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28.9.15

Here are #TheVoiceSA coaches... Your thoughts?



And here they are, South Africa... Your The Voice South Africa's coaches. 

Lira, Karen Zoid, Kahn Morbee and Bobby van Jaarsveld. 

Your thoughts? 

4.9.15

Here's what you can look forward to in @SM_Magazine this Sunday #IAMDurban

This weeks @SM_Magazine teaser video with @BuhleBonga and @Liam_JV

Posted by Sunday Tribune SM Magazine on Friday, 4 September 2015

26.7.15

Check out what's in the @SundayTribuneSA's @SM_Magazine today!

SM's Buhle Mbonambi and Liam Joyce tease what is in the Sunday Tribune SM Magazine this week. 

Enjoy!


#WATCH @Buhlebonga and @Liam_JV talk through whats going to be in this weeks edition of Sunday Magazine.
Posted by Sunday Tribune SM Magazine on Saturday, 25 July 2015

18.7.15

@MTVBaseAfrica nominee, @Bonang_M plans to ROCK the #MTVMAMA2015 in Durban today



We hooked up with the talented Bonang Matheba at the Playhouse Theatre, about her plans for the awards, being nominated and of course, the outfit! 

Video: Mojo IOL

Tune into the awards tomorrow evening on BET, MTV and MTVBase from 9pm. 

16.7.15

Five reasons why the #Emmy nominations might actually be exciting this year


Emily Yahr
This year, we advise you to pay attention — there are many signs that the nominations (which precede the Sept. 20 show, hosted by Andy Samberg) might actually be pretty interesting. We’ll go even further and sayexciting. Here are five reasons why:
1) An influx of critically-acclaimed new shows and actors.
Amazon’s “Transparent,” Fox’s “Empire,” CW’s “Jane the Virgin”: Three shows that made big waves last TV season, and now, they have their first chance to be nominated. The Golden Globes already got a jump on things by giving big honors to “Transparent” (best comedy; best comedy actor for Jeffrey Tambor) and “Jane the Virgin” (best comedy actress for Gina Rodriguez). History-making “Empire” wasn’t eligible for the Golden Globes, but we don’t even want to know what will happen if Taraji P. Henson doesn’t get a drama actress nomination for her groundbreaking portrayal of Cookie.
Plus, now that “Breaking Bad” is over and has cleared the way for some new drama nominees, look out for less critically-loved but Golden Globe favorites “The Affair” and “How to Get Away With Murder” to get some attention, particularly with actors Dominic West, Ruth Wilson and Viola Davis, respectively. On the comedy side, Netflix’s Tina Fey series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” should also make a splash.
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LIVE: The 67th Primetime Emmy Award Nomination Announcement




OITNB actress and Emmy winner, Uzo Aduba and Cat Deeley, host of SYTYCD and Emmy winner, will host the nominations live from 5.30pm, CAT. 

Expected to do well are shows like Mad Men, Empire, How to get Away With Murder, The Affair, Parks and Recreation, Black-ish, Veep, Transparent and Silicon Valley. 

Come back later for the full nominees list and critique. 

26.6.15

#BETAWARDS 2015: The 5 Performers We Can't Wait To See On Stage


The 2015 edition of the BET Awards are taking place this weekend. Literally all the celebrities of African descent, are in LA, to prepare for the awards and have a great time. Hosted by Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the awards are bound to be a hoot- as they mostly always are. 

The best thing about the BET Awards is how awesome the performances are. Our favourite performances from recent years include:


Beyonce in 2007

Chris Brown in 2012
Kelly Rowland in 2011

Janelle Monae ft. Erika Badu in 2013

Now this year's list of BET Awards nominees include Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Jhene Aiko, The Weeknd, Trey Songz, Young Money, Tinashe and Rae Srummund. 

The performers list is similar to this too. Here's our list of the performances we can't wait to see

Silento (Whip/ Nae Nae)

Janet Jackson  Tribute( Ciara, Tinashe and Jason Derulo)

Omarion (Post To Be just because of Jhene)


Empire Cast ( Keep It Movin' & Money For Nothing)

Janelle Monae (Yoga)


The BET Awards 2015 will premiere across Africa on BET (DStv channel 129) and BET2 (DStv channel 135) on Tuesday 30 June at 20:10 CAT.

