M-Net And M-Net City Schedule Update April 2017

M-Net 101

New Information
  •  Superhuman will no longer start on Saturday 1 April at 17:00 and will now be replaced by Little Big Shots season 2
  •  Independence Day: Resurgence will now air on Sunday 16 April at 20:05 and The Magnificent Seven will now air on Sunday 23 April at 20:05.
  • Wentworth Season 4 will no longer go on a production break on Tuesday 18 April at 23:30.
  • Broadchurch Season 3, scheduled to start on Tuesday 18 April at 22:30, will no longer be double episodes.
  • Mozart In The Jungle season 3 will now start on Friday 28 April at 22:30

M-Net April Line-up

Sunday Night Blockbusters on M-Net (Channel 101)

Sunday 02 April 2017

20:05 TRIPLE 9 16VNL Action Drama

Dirty cops double cross in this thriller, with Oscar-nominee Casey Affleck and an ensemble cast. A gang of criminals plot the murder of a police officer, to execute a deadly heist.


Read the SAMDB review of Triple 9.

Sunday 09 April 2017

20:05 WARCRAFT PG13V Action Fantasy

The popular fantasy gaming series makes a spectacular big-screen debut. A saga of power, survival and sacrifice unfolds when the peaceful existence of a civilisation is threatened.


Read the SAMDB review of Warcraft.

Sunday 16 April 2017

20:30 BASTILLE DAY 16VNL Action Drama

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.


Sunday 23 April 2017

20:05 INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE PG13VL Science Fiction Action

Earth fights for survival once again, in this blockbuster sequel to the action classic. Two decades after the first invasion, the planet readies their defences for a bigger threat.


Read the SAMDB review of Independence Day: Resurgence.

Sunday 30 April 2017


Action-hero Dwayne Johnson and funnyman Kevin Hart team up for a laugh-a-minute comedy. A mild-mannered accountant is sucked into the spy game by an old high school pal.


Saturday Night Movies on M-Net (Channel 101)

Saturday 01 April 2017

21:30 BLACKWAY 16VL Thriller

Julia Stiles gives a strong performance alongside acting legend, Anthony Hopkins in this thriller. An elderly man protects a woman from a dangerous, small town, crooked ex-cop.


Saturday 08 April 2017

21:30 TAKE DOWN 16VLThriller

An action thriller about redemption, danger and brotherhood. After a reform school for rich, rebellious kids is taken hostage, some of the students take on their captors.


Saturday 15 April 2017


An explorer discovers Sir Francis Drake’s lost treasure, but it’s stolen from her. She must travel the world to steal it back.


Saturday 22 April 2017

21:30 I AM WRATH 16VL Action Crime

John Travolta takes matters into his own hands in this revenge thriller. After his wife’s murdered and the police do nothing about it, a man begins his ruthless pursuit for justice.


Saturday 29 April 2017

21:30 CRIMINAL 16VL Action Drama

To stop an international terrorist, the memories and skills of a CIA operative are implanted into the brain of a dangerous criminal.


M-Net April Line-up

Saturday 01 April 2017

17:00 LITTLE BIG SHOTS 02 0001

Produced by Ellen DeGeneres and hosted by Steve Harvey, this feel-good series showcases the amazing talent, outstanding performances and quirkiest quirks of America’s little ones.

18:00 Last Man Standing 06 0001 “Papa Bear” Season 1 Starts

In the sixth season premiere of this Emmy-nominated sitcom, Mike must get rid of an intruder at Outdoor Man- a giant bear. Golden Globe winner Tim Allen stars as a family man in this comedy.

18:30 Major Crimes 05 0014 “Heart Failure” Season 5 Continues

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 03 April 2017

18:00 Sarah Graham’s Food Safari 02 0013 Season 2 Ends

Distinguished local food blogger and cookbook author Sarah Graham takes us on a delectable journey on a food safari across Southern Africa.

22:30 Grimm 06 0013 “The End” Season 6 Ends

The producer of ‘The X-Files’ backs this Emmy-nominated fantasy thriller, following the exploits of a detective who hunts down supernatural forces.

23:30 Magicians, The 02 0001 “Knight Of Crowns” Season 2 Starts

In the second season premiere, Quentin and his friends scramble for a new plan, in the aftermath of their clash with The Beast. This fantasy drama follows the dark adventures of a group of young adults who practise magic.

