Hot on the box this week

2010-03-22 00:00

SABC2’S new drama series Chuck stars two-time Emmy award nominee Zachary Levy as Chuck Bartowski, a 20-something computer technician who unwittingly downloads an entire server of sensitive data into his brain.

Now, the fate of the world lies in the unlikely hands of a guy who works at a Buy More Electronics store. Instead of fighting computer viruses, he has to confront assassins and international terrorists.

With the government’s most precious secrets in Chuck’s head, Major John Casey of the National Security Agency assumes the responsibility of protecting him. Casey’s partner is the CIA’s top agent and Chuck’s first date in years, Sarah Walker, and together they’ll try to keep him safe by trading in his pocket protector for a bulletproof vest. Chuck debuts on SABC2 on Thursday at 7.30 pm.

Other highlights this week:


Soul City— SABC1, 8.30 pm: This season of Soul City centres on the abuse of alcohol and how it affects the lives of the Miya, Maponya and Gumede families. In the opening episode, Mandla is stabbed at the Corner Tavern. Lucky saw who did it, but refuses to say anything.

4Play: Sex Tips For Girls —, 9 pm: Zinhle’s party is a disaster — her dress is all wrong, the young boy that she has a crush on doesn’t even notice her, and Jozi doesn’t arrive.

Reservation Road— M-Net, 9.30 pm: Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Connelly, this harrowing drama tells the story of a lawyer who is wracked with guilt when he knocks down and kills a young boy. Things go from bad to worse when the boy’s father hires him to find the killer.


Ugly Betty — M-Net, 7.30 pm: Betty’s story idea to cover the worst jobs in New York goes south when she has to dress up as a hot dog and do a Bollywood dance number.


Soul City: Love Stories in a Time of HIV and Aids — SABC 1, 8.30 pm: The love stories season is made up of 10 short films from southern African countries. The South African short film Umtshato (The Wedding), which airs tonight, is set in a village in the Eastern Cape where two lovebirds are about to tie the knot. They are then faced with family and social pressures that make them re-evaluate their sexual encounters.


28 Days —, 8 pm: A successful New York writer and party queen is forced to spend 28 days in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abusers after putting up a shocking show at her sister’s wedding. There she gradually begins to re-examine her life and realises she does in fact have a major problem. Stars Sandra Bullock.

The Mating Game — SABC2, 9.30 pm: Furious that Warren, her boss, is married, Grace goes on air and invites the nation to join her in a year of celibacy; Roxanne gets a make-over and an invitation to one of Kefilwe’s parties; and Sara is shocked to discover why her mother is being so mean.


The Oprah Winfrey Show — SABC3, 5.35 pm: Watch Whitney Houston’s show-stopping performance of I Didn’t Know My Own Strength, from her new album.

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