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New on TV today: Wednesday 14 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 14 Apr 2021
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The Watch

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Fantasy, Police Procedural, Comedy-Drama

The Watch

Set in a fictional city where crime has been legalised, The Watch follows a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe.

The Watch follows an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, who are forced to find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process.

The series pits trolls, werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon which would lead to the destruction of life as they know it.

The series is inspired by the characters created by Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, including the captain of The City Watch Sam Vimes, the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin, the naïve but heroic Carrot, the mysterious Angua and the ingenious forensics expert Cheery together with The Watch's own idiosyncratic depiction of Death.

There's also Inigo Skimmer, aka The Duke of Stab, a member of the Assassins' Guild whose long and distinguished career is jeopardised when he runs into The City Watch,.

Ralph Ineson (Chernobyl) voices Sergeant Detritus, a huge a troll made of stone and a member of The City Watch.

An elemental exemplar of truth, loyalty and kindness, Detritus and Vimes have been close friends for many years since each saved the other from ruin.

In the series premiere, "A Near Vimes Experience": Captain Sam Vimes' life in the City Watch is changed forever when an impossible figure from his past returns to Ankh-Morpork.

Twenty years ago, Vimes watched his street brother and gang-leader Carcer Dun fall from a fatal height. Somehow, Carcer is back.
 

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!

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

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!

Brian Dixon (Jamie Foxx) knows how important family is.

When his teenage daughter comes to live with him, he enlists the help of his Pops, sister and best friend to tackle teenage boys, TikTok and the family business.

Brian - a successful business owner and bachelor - just became a full-time father to his teenage daughter Sasha.

Determined to be the best father he can be, Brian's going to need all the help he can get from his dad and sister  — and Sasha's going to need all the help she can get learning how to deal with her new, lovingly chaotic life.

Full of heart and humour, the series is inspired by Foxx's real-life relationship with daughter Corinne Foxx, who also serves as executive producer.
 

Melting Me Softly

Channel: tvN Africa (DStv 134)
TX Time: 21h15
Genre: K-Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Melting Me Softly

Star PD Ma Dong-chan and part-timer Ko Mi-ran take part in a new variety program which involves being frozen in a cryogenic chamber for 24 hours.

Things go wrong, and they are woken up 20 years later instead.

As a side-effect, the two must maintain an average body temperature of 31.5°C in order to stay alive.
 

Science of Stupid

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Science, Comedy, Clip Show

Science of Stupid

Dallas Campbell investigates a host of new mishaps featuring fearless, if foolhardy, individuals from around the world.

The series uses bespoke animations and super slow motion cinematography to explain the science behind these epic failures.

Each programme shows between 40 and 50 clips of misadventure - ordinary folk making extraordinary mistakes and paying the price.
 

True Life Crime UK

Channel: MTV (DStv 130)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

True Life Crime UK

True Life Crime UK investigates the most harrowing mysteries shocking the news and social feeds.

The victims were young, their deaths were shocking and haunting questions remain.

MTV correspondent Linda Adey investigates four chilling cases and her search for the truth leads to some shocking discoveries.

In the series premiere, "Jayden Parkinson: Runaway or Foul Play?": Jayden Parkinson, 17, disappears in Oxford without a trace.

Linda Adey delves deep into the disturbing case of the missing teen who vanishes days before Christmas.
 

Mr. Mayor

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Comedy

Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor follows a retired businessman (Ted Danson) who runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he's "still got it."

Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic (Holly Hunter) and connect with his teenage daughter, all while trying to get anything right for America's second weirdest city.

In the series premiere, Neil Bremer (Danson) starts his first day as mayor of Los Angeles, where he faces new challenges on the job and at home.
 

Why Did You Kill Me?

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary, True Crime, Mystery

Why Did You Kill Me?

After her daughter is killed, a mother uses the social networking site MySpace to investigate the people she believes are responsible, resulting in reverberations for multiple families.

