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2010-03-15 00:00

RHYTHM CITY fans simply cannot afford to miss the soapie’s action -packed episodes this week.

As loyal viewers of the e.tv soap will know, resident baddie, David Genaro (Jamie Bartlett) kidnapped his heavily pregnant, ex-girlfriend, Lucilla (KB Motsilanyane) and is forcing her to walk down the aisle with him — or else she and her family will wind up dead.

There is plenty of drama before the couple get to the altar on Wednesday — and, when they finally do get there, an unexpected guest makes an explosive appearance.

Other highlights this week include:

TODAY

• The Good Wife — M-Net, 8.30 pm: While representing the daughter of one of the partners at the law firm, Alicia finds herself attracted to her co-counsel and his unorthodox approach.

• Frost-Nixon — M-Net, 9.30 pm: This Oscar-nominated film, which stars Frank Langella and Michael Sheen, offers a riveting retelling of the historic 1977 interview between disgraced U.S. president Richard Nixon and talk show host David Frost, which took place three years after he was forced from office due to the Watergate scandal.

TOMORROW

• Everybody Hates Chris — SABC3, 7.30 pm: This American comedy is inspired by the teenage experiences of comedian Chris Rock (who is also the narrator), while growing up in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1980s. In the first episode, Chris achieves poor results for an exam and Ms Morello sends him to the school’s guidance counsellor, Mr Abbott, who gives him a series of mental evaluations and decides he has to take a remedial course.

• Californication — M-Net, 10.30 pm: Novelist Hank Moody (David Duchovny) is back, still struggling to help raise his 13-year-old daughter, while trying to relaunch his writing career. His obsession with honesty and his self-destructive behaviour — alcohol, drugs and relationships — are simultaneously destroying and enriching his career, and he doesn’t mind one bit.

WEDNESDAY

• The Middle — M-Net, 7 pm: Patricia Heaton stars as Frankie Heck in this comedy about a middle-aged, middle-class wife and working mother of three, who uses her wit and sense of humour to get her family through each day.

• Bar-One Manhunt — SABC3, 8.31 pm: The contenders head to Dubai to get a taste of life in the desert and complete some very unusual challenges.

• Playa — e.tv, 9.30 pm: This week’s programme features an exclusive interview with Benni McCarthy at West Ham United, a report on the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, and an interview with Mamelodi Sundowns player Matthew Patterson.

THURSDAY

• Top Billing — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Thursday night’s episode features an interview with American Idol superstar Kelly Clarkson, and Jeannie D visits the stars on the set of Days of Our Lives.

FRIDAY

• Supersterre — SABC2, 7.30 pm: The popular reality show returns, hosted by Patricia Lewis and Brandon October, on Friday. The winner will receive a recording contract worth R500 000, which includes a music video recording and R100 000.

• Malcolm X: His Own Story — SABC3, 7.30 pm: A 1972 documentary tribute to the life and work of the assassinated black Muslim leader Malcolm X. James Earl Jones, Ossie Davis and Steve Ben­deroth provide the narration.

• The Pentagon Papers — SABC3, 10 pm: Defence worker Daniel Ellsberg (James Spader) seeks to publish a series of classified government documents, detailing the true nature of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

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