New on TV today: Thursday 31 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 31 Dec 2020
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The Last Dance Music Festival

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Variety, Music, Special

The Last Dance Music Festival

The lockdown restrictions means the live yearly Come Duze experience is unable to screen on SABC1 this year.

It has been replaced by a "virtual television experience", with a studio-based music festival hosted by a variety of channel personalities.

Hosts for the event include Nae the Bae (of One Mic fame), Samora Mangesi (RGB presenter), President Thato (YoTV personality) and Selby "Selbeyonce" Mkhize (from Ukhozi FM).

The event will also feature three of KZN's finest upcoming DJs, who will assume the role of opening acts to some of the established artists performing on the day.

Headline acts include Focalistic, Big Zulu, Sjava, Nomcebo Zikode, Costa Tich, Blaq Diamond, Khuzani, Makhadzi, Zanda Zakuza, Aubrey Qwana, Mnqobi Yazo and others.

The 1's and 2's will be rocked by DJ Shimza and DJ Sox during the DJ segment of the event, which will be timed to usher the nation into 2021 with a countdown.

American Music Awards of 2020

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Awards, Music

American Music Awards of 2020

Taraji P. Henson hosts the 48th American Music Awards, which were held on 22 November at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, recognising the most popular artists and albums of 2020.

The broadcast will bring fans together with surprising musical performances and celebrate the artists who make it happen.

The American Music Awards honours artists in multiple musical genres, including Pop/Rock, Alternative Rock, Country, Rap/Hip-Hop, Soul/R&B, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Inspirational, Latin, EDM and Soundtrack.

These come alongside awards for New Artist of the Year, Collaboration of the Year, Video of the Year, Favorite Song and Artist of the Year.

American Music Awards nominees are based on key fan interactions as reflected in Billboard Magazine and on, including album and digital song sales, radio airplay, streaming, social activity and touring.

Presenters include:

Anthony Anderson
Christian Serratos
David Dobrik
Kristin Cavallari
Laverne Cox
Cara Delevingne
Derek Hough
Paris Hilton
Tayshia Adams

Performers include:

Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez
Bebe Rexha and Doja Cat
Bell Biv DeVoe
Billie Eilish
Dan + Shay
Dua Lipa
Jennifer Lopez and Maluma
Justin Bieber
Katy Perry
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Baby
Machine Gun Kelly
Megan Thee Stallion
Shawn Mendes
The Weeknd and Kenny G

Royal Variety Performance 2020

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Variety

Royal Variety Performance 2020

Comedian, actor and singer Jason Manford is to host The Royal Variety Performance at the historic Blackpool Opera House in the Winter Gardens Complex.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will deliver a special message to the charity and the artistes performing in the show, as he looks forward to this exceptional evening of entertainment.

Returning to the North after nine years, the show promises to be an unforgettable evening of exceptional performers, world class British theatre and superb comedy, plus some exciting surprises...

2020's line-up includes the inspirational and much-loved Captain Sir Thomas Moore who captured the nation's hearts with his fundraising efforts during the pandemic.

He will be joining forces from his home for an exclusive performance with singer and entertainer Michael Ball, who will be on stage at the Opera House with the NHS choir to perform their chart-topping anthem You'll Never Walk Alone.

Plus a special solo appearance by British superstar Gary Barlow.

The evening will also herald the welcome return of musical theatre with an exclusive performance from the award-winning Sheridan Smith as Cilla in the heart-warming Cilla The Musical and an exclusive from Frozen the Musical starring leading lady Samantha Barks.

There's more music from BRIT Award winner and rising star Celeste, singer and Spice Girl Melanie C and high energy choreography from the eternally popular Steps.

Magic from much loved TV presenter Stephen Mulhern, a phenomenal performance from West End sensation Marisha Wallace as well as a high octane and jaw-dropping performance from Kenyan acrobats The Black Blues Brothers.

Also taking to the stage with a specially composed and heart-warming performance, musical comedian and Britain's Got Talent 2020 winner Jon Courtenay.

Plus more comedy from stand ups Jo Caulfield and Daliso Chaponda.

Homeland 8

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

Homeland 8

The final season of Homeland finds Carrie Mathison recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag.

Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured - which is a problem for Saul, now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner.

The top priority of Warner's young administration is an end to the "forever war" in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations.

But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies - and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide.

Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion's den - one last time.

The Murder Tapes 3

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

The Murder Tapes 3

This series uses body-cam footage from police departments across America to tell stories from the viewpoint of the detectives themselves as they are literally solving the case.

This intimate filming technique captures every thrilling moment of a whodunnit murder investigation, all from the eyes of the detectives tasked with catching the killer.

They experience every twist and turn, every false lead, and every breakthrough alongside the detectives, until the killer is captured and sentenced.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Stay with Us, Madison": Madison Wells, a 16-year-old student in New Jersey, is found murdered in her aunt's kitchen.

When police look into her relationship with a 20-year-old, they go down a rabbit hole that exposes an abusive relationship with a tragic end.

MasterChef Junior 3

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

MasterChef Junior 3

The third season begins with 19 of America's best young home cooks, aged 8 to 13, entering the MasterChef kitchen with the hope of winning the title of MasterChef Junior.

After a mad dash to the pantry to search for their white MasterChef Junior aprons, the pint-size chefs will tackle their first mystery box challenge with the winner receiving a huge advantage in the next round of the competition.

Then, it is an elimination test where the junior cooks must prepare a restaurant quality pasta dish.

For those whose dishes don't measure up, it will mean the end of the road, but they will leave with their white aprons as a permanent reminder of their accomplishments in the MasterChef Kitchen.

The remaining 14 kids will move on to the next round of the competition to continue their quest to win the cheque for $100,000 and claim the title of MasterChef Junior.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 4

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Supernatural, Horror

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 4

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina re-imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.

Magic and mischief collide as half-human, half-witch Sabrina navigates between two worlds: mortal teen life and her family's legacy, the Church of Night.

Over the course of Part 4's eight episodes, The Eldritch Terrors will descend upon Greendale.

The coven must fight each terrifying threat one-by-one (The Weird, The Returned, The Darkness to name a few), all leading up to... The Void, which is the End of All Things.

As the witches wage war, with the help of The Fright Club, Nick begins to slowly earn his way back into Sabrina's heart - but will it be too late?



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