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New on TV today: Saturday 1 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 01 May 2021
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Swedish Dicks

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Comedy

Swedish Dicks

A former stuntman and a floundering DJ team up as private investigators, solving outlandish cases and sparring with their more competent competitors.

Starring Peter Stormare (Prison Break) and actor/comedian Johan Glans with special recurring guest star Keanu Reeves, Swedish Dicks is a half-hour single camera comedy about an aging ex-stuntman (Stormare) stuck in the past and an overly optimistic Swedish DJ (Glans) stuck in the digital world.

Together they get unstuck by forming the private detective firm Swedish Dicks, solving some of the strangest and wildest cases L.A. has ever seen.

The first season features an array of guest stars including Traci Lords (Melrose Place), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) and Eric Roberts (Suits).

In the series premiere, "When Ingmar Met Axel": Ingmar (Peter Stormare), a former stuntman, is trying to get by as a private investigator. A private dick, as they used to say.

One day, a case leads him to an incredibly annoying DJ, Axel (Johan Glans). But it's not just irritation that Axel awakens in Ingmar.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "The Blind Leading the Blind": When Ingmar and Axel get a classic cheating spouse case to solve, it's time for Axel to prove himself as a private dick.

As if that weren't enough, they run into Ingmar's rival, Jane McKinney (Lords), and Axel is challenged to a duel.
 

Shocking Emergency Calls

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Shocking Emergency Calls

Shocking Emergency Calls tells the real story behind the most dramatic and extraordinary calls made to emergency operators.

From victims at their most vulnerable to cold-blooded killers confessing to their crimes, the calls act as the catalyst to unravel the story - as told by those at the centre of it.

With exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage, this series tells the harrowing and heroic accounts of those caught up in these tragic events.

Firsthand accounts from responders showcases the work of emergency services as they put their lives at risk and face moments they will never forget.

As the dialing tone starts, the true events behind terror attacks, catastrophic fires, murders, animal attacks and an abduction are revealed.

In the series premiere: This episode features the incredible story behind the emergency call of a chimpanzee attack, an online predator confessing to murder and a plant worker as he fights for his life.
 

Hot Roads - The World's Most Dangerous Roads 2

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Travel

Hot Roads - The World's Most Dangerous Roads 2

A risky expedition along thoroughfares that harbor mortal danger for those who use them or live on them.

They run through deserts, ice and snow, deep in the jungle, along water and over mountains: the world's most dangerous roads.

Many risk their lives along these roads. Yet for lack of alternative routes, locals continue to use them for transportation.

This series tells stories that take place along the routes, of the people who live along them and for whom these are part and parcel of their personal destiny.

The landscapes through which these routes wind are unique and exert their never-ending fascination even on regular travelers.

Hot Roads accompanies people on adventures where the journey is its own reward.

The filmmakers tag along in the driver's seat of trucks, on the rear benches of busses and in the passenger seat of regular cars to experience the danger and beauty these roads offer from different perspectives – through the windshield and in the rear-view mirror simultaneously.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Road to Death in the Andes": The Carretera de la Muerte - the road to death - is one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

Year after year many people die here.

We accompany trucker Omar and his co-driver Jaime on their trip across the Andes, encountering cyclists, mountain bikers, and coca-farmers on the way.
 

The Conners 3

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Comedy

The Conners 3

A spin-off of Roseanne which begins after a sudden turn of events in which the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. — grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America.

Through it all — the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns — with love, humour and perseverance, the family prevails.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Keep On Truckin' Six Feet Apart": The Conners are back and dealing with the pandemic, and life's financial troubles loom over the family.

Dan is still trying to catch up on back-mortgage payments and avoid a potential eviction, while the Lunch Box is closed for everything but takeout and delivery.

Becky and Darlene are both forced to search for additional income at the newly reopened Wellman Plastics plant.
 

Living Land 12

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 13h30
Genre: Documentary Series, Factual, Lifestyle

Living Land 12

The new season of Living Land is presented by the poultry farmer and TV personality Kamohelo Bombe as she educates, inspires and empowers the public with all things agricultural in Southern Africa.

This season of Living Land pays special emphasis on the "next generation" and their role in agriculture, rural development and food security throughout the region.

Living Land is aimed at bringing the youth back into agriculture and challenge the hot topic in agriculture that the average age of farmers across the world is between 50 and 60 years old.

The series is educational and focuses on a host of exciting new technological advances in agriculture and will specifically feature career options for young viewers, not only in primary farming but also in associated activities like agro-processing, marketing, communication, engineering and research.

Agricultural topics with women in agriculture are also incorporated in the series as we equip the farmers to feed the world.

Amongst other topics to receive attention this season are Land Reform and Climate Change, The Red-Letter Events in agriculture such as the Landmark International Events, Youth Day Celebrations and Outstanding Agricultural Award Winners.

The series is filmed at various farms around Limpopo, Gauteng, Free State, Northern Cape, Western Cape, North West, KZN and Mpumalanga.
 

Paul McCartney: Wings of a Beatle

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

Paul McCartney: Wings of a Beatle

The first in a series of five "Icons of Music" documentaries airing on HISTORY over the next five weeks.

From the small clubs of Liverpool to the world stage, Paul McCartney has dedicated his life to the music industry.

