Monday, May 29, 2017

Must-see TV back on M-Net from tonight - but be prepared for a lot of SNL, as This is Us, The Good Fight and American Gods push broadcasting boundaries even further.

Be prepared for SNL – and that doesn't stand for Saturday Night Live: Tonight M-Net (DStv 101) will envelop viewers on M-Net (DStv 101) as the pay-TV channel once again pushes the boundaries of African broadcasting as it frontloads its schedule with hour after hour of risque TV series.

From tonight M-Net is again pushing the boundaries even further of what can be shown on TV in South Africa and Africa, as the pay-TV broadcaster returns to a packed schedule of true “must-see” TV. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Men are baring their butts in the excellent new drama series This Is Us starting at 19:30 as well as in The Good Fight starting at 20:30. 

Then there’s extremely risque language that range from the “F”-word and other mouths needing some soap cussing every which way in several of the new TV shows, and even a boyfriend matter-of-factly asking his girlfriend for “a handy” in This Is Us.

Throw in some lesbians in bed and then the craziest sex scene seen on TV yet – a man literally swallowed by a woman’s vagina during intercourse in the new drama America Gods starting at 22:00 – and M-Net is back with a bang with provocative American TV programming you need to make sure your DStv parental lock-out levels is set for, if you don’t want the kids to see.

So risque is American Gods that M-Net is only showing the Starz produced series on DStv in South Africa and some Southern African countries, and replacing the drama with other programming on the M-Net feed seen on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform in East and West African countries.

There wasn’t an answer from M-Net as to why it deems American Gods not suitable for the rest of Africa, a new drama based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, revolving around mythical gods who’ve immersed themselves into American life.

The Good Fight, a new drama series spin-off to The Good Wife is likewise not your grandma’s legal eagle show.

This excellent series is made for an American streaming service and isn’t constrained by the “broadcast standards and practices” regulations of ordinary American TV. It means that the language, scenes and situations go far further than what TV viewers are used to.

The spin-off with 10 brilliant weekly episodes tackling fascinating cases together with an interesting overall story arch, follows Diane Lockhart (played by Christine Baranski) who is forced out of her legal practice and joins a new one.

Besides the new 6th season of comedy Veep starting tonight at 21:30 the most unmissable new show is the fantastic drama series, This Is Us starting at 19:30 on M-Net.

To say too much about this “thirtysomething – the next generation” would be giving away too much but this moving new 18-episode drama series with Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Harley, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown revolves around different people who all share the same birthday and have different issues as they celebrate their 36th birthdays.

If the surprise hasn’t yet been spoilt for you, you will hugely enjoy the surprising and emotive twist at the end of the first episode of This Is Us that just won the MTV Movie & TV Awards category for “Best Tearjerker Moment in 2017” with the show that recently crowned “Top TV Program” by the American Film Institute.

Besides This is Us, The Good Fight and American Gods, M-Net has loaded its schedule with the new Twin Peaks, while local shows Wingin’ It, the second season of The Voice South Africa and Carte Blanche keep viewers transfixed on Sundays while nationwide auditions are taking place for My Kitchen Rules South Africa coming soon.

Also add Timeless, The Arrangement and Mozart in the Jungle and M-Net (DStv 101) has at the moment one of the strongest contemporaneous programming line-ups the channel has had in years.