This week, DStv has a host of sizzling shows lined up as we head into summer. As well as opening its SuperSport channels to subscribers on all packages in celebration of the opening of the first DStv-sponsored PSL season, viewers can catch the first virtually judged Miss SA finalists event live on 24 October, which includes performances from Mi Casa, Jimmy Nevis and Sho Madjozi, while Joe Exotic is back in Before He was King.
Here’s more on what Africa’s super entertainer will be bringing to our screens from 23 to 29 October.
Miss SA 2020
For many, becoming a pageant winner might be a distant and unattainable dream. But for 10 spectacular finalists, the moment of being crowned Miss SA is a step closer. Thanks to live and streaming options on DStv, viewers will be able to experience the thrills from the safety of their couch this Saturday.
While Zozibini Tunzi had to give up her role when she won Miss Universe, she’ll still make her mark as one of the judges this year. Joining her are charismatic radio host Anele Mdoda, former Miss SA and CEO of Standard Bank Wealth Nonhlanhla Peggy-Sue Khumalo, and stellar actresses Leandie du Randt and Kim Engelbrecht.
As runner-up, Alberton-born Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier took over the crown, sash and duties of Miss SA from Zozibini. She championed for abuse survivors through her #itsnotyourfault campaign and will be on stage to crown Miss SA 2020 at the Table Bay Hotel.
There’s an added glimmer of joy to this year’s ceremony as the top three will also go on to represent South African in the Miss Universe, Miss World and – for the first time – Miss Supranational pageants. Available on Premium, Compact and Showmax, there are so many ways to celebrate South Africa’s new queen.
Saturday, 24 October on:
- M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 17:00 (LIVE)
- Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 17:00 (LIVE)
- Showmax (Streaming)
SuperSport Open Window weekend
The first weekend of the DStv Premiership is set to be one that will excite all soccer lovers, more so the supporters of Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs. In what some have dubbed as a grudge match, defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns take on Kaizer Chiefs, a team that led the log standings until the final 10 minutes of the season. The opening weekend will be a festival of football for South African football enthusiasts with Baroka FC vs Maritzburg United, Amazulu vs Orlando Pirates, Cape Town City vs Chippa United and Stellenbosch FC vs Swallows FC – all of which will be available on the World of Champions, SuperSport.
From Friday 24 October to 26 October on all SuperSport channels – only on the DStv app.
Work in Progress Season 1
Moving in a completely new direction, director Lilly Watchowski (The Matrix) co-created a funny and profound show based on the life of improv comedienne, Abby McEnany. It takes a look at the power of relationships and the importance of support in times of crisis. It has an inclusive narrative that talks about queer rights and life outside of the gendered identities.
As a student at the renowned Second City, Abby had late-show host Stephen Colbert as a teacher. The effects of this experience are dry, witty and clever dialogue. As part of the sisters who famously transitioned after the success of The Matrix movies, Lilly Watchowski’s creative vision makes this a lovely journey in dramatic comedy.
Starts Friday, 23 October on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 22:30
Ster-Status Season 2
If you’ve ever dreamed of being a celebrity then this is the show for you! In this reality competition series, industry experts guide a group of young women through the rigorous world of entertainment to get their ultimate dream: fame. These would-be influencers, on-screen stars and Instagram models are given training and workshops to help them get the right style, attitude and strategy to make their mark.
But this is not just a fairy tale adventure; all the contestants will need to show progress and potential in order to stay in the competition. The winner not only gets recognition and celebrity but she will also host the next season of Ster-Status.
Watch from Tuesday, 27 October on VIA (DStv Channel 147) at 18:00
My Nightmare Landlord
Once again, we realise that real life is often stranger (and scarier) than fiction as Lifetime’s Shocktober movies ends with another true-story thriller. Lydia (Caroline Harris) goes through a devastating break-up and decides to move to a new apartment for a fresh start. As she retreats from her friends and family to gain clarity, she becomes the perfect target for her apartment manager’s passionate obsession. Not just a typical stalker movie, one reviewer was surprised by the “Lifetime record for the most shirtless scenes” from the troubled landlord, Drew (Ignacyo Matynia).
Saturday, 24 October on Lifetime (DStv Channel 131) at 19:20
Joe Exotic: Before He Was King
We know him today as the ‘Tiger King’, but if you ever wondered what Joe Exotic was like as a cub then this one-hour special is a great start. Beginning in childhood, viewers will get to see the major influences that led to the unconventional life of the infamous Joe Exotic surrounded by big cats, big dreams and even bigger enemies.
Thursday, 29 October on ID (DStv Channel 171) at 21:00