And then keep Madam First Lady Michelle Obama? PLEASE???
We’ve BEEN waiting, but finally, the wait is over. The highly anticipated sixth season of the hit show, Suits returns to M-Net tomorrow (14 July 2016). Last season was probably the most intense yet, in that the build up to what we all expected, but didn’t actually did happen. For those still catching up, I won’t ruin it, but I’m sure you’ll know what I’m alluding to. The big question is, where to from here? How will it all pan out? We’ll find out tomorrow at 20:30 on M-Net, channel 101 on DStv. Check your local listings if you’re not in South Africa 😉
This season, Suits will welcome a few new recurring stars including Erik Palladino (Arrow, 666 Park Avenue), Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie) and Malcolm Jamal Warner (American Crime: The People vs. OJ Simpson). Neal McDonough returns as Sean Cahill, John Pyper-Ferguson as Jack Soloff, Patrick Fischler as A. Eliot Stemple and Aloma Wright as Gretchen Bodinski. There are a few other new names too, so look out for them.
Want some delicious news? Good, I’ve got it. One of my absolute favourite people in the industry is Siba Mtongana. I’ve been a fan since her first cooking show on Mzansi Magic (I managed the digital platforms at that stage). She’s warm, intelligent, so likeable, beautiful and just such a gem on television. I noticed, but so did others. So much so, she caught the attention of the bosses at Food Network. Fast track to 2013, and her show Siba’s Table made its debut in 2013. Fast track even more and the show is now returning for a third season
Siba’s Table s3 (ten episodes) builds on the popular format of its predecessors whereby the host brings her culinary flair and on-screen charisma to viewers across the region. Siba is just as delighted to be heading back into her TV kitchen “This is great news for me, but more so for my beloved country, South Africa, as Cape Town is home to South Africa’s most vibrant food scene and reflects the rich cultural diversity of our rainbow nation”
Phillip Luff, MD Scripps UK & EMEA, says Siba’s Table exceeded all expectations. “Internationally, the series proved to be one of our most successful shows and we can’t wait to bring the third series of ‘Siba’s Table’ to all our food lovers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”
Siba’s Table will air again later this year on Food Network, channel 175 on DStv.
Some interesting facts:
Siba’s Table debuted in September 2013 airing in over 90 countries across Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Siba’s Table is now airing in over 128 countries, including the US where the franchise is broadcast to 60 million homes on The Cooking Channel.
Tonight, viewers across the African continent will get to see the second episode of the highly acclaimed, Roots on HISTORY (channel 186 on DStv) at 20:30. When you sit down to watch the series, you’ll be introduced to Tom Lea played by none other than Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Check out this Q&A with Rhys Meyers to see what he has to say about being part of such a significant and important show like Roots.
Q: You play the Tom Lea one of the most challenging characters in Roots. How would you describe him?
Jonathan Rhys Meyers: Tom Lea is a representation of what happens when greed and ignorance get the better of a complete people. He is a manifestation of everything that was wrong about the 19th century. He is the physical embodiment of the sociopathic sort of plantation owner. He’s a ne’er-do-well, he’s a drunk, a gambler. He is brutal to his wife, he is brutal to his slaves, and then something happens which changes his world completely. Through a very nasty, terrible experience, he forces on Kizzy, a child is born and this gives Lea enormous conflict, because, of course, when a child is yours, you have to love it, but the child is also his property, so it’s love, property, love, property. There’s a duality there the whole time. You know, I could feel heartbroken, I suppose, in many ways, for a character like Tom Lea, falling prey to the foulest practices of his time.
Q: Tell us about some of your experiences shooting the series
JRM: I had never planned to do Roots. I got a phone call to do it and found myself ten days later in Louisiana. We didn’t shoot this on sets. We went to the plantations, we built the cabins. It was hot, it was muddy, there were mosquitoes, it smelt, so the whole experience was like the most intense historical re-enactment you could possibly imagine, because we lived it.
Q: How difficult was it to play such an evil man?
JRM: It was not the easiest part to play. I have to tell you that the things I had to do and the brutality which I had to show were not very easy to go home and sleep on in the evening. I didn’t sleep very much during the making of Roots, but that was okay, because that’s what I had to be. It’s actually the only production I’ve ever been in, and this is a testament to everybody who was involved in it by the way, but it was, like, six weeks that it was completely suspended from every other experience in my life. What would I say about my character? Tom Lea is not a hero, he is a villain, but if you don’t play the villain for the true brutality of what it is, then it’s a disservice to the story. I am very proud of my role and performance in Roots. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder.
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah had some pretty harsh, but true statements to make recently when talking about the tragic Orlando shootings. 49 people were gunned down in a club in the early hours of Sunday, by a man claiming his allegiance to ISIS. There are several other claims that the man himself was gay, but nothing has been proven as yet. One thing is for sure, the level of hate (religious, sexual and/or issues related to race) prevalent in the world is beyond scary.
So while Americans come to terms with what is being coined as the worst mass shooting in its history, there’s clearly a lot of work that needs to be done in that country when it comes to gun control. One thing is for sure, the level of hate (religious, sexual and/or issues related to race) prevalent in the world is beyond scary. Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones left behind as a result of yet another senseless act of terror.
