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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 Jul 2021
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Nqobile

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

Nqobile

Drama series which follows a woman who rises above domestic abuse to turn her life around, stand up to her husband and live fearlessly.

Nqobile (Nunu Khumalo) is the ill-treated makoti of the Nkosi family dynasty who manages to outsmart her entitled, abusive husband and take over his empire.

She transforms it into a woman-led e-hailing service and with newfound grit, she indirectly declares war against her spouse.

As she is thrust into a male-dominated industry and a new position of power, the series reveals everything she must do to negotiate her freedom, maintain respect and thrive.

The series mirrors real life and real-time scenarios such as the battle between e-hailing services and traditional meter taxis, whilest exploring issues such as gender-based violence.

The show is set against the luxurious aesthetic of Leondale streets and is juxtaposed with less opulent environments, where hustling is a way of life.

The series stars Nunu Khumalo as Nqobile and Kagiso Modupe as her husband Simo.

Other actors in the series include Magic Hlatshwayo as George, Nomsa Nene as Sarah, Lele Ledwaba as Mampoi, Lillian Dube as Black Widow, Abdul Khoza as Gugu, Nhlanhla Mdlalose as Sbambura and Ayanda Bandla as Ntombi.

TVSA Show Page: Nqobile
 

Lui Maar Op, Belinda 2

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Comedy, Afrikaans

Lui Maar Op, Belinda 2

Sitcom which revolves around a group of older shop staff and their bumbling young security chief at a general dealer in George.

Ian & Ander is a small corner shop in George belonging to Ian Jantjies (Duncan Johnson), a middle-aged man who left the bustle of the big city to experience small town serenity.

But because of his three 'older' employees, who for some reason can't be left unattended, Ian only ever experiences havoc and chaos.

Belinda Swanepoel (Brümilda van Rensburg), a former actress, has an obsession with mirrors, spending all of her time looking at herself and forgetting about customers at the cash register.

Annetjie Nel (Annelisa Weiland), a militarist spinster, marches around barking orders at everyone whilst trying to keep an eye on Ian's wife, who likes to take without paying.

Then there is the poor, charming farm hero Frans Wessels (Eric Nobbs), who tries to keep the peace between Annetjie and Belinda, but rarely succeeds.

Together they must face the challenges of old age, but also learn that life is full of second chances and that one is never too old to have fun.

As Season 2 gets underway, it's a few years later and life with Ian & Others is dull and boring.

So dull and boring that Belinda plans to jump off the Bloukrans bridge with the rest of them...

TVSA Show Page: Lui Maar Op, Belinda 2
 

Tomorrow, with You

Channel: tvN Africa (DStv 134)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: K-Drama, Sci-Fi

Tomorrow, with You

The head of a real estate firm with the ability to travel through time by taking the subway marries a photographer to try and change his future.

Time traveler YooSo-joon forsees his miserable future and hopes to change his fate.

Knowing he can change the course of his life by marrying Song Ma-rin, he approaches her intentionally - even though he doesn't love her.

What will be their fate?
 

Secrets at the Hotel

Channel: TLNovelas (DStv Channel 133)
TX Time: 17h40
Genre: Telenovela

Secrets at the Hotel

The story of Secrets at the hotel begins in 1908, when Julio Olmedo and Isabel Alarcón travel on the same train to the Gran Hotel, property of the Alarcón family.

Both of them are unaware of the fact that their lives will take a new twist there, brought about by love, treason and the secrets hidden there.

Julio travels there looking for his twin sister, Cristina, who stopped writing to him months ago.

Isabel comes after being summonsed by her mother, the matriarch Teresa Langre Widow of Alarcón, who has fixed her wedding with Diego Montejo, who is part of the Gran Hotel's management.

A series of murders take place in the town where the hotel is, along with Cristina Olmedo's vanishing, and detective Serapio Ayala arrives from the capital city to clear them up.

Nevertheless, during his stay, the mysteries around the place pile up and become more difficult to figure out every time.

Ayala is a science lover and he relies on it to solve any case he is assigned to.

Olmedo joins the Gran Hotel as a waiter and there he meets Andrés Salinas, son of Ángela Gómez, the housekeeper.

A good friendship grows between Julio and Andrés, which turns into a brotherhood. Andrés helps Julio investigate what happened to his sister.

Andrés is in love with Belén García, an unscrupulous maid who manages to convince Andrés that the child she is expecting is a product of her affair with Diego Montejo.

Sofía Alarcón is Teresa's oldest daughter, married to Alfredo Vergara, the heir of a traditional family lineage.

Sofía is pregnant, but she loses her baby and her obsession with having a child finally undermines her weak mental health.

Felipe Alarcón is a young man who has always lived under the protection of his mother.

She has made him a weak man and now he is very far from being the heir his father always wanted him to be.

Ángela Salinas, the housekeeper of the Gran Hotel, knows every corner of the place and every person that has been in there in the past 30 years.

