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New on TV today: Monday 24 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 24 May 2021
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Xploration Awesome Planet

Channel: Da Vinci (DStv 318)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Nature, Wildlife, Documentary Series

Xploration Awesome Planet

Why are pollinators so important and how do horseshoe crabs migrate?

This Earth science documentary series explores the most spectacular places on, inside and above the Earth.

In each episode, host Philippe Cousteau Jr. engages the help of a local scientist to understand more about the area, explaining it in a way that is accessible to all ages.

He visits diamond and gold mines to see how gems and metals are formed, travels to active volcanoes to observe what happens inside the Earth's burning core, and checks out weather stations in mountainous areas to get an idea of how weather phenomena form in the atmosphere.

From the tops of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest oceans, Xploration Awesome Planet takes you on incredible journeys across our beautiful planet.

In the series premiere, "Rumbling Earth": Philippe explores the cause of volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

We visit the Big Island of Hawaii, where there is still an active volcano. Then we visit a laboratory at Oregon State University that is able to simulate a tsunami.

We'll explore the damage that these massive waves cause.

Then we head to the Puget Sound in Washington and discover the history of tsunamis in the Northwest with the help of geologist, Brian Atwater.

We'll learn if a tsunami will happen again on the west coast.
 

War of the Worlds 2

Channel: FOX (DStv 125)
TX Time: 20h45
Genre: Sci-Fi

War of the Worlds 2

The second season of the FOX / CANAL+ dystopian drama series War of the Worlds returns with a double bill of the first two episodes, with a single episode per week thereafter.

Set in France and the UK, the modern-day retelling of H.G. Wells' classic novel has an ensemble cast, including Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People).

In the first season, an alien attack all but wiped out mankind, with just a handful of humans fighting to survive.

And no one felt more rocked by the invasion than Emily (Edgar-Jones), who discovered she may have her own strange personal connection to the aliens.

Season 2 sees the characters left reeling by the possibility that the invaders could be human.

A tense fight to take back the planet awaits them.

For some, the sheer desperation to survive will lead them to contemplate sacrificing one of their own...
 

Absentia 3

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Thriller

Absentia 3

Absentia centers on FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic), who had disappeared without a trace and was declared dead after hunting one of Boston's most notorious serial killers.

Six years later, Emily was found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive, and with no memory of the years she was missing.

Returning home to learn her husband, Special Agent Nick Durand, had remarried and her son Flynn was being raised by another woman, she soon found herself implicated in a new series of murders.

Season 3 picks up after the dramatic events of Season 2 with Emily nearing the end of her FBI suspension.

Everything is upended when one of Nick's criminal cases threatens the lives of Emily's family.

Her efforts to unravel a dangerous conspiracy take Emily to Europe, testing her like never before and forcing her to learn to trust and love again as she finally realises her true place in the world.
 

Mad for Each Other

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: K-Drama, Comedy-Drama

Mad for Each Other

Bothered to realise they are next-door neighbours and share a psychiatrist, a man and a woman find it's impossible to stay out of each other's way.

An ex-detective who struggles to control his anger meets his match in a quirky woman who angers everyone around her with her compulsions.

As the two continue to cross paths, they constantly get on each other's nerves, eventually crashing their way into each other's hearts.
 

The Real Housewives of New Jersey 11

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Real Housewives of New Jersey 11

Returning for season 11 are Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, Margaret Josephs, Dolores Catania, Jackie Goldschneider and Jennifer Aydin.

Coming up this season:

After tragically losing her father and ending her marriage, Teresa makes the decision to list her home to create a new chapter for herself and her daughters.

Ready to get back in the dating game, she surprisingly meets someone new and her personal life becomes the talk of the town yet again.

With her kids growing up quicker than she wants, Melissa is forced to have some uncomfortable conversations.

Meanwhile, Melissa's business continues to thrive and she becomes increasingly independent, but as she and Joe head into their 16th year of marriage, different views about the direction of their life going forward makes them both call into question the future of their relationship.

Margaret's home renovations are finally coming about during quarantine, and with a fruitful career under her belt, she decides to write a book revealing the secrets to her life and success in business.

But looking back on her past opens old wounds and puts a strain on her relationship with her husband, Joe.

Will she have to write a new chapter?

On the edge of turning 50, Dolores is feeling and looking her best after a tummy tuck and the extra time she is spending with her kids.

But keeping secrets from David proves to be tricky, and pressure mounts when the other women question if she's settling for less while their commitment plans still loom.

When cheating rumours swirl around her marriage, Jackie questions her relationships with the women.

Will she be able to move forward, or will she decide that her fate lies with a new circle of friends?

Jennifer struggles to deal with the lingering awkwardness with Melissa, along with her parents' marital issues due to the pandemic.

With her father now living with her, she unleashes trouble in her relationship with her mother.

And, as she continues to defend her father, Jennifer begins to wonder whether the fissures between them can ever be healed.

In the Season 11 premiere, "C U Next Tuesday?": Dolores and David struggle to overcome a fight about her plastic surgery and Jennifer is stuck in the middle of her parents' marital issues.

Meanwhile, Margaret plans a girls' trip, but Teresa's loose lips threatens to destroy the entire vacation and friend group.

TVSA Show Page: The Real Housewives of New Jersey 11
 

Top Star U-Back

Channel: tvN Africa (DStv 134)
TX Time: 18h45
Genre: K-Drama, Fantasy

Top Star U-Back

Yoo Baek is a former idol star who became a household name as an actor, but he's a vain, unapologetic narcissist.

When he gets into some major trouble, he is exiled to a remote island for a little image damage control.

In for the culture shock of his life, far from civilization, he falls for a local island girl with whom he has very little in common.
 

Escape to the Chateau 6

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Documentary Series, Home Improvement

Escape to the Chateau 6

Escape to the Chateau is back with brand new season and Dick Strawbridge and his partner Angel Adoree are as hard at work as ever.

It's been years since they've traded in their two-bed apartment in Essex for a dilapidated 19th century French chateau, and the massive restoration of this 45 room castle is yet to be completed.

With more events booked, Dick and Angel prepare for their busiest year ever.

Their events business has picked up quite significantly, they've got a family life to maintain, and they have their hands full making more mind-blowing and unique transformations to the Chateau de la Motte-Husson.

Ini the Season 6 premiere: Dick and Angel create a state-of-the-art kitchen, take delivery of a colony of bees and organise Dorothy's birthday party.
 

Released

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 19h10
Genre: Docu-Reality, True Crime

Released

Follows individuals who have completed long-term prison sentences during those first crucial 90 days on the outside.

We'll meet them as they walk out the prison doors for the first time, and stay with them for every step – and misstep – as they attempt to reconnect with their loved ones, establish their independence and begin the long, hard work of starting over.

In the series premiere, "It's Over": After serving decades behind bars, convicted felons Kevin, Kay and Jermaine are released from prison.

Her sixth time out, Kay is now sober with a new attitude; Jermaine's daughter refuses to forgive him; and Kevin makes the long trip home from San Quentin.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Left Behind": Michael is released from prison after 18 years and is haunted by the death of his father.

Meanwhile, Kevin attempts to reconcile with his children, Jermaine gets bad news from his parole officer and Kay reveals her struggles with addiction during church.

 

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