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New on TV today: Saturday 17 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 17 Apr 2021
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An Hour with President Obama

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 18h20
Genre: Documentary, Interview Show

An Hour with President Obama

Hosted by Gayle King and 60 Minutes' Scott Pelley, this 2020 interview features Mr. Obama's first on-camera sit-down interviews following the election of his former vice president and then president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris.

The special also marks the launch of his memoir A Promised Land and features his thoughts on his political ascent and presidency.

From his improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to shattering immeasurable barriers as the first African American president, securing passage of the Affordable Care Act, to running for office as a Black American and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making, to the fight for racial justice for Black Americans, and President Donald Trump.

No topic is off-limits.
 

Salute

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 21h15
Genre: Documentary, Factual

Salute

This award-winning film recounts the role of a white man in a defining moment of the American civil rights movement: the 1968 Black Power Salute.

When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists on the victory dais following the Olympic 200 metre final in Mexico City, the repercussions were immediate.

They were banished from the US Olympic team and were subject to abuse and death threats on their return home.

The third man on the dais had a similar experience, Australian silver medallist Peter Norman, who, as a punishment for his support of Smith and Carlos, was reprimanded by the authorities and never ran for his country again.

Written, produced and directed by Norman's nephew, Matt Norman, for the first time the complete story behind one of the most iconic images of all time will be told.

With never before seen interviews and footage, Salute is an inspiring and timely portrait of three competitors who became brothers.
 

Cheeky Palate

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 21h15
Genre: Talk Show, Reality

Cheeky Palate

Phat Joe breaks bread with high profile guests to tackle burning issues in this talk show.

Topics such as 'Are men trash?', '#BlackLivesMatter' and 'has lobola degenerated' dominate the dinner party conversations.

Phat Joe hosts high-profile guests, from celebrities to social media influencers, politicians, thought leaders and business persons, in this 13-part show that will have a group of dinner party guests tackling hot topics.

Phat Joe will also be trying to change their perceptions on some of the issues.

The show will see Phat Joe breaking bread with up to five guests per episode, including businesswoman, socialite and reality TV star Shauwn Mkhize, The River actor Hlomla Dandala, EFF MP Leigh-Ann Mathys, traditional healer Gogo Dineo and comedian Celeste Ntuli.

In the first episode, which will tackle 'spirituality', Phat Joe will host businesswomen Nobuntu Webster and Gerry Eldson, Gogo Dineo, musician and motivational speaker Joshua Maponga and TKZee's Zwai Bala.
 

Grown-ish 2

Channel: e.tv
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Comedy

Grown-ish 2

After the wide-eyed firsts of their freshman year, Season 2 of Grown-ish follows Zoey and her friends as they enter their second year at CalU with confidence and swagger.

Learning from the ups and downs of their first year, they all think they've got their second year on lock, but quickly realise that they're not as grown as they think.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Better": Zoey, Ana and Nomi move into a less-than-stellar off-campus apartment and have to quickly adjust to each other as roommates.

Meanwhile, Zoey is excited to see Luca again after a summer of keeping in touch via social media.
 

Rumble & Hum 2

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

Rumble & Hum 2

You've planned this for months, forged your story into that one timeless image and refrained from drinking for 24 hours.

Now it's time to roll up your sleeves and brace for the craziest tattoo experience in town.

With the rumble of a V-twin engine and the hum of a state-of-the-art tattoo machine, Johannesburg based tattoo shop Rumble & Hum will knock you where you didn't see it coming.

Watch as the wackiest mixture of comedy and tears unravel into masterpieces of ink and skin.

Established artist 'Vudu' Lew Williams takes no prisoners with his piercing shout-casting remarks, pranks and zen-like focus when he puts needle to canvas.

These guys are wild, loud and insatiable when it comes to crazy humour, eccentric clients and world-class tattooing.

Welcome to the mania and magic of Rumble & Hum.
 

This Is Not Happening 3

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 23h20
Genre: Comedy

This Is Not Happening 3

Comedy Central's raucous storytelling series hosted by Ari Shaffir is back at it again with a killer line-up of the best true-life, long-form storytellers.

The third season will feature stories from comedians including:

Louie Anderson
Maria Bamford
Lavell Crawford
Joey Diaz
Greg Fitzsimmons
Sean Flannery
Al Jackson
Andy Kindler
Bert Kreischer
Russell Peters
Brian Regan
Doug Stanhope

In the Season 3 premiere, "Scumbag": Ari Shaffir reveals the grossest thing he's ever done to a friend, and Sal Vulcano explains why he once held a pair of pants for ransom.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Mortality": Doug Stanhope was part of a love triangle that turned fatal, Lavell Crawford had a scary near-drowning moment, and Greg Behrendt experienced a cancer scare while on drugs.
 

Young Sheldon 4

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Comedy

Young Sheldon 4

For young Sheldon Cooper, it isn't easy growing up in East Texas.

Being a once-in-a-generation mind capable of advanced mathematics and science isn't always helpful in a land where church and football are king.

And while the vulnerable, gifted and somewhat naïve Sheldon deals with the world, his very normal family must find a way to deal with him.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Graduation": After graduating high school, Sheldon has a breakdown when he realises he may not be ready for college.

Also, Dale tries to make amends with Meemaw.
 

In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Documentary

In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

In Their Own Words is a biography series that explores an elite few of the 20th century's greatest figures, illuminating their fascinating personalities and profound cultural and historical impact.

Follow Muhammad Ali's path from a gym in Louisville to boxing successes, conversion to Islam, opposition to the draft, exile from the ring, comeback fights, Parkinson's disease and his inspirational re-emergence at the Atlanta Olympics.

The film follows boxer Muhammad Ali's rise from the Columbia Gym in Alabama to international fame, as he transcended his great athletic achievements to become one of the most influential Americans of his time.

The film shows how this once polarising figure ultimately became a beloved and honoured hero.

 



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