New on TV today: Thursday 2 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Jul 2020
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Once Upon a Quarantime

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 20h05
Genre: Special, Reality

Once Upon a Quarantime

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting lives across the world, this unscripted special follows four couples who have been self-filming their new reality during the crisis.

Featuring raw and emotional self-shot footage over 60 days, the one-hour event offers an intimate "fly on the wall" look at how these couples are facing major life milestones - from pregnancies and changes in birth plans to quarantine weddings and border barriers separating fiancés - all while living life under lockdown.

We have access to pregnancies, quarantine weddings, and border barriers separating fiancés, all happening under quarantine.

These relationships will be put to the ultimate test as they battle lockdown with major milestones fast approaching.

The four couples featured in Once Upon a Quarantime are:

Shannon and John - New Jersey

First time parents Shannon and John have chosen to revise their hospital birth plan, opting for a home birth in a birthing pool.

Shannon thinks it's a great idea, but John is not convinced.

Jennifer and Romain - California & France

Jennifer and Romain's wedding in a French castle has been derailed by the pandemic.

The couple applied for a visa for him to return to the States, but now the visa offices are closed indefinitely and France's borders are closed, further testing their love.

Camillia and Marquis - Ohio

Baby number three is due and the couple is balancing homeschooling their kids while prepping for birth.

Marquis is the only person allowed to go to the hospital with Camillia and once he is there will not be able to leave, so the couple may be in lockdown at the hospital for days.

Crystal and Luis - Southern California

Luis and Crystal's Mexican wedding is all planned and their families who live in Mexico are pressuring them to come down and get married.

Unsure if they will be able to get back into the U.S. if they travel to Mexico, the couple is debating whether to take the risk or devise a new wedding plan.

Growing Up Hip Hop

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 20h00
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?

I Know This Much is True

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama, Miniseries

I Know This Much is True

Based on the bestselling novel by Wally Lamb and starring Mark Ruffalo, this limited series follows Dominick Birdsey as he struggles to care for his twin brother, Thomas, while discovering the truth about his own family history.

The series follows the parallel lives of the identical twin brothers in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th-century America.

After paranoid schizophrenic Thomas Birdsey (Ruffalo) has a violent public breakdown, Dominick Birdsey (also Ruffalo) finds himself stepping up to defend his identical twin brother in unexpected ways.

As he navigates the fallout of Thomas' actions, Dominick reflects on their childhood growing up under the tyrannical rule of their volatile step-father, Ray, and their persistent desire to know the identity of their biological father.

Dominick crosses paths with the prickly Nedra Frank (Juliette Lewis) as he attempts to have his grandfather's manuscript translated from Italian into English as a gift for his ailing mother.

Warrior Nun

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

Warrior Nun

After waking up in a morgue, an orphaned teen discovers she now possesses superpowers as the chosen Halo-Bearer for a secret sect of demon-hunting nuns.

Inspired by the Manga novels, Warrior Nun revolves around a 19 year-old woman who wakes up in a morgue with a new lease on life and a divine artifact embedded in her back.

She discovers she is now part of an ancient order that has been tasked with fighting demons on Earth, and powerful forces representing both heaven and hell want to find and control her.

Her search for answers brings her to The Order of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society of warrior nuns sworn to protect the world from evil.

While juggling her responsibilities as the chosen one with the normal obstacles of a teenage girl, this mysterious fantasy drama is full of mystery, action, adventure and teenage romance, proving our main character might fight in the name of good, but she's no angel.

All on the Line

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Nature

All on the Line

The fishing industry has been hit by hard times, from lower numbers of fish to fewer jobs. Now, a group of fishermen hit by the recession are doing something about it.

Following the lead of brash but experienced skipper Johnny Johnson Junior, they travel to international waters to capitalise on lucrative fisheries.

Late in the North Atlantic bluefin season, Johnny and fellow skipper Dan Smith battle storms and a federal quota to bring home monster tuna and a paycheque.

But as tensions flare with other crew members and engine failures cause havoc, life at sea is never easy in the fierce world of commercial fishing.

As the series gets underway, it's late in the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna season. In the iconic fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, many boats are done for the season.

But there are two crews still fighting to land monster tuna and keep their family businesses going through the winter.

As the weather worsens, the fish get bigger and the stakes get higher. With some of these monster tuna weighing more than 1,000 pounds, it's the ultimate battle of man versus beast.

Now it's all hands on deck as these fishermen risk everything to bring home a monster payday.

Following two fishing boats, the Julia Nicole and the Subdivider, All on the Line spotlights the special dynamic between these two groups and their unique ability to band together in an industry that otherwise demands fierce, sometimes cutthroat, competition.

And while both crews of families acknowledge the risk, they're ready to risk it all to bring home a fortune.

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Canada's Lost Girls

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary

Stacey Dooley Investigates: Canada's Lost Girls

Canada has a dark secret - the disappearance and murder over decades of over a thousand indigenous women and girls.

Stacey travels to British Columbia and Alberta to find out more about what some believe is a national scandal.

She begins on a remote road dubbed the Highway of Tears, where dozens of woman have vanished or been murdered since 1980 whilst trying to hitchhike.

As a national enquiry is launched, it has emerged that there are cases across the country - but why do so many remain unsolved?

Stacey meets the family of Amber Tuccaro, who was 20 when she was abducted and murdered in 2010, who feel there are still so many unanswered questions about Amber as well as four other victims found in a six-mile radius.

The indigenous Canadian community has criticised the police, accusing them of failing to investigate indigenous cases properly. In the words of one elder, 'some of the biggest racists carry a gun and they carry a badge.'

Stacey meets the police to ask what they are doing to address this issue and bring closure to the families of the missing and murdered.

Speechless 3

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h30
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.


Actors in this post: Angela Simmons, Juliette Lewis


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