New on TV today: Friday 29 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 29 May 2020
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The Voice 18

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

The Voice 18

Nick Jonas joins coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton as they return for Season 18, with Carson Daly returning as host.

The show's format features four stages of competition: The first begins with the Blind Auditions, then the Battle Rounds, Knockouts and, finally, the Live Performance Shows.

During the Blind Auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don't get to see them, thanks to rotating chairs.

If a coach is impressed by the artist's voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team.

At this point, the coach's chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected.

If more than one coach pushes his/her button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes his/her button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.

Also returning this season is the "block," which adds another layer of excitement during the Blind Auditions.

The coach chairs each have an extra set of buttons with the other three coaches' names. The block button prevents a coach from adding a new artist to their team.

The coaches can only use their block buttons on one artist for the entire first round of the competition.

When a coach hits the block button with the name of the other three coaches, the coach who hit it automatically turns around. The "blocked" coach only discovers they are blocked if they press their button.

The blocked coach's chair will still turn - instead of their lane lighting up with their name, it will say "Blocked." If the coach doesn't press their button, the block is still available for another audition.

Once the teams are set, the battle is on. The coaches dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice and sharing the secrets of their success, along with help from their celebrity advisors.

The coaches enlist music industry heavyweights to prepare their artists for the Battle Rounds - Dua Lipa for Team Kelly, Joe and Kevin Jonas for Team Nick, Ella Mai for Team Legend and Bebe Rexha for Team Blake.

During the Battle Rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.

They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the next round.

After each vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition.

The losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach or available to be saved by their own coach, but unlike any other season, the team coach can only hit their button to save an artist after it's clear no other coach is going to steal the artist.

If no other coach has attempted to steal the artist by the time he/she gets down the stage steps, the artist's coach can push to save them.

Each coach will have one save and one steal in the Battle Rounds. Artists who won their battle or were stolen by another coach will advance to the Knockout Rounds.

In a new twist for the show, the four artists that were saved by their individual coaches during the Battle Rounds will not automatically advance in the competition.

Instead, those artists will compete in the first Four-Way Knockout.

Each of the four artists will receive individualized coaching and rehearsals with their coach and a superstar Mega Mentor in preparation for the Four-Way Knockout.

However, the winner will ultimately be chosen by America.

At the top of the final episode of Knockouts, voting will open for America to choose which of the four artists moves forward in the competition after their performances.

At the top of the first Live Show, Carson will reveal which of the four artists was voted through by America, and that artist will continue to the Live Shows with their original team.

For the remainder of the artists who made it to the Knockouts Round, one superstar Mega Mentor will be on hand to work with all the coaches and their teams as they prepare the artists for this challenge.

In the Knockouts, the artists will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time they will select their own songs to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits.

The coaches will choose the winner and the artist not selected will be available to be stolen by another coach.

Each coach will only have one steal in the Knockout Round, making the stakes higher than ever.

Once the Live Performance Shows begin, the top artists will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast.

As always, the television audience will vote to save their favourite artists. The artists with the lowest number of votes will be eligible for the "Instant Save."

These artists will each perform a new song that represents why they should earn the save. America will then have the opportunity to save their favourite performer by voting on "The Voice" app or

The singers with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week.

In the end, one will be named "The Voice" and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.

Space Force

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

Space Force

A four-star general begrudgingly teams up with an eccentric scientist to get the U.S. military's newest agency — Space Force — ready for lift-off.

A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force.

Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colourful team of scientists and "Spacemen" are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance.

From co-creators Carell and Greg Daniels (The Office), Space Force is a new kind of workplace comedy, where the stakes are sky high and the ambitions even higher.

Other series stars include John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow and Noah Emmerich.

Sweet Magnolias

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

Sweet Magnolias

Based on the series of books, Sweet Magnolias follows lifelong best friends Maddie, Helen and Dana Sue as they juggle relationships, family and careers in the charming small town of Serenity, South Carolina.

Somebody Feed Phil 3

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Food, Travel

Somebody Feed Phil 3

He loves remarkable food, with a side of laughs.

Phil Rosenthal is back on his tasting tour of the world for another five episodes in the third season of Somebody Feed Phil.

Join Phil on comical culinary adventures to Marrakesh, Chicago, London, Seoul and Montreal.

Queen of the South 4

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

Queen of the South 4

Starring Alice Braga as Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run from the Mexican cartel and seek refuge in America, this action-packed series returns for its fourth season.

In Season 4, Teresa expands her empire to the East Coast by taking on the Big Easy - New Orleans, Louisiana.

But when new enemies emerge and familial trust is broken, Teresa is forced to make difficult decisions that weigh heavy on her soul.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Bienvenidos a Nueva Orleans": Teresa expands her business and proves herself to a smuggler who offers her a business opportunity.

Vikings 5b

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

Vikings 5b

Vikings returns with the second set of 10 episodes from Season 5.

In the mid-season finale, the divide between the Lothbrok family climaxed with Ragnar's sons battling each other to rule the world.

The long-awaited faceoff ended with a strategic victory going to Ivar the Boneless, who vowed vengeance on his betrayers with a direct target on Lagertha's back.

Last seen in an unstable state and losing her appearance as a fierce Viking warrior, Lagertha was hopeful she will regain her spot in Kattegat as its rightful leader.

Season 5 returns with the arrival of a legendary Viking, the famous Duke Rollo, who causes further upheaval in a Kattegat still reeling from Ivar the Boneless becoming its King.

As Bjorn and Lagertha flee Ivar's murderous forces with Bishop Heahmund, Ivar's tyrannical reign over Scandinavia ushers in a new Dark Age, the likes of which have never been seen.

Ultimately, Ivar's reign will not go unchallenged by the sons of Ragnar and old enemies will become allies to defeat the despot who has declared himself a God on Earth.

Meanwhile in Iceland, Floki battles the elements and his own settlers' desire for revenge, to forge a Viking colony on the beautiful and desolate landscape.

Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Comedy, Special, Music

Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall

Backed by a full band and a ready wit, actor Ben Platt opens up a very personal songbook onstage: numbers from his debut LP, Sing to Me Instead.

Captured before a live audience at Radio City Music Hall, this feature-length special documents the Tony, Grammy and Emmy-Award winning performer at the final stop on tour for his debut album.


Channels in this post: M-Net, Netflix South Africa


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