Good luck to AKA, The Soil and Cassper Nyovest! Let's hope one of you brings back the award! 

Spoiler-alert culture is taking all of the fun out of television

Kit Harrington as Jon Snow in HBO's Game of Thrones
This article doesn’t contain any spoilers whatsoever for Game of Thrones, Season 5, Episode 10, Mother’s Mercy.
Alexa Scarlata
By now you probably know that Season Five of Game of Thrones ended with the shocking … no, wait, we can’t talk about that. But it was days ago! Surely we can … No, we can’t. We just can’t.
Perhaps even more traumatic than witnessing the season finale – for those who have – is the inability to talk about it for fear of social recrimination. Spoiler-alert culture is taking all of the fun out of watching and talking about television.
For a long time we all watched TV together. Audiences gathered around the box to consume an appointment-based viewing schedule of programming. They consulted weekly TV guides to see when and where their favourite shows would screen. If they were missed, they simply would not be seen. Plot twists were news because they happened to everyone at the same time.
Now, with popular foreign programs being screened direct from the US on subscription television, and made immediately available via streaming services and (albeit illegitimate) peer-to-peer downloads, content is frequently available concurrently around the world.
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This article first appeared in The Conversation. The writer, , is a PhD Candidate in Television Studies at University of Melbourne

12.6.15

Cassper leads SA's nominees at the #MTVMAMA2015

South African artists have scored a total of 24 nominations from 70 nominees across 13 categories. The nominees were revealed at Harem, nightclub in Johannesburg last night. Attendees included nominees Cassper Nyovest, Black Motion, and Bucie amongst others.

 
Leading the SA pack is Cassper Nyovest with three monitions. In Best New Act, Best Hip Hop and Song of the Year. Cassper has won a total of 16 awards so far for his debut album, Tsholofelo. He cleaned up at the Channel O Music Video Awards, the Metro FM Music Awards and walked away with a SAMA in April. Will his award count increase on that night?


Tailing close behind Cassper Nyovest, is rapper, K.O. industry stage name, who bagged two nominations: Song of the Year for Caracara and Best Hip Hop. Caracara was a massive hit in 2014, with the video boosting close to two million views.


AKA has also matched the King of Skhanda rap, also bagging himself two nominations respectively. The self proclaimed prince of Hip Hop lost out this time by not securing the Best Hip Hop nom, instead he is up for Best Male and Best Collaboration.

Only two female South African artists will be repping SA at the award ceremony, to be held in Durban ICC on the 18th July. The queen of rachetness Busiswa Gqulu (she literally has t-shirts she wears on stage emblazoned with the word 'ratchet') popularly known as the Kalawa Chikita is up for the "Best Female"gong. Busiswa shot to fame with her hit song Nguko.


Tagging along with one nomination songstress Bucie, who is also up for the Best Female title. The 28-year-old's "Easy To Love" single peaked at number 9 on South Africa's official music chart.

5.6.15

#SABC3Strictly kicks off tonight for Season 8. Meet the cast

From left: Bridget Masinga with Dennis Sifiso Maseko; Stanton Fredericks with Erin Musson;  Sureshnie Rider with Obed Mokokodi Mofoleng;  Pearl Modiadie with Grant Grant Louis Esterhuizen; Leigh-Anne Williams with Johannes Radede; Slikour with Michelle Leigh Oppenshaw; Gary Botha with Jeanné Michelle Swart; Jason Goliath with Samantha Bele Viana and Karlien Van Jaarsveld  with Devon Leigh Snell.
PICTURE: SABC 3
Fridays are going to be cool again with the new season of the always excellent, Strictly Come Dancing. If you haven't had a chance to find out who the contestants are this season, fear not. Here they are:

Bridget Masinga with Dennis Sifiso Maseko
Stanton Fredericks with Erin Musson
Sureshnie Rider with Obed Mokokodi Mofoleng
Pearl Modiadie with Grant Grant Louis Esterhuizen
Leigh-Anne Williams with Johannes Radede
Slikour with Michelle Leigh Oppenshaw
Gary Botha with Jeanné Michelle Swart
Jason Goliath with Samantha Bele Viana 
Karlien Van Jaarsveld  with Devon Leigh Snell
Nkululeko Tshirambula & Nombulelo Hlathi

Nkululeko Tshirambula & Nombulelo Hlathi
May the best dancer win! 

