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Strictly Come Dancing (@StrictlySA) Season 7 Episode 1: A review

Our favourite local dance show returned to our screens last Friday to much fanfare (and more viewers, we hope). The SABC 3 show, which is hosted by Expresso’s Katlego Maboe and MTV Choice’s Roxy Burger, started with a bang, with a tribute dance to Nelson Mandela, choreographed by judge and first season champion, Michael Wentik.

But enough about the niceties etc. Here’s the review of the show, the hosts and of course, the dancers

The Show

Immediate improvement from last season’s show. The sound is better, the band is better and the vocalists are AWESOME! Thank you Rapid Blue for listening to your viewers about this. Half the time we couldn’t even comment on the dancing because the singing was so bad, we’d focus on it. The judges are great and 

The Hosts

Katlego Maboe is an excellent presenter. He’s the definition of the new South Africa. He’s multilingual, which makes conversing with contestants so much easier. He’s bubbly (like Berocca in a glass of champagne, bubbly), plus he’s a pro when it comes to presenting live TV, thanks to doing it every weekday on Expresso.

Roxy Burger on the other hand, was very timid, yet as the night wore on, she started relaxing and her personality shone through. Its clear she’s not that used to live TV, but in a few weeks that should be sorted.

The Dancers

Khanyi and Quintus 
We predicted that Khanyi Mbau will be the one to beat and she is. She showed everybody how to do it, getting the first 8 of the competition. She danced the waltz and she was ethereal to watch. Either it’s the dance skills, the white gown or that fact that, as Samantha Peo said, she has a good sense of her body. We are looking forward to great dancing from her this season.

Boity and Ryan 
Ryan Hammond is the defending champion and has a lot to prove. And he did. It’s unbelievable that they only had a week to train for the show. A week. Boity was in Brazil and Ryan was taking part in a competition. It’s impressive, then, that their samba was so good. Imagine if they had the three weeks their fellow contestants had? Looking forward to these two and like Lalla and Zakeeya last season, it’s clear the race will be between Boity and Khanyi. Let the games, begin and may the odds ever be in their favour!

Leandi and Brandon
Another couple to watch. Brandon still hasn't won the show and he must be feeling very pressure. Watching him and Leandi dance was great. The judges were tough to them, and that's because they know they can do well. Easily one of the couples to watch to season. 

LeAnne and Johannes
The Princess and Prince Charming glided on the dance floor during their waltz. It was pretty, but there was no personality. But then, who could blame them? It was the first night and everyone was nervous. They could surprise, but they are middle tier in our books. 

Ashish and Lindsey
Now Ashish and Lindsey had so much personality, we wanted to eat it all up! So much bravado and fun on the dance floor and generally, that's what former champion, Lindsey Muckle does to her partner- unleashes the dragon. Their Michael Jackson inspired Cha Cha Cha was great and we want to see more. 

Janine and Tsholo
Not bad at all, but they need to find their groove ASAP. They are a stunning pair and beautiful to watch in the post-dance interview with Roxy, but they didn't set the dance floor on fire with their waltz. But then it is the waltz... 

Donovan and Mary
So much fun! Donovan is a hilarious. But then he needs to rein it in when on the dance floor so as to not think this is a joke. Fun couple though and their samba had its moments. Plus the song choice was interesting. They are a couple we are going to keep an eye out for. Mary is a former champion and knows what she's doing, so Donovan could be the underdog right now. 

Siv and Marcella
The thing with comedians is that they think they have to be funny all the time. That's not the case. Siv and Marcella (a newbie :)) disappointed as we had high hopes. Let's hope it was just nerves. 

John and Nombulelo
Nombulelo joined the show last season and was mostly great with Mpho Poops. John is a retired rugby player, so imagine the amount of work that she has to do with John? Imagine a rugby player being flexible and being boss on the dance floor? While it didn't happen, it's a start and John did better than we had anticipated.

Jonathan and Hayley
Should we bother? This was such a disappointment. Hayley is such an excellent dancer (even though she does tend to rely on themes a lot) and Jonathan makes such a great partner on paper, but man, their dance was really sad. Really sad. 

