New on TV today: Monday 17 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 17 May 2021
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Channel: Universal TV (DStv 117)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama


Coyote is the story of Ben Clemens (Michael Chiklis), who after 32 years as a border patrol agent is forced to work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America.

Now exposed to life on the other side of the wall, Ben will start to question his black and white views of the world, challenging his ideology and his loyalties.

Also starring is Juan Pablo Raba, who plays Juan Diego "El Catrin" Zamora, the head of a small family cartel in Mexico.

In the series premiere, "Call of the Void": Forced into mandatory retirement, Ben goes to a small coastal town in Mexico to finish construction on his ex-partner's fishing cabin.

In the process he crosses paths with a young woman who needs his help.

Miss Universe 2020

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 02h00 (live) and 21h30
Genre: Pageant

Miss Universe 2020

Miss Universe 2020 will be the 69th edition of the Miss Universe competition, to be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, United States.

Zozibini Tunzi will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Contestants from 74 countries and territories are expected to compete.

The competition will be hosted by Mario Lopez and Olivia Culpo - Lopez last served as host during Miss Universe 2007, while Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012.

South Africa is represented by Miss Universe South Africa Natasha Joubert, a 23-year-old B. Comm graduate.

2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Channel: MTV (DStv 130)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Awards

2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards

Comedian Leslie Jones will take the stage to honour the biggest and best moments in movies and television as she hosts the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

This year's crop of nominees spans the experimental WandaVision, which leads with five nods, as well as  shows like Emily in Paris, RuPaul's Drag Race and The Boys, which all racked up three each.

On the cinematic side, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is up for three awards, and Chadwick Boseman landed a posthumous nomination in the Best Performance in a Movie category for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

On Tuesday, MTV will air the inaugural Movie & TV Awards: Unscripted at 21h30, a first-of-its-kind celebration of all things reality television.

Comedian Nikki Glaser will bring her irreverent comedic take and stand-up skills to the stage as host of the inaugural special, which will celebrate the jaw-dropping, no-rules, drama-filled moments from our favourite reality shows.

Ty Breaker

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

Ty Breaker

Carpenter, craftsman and designer Ty Pennington will help conflicted homeowners decide whether to overhaul their current home or renovate a different property to suit their needs in Ty Breaker.

Each of the eight hour-long episodes will feature one of HGTV's savvy design experts: Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab), Grace Mitchell (One of a Kind) or Sabrina Soto (The High Low Project), as she tries to persuade the family to let her create a beautifully customised new place.

Meanwhile, Ty, who spends quality time with each family to find out about their property's problem areas, will strive for clients to stay put and enjoy a whole-home renovation.

The friendly competition will up the ante between Ty and the starring guest expert as each vies to impress clients with stunning home renovation options.

Two design plans will be presented, but only one will be the "Ty Breaker".

The series will showcase a range of inspiring home renovation and design solutions, including adjusting a home to suit a multigenerational family, helping a newly engaged couple combine households and reimagining the perfect home for a newly blended family.

Each client will see enticing options and customised design elements.

Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar 2

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Comedy, Advertiser-Funded

Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar 2

Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar is back and bigger than ever and is set to feature a star-studded line up of legendary South African comedians as well as some the most talented rising comics.

Season 2 moves away from the Sunday night slot to Monday evenings and there is a line-up which headlined by Tumi Morake, Nina Hastie, Trevor Gumbi and Nik Rabinowitz, among others.

The show will also give a platform to rising comic stars including Tyson Ngubeni, uBettina Wethu star Farieda Metsileng, Sihle Vezi and Lurdes Laice.

The virtual comedy bar was developed as a means of supporting SA's comedy industry during the Level 5 lockdown.

Comedians headline a segment in each episode that focuses on different themes ranging from love to politics and lockdown.

Each episode also features a performance from up-and-coming comedians.


Trevor Gumbi
Tumi Morake
Nik Rabinowitz
Siya Seya
Lazola Gola
Nina Hastie
Nonto R
Dillan Oliphant

Sketch Acts

Farieda Metsileng
Tyson Ngubeni
Sihle Vezi
Lurdes Laice
Conrad Koch and Chester Missing

Grand Designs Australia 8

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 13h00
Genre: Lifestyle, Reality

Grand Designs Australia 8

Grand Designs Australia shares the stories behind some of the most interesting builds, with compelling tales of inspiration, focus and dogged determination.

Hosted by leading Australian architect Peter Maddison, the show reveals the highs and the lows of taking on the biggest single investment of most people's lives – creating their ideal home.

From the tiny house overlooking the bay, to the massive steel mansion high on a hill, the genius inventor who spends five tortuous years trialling his revolutionary building system, to the reclusive but hilarious handyman building a bizarre underground hideout in the suburbs, this season has no shortage of characters and jaw-dropping projects.

Explore the motivations, memories and connections behind each build, delve deeper and go beyond the architectural style.

With each project being as unique as the owners themselves, Grand Designs Australia promises to be a feast of the finest architecture and home design you've ever seen.

In the Season 8 premiere: Eddie and Dot Spain have purchased a 95-acre property in the Strathbogie Ranges.

