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New on TV today: Tuesday 25 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 25 Jul 2023
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Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Reality Makeover

Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

One of the world's most iconic toys will become reality when HGTV taps into the zeitgeist of Barbie in its new competition series, Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge.

Inspired by the popularity of the toy herself and by the upcoming release of the Warner Bros. Pictures film, Barbie, HGTV will harness the power of its corporate siblings to support four nostalgia-filled episodes.

Punctuated by celebrity guests, pop culture history and a plethora of Barbie surprises, Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge will be hosted by supermodel, designer, author and entrepreneur Ashley Graham and feature eight teams of HGTV superstars as they transform a Southern California home into a real-life Barbie Dreamhouse.

In the end, one passionate Barbie fan will get the chance to win a stay in the home.

During the series, 15 HGTV home design and renovation experts and one Food Network chef will participate in the creation of Barbie's Dreamhouse, including:

Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson (Married to Real Estate)

Jasmine Roth (Help! I Wrecked My House) and Antonia Lofaso (Beachside Brawl)

Ty Pennington (Rock the Block) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab)

Jonathan Knight and Kristina Crestin (Farmhouse Fixer)

Christina Hall and James Bender (Christina on the Coast)

Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas (Bargain Block)

Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home)

Michel Smith Boyd and Anthony Elle Williams (Luxe for Less)

Teams will overhaul areas of the home with an era-specific style, such as an early 1960s atomic age kitchen, a '70s disco vibe for Ken's Den and a main bedroom decked out in '80s glam.

In the series premiere: Ashley and the competitors will take a trip to Mattel headquarters and get a Barbie surprise.

Kicking off the competition, real estate and design power couple Egypt Sherrod and Mike Jackson will face-off against expert builder Jasmine Roth and Food Network's Antonia Lofaso for a first-floor showdown.

Egypt and Mike will take inspiration from the neon 1990s Barbie style to reimagine the entryway, living room and dining room into an over-the-top pink paradise.

Jasmine and Antonia will create an awe-inspiring kitchen and family room from the 1960s, with space-age touches featuring appliances that appear with the touch of a button and sleek mid-century accents.

Kitty Black Perkins, who's credited with designing the first Black Barbie, will make a surprise appearance.

The lineup of HGTV home design and renovation experts who will compete throughout the season continues in week two.

Celebrity guest judge Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight) will review the work of Ty Pennington and Alison Victoria, who create a groovy Disco-themed 1970s den for Ken; while Jonathan Knight and Kristina Crestin tap into 1980s glam to bring the primary suite to life.

In week three, Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas will give the front yard and home exterior a toy-riffic 1990s spin and Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt will build an outrageous Y2K era backyard wonderland judged by celebrity guest Marsai Martin (Black-ish).

The finale will feature an homage to Barbie's quintessential style with a futuristic closet and dressing room by Christina Hall and James Bender.

Michel Smith Boyd and Anthony Elle Williams will design a chic office worthy of Barbie's storied resume.

The spaces will be judged by celebrity guest and fashion designer Christian Siriano.
 

The Cleaning Lady 2

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama

The Cleaning Lady 2

The series is an emotionally-driven character drama about a whip-smart Cambodian doctor who comes to the US for a medical treatment to save her ailing son.

However, when the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she refuses to be beaten down and marginalised.

Instead, she becomes a cleaning lady for organised crime, using her cunning and intelligence to forge her own path in the criminal underworld.

Season 2 picks up with Thony desperately trying to find her son, Luca, after he was kidnapped by his father, Marco.

With nowhere else to turn, she enlists the help of FBI Agent Garrett Miller to track him down before they leave the country.

Meanwhile, an incident involving Chris forces Fiona to shield her son by any means necessary, furthering the theme of how far a mother will go to protect her child.

This season introduces Robert Kamdar (Naveen Andrews), Nadia's gregarious and charming ex-lover, who is intent on driving a wedge between Arman and Nadia.

