TV picks: Oct 19-25

2014-10-19 15:00

What to watch this week

Big screen on the small screen

Prisoners (2013)

M-Net, Sunday,


Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard are fathers whose worst nightmares come to life when their daughters go missing. Time is of the essence in this gripping thriller.

Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

M-Net Movies Action

Monday, 4pm

A former convict travels to Africa and learns about a militia that forces youngsters to become soldiers. He builds an orphanage and leads an armed operation to rescue kidnapped children. Starring Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan.

Seven Pounds (2008)

Studio Universal

Wednesday, 8pm

Tear-jerker with Will Smith. Haunted by a secret, a man seeks redemption by helping out seven strangers. Then he falls in love with one of them.

Basic (2003)

Mzansi Magic

Friday, 10pm

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent is called in to investigate the disappearance of a sergeant and his cadets during a routine training exercise. He uncovers a web of lies and learns that nothing is as it seems. Starring John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson.

The Adventures of Pluto Nash (2002)

Studio Universal

Saturday, 6pm

Slapstick with Eddie Murphy. Pluto and his band’s space nightclub is blown up, and they decide to travel across the galaxy searching for the culprit.

SUN 19.10

Braxton Family Values, 4pm

In this episode, titled Bridezilla, the girls start planning a dirty bachelorette party against Momma?E’s will. Toni’s preparations for her new album aren’t going according to plan.


M-Net, 8.30pm

Commissioner Gordon is one of the crime world’s greatest foes: a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to commissioner?

Marooned with Ed Stafford

Discovery Channel, 8.05pm

Ed is stranded in the Carpathian Mountains. He’s completely on his own with nothing – no food, no water, not even a knife. How will he cope in this environment for 10 days?

US Bounty Hunters

CBS Reality, 10pm

Fast-paced reality show unveiling the daily drama of real-life bounty hunters. Take an inside tour with the recovery agents as they hunt down hardened criminals accused of drug dealing and murder.

MON 20.10


Vuzu, 7pm

Andre “Dre” Johnson has a great job, a beautiful wife, four kids and a colonial home in the suburbs. But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad, Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity.

Devious Maids

Vuzu, 7.30pm

In this episode, titled The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Carmen feels threatened by an old flame from Alejandro’s past and goes to great lengths to make sure her career isn’t in jeopardy. Zoila intervenes with Valentina’s job, while ignoring the problems arising at home with her husband Pablo.

Basketball Wives LA

Vuzu, 8.30pm

Elbow-throwing, trash-talking and in-your-face action: forget the NBA, we’re talking about the players’ wives! The successful franchise, Basketball Wives, taps a new team of leading ladies to take Los Angeles by storm.

Vampire Diaries

Vuzu, 9.30pm

After a passionate summer with Damon, Elena heads to Whitmore College with Caroline not knowing that Bonnie sacrificed her life to save Jeremy.

TUE 21.10


Sony Max, 9pm


So you thought the carnival freak show was an antiquated concept that had long died out? Wrong. It’s alive and well, and thriving in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, where Todd Ray has opened up his home to people and animals that are truly one of a kind.

The Sing-Off

Vuzu, 7.30pm

It’s “hit the right notes or go home” in this competition, as celebrity judges critique the performers and eliminate one group each week. The last group standing will be awarded a cash prize and an Epic Records/Sony Music recording contract.

Wild Canada

Nat Geo Wild, 6.40pm


Beautifully filmed and masterfully crafted, the four episodes of Wild Canada guide us through the exciting history of the northern part of North America. Breathtaking aerial shots, fascinating photography, impressive time-lapse shots, and slow-motion sequences are skilfully interwoven, bringing this story to life.

The Fashion Fund

Vuzu, 8.30pm

It’s New York Fashion Week and all eyes are on the finalists to bring their best to the runway. The selection committee weighs in on the Fashion Week favourites as well as the inevitable Fashion Week disasters.

WED 22.10

Kabelo’s Bootcamp

Mzansi Wethu, 7pm

Maryke gives the contestants a nutritional talk and they face yet another challenge.

Dineo’s Diary

Vuzu, 7.30pm

Dineo Ranaka and her diary are back on Vuzu – this time around with a new house, new offices, new business, new boyfriend, new rules and much more.

Miami Monkey

Vuzu, 9.30pm


After a drama-filled summer at the Miami Monkey, Big Ang and the staff are throwing one last bash at the bar. Ang expects her entire staff to work the bikini fashion show, but when one Monkey doesn’t show, Ang is faced with a difficult decision – and someone will be fired. Nate and Cristina flirt with taking their friendship to another level.

THU 23.10

Outsiders with Darren McMullen

National Geographic Channel, 9pm

Darren McMullen will travel across Europe and the UK spending time with various cultural communities, spiritual groups, traditional clans and modern subcultures. McMullen will participate in their traditions, customs, ceremonies, spiritual beliefs and practices.

FRI 24.10

Real Housewives of New York City

Vuzu, 7.30pm

In this episode, titled If You Can Make It Here, Aviva scores a book deal for her memoir and decides to meet with Carole, the renowned author of the group, for help. Their lunch quickly turns uncomfortable and things get ugly when the topic of “ghost writers” is mentioned.


MTV, 8.30pm

In each half-hour episode, host Eddie Huang brings his snack expertise to help guide contestants through a series of unique challenges ranging from making an entrée using potato chips as the “mystery munchie” to creating a gourmet dessert using jelly beans.

SAT 25.10

The Have and The Have Nots

Mzansi Magic, 6pm

In the wake of Wyatt’s arrest, Jim is confronted by Jennifer Sallison and learns that Wyatt has confessed to the hit-and-run accident. Candace is forced to come clean about not being pregnant.

The 90’s Uncut: The Decade that Connected Us

National Geographic Channel, 9pm

An immersive journey into the linchpin historical moments, cultural events, new trends and technologies that occurred during the 90s, all of which directly shaped the world we live in today.

Zone-In: Nicki Minaj

Channel O, 2pm

Can Nicki Minaj steam things up even more? That was the question fans asked when she released her latest record Anaconda – and the formidably talented artist didn’t disappoint. From her video with Drake to her album cover, Minaj has proved to be the mistress of the hot hip-hop track.

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