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New on TV today: Wednesday 1 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 01 Jan 2020
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Messiah

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

Messiah

When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers information about a man gaining international attention through acts of public disruption, she begins an investigation into his origins.

As he continues to cultivate followers who allege he's performing miracles, the global media become increasingly beguiled by this charismatic figure.

Geller must race to unravel the mystery of whether he really is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist capable of dismantling the world's geopolitical order.

As the story unfolds, multiple perspectives are interwoven including that of an Israeli intelligence officer, a Texas preacher and his daughter, a Palestinian refugee and the journalist who covers the story.

The series also stars Melinda Page Hamilton, Wil Traval, Fares Landoulsi, Dermot Mulroney and Beau Bridges.

Executive produced among others by Amazing Race creator Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, Messiah is a provocative and suspenseful thriller that explores the power of influence and belief in the social media age.
 

Kona

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 23h30
Genre: Telenovela

Kona

Kenyan telenovela (dubbed into Zulu) where glitz and glamour meet grit and sweat, and where love and family confront betrayal and solitude in a story where success and triumph are pitted against failure.

We meet a family battling for survival after their business tycoon father dies in a tragic car crash.

His daughter inherits her late dad's pet project, a boxing gym, but she is trying to play in a man's world and the men are not going to let her in that easily.

Her step-brother quit boxing when he was accused of throwing a fight. Will he return now and seek redemption?

Against this backdrop lies the suspicious circumstances surrounding their father's death.

In a world where only the strong survive and where you're only as good as your next move, Kona shows us that everyone deserves a fighting chance.
 

I Forgot I Loved You

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 22h55
Genre: Telenovela

I Forgot I Love You

In a rich and beautiful vineyard farmers work hard to get the best wine, despite difficulties and competition.

In these lands, cruelty and disloyalty have a name: Melchor Coronel.

Years back, Melchor and his friend Alonso Rivero kickstarted wine production in the region, but Melchhor didn't have enough and wanted all the profits for himself.

So he started to deceive and trick Alonso, until leaving him bankrupt.

Now, Alonso will have to be clever and resourceful if he wants to remain in business.

NOTE: this telenovela aired on Eva in 2017 as I Forgot I Love You. To read the teasers, go here:

I Forgot I Loved You Teasers
 

Animal Cribs

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 21h50
Genre: Reality, Reality Makeover, Home Improvement

Animal Cribs

There's no question that pets help to make a house a home - but some residences need a little extra help.

Designer and animal enthusiast Antonio Ballatore brings his visionary and innovative design aesthetic to pet lovers everywhere in this series.

Antonio, his project manager Grace, and his trusty hound Chewie the bulldog, along with a team of experts, transform drab, cramped homes and outside areas into functional, high-style spaces for both pets and the people they love.

Antonio's excitement for both design and animals drives him to provide the very best for his clients and their four-legged, winged and scaly friends.

The newly-designed spaces, renovated specifically for the homeowners and their pets, feature design elements that enable them to become creative and purposeful spaces for all to enjoy.
 

The Circle

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

The Circle

Status and strategy collide in this social experiment and competition show where online players flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward $100,000.

In The Circle you never know who you're playing against as contestants bond, flirt, and plot, all in an effort to earn clout exclusively through a unique social media platform.

Everyone's competing to gain influence and avoid getting voted out. But who's for real and who's a catfish?

With $100k on the line, what would you do – and who would you be – to win?

The Circle has been compared to Big Brother and Catfish in format, as well as the Black Mirror episode "Nosedive" with the concept of ratings.
 

Hail Satan?

Channel: SundanceTV (DStv 108)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, Religion

Hail Satan?

When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humour, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.

Hail Satan? offers a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered thousands of people around the world.
 

Africa's Deadliest 5

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary Series

Africa's Deadliest 5

The African continent is home to some of the world's most efficient and dangerous predators.

Nothing is safe in the water, on the plains or in the trees; Africa's Deadliest predators are on the move - and they are hungry.

For Africa's apex hunters, staying on top means being faster, bigger and more powerful than their prey and their enemies.

Armed with jaws, claws or chemical weapons... This is Africa's Deadliest: Snakes, Fangs and Sharks.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Lethal Strike": For Africa's snakes, chemical weaponry is the name of the game.

Africa's Deadliest: Snakes follows the continent's apex predators, proving that Africa's beauty only runs skin deep.
 

Met 'n Huppel in die Stap 7

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

Met 'n Huppel in die Stap 7

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.

In the first few episodes the show travels to an event where seniors receive awards for their service to the community and chats to the 114-year-old Jan Steenberg.

We hear expert opinions regarding Alzheimer's disease, and we delve deeper into which tools exist to improve the lives of Alzheimer's patients.

The team also investigates the value of homecare for seniors and follows up with some individuals who have been through the process.

The show is hosted by Riaan Cruywagen with Lieb Bester and Simon Bruinders as field presenters.
 

Spinning Out

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

Spinning Out

A figure skating Olympic hopeful struggles to balance love, family and fragile mental health as her dream of winning takes a dizzying hold.

The series follows Kat Baker, a talented, up-and-coming elite figure skater who's ready to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall took her off the competition track.

However, when she's presented a second chance as a pair skater, she seizes the opportunity to continue her career and pairs up with talent pair skater and resident bad boy Justin.

She soon realises that in order to chase her skating dreams, she'll have to overcome fractured family relationships, a rocky partnership, and personal demons that threaten to derail everything she's worked for.

 



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