New on TV today: Friday 31 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 31 May 2019
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When They See Us

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Drama, Period Drama, Miniseries

When They See Us

Based on a true story that gripped America, When They See Us chronicles the notorious case of five teenagers of colour, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

The four-part miniseries focuses on the five teenagers from Harlem: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise.

Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series spans 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro are among the executive producers of the series.

When They See Us stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Joshua Jackson, Famke Janssen and Blair Underwood, among others.

Just Another Immigrant

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h40
Genre: Docu-Reality, Comedy

Just Another Immigrant

Comedic docuseries that follows Romesh Ranganathan, a UK stand-up comic, as he uproots his entire family - his supportive wife, their three kids, his Sri Lankan mother and his eccentric uncle - and immigrates to the USA.

Displaced in Los Angeles, Ranganathan attempts to find success and happiness, while rebuilding a life from scratch.

In addition to his efforts to adapt, he has committed himself to booking a US gig - the 6,000-seat Greek Theater - with only three months to sell it out.

The series chronicles the true-life adventures of this modern immigrant family and the obstacles of making it in today's America.

Killer Ratings

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Documentary Series, True Crime

Killer Ratings

A series about a TV celebrity, murder, political power and a criminal empire.

Killer Ratings is the true-life story of a Brazilian TV host who literally killed for ratings - and used his crime TV show to cover up the grizzly truth.

The seven-part series tells the tale of Wallace Souza, who was accused of ordering murders in order to bolster ratings of his crime series.

Teen Mom OG 8

Channel: MTV (DStv 130)
TX Time: 15h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Teen Mom OG 8

Since 16 and Pregnant, and as the original girls of Teen Mom, audiences have watched Amber, Catelynn, Farrah and Maci face young motherhood as they grew up, broke-up, made up and encountered major obstacles to become the young women they are today.

Teen Mom OG give an unprecedented look into these young mothers' lives and how they're facing the responsibilities of parenthood.

In a first for the Teen Mom franchise, Teen Mom OG breaks the fourth wall, pulling back the curtain to reveal their relationships with the producers and crew, the challenges of raising children on camera, and how life in the public eye has shaped them as parents and people.

In the Season 8 premiere, "Welcome to the Family": Bristol returns home after a weekend away and has a heated argument with her husband. Cheyenne and Cory's close co-parenting relationship causes issues with Cheyenne's boyfriend.

Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan 4

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 17h35
Genre: Reality

Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan 4

Cesar Millan is one of the most renowned and sought-after experts working in the field of dog training. But this is not just a series about dog training – it is also about people training for dogs.

Every episode of Dog Whisperer tackles the real-life problems faced by dog owners everywhere. We follow Cesar as he hurries to client's homes, and see firsthand how he works with the dogs and their distraught owners to solve even the thorniest behaviour problems.

As he coaches the various dog lovers, Cesar shares his vast inside knowledge of their dog's behaviour.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Kiko, Tootsie & Ginger, and Binkey": Mike White, writer and director of Year of the Dog (and better known in recent times as an Amazing Race and Survivor contestant) gets help handling his two misbehaving French bulldogs, Tootsie and Ginger, who inspired him to write the film.

The episode also features a Chihuahua that was born without front legs and who won't use the wheelchair his owners made.

Bad Blood 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Drama

Bad Blood 2

This sprawling crime drama follows the true story of the Rizzuto family and its associates, who presided over organised crime in Montreal for decades.

Picking up five years after the death of his boss, Vito Rizzuto, Declan Gardiner has climbed to the top of the Montreal drug business by removing his rivals and setting up a deal with a Mexican cartel.

That is, until a new breed of mafiosos arrive from Italy to wrestle the city from his grasp.

Million Dollar Mile

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Game Show

Million Dollar Mile

The show that claims to have "the most challenging obstacle course ever designed" will test everyday athletes' physical and mental toughness.

Standing in their way is a group of elite athletes with one mission: to stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs.

Contestants will have the chance to win $1-million every time they run the Million Dollar Mile.

The Village

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

The Village

Welcome to the Village, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside but is quite unique inside.

The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbours.

Sarah's a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe's a young law student who got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, US-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick's a veteran who's returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own.

These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything - even if it's the one you make with the people around you.

In the Dark

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama

In the Dark

Murphy is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected 20-something with a penchant for casual sex. She also happens to be blind.

She spends the majority of her time in a one block radius that includes her apartment, a local bar and a convenience store where she buys tampons and candy bars.

Murphy lives with her roommate Jess and her guide dog Pretzel, whom she reluctantly has come to love.

Her closest friend is a teenager named Tyson who she befriends after he saved her from a violent mugging.

But her life comes crashing down when she stumbles upon what she's sure is his lifeless body in the alley outside her apartment.

By the time the police arrive, there is no body to be found, leaving everyone around Murphy to question her.

But Murphy is determined to find the truth, which opens up her world far beyond the comforts of her block.


Channels in this post: Netflix South Africa, M-Net, MTV Africa, eReality


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