New on TV today: Saturday 2 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Jan 2021
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Mzali Wam

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Mzali Wam

Drama series which revolves around Ntokozo, a girl who gets entangled in an elaborate human trafficking ring involving her biological mother.

The series introduces viewers to the inner workings of a human trafficking syndicate, through the life of young Ntokozo, played by Lungelo Mpangase.

Masasa Mbangeni plays Joyce, a woman whose child (Ntokozo) gets stolen at birth, only to later cross each other's paths when a human trafficking syndicate shocks the community.

Dumisani Mbebe also stars as Terror, a businessman who Joyce later discovers is not the person she thought he was.

Also starring are Nolwazi Shange as Sibongile, Luzuko Nkqeto as Qiniselo, Ncibijana Madlala as Godfrey and Zimkitha Kumbaca as Busisiwe.

Oros Mampofu has a recurring role as Musa.

Set in Johannesburg, Mzali Wam was created by Dineo Ranaka and Siphosethu Tshapu.

TVSA Show Page: Mzali Wam

Another Period

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Comedy

Another Period

The original out-of-touch reality family is coming to Comedy Central in Another Period, a turn-of-the-century historical and satirical scripted series that follows the insanely ridiculous and debaucherous life of the Bellacourts, who have more servants than relatives and whose days are filled with money, sex, drugs and more money.

Before others claimed their fame, there was one American family that stood for all that was spoiled, shameless and stupid.

Meet the Bellacourts - Newport, Rhode Island's First Family of the Gilded Age.

They have tons of money, live in a big-ass mansion and employ a whole team of Fonzworth Bentleys.

However, the Bellacourts' servants have to do a lot more than hold umbrellas.

Another Period centers on the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome), who only care about being rich and becoming super famous (which is a lot harder in 1902).

In the series premiere, "Pilot": Lillian and Beatrice prepare to entertain a Newport power broker, played by guest star Thomas Lennon, and Chair (Christina Hendricks) gets used to her new life and new name in Bellacourt Manor.

The Herd 2

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama, Supernatural, Western

The Herd 2

The Herd is a supernatural drama series which follows Bheki, a man who needed help many years ago and made a deal with a witchdoctor that came at a great cost to his present.

The series explores the extent to which people will go to obtain their heart's desires, with the premise that love, power and the pursuit of material wealth and can drive a man to sacrifice his soul.

The new season picks up approximately seven months later and MaMngadi (Winnie Ntshaba) doesn't want to be a witch anymore.

Will she continue her redemptive journey, or will she fall back to witchcraft?

Joining the cast for 13 new episodes are Bheki Sibiya, Nunu Khumalo, Mbali Maphumulo and Nomsa Nene.

Previously recurring in Season 1, Ayanda Sibisi and Siyasanga Papu were promoted to starring cast this season.

Bheki Sibiya plays Smangaliso. Deeply traditional and charming, Smangaliso is the older brother of Bhekisizwe Mthethwa.

He has been in and out of jail for most his life and now has the chance to score his biggest heist yet – taking over his dead brother's family and life.

Nomsa Nene plays MaMthembu, MaMngadi's mother who's also a witch. She is the reason MaMngadi is so powerful.

However, MaMthembu has never showed MaMngadi motherly care and affection and is all about getting down to the business at hand.

Mbali Maphumulo stars as Ayanda and Nunu Khumalo as Dudu.

TVSA Show Page: The Herd 2

Fynskrif 2

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Legal Drama, Afrikaans

Fynskrif 2

The second season starts three months later with Van Wyk en Vennote hanging by a thread after Hans retires.

Lara is so focused on getting new clients that she doesn't realise that she and Jaco are drifting apart.

And the murder case Katrien is busy with is threatening to ruin her life with Ben, as well as the practice's future.

The future for Corné doesn't look very bright either.

Wian and Anne are trying to define what their life together looks like.

Dolf makes a big decision regarding his relationship with Gertrude. Where things will end remains an open question.

Throughout the season Lara and Ben must take stock of their relationships with their loved ones and children.

