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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Mar 2020
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Scaled

Channel: Real Time (DStv 155)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Wildlife

Scaled

Reptiles have walked the Earth for over 370-million years and with over 10,000 confirmed species, they're among the most diverse vertebrate groups known to man.

It's no wonder that reptiles now rival dogs and cats as the most popular household pet.

That's why Greg West, owner of Cornel's World in Calgary, Alberta, and his top team of reptile experts and craftsmen are building some of the most unique terrariums on the market.

In each episode of this series, the team meets a passionate reptile lover hoping to create a unique habitat for their precious scaled pets.

The crew combine imaginative design with animal know-how to create showpieces that always have the reptile's needs at the forefront.

From building a grand Mayan-inspired terrarium for poisonous dart frogs to creating an insect feeder for lizards, Greg and his team travel to clients across North America, changing the way people think about the care of some of the most amazing creatures on the planet.
 

Cities of Tomorrow

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

Cities of Tomorrow

Humanity is at the dawn of a fourth industrial revolution. Urban populations are continuing to expand, and every week one million people around the world move to the city.

By 2050, 70 percent of all human life will be concentrated in cities.

How will we deal with this urban explosion and the colossal problems it will generate?

Episode 1: Vertical Farms

In 50 years from now, cities will be home to 70% of all human beings. They will have seven billion mouths to feed and will face an immense challenge in terms of food supply.

Are hydroponics and vertical farming going to solve this challenge?

Episode 2: Smart Cities

Megalopolises are spreading out and becoming denser - and there is nowhere left to park. Luckily, the technology is there to deal with this growing chaos.

Technological urbanism promises hyper-rational cities that are 100% sustainable and perfectly safe. They are known as smart cities.

Episode 3: New Cities

In South Korea, China and Saudi Arabia, in Abu Dhabi and in Russia, a new kind of city is now under construction.

These are prototypes of green, hyper-connected cities that are stuffed with digital technology and ecological equipment.
 

Morena

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 08h50
Genre: Telenovela

Morena

Leo Hernández is a 28-year-old boy raised in the Lacandona forest by a man he believed to be his father, who taught him how to survive in the forest.

Even though he can read and write, Leo denies culture and his roughness has never allowed him to fall in love.

Morena Madrigal is a 25-year-old girl who studied in New York and is "technologically dependent". Unfortunate in the ways of romance, she always falls in love with the wrong men.

Morena makes a trip to the Lacandona forest and meets Leo, but the relationship between the two cannot work because they are very different from each other.

After that, she travels to Mexico City in search of her grandfather and starts working at a company owned by the Sirenio family.

At the same time, Leo discovers that the man who raised him is not his father and that his real surname is Sirenio. He goes to Mexico City in search of his real family and, right in the Sirenio house, he meets up with Morena.

She will teach him how to behave in the city and, despite the huge differences, they fall madly in love with each other.
 

Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 15h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Docu-Reality

Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes

Irish architect Dermot Bannon showcases some of the worlds most amazing homes; from sunny Sydney to London city, from stylish Melbourne to the snowy landscape of northern Sweden.

In each episode, Dermot meets homeowners, architects and realtors who show him four award-winning homes and introduce him to some incredible living spaces and experiences.

Sometimes it's the homes themselves, and sometimes it's the people behind the homes that are the star.
 

Alternatino with Arturo Castro

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Comedy

Alternatino with Arturo Castro

Creator, writer and star Arturo Castro (Broad City, Narcos) tackles more than 45 characters in sketches over 10 episodes that showcase his perspective on relationships, everyday awkward moments and much more.

Satirising everything from modern dating to American culture to politics, Alternatino brings a fresh point of view to the Latinx experience.

Each episode in addition to the sketches has a scripted narrative thread that features a heightened version of Arturo as he goes about daily life as a Latin millennial.
 

Snowfall 3

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h50
Genre: Drama

Snowfall 3

It's the summer of 1984, and it's Season 3 of Snowfall.

Crack cocaine is spreading like wildfire through South Central Los Angeles, continuing its path of destruction and changing the culture forever.

