Kahn Morbee Assembles Strong Team For The Voice SA Live Shows

Coach Kahn Morbee picks four unique singers for The Voice SA’s live shows
… and coach Karen Zoid reveals her team’s first contender

In the first episode of The Voice SA Season 2’s gruelling new Knock-Out rounds, Parlotones front man Kahn Morbee – who produced the first winner of this prestigious television singing contest – had to choose the four singers to represent him in the live voting rounds. He picked an eclectic mix comprising soulful Information Systems graduate Zee Gqamana (23) from Port Elizabeth, the raspy-voiced cool cat Freddy Lalendle (23) from Pietermaritzburg, the inimitable comedian Fatman (40) from Bela Bela, who showed his serious side this week with a masterful rendition of the iconic Afrikaans song “Liefling”, and Craig Lucas (24) from Cape Town, who Kahn previously described as “the love child of Freddy Mercury and John Legend”.

These four talent will be singing for South Africa’s votes in a few weeks’ time, along with Amanda Faku (22) from Port Elizabeth, who was the first member of Karen Zoid’s team to make it through to the Live rounds.

“Kahn had to make some tough decisions, but ended up with a diverse group of singers who promise to be strong competition in the live rounds,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “Now, the pertinent question is: will coaches Karen Zoid, Lira, and Bobby van Jaarsveld be able to compile a team that can outperform #TeamKahn at the public voting polls? Judging by the talent still lined-up for the remaining Knock-Outs, we’re in for vocal fireworks during this year’s bigger and better live shows at the Mosaiek Teatro in Fairland.”

While tickets to the live shows, starting on 21 May, will be available at Computicket from this week onwards, Karen, Lira and Bobby will finalise their teams during the next two episodes of the show (Sunday 6 and 13 May). These two episodes will feature the remaining Knock-Outs in which the eight talent in each coach’s team is narrowed down to four.

But how did Kahn decide who to take through to The Voice SA’s lives in tonight’s episode (Sunday, 30 April) and how did Amanda secure her position in #TeamKaren? Herewith a summary of all the dramatic events:

In an impressive episode showcasing incredible vocal performances from both the coaches and the talent alike, tonight’s show was bound to be emotional from the start. The coaches kicked off the episode with an epic rendition of the Queen classic “Don’t Stop Me Now”, before clearing the stage to make way for the talent in #TeamKahn. Coach Kahn called his eight vocalists to the stage tonight, and had the difficult task of pairing up his talent to sing against each other in each Knock-Out performance. The first pairing that Kahn settled on was between Cape Town’s Kirby Jo (23) and Zee Gqamana (23) from Port Elizabeth, due to the fact that both singers possess very “soulful” voices, according to their coach. Kahn told both ladies that he would be looking for which one of them interpreted their song the best, and brought the most accomplished performance to the stage. Kirby chose to sing the emotional Beyonce ballad “If I Were A Boy”, but struggled with her nerves and maintaining control of the song when it came to performing first. Zee took to the stage after Kirby with a local hit, Zonke’s “Jik Izinto”, and received high praise from all of the coaches. Both Bobby and Lira encouraged Kirby to never doubt herself because her nerves clearly got the better of her. With that, Kahn picked Information Systems Honours graduate Zee as his first talent for the Live shows.

The next two singers that Kahn chose to pit against each other were alternative performer Freddy Lalendle (23) from Kwa Zulu-Natal and petite powerhouse Al Petersen (28) from Cape Town. Both singers chose to go a little out of their comfort zones in their song choices, with Freddy picking rock song “Heathens” by 21 Pilots and Al selecting the Nelly classic “Hot In Here” – a rap song that was a big departure from her usual, more down-tempo style. “I have to challenge myself, as a way to grow as an artist,” Al reflected. Despite a flawless performance by Al, as well as gallantly coping with a mid-performance wardrobe malfunction, Kahn had to give the Knock-Out to enigmatic Freddy, as he just has a special something that Kahn believes will go far in the competition.

Kahn’s penultimate Knock-Out was between Economics graduate Craig Lucas (24) from Cape Town and Education student Mia Pretorius (20) from Potgietersrus. Mia’s rendition of “Not Ready To Make Nice” by Dixie Chicks had all of the coaches raving. Kahn told Mia that if she wasn’t signed by a record label the moment she leaves the show, he’d be amazed, as she is “ready to take the music business on as a full package”. Coach Karen also noted that she had no idea just what a consummate performer Mia was. But it was pop-rocker Craig, whose cover of FUN’s “We Are Young”, that had the coaches and the audience alike absolutely stunned. “You have the control and the soul,” Karen told Craig. “You left your blood and guts on that stage, what an incredible performance,” she continued. Kahn told Craig that if he kept performing like that, he could follow in Richard Stirton’s footsteps and win this competition. With that, Craig joined Zee and Freddy as Kahn’s pick for the Live shows.

The final Knock-Out for #TeamKahn was arguably the toughest for the coach. Music teacher Aston Wylie (23) from Gonubie was up against another music teacher, the larger-than-life Fatman (40) from Bela Bela. Both performers chose local songs for their Knock-Outs; Aston picked Arno Carsten’s anthemic “Another Universe” while Fatman chose the quintessential Afrikaans ballad “Liefling” by Ge Korsten, which blew everyone away with its sheer magnitude and vocal power. Aston – who Kahn stole from #TeamLira in the Battles – followed Fatman, and accompanied himself on the piano in a stripped down version of his song. Lira told Aston that it was lovely to see him in his element behind an instrument, but that the moment he left the piano and performed without it, his performance lost some of its shine. On the other hand, she told Fatman that his cover of “Liefling” was simply “brilliant.” Karen agreed and stated matter-of-factly that Fatman was better than Aston. Coach Kahn admitted to being very torn, but ultimately agreed with Karen Zoid and chose Fatman to round off his team for the Live shows and the public’s vote.

Once #TeamKahn had been concluded, it was time for the contenders in #TeamKaren to step up onto the stage, as Karen paired her first Knock-Out talent up: Amanda Faku (23) from Port Elizabeth and Rick Jansen (18) from Centurion – both talent that Karen stole from other teams during the Battle rounds. Amanda chose to sing “Nomvula” by local artist Nathi, while Rick opted for the fast-paced “Love Runs Out” by international pop rockers One Republic. Both talent did their songs justice, and Karen raved to Amanda that she is “a soul sister, Earth Mother who has the voice of a prophet. When you sing, it speaks to my soul,” Karen gushed. Likewise, she complimented Rick on doing a phenomenal job, and predicted that he has a bright musical career ahead of him, if he continues to work as hard and put himself out there, like he’s done on The Voice SA. Wishing Rick well, Karen announced that the first talent that she would be taking into the Live rounds of the show was Amanda.

The Voice South Africa, sponsored by Dialdirect, is broadcast every Sunday night on M-Net channel 101 at 17:30 and every Monday night at 18:00 on M-Net City channel 115.

Viewers can also visit www.mnet.tv/thevoiceto watch exclusive interviews with the coaches and talent, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @VoiceSA / #TheVoiceSA or on the official “Voice SA” Facebook page. You can also download The Voice SA app today for exclusive show-related games and special features.

New Weekends-only Series Pop-up Channel On DStv Premium

Create your own series box sets with M-Net Binge

Do you belong to the TV tribe who get all antsy when the end credits of your favourite series start to roll? Because instead of waiting for another week, you want to watch the entire show in ONE go? If so, reach for the record button on your DStv remote control, because soon you’ll be able to binge like never before!

M-Net and MultiChoice have whipped up another special treat for fans of international television series: a brand new, weekends-only series pop-up channel called M-Net Binge. From Saturday 6 May M-Net Binge will give DStv Premium customers across the African continent the opportunity to record an entire season of top-notch shows that proved to be addictive viewing when they were first screened on channels such as M-Net 101, M-Net Edge and VUZU Amp.

M-Net Binge will be live on DStv’s channel 900 on Saturdays and Sundays between 21:30 and approximately 05:00 the next morning, with back-to-back episodes of selected series for the weekend. Viewers who opt to record these shows will thus be able to create their own box sets of shows on their decoders to enjoy when it suits them best.

While themed binge weekends – like a Shonda Rhimes takeover; Superhero marathon or a period drama throwback– are on the cards, M-Net Binge will also offer a special lead-up to the much-anticipated worldwide arrival of the reboot of Twin Peaks on Tuesday 23 May. On Saturday 6 May, the channel will bring you all nine episodes of the first season of David Lynch’s iconic crime drama. Thereafter, Season 2 of the eerie cult classic, comprising of a total of 23 episodes, will come your way in three batches on Sunday 7 May, Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May respectively.

During the rest of May, recent highly acclaimed series such as Big Little Lies, with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman leading a powerhouse female cast, and HBO’s masterly crafted The Night Of will form part of the M-Net Binge offering.

