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New on TV today: Wednesday 13 September

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 13 Sep 2023
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The Other Black Girl

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Thriller, Comedy-Drama, Mystery

The Other Black Girl

Nella, an editorial assistant, is tired of being the only Black girl at her company, Wagner Books, so she's excited when Hazel is hired.

But as Hazel's star begins to rise, Nella spirals out and discovers something sinister is going on at the company.

Following the hiring of Hazel, strange occurrences lead to Nella discovering the truth about Wagner's disturbing history.

Based on Zakiya Dalila Harris' best-selling novel, the story is inspired by Harris' own personal experiences working as an editor and addresses various forms of racism in the corporate world.
 

The Wonder of Dogs

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

The Wonder of Dogs

No other land mammal displays such dazzling diversity as man's best friend.

It's hard to believe that a Great Dane and a Chihuahua belong to the same species, yet they do.

In The Wonder of Dogs we celebrate and interrogate the dog in all its spectacularly different and unlikely forms.

From ancient predator to household pet, the evolution of dogs is arguably the greatest success story in the animal kingdom.

We chart the remarkable journey of the domestic dog from one common ancestor to over 200 breeds we see in Britain today, and discover that hidden in their DNA are reflections of our own human history.

This series takes a snapshot of the dog population of a typical English village – Brightwell in Oxfordshire, and examines the huge range of breeds in one single place.

Presenters Kate Humble and Steve Leonard, together with leading experts, put the village dogs through a range of tests and explore why there's so much variety within a single species.

And historian Ruth Goodman unearths the extraordinary stories behind some of the world's most iconic breeds.
 

The Morning Show 3

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Drama

The Morning Show 3

In Season 3 of The Morning Show the stakes are high as the future of the network is thrown into question and loyalties are pushed to the brink when a tech titan takes an interest in UBA.

Unexpected alliances form, private truths are weaponised and everyone is forced to confront their core values both in and out of the newsroom.
 

2023 MTV Video Music Awards

Channel: MTV (DStv 130)
TX Time: 02h00 (live)
Genre: Awards, Music

2023 MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) is one of the year's biggest celebrations of music.

With live performances and watershed moments, the show provides an open forum for artistry and expression that leaves an indelible mark on pop culture.

Signature awards include Video of the Year and the Video Vanguard Award, the latter of which has been given to Missy Elliot, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, among others.

The performer lineup includes Anitta, Demi Lovato, Doja Cat, Karol G, Kelsea Ballerini, Lil Wayne, Måneskin, Shakira, Stray Kids and TOMORROW X TOGETHER.

Shakira will receive the Video Vanguard Award and perform live for the first time since 2006.

Taylor Swift (11) leads the nominations, followed by SZA (8), BLACKPINK, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo (6), Kim Petras and Sam Smith (5 each), Beyoncé, Diddy, Drake, Ice Spice, Karol G, Metro Boomin, Shakira and TOMORROW X TOGETHER (4 each).

The presenters this year include Bebe Rexha, Charli D'Amelio, Coco Jones, Dixie D'Amelio, Emily Ratajkowski, French Montana, GloRilla, Ice Spice, Jared Leto, Madelyn Cline, Rita Ora and Sabrina Carpenter.
 

Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Adventure, Documentary Series

Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory

The best stories are often the hardest to get to, but if you're National Geographic Explorer and cinematographer Bertie Gregory, that's part of the fun.

In this series the filmmaker embarks on a new set of adventures to capture wildlife behaviours like never before.

Armed with drones, state-of-the-art gimbal-mounted cameras and underwater tech, Bertie follows individual animals for weeks at a time, building up an intimate picture of their daily battles.

He and his team travel to the most spectacular corners of our planet — Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Botswana, Patagonia, Indonesia and the Central African Republic — to take you deep into the natural world and showcase extraordinary animal lives.

You will get the chance to see unique and rare moments, like humpback whales purposely disrupting the hunt of an endangered pod of B1 killer whales — just 100 are in existence — in Antarctica.

Other standout moments include a male sea lion defending pups from a huge Galapagos shark and, by using a military-grade thermal imaging camera in Patagonia, Bertie and his team filmed a guardian shepherd dog defending his flock of sheep from a hunting puma.

