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New on TV today: Thursday 14 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 14 Jan 2021
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The Trump Show

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Documentary Series

The Trump Show

When Donald Trump became President of the most powerful nation on Earth, he brought a bold new approach, honed from a career as a reality TV star and smart talking businessman.

The results turned the political world upside down.

The first episode gives us a front row seat to the first 18 months, as key players including Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Omarosa Manigault and Anthony Scaramucci take us behind the scenes of this extraordinary presidency.

In November 2016, Trump unexpectedly wins the US election. He faces a change of lifestyle as he moves into the White House and finds himself confronted with a whole new set of rules.

Trump sends out Sean Spicer to bat for him over reports of disappointing inauguration attendance figures, in an episode which establishes a fraught new relationship with the press.

From this moment, Trump's relationship with his audience takes centre stage. He downgrades White House briefings, and instead talks directly to the public through Twitter.

His use of emotive, repetitive phrases - from 'fake news' to 'fire and fury' - shows an instinct to connect with the American public in a completely new way.

Factions in the White House compete for Trump's attentions as he finds his feet, with discord between Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, and Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci played out in public.

Washington life begins to resemble a soap opera, and the cameras are poised to capture it all.

Trump hits the world stage, displaying showmanship and instincts for populist entertainment honed over years in the worlds of business and reality TV.

Facing a broad range of challenges, from violence in Charlottesville to historic encounters with Kim Jong Un, Trump develops the guiding principles of his presidency, proving resistant to all attempts to change or mould his unique character.

Trump's presentational style, his creation of new narratives around the very idea of truth, and his refusal to bend to Washington etiquette is changing the political landscape - perhaps forever.
 

How to Get Away with Murder 4

Channel: e.tv
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama, Legal Drama

How to Get Away with Murder 4

Murder, deception, fear and guilt are the ties that bind Middleton University Professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) to her long-time associates Frank Delfino, Bonnie Winterbottom and her students.

But as the group struggles to move on with their lives following Wes' death, their past continues to haunt them. Relationships will be fractured, lies will spin out of control, and a shocking, new mystery will upend their entire lives.

Annalise returns to her family home to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, and realizes that, in order to rebuild, she must make a tough and shocking decision.

Meanwhile, "the Keating 4" all face an uncertain future while Laurel becomes obsessed with finding out what actually happened to Wes the night he died.

In a flash-forward, a terrifying crime is committed and everyone is a suspect.

TVSA Show Page: How to Get Away with Murder 4
 

10 Years Younger in 10 Days

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality

10 Years Younger in 10 Days

Each episode follows two contributors who are desperate to turn back the aging-clock but have no idea how to do it.

Guided by presenter Cherry Healey and a panel of experts, the contributors undergo 10 days' worth of non-invasive cosmetic procedures and hair, make-up and a fashion over-haul resulting in a transformation of their appearance.

Cherry holds their hand every step of the way as they undergo their transformations, and also brings her journalistic eye by road-testing some of the products and procedures revealing what works and does not work.
 

Kwa Mam'Mkhize

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Kwa Mam'Mkhize

Formally Shauwn Mpisane, meet Shauwn Mkhize and join her on her journey as she reclaims her life as a single woman after her widely-publicised divorce with Sbu Mpisane last year.

Described by the production as "a mother, a sister and a business mogul", Shauwn - who uses her maiden name Mkhize - is set to feature with and her kids, Andile and Sbahle Mpisane, better known as Fitness Bunnie.

The series is produced by Barleader with Legend Manqele at the helm, who has previously produced reality series like Dineo's Diary, Living the Dream with Somizi, Cishe Ngafa, The Cover and Being Bonang.

The working title of the show was Durban Royalty.
 

Born Legends

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality

Born Legends

A show in which young movers and shakers collaborate with a "legend" to achieve their next level.

They are paired with a legend who has already reached their next. Together they have five days and R5,000 to come up with a Next Level Goal that pays off the Born Legend's need - and benefits the Legend as well.

Scoolbooy Mabena: Young Stylist meets Style Guru

Vuyisile "Scoolboy" Mabena is a 22-year-old stylist with a thrift store in Maboneng, on a quest to be celebrated as a world class stylist, fashion photographer and wardrobe stylist.

Too cool for school he meets style guru Felipe Mazibuko, who makes him realise that there's still so much to learn as far as style is concerned.

Jozi Komani: Performance Art

Joseph "Jozi" Komani is an award-winning playwright, director and performer who scooped five awards at the 2020 Naledi Awards for his stage play Xova.

