Wednesday, April 11, 2018
M-Net adds newly-revived American Idol, puts Nashville and Riverdale on a break in order to show the finale live in South Africa.
M-Net wants the latest season of the revived American Idol to end in South Africa at the same time as in the United States and is putting the drama series Nashville and Riverdale on a few weeks' hold in order to catch up with the reality show so that the American Idol finale can be shown live in South Africa at the same time as in America.
The 16th season of American Idol that started on the ABC network in America a few weeks ago, will start on Friday 13 April on M-Net (DStv 101) at 19:00 until 21:00.
Episodes of the 16th season of American Idol will be broadcast on Fridays and Saturdays.
Due to this, the 5th season of Nashville and the second season of Riverdale are taking scheduling breaks on M-Net, so that the channel can catch up with the already aired episodes of American Idol of the past few weeks so that South African viewers can eventually watch the American Idol finale live without the fear of a winner spoiler.
New episodes of Nashville will return on 4 May at 21:00 and Riverdale's second season will resume on Saturday 28 April at 20:00.
Ryan Seacrest, facing swirling accusations of sexual harassment and assault with a charge that has now been laid with the police, is back as the presenter of American Idol. The judges for this revived season are singer Katy Perry, the country music star Luke Bryan and the music icon Lionel Ritchie.
The 14th season of Idols will start on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) on Sunday 8 July at 17:30 and ends on Sunday 18 November with the dedicated Idols channel, Idols Extra, that will again run on MultiChoice's channel 199 on DStv showing auditions and additional footage.