Tuesday 04 April 2017

17:00 Ellen DeGeneres Show, The 14 0127 Season 14 Returns

Emmy winning talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres brings us a unique mix of celebrity interviews, chart-topping musical performances, and amazing entertainment.

22:30 Homeland 06 0011 *Season 6 continues from episode 11*

The sixth season of the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-winning political thriller returns, with Emmy-winner Claire Danes reprising the role of the highly efficient- and extremely volatile- Carrie Mathison.

23:30 Wentworth 04 0001 “First Blood” Season 4 Starts

Acclaimed Australian drama that follows a young woman trying to survive the dark politics of prison. The women return to Wentworth after the rebuild and a new dynamic is in play, in the season premiere.

Wednesday 05 April 2017

20:30 Big Little Lies 01 0007 Season 1 Ends

Shailene Woodley joins Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon for a subversive, darkly comic drama about three mothers whose apparently perfect lives unravel- to the point of murder.

21:30 Big Little Lies 01 0007 Season 1 Ends

Shailene Woodley joins Oscar winners Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon for a subversive, darkly comic drama about three mothers whose apparently perfect lives unravel- to the point of murder.

22:30 Bates Motel 05 0001 “Dark Paradise” Season 5 Starts

In the fifth and final season premiere of this acclaimed, Emmy-nominated horror series, Norman tries to keep up appearances, despite a troubling discovery.

23:30 Code Black 02 0001 “Second Year” Season 2 Starts

In the season premiere of this fast-paced medical drama, Colonel Ethan Willis (Golden Globe nominee Rob Lowe) joins the team at the hospital. From the writer of ‘North Country’.

Thursday 06 April 2017

23:30 Mad Dogs 01 #100 Season 1 Starts

When a group of 40-something friends gather in Belize to meet an old friend, a series of wild events expose secrets, deception and murder, in the series premiere of this dark, comic thriller.

Friday 07 April 2017

21:30 Riverdale 01 0008 Chapter Eight: “The Outsiders” Season 1 Returns

Archie and friends help out his dad as construction begins, but after one of them is attacked, the gang end up in Southside Serpent territory. Loosely based on the popular comic book characters.

23:30 Full Circle: Miami 01 0001 “Senator Faulkner And Madeline” Season 1 Starts

Compelling crime drama from the writer of ‘Homicide: Life On the Street’. In the series premiere, a seemingly wholesome senator is drawn into a conspiracy after a scandal erupts.

Monday 10 April 2017

18:00 Trial And Error 01 0001 “Pilot” Season 1 Starts

Oscar-nominee John Lithgow (Dexter) is the prime suspect in an outrageous- and rather bizarre murder, in this fish-out-of-water comedy that parodies true crime documentaries.

Wednesday 12 April 2017

21:30 Bull 01 0015 “What’s Your Number?” Season 1 Returns

Bull finds himself up against Diana Lindsay once again, when he assists in a manslaughter trial against a real estate magnate. ‘NCIS’s’ Michael Weatherly stars in this unique crime drama.

Friday 14 April 2017

23:00 Crashing 01 0006 “Warm-Up” Season 1 Ends

While guesting on a podcast, Pete meets a sympathetic Sarah Silverman, who invites him to stay with her- and her collection of stray comedians. Contemporary comedy starring comedian Pete Holmes.

Monday 17 April 2017

22:30 Leftovers, The 03 0001 Season 3 Starts

The Emmy-winning producer of ‘Lost’ created this acclaimed supernatural drama, now in it’s final season. A group of people cope with the mysterious, inexplicable disappearance of 2% of the world’s population.

Tuesday 18 April 2017

21:30 Chicago Med 02 0020 “Generation Gap” Season 2 Breaks

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 medics who keep it together.

22:30 Broadchurch 03 0001 Season 3 Starts

The BAFTA Award-winning murder-mystery returns for a third season. A brutal assault in a small Dorset town proves to be just the beginning of a chilling investigation.

Wednesday 19 April 2017

18:30 My Kitchen Rules 07 0045 Season 7 Ends

Celebrity judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel host this reality cooking series, where teams compete to transform ordinary homes into Instant Restaurants.

Friday 21 April 2017

23:00 Detour, The 02 0001 Season 2 Starts

Comic couple Jason Jones and Samantha Bee of ‘The Daily Show’ penned this honest and bawdy comedy about a family road trip that spirals headlong into every disaster imaginable.

