The best shows to watch on TV this week

2017-06-25 00:00

Johannesburg - Couch potatoes, here are the shows you can't miss on the box this week.

SUN 25.06

The Rap Game
Lifetime (DStv channel 131), 7.10pm

Follows rapper and music mogul Jermaine Dupri as he mentors five hot aspiring young rappers, all vying to win a recording contract with Dupri’s label, So So Def.

Michael Jackson: Searching For Neverland

Lifetime (DStv channel 131), 8pm

This fiction film chronicles the life and tragic death of Michael Jackson, including those intimate moments between him and his children, and the professional turbulence that engulfed him in financial trouble and forced him back to rehearsals in preparation for the ill-fated This Is It tour that led to his early death.

Mechanic: Resurrection

M-Net (DStv channel 101), 8.05pm

Jason Statham is joined by Jessica Alba in this action-infused sequel. A master assassin must travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations and rescue his beloved.

The Backstory

SABC3 (DStv channel 193), 9.30pm

In this episode, meet South African international fashion designer David Tlale, who’s showcased his inimitable designs at all the premium Fashion Week platforms and etched his mark as a favourite on the South African and African fashion landscapes.

MON 26.06

The Final Cut

SABC3 (DStv channel 193), 7.30pm


Takes the viewer through 13 episodes of melodramatic acting challenges and competitive angst in the search for two new faces to grace beloved dramas across SABC platforms. See who makes it into the final cut.

Born This Way

Lifetime (DStv channel 131), 8.50pm


From the creators of The Real World and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Born This Way features seven adults with Down syndrome and their families, some of whom know each other and others who will meet for the first time, as they work, play and interact with important people in their lives.

TUE 27.06

BET Awards 2017

BET (DStv channel 129), 8pm

Hosted this year by the hilarious Leslie Jones, the BET Awards are back to honour the best black artists, entertainers and athletes across 19 categories. As usual, Beyoncé dominates with seven nominations, including Best Female Artist and Album of the Year.

Bruno Mars has five nominations, while Queen Bey’s sister, Solange, Chance the Rapper and Migos have four nods each.

We’ll be holding thumbs for AKA, Nasty C and Babes Wodumo, who are nominated in the Best International Act: Africa category, alongside Nigeria’s Wizkid, Tekno, Mr Eazi and Davido, and Ghana’s Stonebwoy.

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Extra (DStv channel 195), 8.30pm

This comedy drama follows the bestselling author of a self-help book series who is secretly hiding her separation from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her forties in Los Angeles.

The Man With The World’s Biggest Testicles

TLC (DStv channel 135), 9.50pm

Wesley Warren lives with a rare medical condition. He gives a unique insight into his daily struggles and talks about the operation he must undertake to cure this shocking ailment.

WED 28.06

Cleveland Hustles

Vuzu Amp (DStv channel 103), 7.30pm

NBA superstar LeBron James and longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter revitalise a neighbourhood and give four aspiring local entrepreneurs the chance to realise their dreams.

Living the Dream with Somizi

Mzansi Magic

(DStv channel 161), 8pm

Entertainer extraordinaire Somizi is in the swing of the second season of his reality show. Expect more drama and more laughs as he takes us through his colourful and demanding life.

THU 29.06

Bad Ink

Sony Max (DStv channel 128), 9.30pm

Set against the glitzy backdrop of Las Vegas, Bad Ink is a buddy comedy featuring renowned tattoo artist Dirk Vermin and his trusted sidekick and best friend of 20 years, Ruckus. See the ultimate in cringeworthy tattoos and hear the stranger than fiction stories behind these almost-permanent mistakes.

Fresh Dressed

BET (DStv channel 129), 9pm

This documentary from director Sacha Jenkins is a fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion’s catwalks and Middle America shopping malls.

FRI 30.06

The Grandmother Lovers

TLC (DStv channel 135), 9.50pm

Kyle Jones is in his early thirties and has had several experiences of dating women aged up to 91, and sometimes takes them home to meet his 50-year-old mother. See the reaction of his friends and family to this unusual behaviour.

SAT 01.07

The Detour

M-Net City (DStv channel 115), 11.05pm


Bawdy comedy starring Jason Jones (The Daily Show). In the series premiere, the Parkers go on a road trip, where nothing is as it seems.


M-Net (DStv channel 101), 5pm


Ordinary people with extraordinary abilities show off their skills in a competition that will test the limits of belief.

Meet the Parents

ITV Choice (DStv channel 123), 8pm

A brand-new dating series in which the romantic futures of a group of singletons are put into the hands of the people who know them best: their parents. In their quest to find love, nothing is off limits, as the picker looking for romance gets to ask their potential suitors’ parents anything.


I Am Ali

Available on Showmax

This documentary gains unprecedented access to boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s audio journals from the 70s, and interviews with those in his inner circle, including his daughters, son, brother and former wife, plus legends of the boxing community such as Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Gene Kilroy. It gives a unique insight into the life of the legend.

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