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New on TV today: Friday 16 February 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 16 Feb 2024
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LOL: Last One Laughing South Africa

Channel: Prime Video
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Comedy, Reality Competition

LOL: Last One Laughing South Africa

Hosted by Trevor Noah, 10 South African comedians face off, trying to keep a straight face while unleashing the funniest arsenal.

R1-million up for grabs? It's laughter with a side of competition.

The cast of competitors includes Nomzamo Mbatha, Celeste Ntuli, Glen Biderman-Pam, Jason Goliath, Thando Thabethe, Lasizwe Dambuza, Tumi Morake, Moonchild Sanelly, Robby Collins and Mojak.

The cast will compete against one another to see who can keep a straight face while simultaneously trying to make their opponents laugh - and lose.

The winning comedian will score a grand prize of R1-million on behalf of the South African charity of choice.

Celeste Ntuli

Award-winning stand-up Celeste has been dubbed the Queen of Zulu Comedy and was the first South African female comic to record a one woman show DVD and has performed to sold out crowds in London.

She's also a SAFTA-winning actress.

Glen Biderman-Pam

Glen is an award-winning commercial director at Panther Punch Productions.

His spoof nature documentary My Kreepy Teacher garnered millions of views worldwide and won him gold at the Creative Circle Awards.

He's also renowned for his acting work with the Sketchbook team, whose film Diamond Status is set to launch on Prime Video in 2024.

Jason Goliath

Veteran standup comedian, MC and actor Jason is a member of South Africa's most famous comedy family.

As co-owner of comedy club Goliath and Goliath with Donovan Goliath (no relation), Jason has won multiple Comics' Choice Best Friend of Comedy Awards for their work supporting local comedy talent.

Lasizwe Dambuza

Comedian, viral content creator and LGBTQIA+ activist Lasizwe has won two Prism Awards for his comic online persona Nomatriquency and is known for capturing the nuances of South African life, performing a wide range of character sketches on social media.

Mojak

Standup comedian, producer, writer and actor Mojakisane 'Mojak' Lehoko was nominated for an international Emmy for his sketch comedy scriptwriting work, won the 2017 Best Writer Comics Pen Award (beating Trevor Noah) and has been a key presence behind the scenes in a range of South Africa's best sketch comedy series.

Moonchild Sanelly

Blue haired Queen of Gqom, club owner, dancer and reality star Sanelisiwe "Moonchild Sanelly" Twisha featured on Beyoncé's The Lion King: The Gift album in the song My Power and performed at the Coachella music festival with Gorillaz this year.

Nomzamo Mbatha

Executive producer and actress Nomzamo is also an UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the youth development focused Nomzamo Lighthouse Foundation.

Thando Thabethe

SAFTA-winning actress, radio host, reality star and media personality Thando made her TV sitcom debut at the age of 14, and recently launched her own celebrity reality show through her company, Redwood Productions.

She is the founder of the Thando Thabethe Women's Day Netball Challenge.

Tumi Morake

This standup comedian, actress and media personality is the host of 2023's SAFTA Best Variety Show winner, and star of the comedy movie The Honeymoon on Prime Video.

Robby Collins

Standup comedian, sketch comedy artist, actor and writer Robby has opened for Trevor Noah on all his one-man shows from Day Walker (2010) through to Nationwild (2014).
 

The Mommy Club

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

The Mommy Club

The Mommy Club is a reality series about Johannesburg's "glamorous" moms who seemingly have it all.

The show is an all-access inside look at the lives of the one percent and the people who help them build their empires and raise their heirs.

Meet the Jozi mothers who take parenting to a whole new level.

With the help of their nannies, these five women show us how they have it all.

In the City of Gold, there are levels to everything. Being a mom is no different.

The cast includes The Real Housewives of Johannesburg's former breakout star Mpumi Mops; entrepreneur Tshego Manche; event planner Nunurai; and health entrepreneur Ratile Mabitsela.
 

Einstein and the Bomb

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary, History, Docu-Drama

Einstein and the Bomb

What happened after Einstein fled Nazi Germany? Using archival footage and his own words, this docudrama dives into the mind of a tortured genius.

It's 1933 and Albert Einstein, the most famous scientist in the world, is on the run.

