New on TV today: Thursday 9 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 09 Jul 2020
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Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Comedy


A new comedy sketch show where no area of the universe is off-limits.

Famalam shines a comedic light on everything - from alien encounters in the outer reaches of the galaxy to what happens when a man is left on his own in a house for 10 minutes holding only a phone and a remote.

With a dazzling array of accents, cultural observations and colourful costumes, Famalam gives us a glimpse of the latest Nollywood blockbuster, reveals who might be responsible for internet spam and introduces us to the real rulers of the world - spoiler alert - it's not the G20...

In the debut season we'll meet a huge range of comic creations including thwarted Nigerian philanthropist Prince Alyusi, Croydon's leading voodoo doctor Professor Lofuko, misunderstood superhero Eclipse, never-satiated chicken-loving schoolboy Fat Sam and over-amorous daytime TV hosts/lovers, William and Funke.

Along the way we'll also learn some newly-unearthed Black British History with garage MC Scribbler P, get a sneak peek of the latest Nollywood blockbusters, and at last see some much-needed cultural diversity injected into Midsomer Murders.

Southern Gothic

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h50
Genre: True Crime, Docu-Drama

Southern Gothic

The South can be as shadowy as the muddy waters that run through it, especially when it comes to crime.

This true crime series explores the duplicitous characters, unique settings and boundless mystery of murder in the American South.

While highlighting how law enforcement in the South is a personal business, the series reveals how, in a place where the Constitution and the Bible are required reading, there lie dark secrets.

From the church-going young husband shot dead in his Alabama home to the biggest manhunt in Texas' history after three teens disappear, these dark crimes in the American South are grim, especially when it comes to planning, committing, and covering up a crime.

In the series premiere, "The Sinner": When a young husband is shot dead in his Alabama home, police think it's a botched robbery.

But a dark secret was hiding between the pews of the local Baptist church.

Growing Up Hip Hop: New York

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

Growing Up Hip Hop: New York

From broken relationships and love triangles to arrests, sibling rivalries and the infamous Fyre Festival; each hour-long episode of Growing Up Hip Hop: New York will be a non-stop, drama-packed ride.

The newest series in the franchise will follow these New York natives as they navigate their complicated love lives and hustle hard to become more than just the sons and daughters of their famous parents.

The well-off and well-connected cast includes:

- Rap star Ja Rule and children Jeff Bruce Atkins Jr. and Brittney Atkins

- Murder Inc. mogul Irv Gotti and children, Angie Pearson and Jonathan "JJ" Wilson Lorenzo

- Fat Joe with son Ryan Cartagena

- Rapper Charli Baltimore and daughter DJ Siaani

- Young Dirty Bastard, son of the late Old Dirty Bastard

- Flavor Flav and his children Da'Zyna, Quan and Will

- JoJo Simmons, son of rap pioneer Rev. Run

- Rapper and actress Lil' Mama and her brother Arnstar

- Rapper and producer Kid Capri with daughter Vina Love

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 10 - Family Edition 2

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality

Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars 10 - Family Edition 2

Four famous families who are dealing with notorious and well-publicised rifts will undergo intense counselling and decide with the help of experienced therapists Dr. Ish Major and Dr. Venus Nicolino.

The goal is to determine whether to save their relationships or cut family ties forever.

In the season premiere, "Show and Hell": The families are taken back to kindergarten for a surprise show and tell. The class spirals into chaos when deep issues are exposed.

Amber goes on a rampage that sparks a brutal confrontation with the Joneses.

Die Koevert (The Envelope)

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality

Die Koevert (The Envelope)

In each episode a celebrity surprises an individual who made a significant change in the lives of others and became an everyday hero during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a large amount of cash.

People like JP Duminy, Donnalee Roberts, Cheslin Kolbe, Dean-John Smith, Cintaine Schutte and others start a gift chain with an envelope full of money.

An amount of R10,000 is given to a community hero who must then continue this chain of gratitude by surprising another benefactor with the same amount.

The Lowdown with Thomas Gumede

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality, Clip Show

The Lowdown with Thomas Gumede

Thomas Gumede uses social media memes and videos for a humorous round up of what makes relationships go around under the current conditions of lockdown and social distancing.

The comedian tackles the daily struggles with an in-depth comedic monologue supported by memes and clips.

Topics of discussion include how couples who can't physically be together due to lockdown, how to keep their relationships healthy, undeclared crushes that get introduced online, and confessions from singles on how they cope through online dates and interactions.

