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CASTING Taraji P. Henson to host BET Awards again this year, on Sunday 26 June. This comes in the wake of a development deal between Taraji's TPH Entertainment and BET in September 2021. They've teamed up to produce content for in house buyers including Paramount+, Showtime, CBS, Nickelodeon, BET+, and BET. All are owned by Paramount.
Comments | 17 May 2022 11:33
CASTING Comedian Skhumba Hlophe and sportscaster Thato Moeng to host new Mzansi Magic game show The Saturday Showdown. Five teams of three, captained by celebrities, compete in a series of games over 13 episodes. The prize: R3.5-million. Premieres 4 June at 18h30.
1 Comment | 13 May 2022 16:34
CASTING Who are you if you can't remember who you are? The question faced by the lead character in SABC1's new Sunday night drama Identity. Former Scandal! star Bongile Mantsai stars as a pastor turned policeman who wakes up at Hillbrow hospital with amnesia and no idea who he is. Premieres 8 May at 19h30.
Comments | 03 May 2022 17:39
CASTING Emo Adams, Lee-Ann van Rooi, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Earl Swartz and 7de Laan star Mimi Mahlasela to feature in new SABC2 show Wat's die Okkasie? (What's the Occasion?) Each week one of them shares their private lives as they plan their special event, occasion or party. Premieres Tuesday 3 May at 19h00.
1 Comment | 28 Apr 2022 14:48
CASTING Cocoon of cute kids cast as presenters in new 26-episode series National Geographic Kids Africa. It celebrates the environment and explores conservation issues. See comments for pics >>
1 Comment | 22 Apr 2022 16:30
CASTING Anga "NaakMusiQ" Makubalo, who won Season 7, signed as host of Tropika Island of Treasure Season 10 All Stars. Celebrity winners and viewer faves from previous seasons return to play alongside a new crowd of players. See TVSA's Casting Calls for auditions.
Comments | 05 Apr 2022 12:45
CASTING Gospel artist Dumi Mkokstad makes a guest appearance on Uzalo on Monday 28 March as Pastor Mbatha's special guest performer at the KFC grand opening. He parades Dumi in a brag-fest and tries to convince him that he isn't using him for his own benefit.
Comments | 24 Mar 2022 17:52
CASTING Khanya Mkangisa headlines Season 3 of 1Magic's Unmarried, set in the world of 20-something socialz darling Enzo. She needs to find herself while finding Mr Right (or Mr Right-for-social media), while hoping her real life keeps up with the one she's selling online. Mapula Mafole and Florence Mokgatsi play her frenemies Rea and Confidence. Premieres Friday 8 April at 20h30.
2 Comments | 22 Mar 2022 17:02
CASTING Nqobile Sipamla debuts on DiepCity on Monday (21 March) as Detective Nandi Bhengu who arrives on the scene to Clean Things Up.
1 Comment | 18 Mar 2022 17:41
CASTING Isithembiso star Kwanele Mthethwa headlines new Mzansi Magic Sunday night drama Umbuso. She plays Qhawe, a daughter who must keep her family and its business together after a brutal murder. Bheki Sibiya co-stars as Ma E and Makhaola Ndebele plays Tiny, two old comrades determined to secure a post-struggle legacy for their families. The murder cuts through the heart of both families. Premieres Sunday 3 April at 20h00, same time as the premiere of Is'phindiselo on e.tv.
2 Comments | 14 Mar 2022 14:59
CASTING Former Expresso presenter Ewan Strydom to host kykNET show. Title unconfirmed but we have the details on his hott bod. See comments >>
1 Comment | 03 Mar 2022 10:38
CASTING Quinton "Naked DJ" Masina and radio and TV personality Kamo Moth to host new SABC1 celebrity talk show Heavy Hitters. Interviewees include Zodwa Wabantu, DJ Lady Du, Lasizwe, Nota Baloyi, Sol Phenduka, Innocentia Morolong and Dineo Ranaka. This was the show Kuli Roberts was about to appear on when she died :(. Premieres Saturday 5 March at 19h30.
Comments | 01 Mar 2022 17:19
CASTING Love gets sirrrrious for Elizabeth on Legacy 2 when a burst tyre introduces her to Max Kramer, played by Steven John Ward. Their chance encounter leads them to wanting a life together. The problem: he doesn't want children but she does. He debuted Thursday 24 February.
1 Comment | 24 Feb 2022 14:52
CASTING Socialz celebrity chef Lebogang "The Funny Chef" Tlokana to co-host Our Perfect Wedding alongside Nomsa Buthelezi. Debut date: Sunday 6 March.