Catch the show tonight at 8pm on SABC 3 and the results show on Saturday at 7pm

BREAKING NEWS: @Bonang_M to return to @MetroFMSA radio show #TheFrontRow


TV and radio presenter, Bonang Matheba, is returning to her radio show next month. 

According to a statement released by the SABC, the presenter will be back on her mid-morning show, The Front Row, on Metro FM from Monday, 11 August 2014. 

In the statement, it is stated that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Matheba have, after careful consideration regarding her recent brief departure at the SABC reached an agreement that she will soon rejoin the SABC.

She was reportedly fired from the station after she took up a TV presenting job on DStv's Supersport channel during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. According to reports, her expulsion from the SABC owned station because of breach of contract. 

Her contract has been now reinstated and she will be back as the co-host of The Front Row from 09h00 to 12h00 on weekdays, from Monday 11 August 2014. Both parties have reiterated the terms of the contract and the importance of maintaining a healthy working relationship.

In the agreement between the public broadcaster and Matheba, she has had to "unreservedly withdraw all her public statements made with regards to her departure prior to the FIFA 2014 World Cup. " 

“The SABC would like to welcome back Ms. Matheba and accepts her apology. Our aim as broadcaster is not to destroy our talent but to nurture and help young people to grow in this challenging industry. We respect their craft and are willing to assist where we can” said SABC Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Matheba said: "I am thrilled to re-engage my long standing relationship with the SABC.  The support I have received from the listeners and viewers has been overwhelming, and for that I am grateful. I look forward to an aligned future plan with the SABC, doing what I love as I spearhead my business plan. It’s an exciting time head”.

Big Changes in store for Big Bang Theory next season

The cast of The Big Bang Theory Johnny Galecki, Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons and Kunal Nayyar
Season 8 of The Big Bang Theory starts production soon and according to a report on The Hollywood Reporter, there are massive changes that are going to go down with some of the characters. 

While the actors are still negotiating pay increases with the studio, Warner Bros. Television, the writers are working hard behind the scenes, to up the drama in the comedy.
Big changes are coming for Kaley Cuoco's Penny on The Big Bang Theory's eighth season.

When Penny decided she didn't need to be famous and have a "big career" in order to be happy after she was canned from a B-movie, Penny will continue to make what she called "smart decisions" for her career in the upcoming season of CBS' hit comedy.

"Penny has an interesting arc this year where she puts acting down," said co-creator and executive producer Chuck Lorre at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. "She gets a shot to be a pharmaceutical rep at Bernadette's company." 
As it turns out, the new gig will come with a nice paycheck that could create some friction with her husband-to-be, Leonard (Johnny Galecki).
"She's going to start making some money, which will unbalance their relationship as the power shifts," Lorre said of the storyline. "She's going to find some confidence and self-esteem, which acting does not provide in great heaping doses."

While the series still takes a wait-and-see approach to storytelling — the show has never plotted out entire seasons at once — Lorre says Big Bang will still keep its core focus of incrementally growing all its key players and relationships. 
"These characters, as they grow, they deal with more things. Sheldon has grown unbelievably over seven years from where we began. We could never have imagined the stories we've been doing in the past year or so six years ago," he said. (Source)
About the contractual negotiations that the cast is involved in, Chuck Lorre said they would work out. In terms of the core cast's contract negotiations, Lorre doesn't foresee a problem — or production delay. "There are people at Warner Bros. Television and people representing the actors who have done this before," he said. "This will work itself out. I think it's great; I want them all to be crazy wealthy because nobody deserves it more than this cast. It'll work out."

Broadchurch Season 2: What to Expect

Broadchurch Season 2: Show will be 'nothing like Midsomer Murders', star Andrew Buchan (Mark Latimer) tells The Independent's Neela Debnath       

The new series of Broadchurch will be "vastly different" to other murder mystery television series, says one of the stars of the show.

Andrew Buchan, who plays bereaved father Mark Latimer in the Bafta-winning series, told The Independent, “It’ll be nothing like Midsomer Murders and I don’t mean that in a disrespectful way – far from – I’m a huge fan of Neil Dudgeon, if that helps.

