New on TV today: Saturday 4 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 04 Jan 2020
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The Unicorn

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Comedy

The Unicorn

Single-camera comedy about a tight-knit group of best friends and family who helps Wade (Walton Goggins) embrace his "new normal" in the wake of the loss of his wife one year ago.

As a sometimes ill-equipped but always devoted single parent to his two adolescent daughters, he is taking the major step of dating again.

To Wade's amazement, he's a hot commodity with women, and his friends explain that he's the perfect single guy - a "unicorn": employed, attractive, and with a proven track record of commitment.

With his daughters and best friends rooting him on and hoping he'll find happiness again, Wade and his healing heart are ready to try life... and love... again.


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


This 3x90' mini-series is written and created by Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss and inspired by Bram Stoker's classic novel.

From the creators of Sherlock comes a brand new take on the most famous vampire of them all: the magnificent, brooding, deliciously deadly Count Dracula...

Three feature length episodes will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy.

In Transylvania in 1897, the blood-drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.

Kwa Mam'Mkhize

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Kwa Mam'Mkhize

Formally Shauwn Mpisane, meet Shauwn Mkhize and join her on her journey as she reclaims her life as a single woman after her widely-publicised divorce with Sbu Mpisane last year.

Described by the production as "a mother, a sister and a business mogul", Shauwn - who uses her maiden name Mkhize - is set to feature with and her kids, Andile and Sbahle Mpisane, better known as Fitness Bunnie.

The series is produced by Barleader with Legend Manqele at the helm, who has previously produced reality series like Dineo's Diary, Living the Dream with Somizi, Cishe Ngafa, The Cover and Being Bonang.

The working title of the show was Durban Royalty.

Hotel 3

Channel: kykNET & kie (DStv 145)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy, Afrikaans

Hotel 3

Wonder of wonders, the Fransen Hotel is still operating after two seasons.

Things almost went off track when Ferdie married Thomas' mother and the new father/son relationship - as well as co-ownership of the hotel - took everyone some time to get used to.

Ferdie now has everything he ever wanted... but even that's not enough, as the vacant Mayor position still torments him.

Malanie and Danny have rediscovered the fun in their relationship, after deciding not to get married last season.

And especially since Malanie started earning more than Danny and began spoiling him rotten.

Thomas and Jony also decided to take a step back and try the friend thing, but Jaap still can't keep his eyes off Jony and does everything he can to try and worm his way into her presence.

Brenda, as always, is rarely troubled and still openly sells her pelts, despite continuing protests from Thomas.

In the Season 3 premiere: Thomas is amazed at how normal things are at the Fransen after Ferdie and his mother got married last season.

However, he soon realises that Ferdie is now treating him like his son, which drives him up the wall.

New cast members this season include David Isaacs and Kim Cloete. Returning guest stars include Bennie Fourie as Dodgy Mike, Ivan Botha as Manie and James Cunningham as Stephano.

New guest stars this season include Tim Theron, Ansu Visser, Nadia Valvekens and Neels van Jaarsveld.

TVSA Show Page: Hotel 3

Idols 15

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

Idols 15

Idols heads into a 15th season as Wannabes, Shower Specialists and The Gifted (oh, and hopefully a few people who can sing) minced to auditions in Pretoria, Bloem, Durbs, Jozi, Polokwane, PE and Cape Town.

Prodigal, proverbial son ProVerb returns as host accompanied by returning judges Unathi uWeepy, Somgaga and that weird guy who seems to think he's Elvis.

The 2019 theme is "Go for Gold". We're hoping Platinum is not out of the question.

In the first episode of the season, the hunt begins in Pretoria with along with guest judge Sis Ribs.

TVSA Show Page: Idols 15

Mysteries of Paris

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History, Mystery

Mysteries of Paris

So far, hundreds of experts have spent their entire life trying to decrypt the history of Paris.

Allan Kardec and Spiritism

Can we communicate with spirits? A figure in the French capital of Paris maintained it was possible. His name was Allan Kardec, and what he achieved shook people's beliefs to the core.

The Curse of the Phantom

This is the case of the rooms of the Palais Garnier, better known as the Paris Opera, which are said to be cursed.

Numerous strange incidents have been recorded in them. To such an extent that many people claim they're the work of a ghost, the most famous ghost on Earth: the Phantom of the Opera.

Nicolas Flamel and Alchemy

In the Middle Ages, the French capital of Paris had its fair share of centuries-old mysteries and secrets. Among them, was the era of the alchemists, who claimed they could turn base metals into gold.

The best known of the alchemists was Nicolas Flamel.

The Secrets of the Templars

The most mysterious chivalric order Paris has ever known. The Knights Templar. Theirs is a story of secrets and intrigue.

Affair of the Poisons

This is one of the darkest pages in the history of Paris. It mixes conspiracy and assassination attempt against the king, poisoning, black mass and child sacrifices.

Secrets Beyond the Grave

The French capital of Paris has far more dead than living. Deep in its bowels lie millions of corpses.

From the catacombs to the city's most famous cemeteries. What part have the dead played in the history of Paris? Have the lost souls revealed all of their secrets?


Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series


Legendary skateboarder Rick McCrank goes on a journey exploring abandoned places with the people who love them long after the lights have gone out.

Abandoned pays tribute to these modern day ruins, seemingly lost and forgotten, but not by everyone.

On his journey, McCrank explores empty malls, schools, NASCAR tracks as well as emptied towns, an amusement park, the desolate Salton Sea, as well as the legendary Route 66 and the often maligned Detroit as it fights its way back from oblivion.

American Idol 16

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

American Idol 16

Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation, are music industry forces and superstar judges, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

Ryan Seacrest returns as host.

After searching the country for the best of the best talent America has to offer, viewers will be taken on a journey through the stories of talented musicians from far and wide - from garage band rockers to national anthem singers to caretakers - who all have the same passion: a love for music.

In the first audition episode, the show will head to New York, Los Angeles and Nashville where aspiring singers will audition for a chance to see if they have what it takes to earn the coveted golden ticket to Hollywood.


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


Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling, the original stars of Beverly Hills, 90210, return in a miniseries the takes the concept of a series reboot to a whole new meta-level.

When the cast gets back together, it will come with a big twist: the seven former teen idols will be playing heightened versions of themselves in the serialised drama - with a healthy dose of irreverence - that is inspired by their real lives and relationships with each other.

Having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, Jason, Shannen, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it's time to get a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot up and running.

But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself.

What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this cast attempts to continue from where they left off?


Shows in this post: Idols, Hotel, 90210


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