1.6.15

@SABC3's @StrictlySA returns for the 8th season. See who will be taking part. #SABC3Strictly




Bridget Masinga, Nkuli Tshirumbula, Slikour, Stanton Fredericks, Gary Botha, Jason Goliath, Leigh-Anne Williams,Karlien van Jaarsveld, Pearl Modiadie and Sureshnie Rider. These are the names of the celebrities who will be taking part in SABC 3's 8th season of Strictly Come Dancing. 

Exclusively broken by Thinus Ferreira of TV With Thinus, the names of this season's competition include some of the most popular TV and radio personalities right now, some rising stars, a former model and actress, singers and a two former sportsmen. The show starts this Friday at 8pm

Samantha Peo, Michael Wentink and Tebogo Kgobokoe 

Debashine Thangavelo, who writes for our sister newspaper magazine, Tonight, also reported this morning about some of the personalities we can expect to appear on the show. Production company, Rapid Blue continue producing the show, while the judges and the hosts also return. Hoping for more zingers and barbs from the judges and less 'absolutely's' from the hosts- specifically from Roxy Burger. 

Katlego Maboe and Roxy Burger. 
It must be noted though that it's getting increasingly difficult to get information about shows out of the SABC. It's a worrying trend, actually. It's like they don't care so much about the PR for their shows because they know people will tune in, anyway. It's alarming. 

Anyway, let's hope it's going to be a good season. And may the most talented dancer, who excites us on the dance floor, win. Not like previous seasons when the most famous or sexiest person won. 

Oh and also, I hope for the results show, the judges and hosts change their clothes, so we can at least believe that the show is being screened to us live? It's terrible having to watch the results show a day after and see the judges and hosts in the clothes they wore the previous evening and have us believe the show is 'Live'. 

Tune in on Friday, on SABC3 at 7.30pm

2015 Critics Choice TV Awards- The Winners

Taraji P. Henson with her Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a TV Drama Series for her role on Empire as Cookie Lyon.
The 2015 Critics Choice Awards took place in Los Angeles  last night and while they are sadly not precursors for the people we can expect to win or be nominated at the upcoming 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in September, they still celebrate the best performances of the past TV season. 

It was a big night for Amazon's Transparent, HBO's Silicon Valley and AMC's Better Call Saul, all three winning two awards each. HBO's Olive Kitteridge walked away with three. It was great to see Bessie walk away with the Best TV Movie and what a triumph for Taraji P. Henson, finally getting an award for her brilliance, after her amazing turn as Cookie Lyon on Empire. 

Here are the rest of the winners

Drama

Best Actor, Bob Odenkirk, with his Critic's Choice Award for his role on Better Call Saul
BEST DRAMA SERIES
The Americans (FX)
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Taraji P. Henson – Empire (FOX)
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul (AMC)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Lorraine Toussaint – Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES
Sam Elliott – Justified (FX)

Comedy

Mike Judge with the cast of Silicon Valley

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Silicon Valley (HBO)
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
T.J. Miller, Silicon Valley (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)
BEST GUEST PERFORMER IN A COMEDY SERIES
Bradley Whitford, Transparent (Amazon)

Mini-Series and TV Movie

The cast and crew of Bessie
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Bessie (HBO)
BEST LIMITED SERIES
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
David Oyelowo – Nightingale (HBO)
BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Reality
Cat Deeley
BEST REALITY SERIES
Shark Tank (ABC)
BEST REALITY COMPETITION SERIES
Face Off (Syfy)
BEST REALITY SERIES HOST
Cat Deeley – So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)

Miscellaneous 
BEST ANIMATED SERIES
Archer (FX)
BEST TALK SHOW
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)
CRITICS' CHOICE LOUIS XIII GENIUS AWARD
Seth MacFarlane


Pictures: Vince Bucci for AP

26.5.15

@etv's #Umlilo Season One: A Postmortem

Cebisile, Mnqobi, Khwezi, Dumile and Andile Simelane
Umlilo ended last night. Depending on who you ask, it either ended with a bang or a whimper. Either way, it had our attention from the first to the last episode. 

