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CHANNEL NEWS SABC2 to air inaugural Robben Island Memorial Run on Saturday 2 December from 08h00 to 11h00 (live). A joint venture between the Robben Island Museum, SABC and Western Province Athletics. The theme: Celebrating 60 years of Sobukwe and Mandela. Muvhango omnibus moves to 11h00.
Comments | 28 Nov 2023 11:44
CHANNEL NEWS Community station One Freestate TV launches on DStv 264 on Thursday 16 November, on all bouquets from Premium to EasyView. Free State based. Programming includes entertainment, information, education, local culture and community engagement. In Sesotho and English.
Comments | 13 Nov 2023 12:16
CHANNEL NEWS New Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish novela Skerpioen (Scorpion) replaces Verbode Liefde on kykNET & Kie once it ends on 28 November. Abandoned daughter Ferda stings her mother who deserted her by having an affair with her mother's son-in-law i.e. her sister's husband. Her sister who wasn't abandoned. Premieres Wednesday 29 November at 20h00.
Comments | 10 Nov 2023 10:26
CHANNEL NEWS New, local youth channel Play Room launches on DStv 300 on Monday 6 November at 15h00, debuting with multilingual studio show Play Room Live! for tweens and teens. Morning programming caters to 4 to 6-year-olds. Channel includes animated international series dubbed into isiZulu. It replaces Da Vinci. >>
1 Comment | 06 Nov 2023 11:03
CHANNEL NEWS Honey Channel to shut down on DStv on 31 October. If only it was the end of Moja Love! - the Trash TV channel that gives a voice to convicted criminals.
2 Comments | 14 Oct 2023 11:10
CHANNEL NEWS Planet Earth returns to BBC Earth for Season 3 in the new year with six of the eight episodes filmed in Africa, including South Africa. News was announced in a companion document from the BBC's Spring Upfronts in Joziburg on Thursday 28 September.
Comments | 02 Oct 2023 15:40
CHANNEL NEWS S3 to air The Elon Musk Show from Monday 30 October at 21h00 and no, it isn't a talk show hosted by him which was our first impression. It's a documentary series about his rise (get your mind out of the gutter). Features people who know him blathering about him. Aired on M-Net in December.
Comments | 28 Sep 2023 16:26
CHANNEL NEWS Three part limited series JFK: One Day in America to air on National Geographic in November to mark 60 years since his assassination. Described as a "minute-by-minute examination of that pivotal day", features colorized footage including Lee Harvey Oswald in police custody and when he was shot. Premieres Sunday 5 November at 21h00 with two episodes, eps 3 airs the Monday after. >>
1 Comment | 21 Sep 2023 16:08
CHANNEL NEWS Cheaters and Uyajola 9/9 get the scripted drama treatment on Mzansi Magic with Icala from Monday 9 October at 20h00. A man who thinks he's going to die tells his loving wife about the child he's fathered with someone else and then... he lives. His wife exacts what's described as "spine-chilling revenge". We're picturing Kathy Bates in Misery. Stars Lerato Mvelase and Bheki Sibiya. >>
1 Comment | 14 Sep 2023 16:58
CHANNEL NEWS Telemundo premieres its first Turkish novela on 23 October at 21h00, once Nurses 4 ends. Title: Cennet - The Power of Destiny, based on the K-drama Tears of Heaven. Cennet was abandoned by her mother as a newborn and is reunited with her when she grows up. An unfortunate turn of events for Cennet as her jealous mother embarks on a mission to get rid of her again.
Comments | 13 Sep 2023 17:48
CHANNEL NEWS OpenView's eXposed (the channel formerly known as eRewind) will now be known as eSeries. Line-up remains the same as it's been (international sitcoms, procedurals, dramas, reality), although it initially launched as a "raw and unfiltered" lifestyle entertainment channel with content from Vice TV/Viceland.
Comments | 11 Sep 2023 15:10
CHANNEL NEWS Another DStv channel extends to additional bouquets. This time it's E! Entertainment (124), now available on Access. Next: they need to bring back snarky, humorous commentary on pop culture, on E! News espesh. News is serious enough as it is, we don't need to smother our entertainment with it.
Comments | 07 Sep 2023 10:55
CHANNEL NEWS Hectic Nine-9 now back on SABC2 suddenly, with three new presenters: Anathi Godlo and Amanda Masilela, from Cape Town, and Mpilo Ntanzi from Durbs. Former Hectic on 3 presenter Dante Poole also hosts. Series last aired in May 2022. New season airs Tuesdays to Thursdays at 16h30.
