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LEGO® City Adventures Premiers On Nickelodeon

Since the creation of the first brick nearly 60 years ago, LEGO® bricks have captured the imaginations of young and old, and remain as culturally relevant today as they always were.

Building on this continued interest,Nickelodeon will be adding a brand-new show to its kids’ entertainment line-up. Premiering this November, The LEGO Group, one of the biggest kids’ toymakers and animation studios, will see its LEGO City Adventures series premiere on Nickelodeon(DStv channel 305).

Aimed at children aged eight to 12 years, LEGO City Adventures is loaded with hysterical, action-packed and often absurd slices of urban life. The CG-animated comedy series explores the hopes, dreams and misadventures of an ever-expanding community of unique characters. Brick by brick, LEGO City Adventures offers a rollercoaster ride of non-stop fun, with unorthodox silliness and heroic moments in every episode!

Tasania Parsadh, Nickelodeon Channel Director at Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa), commented on the recent acquisition of the show saying,“We’re very excited about the newly found partnership with the LEGO Group, considering how well-positioned they are to engage children and families with relevant programming. Creating imaginative and innovative content for kids has always been the main driving force for Nickelodeon and partnering with companies who share these values is how we intend to extend our legacy.”

Both parents and kids can look forward to LEGO City Adventures premiering weekdays at 15:55 on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305), starting 25 November.

Created and produced by LEGO Group, LEGO City Adventures is produced by Flaunt Animation (Scotland) and Passion Pictures (France) and written by Jon Colton Barry (Phineas and Ferb), Steven Banks (SpongeBob SquarePants), Jamie Moyer (Modern Family) and Brian Hunt (Second City Chicago). Jason Oliveri is the executive in charge of LEGO City Adventures for Nickelodeon.

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Eython Is Searching For Genuine Love On M-Net’s Finding The One

The big game of love continues this week as Eython Phillips searches for his suitor on M-Net’s Finding The One

The twenty-seven-year-old singleton is from the little community of Kraaifontein in the Western Cape and is a part-time rapper and full-time real estate agent by profession.

After a painful break-up less than a year ago, Eython is now ready to settle down and find genuine love. To do this, he entrusts the job of finding him the one to his adoring family and best friend. First up is his brother from another mother, Dean Jurgens (31) who knows exactly what Eython’s type is, followed by Liezel Phillips (46) his mom, who wants Eython to settle down with a nice young lady so that she can have some grandbabies and finally Keana Phillips (20), Eython’s sister who believes that she knows what will be good for him as well as the family.

Eython’s mom along with Dean, take the selected candidates on a group date, to suss out who’s got the potential to take care of her son, while Keana and Eython have fun exploring the girls’ homes. Will Eython’s family find him what he is looking for and renew his faith in love? Tune in to find out!

Finding The One will be screened on M-Net 101 every Sunday at 18:00 from 6 October 2019. It will also be available on DStv CatchUp. Fans can visit www.mnet.tv/findingtheone and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet & Instagram @Mnettv / #FindingTheOne and on the official M-Net Facebook page .

Finding The One is produced by Okuhle Media.

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History And Lifetime Channels Remain On DStv

MultiChoice is delighted to have reached an agreement with A+E Networks Africa to extend the current contract to air HISTORY and LIFETIME channels on the DStv platform. The extension of the contract, which was set to expire at the end of October, will ensure that viewers continue to enjoy their favourite factual entertainment shows on HISTORY, alongside exciting entertainment series on LIFETIME.

This means that viewers won’t lose out on amazing Lifetime programmes which include the premiere of Heartbreak Island, new seasons of Married at First Sight and the upcoming series Surviving Jeffery Epstein.

Diehard History fans can look forward to new seasons of favourites including, Curse of Oak Island and Forged in Fire as well as factual series such as Watergate and Rise of the Superbombs.

“We are excited to have reached this agreement as it allows us to ensure we meet our commitment to get the best programming for our customers, based on commercial terms that make sense and provide a value for money offering to customers. We are pleased that Lifetime will also now be available to our Compact customers from Friday 1st November”, commented Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment.

“We appreciate our customers’ patience and feedback and have their best interests in mind as we continue to work hard to improve our entertainment offering”, Phahle continued.

“We are pleased to have agreed a long-term renewal of our flagship brands, HISTORY and LIFETIME in Africa with our partners, DStv. As part of this renewal, the new distribution of LIFETIME in Compact presents an exciting opportunity to reach millions of new viewers with our unique programming offering”, commented Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director A+E Networks EMEA.

