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New on TV today: Monday 4 April

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 04 Apr 2022
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Poena

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

Poena

Comedy based on a character created for the 2003 sitcom Gauteng-alêng-alêng, which spun off into the 2007 film Poena is Koning, as well as the follow-up TV movies Poena (2020) and Poena en Poenie (2021).

In the series we meet Poena Pieterse (Robbie Wessels) who has lost his job as a singer on a cruise ship and lives with his unemployed cousin Poenie (Kaz McFadden) at his grandfather Poen's (At Botha) house.

Also living there is Poen's beloved Coco de Kok (Liane Heyl) and her daughter Chanel (Lauren Botha).

Needless to say it is chaos with so many people under one roof.

Poen decides to move to Paternoster where he gets into all kinds of trouble with his friend Vis (Lochner de Kock), while Poena and Poenie take over Poen's Plumbing.

Their marketing tagline for the business is "We are number one in the number two game".

But it is not only plumbing that keeps them busy – they also work on their other dreams.

Poena is still dreaming of becoming a successful singer and luckily he has music producer Elton Lamoer (Reginald Hufkie) to help him along the way.

Then there is Shakira Haasbroek (Danielle Retief), the sexy pole dancer who has caught Poena's eye...

Poena was created and written by Willie Esterhuizen and directed by his brother, Pieter Esterhuizen.

TVSA Show Page: Poena
 

Housekeepers 3

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

Housekeepers 3

When you are a housekeeper to the wealthy, the clean-up never truly ends... and taking care of these particular households involves mopping up a whole lot of felonies.

In this series, things aren't quite what they seem as unlikely characters get pulled into a never-ending life of crime.

Starring Thando Thabethe, who reprises her role as Linda, and Paballo Koza as her brother Mtho, the series follows an agent solving criminal cases – while undercover as the house help.

And while Linda has massive crime to uncover in Season 3, her biggest fight is her desperate attempt to save Mtho's life.

In varsity and adjusting to his and his sister's new financially secure reality, Mtho is accused of a shocking crime.

Can Linda prove his innocence while keeping her true identity hidden from her dangerous new employers?

This season we watch Linda in the middle of a balancing act – it's the detective versus the sister.

Having made a promise to their mother to keep Mtho safe, Linda is wracked with guilt and, since she couldn't save June, she wants to save her brother by any means necessary.

This leads her down increasingly morally ambiguous paths. After all, what would you do to save your loved ones given the chance?

In the Season 3 premiere: Linda survives death and wants nothing more than to put the past behind her.

She's ready to build a new life for her and Mtho with Veronica Zwide's inheritance.

The Season 3 cast includes Gabriel Mini, Ernest Ndlovu, Andile Mxakaza, Noxolo Dlamini, Fezile Makhanya and Zandi Nhlapo; with Kenneth Nkosi, Connie Chiume and Chichi Letswalo.

TVSA Show Page: Housekeepers 3
 

64th Annual Grammy Awards

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 02h00 (live) and 22h00
Genre: Awards, Music

64th Annual Grammy Awards

The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this year.

It will recognise the best recordings, compositions and artists of the eligibility year, running from 1 September, 2020, to 31 August, 2021.

Jon Batiste received the most nominations this year with 11, followed by Justin Bieber, Doja Cat and H.E.R. with eight apiece; and sevennods for Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo.

Two new categories will be introduced this year: Best Global Music Performance (Global Music Field) and Best Música Urbana Album (Latin Music Field).

Trevor Noah returns to host the ceremony for a second consecutive year.
 

Voetspore 11: Zambezi

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Travel, Afrikaans

Voetspore 11: Zambezi

This season the team travels from South Africa to the source of the Zambezi.

It starts as a small stream at the source in the north-western corner of Zambia and grows to be a mighty river.

Downstream there is the biggest waterfall as well as two of the biggest dams in the world.

Millions of people and animals depend on the river.

The downstream journey takes the team on an adventurous excursion.

The floodplains of Barotseland, Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools, some of the most beautiful areas on the African continent, are to be found on the banks of the river.

There are less than 10 bridges across the Zambezi, and no roads, leading to the mouth in the Indian Ocean.

Yet the team manages to complete the journey in three months.

