TV pick: July 27 - August 2

2014-07-27 15:00

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What to watch on TV this week.

Big screen on the small screen

Man of Steel (2013)


Sunday, 8.05pm

From the visionary mind that brought you The Dark Knight comes the tale of a young Superman discovering his true origins. A young, itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extrastellar origin when Earth is invaded by members of his own race.

Mzansi Love: Big City Love Rebound (2014)

Tuesday, 8.30pm

Eight years ago, art director Mpumi was ditched at the altar by the love of his life, Buhle, who went to “find herself” and pursue a modelling career. On the eve of marrying his new love, Buhle pitches up on a mission to claim what she says is hers.

Marci X (2003)

Sony Entertainment TV

Wednesday, 8pm

Lisa Kudrow plays a spoilt Jewish-American princess who is forced by circumstance to take over her father’s hard-core hip-hop record label. Damon Wayans stars as the controversial gangsta rapper who she has to try and rein in.

Devil In A Red Car (2014)

Mzansi Magic

Wednesday, 9.30pm

Terror is a criminal who was raised by a struggling single mother. She wishes the best for him, praying that he finds a job and takes care of his family. Instead, Terror finds himself at a crossroads when he has to choose between a life of crime and being a father to his child.

Trouble With My Father (2014)

Mzansi Magic

Friday, 7pm

After his talented boxer son is killed, a father loses interest in life and shuns his lesbian daughter, who blames herself for her brother’s death. While he was alive, the son had begged his dad to give her a chance.

After Tears (2014)

Mzansi Magic

Saturday, 7pm

Pastor Jacob is happy with his life. He has a dark past, but found inner peace serving his community with his colleague, Reverend Jenny. They are determined to turn the lives of those who are struggling around. But Pastor Jacob’s dark past comes knocking, ready to disrupt his new life.

On the box

SUN 27.07

Idols SA

M-Net, 5.30pm

The comedy of bad singers continues in the 10th season of the reality singing competition. It’s Cape Town’s turn tonight. What does the Mother City hold for us? It has been home to some winners in the past.

My Perfect Wedding

Mzansi Magic, 7pm

There is never a dull moment with the bridezillas and groomzillas on the show that documents the long and winding road couples take towards the big day of tying the knot. Catch all the action tonight.

Escape Club

E! Entertainment, 9pm

They are 20-something, blessed with beautiful bodies but tired of the humdrum of everyday life. They are on an exotic tropical island for the perfect holiday. Who will be voted out tonight, only to be replaced by someone from their past lives? Don’t miss the drama, tears and passion.

MON 28.07

Married to Medicine

M-Net Series Reality, 8.30pm

Season finale

The curtain falls on the first season of the series about the lives of seven women in Atlanta in the medical community – three of them being doctors and the others wives of doctors.

Storage Wars

History, 8.30pm

New season

The bidders are ready to stake their claim on some of the most sought-after treasures. They range from college students and young professionals to husband-and-wife teams looking to make a quick buck or a large cash profit. Watch as everyone is prepared to create quite a drama in the process.


Mzansi Magic, 8.30pm

We’re in the macabre other world tonight as Sunday and Samson reawaken Mgijimi. Will they succeed this time? Mbodla swears revenge on Iris. Bhekumuzi’s first attempt to make inroads with Mbodla fails.

Barry’d Treasure

History, 8.55pm

New show

This spin off of Storage Wars sees Barry Weiss travel across the US, checking off items on his uniquely bizarre and hilarious list of must-have antiques. Weiss has been a collector since he was 15. In each episode, we see a sidekick sharing in the misadventure.

TUE 29.07

Soul City

SABC1, 8.30pm

Murakes dusts off his revamped sponono and brags about his hard work fixing her up only to crash into Sister Bettina’s car. He has no car insurance and this is Sister Bettina’s first car, so she’s extremely upset. Murakes faces financial ruin.

Killer Karaoke

Sony Max, 9pm

New show

This show hits all the wrong notes deliberately. The reality game show features hapless contestants who sing while being put through outrageous physical challenges, like being attacked by dogs or dunked in a tank full of snakes.