1 Comment | 24 Feb 2022 12:15
CASTING Thembisa Mdoda to debut on House of Zwide on Thursday 24 February as former schmodel turned pageant owner Nikiwe Ndlovu, who runs Miss Africa. Funani wants his dresses to be worn in the pageant BUT... years ago he swore he'd never work with her again after she stole his designs.
Comments | 21 Feb 2022 17:44
CASTING Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg to host new reality search American Song Contest. Solo singers, groups and bands from round the US compete with their own original songs.
Comments | 14 Feb 2022 17:38
CASTING Kay Sibiya makes his first appearance as Nkululeko Bhengu on Imbewu on Wednesday 16 February. He replaces Nkanyiso Mchunu who left after a spat with producers Grapevine Productions.
1 Comment | 14 Feb 2022 10:49
CASTING Sphamandla Dhludhlu debuted on Legacy on Monday 7 January as Jabulani Bhengu, a head turner and trickster who uses his good looks as a weapon. He finds his next victim in the Legacy offices.
1 Comment | 09 Feb 2022 16:46
CASTING Actress Mila Guy takes over from Reandi Grey as host of VIA's one-day-to-wed reality show Eendag. It's her first presenting role. Season 2 premieres Wednesday 9 February at 20h00. (See TVSA's New on TV Today for more.)
Comments | 09 Feb 2022 10:50
CASTING Former Expresso presenter and Good Hope FM DJ Leigh-Anne Williams to host new season of The Home Channel's Finest Homes. Series profiles the architecture and interior design of schmancy South African homes, with tips on how to recreate some of the looks yourself. Premieres Wednesday 6 April at 20h00.
2 Comments | 03 Feb 2022 10:16
CASTING TK Dlamini debuts on DiepCity on Monday 31 January as Bafana, a Fourways Cheeseboy. Nox wants him on her burger.
3 Comments | 28 Jan 2022 17:02
CASTING Linda Sokhulu debuted on 7de Laan on Thursday 27 January as overachieving Tumi Selepe, a doctor AND lawyer seeking answers to her mother's death.
1 Comment | 28 Jan 2022 16:20
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
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
CASTING M-Net's Masterchef SA snatches TV chefs from SABC's The Taste Master after losing their original judges to e.tv'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
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
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
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
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
CASTING Comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout joins Season 2 of kykNET's dating show Op My Eish! Why? To advise the season's bachelor Francois Jacobs. They star together in a new film called Kaalgat Karel and now Schalk's going to be Francois' wingman on the series. What if the bachelorettes prefer Schalk to Francois? Oops.
Comments | 29 Nov 2021 15:53
CASTING The Real Gold Diggers of Durban star Nonkanyiso "LaConco" Conco to host Season 2 of Mzansi Magic's Ingane Yam. She elbows out Real Diggers of Johannesburg's Lethabo Mathatho who hosted Season 1. Series format remains the same: married people introduce their secret illegitimate children to their spouses.
Comments | 29 Nov 2021 11:11
CASTING Tina Jaxa debuted on Durban Gen on Wednesday 24 November as Dr Nangamso Jack's mother Nomvula. She's a no-nonsense woman who carries the hurt and loss she experienced when she was young. She lost a daughter when Dr Jack was an infant and her husband left her at the same. Now she reveals she has an older sister.
1 Comment | 23 Nov 2021 12:34
CASTING Terence Bridgett debuted on Legacy 2 on Monday 22 November as Gordon's long-lost love Ramon, who left Gordon years ago. He got married and lost his wife two years ago. He has three children and grandchildren and he's back to make amends with Gordon.   
Comments | 22 Nov 2021 16:05
CASTING Lalla Hirayama debuted on Legacy on Tuesday 16 November as Akari Nakamura, the lead character in a computer game. Jokes. She's the owner of a mega global tech company, Quintet Tech. See comments for her character bio >>
1 Comment | 12 Nov 2021 15:59
CASTING Actor Francois Jacobs follows Neels van Jaarsveld. He's looking for love on TV as the bachelor on Season 2 of kykNET's Op my Eish! Has "a sexy soft burr in his voice" apparently.
1 Comment | 09 Nov 2021 18:06
CASTING Sabelo Radebe (Dream World, Lingashoni, not the soccer player) debuted on 7de Laan on Monday 1 November as Fikani's younger troublesome brother Rhulani. He's also Fikani's rescue remedy. He saves him from the rhino poaching ring and Fikani owes him.
