Universal TV (DStv 117)
Police Procedural, Western, Drama
Deputy aims to bring the spirit of a classic Western and a gritty authenticity to the modern cop drama.
When the Los Angeles County's Sheriff dies, an arcane rule forged back in the Wild West thrusts the most unlikely man into the job: a fifth-generation lawman (Stephen Dorff), more comfortable taking down bad guys than navigating a sea of politics, who won't rest until justice is served.
In the series premiere, "Graduation Day": When Los Angeles' newly elected Sheriff dies, Bill Hollister (Dorff) is suddenly propelled into the role leading one of the largest police forces in the world.
Only interested in justice, Bill commands a county-wide crew of LA's finest, including Deputy Cade Ward, Deputy Brianna Bishop and Deputy Joseph Harris.
The dangers of the job often lead to the LA County General Hospital, where Bill frequently has run-ins with Dr. Paula Reyes, the hospital's chief trauma surgeon... and his wife.
The Plot Against America
M-Net (DStv 101)
A limited series based on the acclaimed Philip Roth novel of the same name, The Plot Against America imagines an alternate American history during World War II.
The story is told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey as they endure the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who captures the presidency and turns the nation toward fascism.
The series stars Zoe Kazan (The Deuce) as Elizabeth "Bess" Levin, an insightful mother and homemaker who fears for the future as she tries to protect her family amid the escalating political climate.
Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire) stars as Herman Levin, her proud and opinionated husband who works as an insurance agent and tries to maintain normalcy and assert himself as an American citizen, even as his country seems to be slipping into fascism, anti-Semitism and xenophobic isolationism.
Also starring is Winona Ryder (Stranger Things) as Evelyn Finkel, the unmarried, older sister to Bess whose own plans were arrested by years of caring for her infirm mother and is hungry to find her own place in life.
John Turturro (The Night Of) plays Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf, a politically conservative rabbi transplanted from Charleston, S.C. who seizes the reins of history to become a key figure in the emergent Lindbergh administration.
Anthony Boyle (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) stars as Alvin Levin, the angry orphaned nephew who allows his own sense of injustice and political differences with his Uncle Herman to carry him from the streets of Newark to the battlefields of Europe and then back again.
Azhy Robertson (Marriage Story) as 10-year-old Philip Levin, the youngest of the Levin clan who copes with his own innocent curiosity and growing anxiety in a world that seems to be collapsing around him.
Rounding out the starring cast is Caleb Malis (Blood Widow) as Sandy Levin, the Levin's artistic teenage son who rebels against his parents as his adolescence becomes entangled with his growing admiration for Lindbergh.
Supporting cast includes David Krumholtz (Numb3rs) as Monty Levin, the overbearing successful older brother of Herman whose sole focus is on running his wholesale produce business.
Michael Kostroff (The Wizard of Lies) plays Shepsie Tirschwell, the realistic and cautious Newsreel Theater projectionist.
Also recurring is Jacob Laval (Team Marco) as Seldon Wishnow, Philip's geeky, introverted neighbour who is unaware of the increasingly violent political atmosphere.
The series begins the narrative on the eve of the 1940 election cycle, as the two-term Presidential incumbent Franklin Roosevelt, as professional a politician as a democracy can produce, suddenly finds himself challenged by a political outsider.
Lindbergh has won fame through his legendary solo flight across the Atlantic 13 years earlier and is, in the minds of many Americans, among the country's greatest heroes.
But the election contest becomes much more fraught for the residents of Newark's Jewish enclave of Weequahic when Lindbergh stakes his insurgent campaign on the promise that he will keep America out of the European war, that he will remain neutral between Nazi Germany and the Allied powers, and most controversially, he names American Jews as being war instigators and disloyal to the true interests of America.
The anti-Semitism and xenophobia strike a chord with many Americans, who begin to regard fellow countrymen and outsiders alike with suspicion.
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
Netflix South Africa
Explore hallucinogenic highs and lows as celebrities share funny, mind-blowing tales via animations, reenactments and more in this documentary.
Star-studded reenactments and trippy animations bring their surreal hallucinations to life.
Mixing comedy with a thorough investigation of psychedelics, Have a Good Trip explores the pros, cons, science, history, future, pop cultural impact and cosmic possibilities of hallucinogens.
The film tackles the big questions: Can psychedelics have a powerful role in treating depression, addiction, and helping us confront our own mortality?
Are we all made of the same stuff? Is love really all we need? Can trees talk?
Cast members include Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, Ad-Rock, Rosie Perez, A$AP Rocky, Paul Scheer, Nick Kroll and Rob Corddry, among others.
Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
Reality intervention show narrating the lives of 13 widows in the aftermath of their departed spouses, as they are forced to deal with the consequence of the loss.
Widowed aims to highlight the devastation of loss and conflict that ensues thereafter, from being excluded by in-laws, the financial and emotional devastation, to having to deal with family members who are unsympathetic, and sometimes accusatory.
The series is mediated by Power Couple contestant Phindile Grootboom, who takes you through each widow's tale of meeting the love of their life, walking down the aisle and ultimately losing their spouse forever.
The series premiere features the story of Motsei Simelane, who is in a bitter dispute with her step-children over her late husband's family house.
War of the Worlds
M-Net City (DStv 115)
Set in Edwardian England, this new adaptation of H.G. Wells' seminal tale - the first alien invasion story in literature - follows George (Rafe Spall) and his partner Amy (Eleanor Tomlinson) as they attempt to defy society and start a life together.
