New on TV today: Sunday 30 May

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 30 May 2021
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Friends: The Reunion

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Special, Comedy

Friends: The Reunion

Friends stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer return to the iconic comedy's original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank for a real-life unscripted celebration of the show.

The special sees the main cast revisit the sets of the original show (such as the Friends apartments, the Central Perk coffee shop, and the Friends water fountain) and meet with guests who appeared on the show as well as celebrity guests.

They also do table reads and re-enactments of older Friends episodes, and share behind-the-scenes footage.

Friends: The Reunion will feature a variety of special guests including:

Cara Delevingne
Christina Pickles
Cindy Crawford
David Beckham
Elliott Gould
James Corden
James Michael Tyler
Justin Bieber
Kit Harington
Lady Gaga
Larry Hankin
Maggie Wheeler
Malala Yousafzai
Mindy Kaling
Reese Witherspoon
Thomas Lennon
Tom Selleck


Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary Series, History


This series revisits significant terrorist attacks that changed history.

Dig into the complexities of terrorism and discover that nothing is ever what it seems.

The series revisits six acts of terror since World War II using first-hand interviews, archival footage and reconstructions to piece together what exactly happened during those horrific moments in history.

The meaning of these terrorist attacks only becomes apparent when looking at them from multiple perspectives, by putting them in a historical context and most importantly through scrutinous research with a keen eye for the economics of terrorism.

Leading terrorism experts give testimony on how terrorism has changed over the years and how the process of radicalization and de-radicalization works.

Episode 1: The Hotel - Jerusalem

22 July 1946. The headquarters of the British Army in Palestine is located in the luxurious King David Hotel.

Members of the Irgun, the Jewish resistance movement, smuggle milk churns packed with explosives into the hotel and hide them in the basement.

Thirty minutes later an enormous explosion brings down the entire south wing of the hotel and 91 people die.

Episode 2: The Bar - Algiers

30 September 1956. For over a century Algeria has been a colony of France and the Algerians are fed up with it.

A young Algerian woman visits a bar in the European quarter of Algiers. She orders an ice cream, plants a bomb underneath her chair and leaves the establishment.

Three people are killed and many more are injured.

Episode 3: The Games - Munich

5 September 1972. For the first time ever, the Olympic Games are broadcast live on television.

Early in the morning of 5 September, eight Palestinians, members of the Black September movement, attack the apartments of the Israeli delegation and kill two athletes.

Immediately, the TV cameras switch from the Olympic sports events to the unfolding hostage drama.

Episode 4: The Station - Bologna

2 August 1980. A suitcase is left in the lobby of Bologna Central Station, and explodes not long after.

The gigantic explosion rips the station building apart and a train waiting to leave for Chiasso is torn to shreds.

Eighty-five people are killed and 200 are injured. The attack is attributed to a neo-fascist organisation.

Episode 5: The Ship - USS Cole

12 October 2000. The American naval vessel USS Cole docks in Aden, Yemen to refuel.

Two men approach in a small boat. They wave to the crew before ramming the ship at full speed. The resulting explosion kills seventeen sailors.

It doesn't take long for the American authorities to identify the mastermind behind the attack: the Yemenite Al-Nashiri, member of Al Qaida.

Episode 6: The Island - Norway

22 July 2011. Anders Breivik detonates a bomb in Oslo's government quarter.

In the midst of the ensuing chaos he drives to the island of Utøya, where youth members of the Labour party have just started their annual summer camp.

When he arrives, he opens fire on the young adults.

That single day a total of 77 people die.

Chef Bootcamp

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Reality Makeover, Reality, Food

Chef Bootcamp

Chef Boot Camp, takes a deep dive into one of the most critical and essential elements of restaurants everywhere - the chefs running the kitchen.

The success of a restaurant starts and ends with the food they serve and trouble in the kitchen can jeopardise everything.

Enter Cliff Crooks, culinary director of a global restaurant brand whose job entails making sure the entire enterprise runs smoothly, including hiring and firing the chefs for each kitchen.

Now Cliff is taking his decades of expertise and embarking on a new mission to help struggling chefs from restaurants across the country prove that they deserve to keep running their kitchens.

Nominated by their respective restaurant owners, each episode Cliff will put a trio of underperforming chefs through a grueling series of challenges to test their real-world culinary skills and fitness for the role.

With their jobs on the line, these chefs will attempt to not only survive but thrive in Chef Boot Camp and prove to their owners they have the talent and passion it takes to succeed.

In each episode, three struggling chefs embark on a three-day boot camp with Cliff who will assess their skills in the kitchen and address their areas for improvement.

After an introduction to each chef that reveals what brought them to boot camp, he gets a firsthand look and taste of one of their signature dishes to begin to understand what the issues may be.

Next, the chefs must demonstrate fundamental cooking techniques of a classic dish which they must create on time and to Cliff's satisfaction, showing their skills, knowledge and ability in the kitchen.

