New on TV today: Friday 8 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 08 Jul 2022
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Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality


This series features couples whose trust issues need to be laid to rest in order for the relationship to get back on to stable ground.

Couples share their love story with the audience and bring us into their world, laying out some of the reasons there for the loss of trust.

Previous attempts to move one from this break of trust have been futile and this is the last chance to do so.

A great deal hangs in the balance.

Suxoka is hosted by Thembisa Mdoda.

Black Bird

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Thriller, Drama

Black Bird

Inspired by actual events, when high school football hero and decorated policeman's son Jimmy Keene is sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison, he is given the choice of a lifetime.

He must either enter a maximum-security prison for the criminally insane and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall, or stay where he is and serve his full sentence with no possibility of parole.

Keene quickly realises his only way out is to elicit a confession and find out where the bodies of several young girls are buried before Hall's appeal goes through.

But is this suspected killer telling the truth?

Or is it just another tale from a serial liar?

This dramatic and captivating story subverts the crime genre by enlisting the help of the very people put behind bars to solve its mysteries.

Boo, Bitch

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

Boo, Bitch

Two senior BFFs make a last-ditch attempt to be seen.

But when one of them becomes a ghost, she'll need to really live her best life — while she can.

Over the course of one night, a high school senior, who's lived her life safely under the radar, seizes the opportunity to change her narrative and start living an epic life, only to find out the next morning... she's a motherf*%king ghost.

The Taste Master 3

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Advertiser-Funded, Food

The Taste Master 3

Culinary reality series which puts bakers to the ultimate test as chefs and foodies alike whip up some scrumptious creations in a bid to be crowned champion.

Returning for another stint as judges are Zola Nene and Fritz Schoon.

The duo will share their culinary wisdom and advice with the contestants as they push them to their limits while creating mouth-watering dishes inside the kitchen.

This time, the judges are looking for baking connoisseurs who aren't afraid to rise to the occasion and show the country that they are, indeed, a legend in the baking.

The winner of Season 3 will receive a cash prize of R50,000 and contestants will be able to win kitchen appliances to the value of R50,000 throughout the season.

Vat jou Goed en Trek 8

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality, Home Improvement, Reality Makeover, Afrikaans

Vat jou Goed en Trek 8

Property is a big investment, but what to do if your home no longer meets your needs?

You take your stuff and move.

Henck Conrey and the team returns to help 13 families increase the values of their properties within 72 hours and sell their homes.

Henck and the team are back to demonstrate what a lick of paint and the clever use of space can do to a home.

In the Season 8 premiere: The show visits Theresa and her son Dewald's home in Pretoria.

Interior decorator Candice transforms Theresa's dining room to make it more appealing to buyers.

How To Build a Sex Room

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Reality, Home Improvement

How To Build a Sex Room

From a secret rock 'n' roll dungeon to a next-level spa, designer Melanie Rose dreams up erotic renovations for couples in this spicy reality series.

Couples looking for more spice in the bedroom hire luxury interior designer Melanie to create stylish spaces where they can carry out any fantasy they wish.

You've seen kitchen renovations, you've seen bathroom transformations, but you've never seen anything quite like this.

Bake or Break

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Food, Reality Makeover, Reality

Bake or Break

Award-winning pastry chef Stephanie Boswell shares her years of experience and expertise with failing bakery owners to help save real struggling businesses.

In each of the four hour-long episodes, Stephanie and her team focus on one crashing bakery and figure out how to completely makeover their business.

To stop these pastry shops from bleeding money, she must freshen up stale recipes and revamp dingy storefronts, along with designers Lauren Makk and Breegan Jane, to get customers back in the door.

Stephanie does not sugarcoat the truth from the bakery owners as she diagnoses their problems.

But with her sharp eyes, razor wit and loving compassion, Stephanie can transform these battered pastry shops and burnt-out bakeries to gleaming showrooms filled with delicious sweets and vibrant, eye-popping desserts.

In the premiere episode, Stephanie heads to Flint, Michigan to The Cookie Jar.

Owner Teressa Morris has poured every penny she has into her bakery and is struggling to keep the lights on.

Her Million Dollar Cookies are epic but one hit menu item is not enough to keep her in business.

Stephanie teaches Teressa how to capitalise on her signature cookie to expand her menu and bring in new revenue streams.

Stephanie restores more than just the bakery, as she instills confidence in Teressa to be a stronger leader.

Later in the season, the Los Angeles third-generation family-owned bakery, 27th Street Bakery, is in desperate need of Stephanie's help.

Owner and Olympic gold medalist, Jeanette Bolden Pickens and her family have been making mouthwatering pies for nearly 100 years, but for the bakery to survive, she needs to renovate the space and bring more flavour to the menu to entice walk-in customers.

Stephanie also uses her expertise to help a crumbling Greek bakery owned by a molecular geneticist that is losing over $60,000 a year, and a cake shop whose one-off over-the-top celebrity cake orders can't sustain the business.

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby 4

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality

Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby 4

The aspirational series exploring extraordinary hotels, their staff and communities is checking in for a second stay.

Writer and critic Giles Coren teams up again with international chef Monica Galetti to embark on a journey through the world's most remarkable hotels - offering behind-the-scenes insights, compelling characters and experiences of local life beyond the hotel lobby.

In the Season 4 premiere, "ION Adventure Hotel, Iceland": Monica and Giles visit ION Adventure Hotel in Iceland, a design hotel levitating out from a dormant volcano.

Guests visit here expecting the adventure of a lifetime, exploring lava flows and glaciers.

Taking guests snorkelling in near-icy water reveals secret and stunning rock chasms between the Earth's tectonic plates, and learning how to keep guests safe on an erupting volcano is a trip of a lifetime.

Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Reality, Adventure, Special

Ranveer vs Wild with Bear Grylls

Click through this interactive special, helping superstar Ranveer Singh and adventurer Bear Grylls brave the Serbian wilderness to find a rare flower.

We've seen the king of versatility excel at being an actor, fashion icon, dancer, rapper and much more.

Known for always pushing his boundaries constantly, now the daredevil is all set to hit bahotbahot hard and go on a WILD journey, all in the pursuit of love for his leading lady.

The maverick artist and self-confessed city-slicker is in a whole new avatar as he teams up with the King of the Wild - Bear Grylls - for India's first interactive adventure reality special.

Ranveer takes off on a thrilling date with nature, fending for himself, and learning new survival skills as he ventures into the depths of the wild to find a rare flower for his lady love in the harsh forests of Serbia - all while the viewers get to pick the course of his escapades.

After all, Ranveer never shies away from a challenge - and in matters of the heart, no stone is left unturned.

The special gives viewers a chance to join Ranveer on his journey, choose every step in the adventure and be a part of the action.

Bear Grylls and Ranveer's dynamic pairing will bring forth the ultimate adventure reality to audiences globally.


Actors in this post: Thembisa Mdoda, Zola Nene, Bear Grylls


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