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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
COOL Home Channel favourite Tanya Visser hosts new show The Gardener & Friends, with DIY projects including how to grow your own veggies. Yay. For novice and experienced gardeners. Has a gardening gadgets segment which hopefully won't be advertiser funded. NOT yay if it is. Premieres Tuesday 5 Spring at 21h00.
Comments | 26 Jul 2023 16:23
COOL Six part biopic Nkalakatha: the Life of Mandoza to premiere on BET on 16 August at 21h00, starring Wiseman Mcube as the late Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala aka kwaito muso Mandoza. Lorraine Moropa portrays his wife Mpho, who co-produces. Mandoza died in September 2016 after battling a brain tumour. He was 38. >>
3 Comments | 18 Jul 2023 14:48
COOL The Home Channel gets a swish of paint with a new logo as it goes HD. See comments for the old, older and the new. >>
1 Comment | 21 Jun 2023 18:38
COOL SA dancer Musa Motha made the final of Britain's Got Talent on Tuesday 29 May. He placed 1st in the Semi Finals. Musa's left leg was amputated after a cancer diagnosis and his friends taught him to dance. He went on to train at the Vuyani Dance Theatre in Joziburg, moved to the UK in 2021 and dances for the Rambert dance company in London. >>
1 Comment | 30 May 2023 17:11
COOL Setswana documentary Nkashi: Race for the Okavango premieres on Nat Geo Wild on Saturday 24 June at 18h00. A collab between Batswana filmmakers and National Geographic, it features music by South African musician Marcia Buwa and Motswana muso Thato Kavinja. Showcases the wonder of the Okavango Delta and Botswana. >>
2 Comments | 22 May 2023 12:26
COOL New All Stars season of ITV's I'm a Celebrity reality low premiered in the UK on 24 April titled I'm a Celebrity... South Africa. Filmed in Kruger, Mzansi for the first time in its 22 seasons so far. Was mostly set in New South Wales, Australia before. Comeback "schlebs" include Janice-trout-pout-Dickinson, Royal whistleblower Paul Burrell, Diversity dancer Jordan Banjo and former pro boxer Amir Khan. >>
1 Comment | 26 Apr 2023 15:18
COOL DStv releases second trailer for historical epic Shaka iLembe in the build-up to its premiere on Mzansi Magic on Sunday 18 June at 20h00. See comments for both. >>
1 Comment | 24 Apr 2023 18:28
COOL Paramount launches online shop with TV show merchandise including Survivor buffs, jackets from terrorific Yellowjackets and pendants with that weird symbol. Pricey, in dollars, but we'd be happy to save up for some of the stuff. Browse here: Precursor to the launch of Paramount+ streaming service in South Africa we presume.
1 Comment | 06 Apr 2023 10:43
COOL The fifth and final season of the giggle-fest The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel loads on Amazon Prime on 14 April. We wish it wasn't the last!
Comments | 21 Mar 2023 14:10
COOL Sipho Mbele's first starring role on TV was on SABC1's isiNdebele series iKani in 2018 and now he's starring in Mzansi Magic's new isiNdebele series Komkhulu. He plays village headman Hlangabeza, embroiled in a power struggle over a chiefdom with his nephew Chief Masoso. Premieres Sunday 9 April at 20h00.>>
1 Comment | 17 Mar 2023 13:17
COOL Artist Dbongz Mahlati creates street art mural for new season of Star Wars: The Mandalorian, currently streaming on Disney+. His brief: to bring The Mandalorian to life while representing South Africa. It's located at Kingsmead College on Oxford Road, next to the Gautrain station in Rosebank, Joziburg. Pix in the comments >>
2 Comments | 14 Mar 2023 15:32
COOL New Telemundo series Until Money Do Us Part is written by Fernando Gaitán, original creator of Ugly Betty. Premieres 27 March at 20h00.
Comments | 21 Feb 2023 11:41
COOL Disney+ to premiere six part series of the Charles Dickens' classic Great Expectations on 26 March, starring Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham. It's made by FX and the BBC and will stream on Hulu in the US and Disney+ in South Africa.>>
1 Comment | 09 Feb 2023 12:10
COOL Zakes Bantwini, Wouter Kellerman and Nomcebo Zikode won the Grammy for Best Global Music Performance for their track Bayethe in the early hours of Monday 6 February.
Comments | 06 Feb 2023 11:54
COOL SpongeBob SquarePants and his aquatic pals now speak isiZulu. The series has been dubbed by Nickelodeon Africa, with English subtitles, and premieres on NickToons (DStv 308) on Monday 5 December at 07h30 and 15h00. New eps air weekly at these times. Take a first listen with the trailer. >>
1 Comment | 30 Nov 2022 09:47
COOL Did you know? 21 November is World Television Day, according to a United Nations proclamation made in 1996 "in recognition of the increasing impact television has on the process of decision-making." >>
1 Comment | 21 Nov 2022 16:49
COOL UFOs. True or not? HISTORY explores UFO and alien cover-ups, myths and sightings in November with three documentaries that have different perspectives. Keep a lookout in TVSA's daily New Shows and Seasons for details on each one.
