The best shows on the small screen this week

2018-03-18 00:00

Johannesburg - This is the best TV viewing this week according to City Press

SUNDAY - 18 March

NEW SHOW - Blood Drive

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)

Time: 22:00

In the grisly series premiere of this crime drama, a cop is forced to participate in a bloodthirsty road race across America. Set in a near-dystopian future.

Alien: Covenant

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 20:30

In this second instalment of the Alien sci-fi prequels, the crew of a colony ship discovers an uncharted paradise – with a terrifying threat beyond imagination.

Daytime Divas

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)

Time: 20:00

The gossip-driven, feud-festering worlds of real and imagined daytime talk shows mix in this scripted series.


Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)

Time: 21:30

A film about race, murder and survival. A swimmer, trying to better his life, returns to college. But things fall apart when he and his friends are wrongly imprisoned for murder. Starring Gabriel Casseus and Master P.

Dinner Date South Africa

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)

Time: 19:00

This hit UK TV show gets a South African makeover. Hoping to find true love through their love of good food, a single guy or girl is presented with five unique menus, from which they must pick the three that appeal to them the most.

MONDAY - 19 March


Channel: MojaLove (DStv 157)

Time: 21:30

Gogo Rita threatens Deacon Elias with a shotgun, while Thando suffers from her post-traumatic stress disorder. Sipho and Bongo start their new jobs at the church, but something sinister is going down at the youth group.

2 Dope Queens

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)

Time: 22:30

The hit comedy podcast 2 Dope Queens, featuring Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson (Broad City), brings a series of four hourlong specials.

Umona Awunamvuzo

Channel: Mzansi Bioskop (DStv 164)

Time: 12:00

When a woman who’s always put her career first meets a potential life partner, she suddenly has to choose between her career and love.


Channel: MTV (DStv 130)

Time: 21:40

Rob Dyrdek introduces the world to the most ridiculously talented young people – an eclectic mix of amateur and viral talent, competing to earn $10 000 and Amazingness glory.

TUESDAY - 20 March


Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)

Time: 21:30

Franklin, Leon and Kevin take a game-changing road trip. Later, Teddy deals with a sin from the past of Alejandro.

SEASON FINALE - Ten Days in the Valley

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 22:00

Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick returns to television for this edge-of-your-seat thriller. An overworked TV producer and single mother’s life is thrown into turmoil when her daughter goes missing.


NEW SHOW - Instinct

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)

Time: 19:00

Golden Globe nominee Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) stars in this slick crime thriller about a gifted psychology professor who assists the NYPD on the hunt for a serial killer.

Treehouse Masters

Channel: Discovery (DStv 121)

Time: 17:00

Visionary and tree whisperer Pete Nelson designs private escapes for those with a passion for reconnecting with nature.

THURSDAY - 22 March


Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 21:00

Bull represents Jemma Whitbeck, a teenager arrested for robbing a jewellery store with an older man she disappeared with 18 months ago. This crime drama follows the cases of a trial consulting firm.

Food Factory USA: Hey Dum Dum!

Channel: Discovery (DStv 121)

Time: 16:00

Discover how delicious kettle-cooked potato chips, lollipops and very colourful ice cream cones are created, from raw materials to finished products.



Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)

Time: 21:30

An eye-opening drama that won the Oscar for best picture. Looking at everything from sexuality to violence, this film follows a young man who grows up in a rough Miami neighbourhood.

Nextworld: Future Ships

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136)

Time: 15:10

From invisible aircraft carriers to mega-yachts and personal submarines, witness the birth of the ships that will change the face of water transportation.

My 3 000-lb Family

Channel: TLC (DStv 135)

Time: 20:00

The Anderson family suffers from debilitating food addictions, altogether weighing in at over 3 000 pounds (1 360kg). Watch them move from fatty foods to healthy food and exercise, on a remarkable weight-loss journey together.


Live By Night

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 21:00

Ben Affleck writes, directs and stars in this crime drama. Boston gangsters in Florida during Prohibition face off against violent competition.


Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)

Time: 23:10

The location of President Helen Tyler is established, but can the Swedish police and the FBI reach her in time?

Pick of the Picks

Ultimate House Party

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)

Day and time: Thursday, 21:30 

In this brand-new local reality show, fourteen contestants will battle it out to host the most epic house party ever. The winner will walk away with a R150 000 cash prize.

Pick of the Stream

Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish

Available: Netflix SA

Rollicking, outrageous and audacious, Marlon Wayans gets raw on racism, age-appropriate rap rhymes, gay rights, raising kids and even the Kardashians.

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