1 Comment | 01 Nov 2021 14:27
CASTING Former SABC1 continuity presenter Zandi Nhlapo made her acting debut on Imbewu on Wednesday 13 October in the role of Nompi Khanyeza, Fikile's overcontrolling, strict mother. Her return to Fikile's life will reveal a damning truth.
1 Comment | 14 Oct 2021 15:51
CASTING Tshiamo Molobi switches Rhythm City for Scandal! on Friday 15 October when he debuts as Lebo, Tebello’s older friend from Soweto. Lebo has street smarts - which influences Tebello - and he gets Tebello into massive trouble when he steals his father's gun.
1 Comment | 14 Oct 2021 10:03
CASTING Nico Panagio debuted on Legacy on Wednesday 6 October as Detective Marco Andino, who's going to investigate Felicity in more ways than one. Let's hope he doesn't get blindsided.
Comments | 07 Oct 2021 16:09
CASTING Double-season Idols finalist Nolly Nolz (Noluthando Meje) makes her TV comeback to host new reality show Face-to-Face. Cheating partners get a chance to save their relationships with their long-suffering better halves. Includes input by TV psychologist Vuyo Themba (Abasemzini). Premieres on 1Magic on Saturday 2 October at 19h30 and on Mzansi Magic on Tuesday 5 October at 20h00.
Comments | 01 Oct 2021 15:17
CASTING Top Actor winner Altovise Lawrence (Scandal!) to host S3's new reality show A Cut Above the Rest. Scissor-fingered hairdressers must prove they're the best stylist in town. Premieres on Monday 25 October at 21h00.
1 Comment | 27 Sep 2021 12:00
CASTING Motlatsi Mafatshe, Owen Sejake and Asante Mabuza (who's had one TV role: on Isibaya) join BET sitcom Black Tax for Season 2. Jo-anne Reyneke returns to star as Thuli. Motlatsi plays her potential love interest Nkanyiso, Owen portrays his father Bra Hugo and Asante plays Lulu, Nkanyiso's daughter. Premieres Saturday 9 October at 19h00.
Comments | 23 Sep 2021 10:11
CASTING Nay Maps. The country's workingest actor. He has roles on three current shows: Imbewu, Muvhango and Mzansi Magic's new Umkhokha. A family drama also starring Sthandiwe Kgoroge (Generations) and Linda Sokhulu (Isidingo). Premieres Sunday 3 October at 20h00, once Abomama ends.
1 Comment | 21 Sep 2021 16:41
CASTING Zandile Msutwana (The Queen, Society) headlines new drama series Grootboom & Sons, set at a family funeral parlour. Central idea: what if the fate of a family business was left in the hands of the wrong sibling? Premieres on 1Magic on Saturday 2 October at 20h00 and Mzansi Magic on Monday 4 October at 20h00.
2 Comments | 21 Sep 2021 16:08
CASTING Erfsondes star Jacques Bessenger joins Arendsvlei for Season 4. He plays Nolan, described as "VERY mysterious". Debuts Tuesday 28 September.
2 Comments | 21 Sep 2021 15:05
CASTING And the new Pearl Thusi on BET's Behind the Story is... actress and DJ Nomalanga Shozi. She replaces Pearl for the new season. Premieres Saturday 9 October at 18h30.
Comments | 20 Sep 2021 14:31
CASTING Media personality and stand-up comedian Rian van Heerden to host kykNET's revival of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? titled: Wie word ’n miljoenêr? A 13-episode Season 1 premieres on Wednesday 27 October and Season 2 follows immediately after. Filming underway at Atlantic Studios in Cape Town.
1 Comment | 17 Sep 2021 16:58
CASTING MTV Shuga and Rented Family star Samke Makhoba headlines new 1Magic hospital drama series Wounds. She plays Busisiwe, a new intern at the fictional Healing Hands Hospital who battles her emotional wounds. Co-stars include Buyile Mdladla, Eve Rasimeni, Mbulelo Grootboom and Talitha Ndima. Premieres Friday 8 October at 21h30.
1 Comment | 15 Sep 2021 15:58
CASTING Rockville star Enhle Mbali and comedian Felix Hlophe to host 5th Royalty Soapie Awards at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre on Saturday 18 September. Ceremony airs on SABC1 on Saturday 2 October at 20h00.
Comments | 14 Sep 2021 16:28
CASTING Nay Maps debuted on Muvhango this week, in the role of Tshireletso - Hulisani's estranged brother.
1 Comment | 13 Sep 2021 15:30

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