Police are waking up to this growing epidemic, and Sergeant Andre Wright has set his sights on budding Kingpin and next door neighbour Franklin Saint and his people.

While local law enforcement fights to stem the tide, Teddy McDonald and the CIA are working hard to make sure the flow of cocaine into LA doesn't stop.

To continue funding the war against communism in Central America, Teddy will need to find new routes into the United States using Gustavo "El Oso" Zapata and what's left of the Villanueva family.

As the stakes and losses continue to mount our players truly begin to understand the destructive force they have set in motion, forced to reexamine their own motivations and the cost of continuing forward from here.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Protect and Swerve": Franklin and Cissy look to make an investment in the community, while Andre tries to figure out what is destroying it.

Also, Jerome unveils his new business, a new cook on the streets is competing with Franklin's crew and Teddy's operation in Mexico becomes more complicated.
 

Judge Judy 16

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 15h45
Genre: Reality

Judge Judy 16

With her outspoken style, hard-hitting decisiveness and engaging wit, Judge Judith Sheindlin single-handedly reinvented the courtroom genre.

A former New York family court judge known for her ability to cut through a dispute and get to the core of the emotional issue at hand, Judge Judy acts as a moral compass for people seeking guidance, resolution and common sense in their lives.

Judge Judy's goal is to make a lasting impression that will discourage repeat offenders and help heal families and victims of injustice.

In the Season 16 premiere: A beer can hits a woman in the head, and she suffers a concussion, when she reunites with the boyfriend who supposedly threw the can, she is sued by an admirer for alleged loans.
 

MasterChef Australia 5

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 17h50
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

MasterChef Australia 5

Season 5 starts with 22 contestants being welcomed to Melbourne with their first challenge at the MCG.

With the first themed week of the series being 'boys vs. girls', each team of 11 are tasked with creating a three-course meal for their new 'family': the opposing team plus the three judges, on a budget of $204 (what the average Australian family spends on groceries per week).

Up for grabs is also an extra $33.70 (what the average Australian family spend on take-away per week) which is given to the winning team of an egg-separating mini-challenge.

TVSA Show Page: MasterChef Australia 5
 

Mom 6

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Comedy

Mom 6

Mom stars Anna Faris as a newly sober single mom raising two children in a world full of temptations and pitfalls, and multiple Emmy Award winner Allison Janney as her critical, estranged mother.

Christy (Faris) is a waitress at a posh Napa Valley establishment who is four months clean and doing her best to be a good mom and overcome a history of questionable choices.

Her sobriety is tested when Bonnie (Janney), her recovering alcoholic mom, reappears chock-full of passive-aggressive insights into Christy's many mistakes.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime": Christy has second thoughts about law school after a tough first day, and Bonnie is plagued by an upsetting dream.
 

Weasels: Feisty and Fearless

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Weasels: Feisty and Fearless

Members of the weasel family are often portrayed as the villains of the natural world, but do they deserve this reputation?

By following the adventures of a tiny orphaned weasel named Twiz, this film reveals the true nature of these pocket-sized predators, which relative to their size have a bite more powerful than a tiger's.

In Yorkshire, a unique garden rigged with over 50 cameras gives a rare insight into the dramatic life of a mother stoat as she tries to raise her first family.

And new science uncovers the problem-solving abilities of the honey badger, the secrets behind the ferret's legendary flexibility, and the remarkable sense of smell of the wolverine.

Together, using their extraordinary skills, this feisty and fearless family have conquered the planet.
 

Billions 2

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama

Billions 2

Season 2 picks up immediately after the Season 1 finale, as hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) squares off against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Damian Lewis), scorching the Earth in a costly war for personal domination.

It's law versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the balance.

Season 2 finds the characters vying for control in a changing world that presents an existential threat. For all of them, it's a choice between evolution and extinction.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Risk Management": Chuck faces scrutiny within his office and from the Attorney General. Axe refortifies Axe Capital, and weighs his options for retaliation.

The fund wrestles with a precarious economic landscape that threatens the very existence of Axe Cap.

Wendy entertains an offer from a rival hedge fund manager and Lara intervenes in an emergency at her children's school.