“In the ever-changing world of television, binge has become a worldwide phenomenon. This channel gives viewers a chance to binge” says M-Net CEO Yolisa Phahle. “M-Net’s successful movie pop-up channels have shown that our premium viewers love themed and curated content and M-Net Binge is an exciting initiative for series fans to catch up with the best of the best shows that they may have missed or want to watch again.”

M-Net Binge has deliberately been placed next to the time-delayed M-Net Plus 1 on channel 901, which is another channel that was created for the convenience of DStv Premium viewers. “This means that our viewers can clearly distinguish between channels built around fresh content like M-Net 101, with its extended prime-time that runs between 06:00pm to midnight and channels that speak to viewer convenience,” explains Phahle.

DStv Premium customers will be able to set their M-Net Binge recordings as soon as the EPG becomes available, which is usually eight days before the day of broadcast. Customers can choose to either record the entire series to compile your own box set or record individual episodes.

The full schedule for M-Net Binge will be available at mnet.tv, as well as on the schedule on the TV Guide on DStv.com or on the DStv Now App.

Stars Shine On The Red Carpet At “Love By Chance” Movie Premier

Local and visiting celebrities were out in all their finery at last night’s Hyde Park Nu Metro premiere of the delightful comedy ‘Love by Chance’, a South African-US co-production starring local favourite Atandwa Kani, and the gorgeous Altovise Lawrence, winner of ‘Top Actor South Africa’, in the lead roles. Man of the moment Kani, who has just been cast in Marvel’s upcoming superhero film The Black Panther, flew to Johannesburg from New York just in time for the glitzy event.

Samad Davis, Altovise Lawrence, Atandwa Kani

Also on the red carpet at the state-of-the-art cinema complex were the film’s director Samad Davis, an award winning international film producer and director from the US, and three of the film’s American stars, actress and producer Terri J Vaughn, comedian Desi Banks and actress and author Ja’el Roberson.

Terri J Vaughn, Ja’el Robeson and Altovise Lawrence were all dressed by renowned local designers Quiteria & George, couturiers to A-List celebrities.

The film tells the story of two South African actors who are independently in America, trying to break into an extremely difficult and over saturated Hollywood industry. They find themselves in the Hollywood of the South, Atlanta, Georgia aka “Hotlanta,” following their dream, one audition after another. But nothing comes easy.

Director Davis describes ‘Love by Chance’ as a pioneering film because it brings together US and South African talent and bridges cultural and continental divides against the backdrop of a love story.

MC for the event was Dineo Moeketsi, who wore a gorgeous black number for the evening. She welcomed the US guests onto the red carpet and introduced the film to the audience. The South African producers of ‘Love by Chance’ Dumi Gumbi and Catharina Weinek were also in attendance.

Dineo Moeketsi

Gumbi recounted the story behind the making of the film: “We are extremely proud to host our American guests tonight. We met Samad at the premiere of our previous movie ‘Mrs Right Guy’, and he said he would like to work with us on a film that would bring together South African and American talent. A year later and here we are celebrating the wonderful cast and the great production team that made it all happen. This was our first movie together, but it will certainly not be our last.”

‘Love by Chance’ opens in South Africa on 5 May 2017, and is distributed by Indigenous Film Distribution.

Ster-Kinekor Rewrites The Month Of Love With The Release Of Two Local Love-fuelled Romcoms

ALL ABOUT LOVE and LOVE BY CHANCE set to get hearts racing…

 

Love is in the air… and on the big screen! And no, we have not wound back the calendar to February! But, with two new local films releasing on the circuit that feature love firmly at the centre of their storylines, it’s time to celebrate all the emotions that this four-letter word brings!

The release of both All About Love (from Friday, 21 April), and Love By Chance on Friday, 05 May, gives us as proud South Africans even more reason to feel good, as they are both romantic drama/comedies with a strong local flavour.

“As South Africa’s leading cinema exhibitor, Ster-Kinekor is once again showing its commitment to the local film industry and lending its support to the release of local films. We are especially excited to be the exclusive exhibitor to screen All About Love, and look forward to movie lovers filling up the cinemas once it releases,” says Motheo Matsau, Chief of Marketing and Sales of Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

“We are committed to marketing and screening local productions that tell our South African stories in their many different guises, stories that South Africans can relate to. Genres such as romcoms and romantic dramas perform particularly well at the box office and, spiced up with a good dollop of local flavour or twist, gives them even greater appeal with our local audiences.”

All About Love features a strong, all-African cast that gives the film an intriguing continental feel. Shot in and around the vibrant city of Johannesburg, this new romantic comedy explores the interesting, bitter-sweet and sometimes difficult, but always instructive, journeys of the heart.

The leading ladies are played by popular South African actress and flavour of the moment, Nomzamo Mbatha, alongside Katlego Danke and Zenande Mfenyana. Joining this local star-studded line-up are Richard Lukunku and Angela Sithole (also from South Africa), Chris Attoh (Ghana), Leroy Gopal (Zimbabwe) and Enyinna Nwigwe (Nigeria), among others.

Written and directed by Adze Ugah (Jacob’s Cross, Isibaya, Mrs Right Guy), the film also showcases the talents of Emmy Award-winning director of photography Nicholas Hofmeyr.

Following a night of red-carpet glamour at the film’s premiere at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg, tonight (20 April), the film releases exclusively at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas around the country on Friday, 21 April. These include The Zone @Rosebank, Eastgate, Southgate, Newtown Junction and Festival Mall in Johannesburg, Maponya Mall in Soweto, Mall of Africa in Midrand, Sterland and Wonderpark in Pretoria, Mall of the North in Polokwane, Musgrave in Durban and Parow in Cape Town.

 

While All About Love features an exciting cross-continental collaboration, Love By Chance crosses the Atlantic Ocean to create a wonderful combination of South African and American talent. The film, directed and produced by Samad Davis, was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Love By Chance is a romantic dramedy about two aspiring South African actors, played by Altovise Lawrence and Atandwa Kani, who independently are in America trying to make it big in the extremely difficult and over-saturated Hollywood industry… sound familiar? The characters meet by chance, but between the everyday struggle of auditioning, dealing with daily rejection, self-doubt, financial hardship, crazy friends and a mad dating scene, who actually has time for love?

As the film releases at Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide on Friday, 05 May, local audiences and fans alike will have the chance to find themselves ‘up close and personal’ with the popular stars. Altovise Lawrence and Atandwa Kani, together with other cast members, will be meeting and greeting fans at various cinemas and events, to sign autographs and take photographs. By posting these on social media including the Ster-Kinekor Facebook page, you could win a great hamper from leading make-up brand, MUD.

The stars will make an appearance at a special pre-screening of Love By Chance at The Zone in Rosebank on Wednesday, 03 May, so come on down and show your support for local cinema! If you are in Cape Town, head to N1 City on Friday, 05 May from 7.00pm to meet Altovise and Atandwa before the film’s screening at 8pm. The two lead actors will then be whisked back to Gauteng to meet fans at Sterland in Pretoria on Saturday, 06 May from 2pm.

Altovise Lawrence, the winner of the first season of Top Actor South Africa, stars as the main character, Bailey, alongside Atandwa Kani, son of South African actor, director, and playwright John Kani, together with a host of local and international stars, including Nicholas Nkuna (Top Actor South Africa) and Denise Zimba (Generations: The Legacy).

US co-stars include funny man Carl Anthony Payne II (Martin), Clifton Powell (Ray, Rush Hour, Grand Theft Auto), Terri J. Vaughn (Girldriends Getaway, Greenleaf and The Steve Harvey Show), E. Roger Mitchell (Flight, Equalizer) and Lil Zane (former rap superstar and actor).

Altovise is quoted, saying she has been fortunate to play complex characters this year, from Scandal to Blood Drive and now Love By Chance. “I am nervous and thrilled, but more than anything, I am grateful to land this role. Bailey is a complex character and I see a lot of myself in her. Having South Africans at the centre of this narrative is an important step in taking our talent to the world… I get to play alongside someone (Atandwa) who is no stranger to our screens and stages. We both studied drama at Wits University, and I trust his work and talent. We brought out the best in each other through our performances.”

The film’s local producers are Dumi Gumbi and Cati Weinek of the Ergo Company, who produced the recent films, Mrs Right Guy, and winner of Best Film at the 2016 Jozi Film Festival, Dora’s Peace. Production on the film started in October 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia, with all post production taking place in South Africa, making it a truly collaborative production between the producers and countries.

The film, distributed locally by Indigenous Film Distribution, releases on Friday, 05 May at select Ster-Kinekor cinemas countrywide.

For more information on All About Love and Love By Chance, and for screening details, visit www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App on your smartphone. You can also book at the box office. For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @sterkinekor. For all queries, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).

