New on TV today: Monday 6 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 06 Jan 2020
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Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama


Follows the journey of two young Xhosa men whose passion for rugby finds them leaving rural Eastern Cape for Johannesburg in the hopes of becoming rugby stars.

The find themselves competing for a scholarship at a prominent private boys school and this hierarchal environment tests the notion of their identity and manhood as they seek acceptance from an institution that is foreign to them.

In this coming-of-age story, both young men must make the transition from the dusty rural streets to competing at the highbrow private school in the city.

There is much tension and internal conflict as one of the boys is royalty and is expected to return to his village to assume chieftaincy.

Throughout their journey, their moral fibre is seriously tested as they search for their own definition of manhood.

Ultimately the question becomes: are these two boys 'man' enough to forgive one another for the sins of their parents and overcome the betrayals of the past?

The series stars Oros Mampofu as Monwabisi Nala, Lihleli Tini as Asanda Debeza, Luzuko Nkqeto as Buzwe Debeza, Zikhona Sodlaka as Epainette Debeza and Sibulele Gcilitshana as Funeka Nala.

TVSA Show Page: Grassroots

Hotel 4

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Mockumentary, Comedy, Afrikaans

Hotel 4

Ferdie Kruger and the staff of The Fransen Hotel return for a fouth season of the mockumentary, Hotel.

In the previous season, there was a hustle and bustle over who the next mayor would be, Danny's first play was performed by The Fransen staff, there was fun with Batcoin and Jaap's pet sheep caused havoc.

This season, there is peace and harmony at Fransenburg after Ferdie decided to cut short his political career - so short that he's considering retiring even though he can't afford to.

And, to add insult to injury, the mayor Stephano Stutterheim plans to demolish the hotel to make way for the Mautrain.

Ferdie still considers retiring but quickly realises that he will be easily forgotten, which makes him more determined than ever to leave a legacy that even his great grandchildren will remember.

Jony discovers a new love, who comes to stay at the hotel and gets in Thomas' way.

TVSA Show Page: Hotel 4

77th Golden Globe Awards

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 02h00 (live) and 20h00
Genre: Awards

77th Golden Globe Awards

Ricky Gervais, in his unique and legendary fashion, will resume hosting duties for a record fifth time at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

The three-hour telecast will air live from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

The Golden Globes serve as the official kickoff to the 2020 awards season. 25 categories — 14 in film and 11 in television — are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The Golden Globe Awards, often referred to as "Hollywood's Party of the Year," is one of the biggest nights on the calendar for live viewing.

It's also one of the few awards shows that combine the honorees of both film and television.

The most-nominated television shows this year - with four apiece - are Chernobyl, The Crown and Unbelievable.


Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Telenovela, Afrikaans


Three things in life cannot be hidden: love, smoke and money. The social society and the events behind the business world are exposed in this series.

Zeynep and Yildiz are sisters who are very fond of each other, but their dreams are completely different from each other.

The life of Yildiz completely changes when she meets the queen of high society: Ender Argun, who decides to use Yildiz to get rid of her husband Halit - and makes Yildiz a life-changing offer.

The company that Zeynep works for is bought by Alihan Tasdemir - an arrogant, ruthless and rich businessman.

Zeynep falls for Alihan, not knowing that he is Halit's business partner and Ender's brother.


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Spencer's Big 30

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Food

Spencer's Big 30

Fast-paced series featuring healthy, hearty meals for four, that can be made by anyone in around 30 minutes.

Keeping the pace, while guiding us from prep to plate, high-energy host Spencer Watts gives us his top tips and tricks for cutting down cooking time, without sacrificing flavour.

Using fresh ingredients and a pantry stocked with everyday goods, Spencer shows us how effortless it is to put together a wholesome meal consisting of a main, vegetable, starch and dessert.

In each episode, he cooks up his take on mouth-watering dinners – from a Roast Beef Night to Curry in a Hurry or Meatless Monday.

To prove how efficient his meals really are, he cooks the entire meal in one take and it's always around 30 minutes.

While the kitchen may get a little messy, you'll learn how to spend less time cooking and spend more time sharing delicious dinners with family and friends.

Almost Yours

Channel: Telemundo (DStv 118)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Telenovela

Almost Yours

Filmed in Mexico City, Cuernavaca and Los Cabos, this production is a contemporary romantic comedy about a successful businessman struggling to teach his wife a and children the importance of family values over material things, after a life of privileges turns them into entitled members of society.

In his struggle, he will learn that it's never too late to start over and find true love.