TVSA Show Page: Billions 2
 

The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: True Crime, Documentary

The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers

What begins as an exploration into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Crystal Rogers, a mother of five, vanishing from the tiny town of Bardstown, Kentucky, quickly spirals into the dissection of multiple unsolved homicides haunting this idyllic heartland community.

Presumed dead and the victim of foul play, it has been over two years and there have been no arrests made in Crystal's case.

Additionally, Crystal's father, Tommy Ballard - who was conducting his own 16-month investigation into his daughter's disappearance - was shot down and killed, leaving behind a box of clues.

This series will follow Emmy Award-nominated reporter Stephanie Bauer and veteran homicide detective Dwayne Stanton, who has worked on celebrity cases and more than 750 homicide investigations, as they relentlessly unearth new leads, insights and information.
 

The Incredible Dr. Pol 9

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Docu-Reality, Wildlife

The Incredible Dr. Pol 9

On this rip-roaring season, the docs are off to the races as they zoom from critical clinic visits to emergency farm calls.

Strap in for a wild ride as the crew of Pol Veterinary Services works around the clock to pull calves, push prolapses and attempt to triage the mayhem that comes with the central Michigan territory.

A call comes in from the Isabella County Sheriff's Office after a four-year-old Beagle mix is hit by a car with no owner in sight.

Doc bolts from the clinic to save the wounded pup, but is it enough to get him back on his four paws?

Meanwhile, Charles and Beth welcome their bundle of joy, Abigail. The family is over the moon and absolutely smitten with the new addition.

It's sure to be a wild ride on this abscess-draining, bull-wrangling, baby-snuggling, momentous season.
 

Naturopolis

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Nature, Documentary Series

Naturopolis

A new era is here: welcome to Planet City.

The end of 2008 marked a significant shift in the history of humanity – we are now a predominantly urban living species.

Today, every modern metropolis must respond to a fundamental question: how can nature play a central role in their development, which is both ecological and sustainable, and which allows humans to live in harmony, like in an ecosystem?

New York, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro and Paris are pioneers. Each city is a giant laboratory, experimenting and developing urban ecology, according to its own natural history.

Through their investigation, our characters - scientists, artists, architects and naturalists - will find themselves at the forefront of these major technological and architectural challenges, aiming to create a synergy between city and nature, and working on the process of developing the ingredients for tomorrow' world.

Naturopolis dives into the heart of some of the most original urban ideas, those that might ensure the success of a human-created ecosystem.

Here lies the great challenge of the 21st century.
 

I Escaped to the Country 2

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 23h00
Genre: Reality

I Escaped to the Country 2

Celebrates the house-buying success stories of people who've made it to the countryside - these homeowners took the step out of the city after purchasing a rural property that they were introduced to on Escape to the Country.

Find out what they love about their new home and how the move has transformed their everyday lives.

In the series premiere, "Worcestershire/Dorset": Nicki Chapman is reunited with a couple she first met a few years ago when they were house hunting in the Worcestershire countryside and bought one of the properties they viewed together.

Unfortunately, just weeks after moving in, their dream home was destroyed by a fire and they had to spend three years rebuilding it.

Nicki now returns to see the complete transformation they have managed to achieve and how, in the aftermath of such turmoil, they are now enjoying life in their new country home.

Later, Nicki also revisits a property-hunting couple she met in Dorset, whose new house in the heart of a village has opened doors into the thriving community.
 

Girlfriends 4

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Comedy

Girlfriends 4

In the Season 4 premiere, "Some Enchanted Evening": Joan enjoys relative peace in her relationship with Ellis.

However, she establishes a strong connection with a stranger whom she meets when they duck into the same doorway during a rainstorm.

She is later surprised to find that the man is Ellis's agent, Brock.

In the second episode of the weekday double bill, "If It's Broke, Fix It": Toni refuses to speak to Todd because she is up in arms about his debt and feels betrayed by the fact that he failed to disclose this information sooner.

While at the spa with Joan, Toni's ring is apparently repossessed by a woman on behalf of Harry Winston.

