments | 06 Oct 2020 14:51
CASTING Actress and media personality Nomzamo Mbatha to host 2020 Miss South Africa pageant on Saturday, 24 October at 17h00. Broadcast to air live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.
Comments | 06 Oct 2020 09:40
TV BIZ Word of Mouth Pictures (Muvhango, Imbewu) appoints Arts, Culture and Heritage practitioner Mandla KaNozulu as new CEO of the production house. He was inaugurated at a recent media luncheon in Joziburg, starring the Muvhango cast.
1 Comment | 05 Oct 2020 12:02
RENEWED! Production begins on Season 3 of Afrikaans drama Swartwater, produced once again by Quizzical Pictures.
Comments | 05 Oct 2020 11:45
SHOW NEWS And the Idols 16 Top 10 finalists are: Be, Bongi, Brandon, Jooma, Mr Music, Ndoni, Ntokozo, Succedor, Zama and ZanoThando. Voting to start after next Sunday's performances (11 October).
Comments | 04 Oct 2020 22:18
CASTING Motormouth Phat Joe to host new talk show on 1Magic called Dinner at Phat Joe's. Um... oops, no, it's called Cheeky Palate. Phat Joe dines with five guests where they discuss trending topics of the day e.g. Are men trash? #BlackLivesMatter. Has lobola degenerated? Premieres Friday, 9 October at 19h00, after Dinner at Somizi's ends.
Comments | 02 Oct 2020 18:40
CELEB BABIES TV presenter Roxy Burger introduces her baby boy to the world via Insta'vid. See it in the comments>> Celeb baby name: Finnley.
1 Comment | 02 Oct 2020 17:23
CELEBS Did you know? Singer-songwriter Arno Carstens (of Springbok Nude Girls) is also a fine artist. On Tuesday, 6 October he shares the artistic inspiration he's found in the fishing village of Paternoster on SABC3's Insider SA, at 19h30.
Comments | 02 Oct 2020 14:51
SHOW NEWS SABC3's breakfast show Expresso celebrates its 10th anniversary this Monday (5 October) with a throwback episode of highlight moments.
Comments | 02 Oct 2020 13:27
YOH! Mzansi Wethu to debut new crime docu-series Accused about the horrific injustice faced by people who've been wrongly convicted of a crime. Premieres Saturday, 10 October at 19h30.
Comments | 02 Oct 2020 13:17
RENEWED! Billions gets a sixth season, which will air after the rest of Season 5's episodes next year. Corey Stoll, who guest stars as Mike Prince this season, has signed on to return as a series regular in Season 6.
3 Comments | 01 Oct 2020 19:21


New on TV today: Saturday 24 October

Miss SA airs live on Mzansi Magic and M-Net - all the deets, all the girls, all the clatter.

Made For Each Other Teasers - November 2020

Prerna seems to be involved in 2 different fires.

Rhythm City Teasers - November 2020

Suffocate starts clearing his name. Also, a love triangle gets complicated.

New on TV today: Friday 23 October

A chess prodigy plays The Queen's Gambit on Netflix and queer comedy Work in Progress starts on M-Net.

Carte Blanche packs a full house this Sunday (25 October)

Agrizzi's crypto escape plan, the Table Mountain killer behind bars and a celebration of true grit. Sunday's eps looks punchy.

Isibaya Teasers - November 2020

Melusi has an interesting story to tell. Also, Mpihlangene confronts Fenyang.

Idols 16: Top 8 Song Choices

On Sunday's playlist: numbers by Cici, Billie Eilish, Musa and...

Lithapo Teasers - November 2020

A car accident leads to a devastating death.

New on TV today: Thursday 22 October

ID gets into Joe Exotic: Tigers, Lies and Cover-Up as strippers go Beyond the Pole on 1Magic.

Binnelanders Teasers - November 2020

Rita moves into the cottage, new information comes to light about Koos and Wendy hovers in ICU.


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