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SABC3's new programming

2011-06-09 14:11
At its regular quarterly press screening SABC3 unveiled its upcoming slate of programming for viewers in the next few months, ranging from the newSurvivor season and its plans to broadcast The Royal Monaco Wedding to Isidingo drama, the new sitcom Outsourced, 3Talk and more.

Since the end of April SABC3's Expresso morning show is now half an hour longer from 05:30 to 08:00 on weekdays. The show with perky presenter Liezel van der Westhuizen and Ewan Strydom is becoming increasingly interactive with the presenters walking around with iPads while they monitor viewer feedback and questions on Twitter and Facebook live on television.

Viewers will be able to find out who will keep their flame burning in the 18th season of Survivor, entitled Survivor: Tocantins starting on Monday June 27 at 19:30. The next season of the popular reality show with host Jeff Probst and 16 contestants is set in the Brazilian highlands in one of the most deserted and unforgiving sections of the lush South American country.

The long running American entertainment news show, Entertainment Tonight is finally coming to South Africa when it starts with one weekly episode on Friday June 24 at 19:30. Nancy O'Dell and Mark Steines report on the latest breaking entertainment news out of Hollywood and around the world.

The new sitcom Accidentally on Purpose stars Jenna Elfman of Dharma & Greg fame who returns to television on Monday June 27 at 21:30. She plays Billie, a thirty-something woman who falls pregnant after a one night stand.

SABC3 will broadcast The Royal Monaco Wedding of Prince Albert II and Charlene Wittstock on Saturday July 2, although the specific broadcasting time still has to be confirmed.

This July SABC3's weekly glam magazine showTop Billing, which airs on Tuesdays at 19:30, will devote an entire show to Nelson Mandela in the week of the elderly stateman's 93rd birthday. The show will look at what he means to South Africans and people around the world.

3Talk with Noeleen, SABC3's weekday local talk show with Noeleen Maholwana-Sangqu at 15:30, is getting a brand new look and set starting July. ''We may look very different but we'll continue the conversation with South Africans as we bring viewers the most relevant topics, providing essential viewing filled with inspiration, motivation and entertainment,'' says the talk show host.

The new Sibeko family from the powerful Sibeko Gold Corporation is joining the soap Isidingo from July on weekdays at 18:30 to stir up trouble. ''There's going to be a showdown,'' says evil mogul Barker Haines.

Hello Doctor, the new local weekly medical show with Michael Mol on Sundays at 17:00 is winning viewers as the good doctor gives medical advice, talks to famous South Africans about their ailments, struggles and lifestyles, and demystifies medical stories and treatments.

The new Melrose Place starts on Wednesday June 29 at 19:30. CSI New York  Season 1 starts on July 5 at 22:00 while new sitcom Outsourced, about an American going to India to manage a call centre, starts on August 8 at 21:00. The sitcom Worst Week kicks off on July 8 at 21:00 and the second season of the local On the Couch starts on Tuesday July 5 at 21:30.

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