Venezuelan actress Marjorie de Sousa plays Julieta, a courageous and intelligent woman who will have to overcome heartbreak, deception and life's many unexpected turns to be able to find true love.

Joining de Souza are Mexican actors Jorge Salinas and Lorena Herrera as Antonio Solano and his wife, Catalina.

Antonio is a successful businessman from humble beginnings who has devoted his life to giving his family a life of privilege, but his children have taken advantage of his generosity and his wife cares only about her looks, spending all his money on plastic surgeries.

In return, for Antonio, this life of luxury he worked so hard to provide for his family has become his biggest source of unhappiness.

As he takes matters into his own hands and makes drastic changes to restore his family's values, his path will cross with Julieta's, who unexpectedly comes into his life and turns it upside down.


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New! Almost Yours Teasers - January 2020

Extreme Chocolate Makers

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality, Food

Extreme Chocolate Makers

This series unveils the work of an elite group of chocolatiers, who go all out to produce the world's most breath-taking chocolate creations.

The talented chocolate makers that feature in the series will be designing and producing a range of ambitious, intricate and mouth-watering delights.

These include a 3D chocolate map of Croatia commissioned by the Croatian Embassy; a chocolate record player complete with chocolate headphones, microphone and record collection; a 4.5ft Big Ben and even exact replicas of an endangered dung beetle for an Oxford entomologist.

The Vet Life 3

Channel: Real Time (DStv 155)
TX Time: 14h45
Genre: Docu-Reality, Wildlife

The Vet Life 3

Charismatic vets and best friends Dr. Diarra Blue, Dr. Michael Lavigne and Dr. AJ Ross run a full-service veterinarian hospital and animal shelter together in Houston, Texas.

These guys go above and beyond the call of duty to care for all kinds of animals, and with the new season the clinic is helping more animals than they ever have before.

Dr. Blue handles an emergency after a pit bull has an unfortunate encounter with a raccoon.

Dr. Ross helps a ferret who is having aggression issues, while Dr. Blue and Dr. Lavigne head out to an animal rescue to castrate a donkey named Kenny Rogers.

But, as always, there's still room for plenty of action outside of their busy clinic: they place a bet on who will be crowned "The Pig Whisperer," and they have a surprise announcement for their wives.


Channel: Zee World (DStv 166)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Telenovela


A modern day interpretation of the classic love story of Menaka & Vishwamitra which revolves around Naren and Pooja, who are as different as chalk and cheese.

Naren is on the path of spirituality, studying psychology, and barely even reads the news.

Unkempt in appearance and erratic in his manner, he is looked upon as reclusive and anti-social.

Pooja on the other hand, is all that Naren isn't: warm, confident and a complete people's person.

Her talents range from being a karate champ who can straighten wayward boys trying to get fresh with her to dancing like a dream at the culturual nights of her university.

NOTE: this series aired on eExtra in 2019 as "Unique Love".


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American Grit

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 16h15
Genre: Reality Competition

American Grit

Sixteen of the USA's toughest men and women will face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges set in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

WWE Superstar John Cena and an elite group of mentors from the nation's most exclusive military units - Navy Seal Commander Rorke Denver, Army Sergeant Noah Galloway, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tawanda "Tee" Hanible and Army Ranger Nick "The Reaper" Irving - will push these fierce contestants beyond their limits while instilling in them the ethos of leaving no teammate behind.

The diverse group of civilians will be divided into four teams, hand-picked by the military mentors, known as "the cadre."

With up to a million dollars of prize money at stake, this is the ultimate competition and test of courage, determination and, most importantly, teamwork.

As these competitors work together, they will only have two options: to persevere and win or give up and "ring out."

Throughout the season, "the cadre," who represent top branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and real-life heroes, will impart their first-hand knowledge and experience to help their team work together to surmount near-impossible mental and physical challenges.

No test these competitors have ever faced will prepare them for the extreme military-inspired training they will undergo.

Each week, the teams will compete in survival-themed challenges, incorporating basic needs, as well as communication, mental prowess, physical strength and adaptability, in some of America's harshest conditions.

The team that wins the challenge each week is safe from elimination, and "the cadre" leaders from the remaining teams must select one contestant to face "The Circus," a grueling obstacle course built into the wilderness that tests both strength and endurance.

The only way for a contestant to lose is to "ring out," at which point they must leave the competition and forfeit their chance to take home the grand prize.

Grey's Anatomy 16

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Drama, Medical Drama

Grey's Anatomy 16

Meredith, Richard and Alex must deal with the consequences after Bailey fires them from Grey Sloan for insurance fraud.

After disappearing in the fog, Jackson helps a man in a dangerous situation, as his relationship with Maggie comes to a new crossroad.