“But by that, I just mean plot-wise, it’ll be vastly different. I can’t give anything away about the plot,” he added.

The forthcoming series will take viewers back to Broadchurch and feature the same cast, which is similar to the premise of Midsomer Murders and numerous other whodunits.

Writer Chris Chibnall has also said that the new series will be different to the first and not rely on the same formula this time around.

So far very little is known but earlier this year photos emerged of filming taking place in a graveyard and a heavily pregnant Beth Latimer, played by Jodie Whittaker, which would suggest the story is picking up several months after the events of last year. 

To add to the confusion and secrecy, it appears that the makers of Broadchurch are even keeping the cast in the dark over plot details.

Buchan has hinted that none of the actors quite know what to expect this year, “I’ve only read episodes one and two, so I’ve no idea what’s coming.”

“It’s like that feeling, you know at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade when he has to step out, where he has to trust that the path is there, we’re all trusting that the path is there. Stepping out and hoping that we’re not going to plummet,” he added.

The first series of the show followed the murder investigation of 11-year-old Danny Latimer in the sleepy seaside town of Broadchurch.

During filming the cast did not know the identity of the killer, only to be told towards the end of the shoot, and it appears that something similar has happened again this year.

The new series is currently being filmed in Somerset and Dorset, and will return to Broadchurch in the aftermath of the events from last year.

Series two also features the same cast, including David Tennant and Olivia Colman as DI Alec Hardy and DS Ellie Miller.

Along with the familiar faces, there are some new additions, including Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Eve Myles, James D'Arcy and Charlotte Rampling. - The Independent

Homeland Season 4: Trailer

Homeland season 4 trailer: Carrie returns to the field in war-torn Pakistan. But how will she survive without Sgt Brody? asks Daisy Wyatt

The one minute teaser begins with Carrie holding her baby before cutting to her on assignment in Pakistan, where she continues to cause havoc and enrage her colleagues. The dramatic trailer also shows scenes of explosions and civil unrest in Pakistan, where the new season is set. The teaser ends with Saul looking knowingly at Carrie, telling her: “Happy hunting”.

The show is being shot in Cape Town. Some South African actors have been cast in cameo roles, like Nic Boraine. He told us this at the Durban International Film Festival last week. Claire Daines has also been spotted at various places in Cape Town, including actress, Bonnie Mbuli’s yoga class. Bonnie was understandably star struck and tweeted about it.

Season four will not see Sgt Brody return to the series after Damian Lewis announced his departure last year. Brody’s troubled daughter Dana will also not make an appearance in the forthcoming season, with showrunner Alex Gansa confirming she would “probably not” ever appear again. (YES!)

“Brody was a character people loved to hate and hated to love. It’s someone who we miss on set every day. And I can say that Dana Brody will not be back for season four,” he told the Television Critics Association summer press tour last week. Gansa also said the series will see Carrie become more mentally stable – until the next love affair leaves her feeling jittery and paranoid, that is.

“I think emotionally she has stabilized and the mental illness we have dealt with, she has now dealt with,” he said.- The Independent


TCA Awards 2014: The Winners

The TCA Awards took place last Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel and True Detective proved to be the darling TV show of 2014, scooping two awards. One for Matthew McConaughey and one for Best Miniseries. Super stoked that Orange Is the New Black won, as well as Breaking Bad (can we let go now?) and Veep. Here are the rest of the winners

Program of the Year
Breaking Bad

Best New Program of the Year
Orange Is The New Black

Best Comedy Series
Veep and Louie
Best Drama Series
The Good Wife
Best Miniseries
True Detective

Best Individual Performance in Drama
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Best Individual Performance in Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Best News and Information
Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Best Reality Series
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Heritage Award
Saturday Night Live
Career Achievement
James Burrows

And now for the Emmy's! 