Corné must decide what he stands for and justify his actions.

Hans must face retirement and Anne must decide whether she wants to remain a lawyer.

All the characters – the children included – will learn more about themselves when facing challenges.

As in the first season, there are a number of cases that present a challenge, including Ivan Nel (Armand Aucamp), who is back as a pop star who drives Dolf insane.

Divorces, cases regarding intellectual property, unfair dismissals and abuse are just a few of the problems the lawyers must face.

Two new characters join Van Wyk en Vennote this season: Lilani (Lea Vivier) is a clerk who returns after a year long sabbatical. She has always struggled emotionally and she and Corné have a dark history.

Also, Simon (De Klerk Oelofse) is a new important client.

TVSA Show Page: Fynskrif 2

The Ranakas 4

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Ranakas 4

This season the theme is "From Winds of Change" - growing from the past to take ownership of the future.

Towards the end of Season 3, we were invited to Lapeng la Ranaka Eatery as the family scrambled their resources and came together to open a restaurant at their family home.

We also got to see Mpumi, married to a white German man, unite with her fiercest rival Dineo, before causing her father to break down over her rape ordeal.

Manaka was on a path of self-discovery, while Mzingisi and Michelle tried to adjust to married life, as the youngest sibling, Ranaka, continued to face the wrath of parents who were unimpressed with his lifestyle.

The new season will see Ntate Ranaka and Mama Siba adopting a few causes as part of impacting the community positively, while they try to build a family legacy.

Will Dineo and Mpumi manage to keep the peace in their relationship and will Mpumi, who had been experiencing severe marital strain, find healing and resolution to her marriage?

Something also happens that might bring Manaka, the eldest sibling, closer to Ranaka, the last born in the family.

Despite COVID-19 disrupting the entertainment industry, Dineo finds innovative ways to remain in business as she also tries to work on her relationship with her boyfriend and building a family unit.

In the Season 4 premiere: Mpumi sits down with her parents to reflect on her journey, as Michelle decides out with the old and in with the new.

Meanwhile, Mama Siba and Thando plan for an upcoming event and Mama Siba needs Dineo to take the troublesome marital couch.

TVSA Show Page: The Ranakas 4

Man v. Food 2

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 17h20
Genre: Reality, Travel, Food

Man v. Food 2

Armed with an appetite for victory and thirst for glory, Casey Webb returns for the second season of Man v. Food.

The fearless competitor continues the battle to win extraordinary food challenges across the country.

This season, Webb will attempt the unthinkable by taking on edible encounters that would make most people run and hide - including a fire and ice challenge - with scorching hot popcorn measuring over 1-million Scoville units (the scale that measures a pepper's heat) and a 64-ounce frozen hot chocolate near Louisville, Kentucky.

Webb also takes on a 29-inch New York-style pizza in St. Louis, that's so big he can't tackle it alone; and in Nashville, Tennessee, he goes for the signature spicy delight, "hot chicken," with tenders slathered in a concentrated hot sauce made with Carolina reapers, scorpion peppers and ghost peppers.

In the season 2 premiere, Webb heads to Los Angeles, where he'll try an epic burger that has been crossed with a pizza and some savoury chicken and waffles that have taken the town by storm.

At Genkiyaki, Webb will pioneer the Zombie Burrito challenge to be the first to try to demolish the 2.5-pound spicy behemoth laden with ghost pepper-fueled death sauce and zombie sauce to earn a place on the Wall of Zombie.

Border Patrol 11

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Border Patrol 11

Border Patrol returns for an eleventh season following the men, women, smart technology and clever animals working for New Zealand Customs Service, Biosecurity NZ and Immigration New Zealand.

We follow dedicated border staff working on the frontlines of Border Security around the clock, checking for drugs and illegal goods, and intercepting packages carrying potentially harmful pests and diseases, that if introduced into New Zealand could cripple its economy overnight.

We are with officers as they constantly monitor, identify and screen incoming passengers who may be undesirable arrivals into the country.


Shows in this post: Mzali Wam, The Herd, Fynskrif, The Ranakas


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