Hot new series on the box this week

2010-05-10 00:00

TWO new series and an old favourite return to M-Net Action (DStv channel 106) this week.

Tonight, the Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) — who lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force 26 years ago and were then raised by their father to fight paranormal evil — are back for a fifth season of Supernatural at 7 pm.

Picking up where the season four finale left off, Dean and Sam must deal with the aftermath of Lucifer rising from hell and the news from Chuck the Prophet that Castiel was blown to bits by the archangels.

Starting at 7 pm on Thursday is the drama series Southland, which takes a closer look at the lives of cops, criminals, victims and their families. At the centre of the series is John Cooper (Michael Cudlitz), a seasoned Los Angeles cop assigned to train young rookie Ben Sherman (The OC’s Benjamin McKenzie), but his honest, no-nonsense approach to the job leaves Sherman questioning whether he has what it takes to become a police officer.

Last, but not least, is the new Friday night series Criminal Minds, which airs at 7 pm and revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyse the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again.

Other highlights this week include:

TODAY

• 50/50 — SABC2, 7.30 pm: The team examines the crucial role played by bees in the natural environment, and how that role is now under threat.

• Georgia O’Keefe — M-Net, 9.30 pm: Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen star in the true life drama of Georgia O’Keefe, one of America’s most acclaimed artists. The film focuses on her relationship with renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz, whom she met in 1916 while he was still married and she was still relatively unknown.

TOMORROW

• 4Play: Sex Tips For Girls — e.tv, 9 pm: There is a Valentine’s rush at Noma’s Hair & Beauty when disaster strikes in the form of three blocked sinks; Amira is humiliated by Bra Louis, who orders her to strip naked to secure a job as a backing vocalist; and Noma hides rumours of Brian and Portia’s affair from Nox.

• Dexter — M-Net, 9.30 pm: Fans of the show cannot afford to miss tonight’s gripping finale, which will see a showdown between Dexter and the Trinity Killer, and Debra unearthing a deeply hidden truth.

WEDNESDAY

• Planet Parent — e.tv, 12.10 pm: Today there are new shots to protect against strep, pneumonia, chickenpox and a form of meningitis. Doctors say it means more protection against serious diseases, but some parents worry that the needle could be a double-edged sword, preventing some diseases but causing other health problems.

• Law & Order Special Victims Unit — SABC3, 10.15 pm: When a newborn baby boy is discovered in the rubbish, detectives Benson and Stabler trace the crime back to a well-to-do college co-ed.

THURSDAY

• Bill Engvall — M-Net Series, 9 pm: Bill Engvall stars as a suburban Denver family counsellor, whose own family could use a dose of professional help.

FRIDAY

• Finding Neverland — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Johnny Depp plays Sir James Barrie, author of Peter Pan, in this film which chronicles his friendship with a family of four fatherless boys and their ailing mother (Kate Winslet).

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