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New on TV today: Tuesday 19 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 19 Jan 2021
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Abandoned

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Abandoned

Actress and TV presenter Phumeza Mdabe hosts Abandoned, a show that helps orphans who were abandoned as toddlers to track down their family members.

Mdabe will help those who were left on park benches, commuter stations or at orphanages to search and reconnect with those who abandoned them – their mothers or fathers – in a reality show that seeks to help them find a sense of belonging.

The show will also give those that gave up their children an opportunity to find and reconnect with their offspring.

Every week, the show will tackle different dynamics, and help the abandoned children ask questions like: Did my mother or father love me? How do they go to bed knowing that I am out there? Did they ever try to find me or how will my life change when I find them?

The show will first seek to explore what the abandoned child has gone through all these years, before Phumeza sets off to locate their parents to get them to respond to the child's unanswered questions.

The final part of the show will see Phumeza attempt to reunite the two in a physical or virtual meeting to find a sense of closure and way forward.
 

Swartwater 3

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Drama, Afrikaans

Swartwater 3

This drama series is set in Swartwater, a fictitious town set in the Overberg.

It's a space where interactions between different classes, races and cultures take place quite naturally.

The small town becomes a microcosm of South Africa, a metaphor for our country at large; its mix of people of different backgrounds and cultures; its problems of corruption, hardship and forging new identities in an uncertain world.

The series follows the lives of Karen and Francois, who move to Swartwater after a guilt-stricken Francois accidentally shoots and kills his son.

Season 3 explores the problem of global warming, when the town is gripped by drought and the inhabitants have limited access to drinking water.

In the Season 3 premiere: Swartwater has a water crisis.

Karen still swims every morning and has become a familiar figure at the Albertina Sisulu Hospital, where her husband Francois has been in a coma for the past nine months.

Meisie and Buks have been living with Portia and Gomo since the birth of their baby daughter Naledi.

It doesn't help matters when Meisie decides to run the estate agency from Gomo's house.

We meet Boeta Lester, the local garage owner, and establish his friendship with Kinta, who takes the water shortage very seriously - to the extent that she appoints herself as water monitor.

Due to the water shortage, businesses have been forced to close down and Cindy is considering leaving town to find work, much to Constable van Zyl's dismay.

We are also introduced to Jerome, a proper low life whose presence makes Lester nervous.

The series stars Antoinette Louw as Karen, Louw Venter as Francois, Wayne van Rooyen as Van Zyl, Nazli George as Dotty, Sekoati Tsubane as Gomo and Vuyelwa Mpela as Portia.

TVSA Showe Page: Swartwater 3
 

Celebrity IOU 2

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 19h45
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality, Home Improvement

Celebrity IOU 2

They're the unsung heroes who have helped some of today's biggest names achieve their success and stay sane along the way.

So now, some of America's most famous celebrities are giving back to their most loyal supporters in style.

This heartwarming and star-spangled series gives celebrities the chance to show their appreciation for the most special people in their lives with an incredible home makeover.

They've drafted in estate experts Jonathan and Drew Scott to use their building and design skills to help surprise these unsung heroes with astonishing renovations that not only transform their homes - but their lives.

In each episode, the celebrities share an authentic, inside look into their personal lives and get hands-on with Drew and Jonathan to imagine a design plan and create a beautifully customised space that rewards mentors, friends and family members.

Throughout the season, the brothers travel across the country to help create stunning new spaces on tight timelines.

The first four episodes of the new season will capture all the feels as HGTV's famous twins help the award-winning stars with the surprise home overhauls.

The featured celebrities include actress, producer and singer-songwriter Zooey Deschanel; actor Justin Hartley; actress Allison Janney; and actor, writer, and producer Rainn Wilson.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Zooey Deschanel's Stunner for Her BFF": Actress Zooey Deschanel joins Jonathan and Drew Scott to surprise her best friend, Sarah, with a life-changing renovation.

The family feels cramped after the arrival of their second baby, so Zooey and the Brothers give them a functional open concept.
 

Black Ink Crew Chicago 6

Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Lifestyle

Black Ink Crew Chicago 6

Ryan's success and hustle with 9MAG has broken down barriers in Chicago.

This season on Black Ink Crew: Chicago, there's a massive shakeup as a new tattoo shop blows into the Windy City, threatening to take 9MAG's spot at the top.

With the help of a renowned British tattoo artist, Charmaine reveals she's opening a female-owned shop for true Chicago natives who have struggled through the system and know how to work a tattoo gun.

The next generation of artists are here to make their mark, and Ryan can't sleep on these newcomers - they mean business.

This season, the stakes are high for Ryan as he enters therapy after realising he's been using his shop to avoid dealing with the death of his sister.

With the help of his brothers Don and Phor, Ryan is determined to keep his circle tight, and continue to develop his relationship with his son while co-parenting with Rachel.

After being fired from 9Mag, Charmaine is ready for a fresh start as she prepares to open her new female-run tattoo shop, Second City Ink, with partner Jessica Simpson.

Charmaine is putting the power back in her hands and becoming the biss she was born to be.

Phor is making his mental health a priority and using his platform to spread the word about his experiences, helping Ryan deal with his personal struggles along the way.

Don is focused on growing his acting career, but his wife's health scare may become a major distraction for him and his family.

Newcomer and internationally famed tattoo artist Jessica is ready to ink her place on the American tattoo scene as she brings her talents from London to Chicago.
 

Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death

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

Evil Lives Here: Shadows of Death

Evil casts a shadow, one that spreads outward for years, even decades, after a crime.

This chilling series reveals how the impact of a crime changes people, and what follows that life-changing event.

Anchored by intimate interviews, this series explores how a crime forever alters the lives of those involved.

From the detective investigating a stack of cold cases in Maryland who uncovers a shocking and gruesome common thread, to the police officer shot dead on duty in front of his 12-year-old nephew, each case leaves a mark on those left behind.

Now, loved ones, witnesses, and law enforcement - many telling their stories for the first time ever - reflect on how the past continues to haunt the present.

In the series premiere, "Truth, Lies, and Redemption": In 1988, a man is released from jail after a judge deems his murder confession false.

For 25 years, a family's hope for justice fades, as the killer walks the streets. But one tenacious detective refuses to let this cold case go.
 

Hell's Kitchen USA 19

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

Hell's Kitchen USA 19

Hell's Kitchen returns for its 19th season in a flashy new setting, as Chef Gordon Ramsay takes the show to Las Vegas, the city that's home to the world's first Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen restaurant at Caesar's Palace.

For the first time ever, 16 aspiring chefs from around the USA will roll the dice and head to Sin City in the hopes of winning big.

Each week, the competition will get hotter as the chefs are put through rigorous culinary challenges - reaping high stakes rewards and punishments, all with a Sin City flare.

But only those who possess the right combination of ingredients will continue in the competition, until one is named winner.

At stake is a life-changing grand prize, including a Head Chef position at Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Lake Tahoe at Harvey's Hotel and Casino, and the title of Hell's Kitchen winner.

TVSA Show Page: Hell's Kitchen USA 19

 

Shows in this post: Swartwater, Hell's Kitchen (USA)



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