M-Net, M-Net City Schedule Update – May 2017

Schedule Update: M-Net channel latest schedule updates for May (issued 26 April 2017):

M-NET CHANNELS HIGHLIGHTS

 

Saturday Movies

Saturday 06 May 2017

21:30 Paradise Lost

Oscar winner, Benicio Del Toro becomes the infamously notorious, Pablo Escobar in this drama. See Escobar’s exploits through the eyes of a surfer who falls for Pablo’s niece.

Saturday 13 May 2017

21:30 Flower Shop Mystery: Mum’s the World PG13

Brooke Shields takes centre stage in this murder mystery. A New York City lawyer returning to her small town gets caught in the middle of a murder case.

Saturday 20 May 2017

21:30 Expatriot 16VSL

Charlie Weber (How To Get Away With Murder) stars in this fast-paced thriller about an ex-CIA analyst who’s tracked down by a former flame for one last deadly mission.

Saturday 27 May 2017

21:30 Sniper: Ghost Shooter 16VL

Explosive action thriller. Two elite snipers are caught in the midst of a deadly political war, while fighting extremists in the Middle East.

Sunday Night Blockbusters

Sunday 07 May 2017

20:05 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows PG13VL Action Comedy

The four mutant brothers return for a thrilling sequel. Once again, they face Shredder, but this time, he has interdimensional help.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Sunday 14 May 2017

20:05 Mother’s Day PG13L Comedy Drama

The late Garry Marshall directs an ensemble cast in this holiday comedy. Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Sunday 21 May 2017

20:05 Bastille Day 16VL

Idris Elba and Richard Madden embark on a dangerous high stakes game of espionage. A con artist and a former CIA agent become unlikely partners in a deadly anti-terrorist mission.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

Sunday 28 May 2017

20:05 How To Be Single 16SL Comedy Drama

Exploring the ever-evolving definition of love, this ensemble romcom follows a group of lonely hearts in New York City, struggling to find relationships, sex and something in between.

PC, PVR, IPAD, IPHONE, ANDROID PHONE, ANDROID TABLET, PRODEA and EXPLORA

New, Returning & Series Finales

Monday 01 May 2017

18:00 Cape Town Carnival 2017 *Note: Powerless will take broadcast break because of the Carnival broadcast. New episodes for Powerless resume next week Monday 8 May at 18:00*

Go with the flow with the colourful Cape Town Carnival’s 2017 theme- a magical celebration of the big blue sea, and all the creatures that call it home.

Tuesday 02 May 2017

19:30 Chicago Fire 05 0019 *Season 5 returns from its production break*

20:30 Chicago PD 04 0020 *Season 4 returns from its production break*

21:30 Chicago Med 02 0021 *Season 2 returns from its production break*

Emmy-winner Dick Wolf (Law & Order) created this medical spin-off drama that follows the day-to-day chaos of the city’s trauma centre, and the courageous doctors, nurses and staff who hold it together.

Wednesday 03 May 2017

19:30 Modern Family 08 *Season 8 takes production break. New episodes resume Wednesday 10 May*

20:30 Blue Bloods 07 0010 “Unbearable Loss” *Season 7 returns from its production break*

When the son of Frank’s most outspoken critic in the African-American community is killed, everyone must put their differences aside to get justice. Golden Globe-winner Tom Selleck stars in this crime drama.

Friday 05 May 2017

21:30 Riverdale 01 0011 Chapter Eleven: “To Riverdale And Back Again” *Season 1 returns from its production break*

Saturday 06 May 2017

20:30 Imposters 01 0010 *Season 1 Ends*

A beautiful, professional con-artist robs unwitting victims for everything they have, in this dark, twisted comedy. From the producers of ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ and ‘Girlfriends Guide To Divorce’.

Sunday 07 May 2017

16:00 Series TBA

Monday 08 May 2017

18:00 Powerless 01 0004 “Emily Dates A Henchman” *Season 1 returns from broadcast break*

Wednesday 10 May 2017

19:30 Modern Family 08 0020 “All Things Being Equal” *Season 8 returns from its production break*

Thursday 11 May 2017

20:30 Taken (’16) 01 0010 *Season 1 Ends*

From the producer of the original blockbuster action movie, comes this origin story of the man with a very particular set of skills- the deadly Bryan Mills-played by Clive Standen (Vikings).

Saturday 13 May 2017

20:30 Criminal Minds 12 0001 *Season 12 Starts*

In the twelfth season premiere, Agent Luke Alvez joins the BAU team, who is tasked with capturing a killer who escaped prison with 13 other convicts. Emmy-nominated crime drama.

Sunday 14 May 2017

16:00 Series TBA

Monday 15 May 2017

18:30 Masterchef Junior USA 05 0015 *Season 5 Ends*

Young culinary champions compete for the ultimate title of MasterChef, in the junior version of this popular reality competition series.

20:30 The Catch 02 0010 *Season 2 Ends*

From Emmy-nominee Shonda Rhimes, this cat-and-mouse thriller follows a top private investigator who goes on a personal mission for revenge after she’s conned out of millions.

Tuesday 16 May 2017

18:30 Series TBA

21:30 Chicago Med 02 0023 *Season 2 Ends*

Emmy-winner Dick Wolf (Law & Order) created this medical spin-off drama that follows the day-to-day chaos of the city’s trauma centre, and the courageous doctors, nurses and staff who hold it together.

Wednesday 17 May 2017

18:30 Britain’s Got Talent 11 0001 *Season 11 Starts*

Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams join in on the eleventh season of the popular reality competition series.

20:00 The Big Bang Theory 10 0024 *Season 10 Ends*

Thursday 18 May 2017

20:30 Blindspot 02 0019 “Regard a Mere Mad Rager” *Season 2 returns from its production break. Note new timeslot*

The Emmy nominated creator of Arrow helms this drama that centres on the discovery of a mysterious woman covered in cryptic tattoos, with no memory of who she is.

Friday 19 May 2017

19:30 Celebrity Apprentice: Schwarzenegger 08 0013 “I Don’t Have Time For Anyone’s Ego Except My Own” *Season 8 Ends*

With Arnold Schwarzenegger as the new boss, the Emmy-nominated reality business series pits a host of celebs against each other in a season of heated competition.

21:30 Riverdale 01 0013 Chapter Thirteen: “The Sweet Hereafter” *Season 1 Ends*

Saturday 20 May 2017

18:30 Major Crimes 05 0021 “Shockwave Part 2” *Season 5 Ends*

Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell stars as Capt. Raydor, head of the all-important LAPD Major Crimes Unit in this spin-off of ‘The Closer’.

Monday 22 May 2017

19:30 Grey’s Anatomy 13 0024 *Season 13 Ends*

Emmy nominee Shonda Rhimes (The Fixer) brings us the thirteenth season of the Golden Globe winning medical drama that follows the tumultuous lives of a group of doctors in Seattle.

20:30 Series TBA

Tuesday 23 May 2017

18:00 The Middle 08 0001 “The Core Group” *Season 8 Starts*

In the season premiere of this Emmy-nominated family comedy, Frankie and Mike are excited to meet April, the apparent love of Axl’s life. Emmy-winner Patricia Heaton stars.

19:30 Chicago Fire 05 0022 *Season 5 Ends*

From Emmy-winning producer Dick Wolf (Law & Order) this high-octane drama follows the personal and professional lives of a group of dedicated firefighters in Chicago.

20:30 Chicago PD 04 0023 *Season 4 Ends*

Chicago’s elite group of officers and detectives put the pin on crime, in this acclaimed drama, another fast-paced addition to the series, from Emmy-winning creator Dick Wolf (Law & Order).

21:30 and 22:30 Twin Peaks 01 0001 and 0002 *Season 1 Starts- note double episode*

Based on the original cult classic, the revival of this murder-mystery drama follows the eccentric, dubious inhabitants of the quaint town of Twin Peaks.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

18:00 The Great Indoors 01 0022 *The Company Retreat* *Season 1 Ends*

19:30 Modern Family 08 0022 *Season 8 Ends*

Join the unmissable, Emmy-winning, ensemble cast of this hilarious, honest and sometimes twisted comedy, that follows the joys and pitfalls of a wonderfully blended modern family.

20:00 Kevin Can Wait 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

Emmy-nominee and funnyman Kevin James stars in this family comedy, about a newly retired police officer, who, in the series premiere, comes to find that home life is more of a challenge than being a cop.

Thursday 25 May 2017

18:00 The Goldbergs 04 0024 *Series Ends

Based on the real-life travails of a young Adam F. Goldberg, this comedy series follows the family drama of a reluctantly close-knit clan.

Friday 26 May 2017

21:30 The Arrangement 01 0001 “The Arrangement Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

Christine Evangelista (The Walking Dead) and Josh Henderson (Dallas) star in this slick thriller. A young actress with a troubled past is offered a marriage contract with Hollywood’s biggest star.

Saturday 27 May 2017

18:30 Timeless 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

19:30 Pure Genius 01 0013 “Lift me Up”

In the series finale, the Bunker Hill staff attempt multiple surgeries on a patient- by putting him in a state of suspended animation. Cutting-edge medical drama.