Sunday 23 April 2017

16:00 Winging It 01 0012 Season 1 Ends

Well-loved SA celebs Janez Vermeiren and Siv Ngesi head on a tour, in this cheeky new local travel show that takes you on an adventure to some of the world’s most exotic cities.

Tuesday 25 April 2017

18:30 My Kitchen Rules 07 0049 Season 7 Ends

Celebrity judges Pete Evans and Manu Feildel host this reality cooking series, where teams compete to transform ordinary homes into Instant Restaurants.

Wednesday 26 April 2017

18:30 MasterChef Junior USA 05 0001 Season 3 Starts

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

21:30 Blacklist, The: Redemption 01 0008 Season 1 Ends

The world’s most elusive criminals come together to form an elite mercenary team- headed by ‘The Blacklist’s’ most dangerous, in this deadly spin-off of the original spy thriller.

Friday 28 April 2017

22:30 Mozart In The Jungle 03 0001 “La Fiamma” Season 3 Starts

In the season premiere of this acclaimed musical dramedy, Maestro Rodrigo (Golden Globe-winner Gael García Bernal) arrives in Venice, to conduct the grand return concert of a famous, reclusive opera diva.

M-Net City April Line-up

New, Returning & Series Finales

Monday 03 April 2017

19:30 Wanted (Nbc) 01 0006 #06 “Dead End” Season 1 Ends

Fast-paced and compelling, this Australian drama throws two complete strangers into a game of survival. In the season finale, Chelsea and Lola decide to face corrupt cop, Ray Stanton.

20:30 Arrow 04 0001 “Green Arrow” Season 4 Starts

In the season four premiere, Oliver and Felicity must return home to help the team against attacks by “ghost” assassins led by Damien Darhk.

Friday 14 April 2017

18:00 Rush Hour 01 0013 “Familee Ties” Season 1 Ends

Sometimes an unlikely pairing makes the best partnership. Action-packed series featuring the fun buddy-cop dynamic and fast-cracking comedic moments audiences crave.

Monday 17 April 2017

22:30 Americans, The 04 0013 “Persona Non Grata” Season 4 Ends

Emmy nominees Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell return for this critically acclaimed spy thriller. Phillip and Elizabeth race against the FBI to recover a hazardous package, in the season finale.

Friday 21 April 2017

21:00 Notorious (Sony) 01 0010 “Taken” Season 1 Ends

Golden Globe-nominee Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) and Daniel Sunjata (Graceland) work together to control the media, justice system-and ultimately each other- in this fast-paced drama.

Saturday 22 April 2017

23:00 Shameless 07 0001 “Hireath” Season 7 Starts

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning dramedy that follows the exploits of the dysfunctional Gallagher family, who, in the season premiere, show no concern when Frank, their father, awakes from his coma.

Sunday 23 April 2017

22:00 Mr Robot 02 0010 “Python.P7z-Pt 1 & 2” Season 2 Ends

Golden Globe-winning psychological thriller. In the season finale, an old friend reveals all to Elliot, just as fsociety find themselves in too deep.

Friday 28 April 2017

21:00 How To Get Away With Murder 03 0001 “We’re Good People Now” Season 3 Starts

With Wallace Mahoney’s murder unsolved and Frank’s whereabouts unknown, the Keating 5 struggle to move on with their lives as they enter into their second year of law school.

Saturday 29 April 2017

22:00 Animal Kingdom 01 0001 “Pilot” Season 1 Starts

Golden Globe nominee Ellen Barkin stars in this intense drama from the producer of Southland. In the series premiere, seventeen-year-old J moves in with his mysterious, estranged family.


Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello, Ariel Winter And Meghan Trainor To Celebrate World Premier Of “Smurfs: The Lost Village”

In celebration of tomorrow’s World Premiere of Smurfs: The Lost Village, the first-ever World Premiere of a film to be held in Culver City, the home of Sony Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, the city of Culver City will be declared to be America’s Official Smurfs Village, with a street renamed for the three-apple-high heroes. As part of the celebration, Sony Pictures Animation will make a donation to the Culver City Department of Parks and Recreation. The theme of the premiere, “Give Back to Your Village,” follows the Smurfs’ timeless messages of peace and living in harmony.