Iin the Season 11 premiere: The team leaves Pretoria and travels via Botswana to Zambia.

In Zambia the first stop is Livingstone, and from there Kafue National Park and the Busanga Plains.

After more than a week they reach Ikelenge and the source of the Zambezi.

It is a journey to the beginning and a true African adventure.
 

Luxury Homes Revealed Australia

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 11h30
Genre: Documentary Series

Luxury Homes Revealed Australia

From waterfront properties with coastal views and architectural genius to latest luxe looks, these houses have it all.

Australia has a wealth of amazing homes and the show's expert hosts have gained exclusive access to the best homes in the country.

Leveraging the success of the United States version of the show, the show travels the width and breadth of Australia, showcasing only the best of the best homes.

The best homes in the country, they are stylish, luxurious and absolutely breathtaking.

Go on a journey inside the best homes in Australia.
 

The Thing About Pam

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Miniseries, Drama, True Crime

The Thing About Pam

The Thing About Pam is based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria that resulted in her husband Russ's conviction, although he insisted he didn't kill her.

His conviction was later overturned.

This brutal crime set off a chain of events that would expose a diabolical scheme deeply involving Pam Hupp.

A thorough examination of the scheme was featured on several episodes of Dateline NBC, becoming one of the most popular topics to ever air on the hit NBC franchise.

It also became the subject of a 2019 podcast, The Thing About Pam, which remains one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes.

The series stars Renée Zellweger, Josh Duhamel, Judy Greer, Katy Mixon and Glenn Fleshler.

In the series premiere, "She's a Good Friend": Meet Pam Hupp, Betsy Faria's close friend and the last person to see her alive after dropping Betsy off at home on the night of her murder.

Betsy's husband, Russ Faria, makes a distraught call to 9-1-1.
 

The Scent of Passion

Channel: Telemundo (DStv 118)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Telenovela

The Scent of Passion

A contemporary remake of the 1884 series Café con Aroma de Mujer, written by Ugly Betty creator Fernando Gaitán.

This version reflects today's modern woman and society, and with the Colombian coffee landscapes as the main backdrop, The Scent of Passion returns to bring back the magic of Hacienda Casablanca.

This is the inspiring love story of Gaviota and Sebastián, who will have to overcome the resistance of his family, old relationships and the challenges imposed by the clash of two very different social classes.

Colombian actress and model Laura Londoño stars as Gaviota, who harvests coffee with with her mother during the harvesting season.

They work on the farm Casablanca, owned by wealthy coffee magnate Octavio Vallejo.

His days are numbered and one October he dies. His family live all over the world and need to return home for his funeral and to organise his estate.

His grandson Sebastián returns with them and begins an affair with Gaviota.

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Fleabag

Channel: S3
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama

Fleabag

NOTE: we previously listed this show as starting on S3 in December 2021, but it didn't start as advertised.

Adapted from her award-winning Edinburgh play, writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Broadchurch, Crashing) also stars in the title role as Fleabag, a dry-witted, angry, cash-strapped, grief-riddled, porn-watching young woman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy.

As she hurls herself headlong at modern living, Fleabag is thrown roughly up against the walls of contemporary London.

She sleeps with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezes money from wherever she can, rejects anyone who tries to help her and keeps up her bravado throughout.

In the series premiere: Angry, pervy, outrageous and hilarious, Fleabag arrives with a bang, as she spins through the city grasping at anyone and anything that might keep her head above water.
 

Judge Judy 20

Channel: CBS Reality (DStv 132)
TX Time: 15h45
Genre: Court Show, Reality

Judge Judy 20

With her outspoken style, hard-hitting decisiveness and engaging wit, Judge Judith Sheindlin single-handedly reinvented the courtroom genre.

A former New York family court judge known for her ability to cut through a dispute and get to the core of the emotional issue at hand, Judge Judy acts as a moral compass for people seeking guidance, resolution and common sense in their lives.

Judge Judy's goal is to make a lasting impression that will discourage repeat offenders and help heal families and victims of injustice.

In the Season 20 premiere: A false restraining order, a custody battle and questionable living conditions for a seven-year-old come into play when unwed parents sue each other.
 

