News Shorts - COVID-19

COVID-19 Idols 16 live shows to take place behind closed doors, with no live audience. Will still be filmed at the State Theatre in Pretoria and live band remains.
Comments | 15 Sep 2020 12:19
COVID-19 Second season of America's Love Island to be filmed in a "bubble" villa on the roof of a Caesars hotel in Los Vegas instead of the island of Fiji.
Comments | 25 Aug 2020 16:50
COVID-19 Uzalo becomes the latest production to shut down after a crew/cast member tests positive.
Comments | 17 Jul 2020 15:14
COVID-19's KZN-based Imbewu becomes the latest show to shut down production with a positive case.
Comments | 03 Jul 2020 16:28
COVID-19 Skeem Saam and The River are back in production after shutting down last month and Generations shut down this week (29 June) after a production member tested positive.
Comments | 03 Jul 2020 12:34
COVID-19 eNCA anchor Heidi Giokos tests positive and says she's speaking out to challenge the stigma surrounding it. Twitter bullies accuse her of being paid to fakely say she has it.
Comments | 02 Jul 2020 15:40
COVID-19 eNCA anchor Shahan Ramkissoon tests positive and goes into 14-days of self-isolation.
Comments | 22 Jun 2020 23:54
COVID-19 The Bold and the Beautiful becomes the first scripted American series to resume filming in the US after shutdown. The cast and crew returned to film on Wednesday, 17 June.
Comments | 17 Jun 2020 19:06
COVID-19 Nickelodeon launches reusable face masks of characters from the channel, including SpongeBob SquarePants. Currently available at the SpongeBob Shop, to be sold in retailers worldwide in the coming months. 100% of proceeds to go to Save the Children's coronavirus response.
Comments | 10 Jun 2020 16:22
COVID-19 La Liga returns to SuperSport this weekend for two matches, featuring virtual stands with virtual fans. Yes, make believe people with audio sounds. The other notable adjustment: different camera angles, including camera positions that previously hampered spectators' views. Matches air on Saturday (13 June) and Sunday (14th) at 14h00: Espanyol vs Alaves and Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid.
Comments | 10 Jun 2020 12:57
COVID-19 Channel O extends their weekend #LockdownHouseParty, starting Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June, at 18h00 and 19h00. Featured DJ's include Kabza De Small, Culoe De Song and Sculptured Music.
Comments | 05 Jun 2020 15:57
COVID-19 kykNET talent search Maak My Famous hits the Pause button after the Top 10 announcement on Wednesday night, 3 June. This is where the live shows usually start so it's going on break until Wednesday, 5 August for live shows when it returns with an adjusted plan. Either live shows (regulations permitting) or a virtual alternative. One adjustment definitely confirmed: viewer voting from home.
Comments | 04 Jun 2020 15:10
COVID-19 The Bachelor SA's Marc Buckner gets lucky this season - no-one can smack him for not choosing them because they have to socially distance in Thursday's finale (28 May). The "Women Tell All" reunion show will happen via Zoom chats instead of in-studio and there's an online pyjama party after.
2 Comments | 26 May 2020 16:04
COVID-19 NASCAR returns to SuperSport this week after a break of 10 weeks and eight races. Live races are in the early hours.
1 Comment | 21 May 2020 12:30
COVID-19 Cape Town-based eNCA news reporters anchor from their homes in the wake of the death of cameraman Lungile Tom.
Comments | 19 May 2020 10:49
COVID-19 American Idol Season 3 winner Just Sam becomes the first Idol to win the show "from home". She initially relocated from New York to Los Angeles for the live stages and when the show started filming remotely for Lockdown, she could choose to stay in LA or move back to Harlem. She chose to stay in LA for the safety of her grandmother in Harlem and completed the series alone in LA.
1 Comment | 18 May 2020 15:23
COVID-19 Newzroom Afrika journalist Athi Mtongana confirms via Twitter that she's tested positive for the virus.
1 Comment | 17 May 2020 18:25
COVID-19 The Blacklist Season 7 had half-an-episode left to film when it was forced to shut down production. Now, the series has found a solution to finish: animation mixed with the scenes that had already been filmed.
1 Comment | 08 May 2020 15:08
COVID-19 The Voice US goes 100% virtual with Remote Live Shows. Carson Daly will host from an empty sound stage, the coaches will judge from their homes and the Top 17 will perform from 17 towns.
4 Comments | 04 May 2020 12:36
COVID-19 ITV cancels upcoming season of Love Island. Too much smooching and close contact required.
Comments | 04 May 2020 12:29
COVID-19 Long-running Australian soapie Neighbours takes a leap back into production amidst Lockdown shutdown. Filming resumes in the final week of April under strict social distancing rules, daily temperature checks of cast and crew and no extras on set.
Comments | 22 Apr 2020 15:19
COVID-19 While the rest of the sporting world sits on the couch, WWE smacks down with three shows "behind closed doors", for no live audience: Raw, SmackDown and NXT. Click the comments box for SuperSport channels and broadcast times>>
1 Comment | 21 Apr 2020 10:30
COVID-19 American Idol Top 20 finalists to sing for a spot in the Top 10 remotely, each from their own locations.
Comments | 21 Apr 2020 09:51
