Alternative realities on DStv this spring

Get an insider’s look at living rich and fabulous, being part of a huge family, shopping for a wedding dress, making dramatic romantic decisions and more

It’s time to say goodbye to some reality shows that have kept us warm this winter – like Project Runway S18, whose grand finale airs on Wednesday, 2 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 19:00. And that also means it’s time for something new, whether it’s new episodes after a pandemic pause, new seasons of old favourites, new spin-off series from popular programmes, or even something you’ve never seen before. Whether you’re a die-hard reality fan or a daring newcomer, DStv’s spring reality shows will take you into another world…


The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons Ever

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has been the one constant over the past 24 seasons and 18 years that the reality dating show has been on air. And he has a long memory! Now Chris is looking back over the past seasons of the show to highlight some of his all-time most romantic and most shocking and controversial moments. Each season that he’s highlighted will be condensed into a 3-hour episode, which will also include never before seen footage from the season, and brand-new interviews that Chris conducted with the seasons’ stars remotely (filmed during lockdown when they couldn’t work on the new season of The Bachelorette). If you’ve never been into The Bachelor, this is a brilliant introduction that will quickly and easily get you up to speed with the juiciest drama. Here are the seasons and stars that’ll be featured:

  • Episode 1: Sean Lowe (The Bachelor, S17, 2013). Relive major drama like Tierra and AshLee’s blow-up, the hometown visit with Desiree that had Bachelor Nation agog, and a full action replay of Lindsay’s face the moment that she realised Sean wasn’t going to propose to her after all.
  • Episode 2: Kaitlyn Bristowe (The Bachelorette, S11, 2015). Kaitlyn discusses her experience, while DeAnna Pappas Stagliano (The Bachelorette S4) and Clare Crawley (the latest Bachelorette, whose season is now in production) give their perspective on her daring decisions.
  • Episode 3: Ben Higgins (The Bachelor, S20, 2016). Chris talks to Ben, Olivia and Amanda about what it was really like for them on the show and after, and he checks in with Bachelor In Paradise S6 couple Dean and Caelynn about their commitment rings – and plans not to get married.
  • Episode 4: JoJo Fletcher (The Bachelorette, S12, 2016). Jojo will talk about liking 2 guys at once, and her feelings about Bachelor badboy Chad Johnson, who’s since been arrested for robbery and domestic violence. Chris also chats to Wells Adams (Bachelorette S12, and Bachelor In Paradise’s barman in S4-6) and his Bachelor fan fiancé, Sarah Hyland, and does a quarantine check-in with Tyler Cameron (The Bachelorette S15).
  • Episode 5: Alex Michel (The Bachelor, S1, 2002) and Trista Sutter (The Bachelorette, S1, 2003). During this episode, Chris will also ask S23 Cassie Randolph about her May 2020 break-up with that season’s Bachelor, Colton Underwood. And The Bachelor S23 stars Demi Burnett and Nicole Lopez-Alvar look back at some of The Bachelor’s biggest fashion failures.
  • Episode 6: Brad Womack (The Bachelor, S11, 2007, and S15, 2011). Brad talks about why he took on The Bachelor twice. And we also hear from the final 2 women he rejected in S11, Jenni Croft DeAnna Pappas Stagliano. And Chantal O'Brien talks about that S15 slap that thrilled The Bachelor Nation, while Emily Maynard, Ashley Hebert Rosenbaum and Michelle Money give the lowdown on their happy and successful lives without Brad.
  • Episode 7: Ali Fedotowsky (The Bachelorette, Season 6, 2010). Ali looks back on her season, and spills the tea on one of the guys, and Chris catches up with some of her most dazzling suitors, Justin Rego, Chris Lambton, Frank Neuschaefer and Kasey Kahl.
  • Episode 8: Jason Mesnick (The Bachelor, S13, 2009). Chris talks to Jason, who notoriously proposed to one of his suitors, Melissa, dumped her and confessed that he loved another, Molly. Jason and Molly have been married for 10 years now. And the ladies who courted him, especially Melissa Rycroft, Molly Malaney, Jillian Harris and Stephanie Hogan have their say.
  • Episode 9: Nick Viall (The Bachelor, Season 21, 2017). Nick talks about being a 3-time loser in love before getting his own Bachelor season, and some of his season’s women talk about what they were really thinking, including shark suit babe Alexis Waters and the heart-breaking Kristina Schulman. And counsellor Taylor Nolan and “spoiled brat” Corinne Olympios rehash their feud.
  • Episode 10: Juan Pablo Galavis (The Bachelor, Season 18, 2014). Chris talks to suitor Sharleen who walked out after deciding that she just wasn’t feeling it with Juan Pablo, and he asks Andi Dorfman what happened in the fantasy suite that made her ditch Juan Pablo the very next morning. And a third suitor, Clare Crawley, talks about what also made her give Juan Pablo the heave-ho.

Watch from Wednesday, 2 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 00:35 (thereafter, Fridays at 20:30 from 11 September)


Family Or Fiancé USA S2B

Engaged couples whose families disapprove of their relationship will bring their problem parents and siblings together under 1 roof for 3 days in an effort to iron out what the real issues are. Relationship expert Tracy McMillan mediates between the groups, and helps to keep the conversations on target and respectful. Tracy also guides the couples through exercises to ensure that they really know one another and can strengthen their relationship. Because at the end of the 3 days, several options await: Everyone’s happy, the wedding goes ahead; or the family are still haters and there’s no wedding; or the family are still haters and the couple get married, but divorce themselves from their families… possibly for good. Kicking off the back half of the season, Jazmine finds out whether she’s really ready for the challenges of being Reggie’s “preacher's wife”.

