TV highlights: New ‘Melrose Place’ Arch series and police drama on DStv and thought-provoking fare on SABC channels

2010-09-13 00:00

TWO new series — Melrose Place and Rookie Blue — and a new season of an old favourite, Friday Night Lights, air on South African television screens this week.

From 7.30 pm on September 16, viewers can tune in to M-Net (DStv channel 101) to watch an updated version of the popular 1990s series Melrose Place, which follows the lives and relationships of a diverse group of 20-somethings in Los Angeles. In the opening episode, new tenant, 21-year-old Violet Foster, is horrified to find a bloody body floating in the courtyard pool.

Friday Night Lights returns to Vuzu (DStv channel 123) at 8.30 pm on September 16. In the opening episode of season four, Coach Taylor (Kyle Chandler) wonders how low his fortunes can sink as he struggles to pull the East Dillon Lions together, Tami (Connie Britton) navigates the new politics at West Dillon, Matt (Zach Gilford) gets a taste of life as a townie and Tim (Taylor Kitsch) is inspired by a college lecture.

Starting on Friday, September 17 at 9 pm on Universal (DStv channel 108) is the cop show Rookie Blue, starring Missy Peregrym (Reaper) and Gregory Smith (Everwood).

The drama series follows the lives of five rookie cops who have just graduated from the Academy and has been described as the Grey’s Anatomy of police dramas.

Other highlights this week:


• Fresh Living TV —, 5.30 pm: Ayanda Tini and her team of experts help recently divorced father of three, Scott, transform his bachelor pad into “home sweet home” for his kids.

• Cape Of Good Hope — SABC2, 10 pm: Filmmaker Mark Bamford explores issues of race, class, and faith in contemporary South Africa in this comedy drama set around an animal shelter that seems to attract as many human misfits and cast-offs as dogs and cats.


• Redi On Mzansi — Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 107), 7.30 pm: Acclaimed actor, playwright and director John Kani is profiled on Redi On Mzansi. The programme takes a look at his early life in New Brighton township in Port Elizabeth and his roles on both stage and screen, including playing late ANC president Oliver Tambo in Pete Travis’s political thriller Endgame.


• Unplugged Joy of Jazz —, 9.30 pm: Bob Mabena interviews acclaimed jazz artist Harvey Mason, who talks about his latest projects and what it’s been like to perform with the group Fourplay.


• Top Billing — SABC3, 7.30 pm: Top Billing chats to Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter about their 30-part reality series documenting the design and construction of their bio-climatic home; and to Phil Collins about his first new studio album in eight years.


• Good Night and Good Luck — SABC3, 7.30 pm: In the early 1950s, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred W. Friendly, decided to take a stand and expose McCarthy for the fear monger he was. Stars George Clooney.

• All The President’s Men — SABC3, 9.30 pm: Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that led to President Nixon’s resignation.

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