TV pick: July 13-19

2014-07-13 15:00

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What to watch on TV this week.

Big screen on the small screen.

The Wolverine (2013)


Sunday, 8.05pm

Golden Globe winner Hugh Jackman is a brooding superhero with a heart in this take on the Marvel comic. Expect action and eye-popping special effects as he slashes his way through Japan.

The Green Mile(1999)

M-Net Movie Stars

Sunday, 8pm

A convicted killer arrives at a state penitentiary in 1935 and immediately makes an impression on the guards. One in particular finds it hard to believe that he’s a killer and forms a bond with him. Starring Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Cadillac Records (2008)

Sony Entertainment Television

Wednesday, 8pm

This musical biopic charts the rise of legendary label Chess Records and its stable of successful recording artists, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry. It’s set in Chicago of the 1950s and stars Beyoncé as Etta James.

Nights From Hell (2013)

Mzansi Magic

Wednesday, 9.30pm

On the eve of the biggest party in Soweto, a group of young men decide to attend and invite a few girls to accompany them. But things turn sour on their way back from the party when all hell breaks loose.

Nyaope Gangsters (2013)

Mzansi Magic

Wednesday, 10.30pm

A jobless family man is forced to leave his family and head to the city to look for a job. But his absence affects the family when his son is introduced to drugs.

Taking Lives (2004)

Mzansi Magic

Friday, 9pm

Illeana Scott, an FBI profiler, goes to Canada to help hunt down a serial killer who killed multiple men and took the identity of each of them.

On the box

SUN 13.07

The Biggest Loser

M-Net Series Zone, 2.15pm


It’s humans versus flab as couples are weighed in as a team.

Arthur of the blue team clocks in at 230kg and is the heaviest contestant of the season. Rulon from the yellow team, at 215kg, has gone from being an Olympic gold medallist to breaking the scales.


M-Net, 5.30pm


It’s the 10th season of the talent-search competition and the auditions kick off in Joburg. The hopefuls aim for a fairy tale end, but will judges Gareth Cliff, Randall Abrahams and Unathi Msengana (pictured) be merciful?

The Amazing Race

Sony Entertainment Television, 7.35pm


Join the 11 teams as they trek 56?000km around the world. In this 23rd season, there are sports stars, a beauty queen, theatre performers, emergency room doctors and a lingerie-wearing football player.

Fifa World Cup Final

SuperSport 3, 9pm

Join the rest of the planet on the edge of your seat and witness the Germany-versus-Argentina action live from Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

MON 14.07


M-Net Series Showcase, 8pm


An alien spacecraft crashes on Earth and six-year-old Emery Whitehill befriends an alien boy named Roman before he is taken away. After 10 years, a group of Atrian teenagers are introduced into human society as an experiment where Emery and Roman reunite.

RuPaul’s Drag Race

Vuzu, 9.30pm

The queens-in-waiting put the “fear” in “fierce” as they act in a drag horror movie franchise. In keeping with the horror theme, the guest judges are Lena Headey from Game of Thrones and Linda Blair, who starred in The Exorcist.

Model TV

Style Network, 9am


Get the lowdown on the models who are spotted elegantly gliding down catwalks and gracing top magazine covers. Discover the secrets behind their beauty and how they cope with their busy lifestyles.

TUE 15.07

The Fixer

M-Net Series Zone, 7.30pm


Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington (pictured), and her posse end their third season with an explosive conclusion peppered with

murder, betrayal and an

unlikely couple flying into the sunset.

WED 16.07


M-Net Series Zone, 7.30pm


Two days after Mike and Rachel’s earth-shattering tryst, the young associate is wracked with anxiety as Rachel tries to process what happened between them and, more importantly, what Mike revealed to her.


Fashion One HD, 8.30pm

Get to know the power players, agents, bookers, scouters, casting directors and managers in modelling agencies who are behind the world’s most beautiful faces. Three houses are featured tonight?–?Elite Model Management in Barcelona, Avant Models in Warsaw and Modus Vivendis Model Management in Moscow.


M-Net Series Zone, 9pm


As mobster Nicky Augustine targets Winona to convince Raylan to turn over Drew Thompson, Boyd and Ava devise a clever ruse to dispose of a corpse that connects them to a murder.

Blue Bloods

M-Net Series Zone, 10pm


When an armed robbery ends with the death of a police officer, Frank makes it a mission for the NYPD to bring the suspects to justice.

THU 17.07

The Test

Sony Entertainment Television, 7pm


Got doubts about your relationship? Put your partner to the test in this entertaining conflict-resolution talk show hosted by Kirk Fox. Lie detectors and DNA tests are used to settle relationship and paternity disputes among the guests.

Real Housewives of Atlanta

Vuzu, 7.30pm

The ladies get on the road to the rumoured haunted mansion in Savannah and tensions spark between Mynique, NeNe’s friend, and Phaedra (pictured). After a day of sightseeing in historical Savannah, the ladies gather for cocktails only to learn the truly juicy history that lies between Mynique’s husband, Chuck, and a couple of the ladies.

Top Billing

SABC3, 8.30pm

Meet soccer star Sibusiso Vilakazi from Bidvest Wits as he reveals his love for the game and what it takes to be named footballer of the season. Get a glimpse of the sportsman and his brothers.

FRI 18.07

Best of Arthur

Mzansi Magic Music, 6pm

Dubbed the King of Kwaito, Arthur Mafokate is an institution in the South African music landscape. Watch some of his most memorable videos of hits such as Sika Lekhekhe, Oyi Oyi and Die Poppe Sal Dans.

Playing House

M-Net Series Showcase, 7.30pm


When mother-to-be Maggie asks her single and career-driven best friend, Emma, to return home from her joboverseas to attend her baby shower, she has no idea what’s truly in store.

Strictly Come Dancing

SABC3, 8pm


Celebs team up with dance professionals in this knockout competition for the disco ball trophy. All eyes are on Khanyi Mbau and Boity Thulo. Could there be some dark horses to upstage them? Watch the action live from the dance floor. The results will be revealed tomorrow at 7.30pm.

Real Husbands of Hollywood

Sony Max, 9pm


This spoof of The Real Housewives is semiscripted, part-reality, part-improvised satire as Tinseltown hubbies play fictionalised versions of themselves with funny results. See what Kevin Hart, Nelly, Boris Kodjoe, Duane Martin and JB Smoove have up their sleeves.

House of Lies

M-Net Series Showcase, 10pm


Marty Kaan, played by Don Cheadle (pictured), and his new Kaan & Associates pursue an organic-grocery-store CEO, while Clyde struggles in his new position working for Monica, who is a far more heinous boss than he could have imagined.

SAT 19.07

The Happenings

National Geographic Channel, 8.05pm


Illusionists Barry and Stuart set about making the unbelievable believable to unsuspecting residents across the UK and US. Using magic, misdirection and suggestion, they start a rumour among the townsfolk that something extraordinary is happening in the quiet place they call home.

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