Standing to lose everything, Arman must fight to keep his world - and his dignity - intact, while rebuilding his life under the worst of circumstances.

The Cleaning Lady continues to examine the plight of undocumented immigrants and their difficulties accessing necessary healthcare and resources.

Galvanized by the many roadblocks she faced while searching for a treatment to save her son, Thony will utilise her expertise as a doctor to find ways to help her underserved community.

However, as Thony continues to entwine her business undertakings with Arman, she is dragged further across the moral line and into the dark underbelly of Las Vegas.
 

The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 22h10
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes

Paul Holes is best known as the retired cold case investigator whose work was instrumental in identifying a suspect in the Golden State Killer case.

Investigator Paul Holes spent two and a half decades looking for one of the most elusive serial killers in US history, the Golden State Killer.

After retiring from his position as Cold Case Investigator/Chief of Forensics for the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office in California, he continued to work on the case until he helped capture the alleged killer, Joseph James DeAngelo.

Working with a team of investigators, Holes' use of cutting-edge DNA technology proved crucial to closing in on DeAngelo.

Holes was launched into the national spotlight and became an overnight hero in the crime and justice community.

The series follows Holes as he dives into unsolved homicides by analyzing the physical and emotional "DNA" left behind during the violent interaction.

With unprecedented access to crime scene photographs, case files and evidence, Holes investigates each crime utilising his unique forensic and behavioural skillset.

Hoping to zero in on the profile of the perpetrator, he lends his expertise in the latest technological advancements from familial and genetic genealogy to latent fingerprint and DNA phenotyping, the process of predicting physical appearance from DNA.

Holes travels around the country working with local investigators and experts including Loni Coombs, Yolanda McClary and Laura Richards, to explore new theories, potential suspects and evidence in the hopes of getting one step closer to solving these cases.

In the series premiere, "Hotel Homicide": This episode delves into a 1980 murder in Williamsburg, Iowa where two hotel guests were founded bludgeoned to death in their room at a Holiday Inn.

Each subsequent episode will focus on a new brutal murder where many questions have been left unanswered.

Additional cases include a young woman found stabbed to death along railroad tracks in Kansas City; a murder of a socialite in Georgia whose case involves a mysterious letter allegedly sent from the killer; a man who was found dead in his home after answering an online post for a renter; a homicide of a nun found 100 yards from the convent; and a grandmother stabbed to death in her home in broad daylight.
 

Kookpunt 4

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Food, Afrikaans, Reality Competition

Kookpunt 4

New chefs come to show their stuff in the latest season of Kookpunt where they are challenged with strange ingredients like canned bamboo shoots, quail eggs and lobster powder.

Yolani Abrahams and Chris Erasmus once again manage affairs as we find out who will be crowned as the Kookpunt champion every week and walk away with the prize money.

Guest judges this season include Tuis editor Wicus Pretorius, Jak de Priester, Jack Parow and Kobus Wiese.

And what would Kookpunt be without a wild-card ingredient?

Ingredients include speckled eggs, a chocolate milkshake, peanut butter, Tamarind sweets and Wilson toffees.

What on earth can you make with that?
 

Ex on the Beach 3

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality

Ex on the Beach 3

Hosted by multi-platinum rapper and actor Romeo Miller, this dating series follows celebrity couples in Malibu Beach as they search for new love while being confronted by their past romances.

This season features romantically embattled stars from Danity Kane, Big Brother, The Real World, The Challenge, Are You The One? and Inst@famous.

The new cast of celebrities arrive in paradise in search of love only to be blindsided by their exes face-to-face.

As lovers wash ashore, the daters will decide whether to rekindle a past flame or move on with a new prospect.

In the Season 3 premiere, "love, next love": The celebrity singles arrive at the Malibu house, and as sparks begin to fly between the new roommates, exes enter the picture and interrupt their fun.

 

Channels in this post: HGTV, Me, eReality, VIA



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