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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
COOL Thuso Mbedu to star opposite Viola Davis in historical epic movie The Woman King. It's inspired by true events and tells the story of an all-female military unit in The Kingdom of Dahomey, a powerful African state in the 18th and 19th centuries.
1 Comment | 29 Apr 2021 10:43
COOL Former Shift presenter and celebrity poultry farmer Kamo Bombe to host new season of SABC2's Living Land. The focus: the next gen and their role in agriculture and food security. Why? Apparently the average age of farmers across the world is 50 to 60. Premiered Saturday 1 May at 13h30.
1 Comment | 28 Apr 2021 14:59
COOL Amazon Prime releases first official trailer for The Underground Railroad, starring our Thuso Mbedu in the lead role of Cora Randall. Loads 14 May.
1 Comment | 16 Apr 2021 16:08
COOL People's Weather channel premieres its second original series 400 Frogs on Saturday 20 March at 18h00, to coincide with World Frog Day. Amphibian crusaders set out to release a critically endangered species of frogs into their natural environment.
Comments | 16 Mar 2021 16:37
COOL A first look at Season 3 of the sporting docu-reality series Drive to Survive. Loads on Netflix on Friday 19 March. >>
1 Comment | 09 Mar 2021 12:48
COOL See Thuso Mbedu as lead character Cora Randall in the first trailer for Barry Jenkins' The Underground Railroad. Loads on Amazon Prime on 14 May. >>
1 Comment | 26 Feb 2021 13:02
COOL Showtime greenlights Ray Donovan feature film, co-written by series star Liev Schreiber and showrunner David Hollander. It picks up where Season 7 left off, with Mickey in the wind and Ray determined to find and stop him before he can cause any more carnage. It also covers the present-day fallout from the Donovan/Sullivan feud with Ray and Mickey's origin story from 30 years ago. Filming takes place in New York later this year.
Comments | 25 Feb 2021 10:00
COOL Season 3 of the F1 docu-reality show Drive to Survive loads on Netflix on Friday 19 March. Covers the 2020 season amidst Covid. A must-see for F1 and reality TV fans.
Comments | 22 Feb 2021 12:24
COOL "Colonel Mustard...In the Conservatory...With the lead pipe." FOX and toy company Hasbro have teamed-up to create an animated series of the iconic board game Cluedo.
Comments | 15 Feb 2021 16:29
COOL FOX signs deal with Community creator Dan Harmon for new animated series set in mythical, ancient Greece. Will premiere in 2022.
Comments | 09 Feb 2021 09:40
COOL Betty White (The Golden Girls, Boston Legal, Hot in Cleveland) turned 99 on Sunday, 17 January.
1 Comment | 18 Jan 2021 15:12
COOL The Trevor Gumbi/Tiffany Barbuzano comedy-drama Sober Companion premieres on Netflix on 28 January. It first debuted on SABC3 in 2018 and follows lead character Trevor as he guides a variety of addicts on the path to rehabilitation, while putting his own sobriety in jeopardy. Cast includes Chris Beasley (Isidingo), actor and musician Kabomo Vilakazi, comedienne Tumi Morake and City Ses'la star Meren Reddy.
Comments | 13 Jan 2021 13:51
COOL Season 8 of Survivor SA: Immunity Island to be set in South Africa for the first time in the history of the franchise. The location: the Eastern Cape Wild Coast. Filming wrapped last week. Nico Panagio returns to host for a June 2021 premiere. See comments for location snaps>>
1 Comment | 21 Dec 2020 13:41
COOL National Geographic to follow NASA's next trip to the moon through print, digital and TV coverage. Codename: The Artemis Programme. Special feature: a woman will step on the moon for the first time. The TV series titled Return to the Moon will film in 4K resolution over four years - from now to launch - with footage from NASA included.
Comments | 10 Dec 2020 11:09
COOL South African cyclist Ashley Mulman Pasio wins first ever eSports World Championships in the womens division, cycling virtually on a training bike attached to the Zwift game platform. Race aired live on SuperSport. See comments for pics of her in the real world and in the game world>>
1 Comment | 09 Dec 2020 18:54
COOL Vikings creator Michael Hirst to executively produce new bubonic plague miniseries for History Channel titled The Plague Year. Tells the story of one of the worst outbreaks of the plague in London in 1665.
Comments | 02 Dec 2020 13:14
COOL M-Net City to air full series binge of HBO's Sopranos, Seasons 1 to 6, weekdays from Monday, 23 November at 22h30.
Comments | 23 Nov 2020 13:11
COOL Amazon Prime Video to stream Coming to America 2 ft. Nomzamo Mbatha in 240 countries and territories from Friday, 5 March 2021.
Comments | 23 Nov 2020 12:36
COOL Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto headlines Disney Junior's new India-inspired animated fairytale Mira, Royal Detective. Freida voices Queen Shanti who hires pint-sized Mira as her detective after Mira solves a mystery that saves the kingdom's prince. Newcomer Leela Ladnier voices Mira. Airs at 18h00 weekdays from Monday, 9 November. See comments for trailer>>
1 Comment | 27 Oct 2020 18:07
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
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
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
COOL Chris Rock headlines new, fourth season of Fargo as Loy Cannon, head of an African American crime syndicate who sends his son to live with the head of the Italian Mafia as part of a peace deal. Yip, he gets a mafia son in return. Other cast includes Timothy Olyphant (Justified). Season premiered on FX this week. Local premiere date unconfirmed.
Comments | 29 Sep 2020 16:09