Here they plan to build a massive Corten Steel-clad contemporary home that he and Dot envision.

Snake Season 2

Channel: People's Weather (DStv 180 / Openview 115)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Docu-Reality

Snake Season 2

KwaZulu-Natal snake expert Nick Evans and his brave cameraman Tyrone Marcus return for a second season.

The second season revs up the excitement as Evans outwits some of the country's most venomous and deadly snakes, with added action as Marcus enters the fray, bringing his behind-the-scenes footage of the rescues to life.

Evans, with his inimitable calm demeanour, dry wit and enthusiasm, takes you through some jaw-dropping snake rescues, all packed with loads of nervous hilarity.

Season 2 is packed with many tense moments as well as challenging rescues that include climbing a tree, walking on an about-to-collapse asbestos roof, deconstructing a tiled roof whilst in the middle of a double mamba capture, or searching for an African Python in driving rain in tall grass and thick mud.

There's also a surprise marriage proposal for Evans, whose skills at rescuing black mambas in Chatsworth impressed an onlooker, a proliferation of gravid (pregnant) snakes, and a number of baby snakes born on camera.

Empire 6

TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama, Music

Empire 6

Final season!

As the final season gets underway, Lucious - who is now a wanted fugitive - is on the run from the Feds.

Cookie keeps busy by focusing on her brand outside of Empire, which now includes a daytime talk show and a community centre.

Andre, currently sitting on the Empire throne, is confronted by several people who now want to get in on the company and Hakeem sets his sights on the lead role in the first Empire movie.

Meanwhile, Becky and Giselle search for their first Bossy Media artist.

TVSA Show Page: Empire 6

MasterChef: The Professionals 13

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition

MasterChef: The Professionals 13

Gregg Wallace and chefs Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti preside over the UK's most revered cooking competition.

Over six weeks, 32 professional chefs will strive to demonstrate their outstanding skills, commitment and creativity to convince the judges they are worthy of the highly-esteemed title of MasterChef: The Professionals champion 2020.

In the first heat, four professional chefs from around the country arrive at the MasterChef kitchen ready to put their reputations on the line and their skills to the test.

Two chefs' pasta-making skills are challenged by Monica when she tasks them to prepare mushroom tortellini filled with a mushroom duxelles and served with a chosen sauce.

The other two chefs take on Marcus's recipe for devilled butterflied mackerel with a herb-flavoured mayo and a cucumber and fennel salad.

They only have 20 minutes to demonstrate their fish-filleting skills and their mayonnaise-making precision.

Finally, all four chefs have the chance to redeem any earlier mistakes when they cook their own signature dish for the judges.

This is each chef's last chance to cement their place in the competition, before the judges choose which two chefs will be sent home and which two are through to the first quarter-final.

The Carbonaro Effect 4

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Hidden Camera, Prank Show, Comedy

The Carbonaro Effect 4

A magician by trade but a prankster by heart, Michael Carbonaro is back as he goes incognito and performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting members of the public in everyday situations – and it's all caught on hidden camera.

On the new season the jokes are more insane, the tricks are more incredible and the reactions are bigger than ever.

From stunning customers in shops to pranking celebrities, one thing is certain: there is nothing 'everyday' about Michael's world.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Total Face Rejuvenation": Michael shocks a receptionist with a medical procedure that leaves both their jaws on the floor, and then at a party store, Michael reveals a regenerating piece of gum.

Plus, an electrifying trick rewrites history.

Cooking with Siba

Channel: HONEY (DStv 173)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Food

Cooking with Siba

A modern cooking show with a nostalgic twist and a celeb angle, shot in a test kitchen at Media24, which is customised to Siba's personality (with styling elements from Sophiatown and the jazz era coming through).

It is Siba's kitchen and each week there is a special guest who comes to visit.

Siba prepares a very special meal for this guest – either the guest's favourite meal or something from their place of origin (e.g. pap & marogo from the Free State; sheep's head from Eastern Cape, etc), with which she will surprise the guest.

The guest helps Siba with preparations and while cooking we not only get to know the guest better, but also garner some invaluable cooking tips and recipes.

In the series premiere: Actor and producer Kenneth Nkosi has Siba's kitchen in hysterics.

Kenneth helps Siba cook his favourite food: meat, while she shows him a fantastic self saucing chocolate cake.

Factory Line

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 17h40
Genre: Docu-Reality

Factory Line

Factory Line takes you behind the scenes at 10 factories delivering a variety of different items from their production lines.

Follow Sheffield Forgemasters as they work to complete 16 giant oil rig anchors in two months, designed to stop an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico getting blown away by a hurricane.

Go behind the scenes as JCB struggles to supply the US military with 20 excavators despite parts going missing and competitors stealing resources.

This series gives a unique insight into how factories meet their customers' demands in the face of seemingly impossible deadlines and expectations.

In the series premiere, "The Auction Block: Alaskan Halibut": In a factory in Alaska, a haul of 90,000lbs of halibut is set to arrive.

It must be processed in record time and driven 300 miles to the airport.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Terex: The Mammoth Dump Truck": In a Scottish factory, workers battle to build six huge dump trucks.

With jobs and reputations at stake, the first truck is due in just 15 days.


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