The thing with finales is that not everyone will be happy with them. For a high octane drama like Umlilo, most of us wished for a dramatic, "OMG did this just happen???" ending, rather than an ending that may set up the show for a new season. And it's not Umlilo alone that has people pissed about finales. It's a global 'issue'. 

A couple of shows ended these past two TV seasons. Mad Men, Parks and Recreation, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy and Justified, to name just a few. Many people were not happy with how the shows ended. The many think pieces arising from 'neat' endings of these shows, the Twitter meltdowns and the various debates, exhausted us all. And that's the thing.  We all get emotionally invested in these TV characters. They are 'real' to us. We have a relationship with them. So when the unexpected ending happens, especially for dramas that have created an expectation that they would end in a particular way, people feel cheated. They feel robbed of their 'intelligence' of rightly guessing how the show would end. 

Take the Mad Men ending. The title sequence shows a man falling down a high rise building in New York City. Everyone assumed that it was Don Draper was going to be the one who will fall down the building when the show ended. But it wasn't to be. It was a metaphor of the fall of Sterling Cooper and another metaphorical fall of the main character. So as to not spoil the finale for everyone, I'll leave it there- but if you watched the show, you would know what it is I'm saying. 

People were mad that Walter White ended up dying on Breaking Bad, even though we knew he was terminally ill and was going to die anyway. They wanted him to live forever. 

So Umlilo: Many of us expected an explosively dramatic ending, one that will set up the show for the second season. Even I expected the confrontation of all confrontations between Khwezi and Dumile. Instead it was subtle, menacing, psychotic and revealing. Khwezi, coldly, acknowledged Dumile's efforts to reveal that she, Khwezi, was a fraud. But ever the competent fraud, Khwezi had another trick up her sleeve, something that shut Dumile up: she had an ultrasound scan of Dumile's baby and how she aborted it without Mnqobi finding out. It was end game for Dumile- she knew Mnqobi would lose it. 

But what people are missing is: would there be a need for a second season if Mnqobi found out that Khwezi was a fraud- that she was Kumkani's daughter seeking revenge (see post here about Umlilo's similarities with Revenge) for the murder of her father and her family. The show would have been over. So as much as the show ended with a 'whimper' it actually does set it up for a second season- one where Dumile will also be hiding something from Mnqobi, while trying to out Khwezi as a fraud. The big reveal about Dumile hiding her pregnancy from Mnqobi, will obviously be a huge story line and done properly, it may just be as explosive as Khwezi's secret.  See the Victoria Grayson and Emily Thorne inspiration

I'm not mad that the show ended the way it did. It proved that sometimes it's okay for a show to not have a crazy ending. That crazy ending would make it difficult to resume the show in a way that would bring viewers back. While Umlilo stands the chance of losing the viewers it gained, there's an even greater chance that come the 10th August 2015 at 9pm, there will be people tuning in to see how the second season starts.

And I will be one of them. 

25.5.15

#Umlilo finale: What We Are Expecting Tonight #WhoIsKhwezi tune in on @etv at 9pm


e.tv's Umlilo started with a bang. I still remember getting the screener a week before the show aired and I just couldn't sit still. Here was television that I had always been dreaming of: high quality, edge of your set kind of goodness. And man, it was so good. The mystery surrounding Mnqobi and his wives, his new fiancé's underhanded dealings and mystery, the relationship between his daughter and his business partner, it has kept us on the edge of our seats and we are not complaining. 