WED 30.07


SABC2, 7.30pm

See the action from the Kenyan telenovela. It has all the ingredients – intrigue, suspense and, of course, drama – to keep you glued.

American Dream Builders

M-Net Series Reality, 8.30pm

New show

The US home improvement reality competition is hosted by Nate Berkus, while Eddie George and Monica Pedersen serve as judges. In the first episode, two families have outgrown their homes. Both homes are built in the Tudor style, but the interiors need modernising to be more spacious and functional.

Sticks and Stones

SABC1, 8.30pm

Palesa promises Thami she will find the money to pay for Leleti’s funeral. She approaches Thabo Mogale for assistance but he has an idea that gets Lwazi fired up.

THU 31.07


SABC1, 8.30pm

There’s high drama as the Letlapeng water is found to be toxic. Borwa security tries to kill Dumisani for having the water tested. Lehumo tries to poison Lerato for going to the National Prosecuting Authority to talk about Borwa’s financial secrets.

NCIS Los Angeles

M-Net, 9.30pm

Season finale

The team learns that a cartel plans to transport billions of dollars worth of cocaine from Colombia to the US using a submarine. Callen and Sam are assigned the task of locating the missing vessel. Meanwhile, Hetty is called to Washington in response to the mission in Afghanistan.

Think Big

SABC3, 9.30pm

This business reality series aims to ignite the passion and energy for entrepreneurship. It helps take companies to the next level with the opportunity to win R1?million to put back into their business. Six other contestants will walk away with cash injections into their businesses to the value of R100?000 each.

FRI 01.08

The Queen Latifah Show

M-Net Series Reality, 5.30pm

Season finale

Rapper, actress and now talk show host Queen Latifah dishes it out on her programme, which features some interesting guests.

Check Coast

Mzansi Magic, 6.30pm

New show

This satirical comedy series takes you on a journey through the lives of the staff at the Centburg department of home affairs. Bheka Zonke, the manager, gets a call that the minister is coming for a visit. He’s excited at first, but then realises he might be getting fired.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Vuzu, 7.30pm

Yolanda’s mother and brother visit her from the Netherlands, just in time to see Yolanda’s husband get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Brandi reveals a secret about Carlton that leaves Lisa speechless.

Thicker Than Water

M-Net Series Reality, 8.30pm

New show

Pastors and parents, Ben and Jewel Tankard, work at raising their blended family under one roof. Ben becomes protective when a young man courts his youngest daughter Cyrene as his prom date. Brooklyn longs for her family’s support when her marathon coincides with Cyrene’s prom.

Two Broke Girls

M-Net Series Zone, 8.30pm

Season finale

When Caroline discovers that Max didn’t graduate from high school by failing to show up for only one exam, she decides to help her best friend get her degree – and reconnect with her estranged mother.

Shreds and Dreams

SABC1, 8.30pm

Lefika and Mthunzi head for KZN. Nonto meets with Sis’Pinkie who spoils her with a fancy lunch and an expensive gift. Sosha and Yoliswa get off to a bad start. Paula, sickly as usual, pulls out of going to Chole’s show.

Full Circle

M-Net Series Reality, 9.30pm

New show

At the restaurant called Ellipsis, two diners, beginning with Bridgette and her lover Tim, talk about their lives and relationships. Each subsequent episode introduces a new character connected to one in the previous episode. Future guests include Keke Palmer, Kate Walsh and Cheyenne Jackson.


M-Net Series Zone, 9pm

New season

The return of Victoria’s estranged son causes complications, while Emily schemes to force Ashley out of the Hamptons.

SAT 02.08

Reality Check, 6.05pm

It’s time to knock some sense into a hot-headed celebrity and bring them down to earth as they are put in an unusual positions – like cleaning up after pigs or washing dogs. Will they sink or swim?

My Top 5

Channel O, 11am

Just which tracks does Bucie, one of South Africa’s most significant House artists, listen to when she’s playing music just for herself? Tune in and hear what the powerhouse behind Get Over It chooses for her own personal music chart.

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