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New on TV today: Monday 20 May 2024

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 20 May 2024
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LA Fire & Rescue

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

LA Fire & Rescue

From the producers of Chicago Fire comes LA Fire & Rescue, a docuseries offering unprecedented access to the inner workings of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Responsible for protecting the lives and property of four-million residents living in 59 cities across Los Angeles County, the LACoFD's 2,300 square miles of service is unlike any other in the United States.

From helicopter mountain rescues and lifeguard beach SOSs, to fireboats, hazmat units and California's raging wildfires, the department does it all.

The series documents real calls and real drama while giving faces to the passionate firefighters who risk their lives in the name of service.

These real-life heroes and their compelling stories are told alongside the unpredictable dangers they face on the front lines of life and death.

In the series premiere, "Best Job in the World": Meet the stations and first responders of the LA County Fire Department as they perform a rescue on Sunset Boulevard, tackle a spreading brush fire, and respond to a collision and fire emergency at a busy city gas station.
 

Hell's Kitchen 22: The American Dream

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

Hell's Kitchen 22: The American Dream

The theme of Season 22 of Hell's Kitchen is "The American Dream" and 18 diverse contestants have come from all over America to follow their dream to work for Chef Gordon Ramsay.

In the season premiere episode, contestants will set out to impress Chef Ramsay in the Signature Dish Challenge after being divided into two teams.

After meeting some inspirational American icons including boxer Oscar De La Hoya and country music superstar Martina McBride, the winning team will be rewarded with a private dinner party with Chef Ramsay, while the losing team is left behind to clean up the filthy kitchens.

TVSA Show Page: Hell's Kitchen 22: The American Dream
 

Open Homes 5

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 16h30
Genre: Home Improvement, Reality

Open Homes 5

Expert home and garden designers take a tour through awe-inspiring properties, from resort-style pavilion homes to hinterland hideaways with endless views.

See on-trend interior design and even a house that floats on the side of a hill.

If you're renovating, building or just addicted to looking through stunning houses, this is the show for you.
 

7 Little Johnstons 9

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

7 Little Johnstons 9

This season marks the beginning of some major new chapters for the Johnston family.

With Emma and Alex starting senior year of high school, Trent and Amber inch closer to entering the empty nester phase of their lives and decide to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary all year long, complete with mystery dates and a salsa dance performance.

Meanwhile, Anna becomes the first Johnston child to own a home, while Emma struggles to make real friendships.

Alex and Allie's relationship hits a rocky patch as the distance wears on the young couple.

Jonah leans into his new hobby of BBQing and considers the possibility of making a career out of it.

Finally, Liz and Brice reveal a big secret they've been keeping from the entire family.

In the Season 9 premiere, "The Rest is Still Unwritten": Elizabeth makes a big decision about her relationship with Brice.

Amber and Trent try out body painting and Anna buys a new home and starts the process of moving in.

Also, Jonah and Alex write love letters to their girlfriends.
 

Imboni Yama Tekisi 2

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Imboni Yama Tekisi 2

The taxi world is a multi-billion-rand industry and one of the most dangerous fields to work in – but it is also shrouded in secrecy.

This reality show lifts the curtain on the lives of taxi bosses, starring four taxi owners giving unprecedented access into their lives and what it takes to thrive in this industry.

Set in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga, Imboni Yama Tekisi gives us a front row seat into the lives of some of the bosses who run the taxi industry in South Africa.

The show explores how they conduct business, their family dynamics and how they stay safe while running their empires.

This season we're stepping back into the daily grind of our taxi bosses as they tackle their unpredictable industry.

There are family battles, powerful personal stories and business dynamics that would give boardrooms a run for their money.

Joining the cast this season is Sbongile Maseko, a single mom of three who is navigating the taxi lanes while juggling her hectic family life.

With a backstory as interesting as the streets she rules, she's a fresh voice this season.

On the returning front: Sabelo Ndaba is broadening his horizons, looking beyond taxis to greener pastures.

