Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today's interesting TV stories to read from TV with Thinus - 22 April 2015.

Deplorable. A subscriber of Sky's satellite pay-TV service struggles for 90 minutes to cancel.
Sky operator simply refuses to help him; focuses on attention of how pay-TV subscribers of Sky struggle to cancel their contracts.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng wants SABC to make doccies to unite Africa.
After the xenophobic violence rocking South Africa, the SABC's famously matricless chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the SABC will now make documentaries "to sensitise the nation" and dramas to promote unity among Africans.

Meanwhile Hlaudi Motsoeneng was in Cape Town to meet with advertisers and investors of the SABC. "You need to ask those difficult questions," Hlaudi Motsoeneng tells advertisers.

Paramount Television is working on a TV series spin-off of the movie Galaxy Quest.
The film spoof will likely become a new TV series.

Held against her will in hotel and prevented from calling her family?
The Sunday Times reports that the Big Brother Mzansi contestant who was allegedly raped in the Endemol Shine Africa and Mzansi Magic reality show has been kept against her will, allegedly, in a hotel and she allegedly "sneaked" in a call and told a family member she was told not to talk to "the outside world".

Nominations asked for 2 new SABC board members.
Apparently the 2 recently fired SABC board members Rachel Kalidass and Ronnie Lubisi by minister Faith Muthambi using the Companies Act instead of the Broadcasting Act, are really fired.

Jon Stewart's will say farewell on The Daily Show on 6 August.
The Daily Show host on Comedy Central (DStv 122) will say goodbye on 6 August after which the show will go on holiday and Trevor Noah will take over sometime in September only when the new American TV season starts.

Full House revival as Fuller House gets picked up for 13 episodes.
Fuller House will be shown on Netflix with most of the original cast returning.

Dramatic global growth fro Netflix.
Netflix had 16.8 million paid subscribers at the end of 2014 across the world.

KwaZulu-Natal actors feel entitled to get roles in SABC1's telenovela Uzalo.
Angry KwaMashu actors who are from the township where the show is filmed say they feel its their right to be in it.

Two men were arrested for stealing from the SABC News' crew in Durban covering the xenophobic violence.

"Faketopia": A drunk producer stumbles into Germany's Utopia and gives contestants directions.
Drunk producer fired after scandal, production company says contestants are never told what to say or do or what stories to act out in the reality show and that the "incident was due to human error".

Creator of the Teletubbies warns about a funding crisis with kids' television.
Says traditions of producing great children's content are being eroded; warns about a crisis in the funding of the United Kingdom's children's content on TV and a "North American mono-culture creeping over everywhere".

Patrick Dempsey might be out of Grey's Anatomy.
The actor has allegedly turned into "a diva" behind-the-scenes at the longrunning medical drama infuriating creator Shonda Rhimes.