After a huge meteor strikes Horsell Common in Surrey, England, the inhabitants of Earth face a vicious attack by an unknown alien race.
Amidst the chaos, George leaves his loveless marriage in the hope of starting a new life with Amy, despite the condemnation of the community around them.
But George and Amy, alongside every other human on the planet, soon find themselves fighting for their survival against a ruthless enemy beyond their comprehension - an enemy determined to destroy humanity and conquer the planet.
Adapted by Peter Harness, this visceral thriller delivers a riveting and atmospheric collision of science fiction, period drama and horror, bringing one of literature's most notorious foes vividly to life.
Rupert Graves is Frederick, George's elder brother, and Robert Carlyle plays Ogilvy, an astronomer and scientist.
Shades of Blue 2
eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
Police Procedural, Drama
Harlee Santos (Jennifer Lopez) is a charismatic single mother and resourceful detective at the heart of a tight-knit crew of Brooklyn detectives, led by enigmatic Lt. Matt Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who often leads the team to step outside the limitations of the law in order to effectively protect their precinct and their own.
Harlee navigates her fractured relationship with Wozniak as she struggles to conceal her deepest secret: she killed her daughter's father.
Following his discovery that Harlee collaborated with the FBI, Wozniak is confronted with a gut-wrenching dilemma of his own.
The crew is under tight scrutiny from Stahl and the FBI, as well as from Internal Affairs, in the form of a gregarious detective, Verco (guest star Dov Davidoff), who investigates the disappearance of one of their own.
Meanwhile, a former member of their crew, Julia Ayres (guest star Anna Gunn) runs for mayor and her complex relationship with Harlee and Wozniak comes to the fore.
Neither Harlee nor Wozniak anticipates that Ayres' corrupt connections will trap them in a dangerous war with the Mafia.
TVSA Show Page: Shades of Blue 2
Trial By Media
Netflix South Africa
Documentary Series, True Crime
In this true crime docuseries from executive producers George Clooney and Jeffrey Toobin, some of the most dramatic trials of all time are examined with an emphasis on how the media may have impacted verdicts.
In our modern media landscape where real courtroom dramas have increasingly been transformed into a form of entertainment, Trial by Media reflects on some of the most dramatic and memorable trials in recent history.
Since televised coverage introduced a new emphasis on creative storytelling and showmanship into the legal system, the courtroom has never been the same.
Over six parts, Trial by Media explores the many ways in which the press have contributed to reshaping public perception about guilt or innocence before, during or after a trial.
The series features cases reaching across different areas of the law including the unforgettable Jenny Jones made-for-Court TV murder trials, the sensational story of Rod Blagojevich's political fall and the case of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant who was shot 41 times by police in New York City.
Predator at Large
IDx (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
True Crime, Docu-Drama, Documentary Series
This series takes you deep inside peaceful communities in which a sadistic predator is living undetected, lying in wait, scoping out potential victims, and holding out for the perfect moment to strike.
Once they act on their depraved impulses, lives are destroyed, as are the communities which these killers themselves call home.
Brought to life by the testimony of friends and family of the victims, residents and law enforcement, as well as those closest to the perpetrators, these terrifying stories reveal the true horror of what happens when nightmares come true.
In the series premiere, "Watch Your Children": Summer 2002. Five-year-old Samantha Runnion is playing with a friend in front of their homes in Stanton, California.
Suddenly, a man appears and snatches Samantha, dragging her into his car. The race is now on to find her - and the man responsible.
Long Lost Family: What Happened Next? 4
ITV Choice (DStv 123)
Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell revisit more of the programme's most memorable searches, catching up with three people whose lives have been transformed in ways they never imagined.
Long Lost Family has reunited hundreds of people with their missing relatives. But meeting is just the beginning; how easy is it to let a stranger into your family?
In this series, find out 'what happened next'; revisiting some of Long Lost Family's most compelling stories and exploring challenging, unexpected and emotional developments as new relatives are discovered, new reunions take place and new relationships are tested.
The first episode catches up with Julie Roberts, who reunited with her birth mother Marion last year leading to an incredible revelation.
The second story follows Christina Barlow as she travels 5,000 miles to Colombia to spend time with the birth parents, who gave her up in extreme circumstances.
On this trip Christina spends time with her full siblings, who never knew she existed.
Border Security 15
CBS Reality (DStv 132)
With extraordinary access to the Australian Border Force and the Biosecurity agency, this program highlights the work of officers as they protect Australia from illegal immigrants, drug smuggling and biosecurity hazards which threaten this country.
For the last decade, the cameras have been capturing the dedicated men and women as they work to keep the country safe.
In the first episode of the new season, a husband and wife from Vietnam come to claim a lost suitcase - but what's hidden inside we'll change their lives forever.
Biosecurity officers bust a tour guide who should have known better.
A couple of large parcels at the Mail Centre have a smell that's a dead giveaway. There's no mistaking the identity of this illicit haul.
M-Net (DStv 101)
Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy.
As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to help give JJ his "voice".
In the Season 3 premiere, "L-O-N-- LONDON (Part 1)": The DiMeos cross the pond so Maya can ask her estranged father, the challenging Martin, for a loan to save their house.
Meanwhile, Jimmy puts on his "fun dad" hat to ensure JJ has a great trip, Ray digs deep to summon Californian vibes to endear himself to British girls, and Kenneth reveals a love for all things royal.