TV pick: July 20-26

2014-07-20 15:00

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What to watch on TV this week.

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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

Studio Universal

Sunday, 6pm

In this live action prequel to the 1994 comedy hit, the Flintstones and the Rubbles go on a trip to Rock Vegas, where Wilma is pursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller. Appearances by Joan Collins and Alan Cumming.

Rambo (2008)

Mzansi Magic

Sunday, 8pm

In Thailand, John Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma. The Karen people of the region have endured brutally oppressive rule and Rambo decides to rescue them.

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

M-Net

Sunday, 8.05pm

Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman star in this action-packed sequel to Thor. Chris Hemsworth reprises his role. Thor must save his home, his true love and the universe from the sinister Dark Elves.

In The Line Of Duty (2014)

Mzansi Magic

Wednesday, 9.30pm

A police officer kills his best friend while performing his duties. He is inconsolable when the family of the deceased rejects his apology. He is desperate to be forgiven and eventually does the unthinkable for forgiveness.

Tshiitamune (2013)

Mzansi Magic

Wednesday, 10.30pm

Four sisters struggle to keep their heads above water when they lose both parents in a fatal accident. While the eldest does her best to keep the family together, another is a rebel captivated by fantasies that can only lead to disaster.

Treasure Island (2012)

Universal Channel

Thursday, 8pm

This classic pirate yarn has been adapted for film and TV more than 50 times. Eddie Izzard stars as Long John Silver, who signs on as the ship’s cook when young Jim Hawkins (Toby Regbo) and his friends set sail to follow a map to buried treasure. But Silver was a treacherous comrade of the bloodthirsty buccaneer who buried the loot and secretly plans to lead a mutiny and seize it for himself.

Izintombi Zodwa (2013)

Mzansi Magic

Friday, 7pm

A conservative girl leads a group called Izintombi Zodwa, where members vow to stay away from boys and focus only on schoolwork because they believe boys are a distraction. But the leader then falls in love with a boy.

Blue Streak (1999)

Mzansi Magic

Friday, 9pm

This buddy-cop flick is about a former convict who poses as a cop to retrieve a diamond he stole years ago in a heist in Los Angeles. Starring Martin Lawrence, Dave Chappelle and Luke Wilson.

Evan Almighty (2007)

Mzansi Magic

Saturday, 9.30pm

Newsman Evan Baxter is elected to Congress and moves into a huge house in a new suburb. But there’s a catch: God contacts Evan and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.

On the box

SUN 20.07

Stars of Music

E! Entertainment, 12pm

New show

Learn more about your favourite musicians on the hour, every hour, this afternoon. See how they reveal more about themselves and their turbulent journey in the industry.

Star Rated: Most Entertaining Golfers

Trace Sport Stars, 8pm

Criticised as a game for the rich or a pastime for the retired, golf isn’t often seen as the most exciting of sports. But in this age of stylish clothing, dramatic Ryder Cup climaxes and incredible performances by upcoming talent, the sport is attracting a younger generation to the greens.

American Horror Story

M-Net Series Zone, 10pm

New season

A young girl is shattered to discover she possesses a strange genetic affliction tracing back to the dark days of Salem. She is whisked away to Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, a mysterious school in New Orleans devoted to safeguarding the few remaining descendants who share this unique bloodline.

MON 21.07

Shay’Ingoma

Mzansi Magic Music, 5pm

New season

Enjoy 12 home-grown traditional songs by various artists, as selected by a leading traditional music star. Between songs, our music star guest gives their insight on each featured track.

Defiance

M-Net Series Showcase, 10pm

New season

In 2013, a giant fleet of mixed alien races arrives on earth and throws the world into chaos. Decades later, a former marine and his adoptive alien daughter travel to a town that was once St Louis.

TUE 22.07

Psych

Universal Channel, 8pm

Season finale

It’s change all the way in the Santa Barbara Police Department. The mayor loses patience with the team and hires meticulous, hard-nosed consultant Harris Trout, played by Anthony Michael Hall, to sort out the situation. Trout has many peculiarities himself but is very much not the sort to put up with nonsense like psychic detectives, fake or otherwise.

Ray Donovan

M-Net, 9.30pm

New season

Ray Donovan is a professional “fixer” for the rich and famous in LA. He can make anyone’s problems disappear, except those created by his own family.

WED 23.07

Appalachian Outlaws

History, 8.30pm

Sweeping some 2?400km from New York to Georgia, the Appalachian Mountains are a historic time capsule – a place where a way of life built around hunting, trapping and trading hasn’t changed since the early 1700s. Furs, ginseng and moonshine still provide the basis of the economy.

THU 24.07

Top 20 From The Hood

Trace Sport Stars, 9pm

Be entertained by stories of rags-to-riches sports stars. See how Thierry Henry emerged from the Parisian ghetto to becoming a soccer legend. Mike Tyson grew up in high-crime neighbourhoods and had been arrested 38 times by his 13th birthday. But he still made it up the boxing ranks to become a sports icon.

Ex-Wives

E! Entertainment, 9pm

Get the inside scoop from some of reality TV’s best-known and most infamous stars on the breakdown of their marriages and how they coped with divorces in the public space.

Masters of Sex

M-Net Series Showcase, 10pm

New show

Obstetrician Dr William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) teams up with divorcée Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) to conduct pioneering research that unleashes the sexual revolution.

Project Runway

M-Net Series Reality, 11.30pm

Season finale

The new top designer on Heidi Klum’s reality show is crowned tonight with Jennifer Hudson as the guest judge. Will it be Christopher, Fabio, Mellissa or Dmitry?

FRI 25.07

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Vuzu, 7.30pm

Hoping for an afternoon of fun, Kim invites the ladies to a funky and colourful circus school, but tensions mount as Brandi believes Kyle labelled her a bully in the tabloids. Later, Lisa finds herself embroiled in the drama when an accusation by Joyce leaves her and the other women baffled.

Growing Up Fisher

M-Net Series Showcase, 7.30pm

New show

Created by DJ Nash, this is about the family of 11-year-old Henry, played by Eli Baker, which begins to function after the divorce of his parents. It follows everyday situations the family goes through, often involving Henry’s sister Katie, played by Ava Deluca-Verley, and normal situations the parents handle in a comical way.

The Face

M-Net Series Reality, 8.20pm

Three supermodel coaches go head to head with their protégés in this modelling talent search show. See how ramp queens like Naomi Campbell and Karolína Kurková share their wisdom with the next generation.

Sing Off

M-Net Series Reality, 9.40pm

Season finale

Nick Lachey hosts the final round of the a capella singing competition, as adjudicated by Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, singer Jewel and Ben Folds. Who’s it going to be, Vocal Rush, Ten or Home Free?

Revenge

M-Net Series Zone, 10pm

New season

It all starts in the Hamptons as Emily Thorne’s course of revenge is renewed and set against an unexpected timeline. Meanwhile, the return of Victoria Grayson’s son brings changes and complications to the all-powerful family.

SAT 26.07

Please Call Me

Mzansi Magic Music, 6pm

The interactive live show allows viewers to send a “please call me” to 060?473?6260. Presenters Vinolia “V-Mash” Mashego, Zanele “Nestum” Nyakale and funnyman Pule Welch call them back and let them request any music video they want.

Crisis

M-Net, 7pm

Season finale

When the children of Washington DC’s elite are kidnapped on a school field trip, a national crisis erupts. Government agencies work to find the mastermind behind the abduction.

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