Sunday 28 May 2017

16:00 Series TBA

Monday 29 May 2017

19:30 This Is Us 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts*

In the premiere of this provocative, slice-of-life dramedy, husband Jack insists that his wife, Rebecca (Golden Globe-nominee Mandy Moore) upholds a particular birthday tradition. An ensemble cast stars.

20:30 The Good Fight 01 0001”Inauguration”

This spin-off of the acclaimed legal drama ‘The Good Wife’ picks up one year after the latter’s finale. In the premiere, a financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell.

21:30 Series TBA

Tuesday 30 May 2017

19:30 Hawaii Five-0 07 0001 “Makaukau ‘Oe E Pa’ani (Ready To Play?)” *Season 7 Starts*

The Golden Globe-nominated cop drama returns for a seventh season. In the premiere episode, McGarrett and the team hunt for a vigilant, when the bodies of two serial killers are discovered.

20:30 Shades Of Blue 02 0001 “Unforgiven” *Season 2 Starts*

In the season two premiere of this popular crime drama, Harlee (Golden Globe-nominee Jennifer Lopez) must take drastic measures to cover up the murder of her ex, Miguel.

Wednesday 31 May 2017

18:00 America Housewife 01 0001 “Pilot”

From the producer of ‘Manhattan Love Story’ comes this unapologetic family comedy. In the series premiere, Katie Otto, a wife and mother of three, finds her social standing upended when her neighbour moves.

19:30 Man With A Plan 01 0001 “Pilot” *Season 1 Starts

22:30 and 23:30 Bates Motel 05 0010 “The Cord” *Season 5 Ends- double episode*

The Emmy-nominated horror series comes to a chilling end in the fifth season. A prequel to ‘Psycho’, this thriller follows the unravelling of infamous Norman Bates.

M-Net City May Line-up

New, Returning & Series Finales

Friday 12 May 2017

22:00 House Of Lies 05 0001 “Creative Destruction Phenomenon” *Season 5 Starts*

Season 5 begins with Marty back on top and navigating the hazards of co-parenting with Jeannie, along with each other’s new relationships.

Monday 15 May 2017

21:30 Suits 06 0016 “Character And Fitness” *Season 6 Ends*

Mike needs Harvey and Rachel’s help to overcome an impossible obstacle, or his dream of becoming a real lawyer may be over, in the season finale of this critically acclaimed legal drama.

Thursday 18 May 2017

21:00 The Last Ship 03 0013 “Don’t Look Back” *Season 3 Ends*

Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) stars in this post-apocalyptic drama from the producer of ‘The Closer’. In the season finale, Chandler faces a challenge, as the fight for America reaches its conclusion.

Thursday 25 May 2017

20:00 The Night Shift 03 0013 “Burned” *Season 3 Ends*

Fast-paced drama about a group of dedicated medics. Scott and Jordan must fight for their lives in the midst of a raging wildfire, in the season finale.

Wednesday 31 May 2017

20:00 Lethal Weapon 01 0018 “Commencement” *Season 1 Ends*

In the season finale of this crime drama, Riggs makes a shocking discovery about Miranda’s death, which leads him back to the cartel in a frantic search for answers. Based on the hit movie franchise.

21:00 Chicago PD 04 0001 “The Silos” *Season 4 Starts*

An elite group of law enforcers take down crime in this fast-paced addition to the Chicago series, from Dick Wolf (Law & Order). In the season premiere, Burgess meets her new partner, Julie Tay.

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 30 April 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 30 April 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

 

 

The Hidden Cost of Food

An estimated 14 million South Africans go to bed hungry every evening. With the economy already on shaky ground, compounded by a downgrade to junk status, food prices are rapidly rising and more consumers are set to feel the pinch. Carte Blanche asks: are these price increases justified and how will South Africans feed their families in the near future?

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Bongani Bingwa
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Transphobia

Transgender children face major barriers when trying to navigate the school system, such as accessing bathrooms, wearing gender-specific school uniforms and being accepted onto school teams. These teens find it harder to adjust to an educational structure which isn’t designed to accept their gender identities. Carte Blanche asks whether schools are fully prepared to receive transgender children.

Producer: Tarryn Crossman
Presenter: John Webb

Chrome Zama Zamas

While mining companies slug it out in court over mineral rights, illegal miners are scraping the mountainside bare in Limpopo making off with millions of rands worth of chrome every day. Far from ordinary illegal miners with picks and shovels, the large scale, sophisticated mining of chrome is booming. But is the state doing enough to protect our natural resources? Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
Researcher: Sinethemba Nogude
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Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Imagine being in an accident that renders you quadriplegic and unable to feel any sensation in your arms and fingers. Now imagine regaining that sensation, a decade later, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to your brain. Carte Blanche meets the researchers who’ve developed a remarkable robotic arm that’s not only controlled by the mind, but also allows the operator to actually feel what they are touching.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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SA Audiences Treated To Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film “The Salesman” At Nouveau Cinemas

Local art-house movie fans have the chance to watch another one of this year’s Oscar winning films, with the release of The Salesman at Nouveau cinemas from Friday 05 May.

Directed by Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, in addition to awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. This is the second Academy Award win for Farhadi, who won it previously for A Separation in 2012.

This characteristically taut drama explores how unexpected cracks can form in the foundations of a seemingly happy marriage.

In The Salesman, the future looks promising for amateur actors Emad (Shahab Hosseini), a teacher, and his wife Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti), as they prepare for opening night on their production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. However, when dangerous work on a neighbouring building forces the couple to leave their home and move into a new apartment, a case of mistaken identity sees a shocking and violent incident throw their lives into turmoil.

What follows is a series of wrong turns that creates a simmering tension between husband and wife that threatens to destroy their relationship irreparably.

Farhadi’s study on the potent power of pride, guilt and shame treads the line between arresting drama and revenge thriller with masterful ease.

Rolling Stone calls the film “Gripping” and The Village Voice says it is “An expertly made suspenseful film”. “Grade A magnificent” said Entertainment Weekly. Indiewire called it “the most important film of the year” and “a mesmerising achievement, Grade A+”.

The film has garnered 97% on Rotten Tomatoes and a host of four star reviews around the globe including amongst others: Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Seattle Times, with A.O. Scott of The New York Times calling it “A life altering work”.

“We’re excited to bring this stellar film to South African cinemas to give audiences a glimpse of Asghar Farhadi’s brilliance as attested to by the film’s Academy Award win this year,” said Ryan Haidarian of Forefront Media Group, the film’s local distributor.

The Salesman releases at Nouveau cinemas at Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban and V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, on Friday, 05 May. The film’s running time is 125 mins, and the classification is to be confirmed.

For more information, and to book for The Salesman, visit www.sterkinekor.com. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For queries, contact Ticketline on 0861 Movies (668 437).

The discounts and benefits valid for members of SK Club, Discovery Vitality and Edgars Club loyalty programmes also apply for all live theatre productions. Special prices for church and group bookings are also available on request.

Vuzu Programme Highlights – May 2017

MONDAY 01 MAY

Angie Tribeca Season 2 at 18h30
[Episode 5 –A Coldie But A Goodie]
The comedic minds of Steve and Nancy Carell present this satirical cop comedy. Tribeca can’t shake the feeling that the death of a 102-year-old isn’t as natural as others believe.

The Hustle Season 2 at 19h30
[Episode 3]
Superstars AKA, Khuli Chana, Stogie T together with the host Scoop, search Mzansi looking to find the best yet undiscovered hip hop star.

No Tomorrow Season 1 at 20h30
[Episode 5 – No Regrets]
Evie attempts to make amends with her former best friend Fern, while Xavier realizes he needs to tell Evie how he really feels about her.

The Path Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 5 – The Hole]
Evie attempts to make amends with her former best friend Fern, while Xavier realizes he needs to tell Evie how he really feels about her.

TUESDAY 02 MAY

Preachers Of Atlanta Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 4 – In The Name of The Father]
Based on the popular comedy film franchise. Detectives Carter and Lee go undercover as administrators after a student is murdered at an elite high school.

The 100 Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 5 – Hakeldama]
Clarke’s hope for peace is dashed by a new threat. Raven become a target. Meanwhile, Murphy is running a dangerous con.

Of Kings And Prophets Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 5 – A Little Lower Than The Angels]
Ray Winstone (Beowulf) stars in this epic biblical saga following the first king of the Israelites. Saul learns about the prophecy claiming that David will be King of Israel.

WEDNESDAY 03 MAY

Angie Tribeca Season 2 at 18h30
[Episode 7 – Boyz II Dead]
From the comedic minds of Steve and Nancy Carell comes this satirical cop drama. Geils and Tanner investigate the mysterious death of a reunited boy band member.

Pretty Strong Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 7 – Switching Teams]
The Bliss face their rivals The Atlanta Steam for the Western Conference Championship, but Coach Hac makes a last minute change that threatens the fabric of the team.

