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73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 02h00 (live), 21h30 (repeat)
Genre: Awards

73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

The best and brightest will be on hand for this prestigious evening, as top honours go out to the men and women who leave their unforgettable mark on the entertainment we love.

The production promises glamorous attire, hilarious sketches, heartfelt speeches and memorable moments.

The Emmys are hosted this year by Cedric the Entertainer.

The Crown and The Mandalorian lead the nominations with 24 each, followed by Marvel's WandaVision with 23.

The presenters of awards include:

Anthony Anderson
Angela Bassett
Kate Beckinsale
Adrien Brody
Stephen Colbert
Jennifer Coolidge
Kaley Cuoco
America Ferrera
Ken Jeong
Mindy Kaling
Vanessa Lachey
Catherine O'Hara
Sarah Paulson
Amy Poehler
Seth Rogen
Tracee Ellis Ross
Patrick Stewart
Wilmer Valderrama
Kerry Washington


2021 Primetime Emmy Awards: all the nominees

TVSA Show Page: The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Tha God's Honest Truth with Lenard 'Charlamagne' McKelvey

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

Tha God's Honest Truth with Lenard 'Charlamagne' McKelvey

Lenard "Charlamagne Tha God" McKelvey is teaming up with late night virtuoso Stephen Colbert to create and produce Tha God's Honest Truth with Lenard 'Charlamagne' McKelvey.

This weekly half hour late-night series features Charlamagne's culturally fluent take on social issues in a variety of deep dives, sketches, and social experiments that unpacks the most pressing topics permeating politics and culture.

Redemptively comedic, refreshingly unfiltered, and unapologetically Black, nothing is off limits.

My Sweet Curse

Channel: TLNovelas (DStv Channel 133)
TX Time: 19h15
Genre: Telenovela

My Sweet Curse

The village of El Salado is a window into the past. There, traditions, beliefs, and old customs are maintained.

And even though this makes it extraordinarily colourful, it is far from perfect as the inhabitants there still believe in supernatural powers, witchcraft and curses.

So when little Aurora's mother dies while giving birth, Macrina, the midwife, immediately spreads the news that the girl is responsible for her mother's death since she was born with a birth mark that looks like a skull and this clearly proves she gives rise to misfortune.

This way, the baby girl is labeled as a 'curse bearer' for good.

The neighbours act around the little girl as if the devil himself was standing in front of them, making Severo - a miserable swineherd - intimidate Aurora, swearing to her that she will never have a family because her destiny is written and it must be fulfilled.

Aurora is left under the loving protection of José, her father, who determines to keep his daughter completely isolated from people with the sole intention of protecting her from the absurd myth that has been created around her birth mark.

When Aurora is still very little, the magic of love comes to her life when Rodrigo, a little boy from a wealthy family, accidentally meets her and is captivated by her for life.

Over the years, an unconditional love grows between them.

Aurora turns into a beautiful woman, but her life suddenly changes when her father catches a terminal illness and on his death bed asks his daughter and Rodrigo to make a promise: he asks Rodrigo to always protect Aurora, and asks his daughter to prove the people in the town that she doesn't bring misfortune but love.

Both accept their promises taking on a commitment forever, so José dies in peace.

Aurora is now unprotected and suffering her insurmountable loss. Rodrigo offers to look after her, but Aurora makes the decision to move from El Salado.

Some years later, misfortune hits Aurora again when she believes her aunt has died and her death was her fault.

She is certain now that she does attract misfortune and returns to El Salado, where she lives isolated in the cemetery, near her father's grave.

When old Severo finds this out, he kidnaps her and locks her up in a big old house which makes Rodrigo come to rescue her so that both can be happy together.

But unexpectedly, the girl refuses to leave with him. The reason why remains a mystery.

The estrangement between Aurora and Rodrigo is a perfect chance for Mónica, the new tenant at the boy's hacienda who wants to catch him no matter what.

But Aurora and Rodrigo have always known that they belong to each other and they will fight for their love.

Aurora must prove to everyone, including herself, that she wasn't born with any curse and she is a young woman that is strong enough to overcome all hardships, superstitions, and capable of enjoying love next to the man she loves.

Animal Kingdom 2

TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama

Animal Kingdom 2

The Codys are back, and the ties that bind them are about to be stretched to the limit.

The series about a Southern California crime family stars Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of the Cody clan, Scott Speedman as her second in command and Shawn Hatosy as her volatile, mentally unstable eldest son.

