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CASTING Vusi Kunene to star in e.tv's RC replacement House of Zwide.
Comments | 21 Jun 2021 19:57
CASTING Warren Masemola, Jamie Bartlett and Kenneth Nkosi to star in new e.tv boxing drama. Name hush-hush but filming underway. Warren's also in another new e.tv series Isiphindiselo but this is a different show.
1 Comment | 10 Jun 2021 10:47
CASTING Lorraine Moropa (Lithapo) debuted on The Queen on Monday (7 June) as Olerato Matee. Her mother died when she was 16 and now she's on a quest to find her father: Kgosi, reprised by Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, who made his comeback.
Comments | 09 Jun 2021 10:16
CASTING Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) narrates Apple TV's documentary special Who Are You, Charlie Brown? It celebrates the origins of the Peanuts characters and their creator Charles M. Schulz. Loads on 25 June.
1 Comment | 07 Jun 2021 12:34
CASTING Lucia Mthiyane debuts on Durban Gen this week, as Albertina Cele, MaCele's entitled sister who you DON'T want in your life. She believes she's so special she should be treated as a higher being and judges others the moment she sees them. Bab' Gumede is about to be judged.
1 Comment | 07 Jun 2021 12:01
CASTING Prolific actress Nandi Nyembe (Zone 14, Isibaya, Rockville, Soul City and many more) joins Isono in the role of lonely, eccentric Prudence - first introduced when Gabriel investigates Mary’s blackmailer. Joining her: Francina Morake as Mma Ramotswe. She's looking for the late Yanga after seeing his classified ad.
Comments | 25 May 2021 15:54
CASTING Christopher Walken slums it on TV with Richard E. Grant in new Amazon Prime/BBC drama series The Offenders by Stephan Merchant (The Office). Follows seven strangers forced together for community service in Bristol. They must unite to protect one of their own from Bristol's most dangerous gang.
1 Comment | 24 May 2021 17:00
CASTING Thishiwe Ziqubu and Pierre Malherbe star in Tim Greene's latest lockdown movie The Fury. The scenario: avenging angel Zola captures the man she believes raped her sister and puts on a show-trial streamed live on social media. The public are the judge and jury, and she'll be the executioner if necessary.
1 Comment | 24 May 2021 16:08
CASTING Watch out Dineo! Lerato Zah (Muvhango, Gospel Gold) debuted on Legacy On Thursday as Msizi's wife Thandi. She confronts Dineo about her affair with Msizi and leaves Dineo shook.
1 Comment | 13 May 2021 17:11
CASTING Zola Nombona (Z'bondiwe, Lockdown) debuts on Generations: The Legacy on Friday 4 June as Pamela Khoza, Siyanda's (Kay Sibiya) estranged wife. Also an investigative journalist. Oozes sex appeal, a sharp tongue and wit. But Siyanda ain't laughing.
1 Comment | 13 May 2021 12:01
CASTING E! signs actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) as the channel's new red carpet host as Giuliana exits stage left.
Comments | 11 May 2021 12:59
CASTING Real Gold Diggers of Johannesburg star Lethabo 'Lejoy' Mathatho joins SABC2's current affairs show Leihlo La Sechaba as the new presenter from Monday 10 May (at 20h30).
Comments | 10 May 2021 11:53
CASTING Thandy Matlaila (The Queen, Tshisa) debuted on SABC2's Die Sentrum on Thursday 6 May as Buhle's older, entitled sister Bapsi, who has a drinking problem and an equally drunken boyfriend as her handbag. She worked hard to get Buhle through school and now she wants payback.
Comments | 06 May 2021 15:05
CASTING Zoe Saldana (Avatar, Rosemary's Baby) to play the lead role of Tembi in new Netflix series From Scratch, based on the memoir by Tembi Locke. Follows Tembi to Sicily as she begins piecing together her life after the death of her beloved Sicilian chef husband Saro, played Eugenio Mastrandrea (La Fuggitiva) in the series.
Comments | 13 Apr 2021 13:22
CASTING South African actor Sharlto Copley (Wikus in District 9) signed to Season 2 of Netflix "Groundhog Day" comedy Russian Doll.
Comments | 13 Apr 2021 13:03
CASTING Candice Modiselle (Generations, Impilo: The Scam) debuted on The Queen on Tuesday 13 April, in the role of Mbali Tau.
Comments | 12 Apr 2021 10:25
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
CASTING And the title role in uBettina Wethu, SABC1's version of comedy-drama Ugly Betty, has gone to... actress, MTV VJ and comedian Farieda Metsileng.