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 13 October 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 13 October 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

BEHIND THE SCENES > ACTION

Inside the JMPD’s Crack Crimefighting Squad

With its bright lights and bustling business districts, Johannesburg remains one of the most attractive cities in the world, but drug dealers, hijackers and armed criminals are trying to take over these streets. Now, the JMPD’s K9 unit is fighting back, working to prevent criminals from gaining the upper hand. Leaving their homes and families to patrol the city’s streets every night, dedicated officers are primed for any and all situations. Carte Blanche rides shotgun with this elite unit.

Producer: Sasha Schwendenwein
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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EMPOWERING > INSTRUCTIVE

Radon Alert

Millions of South Africans are exposed to radioactive radon gas in their homes and workplaces every day, as the naturally occurring gas escapes through cracks in the earth. The second leading cause of lung cancer in several countries, radon breaks down and when inhaled, decaying atoms emit alpha radiation that can damage the DNA. There are no safe levels of radon concentration. The United States Environmental Protection Agency emphasises any radon exposure has some risk of causing lung cancer. Carte Blanche investigates why South Africa has no regulations to protect against radon accumulation in the home and what you can do to test your home and prevent lung cancer.

Producer: Eugene Botha
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Going to Work in the 4th Industrial Revolution

From contact centres to production lines, artificial intelligence in the workplace can bring about great efficiency, faster services, and quick turnaround times for customers. For business owners, AI helps eliminate human error, waste and costs. But for workers, the fourth industrial revolution spells great unease and uncertainty. Carte Blanche unpacks the prospects for employees when automation threatens jobs in a country with nearly 30% unemployment.

Producer: Julian Sun
Presenter: Masa Kekana

A Defence against Allergies?

An asthma attack, the dreaded breakout of hives, and near-death experiences – that’s what many people suffering from food allergies risk every day with every meal. Research shows that high antibiotic exposure, environmental changes, genetics and fast food ingestion are just some of the factors which can cause allergies – but is there another way to prevent them early on in life? Now, results from a ground-breaking South African study focusing on the impact of exposure to a rural environment and farm animals, could hold the answers to reducing the prevalence of food allergies.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 06 October 2019

Calling for Action: Carte Blanche‎ this Sunday

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 6 October 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Claire Mawisa: “I know we have drought fatigue and we’re tired of hearing the stories… But people’s lives are at risk here in the Northern Cape. It is heart-breaking, as I feel like these are the forgotten people!”

INVESTIGATIONS > ACTION

Karoo Drought at Crisis Point

Known to be arid and unforgiving at the best of times, the worst of times has now beset the Central Karoo. The rains have come for most drought-stricken areas across the country, but in this crucial sheep-producing area, it’s been six dry years and counting. 60 000 workers in the region have lost their jobs. Carte Blanche revisits the towns where the economy is collapsing under the weight of destitute workers and their families seeking refuge, the only meal many children get is provided by the schools’ feeding scheme as farmers and the town businesses are forced to retrench workers.

Producer: Liz Fish
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

School of Shattered Dreams

For a number of girls and boys attending a well-known dance academy in Gauteng, dreams of making it big on the stage have turned to dust as they say they were exposed to a sex grooming ring in the school. Speaking out for the first time, three of the learners and their mothers reveal how the allegations of grooming and assault were reported to police. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Masa Kekana

EMPOWERING > ENLIGHTENING

A Defence against Allergies?

An asthma attack, the dreaded breakout of hives, and near death experiences – that’s what many people suffering from food allergies risk every day with every meal. Research shows that high antibiotic exposure, environmental changes, genetics and fast food ingestion are just some of the factors which can cause allergies – but is there another way to prevent them early on in life? Now,results from a ground-breaking South African study focusing on the impact of exposure to a rural environment and farm animals, could hold the answers to reducing the prevalence of food allergies.

Producer: Mart-Marie Faure
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

One More Orbit

They stood at the precipice of history, a rare opportunity to pay tribute to one of the greatest historical events of our time – the moment the Apollo 11 lifted off from earth, destination, the moon. Now, exactly 50 years later, the One More Orbit international flight crew which included South African Jeremy Ascough took on the adventure of a lifetime, setting out to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the earth via the north and south poles. It was a feat attempted by others twice before, but this time, the team intended to finally obliterate the record. With a staggering 54 hours and 7 minutes to beat, could they do it?