He meets visual artist Blessing Ngobeni in the hope of bringing Blessing's artworks to life through performance art.

Andile Bhala: Photobook meets Publishing

Andile Bhala is a social photographer who has travelled the world sharing the beautiful evolving narrative of Soweto.

Having collected work after work, he now wants to put together a coffee table photobook to bring back the works to the people.

He meets renowned author Dudu Busani, who took South Africa by storm with her Hlomu the Series books, who introduces a surprise external mentor.

Before he can even publish, Andile will need to know how his community receives his works.

Lioness: Music Business

Lioness is a soul, tradition and jazz independent musician who would like to get her music to the international market - and owning all the rights to her music.

She meets a recording studio owner, engineer and producer and together they unpack the business of music through collaboration on a song that will add to Lioness' repertoire.

Lioness also gets the surprise of her life when she meets a legend that she has always looked up to.

Lungile Mgozo: Afro Beauty

Lungile Mgozo is the founder of Black Doll Hair and Beauty Products and has a passion for helping people feel beautiful in their skin.

She had a dream of owning an IV bar... but life happened.

She finds herself face to face with Matshepo Malokoe, owner of X Woman Beauty Spa in Thokoza, a larger than life Boss Lady who has a bone to pick with Lungile.

Will Lungile's IV Bar see the light of day?

Dumisani Ncube: Sanitary Drive

Dumisani Ncube owner of Bolt Works media, a branding and cinematography company, wants to bridge the gap between men and women by educating his peers on issues women face.

He starts by tackling menstrual health, a topic he knows nothing about but feels strongly about as he believes it is a societal issue.

He is paired with Felica Mkhaliphe, known for her activism work in the women's health/issues space. Dumisani discovers he was never ready, but there is no turning back.
 

Kingdoms van Vuur: Ys & Feëverhale

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Nature, Documentary, Afrikaans

Kingdoms van Vuur: Ys & Feëverhale

An adventure quest captured by the two filmmakers of the award-winning wildlife crime thriller Stroop: Journey into the Rhino Horn War.

In their new, very different documentary, they explore three of Earth's most epic wildernesses; spaces that inspire awe and wonder; places where one can feel what life was like a million years ago.

Bonné de Bod and Susan Scott reveal the challenge of filming in these pristine spots – from temperatures bordering minus 20º in the Arctic Circle to the scalding thermal vents of Yellowstone's supervolcano.
 

The Crimes that Changed Us

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

The Crimes that Changed Us

Certain cases are seared into the American consciousness - they are a part of how we look at society, good and evil.

But what would happen if we could go back in time, or back in crime, and look again?

This series fully re-immerses the viewer in these cases as we experienced them at the time by pairing the best news archive with audio interviews, reintroducing these cases from a new standpoint.

Each episode shows the evolution of how these cases were perceived by the public then and how we view them now, exposing how the times have changed, and revealing the lessons learned from each case.

In the series premiere, "The Mendez Brothers": This episode delves into one of America's most high-profile cases: the brutal murder of Hollywood executive Jose Menendez and his wife Kitty in their Beverley Hills home in 1989.

Summoned to the residence by a tearful 911 call made by the couple's sons, Erik and Lyle, the brutality of the crime seems to point to a mob hit.

But behind the scenes, detectives begin to focus on suspicious behaviour closer to home.

Seven months after the shotgun murders rocked the neighbourhood, police charge Erik and Lyle with killing their parents.

And, as the brothers reveal disturbing family secrets, one of the country's most shocking and unexpected trials unfolds.
 

Noko Moswete: One Night with the Queen

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Comedy, Variety, Special

Noko Moswete: One Night with the Queen

Join Noko Moswete in her debut one-woman special as she brings you a medley of jokes and songs together with her band.

One Night with the Queen is more than a just a comedy show, though - it's an experience of comedy infused with music.
 

Hawaii Five-0 4

Channel: e.tv
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Drama, Action

Hawaii Five-0 4

A contemporary take on the classic series about a new elite federalised task force whose mission is to wipe out the crime that washes up on the Islands' sun-drenched beaches.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Aloha ke kahi I ke kahi (We Need Each Other)": After McGarrett and Wo Fat narrowly escape from maximum security, gunmen storm Five-0 headquarters.

This compromises Kono and Adam's secret location in Hong Kong and forces McGarrett to break the law and turn on his own, in order to find a kidnapped Catherine.

Chi McBride guest stars as SWAT Captain Lou Grover, a character that first appeared in an episode of the original Hawaii Five-O series.

Also, Henry Ian Cusick guest stars as a member of a terrorist organisation.