COOL Illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine flies over Arizona with 52-helium filled balloons. See vid in the comments>>
1 Comment | 03 Sep 2020 12:17
COOL SABC1 coming-of-age boxing drama JAB now available on Netflix.
1 Comment | 28 Aug 2020 11:31
COOL New five-part SA rugby documentary Chasing the Sun to premiere on M-Net on Sunday, 27 September at 18h00. It follows the story of the team's journey to victory at the 2019 World Cup.
1 Comment | 19 Aug 2020 14:55
COOL Encounters Film Festival to take place online between 20 and 30 August, free of charge on a donation basis. Festival line-up and booking info. on their website:
Comments | 17 Aug 2020 13:31
COOL Back! Survivor creator Mark Burnett reboots hard-core, foot breaking soul tester Eco-Challenge with 66 teams racing in Fiji, hosted by the Bear (Grylls). Now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Comments | 17 Aug 2020 12:39
COOL Did you know? If you tap the title tab of these TV News Shorts e.g. Castings, Show News, Cool etc (on the left<<) you can see all the headlines in the category across time.
Comments | 17 Aug 2020 11:55
COOL Actor Jim Belushi lands new reality show on Discovery Channel about his legal cannabis farm in Oregon. Series title: Growing Belushi. South African broadcast unconfirmed but hopefully.
Comments | 01 Aug 2020 13:10
COOL South African celebrity chef Zola Nene (Expresso) to headline the premiere episode of Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted 2, filmed in KZN. Zola shares Zulu culinary techniques with Gordon. Premieres on National Geographic on Wednesday, 26 August at 21h00.
Comments | 29 Jul 2020 15:33
COOL Family Feud SA goes international in August when it loads on Netflix on Friday, 14 August 2020.
2 Comments | 28 Jul 2020 10:51
COOL Apple gives a series order to South African author Lauren Beukes for her book Shining Girls. Starring: Elisabeth Moss, who also produces along with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way Productions.
Comments | 24 Jul 2020 16:33
COOL SABC3 to debut a new concept series provisionally titled Insider SA (name might change). It takes viewers through South Africa’s neighbourhoods, meeting the "makers and shakers" who breathe life into their community... insiders who live, work and create in each place. Premiere date: Tuesday, 4 August at 19h30.
Comments | 25 Jun 2020 16:39
COOL Season 5 of Billions to premiere on M-Net on Tuesday, 9 June at 22h00, followed by the eighth and final season of Homeland on Thursday, 11 June at 21h00.
Comments | 28 May 2020 11:30
COOL Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk (who started his career as a writer) launches his own production company Cal-Gold Pictures. Signs a first-look deal with Sony Pictures TV.
Comments | 16 Apr 2020 13:54
COOL Daily exercise classes now available on Superport Blitz (Channel 200), starring Virgin Active instructors. Classes air at 08h00 and 17h00 daily (from 16 April). They cater to any level of fitness apparently, by adjusting each movement. Also available on Catch-Up.
Comments | 15 Apr 2020 16:24
COOL New Jerry Seinfeld comedy special 23 Hours to Kill premieres globally on Netflix on Tuesday, 5 May 2020.
Comments | 14 Apr 2020 10:54
COOL DJ's pH and Shimza host virtual Lockdown parties on Channel O on Fridays and Saturdays at 18h00. They spin the decks until midnight with DJ pals as guests e.g Zinhle, Maphorisa and Fresh. Party tag: #LockdownHouseParty
Comments | 29 Mar 2020 13:48
COOL Showtime releases fifth trailer for Billions 5, complete with sound effect subtitles and a carniverous monster moment - from both Ax and Wendy.
2 Comments | 23 Mar 2020 15:28
COOL The Affair's Maura Tierney (Helen) signed to Showtime's new series Rust - about the rusty, shattered American dream of characters out of a Tennessee Williams/Sam Shepard play.
1 Comment | 06 Mar 2020 16:22
COOL Township boxing flik Knuckle City - co-produced by Mzansi Magic Movies - opens at cinemas this Friday, 28 February 2020.
1 Comment | 28 Feb 2020 17:30
COOL The Child is Here. Disney's released a plush toy of the cutest kid in the world, the mysterious Child on The Mandalorian. Tap the comments box for pics...
3 Comments | 24 Feb 2020 09:55
COOL Springfield comes to life in new Simpsons theme park.
Comments | 16 May 2015 18:03
COOL A thorough listing of recently cancelled and renewed shows across US networks.
Comments | 12 May 2015 14:46


New on TV today: Sunday 13 June

For Real: The Story of Reality TV starts on E! and two WWII docs air on HISTORY.

New on TV today: Saturday 12 June

HISTORY reveals Legends of the Pharaohs and The Last O.G. returns to Vuzu.

Elif 2 Teasers - July 2021

Arzu might get out of jail sooner than she thinks. Also, things are getting worse for Veysel.

Generations: The Legacy Teasers - July 2021

Loneliness leads to dating apps and hook-ups.

New on TV today: Friday 11 June

SABC2 offers up a Comedy Mixtape and comedy-drama Better Things starts on S3.

Recap - Survivor SA: Immunity Island Episode 2

From a wasted reward to an exploding neck to the role of luck... the latest episode unpacked.

Top Shows on TV: May 2021

The SAFTAs hits a critical low and the Kwaito/John shocker turbo-boosts Skeem Saam by over 700,000 viewers.

Days of Our Lives Teasers - July 2021

An APB causes Ben to have hallucinations while he keeps Ciara at a hideout.

New on TV today: Thursday 10 June

Comedy-drama thriller Killing Eve debuts on S3 and legal drama The Split returns to M-Net.

False Identity 2 Teasers - July 2021

The latest teasers for the new season ahead of its premiere on Monday 21 June.


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