Bertie and his team brave subzero seas, climb snow-capped mountains, and sleep suspended 120 feet in the air to reveal the challenges animals endure, their fierce rivalries, and the threats they face on our changing planet.

Throughout the series, there are emotional highs and lows as Bertie comes face-to-face with the shocking truths about the impact of humanity on the wildlife he is so passionate about.

The immersive series captures the challenges of natural history filmmaking and shows the behind-the-scenes moments Bertie and his team face while adapting to unpredictable wildlife in remote environments where filming rarely goes as planned.

There is no script for this unique wildlife series, but through it all, Bertie brings you with him every step of the way.

The six-episode series includes the following:

Patagonia Puma

Bertie searches the wilderness of Patagonia in southern Chile, hoping to find and film a female Puma that he first met four years ago when she was just a cub.

When he finds her, she has two cubs of her own which she must feed and protect from the many dangers of this harsh mountain landscape.

Antarctic Killer Waves

Bertie and the team cross the infamous Drake Passage, the roughest stretch of ocean on Earth, to reach Antarctica, where they witness and film the staggering intelligence and adaptability of a group of killer whales.

Known as B1's, they use an extraordinary strategy to hunt seals resting on ice.

Working as a team, they create a powerful wave to push the seals into the water.

Bertie wants to find out why the B1 population is declining and film the other surprising ways they catch prey in their rapidly changing world.

Botswana Wild Dogs

Bertie travels to Botswana to film one of the planet's most successful land predators: the African wild dog.

Despite their hunting super-skills, wild dog population numbers are dramatically declining.

By following a family pack with 14 young pups, he wants to find out what it will take for the next generation of these endangered predators to survive.

They face threats from lions, hyenas and elephants, and it's clear that these African wild dogs don't go down without a fight.

Galapagos Marvels

Bertie travels to the remote islands of the Galapagos to find and film three rare animal behaviours seen nowhere else on the Earth, each with an extreme challenge.

He will face huge Pacific waves, shark-infested waters, and ultra-fast hunting sea lions on the rugged Galapagos coast, teaching Bertie how these unique animals survive in a rapidly-changing world.

Elephant Quest

Bertie is on a stakeout deep in the jungles of the Central African Republic, searching for the biggest and most secretive of the forest elephants: the tuskers, huge males with tusks that reach down to the floor.

Working with a specialist camera team and local elephant trackers, he sets up a filming HQ high in the rainforest canopy.

Devil Ray Islands

Bertie travels to Indonesia to dive amongst some of the most exquisite coral reefs left on Earth, hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the reef's most elusive predators: the mysterious devil ray.

His best chance of finding one is to track down a huge annual spectacular, an anchovy feeding frenzy.
 

Fire Country

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

Fire Country

Bad choices don't make a bad man. At least that's what Bode Donavan's been told.

Midway through a five-year prison stretch, he's been trying to convince himself of it, too.

He gets the chance to prove it, signing on to an unconventional prison-release program: in exchange for reduced sentences, convicts are paired with firefighters battling Northern California wildfires.

The heat is turned up when Bode's assigned to the program in his rural hometown, the place where all his troubles began.

In the series premiere, "Pilot": Max Thieriot stars as Bode Donovan, a young convict seeking redemption and a shortened prison sentence by joining a prison release firefighting program in Northern California where he and other inmates are partnered with elite firefighters to extinguish massive, unpredictable wildfires across the region.

It's a high-risk, high-reward assignment, and the heat is turned up when Bode is assigned to the program in his rural hometown, where he was once a golden all-American son until his troubles began.

Five years ago, Bode burned down everything in his life, leaving the town with a big secret.

Now he's back, with the rap sheet of a criminal and the audacity to believe in a chance for redemption with Cal Fire.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "The Fresh Prince of Edgewater": After Bode requests to be transferred to a different city, his future in Edgewater hangs in the balance.

Meanwhile, the crew joins forces to protect the town from a treacherous storm.
 

Wrestlers

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Docu-Reality, Sport

Wrestlers

At a storied professional wrestling organization, new owners and a roster of rising stars strive to make an impact beyond the ring in this docuseries.