Comments | 11 Mar 2021 12:45
CASTING Socialite and reality TV personality Shauwn Mkhize to guest on Uzalo in the role of a wealthy, mystery woman involved in the purchase of Qhabanga's church.
Comments | 02 Mar 2021 10:47
CASTING TV newcomer Mathews Rantsoma debuted on Scandal! on Monday (1 March) in the role of Nhlamulo Maseko, a Forex trader with poetic lingo and the hots for Lindiwe (Nomvelo Makhanya). Things go from steamy to suspicious when Nhlamulo entangles Lindiwe and her mother in what seems to be a run-in with the law. This is Mathews' second role on TV. His first was a guest role on an episode of Gomora in 2020.
Comments | 01 Mar 2021 15:17
CASTING Pabi Moloi joins e.tv's The Morning Show as a headline anchor from Monday 1 March (06h00 - 08h30), alongside William Lehong and Nelisiwe Nxumalo. The channel's on a mission to push breakfast because they're launching a new-look Sandton-based studio too, with a kitchen and chat room, separate from the news room.
Comments | 24 Feb 2021 11:56
CASTING Moshidi Motshegwa (The River, The Lab) joins Isono in the recurring role of agenda-driven villainess Sarah. She's hired by Pastor Abiola (Anthony Oseyemi) who's going to see dead people when Sarah exacts her revenge. She debuts on Tuesday 23 February and will be on the show until November.
Comments | 22 Feb 2021 11:55
CASTING Craig Urbani (Ashes to Ashes, It's Complicated) debuted on Generations on Wednesday (17 February) in the guest role of Bruno, a wealthy business man looking for an ad agency to take his tobacco company to the next level. He's happy to pay big moolah to work with an agency that can find ways around tobacco promotion and approaches Tshidi (Letoya Makhene) with a proposal that's difficult to resist.
Comments | 17 Feb 2021 15:58
CASTING TV newcomers Leroy Siyafa and Katishcka Chanderlal signed to South African Netflix series Blood & Water for Season 2, along with Alzavia Abrahams (Arendsvlei). Leroy plays Sam, a new love interest in the Parkhurst after school scene. Katishcka and Alzavia play Pauline and Zayd, besties to Reece (Greteli Fincham), whose role has been increased. Returning cast includes Khosi Ngema, Ama Qamata, Natasha Thahane, Gail Mabalane, Cindy Mahlangu, Thabang Molaba, Arno Greeff, Mekaila Mathys and Dillon Windvogel.
Comments | 11 Feb 2021 12:25
CASTING Jacques De Silva (Isono, Grassroots) debuted on 7de Laan on Friday 5 February, in the role of Denzil Jonker, a recent divorcee who moves to Hillside in a quest to put his painful past behind him. Unfortunately for Denz, his good intentions are misunderstood by the Hillsiders.
Comments | 05 Feb 2021 15:32
CASTING Lesego “Coconut Kelz” Tlhabi, Mo Flava and Lootlove have been signed to Season 6 of Trending SA, replacing Elma Smit & Refiloe Mpakanyane. Also: MaBlerh's been promoted to headline host. He'll host daily and the newcomers rotate. Premiered Monday 8 February at 18h00.
Comments | 05 Feb 2021 15:22
CASTING Former Big Brother Mzansi housemate Mbali Nkosi (All Access, Rockville) signed as host for makeover show Shine Shine on DStv's new lifestyle channel HONEY (See deets below).
Comments | 03 Feb 2021 16:02
CASTING Anele Mdoda to co-host agony aunt talk show The buzz on DStv's new HONEY. Her co-hosts are: Pearl Umeh (Nigeria), Rachel Wakesho (Kenya), Zanna Katoka (DRC) and Davina Mavuwa (Zimbabwe). They help viewer’s with their dilemmas re-romance, health, side hustles, family and friends.
Comments | 03 Feb 2021 15:14
CASTING All star cast with Isidingo and Isibaya alumni to headline new SABC3 telenovela titled The Estate: Sdumo Mtshali, Jo-Anne Reyneke, Sparky Zulu, Linda Sebezo, Zenokuhle Maseko, Aubrey Poo, Don Mlangeni, Clementine Mosimane, Mpho Sibeko, Jacques Blignaut, Dineo Langa, Matli Mohapeloa, Nadia Valvekens, Carla Classan, Charlie Bouguenon and newcomer Penny Wolhuter. Premieres on 5 April at 19h00.
Comments | 29 Jan 2021 16:37
CASTING Leandie du Randt will be the host of Love Island South Africa, which debuts on M-Net on 28 Feb. Other presenting experience includes NAweek, Kom Ons Jol and Slank, all on kykNET.