Comments | 06 Sep 2023 18:01
CHANNEL NEWS Rhythm World-produced novela My Brother's Keeper to replace Gomora on Mzansi Magic once it ends. Prospective Walk of Fame recipient Wiseman Mncube stars as Nqubeko, an outsider son who attracts the wrath of his four half-brothers when he goes after his brother's widow on a quest for power. Premieres Monday 23 October at 19h30. 130 eps. >>
1 Comment | 31 Aug 2023 14:04
CHANNEL NEWS Amapiano drama series Kokota replaces Shaka iLembe on Mzansi Magic after it ends. Former YoTV presenter and House of Zwide actor Thato Dithebe headlines as a preacher's son who wants to be an Amapiano star despite his parent's disapproval. He's joined by his buddies and brother, played by Thabang Lefoa. Premieres 10 September at 20h00, half hour eps. >>
1 Comment | 30 Aug 2023 14:41
CHANNEL NEWS Lord of the Skies returns to Telemundo on Monday 2 October and NOT for a repeat but a new season. Season 8. And Aurelio Casillas is alive. The DEA has him and are hiding him in the desert - they're the only ones who know he's still alive. He enacts his plan of revenge, establishes connections with old allies, faces new romances and uncovers family mysteries.
Comments | 28 Aug 2023 10:33
CHANNEL NEWS Zee zips up new channel titled Zee Zonke with Zee shows dubbed into isiZulu. Zooms to life on Monday 28 Auguzt on DStv 169, from Premium to Accezz.
Comments | 23 Aug 2023 12:40
CHANNEL NEWS BBC Lifestyle (174) expands to DStv's Family bouquet on 1 September and BBC UKTV (134) extends to Compact (been on Easy View, Access and Family until now). Also, BBC shows will be on Catch-Up longer, availability increases from 30 to 60 days. From 1 September too. PS: We've said it before and we'll say it again - if only all channels were available on ONE bouquet with sport as an added extra.
Comments | 23 Aug 2023 09:52
CHANNEL NEWS Maisha Magic Movies to shut down in South Africa on DStv 141 on 31 August. The one viewer who watched this channel will have to go elsewhere.
Comments | 22 Aug 2023 12:32
CHANNEL NEWS Disney Channel debuts animated series Kiff by South African animators Lucy Heavens and Nic Smal, inspired by the people and places they experienced growing up in Cape Town. Follows optimistic squirrel Kiff and her chill bunny bestie Barry. 11 eps in total. Premieres Monday 21 August at 16h30. >>
1 Comment | 21 Aug 2023 15:17
CHANNEL NEWS HISTORY to cover British colonialism in South Africa with documentary The Boer War and four part series Why Does Everyone Hate the British Empire? - hosted by British comedian AI Murray who goes on a road trip with Loyiso Gola in Episode 1. Other countries featured in later eps: the Caribbean, Australia and India. From 28 October.
Comments | 15 Aug 2023 15:25
CHANNEL NEWS WildEarth interactive safari channel roams DStv Access too, from Tuesday 15 August, channel 183. Features rangers hobnobbing with wild animals who don't attack them. Includes live crossovers at sunset, sunrise and to watering holes. Viewers can ask questions answered in real time.
Comments | 14 Aug 2023 17:03
CHANNEL NEWS Three new Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish novelas premiere on eExtra this month: Winter Son on 9 August at 19h00, Chrysalis on 23 August at 20h00 and Ramo on 31 August at 21h00. Keep a lookout on TVSA for deets on each. Kuiertyd moves half an hour earlier, from 18h00 to 22h00.
Comments | 04 Aug 2023 10:46
CHANNEL NEWS African anthology Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire bounces to Disney Channel in August after debuting on Disney+ in July. Features 10 animated films from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Uganda. Airs in double bills at 17h00 from 28 August to 1 September with 5-film marathons at 15h15 on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September. >>
1 Comment | 03 Aug 2023 12:16
CHANNEL NEWS M-Net to premiere 52-episode local drama Summertide in January 2024, with new eps weekly, Sundays at 18h00. Tells the story of marine biologist and father of two teens, Martin Field, who moves to Simon’s Town after the death of his wife to start a penguin rehab centre. Produced by Red Letter Day Pictures (Alles Malan, Toorbos). Currently in development, cast to be confirmed.