At the start of the Quizzical Pictures produced drama, we were introduced to each character and the dynamics of ever so interesting set up of a polygamous home. Polygamy is such a touchy, yet very taboo topic in South Africa and the way that we are all so interested in it, but are afraid to ask the questions. How the producers and their team of researchers and writers wrote the story, is honestly the best in years- they gave us drama, without disrespecting their viewers. 

So now that the first season (yes, it got renewed) is ending tonight, this is what we want to know. 


Who Is Khwezi?
We have known all season long that Khwezi is not Khwezi. She's a 'Catfish' as coo kids these days call people with fake personas. We know nothing about her, except that she has some history with Mnqobi's family and she wants to avenge her parents and her family. We know she has an 'uncle' who is helping her with this. We know she would do anything to make sure that she brings down the family- but at what cost? Most importantly, WHO IS KHWEZI??? 

What Will Dumile Find Out?
The last episode, Spikiri found the real Khwezi Mbatha- an unassuming, village girl, but at the end of the episode, her mother denied her existence. Even though she knows that Spikiri has pictures, with proof that her daughter is the real Khwezi. So will Dumile and Spikiri manage to get the truth out of the real Khwezi and her mother? 


Will the wedding take place?
I think, besides finding the truth about Faux Khwezi, we all want to know whether the wedding goes on as planned. Will it? It should. It will set us up for some delicious drama for next season. 

Will Cebisile finally remember where she knows 'Khwezi' from?
I sure hope so. But at the end, when Mnqobi and Khwezi have said their 'I Do's'... That's if they will say their vows. Cebisile has been having flashbacks about that big fire... What actually happened? Will Cebisile finally remember? And will she finally realise who Khwezi is and how she fits into this whole story? 

Andile and TK?
Their story line has been rather bleh- either the writers are lax when it comes to these two, but their secondary story line has been just that- secondary. But let's hope things come to a head for them and Andile finally admits to her father that she has the feels for TK and who is he to judge, especially since he has a harem of women at home? 


Will Mnqobi and Khwezi's Uncle finally meet?
How awesome will it be if Khwezi is walked down the aisle by her scheming uncle? And then watching Mnqobi's face fall as he remembers him and then realises that his dear second wife, Dumile, has been right all this time? 

Who Is The Villain In The Story?
This has bothered me about the show. See, Umlilo reminds me of Revenge. Khwezi is Emily Thorne. Dumile is Victoria Grayson. Mnqobi is Conrad Grayson. Khwezi's uncle is Nolan Ross, as is Spikiri. 
So, if I take the Revenge story line and apply it to Umlilo, I think Khwezi is actually the innocent person out to avenge her family and whatever happened in the families' history. Will I be proven right? 


And finally, will there be a fire and will someone die?
Someone HAS to die. I mean, come on. There has to be some collateral damage, otherwise, what is the point of it all? Will it be a fire? Will someone be shot (FIRED at)? There's so much that the Umlilo team can end the show with on a high and leave us salivating for the second season. Speaking of the second season...

Umlilo returns for Season 2 on 10 August 2015. 
Yes, I can confirm that the show IS coming back in less than three months, which is amazing. We normally have to wait years for a second season and kudos to e.tv for making sure that they don't lose the audience they have gained from the show being aired. 

So, excited yet? We'll be tweeting, live on @SM_Magazine, @SMtv_Guide and I'll also be on my Twitter- @Buhlebonga, during the episode. 

I. Can't. Wait!!! 

From Kimmel to Conan: How television’s fraternity of late-night hosts honoured David #Letterman

 


David Letterman concluded his reign as dean of late-night television Wednesday night, and his peers across the networks (even cable!) all pitched in with tributes on their respective shows.
Jimmy Kimmel
Kimmel couldn’t stop himself from getting weepy as he described watching Letterman in his bedroom as a teenager. He was so impressed with him that he would host midnight-viewing parties and confessed to drawing sketches of Letterman in his school notebooks. Even his birthday cake and car license plates were celebrations of “Late Night.”
“Even though it looked like every other talk show, it wasn’t,” Kimmel said. “It was totally original, primarily because the host of the show, who, a lot of the time seemed embarrassed to even be there — he did not seem like he was a part of show business — was uncomfortable.”
Later, he choked up again. “The reason I have this show is because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on his show and hired me to host this show.”

