DStv invited me to the annual year end party for media and journalists covering television in Johannesburg earlier this month which was (as usual) a very swanky affair with lots of bubbly at a beautiful mansion. DStv gave a little sneak peek to the exclusive viewing ahead in 2010 and now I'm ''dish''-ing.
On Zone Reality (DStv 125) the 6th season of the British version of Who Do You Think You Are? tracing celebs' family trees start on 1 January. New shows Born Against the Odds (1 January) and the 2nd season of Crime and Investigation Australia (18 January) looks at births that defied the odds and shocking Australian crimes.
On Vuzu (DStv 123) is the 3rd season of Greek (1 January), the reality singing show Redemption Song (4 January) and the 2nd season of the teen drama The Best Years (4 January). Also starting is the 2nd season of the teem drama, Secret Life of the American Teenager (5 January).
M-Net Series (DStv 110) has the 7th season of The Apprentice, titled Celebrity Apprentice (8 January), the reality show More to Love (8 January), and the drama Valentine (16 January). Date my Ex starts on 22 January, there is the 13th season of ER (21 January), the 4th season of the sitcom The Office (28 January) and the 2009/2010 season of Saturday Night Live, or SNL is back from 30 January. The channel shows the 6th season of Grey's Anatomy (24 January) and the 2nd season of The Mentalist (24 January).
The Home Channel (DStv 182) has a new local reality series, Love & Mortar with Michelle and Riaan (12 January) and PowerPlay (13 January) in which South African families try to reduce their energy consumption.
The Crime & Investigation Network (DStv 255) has the 2nd season of Nightmare in Suburbia (7 January) and a premiere doccie, Fritz: Story of a Monster (13 January).
National Geographic Channel (DStv 260) has Known Universe special doccies on Sundays in January.
Animal Planet (DStv 264) has a new series called Night (1 January) that looks at nocturnal nature.
Al Jazeera (DStv 406) has several noteworthy documentary programmes in January. Look out for Under the Ahmedabad Sky (10 January), Salam Father (17 January), Herdswoman (3 January) and the provocative White Nationalism in Obama's America (6 January).
CNN International has World's Untold Stories: Slave Hunter (12 January) and Inside the Middle East: Alexandria (6 January).
The Disney Channel (DStv 303) has Princess and the Frog Sneak Peaks weekdays from 4 January at 19:50. There's also 2nd seasons of Suite Life on Deck (16 January) and Fairly Odd Parents (16 January). The 3rd season of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse starts 18 January.
MTV Europe (DStv 321) has the 10th season of MADE (3 January) and Scream Queens (6 January) in which 10 actresses competes reality show style to win a role in a cult movie.