He has not only dominated the airwaves globally with the Beatles; he reigned supreme on the charts with Wings and his solo work.

But McCartney's life hasn't always been glamourous and has been met with some extremely dark days.

Experience the story behind one of the music industry's most treasured musical icons.
 

The Newsroom

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 18h20
Genre: Drama

The Newsroom

From the mind of Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and screenwriter of The Social Network and Moneyball, comes The Newsroom, a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make a nightly cable-news program.

A favourite with viewers, news anchor Will McAvoy has found a safe niche with bankable ratings on his 8pm flagship cable show, News Night.

Numbed by success, McAvoy has become stoic, complacent, cynical - content not to rock the boat as he delivers the nightly news straight down the middle of the road - dialing it in as he avoids ruffling feathers with anything resembling politics.

What fire he still has, he reserves for the cutting sarcasm and general unpleasantness that earn him no fans with his news team.

In a literal blink of an eye - or perhaps an optical illusion - McAvoy is catapulted from apathy to engagement when a spontaneous outburst leads him to tackle the principles of American patriotism in a public forum.

Surviving the professional fallout from his unexpected tirade following an enforced vacation, McAvoy returns to work to discover that most of his staff has jumped ship for another show and is forced to work with several new team members brought onboard during his absence.

McAvoy's boss, Charlie Skinner, the unapologetically old-school president of ACN's news division, laments the changing face of the news.

Setting the stage for Will's return to the standard set by news legends such as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, Charlie covertly orchestrates the hiring of Will's new executive producer, the one person who can restore Will's passion and bring the best out of him - whether Will wants it or not.

Will's new executive producer is MacKenzie McHale, back from 26 months embedded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MacKenzie was once romantically involved with Will and knows the idealism he has buried beneath a veneer of apathy and cynicism.

With their shared past, she knows exactly how good he can be.

Even more unsettling for him, she challenges Will to abandon the successful, middle-of-the-road approach that has made him so popular with bothsides of the aisle, and realize his full potential by delivering the news with integrity.

Also imposed upon Will are Jim Harper, Margaret Jordan, Don Keefer, Neal Sampat and Sloan Sabbith, the newsroom staff.

Although this group finds itself off to a tumultuous start when breaking news comes over the wire, they immediately come together for one elusive goal: to do TV news well.

Jim Harper is MacKenzie's loyal senior show producer. Though only 27 years old, Jim is more like the old-school reporter Charlie than he is like his contemporaries.

He finds himself instantly smitten with Margaret Jordan, a young intern-turned-associated producer, who is already in a relationship with Don Keefer, Will's former executive producer.

Neal Sampat, a young, resourceful self-made newsman writes Will's blog and scours the Internet for stories, often finding leads his colleagues have missed.

Sloan Sabbith is ACN's financial news analyst.

The Newsroom follows the news team on their quixotic mission to reclaim the legacy of Murrow and Cronkite in the face of a fickle audience, corporate mandates and tangled personal relationships.

Jeff Daniels stars as Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer stars as MacKenzie McHale.

Also starring are Sam Waterston as Charlie Skinner; John Gallagher, Jr. as Jim Harper; Alison Pill as Margaret Jordan; Thomas Sadoski as Don Keefer; Dev Patel as Neal Sampat; and Olivia Munn as Sloan Sabbith.

The series is set at the fictional cable network ACN, but the news stories being covered in the broadcast are actual past news events.

The Newsroom offers viewers an opportunity to return to and relive the news that made headlines as they watch it unfold for the show's characters, who race to put together the broadcast.

TVSA Show Page: The Newsroom
 

Superstore 5

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

Superstore 5

One week after Mateo's ICE detainment, Dina, Marcus and a reluctant Garrett concoct a plan to break Mateo out.

Amy grows concerned about Cheyenne as she hasn't visited Mateo.

Meanwhile, corporate introduces a new Cloud 9 robot floor cleaner, much to the employees' dismay as it might steal their jobs.

Also, Sandra wants to tell everyone about her engagement to Jerry, but no one will listen.
 

In the Dark 2

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy-Drama

In the Dark 2

Murphy is a hard-living, hard-drinking, disaffected 20-something with a penchant for casual sex. She also happens to be blind.

She spends the majority of her time in a one block radius that includes her apartment, a local bar and a convenience store where she buys tampons and candy bars.

Murphy lives with her roommate Jess and her guide dog Pretzel, whom she reluctantly has come to love.

Her closest friend is a teenager named Tyson who she befriends after he saved her from a violent mugging.

But her life comes crashing down when she stumbles upon what she's sure is his lifeless body in the alley outside her apartment.

By the time the police arrive, there is no body to be found, leaving everyone around Murphy to question her.

But Murphy is determined to find the truth, which opens up her world far beyond the comforts of her block.

In the Season 2 premiere, "All About the Benjamin": Murphy is on the mend from her terrifying encounter with Dean, but Nia's visit spurs her into action.

Murphy, Jess and Felix must act quickly to devise a plan that will keep them out of Nia's crosshairs and, possibly, save Guiding Hope in the process.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Cross My Heart and Hope to Lie": Murphy gets a surprise visit while the Guiding Hope team - Felix, Jess and Murphy - work on a plan to cover up their new "business."

Darnell's visit to Nia takes an unexpected turn and Dean gets a new mission.

 

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