Jenna Elfman on Growing Up Fisher on @MNetSeries

Jenna Elfman’s come a long way since the kooky Dharma in Dharma and Greg and it seems her latest sitcom mom role in Growing Up Fisher is a perfect fit, writes Luaine Lee

Its been a while since Jenna Elfman graced our small screens, but whenever she has, she’s always brought a wide-eyed, kooky sort of charm. In her latest series, Growing Up Fisher, Elfman  plays the mother of 11-year-old Henry (Eli Baker) and teenage daughter Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley). 

Growing Up Fisher, which premieres on M-Net Series Showcase at 7.30pm on Friday, tells an odd tale. The protagonists are a family brought closer together by divorce, the anything-but-typical Fishers. Take Mel Fisher (JK Simmons, The Closer, Law & Order), for example. He’s chopping down trees, showing his daughter how to drive, and playing football with his son… except that Mel’s blind. Then there’s Joyce (Jenna Elfman) who is your typical teenager – really into fashion, busy with school – but the problem is she’s Mom. 

That makes it difficult for her actual teenage daughter, Katie, whose advice (and clothes) Joyce is always seeking. At the centre of all this is Henry. 
Having always been his dad’s eyes and wingman, Henry is less than thrilled when his job is outsourced to Mel’s new guide dog, Elvis. 

While the boy is at first reluctant to accept the changes that Elvis brings, adult Henry (voice-over by Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Identity Thief) realises, upon reflection, that his parents’ split has finally allowed the |Fishers to become one happy (divorced) family.
There was one time in her life when Jenna Elfman considered quitting acting. “Sometimes when I’ve gotten overwhelmed trying to do acting and motherhood, I’ve wanted to quit acting so I could just be a mom,” she says in the busy lobby lounge of a hotel.
“But then I say, ‘You know what I’m missing? I’m really not managing my time properly.’ So I’ll just crank up my game on time management. And I handle it.”

She has been handling it ever since she was four and first told her mother that she was going to be a “famous person on TV some day”.
That happened when Elfman captured the role of the kooky Dharma in the long-running series Dharma & Greg. Since then, she has appeared in multiple projects, including Damages,1600 Penn and the forthcoming film Big Stone Gap. But she’s back in series comedy now, with Growing Up Fisher. For this role, Elfman didn’t need drama school –  she’d already logged a lifetime of training.

“My mom would babysit. We always took care of babies, so I felt oriented to child care,” says Elfman, who has two sons, aged four and six.
“My mom was always welcoming babies, so I would feed babies bottles and change diapers, so it was in my life. 
“I felt confident going into motherhood because I had an example set for me. So that makes me really want to set an example for my children, especially as men –  to be oriented to child care so they’re not disconnected to that,” she says.

“I’ve always felt pretty confident as a mother for the most part when they were babies – once they start talking back, that’s when I feel challenged. 
“So I’m constantly checking myself. If you get tired, you’re short tempered and I don’t want to feel like I’m betraying them by being frustrated or anything like that.”
Elfman spent 14 years studying ballet before she tried acting.
“It never felt like I was off track doing dance,” says Elfman, who has kicked off her high heels and is sitting barefoot in a black vinyl club chair. 

“I just knew it was good training and I loved doing it. It’s art and it’s creative and it taught me having a work ethic. It taught me the importance of creativity and diligence toward a goal. It was great training. I still love dancing.”

But it was her appearance on the Academy Awards in 1991 that set her on a quest for acting. “I was like an inch tall on screen and one of 30 (dancers) when I said, ‘I really want to impact the world somehow,’ and I didn’t feel like I could do it in that capacity. That’s when I transitioned into acting. I was 19 and had been working doing what I love so I’d already proved to myself that I could do it. So then it was just, ‘Okay, let’s try this.’”
She continued dancing while she landed some commercials that supplemented her waitressing job. “I mainly was able to pay my bills doing commercials, and every now|and then I’d have to go stuff some envelopes for some extra cash or I’d make some jewellery just to get gas money to get to acting class. That was fun,” she says.

“I definitely worked from the bottom and I think that’s given me confidence in my career because if it all went away, I’ve done it once, I could do it again. So I’ve never been afraid of failing because I’ve already proved myself. I can work hard and create a career for myself. I’ve had stress definitely, but not fear.”

