New on TV today: Friday 17 November

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 17 Nov 2023
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Casa Grande

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Miniseries

Casa Grande

Follow the lives and dramas of two rich farms in Northern California - from the glimmering, upper-crust landowners to the underpaid, overworked Hispanic immigrant workforce who are fighting for a taste of the American dream.

In the series premiere, "Dejame Vivir (Let Me Live)": Hassie learns the truth about her father's deal with the local ICE field office.

The Baby

Channel: Me (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Miniseries

The Baby

NOTE: this series was advertised as starting in July, but never aired.

An eight-episode horror comedy limited series, The Baby presents a darkly funny, raw examination of motherhood, from the perspective of a woman who doesn't want to be one.

Thirty-eight-year-old Natasha is furious that her closest friends are all having babies.

But when she is unexpectedly landed with a baby of her own, her life dramatically implodes.

Controlling, manipulative, but incredibly cute, the baby twists Natasha's life into a surreal horror show.

As she discovers the true extent of the baby's deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it.

She doesn't want a baby. But the baby definitely wants her.

In the series premiere, "The Arrival": After yet another friend makes a surprise pregnancy announcement, a dejected Natasha heads to a remote cabin to get her head straight - only to be confronted by exactly what she sought to get away from: a baby.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "The Seduction": Inexplicably reunited with the baby, Natasha scrambles to locate his mother and uncovers an alarming pattern of events on a thumb drive.

Later, after her friends confuse the situation further, Natasha reaches out to her estranged sister Bobbi.

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Monarch: Legacy of Monsters

Following the thunderous battle between Godzilla and the Titans that leveled San Francisco and the shocking revelation that monsters are real, Monarch: Legacy of Monsters tracks two siblings following in their father's footsteps to uncover their family's connection to the secretive organisation known as Monarch.

Clues lead them into the world of monsters and ultimately down the rabbit hole to Army officer Lee Shaw (Kurt Russell and Wyatt Russell), taking place in the 1950s and half a century later where Monarch is threatened by what Shaw knows.

The dramatic saga — spanning three generations — reveals buried secrets and the ways that epic, earth-shattering events can reverberate through our lives.

Mzansi Icons

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Interview Show

Mzansi Icons

Why do we always wait until industry legends are no longer alive to honour them?

The time has come for us to acknowledge our icons while they are still alive.

This show aims to celebrate these icons – while also sharing the lessons behind their success.

Guests include kwaito icon and businessman Kabelo Mabalane, sports executive Jessica Motaung, musician and entrepreneur Khuli Chana, and marketing doyen Zibusiso Mkhwanazi.

Hosted by Maps Maponyane, Mzansi Icons is a show that delves into the lives, lessons and legends of the biggest names in various industries.

These personalities and icons in their fields enjoy an unadulterated interview to discuss what makes them tick and what it took to get where they are now.

This is the story of success, fighting against odds, victory, overcoming adversity, struggling with success, and the reward that comes with it.

In the series premiere: Award-winning musician Khuli Chana lets us in on what it took for him to get to where he is - the achievements, music, fame and endorsements - and how he almost lost it all after one horrific day.

The Dads

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary

The Dads

On a fishing trip with Matthew Shepard's father, five disparate dads discuss their love, hopes and fears for their trans kids in this short documentary.

In this gentle meditation on fatherhood, brotherhood and manhood, five fathers of trans children join Dennis Shepard – the father of slain gay college student Matthew Shepard – for a weekend fishing trip in rural Oklahoma.

As the men cast their lines into the river, they find common ground across racial, geographical and generational lines: their unconditional love for their children.

Ingane Yam'

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Reality

Ingane Yam'

Parents who have secret children out of wedlock introduce them to their spouses and families in this new reality show.

Many romantic entanglements result in spouses hiding the existence of children they had with other partners.

In these cases, the children are often made to feel like outsiders and are not given an opportunity to connect with their siblings.

Ingane Yam' narrates the stories of parents who, after years of procrastination, introduce their secret children to their spouses and families to help give the children a sense of belonging.

The show delves into why parents hide children from their past and how their families react to the big reveal of the child.

It also aims to show how children suffer by being denied their true identity and how they deal with rejection from people who should be taking care of them.

Ingane Yam' is hosted by "Real Housewives" star Lethabo Mathatho.

In the series premiere: Mpho has a daughter who is under the impression that her grandmother is her mother.

Mpho is dating Mphethi and there are talks about Lobola. Now she wants to come clean about having a child.

In the second episode of the weekday double bill: Sipho has five children outside his current relationship and three of those children he has kept a secret.

He shares why he's ready to tell his fiancée about his other children.

TMZ Investigates UFOs: The Pentagon Proof

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Special

TMZ Investigates UFOs: The Pentagon Proof

Made just before the U.S. government released the first-ever declassified UFO report in June 2021, TMZ talks to the driving forces who made this officially sanctioned intelligence a reality.

The special cuts through any suspicions that could arise following the Pentagon's UFO report, focusing on a government cover-up and the retaliation that pilots, scientists, Pentagon officials and others suffered by pressing for the truth.

The investigation asks if the government report tells the real story, and if it doesn't, where to go from there to get to the bottom of those critical, unanswered questions.

Moonshine 2

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama

Moonshine 2

Moonshine is an epic tale of lust, legacy and lobster, set against the backdrop of financial hardship, small town intrigue and a long-buried secret that threatens to annihilate the Finley-Cullens once and for all.

Corrine Koslo and Peter MacNeill play Bea and Ken Finley-Cullen, the heads of the family and owners of The Moonshine, their own little slice of paradise that is starting to become a nightmare — if only they could decide which of their flawed brood is fit to take over the business.

Jennifer Finnigan plays Lidia, an architect and the eldest sibling who wants to redevelop and exploit the valuable coastal property, giving her an opportunity to shine and overcome past disappointments.

Anastasia Phillips plays her often-overlooked younger sister Rhian, who sees The Moonshine as her own chance to shine.

Other family members include Lidia's sister Nora, the sexy local DJ, who knows all the family secrets; Sammy, Lidia's musically-gifted adopted brother who holds secrets of his own; and aging party boy Ryan, Rhian's twin, who is running his own (illegal) business out of the resort.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Three Sisters of Fate": When a mysterious package arrives at the Moonshine, it makes the Finley-Cullens question their fates and whether the road to their destinies begin - or end - at the Moonshine.

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off

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

Scott Pilgrim Takes Off

Scott Pilgrim meets the girl of his dreams, Ramona Flowers, but learns he must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her.

Then things get even more complicated...

Based on the graphic novels by Bryan Lee O'Malley.

Beat Shazam 6

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Game Show, Music

Beat Shazam 6

Hosted by Jamie Foxx, Beat Shazam is an interactive game show that pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time.

In the end, the team with the most money banked will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world's most popular song identification app, for the chance to win up to $1-million dollars.

Actress, model and writer Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, will return as deejay.

The first part of this season is hosted by Nick Cannon, filling in For Jamie after he had a health scare while shooting.

Kelly Osbourne stands in for Corinne, who was spending time with Jame during his recuperation.

The duo will return later in the season.



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