Nthabiseng Keorone remains a beacon of hope, advocating for peace in the tumultuous taxi world.

Also, Sakhile Biyela is on a road to self-discovery, haunted by his past.

In the Season 2 premiere: Nthabi tells her daughters about the shooting of members of her association and Sabelo tries to figure out why his taxi business is no longer doing well.
 

The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2024

Channel: BritBox
TX Time: 00h01
Genre: Docu-Reality, Gardening

The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show 2024

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2024 promises amazing garden designs, gorgeous floral displays and horticultural inspiration in a year which promises to be the most sustainable yet.

The garden designers are creating sustainable gardens using eco techniques, low carbon materials and processes that are reducing their impact on the environment.

This year's themes are: the greenest Chelsea ever, proving that great design and sustainability can go hand in hand, using water wisely, the joy of gardens and how to attract a younger, more diverse audience to gardening.

Nicki Chapman and Angellica Bell will front the daytime coverage, which will be packed with practical take-home tips and advice on how to make the most of your garden, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned gardener.

The presenters will also be looking at the overarching theme of gardening going mainstream, breaking down the barriers to gardening, understanding our changing gardens and feeling good in your garden.

This year's TV schedule will feature special daily programming straight from the showground, with live commentary and take-home advice from the team of experts as they share the latest designs and planting innovations in the horticultural world as well as money saving tips to get the best from your gardens.
 

Elsbeth

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Drama, Police Procedural

Elsbeth

NOTE: this show was promoted as starting in March, but it never aired.


Carrie Preston stars as Elsbeth Tascioni, an astute but unconventional attorney who utilises her singular point of view to make unique observations and corner brilliant criminals alongside the NYPD.

After leaving her successful legal career in Chicago to tackle a new investigative role in New York City, Elsbeth finds herself jockeying with the toast of the NYPD, Captain C.W. Wagner (Wendell Pierce), a charismatic and revered leader.

Working alongside Elsbeth is Officer Kaya Blanke (Carra Patterson), a stoic and ethical officer who quickly develops an appreciation for Elsbeth's insightful and offbeat ways.

In the series premiere, "Pilot": When a college theatre student is mysteriously found dead in her high-rise New York City apartment, Elsbeth immediately suspects foul play and enters a game of wits against the victim's popular theatre director Alex Modarian (guest star Stephen Moyer) who she believes is involved.

Throughout the evolution of the murder investigation, Elsbeth must balance her consent decree role with the NYPD and her uncommon methods to make her case and uncover the real killer.
 

Huisgenoot: Ware Lewensdramas 13

Channel: VIA (DStv 147)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Documentary Series, True Crime, Afrikaans, Advertiser-Funded

Huisgenoot: Ware Lewensdramas 13

Tales from the archives of gossip magazine Huisgenoot with the personalities, journalists and experts behind the story.

Each week focuses on the story behind the high-profile stories that shock South Africans and grabbed headlines – from brutal murders to nefarious scams.
 

Live at the Apollo 14

Channel: S3
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Variety, Comedy

Live at the Apollo 14

Live at the Apollo returns for a fourteenth season with seven episodes, including a Christmas special.

Each episode sees a national (and sometimes international) stand-up compering and performing, before introducing two of the best established and up and coming stand-ups to the stage.

The first episode of the series is hosted by the star of BBC Two's The Mash Report, Ellie Taylor, as she introduces rising comedy star Fin Taylor and the provocative Tez Ilyas to the stage.

Other acts to appear throughout the season include Jamali Maddix, Fern Brady, Sindhu Vee, Sarah Millican, Gary Delaney, Laura Lexx, Ahir Shah, Phil Wang, Rachel Parris, Brennan Reece, Gina Yashere, Lost Voice Guy, Ed Gamble, Kerry Godliman, Suzi Ruffell, Loyiso Gola, Dara Ó Briain, Felicity Ward and Mo Gilligan.

 

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