She was 19 when she met her husband, Bodhi. They’ve been married for 19 years. She says: “I moved out of my parents’ house and in with Bodhi – that was a big change, to go from child to girlfriend, friend, quest-of-adventure, partner. Being with Bodhi has definitely changed my life because he’s very aware, and he demanded of me to sort of increase my awareness as well of life and people and things.”

Pausing, she adds, “He’s very astute. And I was always very fun and charming, but I wasn’t very astute. He’s better-read than me and has a more refined point of view.”
She thinks the secret to their lasting marriage is communication. “We do not keep secrets,” she says, tucking her feet under her.

“So we make it really safe for the other person to come clean if they need to come clean –  if they’ve broken an agreement or violated something. We don’t cheat on each other. Neither of us has ever cheated on the other. We really keep that agreement, and there are times when you kind of flirt a little bit. We tell each other. We don’t keep it a secret. I think secrets are what drive people away. If you say, ‘I kind of got flirtatious with…’ he says, ‘I understand. I’ve done the same thing.’ And you just move on.” –  Washington Post

David Basckin... On the Couch: On cow bras and survival in Alaska

Idols is back and wouldja belieeeeve it, it’s déjà vu all over again. Despite glitter, decoration, fluff and random loud noises the show is identical in essence to everything it has ever been. There are hopefuls, laconic judges, pumped-up contestants and the usual queasy mixture of personal disappointment and corporate cynicism unmediated by remorse. 

It’s not too different from watching swimmers doing lengths in a shark tank, or rubber-necking at a five-car pile-up. But what the hell sinners, that’s the good old electric thrill of watching other people’s sadnesses and dismay. There’s only one winner, which means that Idols is a non-stop carnival of personal failure. Great way to build a nation.

Meanwhile, back in Alaska this hack has been watching The Last Frontier on Discovery. It raises all sorts of fundamental questions of which the most puzzling is, why is there so much Alaskan-themed material on this channel? The reality of the place is based on three facts: Alaska is cold and dark most of the time, the Americans bought it from the Russians at 2 cents an acre, and the State consumes more aid and social grants per head of population than any other region in the USA. It is also quite beautiful, a frozen Eden, populated in documentaries like this with all sorts of strange survivalists. 
The show concentrates on the farming and foraging lives of an Alaskan extended family called Kilcher. Ancestor Kilcher came to this dark and chilly place as that most singular of all things, a refugee from Switzerland. 

In Alaska he built a homestead and put down roots. The family today continues to live as frozen cowboys, fishermen and bear hunters. It seems that the big issue in Alaskan agriculture is a three-month summer of almost non-stop sunshine. This is followed with inevitable post-Faustian horror by nine months of snow and darkness.  

So for the Kilchers, the three month summer means extremely hard work to get in enough food for winter. Yes, I grant you this is a curious mixture of Aesop’s Fables and the gloomier chapters from the Brothers Grimm, but what the hell, it certainly makes great television.
Unusually for documentaries such as these, the content is high, the production values excellent, the stories both heartwarming and quaint. The Kilchers themselves are hard-working straightforward folk who never fall into caricature. 

We, the audience, thrill to various Alaskan events. One set of the family catch salmon with dip nets in a rapidly-flowing river. It may be summer but the water is just above freezing and this hardy couple – man and wife – stand into the flow wearing trout waders with water up to their chests. 

Alaskan agriculture event number two consisted of building a bra for the cow. The cow in question had been excessively abused by her calf leading to lacerated teats. The bra prevents further damage and allows the wounds to heal. There’s much more, including constructing an outhouse plus shooting, skinning and eating a bear. Watch this show next week.

Finally, religion. And once more God had a role in a Super Rugby final. The Cheetahs played the Lions and as is their constitutional right, both Cornel Hendricks and Willie le Roux thanked the big coach in the sky for their tries.

But then along came seven tries and nine out of 10 successful kicks for the Lions, who unbeknown to the Cheetahs had the Holy Ghost on the bench. Please rise.

