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Thursday, January 21, 2016

How is Nigeria going to react to E! Entertainment on DStv's new reality show, Just Jillian, with Jillian Michaels and her lesbian lover raising their kids?


It's going to be interesting to see how Nigerians reacts to E! Entertainment's (DStv 124) new upcoming reality show, Just Jillian, starting at the end of this month in which fitness trainer Gillian Michaels and her lesbian lover Heidi Rhoades raise their children Lukensia and Phoenix.

Nigeria wants to clamp down and censor all television that it deems undesirable and offensive - instead of just not watching.

Two months ago myopic Nigerians and Nigeria's broadcasting regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) forced MultiChoice and Discovery Networks International to to pull its scheduled and upcoming transgender teen reality show I Am Jazz, off the TLC Entertainment (DStv 172) schedule.

Since there's only one TLC Entertainment channel feed from Discovery Networks International for the entire Africa, angry Nigerians slamming MultiChoice and Discovery for a programme that will be "promoting undesirable ideas that will offend the Nigerian public", caused continent wide television censorship.

It meant that no other countries - including South Africa - could see I Am Jazz just because of Nigerian complaints in October.

NBCUniversal International Networks that distributes E! Entertainment in South Africa and across Africa on MultiChoice's DStv also only has one channel feed for the continent.

If Nigerians went as far as started a petition over I Am Jazz, it will be interesting to see what Nigerians make of Just Jillian.

In the show Jillian Michaels, the former trainer of The Biggest Loser who happens to be gay, is followed in her new reality show showing her life with her lesbian lover as they raise their two children, their adopted daughter Lukensia from Haiti and their son Phoenix.

Just Jillian, set to start on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) on Sunday 31 January at 21:00 "takes an unfiltered and authentic look at this dynamic and surprisingly sensitive superstar's private world and family," according to E!'s programming material.