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New on TV today: Wednesday 12 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 12 Aug 2020
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(Un)Well

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Documentary Series, Reality, Lifestyle

(Un)Well

This series takes a deep dive into the lucrative wellness industry, which touts health and healing. But do the products live up to the promises?

(Un)Well is a six-part docuseries that investigates controversial wellness fads.

Each episode dives deep into trends and treatments that catch on like wildfire but that inspire both passionate support and deep skepticism.

Topics include apitherapy, essential oils, breast milk, extreme fasting, ayahuasca and tantric sex.

The series will explore all sides of the topic – from what hurts to what works.
 

Puma: The Ghost Cat

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Puma: The Ghost Cat

One of the most elusive animals roaming the wilderness, the ghost cat, is full of surprises.

Adaptable and resilient, these cats dictate a precarious cycle of life with the creatures who share their home.

In the cold, inhospitable mountains of Chile, 2,000 metres above sea level, a single mother raises her three cubs.

In less than a year they will be fending for themselves in this unfriendly landscape; they must learn the skills that will keep them alive.

Pumas are the protectors of this landscape. They prevent large plant eating mammals over-grazing the mountains and bringing sustenance to the other creatures that scavenge their unwanted scraps.

If these three cubs can learn to survive on their own, they will join their mother as guardians of the mountains, passing on their knowledge to the next generation of ghost cats.
 

9-1-1: Lone Star

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 19h10
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama

9-1-1: Lone Star

Nearly 20 years ago, Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) was the lone survivor of his Manhattan firehouse on 9/11. In the wake of the attack, Owen had the unenviable task of rebuilding his station.

After a similar tragedy happens to a firehouse in Austin, Owen, along with his troubled firefighter son, T.K., takes his progressive philosophies of life and firefighting down to Texas, where he helps them start anew.

On the surface, Owen is all about big-city style and swagger, but underneath he struggles with a secret he hides from the world - one that could very well end his life.

Once in Austin, Owen meets the brilliant and wry chief paramedic Michelle Blake (Liv Tyler), as well as police officer Carlos Reyes.

He then begins to assemble his new team of diverse and qualified candidates for Firehouse 126, including Marjan Marwani, an adrenaline junkie and badass firefighter who also is a devout Muslim; Paul Strickland, a transgender male firefighter who bravely decided to transition on the job in Chicago and has a gift for observation worthy of Sherlock Holmes; and rookie firefighter Mateo Chavez.

Owen's toughest challenge may be Judd Ryder, who, like Owen, was the sole survivor of Austin's original 126 house after a rescue call ended in tragedy.

A gruff cowboy to his core, Judd is married to Grace, a 9-1-1 call centre operator, and struggles with PTSD, unsure if he ever can be the firefighter he once was.
 

South America's Weirdest Animals

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary Series

South America's Weirdest Animals

South America's Weirdest Animals' dives into the depths of the South American wild to investigate the cast of misfits, the oddities, the weird, the eccentric and the truly bizarre.

The landscape here is truly one of a kind. So, the animals have evolved accordingly.

In the South American wild, strange problems gave rise to even stranger solutions.

In the series premiere, "Wild Mutants": South America is a land of extremes. Many hundred thousand square miles of forests, grasslands and mountains.

Survival is a daunting proposition. But when the going gets tough, the wild inhabitants morph into oddballs.

Millennia of weird evolution have made this giant continent a land of mutants. Expect the unexpected because here, outlandish is the new normal.
 

Jaguar: King of the Jungle

Channel: CuriosityStream (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Jaguar: King of the Jungle

One of the most powerful yet elusive animals on the planet, this documentary follows one male to reveal the secret life of the jaguar.

The jaguar is the third biggest cat on the planet, and kilo for kilo is the most powerful of all of them.

A nomad by nature, he patrols a home range of over one hundred square kilometres.

His home is deep in the heart of the teeming with wildlife for him to eat, and he will happily take anything from pig-like peccaries to tapirs, despite them weighing three times more than he does.

But every year life for his kind gets tougher.

Despite being the strongest cat and top predator in his territory, modern challenges and human interference ensure that his future is fraught with danger.

The jaguar needs its rainforest, and the jungle needs its king.
 

Greenleaf 5

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

Greenleaf 5

Final season!

This megachurch drama takes you into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.

Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity - greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values - that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.

This season, the Greenleafs attempt to maintain a united front in the face of losing their church to Bob Whitmore and Harmony and Hope Ministries.

However, secrets past and present create what could be fatal fractures in the family's fragile foundation.

The Bishop continues working to mend his rift with Lady Mae while, day by day, Harmony and Hope's grip on Calvary tightens.

In the Season 5 premiere, "The First Day": With Calvary's imminent demolition, Lady Mae and Bishop seek a sign from God, as Jacob digs into the family mansion's past.

Meanwhile, Grace learns the real reason why Bob Whitmore is so invested in keeping the Calvary congregation under his wing.

 

Actors in this post: Rob Lowe, Liv Tyler



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