New on TV today: Friday 2 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Oct 2020
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Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Fashion, Afrikaans, Reality


Over the course of 10 episodes, actress Christia Visser takes us into the modelling world on an in-depth exploration of the industry, set against the drama of young models competing for one international contract.

The show features models and wild cards from the auditions across South Africa in this year's competition, as they hope to cement their place in the model mansion.

Each week Christia is joined by a judging panel consisting of former Mrs. South Africa 2nd Princess and industry professional Kholofelo Mabusela, international model Pieter Black and the late international fashion designer Coenraad de Mol, who died earlier this year.

The show gives models the opportunity to work with South African fashion photographers and international fashion designers.

But will they have what it takes to endure the vigorous challenges thrown at them by host Christia?

Emotions run high and models crack under pressure as the challenges test them mentally and physically.

Alliances are formed; friendships are made and broken; and one by one, models are eliminated from the house.

The premiere kicks off with 40 models and wild cards to see if they have what it takes to become the next ultimate model.

Will they have what it takes to get through a Mardi Gras catwalk and stills photoshoot to make it into the Top 12 and the Model house?

Party of Five (2020)

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama

Party of Five (2020)

This reimagining of the '90s series will follow the five Acosta children as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico.

Party of Five follows the Emilio, Lucia, Beto, Valentina and baby Rafa, as they struggle to stay together in the wake of their parents' deportation.

Forced to shoulder professional and parenting responsibilities for which they are ill-equipped, the siblings must grow up quickly.

In a new iteration by original series creators Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser, this story of a young family bound by adversity will be retold through the lens of current day themes and cultural conversations.

Song Exploder

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

Song Exploder

Get inspired as musicians dig deep into the creative process of songwriting and reveal their intimate thoughts in a series based on the hit podcast.

Based on the podcast of the same name, and from host Hrishikesh Hirway and filmmaker Morgan Neville, each episode of Song Exploder features some of the world's greatest musicians as they reveal how they brought one of their songs to life.

The series weaves together in-depth interviews, archival footage and raw recordings as each artist breaks down their song, layer by layer, sharing intimate insight into the personal inspiration behind the music and lyrics.

Featured artists include 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist, songwriter and producer Alicia Keys, who breaks down "3 Hour Drive" from her 2020 album, Alicia.

Also featured is Pulitzer Prize-, Grammy-, Emmy- and Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, who delves into the creation of "Wait for It" from the musical phenomenon "Hamilton".

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers R.E.M. open up about the influences behind the life-changing track "Losing My Religion".

Also, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Ty Dolla $ign discusses the inspiration behind "LA", the deeply personal opening track from his gold-certified major label debut album, FREE TC.

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Documentary, Religion

Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie

Documentary maker Louis Theroux travels to America to investigate the Church of Scientology, a religion he has long had a fascination with.

Louis tries to interview members of the Church of Scientology - but they do not want to speak with him.

Unsurprised when his request to enter the Church's headquarters or speak to members of the mysterious organisation is turned down, he instead tracks down former members of this controversial organisation and uncomfortably recreates some extreme experiences.

All the while, Louis is being oddly shadowed by people who might be the very folk he wouldn't mind having a word with...

Emily in Paris

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

Emily in Paris

Say "oui" to new possibilities...

Emily, an ambitious 20-something marketing executive from Chicago, unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company — and she is tasked with revamping their social media strategy.

Emily's new life in Paris is filled with intoxicating adventures and surprising challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends and navigating new romances.

The Real Housewives of Orange County 14

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 20h05
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Real Housewives of Orange County 14

Tamra is moving on up, as she settles into her new home behind the gates of the neighbourhood that started it all, Coto de Caza.

With Eddie's heart condition on the mend, she finds herself nursing the relationships around her as she is caught in the middle, not only at home with her two sons Ryan and Spencer arguing over their beliefs, but also with Vicki and Kelly, who both refuse to back down.

Having shed over 40 pounds and the baggage of her marriage, Shannon is back on the fun bus as she juggles her many suitors. It's her year of transformation, as she tightens and lightens and does her best to avoid the negativity around her.

After enjoying her short stint of the single life, Kelly has ditched her "bench" in favour of her new boyfriend, Dr. Brian, a plastic surgeon.

Still reeling from the accusations at last year's reunion, more shocking allegations are spread about Kelly causing her to reassess how she deals with anger.

Powering her way through a difficult year, Gina leans on the ladies more than ever as she opens up about her heartache and mistakes. She finds an unlikely ally in the group as her other friendships are put to the test.

With Shane busy studying for the California Bar exam, Emily carries the full load of her home life, functioning as a single mother to her three young kids and step kids.

As Emily and her husband approach their 10 years of marriage, his absence weighs on her, overshadowing their landmark anniversary.

Brought into the group through Kelly, new housewife Braunwyn is a mother of seven with a full house including a baby, toddler, twin kindergarteners and three teenagers.

When she is not escaping to her love shack with husband Sean, Braunwyn is always ready for a mom's night out as she gets to know these OC ladies in more ways than one.

Vicki finds herself in the hot seat once again after hopping on the rumor mill train.

But she doesn't let that detour her way to happiness as her love tank is full when Steve finally pops the question that she has been eager to hear.

Dick Johnson is Dead

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary

Dick Johnson is Dead

As her father - who is suffering from dementia - nears the end of his life, filmmaker Kirsten Johnson stages his death in inventive and comical ways to help them both face the inevitable.

A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced the award-winning filmmaker of the power of the real.

But now she's ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book - staging inventive and fantastical ways for her 86-year-old psychiatrist father to die, while hoping that cinema might help her bend time, laugh at pain and keep her father alive forever.

The darkly funny and wildly imaginative documentary is a love letter from a daughter to a father, creatively blending fact and fiction to create a celebratory exploration of how movies give us the tools to grapple with life's profundity.


Channels in this post: SABC2, M-Net, Netflix South Africa, SABC3, Vuzu


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