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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 03 Jul 2019
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The Hot Zone

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama, Miniseries

The Hot Zone

Drama miniseries based on the 1994 book of the same name which recounts the true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious deadly virus from the central African rain forest, and its first arrival on US soil.

In 1989, in a scientific facility outside Washington, DC, the deadly Ebola virus made its first known appearance on US soil.

The finding — and eventual containment — of this lethal filovirus, which had a fatality rate of up to 90% at the time, was thanks to a group of courageous scientists and soldiers led by Lieutenant Colonel Nancy Jaax.

Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) stars as Nancy Jaax in this harrowing tale of a global crisis that never was.

The Hot Zone begins with a terrifying look back to 1980, when an unsuspecting doctor in Kenya examines a patient with symptoms unlike anything seen before.

Flashing forward to 1989, a colony of primates has become sick at a research facility in Virginia, just over 30 kilometres from the US capital, and sample tissues are sent to Nancy Jaax (Margulies), a lieutenant colonel with USAMRIID, the US Army's main facility for defensive research into countermeasures against biological warfare.

Jaax's instincts and experience tell her she is seeing something far worse than a run-of-the-mill primate infection.

Despite the skepticism of her colleagues, but with the support of her husband and her mentor, she pushes forward to find the truth.

Through Nancy's perseverance, scientific testing reveals the dire truth of the situation, forcing the Army into action to contain an outbreak.

TVSA Show Page: The Hot Zone
 

The Enemy Within

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

The Enemy Within

In this spy-hunting thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter, Dexter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history serving life in a Supermax prison.

Against every fiber of his being but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut, Rosewood) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well.

For Keaton, it's not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much.

While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy... they must think like one.
 

The Last Czars

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Documentary Series, Docu-Drama, History

The Last Czars

When social upheaval sweeps Russia in the early 20th century, Czar Nicholas II resists change, sparking a revolution and ending a dynasty.
 

Perfect Match Mzansi

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality

Perfect Match Mzansi

Reality speed dating game show hosted by Thato Molamu in which singles get an initial two minutes to impress a partner.

Eight men and eight women meet up at a pre-selected venue, and have only two minutes to impress a potential partner, using pre-determined questions or conversation starters.

Failed contestants get eliminated, while the successful hopefuls proceed to the next round.

Contestants who have advanced go on a 5-minute couples' date with a fun task within it. Finally, in the ultimate compatibility test, the remaining couples do a "kiss test" to determine lasting compatibility.

There is also a Cold Room where reserve contestants can be called upon in  times of "romantic need" should a promising match crumble.

Each episode ends with the first kiss, which is the final date challenge. If sparks fly, the couple leave together; if it's a disaster they go home alone.

TVSA Show Page: Perfect Match Mzansi
 

The Loudest Voice

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama, Miniseries

The Loudest Voice

Seven-part limited series starring Russell Crowe (pictured above - crazy!) as Fox News founder Roger Ailes, based on extensive reporting by Gabriel Sherman in his bestselling book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, which included interviews with more than 600 people.

In today's politically charged media landscape, no figure looms larger, even after his passing, than Roger Ailes, who molded Fox News into a force that irrevocably changed the conversation about the highest levels of government.

To understand the events that led to the rise of the modern Republican party, one must understand Ailes.

The series takes on that challenge, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader, while also touching on defining events in Ailes' life, including his experiences with world leaders that gave birth to Ailes' political career and the sexual harassment accusations and settlements that brought his Fox News reign to an end.

The series aims to shed light on the psychology that drives the political process from the top down.
 

Met 'n Huppel in die Stap 6

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality, Lifestyle

Met 'n Huppel in die Stap 6

Lifestyle show for people in their sixties offering knowledgeable advice on life beyond retirement.

Subjects include antique collections, various courses for seniors, different generations living together, planning your perfect retirement home, and many more - important issues for this age group.

The show is hosted by Riaan Cruywagen with Lieb Bester and Anthony Wilson as field presenters.
 

Yummy Mummies 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Docu-Reality

Yummy Mummies 2

It's drama Down Under when expectant mothers with model good looks and lavish lifestyles pull out all the stops to prepare for their new arrivals.

In Season 2, the Yum Mums welcome a new member as they settle into motherhood, spice up their sex lives and ponder whether they want to get pregnant again.
 

Will & Grace 10

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Comedy

Will & Grace 10

Grace's accidental run-in with Noah (guest star David Schwimmer), a curmudgeonly man she follows on Twitter, hints at a possible new love interest.

Jack wants to look younger before meeting Estefan's family on Skype but makes a terrible first impression after overdoing the numbing cream before his facial procedure.

Meanwhile, Will helps Karen protect the intellectual property rights of her most prized possession.

 

Shows in this post: The Hot Zone, Perfect Match Mzansi



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