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New on TV today: Thursday 19 March

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 19 Mar 2020
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El Chapo 2

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama

El Chapo 2

Based on journalistic investigations, El Chapo looks back at the life and career of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman since 1985 when he was a member of the Cartel of Guadalajara, his rise in the Cartel of Sinaloa, until his final fall.

An intelligent and merciless criminal, he owned a fleet of submarines, planes and an extensive network of tunnels that supplied the large majority of cocaine in America.

El Chapo does not only tell the story of a cartel, but also the governmental and institutional corruption that allowed him to prosper.

While his rise is largely a product of the longstanding systemic corruption, ultimately the government captures and extradites him to the U.S. nearly 30 years later.

Season 2 sees El Chapo escaping after eight years in prison, determined to make the Sinaloa Cartel the most powerful organisation in the country.

Allied to Don Sol – a government official aspiring to become president – and the DEA, the Mexican kingpin plans to take control of the drug trade in an all-out war.

The most mindless bloodshed ensues, and death hits home, taking away his dearest son.

But El Chapo proves stronger than ever: pain fuels his ambition and drives him to get rid of his enemies, one by one, in order to become the mythical Boss of all Bosses.

In the first episode of the new season: Two years after his arrest, El Chapo is transferred to Puente Grande, a prison where he is treated with more slack.

After Amado's death in Mexico City, the government is tasked with rearranging their peons to maintain their control over the drug-dealing business.

Don Sol seeks out the Avendaño Brothers so that they take Amado's place, but they are clearly out of control, and El Chapo sees this as the perfect opportunity to gain some advantage.

With the presidential elections around the corner, he makes Don Sol an offer: he will make the Avendaño Brothers disappear and assume control of the drug trafficking operations in exchange for a guarantee of his freedom granted by the presidential candidate once he takes office.

Don Sol gladly accepts but surprisingly, after 71 years, the party suffers a historic defeat; Don Sol loses his seat at Congress and Joaquin sees how his dreams of freedom vanish indefinitely.
 

Growing Up Hip Hop

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Docu-Reality, Music

Growing Up Hip Hop

Meet the princes and princesses of the hip hop world on the docu-series Growing Up Hip Hop.

Raised by hip hop legends, Angela Simmons, Romeo Miller, Damon "Boogie" Dash, Kristinia DeBarge, TJ Mizell and Egypt Criss work hard to gain independence and step out of their famous parents' shadows.

With their love and work lives intertwined, each member of this this tight-knit group is facing a surprising challenge that will test their loyalties within the group and even relationships with their own mothers and fathers.

Angela Simmons, daughter of rap pioneer Rev. Run of Run-D.M.C, is a hip hop socialite, model and fashion designer of her own line, Foofi, named after her toy poodle.

Angela is finding her independence and determined to make a name for herself in the industry on her own. Love has also been a struggle for Angela but a long-standing friendship with Romeo Miller could turn into something more.

Romeo is a musician and Hollywood actor juggling his busy career with a fast-paced globetrotting lifestyle.

The son of hip-hop artist and entrepreneur Master P, Romeo Miller has known fame since he was a child star formerly known as Lil' Romeo.

Ever since he was a little boy, his father has been grooming him to take over the No Limit Empire. When given the keys to the coveted No Limit kingdom, will he have what it takes to wear the crown?

Damon "Boogie" Dash is the namesake of his father, former Roc-A-Fella Records music and media mogul, Damon Dash, and just like his dad, Boogie is an entrepreneur.

In 2011, he and high school pal founded Chipz Cookies, which are currently sold in grocery stores throughout Manhattan.

Boogie also owns a record label and an art gallery in gallery in NYC. His father is constantly putting pressure on him to succeed on his own and pushes him to work hard for everything.

Kristinia DeBarge is the daughter of James DeBarge from the legendary yet troubled group DeBarge, and a singer/songwriter in her own right.

She began singing when she was three years old and at 12 years old recorded the duet "How I Feel Inside" with her father.

