Exciting debuts on TV

2013-10-07 00:00

ARE you up for having your every move watched by millions, 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Then make sure you don’t miss the auditions for Big Brother Mzansi at the BAT Centre in Durban’s small craft harbour on Octo­ber 12 and 13.

Contestants must be prepared to be part of a unique social experiment, where the action unfolds over real time, and all the drama, friendships, betrayal, and even love is on constant public display for viewers.

Big Brother Mzansi will make its debut in February 2014 on DStv channel 161.

Wannabe participants must be over the age of 21 and bring a valid South African ID or work permit/visa to the auditions. For more information go to www.mzansimagic.tv


The thrilling new drama Hostages gets under way on M-Net at 8 pm on October 8.

Made by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, CSI) and Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Chicago Fire), it tells the story of a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy.

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Toni Collette (The United States of Tara) stars as Ellen Sanders, a top surgeon in Washington, DC.

When masked men invade the Sanders home, they take Ellen, her husband and two children hostage, threatening to harm them unless Ellen kills the president.

Leading the gang is Duncan Carlisle (Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Dylan McDermott), an FBI agent.

As tensions mount and Ellen fights for time before suiting up for surgery, it becomes clear that the Sanders family isn’t as perfect as originally thought, nor are their captors as evil as one might suspect.


Television takes another leap forward when Banshee, a new series from the creators of True Blood, launches on DStv Catch Up on October 9.

The series, which is based on a comic book about a recently paroled master thief who assumes the identity of a sheriff, will be available on DStv Catch Up on your PVR and online before it flights on television on October 16 at 9.30 pm.


Starting on M-Net at 7.30 pm on Friday is the gritty new series Ironside. It follows Tough, sexy and acerbic detective Robert Ironside.

Ironside’s spine was shattered by a bullet two years ago, but he swore he’d never let a wheelchair slow him down.

Now he and his trusted team of detectives do whatever it takes to solve New York’s most difficult and notorious crimes. They will stop at nothing in their pursuit of justice, even if it means breaking the rules.


KwaMashu contemporary dancer Gabriel Masango will be hoping to keep his place in the dance reality show when the results are announced live on SABC1 at 7 pm tonight.

The main show airs on Saturdays at 6.30 pm and then viewers must vote for their favourite participant.

So You Think You Can Dance is hosted by Sinazo Yolwa and features judges Harold van Buuren, Themba Nofomele and Lorna Lukhele.


Getting under way on Crime and Investigation Network (DStv channel 170) at 9.55 pm tonight is Snapped, a series that chronicles the real-life stories of female killers.

Whether the motivation was revenge against a cheating husband, the promise of a large insurance pay-off, or putting an end to abuse, the reasons are as varied as the women themselves.


Starting on Aljazeera tonight at 10.30 pm is the series Wildlife Warzone, which explores the only thing standing between heavily-armed poachers and the decimation of a species — wildlife rangers.

The six-part series follows a new batch of trainee rangers as they are put through their paces over 38 days, during that time they have no access to the outside world.

They are pushed to breaking point, both physically and mentally. Some will crack under the pressure. Those that don’t will emerge as highly-trained operatives capable of battling the poachers, many of whom are former soldiers.

• arts@witness.co.za

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