New ‘V’ to thrill sci-fi buffs

2010-07-26 00:00

SCI-FI buffs are in for a treat with the news that V, the remake of the two 1980s sci-fi series’ V: The Original Mini Series and V: The Final Battle, is set to flight on M-Net Action (DStv channel 106) from 6 pm on Wednesday.

This new series is written and produced by The 4400’s Scott Peters and stars Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville).

In an interview with Variety, Peters said that while the original V served as an allegory for the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, he won’t duplicate that concept. That said, the series will still focus on what happens when the masses have blind faith in their leaders.

And like the 80s version, the show will open with an enormous army of spaceships hovering over the world’s major cities and aliens who say they’ve come to help Earth, but whose real motives are much more nasty — to take over the world, create chaos and exterminate every man, woman and child.

Other highlights this week include:

TODAY

• Survivor — SABC3, 8 pm: This week’s reward challenge takes its toll on the castaways as several are injured and one hurt player looks set to be forced out of the game.

• Private Practice — M-Net, 8.30 pm: In this cross-over episode, Miranda Bailey (Grey’s Anatomy’s Chandra Wilson) brings a kidney transplant patient to Los Angeles, and Addison isn’t the only Oceanside Wellness doctor pleased to see her.

TOMORROW

• Special Assignment — SABC3, 8.31 pm: In this episode, the team look at the use of DDT, which is used to control malaria in South Africa, and its effects on children in the Venda area, who are being born with genital deformities.

• 3rd Degree: Sex Unlimited — e.tv, 9.30 pm: It’s the latest celebrity “addiction” — the compulsion to have sex, virtually daily, with strangers. But many ordinary people are also coming out of the closet and admitting they have a problem. 3rd Degree tells their stories.

• Afro Café — SABC2, 10 pm: Tonight’s tribute to the late Nana Coyote will include performances by Ray Phiri and Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, exclusive interviews, music videos and Coyote’s Afro Café performan­ces.

WEDNESDAY

• No Reservations — SABC3, 8 pm: Experts Dr Baruch Banai and Dr Toni Luck shed light on relationship malfunction and the reason why half of SA’s marriages fail in the first seven years. They also give viewers tips on how to keep relationships happy and healthy.

• Unplugged Joy of Jazz — e.tv, 9.30  pm: Bob Mabena speaks to Brian Themba. During the show, Themba will perform his hit songs Dominoes, Early Morning and Don’t Let Me Fall.

THURSDAY

• Top Billing — SABC3, 7.30  pm: Roxy Louw, FHM’s “sexiest woman in the world 2010”, chats about starring in the Hollywood film Blue Crush 2, in which she plays one of a gang of mismatched surfers.

FRIDAY

• District 9 — M-Net (DStv channel 101), 11 am: Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley) is a government official who undergoes a radical transformation while trying to evict alien creatures from their shacks in a slum on the fringes of Johannesburg.

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