Questioning whether to reunite with her drug addicted father, Kristinia, leans on her uncle, music legend El DeBarge as she struggles to choose between family and fame.

TJ Mizell is the son of Jam Master Jay, one-third of the famous rap group Run-D.M.C. He recently returned to New York stepping into his famous father's shoes as a DJ.

TJ spins at the hottest events and venues around the world and best known as A$AP Ferg's DJ.

TJ is the "nice guy" and often looks to close friend Angela for support as their fathers were both in Run-D.M.C. and view each other as family.

TJ however is still haunted by the memories of his father's death and determined to keep his legacy alive in a city that revered him.

Egypt Criss, the daughter of Sandra "Pepa" Denton from Salt-N-Pepa and rap icon Treach from Naughty By Nature, is actively pursuing a solo music career.

Pepa is eager to help Egypt navigate the industry quickly assuming the position as "mom-ager."

Between Pepa's protective nature and heavy involvement in Egypt's budding career, will it prove to be too much for the aspiring singer?

The season begins as this tight-knit group of twenty something's gear up for a week of high profile parties and events.

While together in New York City they attend the opening of "Boogie's" art gallery, but with the seasoned hip hop legends in attendance, casual conversation turns into an intense old school lesson.

TJ celebrates his 24th birthday with an exclusive party, but Angela is forced to leave suddenly when a suspicious fan in the crowd gets a little too close for comfort.

Kristinia and TJ are confirmed to perform at the debut showcase of Angela's new faux fur fashion line; but when personal issues involving Kristinia's estranged father arise, will it ruin the evening?
 

Feel Good

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

Feel Good

Stand-up comic Mae Martin navigates a passionate new relationship with her formerly straight girlfriend while dealing with the challenges of sobriety.

Feel Good stars Mae Martin as Mae, a rising talent on the stand-up circuit and recovering addict whose addictive behaviours and intense romanticism dominate every single part of her life.

When she meets pragmatic - but so far heterosexual - George, she's smitten, and much to her surprise George feels the same.

They embark on an intoxicating romance as Mae juggles relationships with her parents, fellow addicts in a drugs support group, her colleagues at the local stand up club, and most importantly tries to transform her relationship with George from an addictive one to a healthy one.

But the real question is: can Mae replace a toxic addiction to love with love itself?

Feel Good is a deeply personal, dark but hilarious story about two young people navigating the modern-day landscape of love, addiction, and sexuality - and trying to form a meaningful and lasting connection.
 

Godfather of Harlem

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

Godfather of Harlem

A story inspired by infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from 11 years in prison to find the neighbourhood he once ruled in shambles.

With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X - catching Malcolm's political rise in the crosshairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart.

Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

In the series premiere, "By Whatever Means Necessary": Bumpy Johnson returns from Alcatraz to reunite with his family and reclaim his Harlem territory from Italian mob boss Vincent Gigante.

He finds an unlikely ally in his old friend Malcolm X.
 

Kings of Pain

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Reality, Wildlife

Kings of Pain

Follows wildlife biologist Adam Thorn and professional animal handler Rob "Caveman" Alleva as they get bit and stung by some of the most dangerous animals and vicious stinging insects in the world - from a reticulated python to a rove beetle - to create a complete and comprehensive pain index that will ultimately help save lives.

In 1983 entomologist Dr. Justin O. Schmidt began ranking stinging insects on a scale from 1-4, putting himself in harm's way for science creating the Schmidt sting pain index and authoring the book The Sting of The Wild.

Now Thorn and Alleva are taking Schmidt's pain index even further adding venomous bites and more deadly creatures and ranking them on a 30-point scale with new categories including intensity, duration and damage.

Their goal is to create history's ultimate and fully comprehensive guide to measuring pain.

In addition, they will be consulting with Schmidt as they build this new pain index that is completely new to science to be used as an educational tool showcasing which creatures humans should avoid and what to do in the event they do get bitten or stung.

