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New on TV today: Monday 17 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 17 Aug 2020
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Lovecraft Country

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Horror, Drama, Period Drama, Adventure

Lovecraft Country

Based on the novel of the same name by Matt Ruff, the 10-episode series follows Atticus Freeman as he journeys with his childhood friend Letitia and his uncle George on a road trip from Chicago across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father Montrose.

Their search-and-rescue turns into a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and monstrous creatures that could be ripped from an H.P. Lovecraft paperback.

Atticus is a Korean war vet who always has a pulp novel in his back pocket, and wears his heart on his sleeve despite the daily injustice of living in Jim Crow America.

His father, Montrose, however is hard headed and secretive, and always believed you can't live in a fantasy world — making him less-than-thrilled about his son's love for pulp novels.

It's Atticus' uncle who's always been more like a father to him. Warm, funny, and well read, he was the first to introduce Atticus to the wonderful and strange world of pulp novels.

As the publisher of the "Safe Negro Travel Guide" he's been on enough adventures to understand there's no place like home.

Letitia "Leti" Lewis hustled her way across the country as an artist protesting for civil rights and now finds herself back home to plant some roots.

Her half-sister Ruby is also a hustler, but her hustles haven't paid off. Her family ties are tested when she's presented with an offer she can't refuse.

Hippolyta Freeman is a star-gazer who's been a housewife most of her life, but has dreams of getting into some adventures of her own.

Her itch for adventure will eventually, literally and figuratively, take her to the stars and beyond.

Eustice Hunt is a sundown county sheriff with a NAACP complaint file a mile long, and a marine tattoo on the back of his neck so the enemy has something to aim at, gets more than he bargained for when he crosses paths with Atticus.

Ji-Ah is a seemingly naive nursing student who is thrust into active service when war breaks out, and a rash of soldier disappearances suggests she is more than what she seems.

Christina Braithwhite is the only daughter of the leader of a secret order calling themselves the "Sons of Adam." She's gone to great lengths to earn her father's respect, but to no avail.

She's going to pave her own path to power, and use Atticus and his family to do it.

Willam is Christina's henchman, lover, bodyguard, spy, or whatever else she may need him to be. Blonde-haired, blue-eyed, he's the "perfect specimen" for the Aryan race.

In the series premiere, "Sundown": Veteran and pulp-fiction aficionado Atticus Freeman travels from the Jim Crow South to his South Side of Chicago hometown in search of his missing father Montrose.

After recruiting his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and childhood friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) to join him, the trio sets out for "Ardham", Maryland, where they think Montrose may have gone looking for insight into Atticus' late mother's ancestry.

As they journey across the Midwest, Tic, Leti and George encounter dangers lurking at every turn, especially after sundown.
 

10 Things You Don't Know

Channel: E! (DStv 124)
TX Time: 19h05
Genre: Countdown Show, Clip Show

10 Things You Don't Know

So you think you know your celebrities? Well, think again.

Get ready for plenty of OMG moments as each comedic half-hour self-contained episode highlights a celebrity and counts down the 10 most unique, unbelievable and surprising facts you don't know about that person.

From Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lopez and Tiffany Haddish to Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Keanu Reeves and more, the series will uncover all the hysterical, outrageous, only-in-Hollywood scoop that prove stars really are just like us.
 

Station 19 3

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

Station 19 3

In the Season 3 premiere, "I Know This Bar": After a car crashes into Joe's Bar, Andy and Sullivan lead the team of firefighters as they work to rescue their fellow crewmates Ben and Pruitt, Grey Sloan doctors and interns, and bar patrons before the building comes crumbling down.

Guest stars include Grey's Anatomy regulars Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey and Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Indoor Fireworks": The new Seattle fire chief is introduced to Station 19 and leaves the crew skeptical after his visit.

Later, the firefighters are called to a department store fire caused by exploding fireworks, which triggers painful memories from Ben's past and inspires him to pursue a new endeavour.

Maya advocates for herself and her career, while Jack becomes more intertwined with an acquaintance; and Andy and Ryan have a heart-to-heart.
 

Family or Fiancé 2

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality

Family or Fiancé 2

In this high-stakes social experiment, there will be disagreements, heartbreak, resolutions and hopefully healing, as engaged couples seek the blessings of their disapproving families before their upcoming weddings.

The couples and extended families live under one roof for three days and participate in activities designed to strengthen their bond, unpack their differences, and show some very complicated relationships in a whole new light.

In the end, will the experience confirm the families' concerns, leaving these couples to reconsider their unions?

Or will it provide the families with a renewed understanding and persuade them to give their blessings to the couple's happily ever after?

In the Season 2 premiere, "Cindy and Jamiah: Families in Feud": Just days before the wedding, two desperate fiancés attempt to broker peace within their feuding families.

However, they are completely caught off guard when their relatives unite with one common purpose: to declare the couple is not ready for marriage.

 

Channels in this post: 1Magic, E! Africa, M-Net City, Vuzu



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