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THE TV SNITCH: What to watch now that the World Cup is Over

So what does one watch after a month of mostly glorious foot-ball? This World Cup has been the best in recent memory, with so many amazing goals scored, stars being born and former champions leaving the competition in the first round. It’s been the most dramatic show on TV and it’s so sad that now we have to wait for another four years again. As the TV Snitch, I’m hard on channels and the kind of content they give us, so now it’s my turn to inform you, my most valued reader, of the best shows to watch now that the World Cup is over.


While you wait for the final game and the closing ceremony, which will see Shakira performing for a record third time at a World Cup, Idols South Africa is back for the 10th season. The show, which has brought us award-winning musicians Elvis Blue, Khaya Mthethwa and Lloyd Cele, is back on M-Net and Mzansi Magic tonight from 5.30pm. As per usual, the first few weeks are the best part of the show, where we see the talented singers with the not-so-talented wannabes. It’s the time when Randall Abrahams is the meanest person on TV and we love him for it.


When HBO does a show, they do it properly. We’ve seen this with Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, True Detective and The Newsroom. Now The Leftovers joins the club of amazing HBO dramas and you need to watch it. Airing Mondays on M-Net, the show stars Justin Theroux (better known as Jennifer Aniston’s boyfriend) and Liv Tyler. It’s basically a story of what happens in a small town after The Rapture and how people deal with it. Tomorrow the second episode airs. Tune in on M-Net at 10.30pm.


Thola on SABC 2 at 9.30pm is one of the best dramas that SABC 2 has done in recent years. SABC 2 is easily the best when it comes to producing quality dramas, even though it takes years for some of their shows to be renewed. Thola is 30 minutes of edge-of-the-seat-leave-you-begging-for-more TV. What takes other dramas 48 minutes to do Thola does in half the time. Nthati Moshesh is amazing in this drama and I can already smell award nominations for her. Plus, the supporting cast boasts some of our best talent, including Lerato Mvelase, who was nominated for an international Emmy award for best actress in a drama.


Wednesdays are usually boring. So why not tune in to Britain’s Got Talent on M-Net at 6.30pm for the current season of one of the biggest reality competition show franchises in the world? It has one of the best judging panels in reality competition shows, with Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams. Last season saw a South African-born girl, Asanda Jezile, whose parents moved to the UK from the Eastern Cape, bowl over the ever-critical Simon. She rendered Alesha speechless and Amanda hailed her as the next big thing. She was 11 at the time and she sang Diamonds by Rihanna better than anyone, including Rihanna. This season boasts an interesting array of talent, including a granny who dances better than the Strictly Come Dancing contestants.


Top Billing has stood the test of time. While it may be out of touch at times, it’s slowly starting to feature the rising stars of the social scene. Tonight the show visits the PSL’s lead goal scorer, Sbusiso Vilakazi. He reveals his love for the game and what it takes to be named footballer of the season. Even though I miss Michael Mol on the show, the return of Nico Panagio, Jo-Ann Strauss and Ursula Chikane is so welcome. It takes the show back to its hey-days. I’m a sucker for nostalgia, so why not? Tune in at 8pm on SABC 3.


Strictly Come Dancing returns for a seventh season on Friday on SABC 3 at 8pm. With a new set of hosts, a spruced-up studio and a younger set of celebrity contestants, including Khanyi Mbau, Jonathan Boynton-Lee and the ever-present Boity Thulo, it’s bound to be a cracker of a season. I’ll be rooting for Khanyi because I know she can dance and rumour has it the judges are touting her as one to watch. I hope new hosts Roxy Burger and Katlego Maboe crack it, or Rapid Blue will have to call up Sandy Ehrenreich and Ian von Memerty to take over the reins. After the disappointment of Pabi Moloi and Marc Lottering, it shows that sometimes change isn’t good.


Who stays in to watch TV on a Saturday? If you are a TV addict like me I understand. So what does one watch on a Saturday when there’s barely any sport left, except the rugby? I’d watch I Love South Africa on e.tv at 6pm. Two comedians leading two teams of celebrities in a battle of general knowledge. It’s funny how little some celebrities know about South Africa, which makes me happy as I feel like I always know more. Plus it’s a really great show.

This column was published on the 13 July 2014 issue of SMtv

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