This column was first published in the 20th July 2014 issue of SMtv

Highlighting the good on @SABC_2's @PlayYourPartSA

SABC 2’s Play Your Part is feel good TV about South Africa at its best. Buhle Mbonambi spoke to host, Kabelo Mabalane

South Africa had a dramatic 20 years. From the feel-good years of sporting achievements, including hosting the rugby, cricket and football World Cups to negative things like the high crime rate. We are constantly looking for something good about our country and that’s where Play Your Part, Sundays at 9.30pm on SABC 2, comes in. It’s a docu-series about South Africans, famous and ordinary, who have played a part in making the country a better place. Hosted by award winning kwaito musician and former SA’s Got Talent judge, Kabelo Mabalane, the show introduces you to another side of South Africa – a place where people believe in active citizenship and work with their communities to change lives. 

What’s Play Your Part about? 
Play Your Part is about finding and highlighting South Africans who are doing and have done, extraordinary things to make the country a better place. 
From high profile to low profile, ordinary South Africans, we tell the stories of the good work they do for the benefit of other South Africans, while also paying tribute to some of our living legends who had to carve their careers during trying times. 
Why do we need a show like Play Your Part ? 
There’s a culture of expecting handouts, passing the buck and blaming others if things don’t go our way. In essence, the show is about making people see that they can also be the change that they want to see. 
Does the show also look at our history and pay tribute to people who’ve played a part in shaping the country?
We can’t ignore South Africa’s history and the people who sacrificed themselves for the freedom we enjoy.  People like Bra John Kani, Ma Abigail Kubeka. Hearing them tell their story was a deep experience. 
We also pay tribute to people who are making a difference. There’s a Bernard Viljoen who was arrested for a DUI (driving under the influence) and was sentenced to community service. He asked the magistrate if he could start a photography course for underprivileged children. Five years later, he’s still running |the course. 
What have you learnt from the show? 
That it’s important to celebrate people and thank them for their service to society. That if I want to see change in my community, I also need to get involved. 
Why did you agree to host the show?
I wanted to learn something new and meet amazing South Africans. And through it I realised the importance of positive, active citizenship. It’s not always about what government leaders can do for us, but it’s about us citizens being active in our own community and doing all we can to make the difference. 
I’m always reminded of the youth of 1976. They are the greatest example of active citizenship and what it means. They wanted a change and they fought for that change. 
Who made the most impact? 
It’s difficult to isolate one person. They are all amazing stories and they are all about triumph and perseverance.  
Okay, but who did you learn the most from?
Ah, it has to be Viljoen. He turned something bad into something good. He could have easily served his sentence and then went back to his life. But he started something that has changed so many people’s lives.  
You were a judge on two seasons of SA’s Got Talent. Do you miss the show?
I do. I enjoyed my time being a judge on the show, but it was time for something new. I found a new passion and being on SA’s Got Talent was not going to give me the flexibility I needed. But the funny thing is that with the show, I was also playing a part where I was shaping someone’s destiny and helping them fulfil their dreams.
What part have you played in shaping SA?
Shout SA, which I co-founded with Danny K, is an example of me playing my part. We use music with fellow artists to bring a positive message to the country and call others to fight the scourge of crime. Through Shout SA, we realised that a lack of education is one of the many issues that sometimes lead to crime and so we built three libraries – in Soweto, Mitchell’s Plain and Limpopo. It’s a big passion of mine. 
What part are you going to play from this moment on? 
The show has inspired me to do more and to get involved and that’s what I’m going to do. 

This article was published in the 20th July 2014 issue of SMtv


@HBO at #TCA2014

HBO CEO Richard Plepler and the cable channel's programming president Michael Lombardo took the stage last Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

HBO just walked away with 99 nominations at the upcoming Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be histed by Seth Myers on Monday, 25 August 2014. 

At the TCA press panel, they spoke about the future of the HBO shows, Game of Thrones, Beyonce and Jay Z and more.