Sleepy Hollow Season 3 at 20:30
[Episode 13 – Dark Mirror]
As a monster resembling the fabled New Jersey Devil ravages SLEEPY HOLLOW, Crane must draw on his past to find the connection.

THURSDAY 04 MAY

Battle Of The Ex Besties Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 1 – Ex-Bestie Baggage]
Ex BFFs are secretly paired together to participate in challenges that put forgiving and forgetting to the ultimate test.

Bachelor In Paradise Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 3]
A suitor steals one bachelor’s love interest yet again, and a new bachelor’s arrival forms a love triangle. Plus, a recently dumped bachelor tries to win someone back.

Savanna Newcomer Showcase at 21h20
[Special]
The freshest comedy talent is given the stage at the iconic Soweto Theatre, find out who the funniest Newcomers comedians at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase.

FRIDAY 05 MAY

Angie Tribeca Season 2 at 18h30
[Episode 9 – Contains Graphic Designer Violence]
The comedic minds of Steve and Nancy Carell present this satirical cop comedy. When a graphic designer is found dead, all evidence points to Tribeca.

Follow The Rules Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 2]
When Ja has a concert in NYC, Jeff turns Brittney’s low key night with friends into a raging house party. The grannies use Ja’s performance as an excuse to go man hunting.

The Voice Season 11 at 20h00
[Episode 6 – The Blind Auditions, Part 5]
Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus join veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the red chairs, in the eleventh season of the Emmy-winning reality singing competition.

SATURDAY 06 MAY

Project Runway Season 14 at 19h00
[Episode 10– Make It Sell]
The designers must create ready–to–wear looks to be reproduced and sold online. Disagreement between the judges leads to the most contentious runway yet!

Project Runway Season 14 at 20h00
[Episode 11– Crew’s All In]
The designers must makeover real women… from our own Project Runway crew! Tim reaches his breaking point with one designer in the most explosive episode yet!

Grimm Season 5 at 21h00
[Episode 6 – Wesen Nacht]
Emmy nominated fantasy following the exploits of a hunter who fights supernatural forces. When Nick and the gang are ambushed while investigating Wesen gang violence, a mysterious figure comes to their aid.

Grimm Season 5 at 22h00
[Episode 7 – Eve Of Destruction]
Fantasy drama that follows the exploits of a hunter who fights supernatural forces. After the ambush by the group calling themselves Black Claw, Nick calls Meisner and demands to see the new Juliet.

SUNDAY 07 MAY

The Fosters Season 4 at 18h00
[Episode 3 – Trust]
In the aftermath of the school lockdown, Mariana is called out by other students who blame her for Nick’s actions.

The Fosters Season 4 at 19h00
[Episode 4 – Now For Then]
Callie starts her senior project of photographing the outside of her and Jude’s seven former foster homes.

X Factor UK Season 13 at 20h00
[Episode 14 – Results Show 1]
Simon Cowell is joined by Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, for this season of the popular singing competition.

X Factor UK Season 13 at 20h00
[Episode 15 – Live Show 2]
Simon Cowell is joined by Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, for this season of the popular singing competition.

MONDAY 08 MAY

Angie Tribeca Season 2 at 18h30
[Episode 10 – Electoral Dysfunction]
Emmy-nominee Rashida Jones stars in this satirical cop comedy about the LAPD’s Really Heinous Crimes Unit. In the season two finale, every question is answered and every twist is explained.

The Hustle Season 2 at 19h30
[Episode 4]
Superstars AKA, Khuli Chana, Stogie together with the host Scoop, search Mzansi looking to find the best yet undiscovered hip hop star.

No Tomorrow Season 1 at 20h30
[Episode 6 – No Debt Remains Unpaid]
Xavier’s unpaid debts catch up to him, while Evie works to make things right between her parents. Kareema forges a surprising new connection and Hank uncovers a secret about Deirdre.

The Path Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 6 – Breaking And Entering]
Sarah (Golden Globe-nominee Michelle Monaghan) goes on a mission to answer questions from her past, in this episode of the provocative drama following a family at the centre of a faith-based organisation.

TUESDAY 09 MAY

Mom Season 4 at 18h30
[Episode 1 – High-Tops And Brown Jacket]
Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) brings us this wild sitcom about a dysfunctional family. Bonnie and Adam’s relationship is tested when he moves in with her, in the season premiere.

The 100 Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 6 – Bitter Harvest]
Clarke is torn between vengeance and mercy. Meanwhile, Kane and Octavia work together to avert a disaster, and Abby continues to worry about Raven.

Of Kings And Prophets Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 6 – Honour In The Dust]
Epic biblical saga from the writers of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’. After weeks on the run from King Saul’s soldiers, David seeks answers from the prophet Samuel.

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY

Pretty Strong Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 8 – There Is No ‘I’ In Team]
The Bliss are Legends Cup bound and determined to defend their title with a prolific three-peat.

Sleepy Hollow Season 3 at 20:30
[Episode 14 – Into The Wild]
Abbie and Sophie come face to face with a monster that may finally blow their cover with Reynolds.

Teen Wolf Season 6 at 21:30
[Episode 6 – Ghosted]
American supernatural drama created by Jeff Davis and based on the 1985 film of the same name, returns for an epic sixth season.

THURSDAY 11 MAY

Battle Of The Ex Besties Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 2 – Worst.Night.Ever]
Ex BFFs are secretly paired together to participate in challenges that put forgiving and forgetting to the ultimate test.

The Bachelor In Paradise Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 4]
A Paradise vet is caught in a love triangle, two shocked bachelors are sent home, and an unexpected bachelorette arrives. Plus, a hopeful bachelor makes a plea for a taken woman.

Follow The Rules Season 1 at 22h00
[Episode 2]
When Ja has a concert in NYC, Jeff turns Brittney’s low key night with friends into a raging house party. The grannies use Ja’s performance as an excuse to go man hunting.

FRIDAY 12 MAY

Mom Season 4 at 18h30
[Episode 4 – Curious George And The Big Red Nightmare]
Golden Globe-nominee Allison Janney stars in this comedy from the creator of ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Christy and Bonnie worry that Roscoe may have a drug problem.

Follow The Rules Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 3]
Jordy goes on his first date with the help from Ja and Brittney. After being grounded for slacking off at school, Jeff sneaks out of the house to go to at a strip club.

The Voice Season 11 at 20h00
[Episode 8 – The Battles Premiere]
Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus join veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the red chairs, in the eleventh season of the Emmy-winning reality singing competition.

SATURDAY 13 MAY

Project Runway Season 14 at 19h00
[Episode 12– The Runway’s In 3D]
The future is now as the designers use 3D printing technology to create avant garde fashion! It’s the most fashion forward challenge yet.

Project Runway Season 14 at 20h00
[Episode 13– Roll Out The Red Carpet]
In their final challenge before Fashion Week, the designers travel to the glamour capital of the world, Los Angeles, to create red carpet looks.

Grimm Season 5 at 21h00
[Episode 8 – A Reptile Dysfunction]
Emmy nominated fantasy following the exploits of a hunter who fights supernatural forces. The return of a local legend sends Nick and Hank searching for a lake monster.

Grimm Season 5 at 22h00
[Episode 9 –Star-Crossed]
Fantasy drama that follows the exploits of a hunter who fights supernatural forces. Hadrian’s war against Black Claw intensifies as Eve uses her unique skills to interrogate a suspect.

SUNDAY 14 MAY

The Fosters Season 4 at 18h00
[Episode 5 – Forty]
Lena is excited that her family is coming together to throw her a 70s–themed 40th birthday party. But, Lena’s mom Dana threatens to put a damper on the festivities.

The Fosters Season 4 at 19h00
[Episode 6 – Justify]
Lena is shocked by the news that her dad has been hiding something that directly puts them all in jeopardy. She also uncovers a secret that Brandon has been keeping.

X Factor UK Season 13 at 20h00
[Episode 16 – Results Show 2]
Simon Cowell is joined by Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, for this season of the popular singing competition.

X Factor UK Season 13 at 20h00
[Episode 17 – Live Show 3]
Simon Cowell is joined by Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, for this season of the popular singing competition.

MONDAY 15 MAY

The Hustle Season 2 at 19h30
[Episode 5]
Superstars AKA, Khuli Chana, Stogie together with the host Scoop, search Mzansi looking to find the best yet undiscovered hip hop star.

No Tomorrow Season 1 at 20h30
[Episode 7 – No You Say It First]
Evie and Xavier struggle with saying those three little words to each other, while Hank and Deirdre attempt to keep their relationship under wraps.

The Path Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 7 – Refugees]
Exploring the lives of a family at the centre of a controversial faith-based movement, this episode of the acclaimed drama sees a swarm of media attention descend on the compound, following Cal’s actions.

TUESDAY 16 MAY

Preachers Of Atlanta Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 6 – Hearts Can Heal]
Canton and Kim team up to help a couple impacted by domestic abuse, Le’Andria gets upset when a team leader evicts several members.