In fear of his life, he has no choice but to abandon his German homeland, as Hitler seizes power and begins the systematic persecution of the Jewish population.

Einstein must find somewhere to hide from the very real threat of Nazi assassins. But where does a global celebrity disappear from view?

The answer leads to a wooden hut in a field in Norfolk and the little known story of Einstein's English hideaway.

A time and place that will be a turning point in his life, between Europe and the US, between pacifism and aggression and a moment that will ultimately define his relationship with the most powerful of all inventions – the atom bomb.

Using Einstein's words only – his speeches, letters and interviews – to script his dialogue, this docu-drama from BBC Studios fuses dramatic sequences with archive footage of Einstein's life as it unfolds across both world wars, the rise and fall of fascism, the advent of the atomic age.

The result is a uniquely insightful and moving portrait of one of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century and beyond.
 

Goodbye My Princess

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / StarSat 489 / DStv 195)
TX Time: 16h15
Genre: Telenovela

Goodbye My Princess

Unable to recall their past love for each other, Prince Li Chengyin and Princess Xiaofeng reunite in a political marriage and battle court intrigue.

Xiao Feng is the much-loved princess of the Western Liang Kingdom.

But her kingdom is in peril and stands on the verge of an all-out war with the neighbouring Li Dynasty.

Meanwhile, in Li territory, the youngest Li prince, Li Cheng Yin is sent on a deadly mission to assassinate key Western Liang figures and steal the heart of Xiao Feng.

The princess proceeds to falls in love with Li Cheng Yin – unaware of his lethal quest.
 

The Dynasty: New England Patriots

Channel: Apple TV+
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Sport, Documentary Series

The Dynasty: New England Patriots

This 10-part documentary event from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard showcases the rise of the most dominant sports dynasty of the 21st century, the New England Patriots.

The Dynasty: New England Patriots brings together former quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, along with a wide range of contributors, as they give the definitive story of the team's remarkable reign.

Featuring interviews with Kraft, Belichick and Brady, the series offers unparalleled access to, and insights from, past and present Patriots players, coaches and executives.

These include Adam Vinatieri, Drew Bledsoe, Rob Gronkowski, Ty Law, Bill Parcells and Jonathan Kraft; league officials and sports journalists like Roger Goodell, Al Michaels and Howard Bryant; and high-profile fans, such as Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Burr, Rupert Murdoch and many more.

The docuseries explores the franchise's 20-year journey, from the unique chemistry that fueled six Super Bowl wins to the internal strife that sparked a turf war.

From the owner's suite to the locker room, the series reveals an insider's look at the road to — and cost of — greatness.

The docuseries is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times book of the same title and goes deeper, drawing on thousands of hours of never-before-seen video footage and audio files from the Patriots organisation's archive.
 

Waar's my Trourok? 2

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality, Afrikaans, Advertiser-Funded

Waar's my Trourok? 2

Mila Guy helps prospective brides choose their dream wedding dresses.

The brides-to-be and their loved ones join Mila at the Blanco Bridal boutique.

But tastes differ and the question is, will the bride walk away with a smile, or will the search for a wedding dress end in tears?
 

La Brea 3

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi

La Brea 3

Final season!

La Brea follows an epic family adventure after a massive sinkhole opens in Los Angeles, pulling people and buildings into a mysterious and dangerous primeval land where they have no choice but to band together to survive.

The end of an era begins as the survivors stranded in the past fight for one last chance to return home.

After delving deeper into the mysteries of the primeval world, the Harris family must race against time to find Eve.

The stakes are higher than ever as they face the most dangerous prehistoric creatures yet – with one shot to reunite and get back to the world they once knew.

In the Season 3 premiere, "Sierra": After the Clearing's destroyed in a dinosaur attack, the Survivors must find a new home.

Gavin discovers a clue about where Eve has been taken, but tracking the lead down results in even more tragic consequences.
 

Life & Beth 2

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

Life & Beth 2

As Beth and John's relationship grows more serious, Beth begins to examine the possibilities of marriage and having a family as she and John seek answers for their communication problems.

Is Beth's traumatic history with men, and people she trusted from her youth destined to repeat itself?

And what is triggering her fears?

Beth does her best to keep her relationships alive while struggling to support friends and family who are all facing their own problems while entering their fourth decade.

 



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