TVSA Show Page: Girlfriends 4

 

Shows in this post: MasterChef Australia, Billions, Girlfriends



8 Comments

Timone
02 Mar 2020 10:05

Funny enough I finished binge watching Season 4 of Billions last night and finished binge watching season 3 of Snowfall the week before.  Brilliant seasons on both accounts.
Snowfall in my opinion is better when the focus is mostly on Franklin's story, I really did not miss Lucia this past season.  Their costume/wardrobe department deserves some props: Franklin and crew's swag is on point (those tshirts and golf shirts).
Billions: what can I say, Paul Giamatti and his onscreen father continue to be such a marvel to watch. I was really rooting for Chuck this season and the finale has paid off big time, its just so unfortunate that his marriage is once again collateral damage.  I wonder if it is going to survive this latest blow.

Tashi
02 Mar 2020 16:57

>>Paul Giamatti and his onscreen father continue to be such a marvel to watch.<<

They are - their love/hate plottings and Chuck's tragic desperation to please him are endlessly entertaining.  
Re- poor, long suffering Wendy... I fluctuate between feeling for her and then blaming her.

The relationship she has with Axe has always had an element of threat towards Chuck, with that sexual spark between them that no-one talks about. How sexual do you think it is? Even if never realised, but under the surface.

Chuck must feel this constantly.

Timone
02 Mar 2020 19:57

Any living human being in a relationship with either Wendy or Axe would feel threatened by that situationship between those two. Rebecca didn't stick around long enough to see the full extent of it. Wendy always compares Chuck to Axe and poor Chuck will always come up short because Axe is not burdened with the day-to-day realities of being in a marriage and raising kids together. Case in point: look at what happened with his own marriage. I must say I was very surprised when they didn't cross that line in the finale, when there was cause (vulnerability from disappointment from their relationships) and opportunity (alone in that apartment)......

Tashi
02 Mar 2020 20:14

Ooh yes, I forgot the season ends with that "I'll just sleep here scene," -  

You're right... Chuck will always come up short - in more ways than one! Axe can be the irresponsible maverick for Wendy but Chuck can't for a multitude of reasons.

There's also a lot of sexual energy when they're all together - maybe a threesome awaits us in Season 5? 

 

Timone
03 Mar 2020 10:15

maybe a threesome awaits us in Season 5?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!!! Nearly chocked on my Rooibos! 

Tashi
05 Mar 2020 12:05

cheeky Timone - oh yes, threesome's can be dangerous!

A trailer for Season 5:



This description from the Los Angeles Times:

Last season’s shaky truce between Rhoades and Axelrod has collapsed and the two are again at war. Escalating tensions, nonbinary mathematics superwhiz Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced to rejoin Axelrod’s firm after their attempt to establish a rival company was sabotaged by Axelrod, with assistance from Rhoades. Mason has vowed to get even. Meanwhile, Rhoades’ estranged wife, corporate therapist Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff), is also at a crossroads. She is continuing to work for Axelrod while exploring her growing independence from her husband, making that already delicate triangle even more explosive.

-----

They did an interview with the show's producers and asked about the new characters:

What can you tell us about Julianna Margulies and Corey Stoll coming aboard?

David Levien (executive producer):
Corey plays Mike Prince, originality from the Midwest. He’s a business operator and investor. He’s basically got the same net worth as Axe. He’s devoted himself toward the public good in many ways, which is grating to Axe.

Julianna comes into the story in a different way. We don’t want to spoil how she and Chuck come together but she is a sociology professor and a bestselling author in the world of relationships and sexuality. She and Chuck have a very interesting relationship.

TVSA Team
05 Mar 2020 12:40

Update! 

A heads-up that Morena didn't start on eExtra Monday - it's only going to start in May now.

It was pulled at the last minute after the schedulers realised it has a high age restriction and it isn't appropriate for the mornings.

It's going to replace I Forgot I Loved You in the 23h00 slot once it ends in May.

Timone
05 Mar 2020 15:44

Timone edited on
3/5/2020 3:45 PM

Mhhhhh!! Looks and sounds interesting , looking forward to sexy Corey Stoll, last saw him on Girls I think.  Thanks Tashi!! 


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