4 Comments | 27 Jul 2023 14:39
CHANNEL NEWS Dynasty reboot replaces The Estate once it ends on S3. Based on the 1980's shoulder padded soapie. Follows billionaire Blake Carrington and his greedy family, his daughter Fallon espesh. She has a meltdown when he gets engaged to his employee Cristal and plots with Blake's nemesis Jeff Colby. Hakeem Kae-Kazim plays Jeff's prison bird father Cecil. Premieres Monday 7 August at 19h00.
Comments | 25 Jul 2023 10:36
CHANNEL NEWS New telenovela Ramo premieres on eExtra once Die Put 3 ends on eExtra at the end of August. Follows smuggler Ramo and his family who work for underground leader Cengiz. He mistreats the family and Ramo takes him on. Cengiz must fall. Die Put 4 premieres once it ends.
Comments | 13 Jul 2023 17:18
CHANNEL NEWS Headline star and premiere date confirmed for Mzansi Wethu's first telenovela Sibongile & The Dlaminis. Premieres Monday 31 July at 18h30. Mondays to Wednesdays. Luyanda Zwane plays Sibongile. She's had two TV roles so far, as radical teen Nomonde on BET's Redemption and Lelo on Durban Gen. >>
1 Comment | 11 Jul 2023 11:28
CHANNEL NEWS Idols 19 to air on Mzansi Wethu too, but not at the same time as Mzansi Magic. Will air on Saturdays at 19h30 on Wethu, once it ends on Mzansi Magic where it airs at 18h00. Talk about complicating the final season! A change of broadcast days to clash with Masked Singer on S3 and now a double broadcast at different times.
Comments | 04 Jul 2023 13:37
CHANNEL NEWS Sharkfest 2023 populates the Nat Geo Wild waters in July. Starts Saturday 1 July with a special filmed off the coast of Mossel Bay starring cannibal Great Whites, titled Shark Eat Shark. Keep a lookout in TVSA's New on TV Today for details on each show. Chompy chompy. >>
1 Comment | 29 Jun 2023 16:30
CHANNEL NEWS New Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish novela Verbode Liefde (Forbidden Love) replaces Jy is My Seun on kykNET & Kie once it ends. Centres round Zümrüt who believes the man she loves is dead and marries someone else instead. The truth: the man she loves is alive and the man she marries is dead. Premieres Wednesday 5 July at 20h00.
Comments | 26 Jun 2023 14:58
CHANNEL NEWS Eventually. The Home Channel's about decor, design and style but it's been blurry. Until now. Goes HD this week, 20 June. Crazy that it hasn't happened sooner!
Comments | 20 Jun 2023 11:55
CHANNEL NEWS Children already have too much to worry about and now they're getting their own news show on SABC2. A revived Kids News - last seen in 2006 - now titled Kids News Room. According to the SABC, it aims to provide them with "a platform to express how they see the world around them whilst encouraging learning, participation, and an inquiring mind." Hopefully it WON'T include bloodshed. Premieres Friday 2 June at 16h30, airs weekly.
Comments | 02 Jun 2023 14:08
CHANNEL NEWS Mzansi Wethu to premiere first telenovela, Sibongile & The Dlaminis. Follows Sibongile's journey of love and survival, the impact on her destiny and on her employers, the Dlaminis, owners of a vast empire. Airs three days a week. Premiere date unconfirmed.
Comments | 01 Jun 2023 12:49
CHANNEL NEWS Doodsondes Seasons 5 and 6 are a done deal, with voiceover work completed. TVSA can confirm that two new seasons are in the pipeline on eExtra.
Comments | 22 May 2023 18:25
CHANNEL NEWS Fast and Furious marathon to air on E! and Studio Universal as a companion to the cinema release of Fast X on 19 May. Studio Universal (DStv 112) screens a different Fast & Furious film each night at 21h30, from 15 May, and E! broadcasts a 60-minute special on 19 May at 21h00 titled Fast & Furious Greatest Moments: Refuelled with a Fast X preview and 20 moments from past fliks. Streams on Universal+ after.
Comments | 17 May 2023 15:01
CHANNEL NEWS Good news for Naagin luvvas... Season 6 premieres on eExtra on Wednesday 28 June at 15h50 for 106 episodes, once Dayan, Destructive Beauty ends.
Comments | 12 May 2023 17:56
CHANNEL NEWS Newzroom Afrika introduces a documentary hour on Saturdays at 19h00 from June to mark the channel's four years on air. Repeats at 10h00 on Sundays. No word on what they'll be about. What should they cover? Suggested topics: How Eskom stole our lives. How Covid stole our lives. Whodunnit and why?