Her implacable face hides secrets she refuses to reveal, mostly to protect her son Andrés.

In Secrets at the Hotel, mysteries accumulate on a daily basis and the love between Isabel and Julio grows stronger day by day, meaning they must confront the obstacles placed in front of them.
 

The Mark of a Killer

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: True Crime, Docu-Drama, Documentary Series

The Mark of a Killer

The behaviours and patterns may differ, but some serial killers simply cannot resist leaving a personal mark on each of their heinous crimes.

From postmortem rituals to crime scene mementos, these perverse trademarks are often meant to taunt law enforcement but can end up providing vital clues that help the investigators bring down the perpetrator.

Each episode delves into a different case involving a serial killer signature, featuring firsthand accounts from the detectives involved as well as interviews with criminal psychology experts and those close to the victims.

In the series premiere, "Posed to Kill": In 1990, a serial killer terrorises the University of Florida's campus, killing five students in under four days.

The Gainesville Ripper leaves behind a crime scene where all the victims have been stabbed, but the females have been posed like dolls.
 

Fargo 4

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h50
Genre: Drama

Fargo 4

In 1950 Kansas City, two criminal syndicates fighting for a piece of the American dream have struck an uneasy peace.

Together, they control an alternate economy of exploitation, graft and drugs.

To cement their truce, Loy Cannon (Chris Rock), the head of the African American crime family, trades his youngest son Satchel, to his enemy Donatello Fadda, the head of the Italian mafia.

In return, Donatello surrenders his youngest son Zero to Loy.

When Donatello dies in the hospital following a routine surgery, the tenuous truce is threatened.

Josto Fadda (Jason Schwartzman) takes up his father's mantle, but his efforts to stabilise the organisation are undermined by his brother, Gaetano, who has joined the family in Kansas City after building a reputation for ruthlessness in Italy.

The other Fadda men - including Ebal Violante, Constant Calamita and Antoon Dumini - must decide where their loyalties lie.

Amongst the turmoil, Patrick "Rabbi" Milligan (Ben Whishaw), a man who once betrayed his own family to serve the Italians, watches carefully to ensure his survival.

Sensing an opportunity, Loy tests the Faddas for weakness, deploying his most trusted advisor, Doctor Senator (Glynn Turman), and top lieutenants, Leon Bittle, Omie Sparkman and Opal Rackley to do his bidding.

However, to Loy's dismay, his oldest son Lemuel Cannon wants no part of the family business.

Intertwined with this tale of immigration, assimilation and power, is the story of Ethelrida Pearl Smutny, the precocious 16-year-old daughter of Thurman and Dibrell Smutny, an interracial couple who own their own mortuary.

Other stories include that of U.S. Marshal Dick "Deafy" Wickware (Timothy Olyphant), a Mormon lawman; Detective Odis Weff (Jack Huston), the Kansas City cop known for his compulsive tics; and Oraetta Mayflower (Jessie Buckley), a nurse who cannot abide others' suffering.
 

You Are My Spring

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

You Are My Spring

The story of a seven-year-old living inside the shadow of a 'grown-up'.

A hotel concierge and a psychiatrist with traumatic childhoods form a heartfelt bond when they become entangled in a perplexing local murder case.
 

The Hills: New Beginnings 2

Channel: MTV (DStv 130)
TX Time: 15h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Hills: New Beginnings 2

After a year of lockdowns and lost time, the cast of Hollywood's most iconic friend group is reuniting.

This season finds them at a crossroads and their lives tested like never before.

While some struggle with the financial strains from the global pandemic and rebuilding businesses, others are navigating through rocky relationships, struggling with addiction as well as their mental and physical health.

From a highly-publicised divorce and rekindling former flames to starting new families and surprise pregnancies, all bets are off this season.

Joined by a new Hollywood "it" girl on the scene and a long-awaited reunion with a former castmate, the group is writing their newest chapter once again.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Burying the Past": The group performs a ritual to say goodbye to the past, Heidi and Spencer try to get on the same page, Audrina jumps back into the dating pool, and Brandon surprises his ex.
 

Two and a Half Men 11

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 17h35
Genre: Comedy

Two and a Half Men 11

This season, another year of bachelorhood brings many new adventures for roommates Walden Schmidt and Alan Harper.

After his girlfriend turned down his marriage proposal, Walden was thrown back into the dating world in a serious way.

He was invited to a threesome with Alan and his girlfriend, Lindsey, and then created a false identity in order to find a girl who wasn't after his money.

When Walden's old friend Missy came to visit, Jake fell so head-over-heels for her he went AWOL from the army.

The guys may have thought things were going to slow down once Jake got transferred to Japan, but they're about to be proven wrong when a niece of Alan's, who shares more than a few characteristics with her father, shows up at the beach house.

In the Season 11 premiere, "Nangnangnangnang": Alan is shocked when Charlie's 25-year-old daughter shows up at Walden's beach house to connect with what's left of her family, and who happens to like everything her dad liked - including women.

Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) plays Charlie's long-lost illegitimate daughter, Jenny.

In the second episode of the weekday double bill, "I Think I Banged Lucille Ball": When Walden feels cramped in his own house, Jenny moves in with Evelyn and her boyfriend, Marty.

Carl Reiner returns as Evelyn's wealthy boyfriend, Marty.

Meanwhile, Alan becomes Lyndsey's "other man".

TVSA Show Page: Two and a Half Men 11
 

Pointless 24

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Quiz Show, Game Show

Pointless 24

Hosted by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, Pointless is a quiz show in which teams of two contestants have to score as few points as possible by finding obscure but correct answers to questions.

Before the show, each question has already been posed to 100 people who have 100 seconds to give as many correct answers as they can think of.

The less commonly known answers are the ones the contestants are looking for as they are worth the least points, whereas incorrect answers are awarded the full 100 points.

A 'Pointless' answer is one which none of the 100 people gave.

The couple that makes it through to the third and final round has the chance to win the jackpot of £1,000, which rolls over each episode if the finalists don't find a pointless answer.
 

Basketball Wives LA 9

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

Basketball Wives LA 9

This season the wives' sisterhood is tested like never before as they adjust to the pandemic while balancing life's ups and downs, unresolved relationships and the fight against social injustices.

Series veterans and fresh newcomers include:

Shaunie relocates to Houston, Texas to be closer to her kids, but still hopes she can find a way to bring peace to the group when they're all together.

Malaysia believes it is time to teach her children about police brutality and how to handle a situation with an officer.

In addition to starting new ventures, Jackie is determined to bring all the ladies together again... or so she thinks.

Evelyn is preparing to move into a new home but still having trouble getting through the emotional year of 2020.

Despite going through a messy breakup, Jennifer is mentally in a new place but a new attitude doesn't always mean her past won't test her.

Kristen is lending her voice to the Black Lives Matter movement and fighting social injustices.

OG is back and optimistic about the future with this group of ladies.

Feby returns with a new man but a major thorn from her ex-boyfriend's past threatens to challenge her place within the circle.

After over 11 years with her famous basketball player ex, newcomer Liza Morales is ready to begin a new chapter.

Sisters and entrepreneurs Nia and Noria Dorsey also bring their Memphis energy and spicy personalities to the group.
 

My Lottery Dream Home 11

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 20h35
Genre: Reality

My Lottery Dream Home 11

Winning the lottery is something most people can only dream of, but for a lucky few, their dreams come true in an instant – but it does bring a whole new conundrum.

What luxurious home should they buy with their winnings?

In this series host David Bromstad comes to the rescue as he takes recent lottery winners on the search of a lifetime with extravagant house hunts for their new dream homes.

Whether they win hundreds of thousands or hundreds of millions, lucky lottery winners everywhere are jumping headfirst into the real estate market.

Will they spend all their winnings on an extravagant mansion or settle for a humble sound investment?

In the Season 11 premiere, "500,000 Reasons to Party": A Wisconsin mom is ready to ditch her tiny apartment after winning $500,000 on a scratch off.

Now that her kids have left the nest, this house hunt is all about her and she asks David Bromstad to find a home with space to entertain friends and family.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "The Lottery Queen": An avid gambler won $500,000 on the Illinois lottery and is ready to hunt for a townhouse with David Bromstad.

She wants a fixer-upper so she can put her own stamp on the home, but David may persuade her to buy a fully renovated property.
 

Mr. Queen

Channel: tvN Africa (DStv 134)
TX Time: 21h15
Genre: K-Drama, Fantasy, Period Drama

Mr. Queen

A male chef has risen up the ranks to find a job cooking for the country's top politicians in the South Korean presidential residences, the Blue House.

He is something of a dreamer – but one day finds himself in the body of a young queen from Korea's past, Kim So Yong, whose husband is the reigning monarch, King Cheol Jong.

However, he is only king in name – the late King Sunjo's Queen, Sun Won, has taken advantage of Cheol Jong's better nature, and is ruling the realm in his name.

Queen Sun Won's brother Kim Jwa Guen also has designs on power.

However, Kim So Yong soon discovers that King Cheol Jong harbors secrets, and is not as gentle and meek as he seems...
 

Coast vs Country 2

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 23h00
Genre: Reality, Lifestyle

Coast vs Country 2

House hunters from across the UK enlist the help of property experts Sara Damergi and Kerr Drummond to assist them in finding their dream home in a desirable location.

They're on the hunt for everything from holiday homes to retirement retreats and fresh-start homes.

Each host takes on the competitive task by tracking an array of properties to view either by the coast or in the country, whether in the UK or abroad, giving potential purchasers a wide scope of options to choose from.

In the Season 2 premiere: Mandy and Keith are moving to Cornwall with a budget of £220,000. Mandy wants to be beside the seaside, while Keith is after a rural retreat.

Kirsty Duffy and David Bull help them decide.

 

Shows in this post: Nqobile, Belinda, Two and a Half Men



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