In the first season, 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody moved in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother overdoses on heroin.

He finds himself in the care of his estranged grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, a woman who rules her sons with a firm but, at times, emotionally incestuous hand.

Her second in command is Barry "Baz" Blackwell, whose power and position in the family is threatened by the return of Pope, Smurf's eldest son just released from prison.

Smurf's tough, impulsive middle son, Craig, has a drug problem beginning to cloud his judgment and endanger the rest of the family, and Deran, the troubled and suspicious "baby" of the family struggles with accepting his sexual identity.

Hovering on the edge of this less-than-idyllic household are J's girlfriend, Nicky Belmont and Baz's daughter, Lena.

It isn't long after J's arrival that he finds his place within the dangerous family, a sense of belonging that he earns at the conclusion of Season 1.

As the second season opens, the Cody clan is back to their old ways and in the midst of a fun, high-adrenaline heist.

But when things don't go as planned, the family dynamics become more fractured than ever as some members advocate for independence from Smurf.

Adding fuel to the fire is an external threat from Smurf's past that has come back to haunt her.

Grime and Punishment

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 09h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Grime and Punishment

Modern Britain is drowning in rubbish. The once green and pleasant land has become swamped with waste and infested with filth.

But there's a hidden army waging a war against grime.

This series follows seven days on the frontline with the enforcement teams and inspectors out to nail the litter louts, and the fearless cleaners and sewage warriors clearing up the mess.

It's dirty work and we meet the brave people doing it.

In the series premiere: We follow dynamic enforcement duo Wayne and Dan in Wales as they wade through fly-tipped rubbish to find out who dumped it.

Also featured is Environmental Health Officer Eamon as he digs through the dirt in restaurants and takeaways, and Don the cleaner facing a bathroom covered floor to ceiling in filth.

McDonald & Dodds 2

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

McDonald & Dodds 2

Ambitious DCI McDonald, who has recently transferred from London's Met Police, and the unassuming DS Dodds, who has recently been relieved of a long stint of desk duty, make an unlikely detective duo but, seemingly thrown together with nothing in common, they forge a rumbustious, and ultimately highly effective crime solving partnership.

As McDonald adjusts to life in picturesque Bath, she and DS Dodds investigate three curious deaths across the supposedly sleepy Avon Valley.

In each film, they must investigate a new and compelling crime story, set against the backdrop of the changing face of one of Britain's most traditional cities.

Five friends take a hot air balloon trip but only four come back down alive, leaving McDonald & Dodds to untangle a complex web of lies spanning 30 years.

The suspects weave a web of half-truths around McDonald and Dodds is drawn into a game of cat and mouse - but who is pulling the strings?

A girls weekend away takes a sinister turn, when they wake up to hangovers from hell, and a rugby player is found dead on the railway line nearby, DCI McDonald and DS Dodds are called in to investigate.

The death of a popular beauty vlogger on the operating table brings McDonald and Dodds into the twisted world of cosmetic surgery and social media influencers.

With no crime scene and no body, the detectives face the daunting challenge of cracking the puzzle and working out what really happened.

Through these three feature length, captivating cases, it becomes clear there's far more to the Avon Valley than first meets the eye.

Pressure mounts on the detectives but, with their combination of old and new sleuthing, they cut through the deceptions together.

Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja 3

Channel: S3
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Talk Show

Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja 3

Talk show which covers topics that have captured our attention and left us with more questions than answers, from interracial relationships to rape, abuse, murder and many more.

Host Relebogile Mabotja opens the door to ordinary and well-known guests to engage in thought-provoking conversations around social issues that are often seen as taboo or left unaddressed.

Explore the human experience behind the people and stories we have grown to love and hate.

Ordinary people with extraordinary lives are given a platform to voice out their thoughts, frustrations and perspectives on pressing issues without being judged.

TVSA Show Page: Unpacked with Relebogile Mabotja 3

City on a Hill 2

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Drama

City on a Hill 2

Starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, Season 2 centres on a federal housing project in the Roxbury neighbourhood of Boston that is plagued with drug violence and a rightful distrust in local law enforcement.

As coalition leader Grace Campbell works tirelessly on behalf of the community, her efforts are undermined by gang activity happening right under her nose.

Enter irreverent FBI agent Jackie Rohr (Bacon), who is here to exploit Boston's defective criminal justice system in a desperate attempt to salvage his own career.

Unfortunately for Jackie, assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge) is onto his adversary's latest misstep.