Winners of the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards:
- Album of the Year (served hot by Nescafe)
Black Coffee Pieces of Me
- Duo or Group of the Year
Big Nuz For the Fans
- Female Artist of the Year (Brought to you by Metro FM)
Zonke Work of Heart
- Male Artist of the Year (Brought to you by Umhlobo Wenene FM)
- Newcomer of the Year (Supported by Apple Music)
- Best Rock Album
Desmond & the Tutus Enjoy Yourself
- Best Pop Album (Brought to you by 5FM)
- Beste Pop Album (Afrikaans)
Karlien van Jaarsveld My Hartjie
- Best Adult Contemporary Album
Judith Sephuma One Word
- Beste Kontemporêre Musiek Album
Elvis Blue Êrens in die Middel van Nêrens
- Best African Adult Album
Dizu Plaatjies & Friends Ubuntu – The Common String
- Best Alternative Album
Petite Noir La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful
- Best R&B/Soul/Reggae Album
- Best Rap Album
- Best Kwaito Album (Brought to you by Ukhozi FM)
Big Nuz For the Fans
- Best Dance Album
Black Coffee Pieces of Me
- Best Traditional Faith Music Album
TYGC Family The Journey Begins
- Best Contemporary Faith Music Album
Ntokozo Mbambo Spirit and Life
- Best Maskandi Album (Brought to you by Ukhozi FM and KUMISA)
- Best Jazz Album (Brought to you by Metro FM)
Marcus Wyatt & the ZAR One Night in the Sun
- Best Classical and/or Instrumental Album
Wouter Kellerman Love Language
- Best Live Audiovisual Recording
Jimmy Dludlu Live at Emperors Palace
- Best Collaboration
Dbn Nyts ft. Zinhle Ngidi Shumaya
- Best Music Video of the Year
Jack Parow & Freshly Ground Army of One
- Best Produced Album of the Year
Zahara Country Girl
- Best Engineered Album of the Year
Black Coffee Pieces of Me
- Best Remix of the Year
DJ Sliqe Do Like I Do Remix
- International Achievement Award – Black Coffee
- Lifetime Achievement Awards (Brought to you by Telkom)– Nana Coyote (posthumous award), Bhekumuzi Luthuli (posthumous award), Roger Lucey
BEST SELLING ALBUMS & MUSIC DOWNLOADS OF THE YEAR
- Best Selling Album – Nathi (Buyelekhaya)
- Best Selling DVD – Joyous Celebration (Volume 19: Back to the Cross)
- Best Selling Overall Music Download – Sfiso Ncwane (Bayede Baba)
- Best Selling Music Download (Ring-back Tone) – Sfiso Ncwane (Bayede Baba)
- Best Selling Full-track Music Download – Nathi (Nomvula)
WATCH THE SHOW HERE
- Highest Radio Airplay of the Year – DBN Nyts (Shumaya)
- Highest Radio Airplay Composers’ Award – Samkele Maphumulo, Kabelo Masekane, Cebo Ngcobo, Wanda Shabalala and Lwazi Yokwana for Shumaya by Dbn Nyts
- Best Selling Digital Download Composers’ Award – Sfiso Ncwane (Bayede Baba)
AMSTEL RECORD OF THE YEAR
- Roll Up by Emtee
These were my favourite looks on the #SAMA22 red carpet
Missed the show? Watch it here. A full list of this year’s winners will be updated shortly.
Are you a big Empire fan like me? The show has returned to FOX on Thursdays at 21:00 (CAT), following a brief production break, but the Lyons family is back and ready to entertain both you and I for a few more episodes in the season. If you love the show as much as I do, you’ll know how incredible the music is. In my opinion, Jamal aka Jussie Smollett is the breakout star in this show (well besides Taraji obviously, but you know what I mean). His voice his hauntingly good and his talent is undeniable. A lot of the songs I’ve downloaded off Apple Music are the ones he has recorded, but perhaps you have some favourites yourself? Let me know.
So the good news for Empire fans is that I have a cd for season two and the complete first season on DVD to giveaway. If you want to get your hands on these, simply tell me when the show airs in South Africa. Leave a comment below or tweet me @JasonVonBerg
*Competition is only open to South African residents
- The winner will be announced on Thursday 7 April
Last night entertainment powerhouse, E! Entertainment hosted the crème de la crème of the South African entertainment industry at 3 Desmond, in Johannesburg. The event was to showcase some of the shows that we’ve come to love and adore on the channel (DStv channel 124), but also to show off some of the new titles they’re adding to the stable… And this includes a lot more content from our very backyard.
Season two of the E! News Special will begin soon, kicking off with Nigeria’s D’Banj. Everyone has a good old laugh about this one when host Bonang Matheba mentioned it 😉 Something else that I really like is that the channel will showcasing red carpet event coverage from many of the major events on the local calendar. Fantastic news. Oh how I wish I could be part of it, channel my inner Seacrest.
More on that to follow, but for now here’s a gallery from last night’s #EAfricaParty shenanigans.