Producer: Michael Duffett
Presenter: Derek Watts
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The Housewives Are Back

If the song ‘Fancy’ by Drake is anything to go by then this is the show for you

They do lavish, facebeats, lashes, and ball gowns, and only the best for this group of ladies. Glamour is not a question, money is not an issue and drama is the name of the game. 1Magic is thrilled to be bringing back its viewers their favourite reality franchise, the Real Housewives of Johannesburg.

“Friday prime time television is about to get better. The Real Housewives of Johannesburg Season 2 will keep viewers on their seats and entertained,” says Philly Kubheka Head of PR and Publicity.

Season 2 promises the usual over the top splendor and entertainment, expect more sparkle, over the top parties, expensive shoes and bigger handbags. The Real Housewives of Johannesburg introduces five new game changing queens and will premiere on Friday, 18 October 2019 at 19:00 on 1Magic.

Be sure to tune into your screens with anticipation as we bring back our songstress and former lawyer turned businesswoman, Christall Kay as she takes us on a journey with her growing music career. She also learns to juggle new dynamics and everyday pressures of daily life and making “new friends.” We also get a glimpse into her charitable side that is as full of sparkle as she is.

Christall Kay

Another returning fan favourite is Brinnette Seopela. The beauty and cosmetic entrepreneur is on the rise with major plans in the pipeline. Audiences fell in love with her gorgeous spirit and looks in Season 1, while she was planning the most lavish traditional and white wedding. Golf is the new love in her life as she rebuilds and reinvents her business.

Brinnette Seopela

Amongst these driven and charming ladies is Welkom born, Lebo Gunguluza, who is married to a well-known businessman, Lebo Gunguluza. She has published The South African Music Awards (SAMA) magazine for past 5 years, and was dubbed SA’s youngest publisher. She’s currently working on another bestseller that’s set to equip women and young girls with great life tools. She is known for saying“My definition of wealth is sleeping, waking up and still making money.”

Lebo Gunguluza

We will also meet Lethabo ‘Lejoy’ Mathatho, who is hard to miss with banging blonde locks and a personality to match. She comes all the way from Seshego, Limpopo. Lethabo is a founder of LeJoy Foundation that is set to change lives. Lethabo is a Radio and TV presenter who studied Journalism at TUT, and has become a role model in her community on a mission to empower those less fortunate. She usually says “I know where to find gold. I don’t need a man.”

Lethabo ‘Lejoy’ Mathatho

Nompumelelo “Mrs Mops” Mophatlane is the quintessential Housewife married to an IT mogul Isaac Mophatlane. Born in the east of Johannesburg Tsakane, Mrs Mops is a drama and theatre graduate from the University Of Witwatersrand (WITS). The mother of 3 enjoys boxing and yoga.

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Amongst the new Housewives is the worldly free spirited Botswana born, UK raised mother of 5. Mpho Merriweather is a chic wife, Afropunk Project Manager and trained Jewellery Designer. She’s considered the life of a party, a global nomad.

Mpho Merriweather

The gorgeous Tarina Patel is a Bollywood star and businesswoman born in Cape Town and raised in Durban. The Psychology (cum laude) graduate has been in a number of Bollywood films and South African soapies. She starred in a film called ‘One night with the King’.

Tarina Patel

Don’t miss the premiere of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S2 on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103) on Friday, 18 October 2019 at 19:00.

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#Lifetimelovers In For A Treat

Sizzling new shows and instant prizes up for grabs

ifetime, DStv 131, is showing viewers the love with their #LifetimeLovers campaign this summer. Through the innovative campaign viewers stand the chance of winning instant vouchers and can expect loads of new shows in the coming months.

With gripping reality series, moving relationship shows and binge-worthy movies on the way it’s never too late to become #LifetimeLovers.

October

October is filled with hard-hitting reality. In the latest season of Intervention (3 October at 9.55pm) relatives share how their loved ones have been gripped by addiction and brought to the brink of destruction. America’s original decluttering obsession Hoarders (24 October at 9.55pm), now in season 10, is also high in shock value as families struggle to keep ahead of the piles of things that have taken over their lives. Therapists, professional organisers and extreme cleaning crews are enlisted to clear the absolute chaos in these people’s lives.