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#MTVMAMA15: @Buhlebonga chats to @AlexOkosi about the #MTVMAMA15




I was right. In my last column I wrote that the MTV Africa Music Awards were coming back to Durban; and last Thursday the senior vice-president and managing director at Viacom International Media Networks Africa, Alex Okosi, confirmed they would be held on Saturday, July 18. I spoke to him this week. 
The awards were a highlight for many last year – were you, as MTVBase, happy with them and the whole production?
We were excited about the awards and happy that they were a success. Not only for us, but for the publicity and exposure that Durban received from the global media we had in attendance and the awards being shown around the world. We were happy at how Durbanites embraced the awards and the activities around them. We believe we contributed in making 2014 a successful year for Durban. 
What do you look for in a host city?
Can the city stage a world class event? Does it have a music culture? Will it be able to showcase the beauty of the continent to the world? Do they have the vision to take the continent to another level? It's those things. 
What placed Durban on your list of cities to host the awards again?
It ticked all the boxes. It has the perfect venue with the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC, the music scene is one of the most vibrant in the country, has a thriving tourism sector and has the right infrastructure to handle an event as major as the MTV Africa Music Awards. 

FROM LEFT SVP of Viacom Africa, ALEX Okosi, MTV BASE presenter Nomuzi Mabena , DJ CNDO and MTVbase creative director, Tim Horward at the ICC at the eve of the MTV Mamas, last year. picture: Siyanda Mayeza
Last year was a big year for African artists, especially those in hip hop – will we see a large hip hop influence this year?
Definitely. Hip hop continues to be one of the strongest genres in music and the MTVbase and MTV audience are huge fans. Hip Hop on the continent has grown – the standard of music being released and the videos. Artists on the continent are collaborating more often, which is what we have always wanted. So the awards should and will definitely reflect that. 
And the host? Have you decided who it will be?
Ah man, it’s too early to reveal. We want to keep people guessing. We will let you know in due time. 
What about Trevor Noah? He’s to host The Today Show on Comedy Central, which is your sister channel. It’s his continent and he could treat it as his “farewell tour” before he joins The Today Show. 
That would be cool. He’s one of the people we would only dream of having on our stage at the Mamas. He is a great ambassador for the continent. Our theme this year is Africa Re-Imagined and he’s that. Who would ever have guessed that he would be hosting one of the most popular late-night talkers? 
Will there be US/UK artists performing, or will it be strictly African?
Our audience enjoys international music too, so without a doubt. We also need to remember that these are global awards with viewers all over the world, so anything that will help them tune in, why not? 
What will make the Mamas different this year? 
The channel is celebrating its 10th year, so we are doing things differently. There are new acts that weren’t in the industry last year. If last year was great, then this year will be on another level. We are pushing ourselves and pushing boundaries to make this year the best yet.

MAMA MTV Africa Awards Launch at Maharani Hotel, which will be helled in KZN in July. From Left is Danger Big Nuz, Dj Tira and Caspper Nyoves. Picture by: Sibonelo Ngcobo

8.5.15

Season 8 of @StrictlySA on @SABC3 to start in 28 days time...

I guess it's final. There is going to be a new season of SABC 3's popular Strictly Come Dancing. Now who the contestants will be, we don't know, but with SABC 3's target being younger viewers, it's sure going to be some of the coolest and trendiest celebrities in the country. I also wish it's an All Stars edition of the show. That would be great! 

The weird thing about SA's Strictly, is how its contestants are mainly SA's current crop of famous young things. Unlike the UK and US, where most of the contestants are stars whose hey day has long come and gone, our version is another platform for starlets and those rising stars, to raise their profiles. 

We are so looking forward to it! 

7.5.15

2015 Critics Choice TV Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 2015 Critics Choice TV Awards were released recently and it gives us great pleasure to note that Taraji P. Henson has been nominated for her amazing portrayal of Cookie Lyon on Empire. This nomination marks the start of the new TV season, with the TCA's happening in a few weeks and the Emmy nominations being announced in months to come. New shows and new seasons of shows are also being shot and made ready for September premieres. 