Comments | 28 Jan 2021 16:34
CASTING Kenneth Branagh (Wallander, Hamlet, Othello) to play Boris Johnson in five-episode Sky Original series about the PM's handling of COVID.
Comments | 25 Jan 2021 15:22
CASTING ESPN signs comedian and accent fundi Tyson Ngubeni and his alter ego Bob O'Connor as the channel's special correspondent. He'll be sharing insights to help South Africans better understand American sports. O'Connor's backstory: he believes he could have been a professional athlete if it were not for an injury caused by stubbing his toe at his high school graduation. He's been stationed in South Africa since 2018.
1 Comment | 25 Jan 2021 13:41
CASTING New schlebs on Season 2 of E!'s Celebrity Game Night include Thando Thabethe, Natasha Thahane, Thembi Seete, Amanda Black, Warren Masemola, Loyiso Gola, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Celeste Ntuli, Donovan Goliath, Kwesta, Riky Rick, Lasizwe, Refilwe Modiselle and Unathi uWeepy. Jason Goliath and Ayanda Thabethe return as team captains, with Anele as host. Premieres Sunday 7 February at 20h00.
Comments | 22 Jan 2021 18:39
CASTING Radio presenter and eNuus anchor Sue Pyler and former Binnelanders star Pietie Beyers (Siende Blinde, Scandal!) headline the dubbing cast of eExtra's new Afrikaans-dubbed novela As Die Skoen Pas. They voice the protagonist roles of Defne and Ömer. Other voices include Henrietta Gryffenberg (Die Sonkring, Binnelanders), Anton Dekker (Skeem Saam, Die Sonkring), Kaz McFadden (Egoli, Swartwater), Francois Stemmet (Wielie Walie, Swartwater) and Rina Nienaber (Getroud met Rugby, Skwizas).
Comments | 14 Jan 2021 16:18
CASTING Former OPW presenter Phumeza Mdabe (Sokhulu & Partners, Heist, Unmarried) to host new Mzansi Magic reality show Abandoned. Orphans who were abandoned in places like parks, commuter stations or at orphanages are assisted in finding their biological mothers or fathers. Premieres Tuesday 19 January at 20h00.
1 Comment | 13 Jan 2021 14:18
CASTING Former Uzalo star Kay Sibiya debuted on Generations on Tuesday 12 January in the lead role of Siyanda, Jack Mabaso's (Vusi Kunene) long lost, principled younger brother.
Comments | 13 Jan 2021 12:02
CASTING Newcomer Bontle Rampa debuted on Muvhango last week in the role of Mmagauta "Bubbles" Mosipidi, an ambitious, in-your-face, 28-year-old front desk assistant, who takes herself and the world seriously. Her only ambition in life: to go far. BUT what does this mean exactly?
1 Comment | 08 Jan 2021 16:58
CASTING Catherine Zeta-Jones (Ocean's 12, Traffic) slums it on TV again, this time on Season 2 of Hannibal knock-off Prodigal Son. She plays Dr Vivian Capshaw, Claremont Psychiatric's resident MD who enters in the later half of the season. Season 2 debuts in the US on 12 January.
Comments | 08 Jan 2021 16:27
CASTING Kamo Letsosa (Greed & Desire, T.O.M.z) debuted on Muvhango this week as KK's black-lipstick'ed overlord Master. Her task: to reveal his dark side. Bwahahahaha.
1 Comment | 08 Jan 2021 16:19
CASTING And the cast for The Real Gold Diggers....oops! we mean Housewives of Durban are... Kgomotso Ndungane: wife of former Sharks and Springbok winger Odwa Ndungane, Ayanda Ncwane: widow to the late gospel singer Sfiso Ncwane, Nonkanyiso Conco: Jacob Zuma's ex and baby mama, Annie Ludick: wife to entertainment celeb Kgolo 'Daguru' Mthembu and owner of Annaesthetic beauty salon, Sorisha Naidoo: wife to businessman Vivian Reddy, former actress and Diva of Jozi; and Nonku Williams: founder of Ashes to Beauty Winery. Premieres on 1Magic on Friday 29 January at 19h00.
3 Comments | 05 Jan 2021 13:14
CASTING Isono introduces four new characters for a story arc about the complicated world of prison. They are: Jack Devnarain (isidingo, Imbewu) as gangster Hashmi, Roderick Jaftha (Villa Rosa, Generations) as racist warden Diedericks, Craig Palm (Yizo Yizo, Zone 14) as gang leader Numbers and Jaques de Silva (High Rollers) as Josey, a non-violent credit card fraudster.
Comments | 21 Dec 2020 14:05

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