Breaking the Silence

Channel: SABC1
TX Time: 16h30
Genre: Talk Show

Breaking the Silence

Hosted by Dineo Ranaka, this series tackles a range of social challenges that affect the education of young people of school-going age.

The series was developed with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to strengthen the provision of comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in Life Orientation by educators in the schooling system.

Social challenges such as HIV infection, gender-based violence, early unintended pregnancy, drugs and substance abuse are some of the matters dealt with in the series.

The show aims to step up public communication around uncomfortable topics relating to CSE, including the integration of pregnancy prevention, sexual diversity and transactional sex.

Breaking the Silence is a myriad of responses from the DBE and its partners to address the various challenges around CSE, including GBV.

The platform created is to aid educators in addressing pregnancy prevention, gender and gender diversity, alcohol, and drug use prevention through their delivery of CSE in the classroom.
 

Kenan & Kel

Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 15h00
Genre: Comedy

Kenan & Kel

"Aw, here it goes!"

Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell were among the original cast members of the Nickelodeon sketch-comedy series All That when they received their own sitcom in 1996.

Set in Chicago, the show follows the kid-friendly misadventures of two high-school friends who are always scheming and dreaming.

Kenan, who works at a grocery store, constantly devises crazy plans to strike it rich; while orange-soda-loving buddy Kel is always dragged along for the ride despite his track record for messing things up.

In the series premiere, "The Tainting of the Screw": Kenan and Kel are preparing to spend a Saturday at home watching the Bulls game on TV.

When Kenan takes a bite of a tuna sandwich he begins to choke. Kel realises Kenan is in danger and uses the Heimlich maneouvre and out pops a screw.

In the second episode of the weekday double bill, "Doing Things the Hemingway": Kenan decides that to live life to the fullest he must be like Ernest Hemingway and set a list of goals for himself to accomplish.

At the top of Kenan's list is Brianna - the girl of his dreams.
 

Transplant 2

Channel: Universal TV (DStv 117)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Medical Drama

Transplant 2

Transplant follows the story of Dr. Bashir "Bash" Hamed, a talented doctor and Syrian refugee, who fled his war-torn country with his younger sister Amira for a fresh start in Canada.

After a truck crashes into the restaurant where he's been working, Bash earns the chance to practice medicine again by using his field-honed skills to save multiple lives in brilliant fashion, including that of Dr. Jed Bishop, the chief of Emergency Medicine at York Memorial Hospital in Toronto.

But Bash is told he'll need to redo his residency in Emergency Medicine from the bottom and despite his obvious talents, intuition and training, starting over is not an easy road and his life experience is not a perfect match for the strict protocols at York Memorial.

Through perseverance he makes inroads, developing camaraderie with his new colleagues, including the driven Dr. Magalie "Mags" LeBlanc, the reserved and ambitious surgical resident Dr. June Curtis, easy-going pediatric ER physician Dr. Theo Hunter, head nurse Claire Malone and even earning the respect of Dr. Wendy Atwater, the department's second-in-command who runs a very tight ship.

Jed Bishop, the team's demanding, inscrutable boss, looms large and keeps everyone on their toes with a unique compassion and commitment to his staff that also connects them.

Season 2 picks up with Bash and his fellow residents reeling after Dr. Bishop suffers a stroke.

With everything at the hospital destabilised, the place that Bash had started to consider home suddenly feels precarious.

As the team adjusts to new colleagues while dealing with the challenges of life, unexpected faces from the past leave Bash seriously doubting whether his transplant into this new world was successful.

Bash's hard work, compassion and hopefulness tell a universal story about the human ability to not only survive, but ultimately thrive when our lives suddenly change course.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Guardrail": With Dr. Bishop still incapacitated after his stroke, the team struggles to find their footing in his absence.

Bash's life is upended when he is reunited with an unexpected woman from his past.

A bus full of kids crashes and sends the team racing to the scene and June has an important career decision to make.
 

Handsome Devils

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

Handsome Devils

You've met the man of your dreams. He's charming, funny, good looking - everything you've ever imagined.

But what you don't know is that he will soon become your worst nightmare...

When tall, dark and handsome turns jealous, controlling and sneaky, Handsome Devils exposes the secrets of real life lady-killers - men who will have you on top of the world one minute, and six feet under the next.

