Black Tax 2
BET (DStv 129)
Black Tax is a sitcom entrenched in the culture of black tax.
If you think you're just earning your way in this world, think again - because it's payback since the first paycheque.
The show follows a black professional, Thuli (Jo-anne Reyneke), who grapples with the unsaid aspect of her community that affects most middle-class African people.
Thuli has to deal with the unspoken law of paying back to the family and extended family.
Season 2 sees Thuli going to night school to up-skill herself, in order to rise above her black tax.
The second season features three new cast members to expand a storyline as the meddlesome new neighbours of Thuli and her crazy family.
Motlatsi Mafatshe plays Nkanyiso, Thuli's potential love interest; and Owen Sejake plays Bra Hugo, an old player and Nkanyiso's father.
In addition, Asante Mabuza plays the role of Lulu, Nkanyiso's daughter.
TVSA Show Page: Black Tax 2
Behind the Story 5
BET (DStv 129)
Behind the Story returns to take you on a journey behind the glamour to showcase the stories and struggles behind the success of South African celebrities.
This season sees Pearl Thusi handing over the reins to Nomalanga "The Flame" Shozi as the new host, along with a fresh new look and format.
Nomalanga will pick up a local celebrity guest for an intimate drive where they will visit and explore memorable significant locations and venues together during the interview.
From the buzzing Kasi at Vilakazi Street to the pulsating energy of Maboneng precinct, celebrity guests share nostalgic insights into how and where they got their first big break, first house, met their loved ones and more.
This season features former Minister Gigaba's estranged wife, Norma Mngoma, who recently dished dirt at the Zondo Commission.
Other guests include rapper Reason, Kwamashu's platinum-selling artist and Osama hitmaker Zakes Bantwini and many more.
Lovers & Liars
Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
This reality series is a humorous retelling of real life stories of people who found out their romantic partners were love frauds, and in some cases, criminals.
Beyond the entertainment value, the show also aims to provide viewers with red flags to look out for should they find themselves in love with a smooth operator.
M-Net (DStv 101)
Drama, Period Drama
When the "anti-fascist" Berlin Wall falls on 9 November, 1989, superspy Martin Rauch gets involved and must deal with the consequences.
The peaceful revolution has thrown his world into turmoil.
He and his fellow agents at the HVA (East German Foreign Intelligence) are reeling.
Their government has collapsed, their organisation is in chaos and their futures are uncertain, at best.
How to play the next hand?
Join Big Brother at the KGB? Go West and work for an enemy agency? Use international contacts to begin a new career? Or run off to paradise with hoarded gold?
Our heroes need to reinvent themselves in the face of a new world order.
How to Adventure
Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
South African explorer and adventurer Riaan Manser is set to take everyday people on the ultimate adventure of a lifetime.
This series sees Riaan take several ordinary South Africans out of their comfort zone, travelling the length and breadth of South Africa on extraordinary nail-biting adventures.
From snorkeling with seals while keeping an eye out for sharks, to jumping off cliffs and bridges, deep sea fishing to hiking a mountain, Riaan will show that anyone can adventure.
The special guests on the show are as diverse as the landscapes that they visit.
From chef Reuben Riffel and an experienced mountain guide to a Drakensberg Boys Choir student, a filmmaker and a 21-year old beauty pageant winner, they are all on a quest to break out of their everyday routines and do something exciting.
Riaan also offers tips and tricks for rookie adventurers everywhere, drawing on his years of experience travelling the world.
With just a little know-how, the possibilities for a new generation of intrepid travelers are endless.
Love & Loss 3
Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
This reality intervention show lifts the lid on the situations widows often find themselves in, who can become outcasts and are mistreated by their in-laws after the death of their spouses.
Hosted by Nobuntu Webster, the show exposes the devastation of widows who struggle to get along with their unsympathetic in-laws.
The ups and downs range from them not being liked by their departed partners' families that often leave them financially and emotionally devastated.
They also face many difficulties as they gather the courage to emerge better and move on with their lives.
The show aims to demonstrate the damage of loss and conflict that ensues, the mending of broken hearts and broken families while helping the widow find closure and move on with her life.
Top Chef 14
eReality (Openview 108)
Reality Competition, Food
Top Chef takes on the culinary hotspot of Charleston, South Carolina, for the new season.
In an unparalleled twist, eight acclaimed chefs from across the country will unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption.
Sitting at the judges table for Season 14 are host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, who are joined by new judge and Top Chef Masters alum, Graham Elliot.
This season is the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new when 16 talented cheftestants descend upon the city of Charleston to battle it out for $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of Top Chef.
Along with the return of the daunting Sudden Death Quickfire, high-stakes challenges include cooking for BBQ king Rodney Scott to the tunes of country music artist, Darius Rucker, a tribute honouring Edna Lewis and a holiday-themed Feast of Seven Fishes dinner.
One landmark challenge calls for the contestants to cook for a room full of culinary greats in hopes of landing the highly lauded prize of serving their winning dish at the James Beard House in New York City.
From a shrimp and grits cook off to a biscuit blowout, the chefs dive deep into the roots of Lowcountry cuisine to prove to the judges, the world, and themselves that they have what it takes to conquer their competition.
Throughout the competition, the chefs serve up food for culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including Frank Lee, Richard Blais, Chris Cosentino, Michael Voltaggio, Hugh Acheson, Mike Lata, Alexander Smalls, Michael Cimarusti and Michael Solomonov.
The returning chefs are:
Sam Talbot (Season 2: Los Angeles)
Casey Thompson (Season 3: Miami & Season 8: All-Stars)
Amanda Baumgarten (Season 7: Washington, D.C.)
Brooke Williamson (Season 10: Seattle)
Sheldon Simeon (Season 10: Seattle)
John Tesar (Season 10: Seattle)
Shirley Chung (Season 11: New Orleans)
Katsuji Tanabe (Season 12: Boston)