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New on TV today: Thursday 20 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 May 2021
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I Know This Much is True

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Miniseries, Drama

I Know This Much is True

Mark Ruffalo leads this family saga, which follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness set against the backdrop of 20th-century America.

The six-episode limited drama series is based on Wally Lamb's New York Times bestseller and award-winning book.

After paranoid schizophrenic Thomas Birdsey (Ruffalo) has a violent public breakdown, Dominick Birdsey (also Ruffalo) finds himself stepping up to defend his identical twin brother in unexpected ways.

As he navigates the fallout of Thomas' actions, Dominick reflects on their childhood growing up under the tyrannical rule of their volatile step-father, Ray, and their persistent desire to know the identity of their biological father.

Dominick crosses paths with the prickly Nedra Frank (Juliette Lewis) as he attempts to have his grandfather's manuscript translated from Italian into English as a gift for his ailing mother.
 

Special 2

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

Special 2

A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.

This season, Ryan really needs to get his *bleep!* together.

It's been two months and he still hasn't spoken to Karen since their fight and he has a gnarly case of writer's block that's getting him in hot water with Olivia.

Enter Tanner, a fun, flirty dance instructor who charms Ryan despite not being totally available.

When his writer's block eventually lifts, he's inspired to write a longform piece about disability.

From there, he begins a journey of self-discovery that creates unexpected complications in his relationship with Tanner.

Meanwhile, Kim lets her guard down when she meets Harrison, a sensitive tech mogul with a humble background - but her insecurities and jealous tendencies continue to hamper her personal life and threaten to push Harrison away.

With her spiraling credit card debt driving Kim even further towards rock bottom, she makes a hard choice to regain control of her finances and personal life.

Since taking care of Ryan was her life's purpose until their fight, Karen realises that she needs to take an active approach to create a fulfilling life for herself - beyond just taking care of her ailing mother.

Will she be content with continuing to clean up everyone else's messes, or will Karen be able to lean into her newfound independence and create a life that centers around her own desires for once?

This season is about the primary characters — Ryan, Karen and Kim — coming into their power and realising they all deserve big gorgeous lives... whether society agrees or not, bitch!
 

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? 6

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? 6

Fan-favourite faces return for an all-new season of 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?, which dives back into the lives of some of the franchise's most popular couples as they continue to test the waters of their relationships while navigating life in America.

The first spinoff of the 90 Day franchise, this series revisits the most memorable couples from previous seasons.

The frenzied countdown to the altar may be behind them, but the real drama has just begun to unfold.

Whether it's family tensions or cultural differences, age gaps or language barriers, these relationships experience more ups and downs than usual.

Is the honeymoon over for these couples or will they prove their love is stronger than ever?

Season 6 will catch up with the following couples:

Angela, 54 (Hazlehurst, Georgia) and Michael, 32 (Nigeria)

Angela and Michael were eager to continue their life together after they finally tied the knot in Nigeria.

Unfortunately, their wedding bliss was followed by sad news concerning Angela's mother's health.

Angela quickly rushed back home and shortly after her mother passed, Angela found herself alone to deal with the grief and stress of the pandemic without Michael.

Driven to live a healthier life for her grandchildren and husband, Angela decides to undergo weight loss surgery despite Michael's strong disapproval.

Although Angela's health is her priority, Michael's desire to have children is at the forefront of his mind.

Kalani, 32 (Washington, Utah) and Asuelu, 25 (Samoa)

Married life has had its fair share of rough patches for Kalani and Asuelu.

With Kalani's feelings of doubt caused by a long history of family conflict, the couple is working through some tough challenges.

They are hoping for a fresh start and begin looking for a house.

Asuelu thinks that living on their own, away from Kalani's family, will help their relationship, and Kalani is willing to give it one last try.

Meanwhile, Kalani's sister Kolini comes to stay with them for a few weeks and questions their decision to buy a house, knowing how rocky their marriage has been over the years.

Kalani opens up to Kolini about her and Asuelu's intimacy issues and that she feels that they are more like roommates than husband and wife.

Elizabeth, 30 (Tampa, Florida) and Andrei, 34 (Moldova)

Three years into married life, Elizabeth, Andrei and their daughter Eleanor continue to move forward as a family.

Much to Elizabeth's relief, Andrei is finally ready to give up being a stay-at-home dad and start working.

But to get started, Andrei will need help from Elizabeth's father Chuck and Elizabeth's siblings have strong opinions about him getting into business with their dad, in any capacity.

Later on, the whole family travels to Maryland for a family reunion and Chuck hopes it will bring everyone together, but the drama ensues.

Tiffany, 29 (Frederick, Maryland) and Ronald, 31 (South Africa)

The last few months have taken a toll on single mom Tiffany, and she feels like her husband Ronald, who is still living in South Africa, hasn't stepped up enough emotionally or financially.

Tiffany stresses to Ronald that she is tired of carrying the financial burden in their relationship and that if Ronald wants to see his family he needs to start contributing.

Ronald is furious that Tiffany would behave this way and thinks that she is spending money on herself instead of for their relationship.

Adding to those challenges, Ronald worries that his visa will be denied, in which case he would want the family to move to South Africa.

Tiffany is not on board with this plan and does not know what will happen if his visa is not approved.

In the Season 6 premiere: Angela prepares to undergo weight loss surgery.

Natalie questions why Mike doesn't wear a wedding ring, while Andrei gets his real estate license.
 

Hoot, Cook, Go 2

Channel: HONEY (DStv 173)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Reality, Food

Hoot, Cook, Go 2

Three teams treat one other to a meal, giving them a chance to show off exactly who they are with a plate of food.

The catch? They only have an hour.

When they hear the hooter, it's time to get in the car and move on to the next team's house.

How will Africa's vibrant food culture, particular palates and often curious cultures all go together?

The best meal, as judged by the teams, takes the prize.

 

Actors in this post: Juliette Lewis



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