In time, the personal antagonism between these two escalates to an all-out war between the offices of the US Attorney and the Suffolk DA.

No one is safe from the collateral damage.

Season 2 also stars Lauren E. Banks, Mark O'Brien, Amanda Clayton, Matthew Del Negro and Jill Hennessy.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Bill Russell's Bedsheets": When an assistant US attorney overdoses and ends up left for dead, Decourcy Ward suspects Jackie Rohr's involvement.

Jackie, in turn, goes after the BPD for a questionable drug arrest at Braxton Summit, a federal housing project.

Community activist Grace Campbell recruits Siobhan Quays to work on behalf of Braxton and its residents, but their efforts are subverted as tensions flare between rival gangs.

Grand Designs 14

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

Grand Designs 14

Grand Designs follows intrepid home-builders as they pursue their architectural dreams.

Designer and writer Kevin McCloud is on hand to witness the trials and tribulations of those willing to put everything on the line to build homes they hope will transform their lives.

Follow each build as it evolves from concept, through construction, to mind-blowing completion.

From pavilions designed with perfection in mind, to derelict and forgotten jewels brought back to life, Grand Designs is feast for both the eyes and the imagination.

In the Season 14 premiere, "Gloucestershire": Jon Martin and Noreen Jaafar's minds set out to build a big modern treehouse.

It'll have stilts screwed into the earth to avoid the roots and balconies high up where they can literally touch the branches.

Tipping Point 10

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

Tipping Point 10

Four players take on the show's distinctive machine in a battle of skill and luck.

The machine is filled with counters worth money. The contestants answer a series of questions and every time they get a correct answer, they take control of the machine.

Through a combination of timing and intuition, the contestants must drop special counters into the machine to try to push other counters off the shelf and into the 'win zone', where they are converted into cash.

Contestants showing quick wits, good strategy and nerves of steel will reach the final where they must focus on just one counter - the golden jackpot disc.

Strong general knowledge and good luck will enable them to beat the extraordinary Tipping Point machine, and take home a big cash prize.

Lost Relic Hunters 2

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h25
Genre: Docu-Reality

Lost Relic Hunters 2

In Season 1 of Lost Relic Hunters, Carl and Hamilton unveiled their extraordinary stash of Knights Templar treasure.

But amazingly that is only a small fraction of what they have amassed in a lifetime of obsessive collecting.

Amongst other extremely rare and precious artefacts in their possession are: important pieces of Nazi memorabilia; pirate treasure; Crusader armour and weapons dating back nearly a thousand years; and as yet unseen Templar relics that cast new light on some of the Order's deepest and darkest secrets.

In Season 2, we delve into one or more of these other incredible collections.

Using the same blend of archaeology, history and travel to exotic locations like Venice, Istanbul and the Caribbean, these will be pleasurable and entertaining journeys into some of the most intriguing chapters of our past.

This season's episodes include new investigations and discoveries of artefacts ranging from Celtic Gold and Crusader Pilgrim relics to Nazi items believed to have come from Hitler's Bunker, and the continuing efforts to authenticate the Tomar Templar Hoard.

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter 6

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Talk Show

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter 6

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter consists of a series of filmed roundtable panels featuring Emmy nominees and other top stars of the year's most buzzed-about television series, including comedy and drama actors, actresses and showrunners, hosts and producers.

Guests discuss everything from their individual projects to their craft and true stories from the business.

The panels will present thoughtful, informative takes on the film and television industry today.

The new season will include passionate and honest conversations with A-list talent from the year's most critically acclaimed films.

Guests include Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Bob Odenkirk, Damon Lindelof, Kerry Washington, George Clooney, Regina King, Spike Lee, Andy Samberg, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet and Sarah Paulson, among many others.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Comedy Actresses": Elle Fanning (The Great), Tiffany Haddish (Black Mitzvah), Jameela Jamil (The Good Place), Jane Levy (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist), Amy Sedaris (At Home with Amy Sedaris) and Robin Thede (A Black Lady Sketch Show) discuss acting in a comedy role.


1 Comment

20 Sep 2021 10:56

The way my poor heart skipped a beat when I saw Animal Kingdom, thinking it was a new season 

Season 1 of City on a Hill was quite decent but the lead actor potraying Decourcy Ward was not strong as a lead, which could be why I have not rushed to catch season 2 when it initally aired

Thank God for CatchUp which is where I will catch the Emmys, these award shows can be very long, its nice to be able to skip the categories you're not interested in 

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