Hot new local series this week

2011-07-04 00:00

STARTING on SABC1 at 8.30 pm on Thursday is the new South African drama Fallen, which tells the story of a young music producer, Mvelo Nobela (Yonda Thomas), who inherits his father’s Durban business empire and is then faced with the challenge of uncovering the mystery of his mother and grandfather’s disappearance 20 years earlier. His search takes him into the world of Rana-Churchill, a privately owned sugar mill, where there is already conflict between the younger and older generations of its owners.

He forms an alliance with Anil Rana (Joquin Leyn Pillay), son of one of the owners, and the ensuing power struggle is intensified and turns vicious when the digging of foundations for a new mill uncovers human remains that are identified as Mvelo’s mother and grandfather.

Also new to domestic screens is CSI: New York, which will air on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10 pm.

In the first episode the head of the unit, Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), discovers the body of a missing woman and a second victim on a garbage barge.

Other highlights this week:


• Private Practice — M-Net, 8.30 pm: The season four opener sees Pete and Violet anxiously preparing for their wedding day.


• Kaleo Stories of Hope —, 5.30 pm: The show looks at Transnet’s containerised assistance programme, which has closed the service delivery gap in communities all over the country.

• Shirley Adams — Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 107), 8.30 pm: Denise Newman stars in this award-winning film about a woman who spends her days caring for her disabled son, Donovan, who was shot in the back of the neck on his way home from school a year ago.

• The Universe — History Channel (DStv channel 254), 8.30 pm: This series will reveal the fascinating stories of the scientists and explorers who dared to venture into the uncharted territory of the universe.


• Melissa and Joey — Vuzu (DStv channel), 7 pm: After a family scandal leaves Mel, a local politician, alone with her niece, Lennox, and nephew, Ryder, she hires a man named Joe to become the family’s male nanny.


• Hot in Cleveland — M-Net, 6.30 pm: American sitcom about three past-their-prime entertainment industry veterans from Los Angeles whose lives are changed when their Paris-bound plane lands in Cleveland, Ohio. Stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White.

• Raising Hope — M-Net, 7 pm: In this new series 23-year-old James “Jimmy” Chance (Lucas Neff) must raise his infant daughter, conceived in a one-night stand, with the help of his flawed family after the baby’s mother is given a death sentence and executed when the baby is only six months old.

• Rescue Me — M-Net Series (DStv channel 110) 9.30 pm: Season Six opens with a terrifying vision of firefighter Tommy Gavin’s afterlife. Later, when he rescues a priest from a burning church, Tommy hopes he’ll be offered some perspective on his brush with death, but the priest isn’t the sage he hoped for.

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