The film premiere will be attended by the cast, including Demi Lovato (voice of Smurfette), Joe Manganiello (voice of Hefty Smurf), Ariel Winter (voice of SmurfLily), Jack McBrayer (voice of Clumsy Smurf), Danny Pudi (voice of Brainy Smurf), Meghan Trainor (voice of Melody Smurf and performer of the original song “I’m a Lady”), and Jeff Dunham (voice of Farmer Smurf), and by the filmmakers, including director Kelly Asbury, writers Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon, and producers Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews. Véronique Culliford, daughter of Pierre Culliford (also known as Peyo), creator of the Smurfs, will also be in attendance.

Joining them will be several dignitaries from Culver City, including Mayor Jim Clarke, Vice Mayor Jeff Cooper, Councilmember Göran Eriksson, City Attorney Carol Schwab, Police Chief Scott Bixby, Fire Battalion Chief Rob Kohlhepp, and CCUSD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joshua Arnold, as well as several Culver City businesses, who have given back to Culver City by “blue-tifying” their businesses to celebrate Culver City and the coming of Spring with the Smurfs, and schoolchildren, who have participated locally by planting flowers throughout the city.

The donation will be received by Daniel Hernandez, Culver City Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services.

Commenting on the announcement, Kristine Belson, president of Sony Pictures Animation, said, “Culver City is home to Sony Pictures – we shop locally and eat at all the amazing restaurants throughout Culver City; we participate in community and volunteer events; and have initiated and sustained many programs that support Culver City schools and the community. We could not be more thrilled to be part of what makes Culver City a great place to live and work – and tomorrow’s celebration is a wonderful way for us all to come together.”

Culver City Mayor Jim Clarke added, “We’re proud of our neighbors at Sony Pictures, who have always proven to be wonderful members of our community – we’re grateful for their donation and thrilled to be celebrating the World Premiere of Smurfs: The Lost Village with them. Culver City has been the Heart of Screenland for 100 years, and in that time, so many classic movies have been filmed here, but tomorrow will be the very first time that we have been honored to host a World Premiere. This event is a special occasion for us.”

Véronique Culliford added, “I’m so proud that Culver City has been named America’s Official Smurfs Village. Our friends at Sony Pictures have always welcomed us with open arms and it’s always been a wonderful pleasure to visit Culver City.”

Smurfs: The Lost Village opens Friday 31 March 2017 in South African cinemas. Read the SAMDB review of Smurfs: The Lost Village.

Film Review

Smurfs: The Lost Village : Review

An all new take on The Smurfs, and this time it’s fully animated. Smurfs. Living in their secret village, lead by Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin), life seems good, fun and routine. That is, until some Smurfs go wandering when they should have stayed in the safe confines of the village.

The Lost Village follows Smurfette (Demi Lovato), and friends Brainy (Danny Pudi – Star Trek: Beyond, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello ) as they race to The Forbidden Forest, trying ever so hard to keep away from the wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson), and stumbling upon the biggest secret in Smurf history.

The totally new focus this film takes to telling the Smurf story, means it is devoid of any live characters. This does mean that much more can be done to create a very unique and magical environment for the characters to exist in, but it does feel as if it has taken away a little “something” from some of the characters. Azrael, Gargamel’s cat, is not as cute or entertaining as he was in the other films, but he does steal several scenes from his wizard master.

The animation is superb, and colourful, but the story feels ever so slightly linear. The Smurfs spot something, and the move to that location, the find something more, and move ahead again, meaning the film is likely targeted more at younger viewers, without too much for older audiences. Still a fun and entertaining story, just one that has a simple plot.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is a great film for the school holidays, and is sure to keep the young ones entertained, laughing and happy. The film opens Friday 31 March 2017 in South Africa.


Q&A With Going In Style Director Zack Braff

Going in Style, starring oscar winners Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby), Michael Caine (The Cider House Rules, Hannah and Her Sisters) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) team up as lifelong buddies Willie, Joe and Albert, who decide to buck retirement and step off the straight-and-narrow for the first time in their lives when their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty.

Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, the three risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money, in director Zach Braff’s comedy “Going in Style.”

Also starring are two-time Oscar nominee Ann-Margret (Tommy, Carnal Knowledge), Joey King (The Conjuring, Wish I Was Here), John Ortiz (“Kong: Skull Island”), Peter Serafinowicz (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), and Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”), with Oscar nominee Matt Dillon (“Crash”) and Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future” trilogy).

