SA’s Got Talent
A new season of SA’s Got Talent premieres on e.tv tonight at 6.05pm. While the time is a bit odd, especially since the show is suited to more of a weekday audience, it’s going to be interesting to see if it affects M-Net’s Idols viewership. With new judges DJ Fresh and Lalla Hirayama joining Shado Twala, it’s also going to be interesting to see how well they will work. Twala has been the sweet judge for the previous seasons, but she’s apparently going to be harder to please this season. The kind judge is going to be Hirayama, while Fresh will be his usual frank self. But from what I have gathered, there is no “main” judge this season. It’s equal footing for everyone. Now, talent-wise, I hear that this season it was tougher to please the judges than before and that’s a good thing. I really hope that the best talent shines through. The big question is: will it be better than last season? I guess we’ll have to find out later today.
Tongue in Cheek
Finally! For years I have been hoping, praying and finally urging SABC 3 to offer a local panel TV talk show! Finally, it’s happening. SABC 3 has commissioned Tongue In Cheek, a panel talk show in the vein of The View and The Talk, with radio personality and comedian, Anele Mdoda, actress Carolyn Steyn, model and socialite Shashi Naidoo and actor Michael de Pinna as panellists. Mdoda will be the moderator and the show starts on September 9 at 8.30pm.
The topics are said to be very risqué. I am so excited about this show and if done well, Tongue In Cheek could be the talk show South African TV has needed in its arsenal for years.
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New Seasons and Castings
Soon the new seasons of some of our favourite shows, like The Mindy Project, The Fixer, American Horror Story and The Big Bang Theory will hit the screens in the US. Some of the big casting news is that Shonda Rhimes, who created The Fixer, will have a cameo on The Mindy Project, as herself. Rhimes is a huge fan and complained when the show went on a three-month production break. Allison Tolman, who we recently saw on Fargo as Molly, will have a guest role on the comedy as will Niecy Nash, who will play Mindy’s rival. Other casting news include Julian Morris, who has landed a recurring guest role on New Girl; Rachel Dratch will appear in the final season of Parks and Recreation; Monk star Tony Shal-boub has scored a recurring role on Nurse Jackie as Dr Bernard Prince, a new ER doctor who has great bedside manner and offers Jackie friendship. With Will Gardner killed off on The Good Wife, the show is bringing back Kyle MacLachlan and Carrie Preston. MacLachlan plays the popular John Perotti and Preston is back as his love interest, Elsbeth Tascioni.
M-Net Scoops Fox’s Gotham
In a triumphant TV coup, M-Net has bagged the broadcast rights to Fox’s highly touted Gotham. The Batman prequel, starring Benjamin McKenzie (The OC, Southland) and Jada Pinkett-Smith, is one of the buzz-y shows of the 2014/2015 season. M-Net realised this and quickly got hold of the show. The show premieres in the US on September 22 and South African fans will get to watch it a few hours later, at 1am on September 23. We hope M-Net will be able to do the same with other high-profile shows like Game of Thrones.
Jimmy Fallon Finally Comes to SA
I’m sure you are aware that I’m a huge fan of late-night talk shows, right? Well here’s some good news for fellow fans – The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is finally coming to South Africa! Viacom’s MTV has secured it from September 24. Jimmy Fallon has revived the show, which was hosted by Jay Leno for two decades. I’m a huge fan of his skits and he has managed to get A-List celebrities to do the most ridiculous things; he has an EW segment where he basically acts like a teenage Valley Girl; and recently, he had the cast of Friends stage a reunion, with him acting as Ross. Once again, I wish we had our own late-night talker. It seems few channels are interested and that’s a bummer, considering how many people are awake and tweeting later than 10pm. They would be the perfect audience for the show.
This article was first published in the 07 September 2014 edition of the Sunday Tribune SMtv.