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New on TV today: Monday 11 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 11 May 2020
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Deputy

Channel: Universal TV (DStv 117)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Police Procedural, Western, Drama

Deputy

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

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h05
Genre: Drama, Miniseries

The Plot Against America

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

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary

Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics

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.
 

Widowed

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Reality

Widowed

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

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Sci-Fi, Miniseries

War of the Worlds

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

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

Shades of Blue 2

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

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary Series, True Crime

Trial By Media

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

Channel: IDx (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Docu-Drama, Documentary Series

Predator at Large

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

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

Long Lost Family: What Happened Next? 4

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

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Docu-Reality

Border Security 15

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.
 

Speechless 3

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 16h15
Genre: Comedy

Speechless 3

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.

 

Shows in this post: Shades of Blue



8 Comments

Tashi
11 May 2020 10:02

Trial by Media looks juicy - I hope someone does something about the media's role in COVID-19 once we all pick ourselves up after the pandemic.

Timone
11 May 2020 20:01

Hey Tashi, I finished Gentleman Jack. Great performances by all but our lead is exceptional in the role. Although I nearly abondened the show halfway in because of that Ann Walker character 

Tashi
12 May 2020 09:59

Hey Timone - coolness! 

Re- Ann,  - ja, she became highly annoying in how oppressed she was by convention, despite having such an ally in the fight against it. It made her cruel to Anne -  such a moper too! 

Timone
12 May 2020 10:46

I guess realistically speaking her protrayal is very true to the time they were living in, I mean its now nearly two centuries later and people are still afraid of unconventional love, so in that aspect it was very realistic and also that the show is based on true events but unforturnately we mostly watch these shows to be entertained, so they could have found a way of informing the audience about their struggles as a couple without actually taking us through that painful process and rather used a chunk of that time dedicated to the courtship to show us more of Anne kicking ass as on the business front.

Tashi
12 May 2020 14:29

>>I guess realistically speaking her protrayal is very true to the time they were living in, I mean its now nearly two centuries later and people are still afraid of unconventional love<<

Definitely ... especially because they were at the forefront of standing up against the oppression. I see that wikipedia names her and Anne Lister as the first known women in England to have a same-sex marraige.

Whenever I think about it, I freak out at the thought of how archaic things still are. Wikipedia's page on "same sex intercouse" is terrifying when you see how many places still regard it as illegal and punishable in violent, barbaric ways.

I can't get my head around it... it's insane that so many people think they have a right to tell others what their sexuality should be and force them - when we're all born with our own!

It's too much too comprehend.

I suppose we had to see that painful part of AnnAnne to understand it properly.

Still, she could have moped less.

Timone
12 May 2020 16:14

Definitely could have moped less! 

Otherwise it is very sad and disheartning that as a species we have advanced and evolved so much but when it comes to this we have not progressed much farther from where we were a couple of centuries back.

I hope there'll be more development on the Sowdens' storyline next season (the pigfest family) angel

Until season 2 then 

Tashi
13 May 2020 12:23

Tashi edited on
5/13/2020 12:26 PM

>>I hope there'll be more development on the Sowdens' storyline next season (the pigfest family) angel<<

Ha, looks like there will be. Here's some perspective from the creator about the season: Gentleman Jack Season 2

Hasn't been filmed yet because of COVID - was supposed to start in June but now looks like September instead.

Brace yourself: there's gonna be a lot of Ann 'cos the season's going to explore the power dynamics between them once they move in together.

Hopefully she loses the mope now that she's come out. She'll clearly be difficult in other ways though, especially as she holds the purse strings - interesting what the creator says about this in the article.

Hear-hear! ... until Season 2. It's gonna take a while, probs only in 2021, but at least it's something to look forward to. 
 

Timone
13 May 2020 17:17

Thank you for the scoop Tashi!  2021 is still okey by me, I still have a lot of shows to binge but I agree its definitely something to look forward to 


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