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2020 MTV Video Music Awards

Channel: MTV (DStv 130) and MTV Base (DStv 322)
TX Time: 02h00 (live) and 19h00 (delayed)
Genre: Awards, Music

2020 MTV Video Music Awards

This year's spectacle will bring together music fans worldwide and pay homage to the strength, spirit and incredible resilience of NYC and its beloved residents.

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) is the year's biggest celebration of music.

With live performances and watershed moments, the show provides an open forum for artistry and expression that leaves an indelible mark on pop culture.

Signature awards include Video of the Year and the Video Vanguard Award, the latter of which has been given to Missy Elliot, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, among others.

Hosted this year by Keke Palmer, performers at this year's event include The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, Maluma, CNCO, BTS, Doja Cat and J Balvin.

Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead this year's nominations with nine nods each, closely followed by Billie Eilish and The Weeknd with six nominations.

K Pop supergroup BTS nabbed three nominations, while Doja Cat and J Balvin bagged three nominations and four nominations respectively.

Roddy Ricch has three nominations while Latin superstar Maluma has bagged one nomination.

The VMAs will be simulcast live at 01h00 (pre-show) and at 02h00 - 04h00 CAT (main show) on MTV and MTV Base.

The show will air in primetime later on in the evening at 18h00 (pre-show) and 19h00 - 21h00 (main show) on MTV only.


The nominees: 
2020 MTV Video Music Awards - all the nominees and TV times

Prodigal Son

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Thriller, Drama

Prodigal Son

Imagine, for a second, that you catch killers for a living. Your father is one of the most notorious serial killers that ever lived, and he taught you everything there is to know about the criminal mind.

Now, imagine partnering with your serial killer father to help the police solve other murders...

Prodigal Son centres on Malcolm Bright, a psychologist who has a gift for understanding how serial killers think, because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly, was once a notorious serial killer called The Surgeon.

Bright is the best criminal psychologist around, and murder is the family business.

He uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with his manipulative mother, Jessica Whitly, his annoyingly normal sister, Ainsly Whitly and a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, not to mention his own constantly evolving neuroses.

The only way Bright feels normal is by solving cases with the help of his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo.

Arroyo is one of the best detectives around, and he expects no less from his team – Detective Dani Powell, a headstrong no-nonsense cop who quickly becomes impressed with Bright's work; and Detective JT Tarmel, a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself.

During an investigation, Malcolm uncovers a striking bit of information - the killer they are investigating is impersonating another serial killer... his father, Dr. Whitly.

Bright enlists the help of his father to uncover the impersonator and solve other murders. But will this unsuspecting dream team become dangerous?

Is Malcolm more like his father than he'd care to admit? Will the serial killer father get his son back?

Family Feud 15

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 18h10
Genre: Game Show, Comedy

Family Feud 15

Since its premiere in 1976, Family Feud has remained one of television's most popular and enduring game shows.

Featuring two families who compete for cash and cars, contestants try to guess the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed.

As host, Steve Harvey engages competing family members in repartee, and his honest reactions to their responses have brought a fresh sense of comedy to the show.

In the new season, host Steve Harvey will be joined by some hilarious families, as they compete for the chance to win a bevy of cash prizes.

Featured families traveled from all over the US to participate on the show. This season auditions were held in Atlantic City, San Francisco, Austin, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Miami and Boston.

As an extra family fun bonus this season, viewers will get the opportunity to watch their favourite family members from TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Cake Boss come face-to-face on the Family Feud stage in support of their favourite charities, GLAAD and the Momma Mary Foundation.

The showdown is set to air later in the season.

Outpatients 3

Channel: FOX Life (DStv 126 / StarSat 133)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality, Reality Makeover

Outpatients 3

Aesthetic medicine takes centre stage with Dr Cathy Davies, a medical doctor with a special interest in aesthetics, who runs a practice in Johannesburg which services both ordinary people and celebrities alike.

From helping victims of violent injuries, to burn victims or those seeking life changing hair restoration, Dr Cathy is there to help.

In every episode, Cathy and her team of specialised medical professionals achieve the most extreme rehabilitations and transformations imaginable, and along the way, Dr. Cathy does whatever it takes to restore her patients' lives.

In the third season, you will get an even more intimate glimpse of Dr. Cathy and the daily miracles she performs.

Her cases take viewers on an emotional rollercoaster as the stories elicit both tears and cheers.

This season, Dr Cathy treats a chronically ill retired dancer who might lose his leg; a lady in the Eastern Cape with a facial tumor that is making it difficult for her to eat, drink, breathe and see; and a patient who lost most of her face as a child to Lupus.

Dr Cathy also checks in with Vuyi, a patient from the first season, who is still fighting his motor neuron disease and Ariana, a young teenage patient from the second season, who, after the tragic death of her cousin, suffered from Alopecia and lost most of her hair.

In the Season 3 premiere: Cathy has a chronically ill patient who may lose his leg. She tries everything she can to help the retired dancer walk once more.

Little Women: Couples Retreat

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Docu-Reality

Little Women: Couples Retreat

Across every series in the Little Women franchise, cast members have dealt with love, loss, breakups and makeups in their own unique ways.

Now, Tonya Banks of Little Women: LA - at a breaking point with her long term love Kerwin - decides to get away from it all.

Can time at a luxurious island resort help her reframe her relationship?

Tonya invites several of her friends from different Little Women casts (Christy and Todd from LA, The Tiny Twins from Atlanta, Lila and Jazmin from NY) to join her, knowing they, too, are at a crossroads.

Will the couples take advantage of their time on this couples retreat to better themselves?

Or will old jealousies, uncovered truths and painful memories be too much to overcome?


Channels in this post: MTV Africa, MTV Base, M-Net City, eExtra, FOX Life, eReality

1 Comment

Oyin Bucknor Arigbede
31 Aug 2020 08:13

This comes when BBC First goes dark on dstv today

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