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New on TV today: Monday 19 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 19 Dec 2022
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The Real Housewives of Durban 2

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

The Real Housewives of Durban 2

In Season 1 we were introduced to eThekwini queens Nonkanyiso Conco (LaConco), Ayanda Ncwane, Sorisha Naidoo, Kgomotso Ndungane, Nonku Williams and Annie Mthembu, a group of ambitious women with their own business empires.

While lavish lifestyles, high fashion and glamour were the order of the day, the housewives also dealt with personality clashes, parenting challenges and other everyday struggles.

In Season 2, LaConco, Sorisha, Nonku and Annie return and are joined by Jojo Robinson, Londie London and Thobile MaKhumalo Mseleku.

In the Season 2 premiere, "New Faces, Old Secrets": The Housewives are back, and there's plenty to talk about.

Nonku hosts an event hoping to clear the air, and everyone meets the new ladies, Londie and Jojo.

TVSA Show Page: The Real Housewives of Durban 2
 

101 Places to Party Before You Die

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Countdown Show

101 Places to Party Before You Die

This buddy-travel series follows comedians and longtime pals Adam Pally and Jon Gabrus on an epic summer bromance.

Accidental travel hosts Pally and Gabrus are given family-sanctioned three-day weekend escapes to venture across the US to different destinations to experience everything they have to offer.

Stepping off the beaten path, the guys champion the authenticities of each stop and share with viewers their love of the unexplored.

Even after 15 years of friendship and adventure, there's still so much for them to discover from unique foods and drinks to local sites, and other idiosyncrasies that make each city tick.

Locations featured include Maui, Moab, Miami, Puerto Rico, Portland, Richmond, Atlanta and Denver.

In the series premiere, "Denver": Pally and Gabrus get a Rocky Mountain high in the land of broken ribs, '80s nostalgia and cannabis worship.
 

The Rebel Princess

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Telenovela

The Rebel Princess

Wang Xuan is a 15-year-old noblewoman whose life is turned on its head when she is forced into an arranged marriage with Xiao Qi, a powerful but low-born general.

Despite these less-than-promising beginnings, the two form a tight bond as they attempt to navigate a series of bitter power struggles and plots that threaten to bring the Imperial court (and the realm) to its knees.

Their exceptionally effective partnership helps them thwart damaging attempts to spark uncontrollable civil unrest, but also brings them to the pinnacle of political power.

Wang Xuan and Xiao Qi have effectively become the joint emperors of the realm.

But the rest of the Imperial family has no intention of relinquishing power to this young couple so easily – with its most devious members planning a deadly scheme that could do away with the benevolent Wang Xuan and Xiao Qi for good...
 

The Chosen Granddaughter

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

The Chosen Granddaughter

The prestigious Roldán family is surprised by the arrival of a stranger, introduced by Sara, the family's grandmother, as the granddaughter they have rescued from a marginal neighbourhood.

She is the supposed daughter of Sergio, her youngest son, murdered 10 years ago in strange circumstances that remain unsolved.

Luisa Mayorga is a beautiful young woman who will become part of this greedy family, which for the most part is opposed to accepting her, causing the imbalance and confrontation of all its members.

As the days go by, the supposed granddaughter is not as harmless or weak as she seems, because behind her movements there is a dangerous group led by a sinister character who seeks destruction and revenge against the Roldán family.

For all who know her, Luisa Mayorga will not go unnoticed, and in the end they will understand why she has been the chosen granddaughter.

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The Wife

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Telenovela

The Wife

Telenovela inspired by characters and events from the Hlomu book series by Dudu Busani-Dube - Hlomu the Wife, Zandile the Resolute and Naledi His Love - which follow the lives of the eight Zulu brothers, a formidable crime family, through the eyes of the wives they marry.

The Wife follows the love story of a feisty young journalist, Hlomu (Mbalenhle Mavimbela), and the unpredictable taxi driver and taxi owner, Mqhele (Bonko Khoza).

However, their story is the anchor around which others live – as much as The Wife is a show about a young couple in love, it's also about loyalty, family and the lengths people go to in the name of both.

While on her way to work, Hlomu bumps her car into Qhawe's taxi.

When she comes out to apologise, the Zulu brother is immediately lovestruck, noticing how beautiful she is.

Hlomu hands him her business card and arranges to pay for the damage caused, but Qhawe tells her not to worry about it.

In the afternoon of the same day, she decides to take a taxi because her car is damaged after the collision with Qhawe.

Mqhele sees her coming and has a love-at-first-sight moment.