The show closes with couples living together during quarantine - married, vat-'n-sitting, broken up or divorced, but quarantining together out of circumstance or for the kids.

Gumede gets and gives tips on how to survive each other during lockdown.

Comedic contributions from the likes of Coconut Kelz, Luyanda Maphumulo and skits by Leon Gumede and Sphe.

NCIS: New Orleans 4

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

NCIS: New Orleans 4

This colourful city known as The Big Easy harbours a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride's team is at its best.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Rogue Nation": while Pride remains on probation six weeks after his rogue takedown of the corrupt Mayor Hamilton, his team is closely monitored by Supervisory Special Agent Paula Boyd (Becky Ann Baker).

Also, when the FBI arrives to run lead on a case involving a stolen big rig of nuclear waste, the team must secretly investigate from the sidelines.

TVSA Show Page: NCIS: New Orleans 4

Teens 101

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 09h00
Genre: Actuality

Teens 101

Combining interviews with experts and personal accounts from youth and their parents, Teens 101 will help guide them through these difficult years.

The series illustrates the major issues the youth are facing today.

From multiculturalism and family dynamics to media influences and mental health issues, Teens 101 will provide information to help youth and adults come to grips with the trials and tribulations associated with the teenage years.

Yobe 2

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Yobe 2

Documents the journey undertaken by perpetrators of crime seeking forgiveness from their victims and their families.

The docu-series unpacks the stories of the perpetrators as they take accountability for their actions by apologising to their victims.

Setting the tone for the dialogue is the victim, recalling the events that changed their lives. The incident which resulted in the offender being jailed is then delievered through a re-enactment.

The offender then proceeds to write a letter to the victim or victim's family expressing their desire to meet with them.

Once both parties agree to meet face-to-face, mediation occurs under the guidance of trained Correctional Services facilitators and social workers.

Due to the sensitivity of the process, all cases are handled with the assistance of the Department of Correctional Services and their rehabilitation program facilitators.)

Is it possible to heal wounds caused by the devastation of crime through a victim-and-offender dialogue?

TVSA Show Page: Yobe 2

Growing Up Hip Hop 4

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

Growing Up Hip Hop 4

In the turbulent return of the series, hip hop's hottest heirs serve their iconic parents a feast of scandal and betrayal; and dig into the mysterious death of one of hip hop's royalty - Eazy E.

The OG's will come face to face with the truth about what they have built, and the pitfalls that come with the flashy family name.

This Season, Romeo Miller may appear to be walking in the footsteps of his father, Master P, but behind the scenes, Romeo struggles to juggle the demands of the No Limit lifestyle.

Love is on the horizon as Angela Simmons, once again captures Romeo's attention. Just when the romantic sparks start to ignite, Angela's old flame, Bow Wow, pops up and fires up an epic battle of the Lil's.

A jaw-dropping scandal threatens to destroy Pepa's empire when her fiery relationship with her 29-year-old bodyguard goes public.

Egypt Criss (Pepa's daughter) stands by her mother's side when salacious rumours and secrets are exposed and Pepa is faced with a major ultimatum: choosing between her new love and Salt-N-Pepa.

Boogie Dash, recently released from rehab, starts his journey to overcome his biggest fear of all: the uphill battle of his father, Damon Dash's high expectations.

Meanwhile, the pressures of being on television may have becomes too much to bear, for hip hop's scrappy outsider, Briana Latrise.

Her friends, including surrogate father, Damon Dash, become concerned when she begins to spiral out of control and goes on a destructive rampage.

Newcomers Lil Twist and Eric Wright Jr. aka Lil Eazy-E (Eazy-E's son) enter the scene and challenge the inner circle.

Lil Twist makes his move on the princess of hip hop, Egypt, which falls under the radar of her overprotective boyfriend.

Eric embarks on his own dangerous investigation to get to the truth of his father's mysterious death.

But as he begins his pursuit of justice, will he be ready for what's on the other side of the doors he is opening?

Vanessa and Angela Simmons's brainchild, Pastry, presents the sisters with a major opportunity.

However, a tug of war begins as Angela's schedule may make it difficult for her to participate. Will Vanessa start making plans to move forward without her sister?

Meanwhile, their brother JoJo Simmons plans to do something no other Simmons child has ever done before and enlists the help of his sisters to pull off the biggest surprise of all time.

But everything comes crashing down when Angela's ex-fiancé, and father to her son, Sutton, is tragically shot and killed.

In her darkest hour, Angela's friends go rushing to her side.


Shows in this post: NCIS: New Orleans, Yobe


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