Then, the chefs must bring it all together - working a fast-paced, live dinner service at one of Cliff's restaurants, and then, finally, whipping up a creative, new dish for their restaurant owners to demonstrate their growth and progress from boot camp.

Some will rise to the challenge while others will not, with the fate of their career in the hands of chef Cliff.

Mental Samurai 2

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Game Show

Mental Samurai 2

Mental Samurai is a combination of game show, sporting event and thrill ride, in which everyday people from across the USA battle each other and the clock, answering a wide variety of fun and interactive questions about topics ranging from the Hall of Presidents to Hall & Oates.

If that wasn't enough, players must tackle these difficult questions while being whipped around the arena strapped into Ava, a high-speed capsule and robotic arm capable of twisting and turning a full 360 degrees.

The stakes have never been higher this season, as players will earn money with each correct answer, but with even one mistake, the ride comes to a screeching halt.

In the end, the player who correctly answers the most questions the fastest will enter the Circle of Samurai for a chance to win up to $100,000.

They will also return the next night to face a new group of colourful competitors vying to win the title of Mental Samurai.

Sudan: The Last of the Rhinos

Channel: S3
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Wildlife, Documentary

Sudan: The Last of the Rhinos

The remarkable story of 43-year-old Sudan, the very last male northern white rhino on the planet.

Aged just three, Sudan was snatched from his mother's side in Central Africa.

He became a prized exhibit in a zoo behind the Iron Curtain, while the rest of his kind was poached to extinction in the wild.

Today, Sudan has become an unwitting celebrity and the focus of a desperate eleventh hour battle to save his sub-species.

This astonishing modern-day fable is told through the international cast of characters who have been involved in Sudan's life, for better and for worse.

Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: Comedy, Special

Amy Schumer Presents Rachel Feinstein: Only Whores Wear Purple

In Rachel Feinstein's first hour-long stand-up special, she brings her blunt humour to a variety of topics.

These include her love of Christian sleepovers, the reason why dick pics are unnecessary and porn star Jenna Jameson.

The Newsroom 3

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 19h10
Genre: Drama

The Newsroom 3

Final season!

The third and final season of The Newsroom finds Will and Mac and the staff of "News Night" facing two explosive situations: the possibility of a hostile takeover of the network looming on the horizon, and leaked classified government documents that unleash a legal fire storm that threatens to topple more than one professional career.

Going beyond the headlines, the six-part season turns its attention inward, focusing on a series of internal events at ACN that rock the very foundation of the network, and tackles such topics as privacy issues, the influence of social media on traditional news gathering and corporate takeover.

The men and women of "News Night" are faced with personal and professional dilemmas that will forever determine their futures.

Set against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon bombing, The Newsroom kicks off the season with a highly charged look at the core issue of maintaining journalistic integrity in the era of 24-hour news cycles, while crowd-sourcing and "citizen journalism" result in the dissemination of misinformation.

Season 3 begins in the wake of the Genoa debacle, where Will, Mac and the "News Night" team decide to err on the side of caution in reporting a major breaking story, which may enhance credibility, if not ratings.

Neal faces a slippery slope when he's contacted by an anonymous source in possession of stolen government documents revealing how false press stories planted in newspapers spawned fatal riots in Kundu.

Sloan looks to solve a takeover puzzle and Maggie is forced to pinch-hit for Elliot in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Jeff Daniels stars as Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer stars as Mackenzie McHale, the show's executive producer.

Other returning cast regulars for the third season are: Sam Waterston as Charlie Skinner, Will's old-school boss; and John Gallagher, Jr. as Jim Harper, Mackenzie's loyal producer.

Alison Pill stars as associate producer Maggie Jordan; Thomas Sadoski as Don Keefer, Will's former executive producer; Dev Patel as resourceful self-made newsman Neal Sampat; and Olivia Munn as financial news analyst Sloan Sabbith.

Returning guests for Season 3 include Jane Fonda as Leona Lansing, the CEO of ACN's parent company, Atlantis World Media; and Chris Messina as ACN president Reese Lansing.

David Harbour also returns as reporter Elliot Hirsch; and Marcia Gay Harden as ACN attorney Rebecca Halliday.

New to the guest cast in Season 3 are B.J. Novak (The Office) as Lucas Pruit, a suitor for control of ACN; and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) as Reese's half-sister, Blair Lansing.

Also guesting this season are Mary McCormack (The West Wing) as Molly, an FBI agent who's a friend of Mac; Joanna Gleason (The Skeleton Twins) as Charlie Skinner's wife, Nancy; and Clea DuVall (Argo) as Lily, a mysterious woman who works for a government contractor.

TVSA Show Page: The Newsroom 3


Shows in this post: The Newsroom, Friends

1 Comment

31 May 2021 09:53

I see this Friends Reunion was a hit with local audiences from what I've seen on social media. Hopefully I'll remember to watch it on CatchUp before it expires there.

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