Overcome with emotion, Mqhele grabs the keys from Qhawe's hand and drives off with Hlomu in the car.

Qhawe is the one who first fell in love with her, but he failed to put a plan into action until his brother beat him to it.

Much to the passengers' disappointment, Mqhele stops the taxi and goes out of his way to steal Hlomu's heart by buying her an ice cream.

What follows after is daily taxi rides to and from work, the charming taxi driver continuing to sweep Hlomu off her feet, while she is having relationship problems with her doctor boyfriend, Sandile (Kay Sibiya).

What Hlomu does not know is the type of business that Mqhele and his brothers are into, or the struggles she will have to face in future if she allows Mqhele to sweep her off her feet.

Will their love survive bitter feuds and the demons that surround them?

The rest of the Zulu brothers are played by Kwenzo Ngcobo (Qhawe), Sipho Ndlovu (Sambulo); Abdul Khoza (Nqoba); Mondli Makhoba (Nkosana); Thulane Shange (Mqoqi); Swelihle Luthuli (Ntsika) and Ishmauel Songo (Mpande).

TVSA Show Page: The Wife
 

Men Don't Cry

Channel: e.tv
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Reality

Men Don't Cry

Men Don't Cry is a show about men who find themselves in a really dark place.

These men have been denied access to their children, are in abusive relationships, experiencing financial hardships, and are about to end it all.

They come to the show as a last resort to hopefully find lasting solutions and eventually fix their lives.
 

Grand Designs New Zealand 5

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

Grand Designs New Zealand 5

Hosted by architect Chris Moller, Grand Designs New Zealand shares the stories of creative and enterprising Kiwis who are taking on the challenge of building their own unique and inspirational homes.

No design is too ambitious, and no obstacle too large in their quest for the perfect house.

Following the Grand Designs format, the series sees the process of these incredible design projects, as well as the personal journeys of those building them – from the initial blueprints, through to the long and often arduous task of turning the plans into practical living spaces.

Using archaic or new-school building techniques and material, and in locations from the beach, the mountains, and the hills in between, Grand Designs New Zealand features houses ranging from architectural designer mansions to DIY, never-before-seen kinds of homes.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Burnt Timber Pavilion": Shane and Tina Nicholls fall in love with the ancient Japanese art of burnt timber.

They explore a memorial garden and stunning Hauraki Gulf views.
 

Charmed 4

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h10
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

Charmed 4

In Season 4, Mel and Maggie find their lives transformed by the death of their beloved sister, Macy.

But when their grief threatens to undo the Power of Three forever, the surprising arrival of a third Charmed One gives them a renewed opportunity to fulfill their destinies.

And this couldn't come at a better time, because a mysterious new enemy is rising in the shadows, instilling fear in every corner of the magical world.

But as this new foe draws the Charmed Ones and their allies Harry and Jordan deeper into a twisted game, the question is - will this new trio be ready for what's to come?

Or will their inexperience working together put the entire world in jeopardy?

In the Season 4 premiere, "Not That Girl": Mel and Maggie are learning to navigate life without their sister Macy.

Mel distracts herself with new flings at magical hotspot the Blue Camellia bar, while Maggie is taking on more than her share of demon hunting.

Meanwhile, Harry is struggling, mourning his lost love, and Jordan has teamed up with Maggie while navigating his newfound magical powers.

Across the country in Philadelphia, an unsuspecting young woman... is living her life... mechanic by day, muralist by night... when she's suddenly thrust into a new world, coming face to face with the women she's inexplicably seen in her dreams.

Just as Mel, Maggie and Harry are uncovering information about this mysterious new person, Josefina goes missing on her way to a pixie-pledging ceremony, and Mel and Maggie must rely on their "new third" to help their cousin... and find out if she is indeed the other Charmed One that they were told was "out there somewhere."
 

Living the Dream with Somizi 5

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Docu-Reality

Living the Dream with Somizi 5

Season 5 picks up in the second half of 2021, in the aftermath of Somizi's split from Mohale, Mohale's accusations of abuse against Somizi, and the passing of Somizi's mother, actress Mary Twala.

As the season starts, Somizi's career is at a crossroads: he is taking time off from Idols and Metro FM, and has replaced his management team with himself, as he looks to add a kids clothing store to the Sompirre.

Season 5 also sees Somizi exploring his calling and working on his relationships with his daughter Bahumi and his baby-momma, Palesa Madisakwane, who is still recovering from a horrific, near-fatal car crash in 2019.

TVSA Show Page: Living the Dream with Somizi 5

 



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