Nick Jonas will guest star later this season as a computer hacker involved in a case that the 5-0 team is investigating, whose motives might be even more complicated than they suspect.

TVSA Show Page: Hawaii Five-0 4
 

Please Step In 6

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Please Step In 6

Whether professional help is required or it's just a matter of learning to listen to one another, Please Step In attempts to unite the family around a common purpose.

Serious issues the series tackles include substance abuse, anti-social behaviour, violence and alcoholism.

Central to what is designed to be a healing process is the role of clear communication among families, as they work to restore harmony and hope to their troubled relationships.

The series now enters its sixth season, sharing resolutions to heavy conflicts within families.

Hosted by Angie Diale, this season's recurring theme explores the challenging relationships between mothers and their adult children.

In the Season 6 premiere: Bertha and her children fight constantly. She says they do not respect her and she feels everything unraveled after her husband left her.

Can Mam Angie help this family?

TVSA Show Page: Please Step In 6
 

The Pioneer Woman 25

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Food, Reality

The Pioneer Woman 25

Cooking for cowboys and hungry kids is not a job for the faint-hearted - but sassy former city girl, Ree Drummond, makes it easy with her delicious home-made recipes.

She serves up her own unique brand of home cooking on her cattle ranch, whilst also offering a glimpse into country life, Oklahoma style.

From throw-together suppers to elegant celebrations, Ree has it covered with practical recipes that friends and family will love.

Every meal is an occasion for Ree, and everyone is invited to sample the delights on her menu; whether it's a healthy selection of canapes for a girls' night or hearty food for the local cowboys, she specialises in low effort cuisine that anyone can make.

With her delicious dishes, Ree makes sure that no-one ever goes hungry on the prairie.

In the Season 25 premiere, "All Grown Up": Ree Drummond packs a kitchen-equipment care package for her daughter, Alex, working in Dallas.

There's a delicious Quarter Sheet Pan Supper that's quick to make after a day in the office, Wonton Taco Cups made in a mini-cupcake tin and a nonstick skillet to cook a Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese.

Plus, an Immersion Blender Smoothie is perfect for breakfast on the go.
 

Mob Wives

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

Mob Wives

All the myths, legends and tales about "mob life" have all centered on the made men who run these wrong-side-of-the-law closed societies - until now.

Mob Wives introduces four Staten Island women at a crossroads, having to pick up the pieces and carry on while their husbands or fathers do time for alleged Mob-related activities.

United by a bond which few understand, the women are struggling with their identities, their own families and their futures.

Created and executive produced by real-life "mob daughter" Jennifer Graziano, the series follows a group of suburban women who lead anything but "normal" lives, a sisterhood forged by suffering, shame and the strength it takes to start over and find their own identities.

Meet the "Mob Wives":

Renee Graziano is like any other single mother, trying to raise her teenage son AJ to be a good man. But Renee's own childhood was not like most other kids.

She grew up during the heyday of the mob, enjoying the lavish lifestyle that her father Anthony Graziano's connections afforded her.

But now that AJ's father and her ex-husband "Junior" has been arrested, she's slowly realising that this is not a life she wants her son to lead.

She now struggles to balance her allegiance to the street life with her hopes that her son will live a life that's free of it.

Karen Gravano was just 19 years old when her father turned on the mafia, a move that left Karen devastated.

She has spent the last 12 years in Arizona fighting to become her own person and understanding the choices made by her father Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, who helped the government take down John Gotti and the Gambino crime family.

Now, she is ready to start over and return to Staten Island to reconnect and rebuild old relationships as she confronts her family's notorious past.

Drita D'avanzo comes from a strict Albanian household and defied her parents by marrying an Italian, someone outside their community.

Tough as nails, Drita plays hard and is fiercely protective of her inner circle and her two young girls that she is raising alone while her husband does a second stint in prison for bank robbery.

She now grapples with her husband's misdeeds and the consequences of falling in love with and marrying a man who has been in prison for many years.

Drita is finally questioning whether she should stay with him or start anew.

Carla Facciolo had a similar upbringing to Renee Graziano. In fact, her father went to prison when she was a young girl.

Carla thought she had finally gotten away from the lifestyle she lived growing up - until her husband was convicted of stock fraud and sentenced to an eight-year stretch in federal prison.

Now a stay-at-home mom trying to make ends meet, she still hasn't told their twins the truth of their dad's whereabouts because she feels they are too young to know.

But he's getting out of jail soon, and Carla's decided to leave him and go out on her own.

But how will she do that?

 



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