True Detective:

The anthology drama series, which was one of the biggest hits of the 2013/14 TV season has left us wanting more. It garnered 12 noms at the Emmy's, including two Best Actor nominations for Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrleson. 
The TCA was the perfect place to announce the leads and the cast for the second season, but the HBO execs didn't.  However, Lombardo promised that the cast will be revealed shortly. What they did reveal was that the cast will be very well-known actors. 

Game of Thrones:

There's a general feeling that the TV series will soon take over the books. Lombardo and Plepler assured the press that with George R.R. Martin extensively involved in the TV series that, based on his A Song of Fire & Ice book series. 

The Comeback:

In 2005, Friends' Lisa Kudrow and Sex and the City's Michael Patrick King created a TV show called The Comeback. It was cancelled after 13 episodes. Now it's back and tha's mainly because it's become a cult classic and fans have been begging for it.  A couple of HBO junior execs asked the head honchos if the show can be reprised and after a meeting with the creators, it's back on. The show is about Valeria Cherish, who might be the original reality TV star. 

Beyoncé and Jay Z: 

HBO continues it's relationship with pops most powerful couple. After the channel showed documentaries about Beyoncé (Life is but a Dream) and Jay Z (Picasson Baby: A Performance Art Film) they will also be airing their first tour together, On The Run Tour: Beyoncé and Jay Z. The special will be recordings of their September performances at the Stade France in Paris. It will air in September. 

The Television Critics Association Press Tour Summer 2014

The Summer TCA press tour has been going on for a week and most of the channels have presented their new and current shows, to US press in LA. There were many revelations, interesting questions being asked, racial dynamics being discussed, etc.

We'll be bringing you what happened at all the TCA panels, going by channel. And we'll also bring you some of the most interesting tidbits from the parties this past fortnight in the next couple of posts. Plus tweets from our favourite TV scribes. 

The press tour will culminate with the Television Critics Association Awards, where we hope Tatiana Maslany can walk away with Best Actress again. 

@MNet brings us @CBS' #Extant from Wednesday. Here's what the critics have to say about it

Fresh from the US. We like this, M-Net. Extant has been acquired by M-Net and will air from next Wednesday, 23 July at 9.30pm. The show started two weeks ago in the US. 

Basically Extant is about Molly (Halle Berry), an astronaut who goes into space for 13 months and comes back, pregnant. Yip. Pregnant. Now she has to deal with that, her scientist husband and their android son, plus the fallout from the pregnancy. She has to reconnect with her family after a year in space. 

It is a sci-fi show, so it's expected. 

Plus, it was the most watched drama last week, with 9,8 million people tuning in. While we have to wait and see how many people watch the next two episodes for it to qualify as a hit, but we are certain it's on its way to be one. It is CBS, after all, plus not many people tune into TV during the US summer. 

Critics have given the Steven Spielberg show mixed reviews, but remember critics were only given one episode. 

The Hollywood Reporter
If Extant wants to be vague, it's doing a great job. Most of the hour seems like a murky dream without much technical assured-ness — just visuals that hints at "something sci-fi like in the future" and lets it go at that. … After an hour of minor hints that the government has outsourced space travel and humantics development to the private sector, viewers may start believing that Extant is being vague on purpose — because it doesn't know what it's doing, or what story it's telling.

Washington Post
"Extant quickly runs up its credit cards when it comes to borrowing imagery and ideas from other classics. In sci-fi, copying is more akin to homage, ... than in any other genre. Extant is coolly conceived and professionally directed, even though Berry tends to let her locked, agape lower jaw and bared teeth do the acting for her."

Extant looks well suited to making some noise, despite a pilot that’s heavy on tantalizing threads and not much else. Of course, the disclaimer would be that the same Amblin-CBS collaboration birthed “Under the Dome,” which proved a summer hit in 2013 but left a bad taste behind for many by playing too many “No, honest, you’ll get an idea what’s going on next week” games.

Vulture (NY Times)
"Praise to the creators for trying to revive this kind of classic science-fiction mystery, but it's suspenseful and quite silly and diluted by too many plodding plot devices and stock characters. While entertaining and expertly produced, it doesn't hold out a lot of promise." 