COVID-19 Graham Norton launches "From Home" episodes of his talk show featuring interviews with "the famous" from their homes and his. Premieres on BBC Brit on Tuesday, 21 April 2020 at 20h00.
1 Comment | 20 Apr 2020 10:38
COVID-19 Netflix shares reached a record high on Wednesday, 15 April, ending at $426.75 per share by close of trading.
Comments | 16 Apr 2020 13:50
COVID-19 eMedia launches a Relief Fund to help feed the country's vulnerable families and children.
1 Comment | 16 Apr 2020 13:40
COVID-19 Lastest season of Survivor: Winners at War to end with a virtual reunion show on 13 May. Jeff Probst will speak with the castaways via video chat.
Comments | 14 Apr 2020 16:42
COVID-19 E! to air a delayed broadcast of One World: Together at Home, a one-night virtual fundraising event for WHO’s Solidarity Response Fund. The show features comedians, sports stars and musicians chosen by Lady Gaga and airs on Sunday, 19 April at 18h00. Tap the comments button for the line-up>>
1 Comment | 14 Apr 2020 12:27
COVID-19 adds a third news bulletin to run more... um... news - at 18h30. The other bulletins remain at 13h00 and 20h00 on weekdays and 19h00 on weekends.
Comments | 08 Apr 2020 10:27
COVID-19 kykNET injects new Skype-based show called KN Pandemie into their Tuesday night schedule at 21h00. Features interviews with virologists, doctors and psychologists who give advice on how to stay healthy, physically and mentally. Includes answers to viewers' questions. Starts Tuesday, 7 April 2020.
Comments | 06 Apr 2020 18:32
COVID-19 SABC3 adds the virus pandemic movie Contagion to the channel's schedule at the last minute. It aired Sunday, 5 April at 21h30.
Comments | 05 Apr 2020 13:34
COVID-19 MultiChoice Talent Factory to launch an online learning portal that will support over 40 000 members of the TV industry to gain access to courses and online master classes.
Comments | 28 Mar 2020 12:55
COVID-19 MultiChoice guarantees the incomes of it's freelance SuperSport staff who are unable to work because of the lockdown of sport.
Comments | 28 Mar 2020 12:54
COVID-19 MultiChoice pledges R80-million to ensure current productions are able to pay full salaries of cast, crew, and creatives for the months of March and April.
Comments | 28 Mar 2020 12:52
COVID-19 Kiddies movies replace Expresso's live broadcast on SABC3 from 06h00 to 07h00 during Lockdown and repeats of The Backstory replace Afternoon Express at 17h00.
Comments | 27 Mar 2020 10:53
COVID-19 Department of Sports, Arts and Culture pledges to assist artists with live online streaming performances e.g. stand-up comedy shows, music and poetry performances etc.
Comments | 25 Mar 2020 15:35
COVID-19 SABC to launch TV classrooms to teach children while they're at home. Two studios have been delegated for it.
Comments | 25 Mar 2020 15:10
COVID-19 South Africa's department of Sport, Arts and Culture pledges R150-million to assist artists and sports people with their loss of income.
Comments | 25 Mar 2020 15:09
COVID-19 7de Laan shuts down production for Lockdown. The soapie has episodes until 25 May 2020.
1 Comment | 25 Mar 2020 11:04
COVID-19 Convict Harvey Weinstein tests positive in New York Maximum Security prison.
Comments | 23 Mar 2020 11:46
COVID-19 Idris Elba's wife Sabrina Dhowre tests positive too. Says she wanted to stay with him after he was diagnosed.
Comments | 23 Mar 2020 09:44
COVID-19 ICASA asks DStv and StarSat to open up their TV and audio bouquets to all South Africans to give everyone access to information about the pandemic.
1 Comment | 19 Mar 2020 17:03
COVID-19 SABC2 postpones 7de Laan 20th birthday celebration until later in the year. It was going to happen from 25 to 27 March for the soapie's birthday on 3 April.
Comments | 17 Mar 2020 16:56
COVID-19 Luther star Idris Elba tests positive for Corona.
1 Comment | 17 Mar 2020 11:33
COVID-19 American network NBCUniversal does the biz by televising and streaming their Upfronts for 2020/21 after cancelling the live event.
Comments | 16 Mar 2020 12:57
COVID-19 India shuts down production on all TV and film shoots for a whole 12 days: from 19 to 31 March. Then what?
Comments | 16 Mar 2020 12:48


New on TV today: Monday 28 September

Isono: The Sin finally debuts on BET and a run of Downton Abbey starts on BBC Brit.

New on TV today: Sunday 27 September

Wildlife series Dynasties starts on SABC3 and two Battle of Britain docs air on HISTORY.

4th Royalty Soapie Awards - all the winners

Top wins were split between Gomora and The River, with Binnelanders taking Outstanding Soapie.

New on TV today: Saturday 26 September

The 4th Royalty Soapie Awards air live on SABC1 and true story American Soul plays out on SABC2.

A Perfect Lie Teasers - October 2020

Back! A Perfect Lie makes it through the COVID storm to return to Star Life with new episodes and warm-up repeats.

Die Presidentsvrou Teasers - October 2020

Leonardo asks Paloma to marry but she's reluctant.

The Inseparables Teasers - October 2020

Finale alert! The unborn child is threatened but everyone comes to their senses.

New on TV today: Friday 25 September

Nasty C is a Zulu Man in Japan on Netflix and a new season of Lost Gold of WWII starts on HISTORY.

New on TV today: Thursday 24 September

There's a World on Fire on M-Net and another Race Across the World on BBC Earth.

Idols 16: Top 16 girls' song choices

Oh girls just wanna have fun.


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