The 100 Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 7 – Thirteen]
While Lexa struggles to maintain peace between the clans, Clarke uncovers a strange, game-changing truth. And a flashback takes us into the darkness of humanity’s past.

Of Kings And Prophets Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 7 – Train My Hands For War]
The writers of ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ created this epic biblical saga, following the first king of the Israelites.

WEDNESDAY 17 MAY

Mom Season 4 at 18h30
[Episode 7 – Cornbread And A Cashmere Onesie]
Golden Globe-nominee Allison Janney stars in this comedy from the creator of ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Bonnie and Christy worry about Jill, on the anniversary of her mother’s suicide.

American’s Next Top Model Season 23 at 19h30
[Episode 1 – Business, Brand, Boss]
Created and hosted by talk-show host and model Tyra Banks, number of women compete for the title of ANTM and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry.

Sleepy Hollow Season 3 at 20:30
[Episode 15 – Incommunicado]
After a supernatural event takes the Witnesses by surprise, both Crane and Abbie are forced to work alongside their most hated foes yet.

Teen Wolf Season 6 at 21:30
[Episode 7 – Heartless]
Theo comes face to face with the sister he killed in the past.

THURSDAY 18 MAY

Mom Season 4 at 18h30
[Episode 8 – Freckled Bananas And A Little Schwinn]
Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) brings us this wild sitcom about a dysfunctional family. Adam questions Christy and Bonnie’s morality when the women fall back into illegal activities.

Battle Of The Ex Besties Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 3 – Survival Of The Fittest]
Ex BFFs are secretly paired together to participate in challenges that put forgiving and forgetting to the ultimate test.

The Bachelor In Paradise Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 5]
An infamous drama queen arrives to discover that her ex has met someone else. Plus, an unorthodox couple grows closer, and a fan-favorite is smitten with a new bachelorette.

Savanna Newcomer Showcase at 21h20
[Special]
The freshest comedy talent is given the stage at the iconic Soweto Theatre, find out who the funniest Newcomers comedians at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase.

FRIDAY 19 MAY

Mom Season 4 at 18h30
[Episode 9 – Bad Hand And British Royalty]
Golden Globe-nominee Allison Janney stars in this Emmy-winning sitcom. Christy and Bonnie have their hands full when Adam’s hard-partying friends come to visit.

Follow The Rules Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 4]
Ja becomes Mr. Mom and quickly learns that a woman’s work is never done. Brittney transforms into “Bri-yonce” in hopes of finding her Jay-Z at a college costume party.

The Voice Season 11 at 20h00
[Episode 10 – The Battles, Part 3]
Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus join veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the red chairs, in the eleventh season of the Emmy-winning reality singing competition.

SATURDAY 20 MAY

Project Runway Junior Season 2 at 18h00
[Episode 1– Welcome To New York]
Based on the Emmy-winning reality fashion design competition, twelve teenage designers compete to win a fashion scholarship and more.

Project Runway Season 14 at 19h00
[Episode 14– Finale Part 1]
The designers are heading home to work on their collections and prepare for a home visit from Tim. Once back in New York they are met with another twist.

Grimm Season 5 at 21h00
[Episode 10 – Map Of The Seven Knights]
Emmy nominated fantasy following the exploits of a hunter who fights supernatural forces. Monroe gets a call from a relative in Germany that will bring Nick closer to his ancestors.

Grimm Season 5 at 22h00
[Episode 11 – Key Move]
Fantasy drama that follows the exploits of a hunter who fights supernatural forces. Nick and Monroe travel to Germany and search for the Seven Knight’s treasure using the key map.

SUNDAY 21 MAY

The Fosters Season 4 at 18h00
[Episode 7– Highs & Lows]
When Jesus’s birth father, Gabe, doesn’t show up to work on Stef and Lena’s garage, Jesus takes on the job himself and gets injured in the process.

The Fosters Season 4 at 19h00
[Episode 8– Girl Code]
Lena worries when Mariana becomes too competitive during the robotics competition, the police warn Callie to stop harassing Patrick Molloy.

X Factor UK Season 13 at 20h00
[Episode 18 – Results Show 3]
Simon Cowell is joined by Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, for this season of the popular singing competition.

X Factor UK Season 13 at 20h00
[Episode 19 – Live Show 4]
Simon Cowell is joined by Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, for this season of the popular singing competition.

MONDAY 22 MAY

Mom Season 4 at 18h30
[Episode 10 – A Safe Word And A Rib Eye]
Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) brings us this wild sitcom about a dysfunctional family. Bonnie and the ladies keep Jill’s pregnancy a secret, causing Christy to feel left out.

The Hustle Season 2 at 19h30
[Episode 6]
Superstars AKA, Khuli Chana, Stogie T together with the host Scoop, search Mzansi looking to find the best yet undiscovered hip hop star.

No Tomorrow Season 1 at 20h30

[Episode 8 – No Rest For The Weary]

Xavier gets a job at Cybermart to spend more time with an overworked Evie, but ends up complicating her life when he rallies the warehouse employees into a strike.

The Path Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 8 – The Shore]
Eddie (Golden Globe-nominee Aaron Paul) brings Hawk along on a journey of spiritual enlightenment. This provocative drama follows a controversial cult-like organisation, the family at its centre.

TUESDAY 23 MAY

Mom Season 4 at 18h30
[Episode 11 – Good Karma And The Big Weird]
Bonnie encourages Christy to pursue Marjorie’s charming nephew, even though he’s been declared off limits. Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory) brings us this wild sitcom.

Preachers Of Atlanta Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 7 – A Cross To Bear]
Tensions bubble surrounding Le’Andria’s erratic behavior and Judah’s differing theology; Corey’s daughter reveals a shocking development in her controversial relationship with her boyfriend.

The 100 Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 8 – Terms And Conditions]
Searching for a peaceful way to handle things, Kane soon realizes that he may be forced to resort to drastic measures.

Of Kings And Prophets Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 8 – Broken Teeth Of The Ungodly]
The writers of Exodus: Gods and Kings created this epic biblical saga, following the first king of the Israelites.

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL Season 23 at 19h30
[Episode 2– Lights, Camera, Catwalk]
Created and hosted by talk-show host and model Tyra Banks, number of women compete for the title of ANTM and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry.

Sleepy Hollow Season 3 at 20:30
[Episode 16 – Dawn’s Early Light]
As The Hidden One grows stronger, Crane must examine his past with Betsy Ross to find the key to stopping him.

Teen Wolf Season 6 at 21:30
[Episode 8 – Blitzkrieg]
Running out of time, Scott, Lydia and Malia decide to storm the rift in a desperate attempt to get Stiles back. Liam, Hayden and Mason make a deal with Theo.

THURSDAY 25 MAY

The Bachelor In Paradise Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 6]
A panicked bachelor leaves his bachelorette fearful going into the final rose ceremony, and a vulnerable bachelorette worries that her feelings are not reciprocated.

Follow The Rules Season 1 at 22h00
[Episode 4]
The freshest comedy talent is given the stage at the iconic Soweto Theatre, find out who the funniest Newcomers comedians at the Savanna Newcomer Showcase.

FRIDAY 26 MAY

Mom Season 4 at 18h30
[Episode 14 – Roast Chicken And A Funny Story]
While Bonnie drives everyone crazy after her fallout with Adam, Christy must attempt to resolve things between the couple. Globe-nominee Allison Janney stars in this Emmy-winning sitcom.

Follow The Rules Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 5]
Brittney brings her new boyfriend home for Thanksgiving, and Ja gets more information about their relationship than he bargained for. The grannies compete to see who can bake the best pie.

The Voice Season 11 at 20h00
[Episode 12 – The Knockouts Premiere]
Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus join veteran coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the red chairs, in the eleventh season of the Emmy-winning reality singing competition.

SATURDAY 27 MAY

Project Runway Season 14 at 19h00
[Episode 16– Reunion]
The Season 14 designers and Tim come together to take care of unfinished business and settle some scores. And on this reunion, even Tim Gunn has an issue that he wants settled!

Project Runway Season 14 at 20h00
[Episode 17– Tim Gunn’s Ultimate Throwback Thursday]
Tim Gunn pulls back the curtains on the most explosive moments from Project Runway’s past: fashion, drama and the humor that have made Project Runway popular for 14 seasons.

Grimm Season 5 at 21h00
[Episode 12 – Into The Schwarzwald]
Emmy nominated fantasy following the exploits of a hunter who fights supernatural forces. Capt. Renard joins Hank and Wu to track down a deadly assassin who throws Portland into havoc.

Grimm Season 5 at 22h00
[Episode 13 – Silence Of The Slams]
Fantasy drama that follows the exploits of a hunter who fights supernatural forces. Hank, Monroe, Nick and Rosalee look into a local mask-maker who targets Wesen.

SUNDAY 28 MAY

The Fosters Season 4 at 18h00
[Episode 9– New York]
While in New York City for his audition at Juilliard, Brandon meets a young woman who forces him to re–examine his life.

