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New on TV today: Friday 30 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 30 Dec 2022
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Bel-Air

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

Bel-Air

Set in modern-day America, Bel-Air is a serialised one-hour dramatic analogue of the '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

It leans into the original premise: Will's complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air.

As these two worlds collide, Will reckons with the power of second chances while navigating the conflicts, emotions, and biases of a world far different from the only one he's ever known.

With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show.
 

Chocolate Perfection

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

Chocolate Perfection

In this documentary brimming with rich history and sweet new creations, chef Michel Roux, Jr. sets out to discover the secret of chocolate, its sublime complexity and the roots of its power over us.

From a sacred drink of Aztec Emperors to the aphrodisiac of choice at Louis XIV's court in Versailles, from the raw cocoa bean to some of the most refined and unusual chocolate creations in the world, Michel guides us through the past and present of chocolate.

He tastes and tempers, dips and decorates, in the hope that by understanding the art of chocolate making he'll manage to create his very own unique, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate flavour.
 

The Comedy Central Roast of Somizi

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Comedy, Special

The Comedy Central Roast of Somizi

The Comedy Central Roast of Somizi is the third local iteration of the international format, with previous Roastees being Steve Hofmeyr and Kenny Kunene.

Somizi has had a successful career on radio and television with presenting, performing and acting credits on numerous shows.

Currently a judge on the M-Net reality competition series Idols, he also has his own docu-reality show on Mzansi Magic, Living the Dream with Somizi.

The Roastmaster this year is Gareth Cliff, who heads up "The Roast Squad":

DJ Fresh
Fikile Mbalula
Joanne Joseph
Kurt Darren
Nomzamo Mbatha
Ntsiki Mazwai
Schalk Bezuidenhout
Skhumba Hlophe

The roast format sees a panel assemble to "roast" each other before getting to the Roastee.

Filming of the Comedy Central Roast of Somizi was open to the public and took place on Thursday 26 April 2018 at The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.

The opening act for the evening is a set by comedian Mpho Popps.

The backstage inserts and red carpet presenters are Lalla Hirayama and Mojak Lehoko.

TVSA Show Page: The Comedy Central Roast of Somizi
 

Chicago Party Aunt: Part 2

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Animation, Comedy

Chicago Party Aunt: Part 2

Chicago Party Aunt Diane is an idolized troublemaker with a talent for avoiding adulthood - and a soft spot for her soul-searching nephew.

Diane Dunbrowski, AKA The Chicago Party Aunt, stays true to her mantra "If life gives you lemons, turn that *bleep!* into Mike's Hard Lemonade".
 

Reinventing New York

Channel: Curiosity Channel (DStv 185)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary

Reinventing New York

Manhattan is an overwhelming rush, and people from all over the world are flooding into the city to experience it.

This monster of a city attracts tourists interested in sightseeing as well as workers interested in taking advantage of the growing economy.

With this enormous number of people rushing in, Midtown Manhattan has become one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

This brings up the issue - how can Manhatten keep itself renovated with so many buildings stacked on top of it?

There are areas of Manhattan that are becoming old and outdated, but performing the renovations can be quite a challenge.
 

Loudermilk

Channel: S3
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy

Loudermilk

The series centers on Sam Loudermilk, a recovering alcoholic and substance abuse counselor with an extremely bad attitude about, well, everything.

He is unapologetically uncensored, and manages to piss off everyone in his life.

Although he has his drinking under control, Loudermilk discovers that when your life is a complete mess, getting clean is the easy part.

In the series premiere, "A Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing": Under threat of losing his weekly meeting space, surly substance abuse counselor Sam Loudermilk (Ron Livingston) must try to make a connection with a young addict.

 

Shows in this post: The Comedy Central Roast

Channels in this post: Me, Curiosity Channel, SABC3, Netflix South Africa



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