The line between justice and revenge blurs when the devastated family uses social media to track down the people who killed 24-year-old Crystal Theobald.
 

Masai Mara: The Big Hunt

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Masai Mara: The Big Hunt

See the great migration as never before. The Mara River, nature's best laid trap for migratory animals, is the stage for a grandiose spectacle.

When food supply in the Serengeti dwindles, the Masai Mara is a paradise for predators.

As the black wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and antelopes make their yearly trip from the south of the Serengeti to the north, nature's best laid trap, the Mara River in Kenya is waiting ahead.

Captivating shots filmed under water show how crocodiles prepare for the Big Hunt while other predators lurk on the banks awaiting their bounty.

The biggest problems for the migratory animals are the Mara and the Tarek River, where they have to put their lives at risk to get to the other side.

A great number of them die as they jump into the river and break their legs, while others are carried away by the drift or drown.

Those who are not victims of the river itself risk falling prey to the crocodiles. We entered this unchartered territory, the crocodile domain, by heading under water.

Follow these predators in and around their habitat and watch prides of lions map out their game plan.

In slow-motion, see the final showdown between predator and prey. Will it be a successful hunt or will the hoofed animals persevere?
 

The Weather Files

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 17h40
Genre: Nature, Documentary Series

The Weather Files

This series takes viewers inside extreme weather events and natural disasters like never before.

Through the eyes of real-life survivors, first responders and scientific experts, we go inside the disasters with gripping, first-hand accounts, dramatic original footage, cutting-edge science and graphic animations of how things work.

The series also offers a new twist on the genre by examining aspects of natural disasters that most people have never heard about, including the unexpected and surprising ripple effects of disasters.

In the series premiere, "Hurricanes": Ride out deadly Hurricane Dorian as it stalls over the Bahamas in 2019 with nearly 300-kilometre-per-hour winds.

Then discover how hurricanes and typhoons can turn into life-saving "drought busters" and how technology could eventually tame them.
 

Familiar Wife

Channel: tvN Africa (DStv 134)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: K-Drama, Sci-Fi

Familiar Wife

Cha Joo-hyuk reached a point in his life where he felt miserable about both his work and marriage.

Living in constant fear of his wife Seo Woo-jin, they would get into fights more often than not.

By chance, he gets to travel back in time where he makes a choice that completely changes the present.
 

Prodigal Son

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Thriller, Drama

Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son follows Malcolm Bright, a criminal profiler with a rare talent for getting inside the minds of killers.

He learned how they think because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly, was a notorious serial killer known as "The Surgeon".

Now he's using his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve their most puzzling murders.

Bright's team, led by his longtime mentor, NYPD Lieutenant Gil Arroyo, includes Detectives Dani Powell, JT Tarmel and medical examiner Dr. Edrisa Tanaka.

Season 2 picks up with Bright's personal life in disarray after the shocking actions of his sister, Ainsley, in the first season finale.

Now, he must "take care" of her and protect his mother, Jessica Whitly, from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again.

Further complicating matters, Martin seeks to deepen his relationship with Bright, his "prodigal son," but forging this bond leads to shocking twists and revelations.

In the Season 2 premiere, "It's All in the Execution": To distract himself, Malcolm takes on a new case and must find the killer behind a recent beheading in the city... and the only person he can turn to for help with the case is his father.

Meanwhile, Martin returns to Claremont to a surprise new roommate and JT faces discrimination while on the job.
 

The Circle 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Reality Competition

The Circle 2

Status and strategy collide in this social experiment and competition show where online players flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward $100,000.

Season 2 returns bigger and better, with more twists, turns, and shade thrown in all 13 episodes.

A cast of eight new contestants enter The Circle, where they flirt, befriend, piss off and compete in challenges against each other on a unique social media platform to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer.

With $100k on the line, will they be able to earn clout and figure out who is real and who is a catfish?

 

Actors in this post: Ralph Ineson, Jamie Foxx, Ted Danson



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