Each episode chronicles Thorn and Alleva as they track the animal in its natural habitat, safely trap it and then execute the bite or sting on each other, followed by their ranking of the pain results.

An onsite medic is present who monitors the health and well-being of both men and describes to viewers exactly what physical and physiological effects each bite and/or sting is creating within their bodies.

Along their journey, viewers will also be learning about the history of each animal featured and its often-uncomfortable relationship with humans.

Deadly wildlife featured over this eight-episode season include the Nile monitor lizard, executioner wasp, fire urchin, rove beetle, lionfish, scorpion fish, bullet ant, piranha, tarantula hawk, giant Asian centipede and the reticulated python - to name a few.

You will also get the chance to travel the world from the remote jungles of Bolivia, the Amazon and Indonesia to the beaches of Bali, South Africa, Mexico and Baja California.
 

Long Lost Family Specials

Channel: ITV Choice (DStv 123)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Long Lost Family Specials

Presented by Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell, Long Lost Family offers a last chance for people who are desperate to find long lost relatives.

These two specials help a handful of people, some of whom have been searching in vain for many years, find the family members they are desperately seeking.

Episode 1: The Unknown Soldiers

In thousands of fields across the world today lie the bodies of hundreds of thousands of fallen British servicemen, yet to be identified.

Each man left behind family desperate to know the fate of their loved one.

This special one-off episode is dedicated to the extraordinary searches across the world for soldiers lost in battle during the First World War.

Episode 2: Born without a Trace

The team behind Long Lost Family use an extraordinary new technique to try and identify birth families and find answers for people who have spent decades trying to find out where they came from.
 

Empire 6 resumes

Channel: FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Drama, Music

Empire 6 resumes

The final season resumes with the second batch of 10 episodes, as the countdown to the series finale begins.

In Episode 11, "Can't Truss 'Em": The Lyons' world is turned upside down as they face a loss, which forces one Lyon to deal with an unresolved trauma from the past.

Meanwhile, Andre makes an important decision about his health, family and career and Devon confronts Tiana about her relationship with Hakeem.

Also, a shocking revelation about the future of the Lyons is revealed.

TVSA Show Page: Empire 6
 

The Real Housewives of Orange County 14

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Real Housewives of Orange County 14

Tamra is moving on up, as she settles into her new home behind the gates of the neighbourhood that started it all, Coto de Caza.

With Eddie's heart condition on the mend, she finds herself nursing the relationships around her as she is caught in the middle, not only at home with her two sons Ryan and Spencer arguing over their beliefs, but also with Vicki and Kelly, who both refuse to back down.

Having shed over 40 pounds and the baggage of her marriage, Shannon is back on the fun bus as she juggles her many suitors. It's her year of transformation, as she tightens and lightens and does her best to avoid the negativity around her.

After enjoying her short stint of the single life, Kelly has ditched her "bench" in favour of her new boyfriend, Dr. Brian, a plastic surgeon.

Still reeling from the accusations at last year's reunion, more shocking allegations are spread about Kelly causing her to reassess how she deals with anger.

Powering her way through a difficult year, Gina leans on the ladies more than ever as she opens up about her heartache and mistakes. She finds an unlikely ally in the group as her other friendships are put to the test.

With Shane busy studying for the California Bar exam, Emily carries the full load of her home life, functioning as a single mother to her three young kids and step kids.

As Emily and her husband approach their 10 years of marriage, his absence weighs on her, overshadowing their landmark anniversary.

Brought into the group through Kelly, new housewife Braunwyn is a mother of seven with a full house including a baby, toddler, twin kindergarteners and three teenagers.

When she is not escaping to her love shack with husband Sean, Braunwyn is always ready for a mom's night out as she gets to know these OC ladies in more ways than one.

Vicki finds herself in the hot seat once again after hopping on the rumor mill train.

But she doesn't let that detour her way to happiness as her love tank is full when Steve finally pops the question that she has been eager to hear.

 

Actors in this post: Forest Whitaker, Davina McCall

Shows in this post: Empire



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