Meanwhile, Tom gets new responsibilities at the hospital that throw the doctors for a loop.

Judge Jerry

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality

Judge Jerry

Judge Jerry is a daily, first-run court program with Jerry Springer presiding as judge.

Jerry will slide from the stage to behind the bench using law and order to settle disputeson his new show.

Judge Jerry will take on actual cases from real people.

In each episode, Judge Springer will hear cases and render a verdict with a fair yet firm hand and always leave litigants with a dose of classic Springer wisdom.

Home of the Year Ireland 4

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Reality, Home Improvement

Home of the Year Ireland 4

Championing individuality, flair and commitment to design, Home of the Year features homeowners around Ireland who have done something extraordinary to the place they call home.

From re-design to new builds, renovations and restorations, over eight weeks, 21 of these homes compete for the Home of the Year title.

Three very different and unique properties are featured each week.

Making the tough decisions on which homes go through to the final are three expert judges - design legend Hugh Wallace, renowned interior designer Deirdre Whelan and award winning architect Patrick Bradley.

Looking for individuality, functionality and clever design, the judges will score each of the homes out of 10 and the home with the highest combined score in each programme will then go through to the final, where the ultimate winner of Home of the Year is crowned.

Bittersoet 2

Channel: and eExtra
TX Time: 17h30 ( and 20h00 (eExtra)
Genre: Telenovela, Afrikaans

Bittersoet 2

Two separate worlds, both close and distant to each other, lie in a seaside neighbourhood of Istanbul. What happens when two young people from these separate worlds fall in love?

From a middle class family, Kemal is one of three children. His only aim in life is to make a living and survive. It's his senior year as an engineering student.

A down-to-Earth person, he doesn't believe in miracles, especially those related to love. But his world turns upside down when Nihan comes into his monotonous life...

In the Season 2 premiere, we find out what fate awaits Kemal after shooting Emir. The deciding testimony comes from a surprising source.

And in the next episode, while Kemal faces physical and mental abuse in prison, Emir starts plotting his revenge.


Back! Bittersoet 2 Teasers - January 2020

Numb3rs 5

Channel: FOX (DStv 125)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

Numb3rs 5

Drama about an FBI agent who recruits his mathematical-genius brother to help the Bureau solve a wide range of challenging crimes in Los Angeles.

The two brothers take on the most confounding criminal cases from a very distinctive perspective.

Inspired by actual events, the series depicts how the confluence of police work and mathematics provides unexpected revelations and answers to the most perplexing criminal questions.

Despite their disparate approaches to life, Don and Charlie are able to combine their areas of expertise and solve some killer cases.

In the Season 5 premiere, "High Exposure": Don and his team hunt for the killers of two rock climbers found in possession of a large diamond.

Also, Charlie decides if he should try to get his FBI clearance reinstated, and a new agent joins the team.

TVSA Show Page: Numb3rs 5

The Americans 4

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 21h45
Genre: Drama, Thriller

The Americans 4

The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear.

Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige, Philip and Elizabeth must keep their daughter's best interests at heart while ensuring that their cover identities, and thus their lives, remain protected.

Their previous missions have already placed Philip and Elizabeth in great jeopardy.

Martha, a valued secretary at the FBI whom Philip married while undercover, has been an invaluable source of intel.

However, when her cover is nearly blown, Philip must make increasingly difficult decisions to ensure her safety and allegiance.

The Jennings' neighbour, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), could also prove to be a renewed threat.

His KGB lover/asset Nina, having failed to turn him against the U.S., was sent back to Moscow to face an unsure fate.

With Nina gone, Stan has made an effort to become closer with his family, and has formed a bond with the Jennings' 12-year-old son, Henry.

He has also cultivated his relationship with KGB officer Oleg Burov, behind the back of Oleg's boss, Director of the KGB Rezidentura Arkady Ivanovich.

Stan's newfound dedication to wiping out Directorate S has also led him to become suspicious of Martha's uncharacteristic behaviour.

As he begins to investigate what's been in front of him all this time, he might finally get closer to uncovering the "Illegals" - Philip and Elizabeth - that have eluded him for so long.

The premiere episode, "Glanders," picks up on the heels of last season's finale. Philip and Elizabeth are dealing with the fallout of all they've wrought.

What will happen when the FBI finds out about Gene's suicide? How will Pastor Tim deal with the revelation that they are Russian spies?

And will they be able to handle a dangerous new bioweapons assignment?

TVSA Show Page: The Americans 4


Shows in this post: Grassroots, Hotel, Numb3rs, The Americans


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