Zach Braff (“Garden State,” “Wish I Was Here”) directed from a screenplay by Oscar nominee Theodore Melfi (“Hidden Figures,” “St. Vincent”).

Going in Style is a remake of the 1979 film of the same name, directed then by Martin Brest, and starring George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg.

ZACH BRAFF (Director) Q&A

What attracted you to Going in Style?

There were many things. If it had been just a big, fun movie, I would have been intrigued, and then if you told me Ted Melfi wrote it, I would have been more intrigued. And Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin are probably my favorite actors. So I just couldn’t believe that New Line was interested in me directing the film.

What I’m really drawn to is a mix of comedy and heart, and that’s what we all wanted for Going in Style. We were all on the same page. I was thrilled when they asked me to direct it.

Working with these three iconic actors must have provided many unforgettable moments for you on set. But was there a particular scene that was especially memorable for you?

There are so many. I think one of the funniest scenes to shoot was in the aftermath of the guys attempting to rob a convenience store, and Michael and Morgan are attempting to escape the scene of the crime in an electric shopping cart. It was a pretty elaborate stunt with Morgan in a basket in the cart and Michael driving it. We shot it in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, which has a lot of traffic, through which the cart had to be driven. We had planned to use stunt doubles for Morgan and Michael for most of the scene, but they kept saying, “No, we can do that. We can do that.” They ended up doing almost every stunt in the sequence.

I was laughing almost the entire time we shot that scene. We had rigged the basket to accommodate Morgan and make sure he was comfortable. We did such a good job he didn’t want to get out of the basket. So Morgan spent the whole day just lounging in the basket like it was a comfortable chair.

You mentioned shooting in Williamsburg. Why was important to shoot on location in New York?

First of all, I love the crews here, and I wanted to avoid shooting on stages, where you can lose some realism. Also, we wanted to pay homage to the original [1979] Going in Style, directed by Martin Brest. We shot in many of the same neighborhoods took place in the same neighborhoods that were used in that film.

The film has a fun and relatable theme about these three guys joining forces to buck the system and get what’s rightfully theirs.

Audiences are having a lot of fun with that idea—of people getting what’s rightfully theirs. These guys have a firm morality; they don’t want a dime more than what’s owed them. In fact, they’re robbing the very bank that has their money.

Why was it important to add the love story between Alan Arkin’s character, Albert, and Ann-Margret’s Annie?

We wanted to show that people can find love at any age. That’s something you don’t see very often in today’s movies.

Albert is kind of a grumpy guy. He thinks he’s done with women—until Annie charms him back into dating. It’s interesting to me that Annie is the aggressor in that relationship. She is still interested in sex and in falling in love. They remind us that being a senior doesn’t mean you’ve lost that need for love and closeness.

Early in the film, there’s a big action scene in which Michael Caine’s character, Joe, witnesses a bank heist. Do you like shooting action?

It’s a lot of fun to shoot action scenes. I felt like a kid who had been given all the toys in the toy store. Before Going in Style, I had directed some action sequences, for Scrubs. But I had never before directed action on the scale of that bank robbery.

What do you hope audiences experience when they watch Going in Style?

This is the perfect film for family members to experience together. Going in Style has something for everybody. Ten year olds will have fun with it, as will their parents and grandparents. It’s my favorite kind of comedy, with an amazing cast, lots of laughs, as well as a big heart and even some social commentary.


IT – Guaranteed Chills! At Cinemas 15 September 2017

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

“IT” stars Bill Skarsgård (“Allegiant,” TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (“Midnight Special”), Jeremy Ray Taylor (“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip”), Sophia Lillis (“37”), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s “Stranger Things”), Wyatt Oleff (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming “Cops and Robbers”), Jack Dylan Grazer (“Tales of Halloween”) and Nicholas Hamilton (“Captain Fantastic”).

Muschietti is directing “IT” from a screenplay adapted by Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg and Barbara Muschietti are producing, with Marty P. Ewing, Doug Davison and Jon Silk serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Chung-Hoon Chung (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), production designer Claude Paré (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), editor Jason Ballantine (“The Great Gatsby”), and costume designer Janie Bryant (TV’s “Mad Men”).

A presentation of New Line Cinema, “IT” will be released worldwide beginning September 8, 2017, by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company. In South Africa, the film releases on the 15th September 2017.