The Fosters Season 4 at 18h00
[Episode 10– Collateral Damage]
Callie and the family run a “Justice for Jack” booth at a music festival to try and stop Justina’s foster care bill. Mariana sees Nick and makes a run for it.

X Factor UK Season 13 at 20h00
[Episode 20– Results Show 4]
Simon Cowell is joined by Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, for this season of the popular singing competition.

X Factor UK Season 13 at 20h00
[Episode 21– Live Show 5]
Simon Cowell is joined by Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh on the judging panel, for this season of the popular singing competition.

MONDAY 29 MAY

The Hustle Season 2 at 19h30
[Episode 7]
Superstars AKA, Khuli Chana, Stogie T together with the host Scoop, search Mzansi looking to find the best yet undiscovered hip hop star.

No Tomorrow Season 1 at 20h30
[Episode 9 – No Truer Words]
Evie must enlist Timothy’s help after a hurtful secret shatters Xavier’s world. Meanwhile, Kareema tries to help her brother through heartbreak.

The Path Season 1 at 21h30
[Episode 9 – A Room Of One’s Own]
When Eddie (Golden Globe-nominee Aaron Paul) returns home, Sarah confronts him about his crisis of faith. Acclaimed drama following a family at the centre of a controversial faith-based organisation.

TUESDAY 30 MAY

Dr Ken Season 2 at 19h00
[Episode 1– Allison’s Career Move]
Allison’s first day at Welltopia starts off with a bang when she and Ken disagree on a diagnosis.

Preachers Of Atlanta Season 1 at 19h30
[Episode 8 – Hell And Back]
The pastors hit the streets by hosting a block party in an effort to ease tensions among them. But gossip instead of gospel spreads, sorely testing their relationships.

The 100 Season 3 at 20h30
[Episode 9 – Stealing Fire]
Clarke discovers a shocking truth, and Octavia is forced to make a decision that could have devastating consequences. Meanwhile, Kane and Abby share a moment.

WEDNESDAY 31 MAY

Dr Ken Season 2 at 19h00
[Episode 2 – Ken And Allison Share A Patient]
Allison’s first day at Welltopia starts off with a bang when she and Ken disagree on a diagnosis.

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL Season 23 at 19h30
[Episode 3 – Make Your Mark]
Created and hosted by talk-show host and model Tyra Banks, number of women compete for the title of ANTM and a chance to start their career in the modeling industry.

Sleepy Hollow Season 3 at 20:30
[Episode 17 – Delaware]
With just a single day left before The Hidden One regains omniscience, Abbie and Crane must do the unthinkable in a last-ditch effort to save the world.

Teen Wolf Season 6 at 21:30
[Episode 9– Memory Found]
Liam and Theo act as decoys while Scott, Lydia and Malia try to remember Stiles.

Q&A With Unforgettable Stars Katherine Heigl & Rosario Dawson And Director Denise Di Novi


With fists flying and eyes like daggers, Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson are locked in a no-holds-barred, winner-take-all throwdown … and, battered but not broken, the two accomplished actors seem to be enjoying every punch, every choke hold and, yes, every handful of hair.

This epochal fight caps off an intricately constructed campaign of revenge between the two complex women at the core of director Denise Di Novi’s upcoming thriller Unforgettable, which promises to serve up equal parts shock and awe, emotion and suspense, and outrageous jump-in-your-seat moments.

Starring as the calculating, challenging – and, at this point, more than a little unhinged – Tessa, Katherine Heigl is detouring to the dark side of love after delivering a string of acclaimed performances in popular rom-coms like Knocked Up and 27 Dresses. Starring as Julia, the former’s unsuspecting and open-hearted target, is Rosario Dawson, who prior to celebrated turns in recent hits like the animated The LEGO® Batman Movie, cut her teeth on harder-edged roles in films like Sin City and Death Proof.

And, in sports parlance, Heigl and Dawson are in it to win it.

We really go at it. It is a knockdown, drag-out fight…winner-take-all,” Heigl quips. “Somebody’s going to die!

And Tessa is doing everything in her power to make sure it’s not her – having set into motion an intense psychological game of cat-and-mouse designed to engineer Julia’s self-destruction by making her believe she’s losing her mind and question who she is as a person.

But if Julia is the mouse in the scenario, this is the moment in the film when the mouse turns and bears its teeth. Dawson adds, “Julia comes into this particularly susceptible to someone pushing her buttons. It’s only when she’s backed up against a wall that she realizes she has nothing left to lose and fights back, which is such a fun and amazing journey to play.”

Unforgettable marks the directorial debut of veteran producer Denise Di Novi, who is taking the helm amid a heavy-hitting career producing a body of work that runs the gamut from edgy fare like Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands to the tween-anthemic Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films

Di Novi couldn’t resist taking the helm. “As a producer, I’ve worked in pretty much every film genre over the years, but I’ve never made a thriller,” she tells us tells us during a quick chat as the crew resets. “So, when the opportunity came up to direct a compelling story of two women – with the taut pacing and intricately structured maneuvers of a psychological/sexual thriller – I was immediately in.”

As her vision for Unforgettable took shape, the lifelong Alfred Hitchcock fan – along with producer Alison Greenspan and screenwriter Christina Hodson – drew inspiration from the pioneering director’s landmark female-centric thrillers, whose alchemy of craft and artistry still casts an intoxicating spell.

To conjure her own, Di Novi enlisted cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, the five-time Oscar nominee behind such films as The Natural and The Right Stuff. And just peering into one of the big monitors on the set’s “video village” reveals the legendary cinematographer’s precise and lyrical eye in the bold visual contrasts he is drawing out between the icy, composed beauty of Tessa and the earthy, unpracticed loveliness of Julia – while infusing the imagery with visual hints that nothing is as it seems.

In Deschanel’s camera, notes Di Novi, “Katherine nails the perfect posture of the classic Hitchcock blonde – cool but still very sexy and womanly. But, at the same time, she is so loveable, which is why she’s been wonderful in so many romantic comedies. Katherine can make people love Tessa and be terrified of her at the same time.”

As opposed to Julia, whom the director describes as “spontaneous, funny, loose, sexy and doesn’t care about making a mess. There is a vital heart that drives Rosario to be a good person, to do the right thing, to think the best of everyone—and that’s what Julia is.

Though Tessa and Julia are on opposing sides of the ring at this moment, each in many ways has been driven to this point by the same maddening, ever-present demand they feel to be perfect.  “To me, the relentless drive for perfection is one of the most resonant and compelling subtexts of both these characters’ journeys,” Di Novi reflects. “Whether it comes from partners, parents, other women or society itself the often unspoken demand to be perfect is a reality for women – and men, too, by the way – everywhere in the world. That kind of pressure can drive you crazy, and I think a lot of people will find fascinating points of connection with these characters in how they express it, particularly Tessa.

To understand the inevitability of the tour-de-force confrontation being captured on set today, it’s necessary to go back to the intersection of lives and loves that sets the unstoppable force that is Tessa on a collision course with the immovable object that Julia is forced to become.

At its crux is a whirlwind, love-at-first-sight affair between the ex-husband Tessa can’t quite let go of – David, played by Geoff Stults – and Julia, who, in the throes of their mad romance, gives up her old life in San Francisco to begin a new one in Southern California with David, immediately setting her on a collision course with his tightly wound ex-wife.

Cue the hand-to-hand combat. “We have amazing stuntwomen on this film, but, as you can see, it’s almost all Katherine and Rosario,” the director raves.

Though carefully choreographed and monitored by stunt coordinator Steve Ritzi, the intense mano a mano brawl delivers the raw power of the real thing, which Di Novi credits to the emotion and sheer physicality that Heigl and Dawson are bringing to it. “This is key moment in their character arcs – these two women are past the point of pretense. It’s intense and violent, and about these emotions that are pouring out of them. So, this scene is definitely a challenge—and more than a little emotional—for them, and for us.

Watching it play out on a monitor, it’s impossible not to root for the underdog, which the director attributes in large part to Dawson’s “inherent goodness. “Rosario brings so much positivity and openness to Julia that you understand why being with her would be a relief to David after being married to Tessa. At the same time, those same qualities drive Julia to try be friends with her, to make it work. She doesn’t want to believe that Tessa is a bad person.

While Di Novi allows that the latter is ostensibly the film’s Big Bad, “It’s important to me that you also have some compassion for Tessa, and Katherine is so inherently good and kind, it’s impossible not to like her. I think your heart really does break for Tessa … at least initially. After all, anyone – male or female – who has had a really bad breakup can relate to that sense of rejection and displacement.

Of course,” she adds with a wry smile, “Tessa takes it to such an extreme level – and Katherine is courageous enough to really embrace that darkness. Watching her unravel quickly goes from heartbreaking to terrifying to insanely fun.