Comments | 02 Nov 2022 13:02
COOL M. Night Shyamalan's Servant returns to Apple TV+ for the fourth and final season on Friday the 13th of January 2023. As the Turner family brownstone home continues to crumble, questions are finally answered (yay!): who is Leanne Grayson and who is the child in their home? >>
1 Comment | 27 Oct 2022 16:50
COOL New maskandi music drama series uZulu no Mhlaba premieres on Mzansi Magic on Sunday 30 October at 20h00. Two maskandi artists engage in a brutal feud over music - only to discover they're more closely linked than they could have imagined. Newcomers Aphiwe Bengu and Ntokozo Vilakazi star as Zulu and Mhlaba. Cast includes Ernest Ndlovu, Ayanda Borotho (Ngubane), Nothando Ngcobo, Phumzile Mlangeni and maskandi artist Ihhashi Elimhlophe. >>
2 Comments | 21 Oct 2022 19:11
COOL Deon Meyer lives the dream as a writer whose books are adapted into TV series. Orion, Trackers and now Devil's Peak. It's currently filming in Cape Town with a cast that includes Sisanda Henna, Hilton Pelser, Tarryn Wyngaard, Masasa Mbangeni and Shamilla Miller. Premieres on M-Net in 2023. >>
2 Comments | 06 Oct 2022 18:47
COOL My Kitchen Rules SA Season 1 winner Jamandi Bekker's using her win for entrepreneurial endeavours. She's hosting themed dinner evenings at homes in the Overberg. Coming up in October: a Mexican night in Onrus, with scrumptious looking food. >>
1 Comment | 14 Sep 2022 17:15
COOL Did you know? and eExtra are available to stream live on eVOD during loadshedding evenings, between 17h00 and 22h00.
1 Comment | 31 Aug 2022 15:33
COOL SuperSport's pulling out all the stops for its first broadcast of the Comrades on Sunday 28 August. 36 cameras, six motorbikes, a helicopter, 120 technical staff and a rig car with a specially adapted low-light camera to be used before sunrise. The 13-hour broadcast starts at 05h00, with six commentators, including nine-time winner Bruce Fordyce and former women’s champion Helen Lucre.
Comments | 27 Aug 2022 16:21
COOL 1830s shero Anne Lister returns to M-Net for Season 2 of Gentleman Jack on Tuesday 9 August at 22h30. The season deals with her passionate, conflicted relationships with her lovers Ann Walker and Mariana Lawton, her aging elders, her properties, business and politics.
Comments | 03 Aug 2022 12:40
COOL TV adaptation of Graham Norton's first novel premieres on BritBox on Thursday 11 August. It's titled Holding and described as a darkly comic murder mystery. Stars Conleth Hill (Lord Varys on Game of Thrones) as a comfort-eating village policeman who hides from his community until he's called on to solve a serious crime when the body of a local legend surfaces.>>
1 Comment | 01 Aug 2022 17:29
COOL HBO releases dragon sim in the build-up to House of the Dragon debut on 21 August. Hatch your own dragon and raise him/her/they. It's titled House of the Dragon: DracARys - available in app stores. >>
2 Comments | 26 Jul 2022 10:05
COOL Apple TV+ to create drama series Ferrari, about entrepreneur and racing driver Enzo Ferrari. Inspired by the novel Ferrari Rex by Luca Dal Monte. Produced by Italian filmmakers Lorenzo Mieli and Nicola Giuliano.
1 Comment | 21 Jul 2022 14:26
COOL South African stunt woman Fleur van Eeden to be interviewed on SABC2's revival of DEKATV on Wednesday 20 July at 19h30. TV shows and films she's stunted in include Mad Max: Fury Road, Homeland, The Philanthropist and Black Sails.
Comments | 18 Jul 2022 16:28
COOL Three African scientists awarded the 2022 National Geographic Wayfarer Award that honours groundbreaking exploration of the animal kingdom. They are: deep sea researcher Zoleka Filander (South Africa), lion whisperer Resson Kantai Duff (Kenya) and shark fundi Gibbs Kuguru, also from Kenya.14 people awarded in total from round the world.
1 Comment | 01 Jun 2022 17:14
COOL This quote from Lost in Space 3... by Smith to Robot: "Whatever you've done in the past doesn't matter, only what you do next and right now getting Will to Alpha Centauri is the only thing that matters."
Comments | 20 Apr 2022 16:35
COOL This quote from terrorific series Yellow Jackets... by Natalie to her boyfriend about his questionable perspective on girls: "The 50s called. They want your dumb ass attitude back."
Comments | 19 Apr 2022 18:38
COOL Local production house Rebelintown inks deal with international producer and distributor Banijay for the rights to the format of The Coolest OGs, which aired on SABC2. Deal means international producers can create their own version of the show. It's been renamed Still Got It! and the format remains the same: people aged 60 to 80 compete in a series of fun and unexpected challenges with the help of the Gen Z crowd. A cash prize for the winner.
Comments | 11 Mar 2022 12:52
COOL Thuso Mbedu wins the 2022 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Performance in a New Scripted Series for her role as Cora in The Underground Railroad. The Spirit Awards are dedicated to independent filmmakers and were held on Sunday 6 March in Santa Monica.