Still want to tune in? We do!

Catch the first episode on Wednesday at 9.30pm. 

Please Note: 

With Extant moving into the 9.30pm slot, all of the series mentioned below will follow an hour later than originally advertised:

-      CSI 14  new episode at 22:30                           
-      RAY DONOVAN 2  repeat episode at 23:30              
-      HOUSE OF CARDS repeat episode at 00:30         
-      LEFTOVERS, THE 1 repeat episode at 01:30    

Season 7 of @StrictlyDanceSA premieres tonight on @SABC3. Here's what you can expect

The promo has been running for a few days and there have been interviews with the contestants on various TV programmes, from Expresso, Sport @ 10, 3Talk and of course the big daddy of SABC shows, Top Billing.

The celebrities are ready and raring to go and we hope none of them disappoint. We are looking forward to a season where the celebrity contestants five it their all and impress. It just makes the show much more interesting and instead of guessing who will win, we are constantly kept at the edge of our seats.

But the big questions is, will  Brandon Eilers  Le Riche finally win the competition? He was robbed in the second season of Strictly Come Dancing when he was dancing with Tamara Dey. They were the best couple that season and it's still a travesty that they didn't get enough votes. He is dancing with Leandie du Randt this season and we hope that she will come to the party. 

It's not that we are specifically campaigning for him, but he has been very consistent when it comes to giving great performances on the dance floor. 

We still think Khanyi Mbau and Quintus Jansen are the one's to beat and this is based on Khanyi's natural rhythm. Ryan Hammond is the defending champion, so he also has to come to the party with Boity and I think he will. 

We can't ignore Mary Martin, who won season 5 with Rob van Vuuren, which was one of the best seasons of Strictly and was unfortunately paired with Lvovo Derrango, who was obviously not so interested in being on the show. 

And the hosts? Well, Roxy Burger has been tweeting her excitement about being on the show and we hope this excitement transcends to the live show and impresses with her presenting skills. We have little to worry about with Katlego Maboe, who has been presenting Expresso for four years. He's a pro when it comes to live shows. 

We are looking forward to a great season. It's a younger, somewhat popular cast and of course they are hot! 

All the best to Rapid Blue and SABC 3.

Tune in to the show at 8pm tonight on SABC 3 and tomorrow night at 7pm

Post by Strictly Come Dancing South Africa.


@MTVza VMA Nominees: @Beyonce leads with 8 nods #VMA

The nominees for the MTV VMAs were announced earlier today and Beyoncé Knowles is in the lead, with eight nominations.  Eminem and Iggy Azalea followed with seven nominations apiece.  Pharrell Williams also scored multiple nominations, with four. 

The awards will take place at the The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Performers include Ariana Grande, Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer, with additional performers expected to be announced, soon. The same goes for the host. 

While MTV and MTVBase haven't confirmed whether they will air the awards live, they will be airing the awards on Monday, August 25 on MTVBase from 8pm. 

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – "Fancy"
Beyoncé ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"
Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
Sia - "Chandelier"
Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"

Eminem - "Bezerk"
Drake ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
Childish Gambino - "3005"
Kanye West - "Black Skinhead"
Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz"

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
John Legend - "All Of Me"
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell - "Sing"
Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"
Eminem ft. Rihanna - "Monster"

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"
Beyoncé - "Partition"
Lorde - "Royals"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"

Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX - "Fancy"
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz - "Talk Dirty"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc - "Wake Me Up"

Imagine Dragons - "Demons"
Arctic Monkeys - "Do I Wanna Know"
The Black Keys - "Fever"
Lorde - “Royals”
Linkin Park - "Until It's Gone"

Sam Smith - "Stay With Me"
5 Seconds of Summer  -"She Looks So Perfect"
Charli XCX - "Boom Clap"
Schoolboy Q - "Man Of The Year"
Fifth Harmony - "Miss Movin On"

Beyoncé ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea - "Problem"
Pitbull ft. Ke$ha - "Timber"
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga - "Loyal"
Eminem ft. Rihanna - "Monster"
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J - "Dark Horse"