New on TV today: Sunday 21 January 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 21 Jan 2024
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Big Brother Mzansi 4

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and DStv Ch 198
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Reality, Advertiser-Funded

Big Brother Mzansi 4

They're all South African. They're all outspoken.

They will live together in a specially constructed house, completely isolated from the outside world, watched 24/7 by viewing audiences across the country.

Each week housemates will nominate each other for eviction.

The housemates who get the most nominations will have to survive a viewer vote. If they don't, they're evicted out of the game instantly.

Only the last person remaining at the end will take home the mega jackpot of R2-million.

Along the way Big Brother, that infamous and legendary character at the centre of it all, will no doubt be introducing his own twists and turns into the game.

Given that this is a 100% South African version of Big Brother, and South Africa has 11 official languages, housemates can speak in any of these languages although Big Brother himself will primarily communicate in English.

This season, with the tagline "S'ya Mosha", is all about disruption, challenging perceptions and boldly breaking free from the norm.

With this being the season of disruption, the housemates – a dynamic mix of fun, crazy and bold characters from diverse backgrounds – will do their best to outwit each other to win the hearts of the audience and ultimately the grand prize.

Lawrence Maleka returns as host this season.

Kicking off the entertainment on the launch show is DJ and producer Tyler ICU and Amapiano musician and dancer Kamo Mphela.

The night's second performance will be from the Gqom music scene, Dladla Mshunqisi ft Siboniso Shozi, DJ Tira, Blacks Jnr and Rockboy.

TVSA Show Page: Big Brother Mzansi 4

Science Fair: The Series

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181 / StarSat 220)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Science, Documentary Series

Science Fair: The Series

Nearly 2,000 of the most brilliant teenage minds in the world work to solve our most pressing issues in science - all at one fair.

Inspired by the Emmy award-winning documentary Science Fair, comes a series about the agony and ecstasy of the beloved and brainy teenage subculture of competitive science.

This docuseries follows the ups and downs of some of the most brilliant young innovators, engineers and scientists on the road to the Big Show – the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

The Games Begin

Students begin an intense journey to ISEF - but before they can advance to the international science stage, they'll have to compete in local fairs.

Judgment Day

As qualifying science fair season begins for students in Monte Vista, CO and San Juan, PR who hope this will be their year to make it to ISEF.

The Big Dance

Welcome to ISEF - the International Science and Engineering Fair. Out of 2,000 students, who will make it?

Black Lives Matter: A Global Reckoning

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Documentary Series

Black Lives Matter: A Global Reckoning

Following the 2020 police killing of George Floyd, people around the world rally not only to show solidarity in the fight against police brutality in the US but also to confront their own countries' unique issues with racism.

In the series premiere, "Italy": Alzo Slade takes a deep dive into the treatment of Black Italians, both immigrants and natives to Italy; exploring the country's citizenship laws and treatment of immigrants.

Gwyneth vs Terry: The Ski Crash Trial

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary

Gwyneth vs Terry: The Ski Crash Trial

Uncovering the truth can be a slippery slope - the inside story of the Sanderson vs Paltrow ski trial told from two perspectives.

When actress Gwyneth Paltrow and retired optometrist Terry Sanderson collided on a Utah ski slope, an injured Sanderson sued Paltrow after accusing her of skiing recklessly.

A juror explains how she followed both Terry Sanderson's account of how the collision caused lasting brain injuries and Gwyneth Paltrow's as she fought to clear her name.

Matriarch of Murder?

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary

Matriarch of Murder?

When an innocent young mother turns up dead on the tracks, the small town of Findlay, Ohio, must figure out who would take the life of such a kind soul.


Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Comedy


This single-camera comedy follows a widowed dad, Kenan (Kenan Thompson), who's juggling a high-profile job as the host of an Atlanta morning show and raising his two girls.

As Kenan tries to move on, his father-in-law (Don Johnson), brother and co-workers all have strong opinions on the best way to live his life.

The show centres on the familial relationships as Kenan tries to reclaim his life after his wife's death.

Kenan's daughters are his world – the too smart Aubrey and the silly, unpredictable Birdie.

He struggles to balance parenting them as a single dad and hosting his show, which leads him to reluctantly accept help from his father-in-law, Rick.

Rick was a gallivanting sax player when his daughter, Cori, was young and missed out on a lot of her childhood, so he is aiming to make that up with his granddaughters, although his old-school parenting style does not often match up to Kenan's.

At work, Kenan excels at his job with the help of his driven executive producer, Mika.

Mika can be tightly wound, especially when Gary, as Kenan's not-so-managerial manager, tries to insert himself, but Mika remains a confidante and ally to Kenan.

They are able to be vulnerable with one another and connect as friends... and maybe something more.

In the series premiere, "Pilot": Kenan thinks he's adjusted to life as a busy, single parent but after everyone confronts him about denying his grief, he realises it's time to make some changes.

Gary thinks it's time for Rick to move out of the house.


Actors in this post: Lawrence Maleka, DJ Tira, Gwyneth Paltrow

Shows in this post: Big Brother Mzansi


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