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The Black Door
TX Time: 21h30
Adult telenovela which revolves around the wheelings and dealings in an exclusive private brothel hidden behind the door of a toilet paper manufacturing factory.
The story begins with a long-distance truck driver, Khaya (Zamani Mbatha), who shares a dream of owning a fleet of buses with his older brother, Chuma (Thobani Nzuza).
After an unexpected windfall and a mysterious death, Khaya soon learns that his brother has been murdered.
To repay the money stolen by his brother, he’s thrust into a seedy world of sex, drugs and tender fraud.
Will Khaya agree to be a sex worker and make big bucks at The Black Door, or will he suffer the same fate as his late brother?
What happens in the dark will be revealed in the light…
The Black Door is produced by Black Brain Pictures for e.tv.
TVSA Show Page: The Black Door
TX Time: 19h30
Comedy-drama television series inspired by the blog “Missteps of a Young Wife” by Mike Maphoto and Thozama Mqikela that explores modern day relationships by following four couples at different stages of their relationship or marriage.
The series also explores some of the key elements that make or break relationships based on the four stages of marriage: honeymoon, conflict, bargaining and mature love.
The couples are also tied together by factors like work, family and friendships, creating a perfect recipe for conflict, drama and of some tender loving.
When Season 2 gets underway, Mo (Ayanda Makayi) receives a phone mail telling him that his father is sick and knocking on Heaven’s door.
He just can’t bring himself to go home until he is persuaded to by his girlfriend Jessica (Micaela Tucker).
But when they get to the Eastern Cape they find that nothing has happened at all – Mo’s dad is anything but sick. The mischievous old man has arranged a wife for Mo.
Thulisile Phongolo returns as Lilitha, who is pregnant and settled into her marriage and career.
Her life looks shiny and attractive from the outside, leading the online pack of YouTubers and vloggers with her company, which has grown from Flawless Love into Flawless Lifestyle Channel.
Her husband Mthokozisi (played this season by Sdumo Mtshali, replacing Siphesihle Vazi in the role) has remained committed to what he promised Lilitha, but the strain of travelling to KZN all the time is taking a toll on him.
He is frustrated and stressed and often sobs to his mother instead of Lilitha, who is too busy putting bread on the table.
We are introduced to a new couple this season, Qhama and Langa, played by Zimkitha Kumbaca and Solomon Sebothoma.
Qhama starts off as an extremist, preaching one thing with great conviction until she’s swept off her feet by Langa.
When this happens, she tries to keep the relationship under wraps so as not to damage her fast-growing brand.
Thrown into the mix is Qhama’s self-destructive sister Anathi, who is a soul yearning for love, and acceptance but is lost in terms of where to acquire that.
Also returning this season are Tina Jaxa as Noma, Mike Mvelase as Lawrence, Kennedy Stab as Ta Lloyd, Makhosazana Ndlovu as Judith, Selai Ralarala as Noncedo and Craig Urbani as Ezra.
Don Mlangeni Nawa joins the cast this season in the role of Zandisile.
There are also guest performances by Zakhele Msibi, Amanda Quwe and Charmaine Mtinta.
TVSA Show Page: Makoti 2
Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 21h30
When you are a housekeeper to the wealthy, the clean-up never truly ends… and taking care of these particular households involves mopping up a whole lot of felonies.
In this series, things aren’t quite what they seem as unlikely characters get pulled into a never-ending life of crime.
This season, a feisty new detective begins connecting the dots and realises that when it comes to last season’s killings, all evidence points to the protagonist, Linda (Thando Thabethe).
To make matters worse, Linda is drawn into a sizzling romance, but when she soon discovers the full extent of her lover’s macabre plans and an unbelievable hidden history – everything spirals out of control.
In Season 2 there is a raft of new characters, including Xolile Tshabalala as matriarch Noli Ngubane and Lindani Nkosi as patriarch Clive Ngubane.
Lorcia Cooper joins the cast as the spicy Mkhonto, alongside Sthembiso “SK” Khoza as Sydney Ngubane and Kwezi Ndlovu as Thuli Ngubane.
The new season also features Dumisani Mbebe, Kayise Ngqula, Nimrod Nkosi and Liopelo Maphathe as Officer Maluleke.
Will it be easy to clean house this time? Will the rich continue to get away with murder while the poor suffer?
More importantly, when one dabbles in a life of crime, does it really pay?
TVSA Show Page: Housekeepers 2
Channel: TLNovelas (DStv Channel 133)
TX Time: 17h20
María is a beautiful, strong and resolute woman who lives in a small town in Mexico.
She has a simple life without any luxuries, and she doesn’t need any. She enjoys being around her family.
Don Juan attends a party in the town, determined to make some money with his gamecock.
He places a bet on it, but he loses to Isauro.
He gets a debt that he can’t afford to pay, but Isauro takes advantage of the situation and offers to call off his debt in exchange for his older daughter, María.
When she learns that she must move in with a man she doesn’t want to live with, María decides to leave her life behind and escape to the capital city.
All she has there is her friend Pina, who helps her get a job as a maid.
Despite all her hardships, María is not a submissive woman.
She is ready to face all the obstacles in her life and, even though it won’t be easy, she will find a way to overcome them and be happy.
She is a role model woman – she is Simply María.
TX Time: 20h30
Telenovela set in Vosloorus which tells the story of a heroic son – born into a dysfunctional family – who searches within himself for the strength to stand up against a powerful and evil matriarch who will stop at nothing to serve her own needs.
BET’s first original telenovela revolves around the character of Mary Ndlovu (Nthati Moshesh), affectionately known in her community as “Mother Mary”.
