A feast of reality TV

2011-01-31 00:00

SABC3 is offering viewers a feast of reality television. From 9 pm on Friday, February 4, you can watch season one of The Hills.

This MTV series follows the lives of former Laguna Beach beauty queen Lauren Conrad; Audrina Patridge, who dreams of being a model and actress; Heidi Montag, who has to decide whether she will stay in and study or get paid to go out every night; and Whitney Port, who dreams of making it big in fashion.

A spinoff of MTV’s hit franchise Laguna Beach, The Hills is narrated by Lauren who struggles to find trustworthy friends while mastering college, internships and her budding fashion career.

Also starting on Friday is Run’s House, which stars Rev Run (aka Joey Simmons) of rap group Run DMC.

Made by Sean “P Diddy” Combs and Russell Simmons, the show (which will be broadcast at 8.30 pm) focuses on Run as he raises his family of five children, aged from eight to 21, with his loving wife, Justine.

“My family is my ministry,” says Run, “I’m gonna raise it up with or without cameras. But I’m excited to do it on MTV.”

In episode one, his daughter Angela is graduating from high school and Run plans to reward her for being a straight-A student and the family’s “role model” by throwing her a party.

Last but not least is Cribs, a reality television programme that features tours of the houses and mansions of celebrities, from Kim Kardashian and Bow Wow to Perez Hilton, Akon, 50 Cent and many more.

The show can be seen at 8 pm on Fridays.

Other highlights this week include:

MONDAY

• Dark Blue — M-Net Series (channel 110), 8.30 pm: Action drama about officer Carter Shaw who has dedicated his life to take down the worst criminals in LA to the point that it has cost him his wife’s life and what is left of his own.

• The Bridge — Sony Entertainment Television (channel 113), 8.30 pm: When dedicated street cop Frank Leo becomes head of his local police union, he’s determined to put ordinary cops first and to face down corruption in the ranks.

TUESDAY

• The South African Story with Archbishop Desmond Tutu — SABC3, 8 pm: Tutu begins his travels across South Africa with a visit to Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, a tour of the Cape Winelands, and a visit to the old prison in Paarl where Nelson Mandela walked to freedom. Along the way he reflects on the arrival of Dutch colonialists and Asian slaves.

• Lincoln Heights — SABC1, 10 pm: American drama about Eddie Sutton, a Los Angeles police officer who moves his family back to his old neighbourhood, Lincoln Heights, to start a new life.

WEDNESDAY

• Hola Ha Monate — SABC 2, 11.30 am: This episode focuses on the importance of planning for old age and the essentials to acquire before you reach retirement.

THURSDAY

• Top Billing — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Find out how Lee-Anne Pace, from Mossel Bay, became Europe’s top female golfer; and why Riverdance stands out from other productions that have emerged from Ireland.

FRIDAY

• Music Moves Me — SABC2, 4.30 pm: This week’s guest performers are Kwesta, who always dreamt of being a rapper and is rapidly gaining a following, and Puddy Zwennis, a pro-skater who recently made one of his dreams a reality when he skated from Johannesburg to Cape Town!

• Rivals in Romance — M-Net, 7.30 pm: Hunky bachelors Jonathan Klopper and Paul Phiri continue to look for “the one” from a bevy of beauties in this local reality series.

The ladies, meanwhile, are divided into teams for challenges that test both their endurance and how far they will go for love.

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