1 Comment | 07 Mar 2022 10:43
COOL Comic Con Africa 2022 to introduce StreetCon element described as a collaboration between urban and pop culture. Will include streetwear, accessories, tattoo artists and street art in a street artist alley. Festival takes place from 22 to 25 September at the Johannesburg Expo Centre.
Comments | 03 Mar 2022 10:58
COOL New Star Wars spin-off series Obi-Wan Kenobi premieres on Disney+ on 25 May, starring Ewan McGregor who reprises his role as the Jedi Master. The streamer launches in South Africa in winter so we'll see it.
Comments | 14 Feb 2022 17:34
COOL Nat Geo Wild's 2022 Big Cat Month celebrates films by South African filmmaking team Dereck and Beverly Joubert, husband and wife. Line-up features 11 big cat specials, airing on Saturdays and Sundays at 18h00 and 18h45, from 5 February. Includes their first film on cheetahs starring Immani and her four new cubs. Keep a watch on TVSA's New on TV Today for details on each one.
1 Comment | 02 Feb 2022 15:55
COOL Timothy Olyphant revives his role as Raylan Givens for limited series Justified: City Primeval. Action picks up eight years after Justified with Raylan relocated in Miami, balancing life as a U.S. Marshal and part-time father of a 14-year-old girl. A chance encounter sends him to Detroit. Inspired by Elmore Leonard's novel City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit.
1 Comment | 17 Jan 2022 10:52
COOL The world's most terrifying TV game Alan Wake lands sequel. Alan Wake 2. Coming in 2023. We're too scared to watch the trailer. >>
1 Comment | 10 Dec 2021 10:41
COOL KZN Film Commission launched the Audio Description Initiative on Thursday (2 December) to coincide with International Day of People with Disabilities. Audio Description is a form of narration used to describe key visual elements in a media work for blind and visually impaired people. They launched with audio described films that screened at the commission's cinemas.
Comments | 06 Dec 2021 17:29
COOL Tony Kgoroge to star opposite Battlestar Galactica star Maria Doyle Kennedy in new M-Net / AMC Networks TV series Recipes for Love and Murder. Maria plays a small-town recipe advice columnist who investigates the murder of one of her correspondents and Tony plays Khaya Meyer, the local Chief Detective. Directors are David Isaacs (Swartwater, Joe Barber) and Christiaan Olwagen (Kanarie, Poppie Nongena). Principal photography underway. Premieres March 2022.
Comments | 19 Nov 2021 11:38
COOL Thuso Mbedu wins TV Breakout Star Award for her role as Cora on The Underground Railroad at first Hollywood Critics Award ceremony. Event was virtual and streamed on Facebook and YouTube.
1 Comment | 30 Aug 2021 09:40
COOL Netflix to release Michael Schumacher documentary on 15 September, 30 years after his entry into Formula 1. Gives insight into Schumacher as a person through interviews with his wife Corinna, their children Gina and Mick; and his past peers and opponents. It's the only documentary to be endorsed by his family.
Comments | 02 Aug 2021 17:35
COOL Did you see? secretly teased an episode of new series Voëlvry on Friday 9 July at 17h30, as a filler before the Deur Dik en Dun 3 premiere on Monday. TVSA reader Ponti Miras spotted it and watched. tells us it's starting later this year. See comments for Ponti's review >>
1 Comment | 13 Jul 2021 16:52
COOL Everyone wants one. An inheritance. But what happens when you don't get what's rightfully yours? New series Unefa! solves the problem by hooking-up people with their unclaimed inheritances. Host: Motlatsi Mafatshe. Premieres on 1Magic on Saturday 3 July at 20h30 and Mzansi Magic on Wednesday 7 July at 20h00.
Comments | 23 Jun 2021 12:31
COOL Taraji P. Henson (Empire) to play queen of mean Miss Hannigan in TV production of Annie by NBC. They're staging the play for TV and it's airing live so it's a theatre show but not in-the-flesh. Annie's being cast via open castings across the US.
Comments | 09 Jun 2021 11:05
COOL Shanola Hampton ("V" on Shameless) signs multi-project deal with NBCUniversal to develop and star in TV and streaming series for the platform. First up: a starring role as Monique Wallace in a pilot Dangerous Moms, which she's producing too. Four mothers accidentally kill the queen bee of their school's PTA.
Comments | 07 Jun 2021 12:26
COOL See Thuso Mbedu in her first studio interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week >>
1 Comment | 06 Jun 2021 13:40
COOL Survivor SA Season 8 to air on Australian streamer 10 Play at the same time as its run in South Africa. Premieres on M-Net on Thursday 3 June at 19h30 and loads on 10 Play the same day.
Comments | 31 May 2021 16:34
COOL SuperSport launches the DStv Schools Netball Challenge for 16-to-19-year-olds who play netball at school. The aim: to give up-and-coming female sports stars a platform to shine and be noticed by sporting scouts. Starts in May with local inter-school leagues and ends in August with a national championship playoff.
Comments | 11 May 2021 16:24


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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