The series tells true stories of fatal attractions, such as smitten lovers turned raging killers and gorgeous gents with murderous pasts.

Each one hour episode of Handsome Devils features one story interlaced with expert commentary from local authorities and true-crime experts, as well as first-person accounts from friends and families of the victims.

In the series premiere, "Hurricane Love": In the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans, beautiful 29-year old bartender Addie Hall falls in love with married Iraq veteran Zack Bowen.

When Hurricane Katrina hits the city, Addie and Zack refuse to evacuate, miraculously surviving, and loving the newfound freedom they experience in the ruined city.

But when the excitement fades, their passionate relationship turns violent.

Addie pulls the plug after Zack has an affair, and she kicks him out of their shared apartment, prompting Zack into a violent rage.

He strangles Addie and the overwhelming guilt soon catches up with him.
 

A New Life

Channel: Star Life (DStv 167 / Openview 110)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Telenovela

A New Life

Despite losing their warrior son to the pandemic, the Sakhujas are hopeful during their tragic times.

Amrita, the daughter-in-law of the family, is all about finding sunshine in mundane things.

Pritam, on the other hand, is a grumpy loner and a complete pessimist.

What happens when these two contrasting personalities encounter each other, when Pritam moves in as a tenant with the Sakhujas?

MORE:

See Star Life's new April 2022 skeds and shows
 

The Tribe

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 16h30
Genre: Sci-Fi

The Tribe

Science fiction drama series that explores a world in which a pandemic leaves only teenagers on planet Earth.

In a post-apocalyptic city, children and teenagers band together in so-called tribes to survive.

The young protagonists also handle typical social and personal issues of adolescence with themes encompassing peer pressure, traditions, environmental issues and finding a place in the world.
 

Survivor's Remorse 2

Channel: S3
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Comedy, Sport

Survivor's Remorse 2

Survivor's Remorse follows the life of Cam Calloway (Jessie T. Usher), a hard working, young basketball star who is thrust into the limelight after signing a huge contract with a pro basketball team in Atlanta.

In the second season, we see Cam and his cousin and confidante, Reggie Vaughn (Ronreaco Lee), continue trying to navigate Cam's meteoric rise.

From business deals to relationships and friendship, the two confront the challenges of balancing the needs of family with the rewards and responsibilities generated by their newfound wealth and fame.

Cam, Reggie and the group of characters that is the Calloway clan, wrestle with the rewards and pitfalls of stardom, love and loyalty.

The cast also includes Mike Epps, Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris and Erica Ash.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Grown-Ass Man": The Calloways' new mansion makes the penthouse look like a one-bedroom.

Cam's max deal comes with serious strings attached to owner Jimmy Flaherty, who wants as much time as is contractually allowed.
 

Fiësta 23

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary Series, Docu-Reality, Afrikaans

Fiësta 23

One of the longest-running programmes on kykNET, Fiësta is back on the air.

Since its first broadcast in March 2000, Fiësta has visited every kind of festival imaginable in South Africa and even attended a few special festivities abroad.

Now Fiësta returns for a 23rd season with presenters Frazer Barry, Viljé Maritz, Lundi Khoisan and Franci Swanepoel visiting some of South Africa's favourite festivals after two years.

Some of the first festivals for the year include Proe'toria, Stilbaai Boekefees, Wakkerstroom Musiekfees, Silwerskermfees, kykNET Buite Ekspo, KKNK and Lekkerland Karnaval.

In the Season 23 premiere: Vrye Weekblad's first book festival was held in Stilbaai.

Readers from as far afield as Pretoria and Bloemfontein were attracted to this picturesque town.

Marita van der Vyver was also there for the weekend.
 

True Jackson, VP

Channel: BET (DStv 129)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Comedy

True Jackson, VP

In True Jackson, VP, a chance encounter turns into the opportunity of a lifetime for teen fashionista True Jackson when style exec Max names her the new vice president of youth apparel at his fashion label.

But as thrilled as she is about the unexpected chance at her dream job, it's not long before True realises that workplace relationships can be just as complicated as high school ones.

She'll need plenty of spunk and creativity - and a little help from her friends Lulu and Ryan - if she wants to prove her worth to her contemptuous adult co-workers.

 

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