November

Additional reality premiers include the brand-new series Cheerleader Generation (21 November at 8.05pm) and Ms T’s Music Factory (21 November at 9pm). Cheerleader Generation follows the competitive lives of two groups of hardworking cheerleaders and their completely dedicated coaches. Then in another exclusive, Ms T’s Music Factory former recording artist turned music manager and performance coach, Temmora Levy, is on the hunt to find her next star. She won’t stop at anything; even pushy parents had better stay out of her way!

Ten years ago, Psychic Kids chronicled the journeys of children who were learning to control their extraordinary abilities. In Psychic Kids: The Next Generation (27 November at 9pm) those original children are now successful young adults and empowering a new generation of young psychics.

Monica The Medium (27 November at 8.05pm) is a college student with a difference; she can talk to dead people. Monica uses her unique abilities to help clients communicate with loved ones who are no longer around and to deliver healing messages from the afterlife.

In the coming months Lifetime will continue to be the ultimate destination for wedding and relationship shows, with new series’ Marrying Millions, already on air (Fridays at 9pm), and Heartbreak Island and a new season of Married at First Sight.

Marrying Millions follows the love lives of six unlikely couples who hope to get married but come from completely different worlds – one partner is incredibly wealthy and the other is most certainly not. Are these stories of true love or simply true love of their newfound lavish lifestyles?

A brand-new season of Married at First Sight (15 November, 8.05pm) will have #LifetimeLovers rooting for the eight new singles who agree to legally get married to a stranger at the altar. The massively popular relationship show heads to Charlotte, North Carolina for season 9 and for the first time ever all the couples stay in the same apartment complex.

December

Love and tactics will collide in Heartbreak Island in December. In this hot new series twelve single guys and girls put everything on the line in a bid to find their perfect match and win $100,000.

Movies

Home to ‘made-for-TV’ movies, Lifetime will celebrate Book Club Month in October, every Saturday and Sunday at 7.20pm. Lifetime’s book to screen series features original movies based on novels by international bestselling author Jane Green and the second of V.C. Andrews’ serialized novels, following the Casteel Family. November and December are also jam-packed with fresh Lifetime Original Movies.

#LifetimeLovers relish all the drama, all the romance and all the intrigue that comes with reality series, relationship shows and made for TV movies. They also stand the chance of winning instant Uber ride, Uber Eats, Takealot and Sorbet vouchers. Winning is as simple as following and engaging with Lifetime on social media. Weekly cash prizes are also up for grabs. Follow @LifetimeSA on Twitter for more details, T’s and C’s apply.

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Triple Treat Live On SuperSport

Whether it’s from East London or Los Angeles, this weekend’s best boxing will enjoy live coverage on SuperSport

On Sunday afternoon, SA boxing prodigy Azinga Fuzile will move one step closer to a world championship shot when he fights an IBF eliminator against Russia’s dangerous Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov in East London.

Fuzile hasn’t put a step wrong in his five-year pro career and Rakhimov represents a big jump in his level of opposition. The Russian, who has an identical 14-0 record, already has a pair of wins over SA opposition (Rofhiwa Maemu and Malcolm Klaassen) and will be determined to claim a third on Sunday.

But he’ll have it all to do given Fuzile’s movement and outstanding fighting instincts, not to speak of the Orient Theatre’s intimidating environment.

The tournament will be streamed live on DStv Now (SS Play) with a repeat on SuperSport 4 (SS4) from 18:00.

Also on Sunday, two of the world’s best welterweights will collide in LA when unbeaten southpaw banger Errol Spence, the IBF champion, fights WBC champion Shawn Porter (SuperSport 6, from 03:00).

Spence is commonly rated among the five best pound-for-pound fighters, but ought to have his hands full against Porter, a rugged mauler who mixes explosiveness with recklessness.

The ingredients are in place for a compelling fight with Spence having vowed to knock his American rival out and Porter dead keen to up-end his underdog status.

Earlier, on Friday night (SuperSport 10, 19:00), SA mini-flyweight champion Xolisa Magusha will defend his title against fourth-ranked Sibusiso Bandla in East London.

Southpaw Magusha is excitement on legs, a non-stop puncher who is never in a bad fight.

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche: We Won’t Back Down – 29 September 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 29 September 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

In this special 90-minute extended broadcast we revisit several stories from the last year to find out if our truth has brought any change, and if not, why not? Interspersed between fresh investigations and gritty confronts, view several follow-up inserts on Carte Blanche this week for the answers you’ve been asking for.