Other notable nominees include HBO shows like Girls, Silicon Valley, Olive Kitteridge and of course, Game of Thrones. HBO got a total of 27 nominees and was followed by FX with 16. 

Here are the nominees of the awards, which will be awarded on Sunday, May 31. 

Drama Categories


BEST DRAMA SERIES
The Americans (FX)
Empire (Fox)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Homeland (Showtime)
Justified (FX)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES  
Eva Green, Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES  
Aden Young, Rectify (Sundance)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel (A&E)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)
Timothy Olyphant, Justified (FX)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 
Carrie Coon, The Leftovers (HBO)
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)
Joelle Carter, Justified (FX)
Katheryn Winnick, Vikings (History)
Lorraine Toussaint, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Mae Whitman, Parenthood (NBC)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)
Christopher Eccleston, The Leftovers (HBO)
Craig T. Nelson, Parenthood (NBC)
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland (Showtime)
Walton Goggins, Justified (FX)

GUEST PERFORMER IN A DRAMA SERIES  
Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Julianne Nicholson, Masters of Sex (Showtime)
Linda Lavin, The Good Wife (CBS)
Lois Smith, The Americans (FX)
Sam Elliott, Justified (FX)
Walton Goggins, Sons of Anarchy (FX)

Comedy Categories

BEST COMEDY SERIES 
Broad City (Comedy Central)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Mom (CBS)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Veep (HBO)
You’re the Worst (FX)

16.3.15

Should you watch @MNet's new show, #TheSlapSA? Well, YES! Tune in at 8.30pm

Hank Stuever



TV shows are getting better at the modern ways of trolling, which, after all, is an ancient and perhaps fundamental feature of drama — the ability to stir emotions, get goats and raise hackles. Provocative characters make terrible decisions to draw us into their moral quandaries. How flattering that we each get a reserved seat in the judge’s chair.

But “The Slap,” NBC’s heavy-hearted (and heavy-handed) drama based on an Australian series (which itself was based on a novel by Christos Tsiolkas), trolls a little too hard, knowing that our culture today is quite easily baited on matters of parenthood, coupling and modern manners. The result is a depressing — if engrossing — rehash of arguments found every day online.

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About The Show


The miniseries revolves around the aftermath of a birthday party of a middle-aged city employee when an adult male slaps someone else's misbehaving child Hugo (after Hugo kicks him in the leg). Each episode tells the story from the perspective of a different character.

Now Meet The Cast

Uma Thurman, from left, Thomas Sadoski, Peter Sarsgaard, Melissa George, Thandie Newton, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and Zachary Quinto attend NBC's "The Slap" miniseries premiere party at the New Museum on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

The Slap boasts an impressive all star cast, from Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, to Peter Sarsgaard, Penn Badgely and the protagonist, Zachary Quinto. 

Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Apostolou, a 40-year-old assistant deputy commissioner
Thandie Newton as Aisha Apostolou, Hector's wife and the director of a clinic
Ashley Aufderheide as Melissa Apostolou, daughter of Hector and Aisha
Khalid Alzouma as Adam Apostolou, older brother of Melissa
Uma Thurman as Anouk Latham, Hector's childhood friend and executive producer of a TV series

Melissa George as Rosie Weshler, mother of Hugo
Thomas Sadoski as Gary Weshler, father of Hugo
Dylan Schombing as Hugo Weshler, the kid whom Harry slaps
Zachary Quinto as Harry Apostolou, Hector's cousin, a rare-auto dealer, and the titular slapper.


Marin Ireland as Sandi Apostolou, Harry's wife
Owen Tanzer as Rocco Apostolou, Harry's pre-teen son.
Sofia Regan as Melody, works for Harry
Brian Cox as Manolis, Hector's father
Michael Nouri as Thanasis Korkoulis, Harry's attorney

Makenzie Leigh as Connie, Hector's teenager babysitter
Lucas Hedges as Richie, Connie's best friend
Penn Badgley as Jamie, Anouk's much younger actor boyfriend
Victor Garber as Narrator (voice)

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