Comments | 08 May 2023 10:06
CHANNEL NEWS SABC+ launches pop-up Metro FM Awards channel from 29 April to 28 May feat. coverage of the 2023 comeback awards - before, during and after - as well as retro programming of previous awards and highlights from Selimathunzi, Real Goboza and Live Amp. >>
1 Comment | 29 Apr 2023 14:13
CHANNEL NEWS What happened to the Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish novelas on kykNET & Kie at 17h30 now that In Die Ysterhand se Greep is over? It's been replaced with repeats of kykNET shows. Plaasjapie on Mondays at 17h00, Laeveldbewonders on Tuesdays, Spoorloos on Wednesdays and SuperSport's Super Rugby on Thursdays. kykNET tells TVSA that a new novela will start in the timeslot - still to be confirmed.
Comments | 25 Apr 2023 15:35
CHANNEL NEWS eExtra's anti-drug telenovela Die Put (The Pit) returns for an 84-episode Season 3 on Monday 8 May at 21h30.
Comments | 20 Apr 2023 12:53
CHANNEL NEWS The old "H" in the History channel is history. Africa's History channel now has the new logo which was first introduced in the US. It has an "H" within the "H". According to A + Networks, this symbolises the idea of unearthing the real story that lies beneath the surface. See comments >>
1 Comment | 30 Mar 2023 15:55
CHANNEL NEWS New Afrikaans dubbed Turkish novela Hart van Goud (Heart of Gold) premieres on eExtra on Monday 3 April at 20h30. Tells the story of two con-women, Nehir and Zerrin who trick men into falling in love with Nehir so they can steal and disappear with their credit cards and wedding gifts. Nehir, tired of running, wants a change.
Comments | 28 Mar 2023 15:20
CHANNEL NEWS Mzansi Magic premieres its first isiNdebele drama series Komkhulu in April, produced by Duma Ndlovu's RhythmWorld Productions - producers of Umkhokha: The Curse. Follows young Ndebele king Chief Masoso Mbonani who must produce an heir to the throne or lose his life. So no pressure then. Newcomer Johannes Mandla Mnguni stars. Anyone remember the first isiNdebele drama on TV? iKani, on SABC1 in 2018.
Comments | 14 Mar 2023 16:53
CHANNEL NEWS M-Net revives M-Net Action concept with pop-up channel Action HQ: The Big Bosses of Action - DStv 111 on Premium. Available as a R99 add-on for other bouquets. Features 107 films including Top Gun Maverick (Tom Cruse), Die Hard (Bruce Willis), John Wick Chapter 2 (Keanu Reeves), Taken (Liam Neeson) and Unchartered, starring Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg and Antonio Banderas. Pops from 17 March to 2 April. on Catch up 'til 2 May.
Comments | 10 Mar 2023 17:37
CHANNEL NEWS SuperSport launches new channel for soccer moms, dance moms, Dad le Clos and KG RabaDad titled SuperSport Schools, as a spin-off of the app. Features live, delayed and historical matches and programming focusing on the traditions and rivalries of youngster sport. Includes Throwback Thursdays and Memory Mondays. Available from Access to Premium on 216.
Comments | 07 Mar 2023 12:48
CHANNEL NEWS Mzansi Wethu launches new isiXhosa and isiZulu news bulletin by Newzroom Afrika on Monday 27 February. Airs Mondays to Sundays at 19h00. DStv 163.
2 Comments | 27 Feb 2023 16:08
CHANNEL NEWS Boomerang changes name on Sunday 25 March to Cartoonito and features a mix of Boomerang signature shows and new titles. Classic series include Zig & Sharko, Mr Bean, and Masha and the Bear. New shows: Batwheels, and Bugs Bunny Builders. Channel launches with a special titled Secret Origins of the Batwheels - airs at 08h40. DStv 302.
1 Comment | 20 Feb 2023 15:56
CHANNEL NEWS Two new series premiere on Telemundo in March: Ava's Revenge starts after The Chosen Granddaughter ends on the 9th, and Until Money Do Us Part - replaces The Way to Paradise on 27 March at 20h00.
Comments | 16 Feb 2023 15:47
CHANNEL NEWS What's happening in the break between Nurses Seasons 2 and 3 on Telemundo? The answer: anthology series Decisions: Some Win, Others Lose - repeat episodes. Airs from 27 January to 12 February. Nurses 3 premieres on the 13th.
Comments | 19 Jan 2023 10:59


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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