Mary hides in plain sight, pretending to be a philanthropic socialite who takes in unwanted delinquent children and cares for them in House of Grace, a centre for “at risk” youth in Vosloorus on the East Rand of Johannesburg.
But behind the façade lurks a cold-hearted criminal; a woman who is not above fraud, murder, or trafficking children in an illegal adoption ring.
She is untouchable. Or so she thinks.
Mary Ndlovu is running away from her traumatic past. A past that she believes is safely buried.
She is a narcissist to the core and a staunch believer in Christ. Yet she launders her illegal money through the church, among many other illicit dealings.
Mary has one biological child, a daughter – the musically talented and idolised Esther (Didintle Khunou) – and two adopted children: Simon (TK Sebothoma), who is devoted, talented and troubled; and her favourite son and right-hand general, Gabriel (Bohang Moeko), who is resourceful, damaged and brooding.
As the series begins, Gabriel is facing a crisis of conscience.
Secretly he wants to walk away and become a force for good, but a tragic set of events force him to question the life of crime in which he was raised.
However, Mary’s powerful grip keeps pulling him back towards the dark side.
He has started feeling like he needs to separate from the toxicity of the home he was raised in. But leaving is not going to be so easy.
Into this world arrives Abednego (Senzo Radebe), a violent, amoral man and a former House of Grace child who ran away after a physical romance with the young Gabriel.
The series starts with his return into the world of Mary and her children after a 10-year absence.
With the return of Abednego comes the opportunity for Mary to infiltrate the network of a rival criminal, using Gabriel and Abednego as foot-soldiers.
She is not above distracting her prey with seduction.
Her daughter, Esther, is struggling with a once-promising performing career in music that is now nose-diving due to an escalating drug problem.
Mary, on the other hand, is about to be honoured as a role model of the nation for her work in rescuing vulnerable children.
TVSA Show Page: Isono
Deep Water Salvage
Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h25
While extreme weather continues to increase and disrupt the shipping industry, it’s creating a boom for another one.
Marine salvage crews are regularly called on to save the day after mother nature turns nasty.
This action-packed series follows some of the world’s best marine construction firms as they battle against the elements and the clock to salvage ships wrecked by fierce storms.
These crews will risk almost anything to recover priceless artifacts and service abandoned ships, but they never truly know what to expect when they come face-to-face with Mother Nature out on the open waters.
Through exclusive access to four salvage companies operating in the US, Central America and the UK, the series takes you into the tough and unrelenting world of the salvage crews and the larger-than-life salvage masters.
Hair to the Throne
Channel: HONEY (DStv 173)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Reality Competition
In an action-packed hairstyling competition hosted by Nigerian supermodel Adeola Ariyo, eight African stylists go toe-to-toe for the title of champion.
Each week they’re tasked with a unique challenge which they must deliver in a limited amount of time.
A panel of judges decides who’s out each week, until only one Hair Knockout champion remains.
The Great British Bake Off 12
Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Food, Reality Competition
The Great British Bake Off returns with Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding as presenters.
This is the ultimate baking battle, where passionate amateurs compete to be crowned Britain’s best.
In every episode, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set new challenges to test a different baking skill, each becoming more difficult as the competition unfolds.
The Signature, Technical and Showstopper bakes push the competitors to the limits of their baking ability.
Each week only one can claim Star Baker, while another must leave the Bake Off tent.
In the Season 12 premiere, “Cake Week”: The 12 new bakers tackle mini rolls in the signature and a nostalgic teatime classic for the technical, and create cakes that defy the laws of physics for the showstopper.
L.A.’s Finest 2
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama
Season 1 took us into the lives of former DEA agent, Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union), who left her complicated past behind to join the LAPD, and detective Nancy McKenna (Jessica Alba), who juggled her demanding case-load with a rebellious teenage step-daughter.
Together they took on the most dangerous criminals in Los Angeles and became a force to be reckoned with – both on the streets and in each other’s lives.
When Season 2 returns, Syd mourns the sudden loss of a friend and struggles to find answers, while McKenna must deal with the aftermath of Izzy’s kidnapping and the rift it has left in her marriage.
But when a powerful crimewave in Koreatown threatens to destroy the community, Syd, McKenna and the team must find those responsible before it’s too late.
Pastor Wants a Wife
Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality Competition, Docu-Reality, Religion
Pastors Aaron, Zion and Lincoln are looking for true love and a woman fit to stand by their side and help them to lead a church in this new reality show from Basetsana Kumalo.
Twelve women are onboard to compete for their hearts and prove that they can be the perfect “Mamfundisi”.
This isn’t just about the love or chemistry between a man and a woman, it’s about seeing eye-to-eye on the greater moral and theological issues.
Will they strike a diving match, or will they have to settle for being single?
Actors in this post: Linda Sebezo, Zamani Mbatha, Thobani Nzuza, Ayanda Makayi, Micaela Tucker, Thuli Phongolo, Sdumo Mtshali, Siphesihle Vazi, Zimkitha Kumbaca, Solomon Sebothoma, Tina Jaxa, Mike Mvelase, Kennedy Stab, Makhosazana Ndlovu, Craig Urbani, Don Mlangeni Nawa, Amanda Quwe, Charmaine Mtinta, Thando Thabethe, Xolile Tshabalala, Lindani Nkosi, Lorcia Cooper, Sthembiso Khoza, Kwezi Ndlovu, Dumisani Mbebe, Kayise Ngqula, Nimrod Nkosi, Liopelo Maphathe, Nthati Moshesh, Didintle Khunou, TK Sebothoma, Bohang Moeko, Senzo Radebe, Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding, Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, Basetsana Kumalo