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New on TV today: Thursday 15 September

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 15 Sep 2022
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Heels

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Drama

Heels

Heels is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small town pro wrestling.

Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers and rivals war over their late father's legacy, vying for national attention in small-town Georgia.

In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel.

But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to - or hard to leave behind.

The series stars Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Jack Spade, with Alexander Ludwig (Vikings) playing his younger brother, Ace.

Also starring is Alison Luff as Staci Spade, Jack's wife who learns that she has to contend with the emotional stakes her in-laws have invested in their wrestling goals and the demands it puts on her family.

Mary McCormack plays Willie Day, Jack's business partner and the logistical brains behind the local wrestling organisation.

Kelli Berglund stars as Crystal Tyler, Ace's valet and love interest; with Allen Maldonado as Rooster Robbins, one of the best wrestlers in the circuit who always has something to prove and always backs it up.

Also starring is two-time Super Bowl champion James Harrison as Apocalypse, a been-around-the-block journeyman wrestler who's been at it for decades and has no illusions of fame or glory.

Also, True Blood star Chris Bauer plays Wild Bill Hancock, a larger-than-life former wrestling star who is now a high-level pro wrestling scout.

In the series premiere, "Kayfabe": Jack Spade, the owner of the Duffy Wrestling League, controls everything inside of his wrestling ring.

Outside the ropes, he fights to balance his family and professional life.
 

Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life!

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life!

After nearly losing everything, including herself, Tamar is determined to turn her life around and take matters into her own hands by sharing her truth in a docu-series that follows her every move.

Tamar teams up with music and TV mogul Mona Scott-Young to bare it all and bring her "baggage" – aka the camera crew - along with her for the ride.

But nothing can prepare Tamar for the most epic journey of her life.

In a series of shocking revelations and extreme breakthroughs, it's the most authentic side of Tamar Braxton ever as she vows to show the good, the bad and the ugly.

Cameras continue rolling during Tamar's most vulnerable hours as she invites love back into her life with her new boo David, relaunches her music career, navigates co-parenting with ex-husband Vince Herbert, and battles the pressure to reconcile and reunite with her family.

In the end, will Tamar be able to bounce back and turn her life around or will all of her demons defeat her?

This is her last shot. Period.
 

Inside the Mind of a Con Artist

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Technology

Inside the Mind of a Con Artist

What happens in the mind of a con artist?

What makes their brain so well equipped for psychological trickery?

Learn how con artists are tricking you and turn into a profiler of fraudsters.

When we hear 'con artist' we think big.

We think of larger-than-life personalities, of slick-talking, fast-moving masters of deception.

They hold a deep, enigmatic fascination for us.

The crime science series unearths the human truth behind some of the most extraordinary fraud cases in recent history, by psychoanalysing the con artists themselves.

We invite six of the most successful con artists of all time to a scientific institute where they are confronted with their crimes.

Experts in the fields of forensic psychology, behavioural science and neuroscience look into the minds of Christophe Rocancourt, Matthew Cox, Frederic Bourdin, Jan Lewandowski, Shaun Greenhalgh and Helmut Kiener, uncovering the unconscious meanings and motivations behind their actions.

We look at what makes us so susceptible to being conned and reveal uncomfortable truths about us all.
 

Alone 9: Polar Bear Island

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Reality Competition, Reality, Adventure

Alone 9: Polar Bear Island

This season on Alone, for the first time ever, 10 contestants fight to survive in the bitter wilderness of the Northeast shores of Labrador, Canada - a location known for being the hunting ground of the predatory polar bear.

Survivalists are dropped off in undisclosed, remote locations and equipped with just 10 survival tools, and enough camera gear to self-document their experiences.

The survivalist who endures the longest, facing total isolation, punishing weather, and deadly predators, will win the $500,000 grand prize.

No camera crews. No gimmicks. Alone is the ultimate test of human will.

Season 9 sets survivalists in a location with one of the harshest weather conditions yet.

Enduring wet, snowy, merciless conditions, survivalists' building ingenuity, mental willpower and overall wilderness skills are put to the test as they must build their own shelters, forage their own food, and overcome numerous obstacles and dangerous predators in hopes of being the last person standing.
 

Reasonable Doubt 5

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h50
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Reasonable Doubt 5

With anguished pleas from prisoners proclaiming their innocence, families across the US are tormented with an excruciating question: is their convicted loved one truly guilty or are they innocent serving unjust time behind bars?

On a mission to uncover the truth behind these potential judicial missteps, retired homicide detective Chris Anderson and criminal defence attorney Fatima Silva team up once again with open minds and objective lenses to piece together the puzzling facts.

The two pore through evidence, interview key witnesses and consult previously overlooked experts to reveal the unbiased truth and ensure the right person is behind bars for the crime committed.

Each episode culminates in an emotional reckoning with reality as Chris and Fatima either provide the families hope for an appeal, or the crushing reality that their loved one is rightfully convicted of murder.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Guiltless or Heartless?": Respected California probation officer Rodney Patrick McNeal gets a life sentence for murdering his pregnant wife in a fit of rage.

With limited physical evidence, the conviction has never sat well with his family who are convinced McNeal was wrongfully convicted.

In a desperate, last-ditch appeal, McNeal's daughter and sister have asked Chris and Fatima to take a second look at the case to see whether McNeal is an innocent man doing time for someone else or whether he is right where he belongs.

Additional investigations this season include the case of Laverne Fields, a woman convicted by a jury for murdering her husband as he lay in bed, despite her children insisting that he had died by suicide.

There's also Joel Atkin, in a 2009 fateful wrong turn that led to a petty argument and spur of self-defence that leaves one man dead and Atkin behind bars.

Russell Holbrook, convicted of murdering Melissa Howard after a 10-year investigation, is fighting to reclaim his innocence.

There's also the case of Garrett Arrowood, convicted of killing his aunt during a robbery gone wrong despite the family insisting that two con men were involved.

 



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