New on TV today: Thursday 23 March

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 23 Mar 2023
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The White Lotus

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h15
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Anthology Series

The White Lotus

A social satire set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort, the series follows the vacations of various hotel guests over the span of a week as they relax and rejuvenate in paradise.

But with each passing day, a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travelers, the hotel's cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.

Among the employees at The White Lotus are the fastidious resort manager Armond (Murray Bartlett), who, after a sudden trauma, begins a dramatic downward spiral - and the down-to-earth spa manager, Belinda (Natasha Rothwell) who gets taken on an emotional roller coaster ride by a needy guest.

The vacationers include the Mossbacher family - Nicole (Connie Britton), a successful type-A exec, who can't help but treat her family like disobedient employees; and her husband, Mark (Steve Zahn), dealing with both an embarrassing health crisis and a terminal inferiority complex.

There's also their teenaged son, Quinn (Fred Hechinger), a socially awkward gamer, experiencing the wonder of nature for the very first time; their daughter, Olivia (Sydney Sweeney), and her friend, Paula (Brittany O'Grady), sharp-tongued college sophomores who cast a sardonic eye on the lifestyles and belief systems of everyone around them.

The handsome, entitled Shane Patton (Jake Lacy) is here with his beautiful bride, Rachel (Alexandra Daddario).

Shane and Rachel are in the throes of young love, but as they get to know each other better in this new, intimate environment, clouds of doubt appear - and by the time Shane's intrusive mother, Kitty (Molly Shannon) surprises them with an unwelcome visit, their fairytale honeymoon has begun to unravel.

And finally, there is Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge), a wealthy, unstable woman, recovering from the death of her mother, traveling alone to the hotel, looking for love and in desperate need of a massage.

In the series premiere, "Arrivals": As a new wave of guests arrive at the White Lotus, resort manager Armond tries to assuage an unreasonable Shane and his easy-going new wife Rachel, while spa director Belinda calms a grieving Tanya.

Meanwhile, Nicole suggests her husband Mark distract himself from a health scare by spending time with their son Quinn, who's been cast out by his sister Olivia and her friend Paula.

Murder Nation

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 22h30
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

Murder Nation

An investigative docuseries that puts a spotlight on deadly crimes that are unique to particular locales in the United States.

Each season of Murder Nation focuses on the crimes that are distinct to one US region, whether it is bodies that turn up in swamps in the Bayou, killers stalking the sandy beaches of the Jersey Shore, victims lusting for fame in the Hollywood Hills, or screams lost in the cold Alaskan tundra.

The series illuminates what connects these crimes to their environments and what makes them so uniquely American.

In Season 1, the "Blood on the Bayou" delves into the Louisiana Bayou, home to a rich and diverse culture, lush swampland, and hearty southern food.

But beneath the green marshes and in the shadows of the bright Mardi Gras lights, lie some of America's most vicious murderers.

In the series premiere, "Big Easy Black Widow": In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the NOPD's resources are stretched and depleted.

So, when a beloved pastor turns up dead outside of his New Orleans apartment, his case - along with countless others - goes cold.

But when his wife's next husband turns up dead as well, the family suspects something is amiss.

They revisit her previous husband's mysterious death and begin to untangle a sinister web woven by scheming and heartless Black Widow.

Vera 12

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural, Mystery

Vera 12

Brenda Blethyn returns as DCI Vera Stanhope in this female-led detective series.

The four self-contained crime stories are inspired by the best-selling novels and characters created by acclaimed crime writer Ann Cleeves.

In each of the stories, Vera and her team investigate complex cases, unravel mysteries and uncover secrets that sometimes stray a little too close to home.

She may be unglamorous, but Vera faces the world with caustic wit, and what she lacks in charm she more than makes up for in wisdom and insight.

In the Season 12 premiere, "Against the Tide": Vera is called to a lighthouse when the body of a local council worker is found in a sailboat, but it becomes clear that his life wasn't plain sailing.

The Night Agent

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Action, Thriller

The Night Agent

While monitoring an emergency line, a vigilant FBI agent answers a call that plunges him into a deadly conspiracy involving a mole at the White House.

Based on the novel by Matthew Quirk, The Night Agent is an action-thriller centering on a low level FBI agent who works in the basement of the White House, manning a phone that never rings.

That is, until the night that it does, propelling him into a fast moving and dangerous conspiracy that ultimately leads all the way to the Oval Office.

Weaving a Tale of Love

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / StarSat 489 / DStv 195)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Telenovela

Weaving a Tale of Love

This Chinese drama is adapted from Lan Yun Shu's novel The Bright Moon in the Tang Dynasty and is set during the Yonghui period of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty.

It is a love story between Kudi Liuli, a talented girl in dressmaking, and Pei Xing Jian, a young scholar.

During the Zhenguan period of the Tang Dynasty, former clothing maker An is framed and imprisoned by her apprentice Zhuo Jin Niang.

When she was in danger, she entrusted her young daughter Liu Li to an old friend in the palace.

Liu Li grows up in the palace and becomes a medical officer, responsible for epidemic prevention.

She also inherits her mother's talent for making clothes.

Just when she is about to leave the palace, she falls into a trap by those jealous of her.

Fortunately, she meets Pei Xing Jian, who helps her escape the danger.

Liu Li keeps investigating the truth of her mother's case.

Liu Li and Pei Xing Jian assist Crown Prince Li Zhi and the two work together, go through difficulties and secretly fall in love.

First Wives Club 3

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Comedy

First Wives Club 3

The series, like the 1996 film of the same name, is based in New York City.

It follows a group of women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood - and of course a little revenge.

The modern television remake of the classic revenge comedy starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton now stars an all-star African American cast including Jill Scott, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Michelle Buteau.

This season, after neglecting their friendship, best friends Ari, Hazel and Bree reunite to navigate Hazel's public divorce, Ari's unsatisfying marriage, and Bree's cheating husband.

Together, the women learn that as long as they have each other, they're unstoppable.

In the Season 3 premiere, "You Can't Hurry Love": Hazel gears up for her destination wedding to Nigel, Gary and Bree navigate conflicting schedules and career changes, and Jayla faces pressure to go public with Jacob.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Stop in the Name of Love": Hazel gets cold feet on her wedding day, Bree and Gary come to a realisation about their family's lifestyle, and the ladies receive devastating news.

Temptation Island 2

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality Competition

Temptation Island 2

Temptation Island follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives - or should go their separate ways.

Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women.

There, they live the "single life," in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.

Now the show is back for a second season, with four new couples and 24 new singles.

The couples are here to learn if their relationships are built to last. The singles are here in search of love.

For one tempestuous, tantalising, and tempting month, the couples will live apart; the men will live with 12 single women, and the women will live with 12 single men.

The stakes are high. Anything could happen.

Blue Bloods 12

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

Blue Bloods 12

In the Season 12 premiere, "Hate is Hate": As Danny consults a psychic to solve the murder of a young boy, Frank is at odds with the mayor over how best to protect the city from an uptick in crime following a high-profile shooting.

Also, Erin investigates a decades-old case in which the primary eyewitness to the killing is her boss, D.A. Kimberly Crawford, who was 13 years old at the time.

Callie Thorne returns as psychic medium Maggie Gibson and Dylan Walsh guest stars as Mayor Peter Chase.

Channels in this post: Me, eReality, BritBox, Netflix South Africa, eExtra, 1Magic


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