Ohio Valley Wrestling of Louisville, Kentucky is a regional wrestling gym whose alumni include Brock Lesnar, The Miz, John Cena, Dave Bautista and Randy Orton.

Once a proud finishing school for aspiring pro wrestlers, the gym has since hit hard times.

Acclaimed wrestler Al Snow clings to an old school wrestling philosophy with a heavy emphasis on storytelling, but in spite of the love of a few diehard fans, the gym struggles week to week to stay relevant enough to keep its doors open.

Things have become so dire financially that Al has to sell a majority stake to a group of local businessmen including Matt Jones, the most popular radio personality in the state of Kentucky.

Matt and the new ownership group have infused the struggling gym with much-needed cash but it still operates at a staggering loss.

The new owners have given Al the summer to turn things around.

Wrestlers chronicles the efforts Al and his band of aspiring wrestlers make as they struggle with their personal ambitions and each other while they attempt to come together to save this historic gym.
 

Welcome to Wrexham 2

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Docu-Reality, Sport

Welcome to Wrexham 2

Rob McElhenney (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) navigate running the third-oldest professional football club in the world.

Welcome to Wrexham is a docuseries tracking the dreams and worries of Wrexham, a working-class town in North Wales, UK, as two Hollywood stars guide the future of the town's historic football club.

In 2020, Rob and Ryan teamed up to purchase the fifth-tier Red Dragons in the hopes of turning the club into an underdog story the whole world could root for.

The world took notice and change is afoot.

After a painful elimination in the playoffs, Season 2 continues to track the club as they fight for promotion out of the National League and return to the English Football League.

Dedicated staff and supporters hold on to the dream of returning the team and town to glory while bracing for the new-found challenges that fame has brought to their small community.

From Hollywood to Wales, from the pitch to the locker room, the front office to the pub, Welcome to Wrexham follows Rob and Ryan's stewardship and the inextricably connected fates of a team and a town in the midst of history in the making.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Welcome Back to Wrexham": A new football season begins as the town, the team and owners Ryan and Rob prepare to welcome King Charles III.
 

Everybody Hates Chris 2

Channel: Comedy Central (DStv 122)
TX Time: 16h25
Genre: Comedy

Everybody Hates Chris 2

A sitcom inspired by the teenage experiences of comedian Chris Rock (who narrates the show), while growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood of Brooklyn.

Motivated by his childhood experiences, Rock narrates this story of a teenager growing up as the oldest of three children in Brooklyn, New York during the early 1980s.

Uprooted to a neighbourhood and bussed into a primarily white middle school two hours away by his strict, hard-working parents, Chris struggles to find his place, all while keeping his younger brother and sister in line at home and surmounting the tests of junior high school.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Everybody Hates Rejection": Rochelle decides to host a neighbourhood watch meeting after Julius' truck is stolen, but her good intentions quickly turn competitive when her new neighbour, Louise (guest star Whoopi Goldberg), thinks she'd make a better block captain than Rochelle.

Meanwhile, Chris sets out to break his streak of bad luck with the ladies by asking out a new girl in the neighbourhood, Yvette.

In sharp contrast to his older brother, Drew volunteers to be a crossing guard and can't keep the girls away, causing a major traffic problem.

TVSA Show Page: Everybody Hates Chris 2
 

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 16

Channel: Disney+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Comedy

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 16

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia features Mac, Dennis, Charlie, Sweet Dee and Frank, five ne'er-do-wells who own and operate Paddy's Pub in Philadelphia.

Their constant scheming usually lands them in a world of hurt, yet they never seem to learn from their mistakes.

As they say, some things never change.

So prepare for more depraved schemes, half-baked arguments, and absurdly underhanded plots to subvert one another.

In the Season 16 premiere, "The Gang Inflates": Dennis and Mac get into inflatable furniture to deal with the economy's inflation, while Dee tries to find a place to crash after being evicted by her greedy landlord and Charlie wants to pitch Frank his crypto/online investment idea.

And in this inflation episode everything gets bigger - Dee's desperation, Mac's lips, and even Charlie's apartment.

TVSA Show Page: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 16

 



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