INVESTIGATIONS > ACTION

Dukwana Unravels Free State Corruption

Former Free State MEC Mxolisi Dukwana is like a walking encyclopaedia on Free State corruption. His latest affidavit and testimony at the Zondo commission implicate officials, businessmen, pastors and police, and placed his former comrade, ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule at the centre of this patronage network. Carte Blanche visits the Free State to see the projects Dukwana says are corrupt.

Producer: Joy Summers | Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender

Dodgy Pool Deals

With at least 71 unhappy customers, a history of poor workmanship and non-delivery going back at least two years, Carte Blanche investigates the empty promises made by a Johannesburg pool contractor, who takes deposits but leaves clients high and dry. Winning new business with stunning proposals and claims of having finished 300 pools, expectant clientele part with up to R60 000 for their sparkling new pool, but after some basic digging and concrete work, the job remains undone.

Producer: Nicky Troll | Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Eight Seconds of Glory – South African Rodeo

From cattle rustling to showdowns at high noon, cowboys are legends. Popular culture heroes. And they’re not just in the old West. Meet South Africa’s very own cowboys – and girls – who proudly strut their stuff in the 150-year-old death-defying tradition of rodeo riding. Traditionally thought of as a man’s game, rodeo is a thrilling and dangerous extreme sport with millions of followers worldwide. Carte Blanche meets cowboys-in-training and the 22-year-old cowgirl who take on 800 kilograms of pure fury in the eight seconds of glory.

Producer: Graham Coetzer | Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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EMPOWERING > ENLIGHTENING

Deepfakes

At first used to create pornographic videos, or revenge porn, deepfake videos take fake news and malicious hoaxes to a new level or disinformation and distrust.

Producer: Eugene Botha | Presenter: Masa Kekana

Cut-throat SA Music Industry

Luxury homes, expensive cars and designer clothes – that’s the perception, but in this multi-million-Rand industry – why are so many of South Africa’s biggest musicians, earning so little?

Producers: Ntokozo & Mduduzi Miya |Presenter: Masa Kekana

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True Music Sessions Coming To Channel O

Kid Fonque and Ballantine’s presents True Music Sessions coming to Channel O

Catch it on Channel O (DStv channel 320) from Thursday 26 September 2019

Prolific DJ, producer, label owner, promoter and radio show host Kid Fonque joined forces withBallantine’s Scotch Whisky, a Pernod Ricard brand, in September 2019 for the True Music Tour across South Africa, and will now be bringing their journey to SA television screens with Kid Fonque presents True Music Sessions from Thursday 26th September 2019 on Channel O (DStv channel 320) at 21:30 CAT.

The concept of Kid Fonque Presents started in 2018 as a collaboration with Ballantine’s where Kid Fonque traveled to different cities in the country, hand picking the Dj’s on the line up and also creating a podcast called True Music Exchange. For the 2019 edition he joined forces with Ballantine’s, who since 2015 has supported credible music with a free-spirited sense of self-expression through their True Music project, and thus the Kid Fonque presents True Music Sessions was born.

In the upcoming TV show produced by Militia Broadcast, Kid Fonque and Ballantine’s have cherry picked artists that they love to showcase in the true sense of the word, doing things their way. The twenty four minutes episodes will give audiences a glimpse into their worlds, where they are able to share the passion and experiences that drive what they do and inspire the music they create, starting off with meteoric dance DJ duo Lemon & Herb in the first episode.

Other amazing and prolific artists featured on this season are as grand and diverse as South Africa’s landscapes and include; Sió, Daev Martian, Ziyon, Jazzuelle, Kususa and Nonku Phiri.

Kid Fonque said on the project: “I have always resonated with non – commercial music, music that is not intended to be on national Top 20’s, True Music. My radio show has always championed the South African underground, presenting amazing sounds from diverse artists on a weekly basis and I can’t wait to do the same thing on TV. To get in depth & personal with these creative artists and their music.”

Brand Manager for Single Malts, Keval Ramraj added: “This is the next step for us, taking a stand for True Music with artists who do it their own way. We could not think of a better way to share it with the world than on Channel O and having these artists story told through a legend, Kid Fonque.”

Kid Fonque presents True Music Sessions brought to you by Ballantine’s Scotch Whisky, a Pernod Ricard Brand premieres on Thursday 26th September 2019 on Channel O at 21:30 CAT (DStv channel 320). The extended one hour interview and artists set can be watched online on Ballantine’s YouTube page.

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