Hectic week for TV series fanatics

2013-07-08 00:00

TELEVISION series addicts have a real treat in store from this week.

Starting tomorrow, the M-Net Series channel on DStv will split into three channels: M-Net Series Showcase (channel 113), home to the world’s latest big-name shows; M-Net Series Reality (channel 114), which will cater to the fans of real-life series; and M-Net Series Zone (channel 115), home to series favourites.

All three channels will be available to DStv Premium customers, while DStv Compact customers can follow their favourite series on M-Net Series Zone.

Sex and The City fans will be pleased to know that The Carrie Diaries is coming to M-Net Series Showcase at 7.30 pm from Wednesday.

The Carrie Diaries chronicles the life of a teenaged Carrie Bradshaw, who is struggling with the recent death of her mother. Her best friends, Mouse, Maggie and Walt, keep her sane, and the arrival of new guy Sebastian brings Carrie some excitement.

And, just when she feels she wants more, Carrie is introduced to Manhattan, and her life-long love affair with the glamorous city begins.

Also brand new to South African screens is Grimm, which starts at 8.30 pm on Friday. The series centres on Detective Nick Burk­hardt, who discovers he is a descendent of an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms”.

Now charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world, Nick attempts to hide his newfound calling from his fiancée, Juliette, and his partner, Hank Griffin.

baby daddy

Other shows on the M-Net Series Showcase channel include the second season of Baby Daddy, which will air on Tuesdays at 7 pm. The show centres on Ben, a young man who becomes a dad when his ex-girlfriend leaves a baby girl on his doorstep.

Starting tomorrow, at 7.30 pm, is season five of Castle, which centres on Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist, who draws inspiration for his stories from a real-life homicide detective, Kate Beckett. As Castle and Beckett face the aftermath of giving into their feelings, they struggle to keep their relationship a secret.

At 8.30 pm tomorrow night, fans of Criminal Minds can catch a new season of the series about an elite team of FBI profilers. In season eight, the profilers are put on a case that involves an escaped killer, known as “The Silencer”, and they welcome a new member in the form of Alex Blake, a linguistics expert.

Season two of Major Crimes , which will air tomorrow at 9.30 pm, shows the team working to solve the murder of a big-time film producer and a murder-suicide that isn’t what it seems.

Season three of Pretty Little Liars gets under way at 9.30 pm on Wednesday. The series follows a group of the prettiest girls in town — Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily — who have a dark secret: the truth of what happened to their leader, Queen Bee, Alison.

On Thursday at 7 pm, the channel will screen season four of Cougar Town, in which Jules and Grayson are adjusting steadily to married life. Ellie goes back to work and Bobby decides to try out the dating scene.

once upon a time

Also on Thursday, at 7.30 pm, is the second season of Once Upon A Time. The series centres on Emma Swan, whose life takes a magical turn when the son she abandoned 10 years ago, Henry, seeks her out and reveals she is the lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.

In season two, reality and myth merge as the curse lifts and the fairy-tale characters begin awakening.

The new season of Army Wives gets under way at 8.30 pm on Thursday. In season ­seven, after the news of the troops’ redeployment to Afghanistan, the tribe face a devastating loss and have to rally together once more.

For those viewers who have been waiting for season six of Mad Men, which explores the ruthless, competitive world of advertising in the 1960s, the good news is that the series is back at 9.30 pm on Thursday. Season six sees Don at the head of a new campaign. Meanwhile, Betty takes in a house guest and Roger gets some unsettling news.

The comedy Parks and Recreation returns for a fifth season at 7 pm on Friday. In the series opener, Leslie and Andy visit Ben and April in Washington DC, where Leslie is overwhelmed by the city.

The second season of Teen Wolf, which was first broadcast on Vuzu, gets under way at 7.30 pm on Friday.

When his best friend persuades him to go into the woods one night, Scott McCall is attacked by a werewolf, giving him strange new abilities.

Season two kicks off with Lydia missing in action. The werewolves and the hunters go on a desperate search for her, and discover the scary truth of what she’s become.

Season eight of Supernatural , the series centring on Sam and Dean Winchester, who battle all things supernatural, can be seen at 9.30 pm on Friday.

In the series opener, Dean appears to have escaped from purgatory, with Castiel nowhere to be found. But his mysterious arrival back to the world of the living is complicated when his reunion with Sam doesn’t go as expected.

Series moving to the Showcase channel include New Girl season two, Glee season four and Bunheads series two.

m-net series reality

Over on the new M-Net Series Reality, viewers can watch Robbie Williams: Take The Crown Special at 5 pm tomorrow; the Jeff Probst Show, which starts at 6.30 pm tomorrow and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst; and Life After Top Chef season one, which gets under way at 9.30 pm on tomorrow.

Also new to the channel is The Face, which starts at 8.30 pm on Friday. Three supermodel coaches compete against one another to find the face of ULTA Beauty.

And fashionistas will enjoy Fashion Star, which can be seen at 9.30 pm on Friday. Celebrity mentors take 14 unknown designers under their wing, and give them the chance to have their original collections in three of the nation’s largest fashion retailers.

Other series flighting on M-Net Series ­Reality include: the fifth season of The Doctors at 7.30 pm on Wednesday; Junior Masterchef Australia season two at 8.30 pm from Wednesday; So You Think You Can Dance season nine at 10.30 pm on Wednesday; season 10 of the Biggest Loser, at 8.30 pm also on Wednesday; and Ready for Love, which starts at 8.30 pm on Thursday.

m-net series zone

Over on M-Net Series Zone, viewers will be able to watch back-to-back episodes of their all-time favourite series, including Private Practice season six, which airs at 6.30 pm tomorrow.

In the series opener, Addison settles into her new life after making a decision between Jake and Sam; Violet fears the worst when Pete doesn’t show up to his preliminary court hearing; and Charlotte swears Cooper to secrecy when she receives shocking news.

In Parenthood season three, which can be seen at 7.30 pm today, Sarah Braverman celebrates her 40th birthday, while Amber makes an independent move from her ­family.

Other highlights include season two of American Horror Story, Mondays to Thursdays at 10.30 pm from today; and double episodes of Breakout Kings season two, starting at 8.30 pm today, House season eight tomorrow at 8.30 pm and season one of XIII on Wednesday at 8.30 pm.

On Fridays, starting this week, viewers will be treated to three episodes of Suits season two, the first season of The Americans, season two of Game of Thrones and season one of Boss.

• arts@witness.co.za

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