In producer Alison Greenspan’s words, “We love watching the meltdown and talking back to the screen—‘Don’t go in there! Come on, she’s nuts!’” she laughs. “And this movie definitely delivers as a fun thrill ride. But, on a deeper level, it’s a story about how women define themselves as mothers, spouses and partners – and what the fear of losing all of that can provoke.

For Heigl herself, exploring the complex and twisted psychological geography of Tessa is both the fun and the challenge of embodying this woman on the edge. “I want there to still be some sympathy for Tessa,” she says. “It’s important to me that she is not so alienating that there isn’t a team of gals on her side—before she goes too far—who get her and her behavior.

What I’m really hoping,” she adds with a laugh, “is to see ‘Team Tessa’ and ‘Team Julia’ t-shirts out there.

Looking none the worse for wear in spite of the grueling sequence, Heigl sees a certain logic to Julia’s downward spiral. “In Tessa’s mind, it’s her world,” she argues. “She’s just trying to maintain the upper hand and hold on to what she knows is hers. It’s as simple and as basic as, ‘Hey, Julia, there is no place for you here and you are not welcome.’”

Not helping is the fact that Julia is everything Tessa’s not. “Where Tessa is controlled, practiced and studied, Julia is effortlessly beautiful and charming,” she continues, “She’s also far more vulnerable than Tessa would ever allow herself to be. And to see that naked vulnerability… well, Tessa just can’t bear it. What naturally runs through her mind is, ‘How could David choose her, a woman so completely different from me? Is he repelled by who I am?’

But what pushes Tessa over the edge from strained tolerance to furious vengeance is Julia’s budding bond with her young daughter, Lily, played by newcomer Isabella Rice. Says Heigl, “It’s not just her ex-husband that’s been taken from her—it’s her daughter. And it’s the shops, where she is the best customer – it’s her whole town!

Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson

Behind the scenes, there are no such power plays between Heigl and Dawson, who would be equally at home portraying lifelong besties instead of the two women at loggerheads. Heigl calls Dawson “a dream! Rosario is just the most effervescent, lovely, outgoing, wonderful woman. It might seem kind of strange because our characters go to a place that is so violent and explosive, but Rosario is just so supportive that she makes it easy to play with that and have fun.

In between setups, we get a chance to speak with Dawson, whose whole face lights up – in spite of the carefully applied scuffs and bruises – when talking about her sparring partner. “I marvel at Katie and what she is able to do with Tessa,” she says. “She brings so many layers and dimensions to Tessa that no matter how far off the deep end she takes it – and she takes it quite far – you really do feel compassion for Tessa.

Dawson tells us that Julia enters this story “at such an interesting point in her life. She’s in that honeymoon phase when she’s happy and in love. Despite having been damaged by a previous, poisonous relationship, and having no experience being a partner or a parent, she’s willing and excited to begin this new life with David.

Of course, what she doesn’t count on – what no one in the throes of true love even considers – is the presence of a formidable opponent with a vested interest in seeing her relationship fail. “Julia’s on Tessa’s home turf, which obviously puts her at a disadvantage in this situation,” Dawson says. “She’s so insecure she’s even hiding the engagement ring!

But when the gloves come off, as today’s scene spectacularly demonstrates, “Julia is willing to fight tooth and nail, even to the point of self-sacrifice,” Dawson attests. “For her, this moment is really about making a choice between staying in her corner and dying a sad, little death, or standing up to her fear. And what she decides is that she’s not going to let anything – or anyone – compromise the people she loves.

Geoff Stults, who plays David, the ultimate quarry of Tessa’s reign of terror, good-naturedly demurs from backing either party in this all-or-nothing face-off. “As an actor, I’ve had so much fun working with Katherine and Rosario, so there’s no way I could choose,” he smiles. “They’re fantastic, super-strong and super-talented actors, and both are very real in these roles.

Stults has similar high praise for his director, whom he credits with helping him better understand the motivations of his onscreen ex-wife. “Denise is bringing up some things I would never have been aware of,” he tell us, “like having some sympathy for Tessa, who’s watching her ex-husband and daughter arm-in-arm with this beautiful woman, Julia, who just came to town.

Still, David is in way over his head, leading to suspense, shocks and stand-up-and-cheer moments delivered by the two fascinating women at the core of the film. “I wanted to make a film that explores a complicated relationship between two very strong, but very different women – and there is no better genre to explore that dynamic without pulling any punches than the thriller,” says Di Novi, who is aiming to bring many shades of the female experience to the screen. “We see a lot of wonderful and inspiring stories about women fighting the good fight – and I love those kinds of movies. But I think there’s a clear appetite for women-driven movies of every genre, from a scary movie to a heist thriller to an action epic.

Unforgettable’s provocative mix of love, obsession and paranoia is in the tradition of white-knuckle classics of the ‘90s – like Fatal Attraction, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Single White Female – yet the new film couldn’t be more relevant, or resonant, in today’s world of social media and spyware. “I think we all experience the fear that somebody is tricking and manipulating us without us realizing it,” Di Novi reflects.

And, over the course of making the film, it’s an idea that strikes a chord in the reactions of many to this story. Says Greenspan, “Everyone brings a little bit of their personal lives into their experience of this film, and that’s what makes it so horrifying, scary and thrilling.

What amazes me,” Di Novi adds, “is how many people say to me things like, ‘I’ve gotten so jealous that I thought about doing some pretty extreme things.’ I think that’s what draws us to psychological thrillers – even if we would never, in our darkest hours, even contemplate the things Tessa does in this film, it’s fun to experience that vicarious thrill of seeing just how far we might go.

Audiences will get their chance when Unforgettable hits cinemas worldwide, from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Unforgettable opens 26 May 2017, in South African cinemas.

“Unforgettable” is the first film in the director’s chair for veteran producer Denise Di Novi (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “Focus”).  Rosario Dawson (the “Sin City” films), Katherine Heigl (“27 Dresses,” “Knocked Up”) and Geoff Stults (TV’s “The Odd Couple”) star in the dramatic thriller.

Tessa Connover (Heigl) is barely coping with the end of her marriage when her ex-husband, David (Stults), becomes happily engaged to Julia Banks (Dawson)—not only bringing Julia into the home they once shared but also into the life of their daughter, Lily.  Trying to settle into her new life, Julia believes she has finally met the man of her dreams, the man who can help her put her own troubled past behind her.  But Tessa’s jealousy soon takes a pathological turn until she will stop at nothing to turn Julia’s dream into her ultimate nightmare.

The main cast also includes film and television star Cheryl Ladd as Tessa’s mother, Helen; Sarah Burns (HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) as Sarah; Whitney Cummings (“The Wedding Ringer”) as Julia’s best friend, Ali; Simon Kassianides (TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as Michael Vargas; Isabella Kai Rice (“True Blood”) as Lily, and Robert Ray Wisdom (HBO’s “Ballers”) as Detective Pope.

Di Novi directed “Unforgettable” from a screenplay by Christina Hodson.  Di Novi, Alison Greenspan (“If I Stay”) and Ravi Mehta (“Get Hard”) produced the film, with Lynn Harris serving as executive producer.

The behind-the-scenes creative team included multiple Oscar-nominated director of photography Caleb Deschanel (“The Right Stuff,” “The Natural”), production designer Nelson Coates (“Flight”), editor Frédéric Thoraval (“Taken”), and costume designer Marian Toy (HBO’s “Ballers”).  The music was composed by Toby Chu.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Di Novi Pictures Production, “Unforgettable.”  The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

www.unforgettablemovie.com

 

A Modern Family Living In Polygamy

Uthando neSthembu, Mzansi Magic’s newest reality show, follows businessman Musa Mseleku and his four wives as they navigate a polygamous relationship, their family dynamic, staying true to tradition in a modern world and the sisterhood of the wives.

Viewers will meet and get to know Mamkhulu (First Wife), Mayeni (Second Wife), Makhumalo (Third Wife), and Mangwabe (Fourth Wife).

While the wives now maintain a loving and respectful relationship with each other, the journey to peace and harmony was not an easy one. They each share how they felt at first being introduced into a polygamous marriage, the uncertainty and insecurity that came with the arrangement, heartbreak and eventual acceptance, contentment and forming an unshakable bond with each other.

With 10 children between them, the Mseleku homestead in Umtentweni in rural KwaZulu-Natal is almost always a hive of activity. There’s the daily school routine, homework, activities, household chores and parenting duties.

There’s also no such thing as an idle trophy wife in the Mseleku family. With a family business to run, children to raise and a household for each wife, each Mrs Mseleku’s day is filled up. And, of course, there’s time to be spent with their husband as well.

So how do they make it work? Is there a hierarchy system in place? Importantly, how do they handle their families’ and society’s questions regarding this traditional practice?

Uthando neSthembu highlights the realities some families are faced with when their structure is not nuclear.

The show will premiere on Thursday,18 May 2017 on Mzansi Magic (Channel 161) at 20:00.