Watch from Tuesday, 1 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 19:00 or on Catch Up


Say Yes To The Dress S18

This season was filmed in 2019, so it’s the full-on Kleinfeld Bridal experience with host and mentor Randy Fenoli. But keep an eye out for the 1-hour Quarantine Special in which Randy will be talking to brides around the US who’ve had to put off their 2020 wedding plans. It’ll reveal how Kleinfeld has been conducting virtual appointments and COVID-compliant fittings. As the season launches, though, it has something special in store for Randy’s birthday, and The Bachelor S20 suitor Caila Quinn is looking for a dress for her real-life happily ever after. This season is loaded with reality stars including chef Cat Cora, but even unknown brides can bring the drama, like one lady who wants to show full body, and another who’s plotting to take her trip up the aisle riding a mechanical shark. Randy, how do you dress for that?

Watch from Sunday, 6 September on TLC (DStv 135) at 18:00


Darcey & Stacey S1

We’ve gotten to know 45-year-old identical twins Darcey and Stacey Silva in the 90 Day Fiancé: Before The 90 Days series, and if you’ve ever thought that they had enough drama to fill an entire series all on their own… here it is. "We date the total opposite of what we probably should be dating, but that's what we like and what we're both attracted to," Stacey admits. As the series starts, though, love might be pulling them in opposite directions. Darcey has just blocked her Before The 90 Days ex, Tom, on social media as she hits the dating apps again and focuses on honing her revenge body, while Stacey is waiting for her Albanian fiancé, Florian Sukaj, to arrive by her side on his K-1 visa. But just wait ’til you find out why Stacey is secretly meeting with Tom behind Darcey’s back, and Darcey is holding a secret meeting about Florian with the twins’ dad. So many yikes.

Watch from Thursday, 10 September on TLC (DStv 135) at 21:00


Uthando Nes’Thembu S4

South African businessman Musa Mseleku and his 4 wives are back with more hot takes on the pitfalls and pleasures of polygamous marriage. Last season, Musa kept his promise and gave 2 of his wives, MaCele and MaYeni, full wedding ceremonies. But between the wives, things were a little less celebratory as MaYeni showed MaKhumalo her place in the pecking order after MaKhumalo got cheeky about MaYeni’s wedding. Now we’ll be waiting to see if MaNgwabe and MaKhumalo get their promised weddings this season… and whether the threatened wife number 5 will materialise despite all 4 wives agreeing that they don’t want another woman in the house.

Watch from Saturday, 12 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 20:00, and get caught up with all the drama to date on Showmax


The Real Housewives of New York City S12

The dates on the new Real Housewives seasons have shifted slightly, with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills moving out to October. But the good news is that mid-September will still take us back into New York for more gossip and wine mom fun. While we say goodbye to Bethenny, the good news is that Countess Luann is off probation and ready to rejoin the fun, and Tinsley is bringing a new pal into the group, single mom and CEO Leah McSweeney. Since it wouldn’t be RHONY without a dog and pony show at some poor woman’s party, the fur flies (and we do mean literally, because nothing punctuates a RHONY bust-up like the ladies stripping off their fur coats when things get heated) between Dorinda and Tinsley at Medley’s end of summer bash. Top up our glasses there, love, because things are about to get spicy. Plus, for sheer insanity later in the season, the ladies’ Botox will be put to the test during a special Halloween episode.

Watch from Monday, 14 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 18:00


Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars: Hip Hop Edition S14

Hosts and counsellors Dr. Ish Major and Judge Lynn Toler have some big names and bigger problems on their hands as they counsel some of hip hop and reality TV's biggest stars whose marriages are in crisis. This season's guests include:

  • Cee-Lo Green and Shani James
  • Styles P and Adjua Styles
  • Michel'le and Robert Stew (from R&B Divas: Los Angeles)
  • Bianca Bonnie and Mustafaa "Chozus" (from Love & Hip Hop: New York)
  • Joseline Hernandez and Robin "DJ Ballistic Beats" Ingouma (from Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop: Miami)

Everyone is in for a rough start to the season, even Cry Baby Cee Lo Green, who is told that he’s not the king of communication that he seems to think that he is. Ballistic gives Joseline attitude about naggin him for marriage with her nasty attitude, and Styles P has his heart set on getting bedroom issues with his wife, Aduja, to come right. The names may be in spotlights, but the issues are common marital problems that we might be too afraid to confess to in real life.

Watch from Monday, 14 September on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 19:00


90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? S5

More 90 Day Fiancé drama is headed our way in mid-September. The couples are back and there’s so much more at stake than just broken hearts and missing visas, because most of them are now raising babies and young children together. Culture clashes that could be overlooked during courtship will turn into lines that neither partner is willing to cross. Here’s who we can see:

  • Kalani Faagata and Asuelu Pulaa (90 Day Fiancé S6) are married with two young children, which Kalani feels is too much too soon. Asuelu seems to think that raising babies is easy, which is a strong hint that he can’t have been doing much of the job. But perhaps Asuelu has a full-time job on his hands fending off his money-grubbing relatives.
  • Tania Maduro and Syngin Colchester married after meeting in South Africa (90 Day Fiancé S7) but Tania takes it personally when Syngin talks to his brother about not fitting in in the US and being unable to make friends. And Syngin seems unable to reign in the thrill-seeking aspects of his personality.
  • Elizabeth Potthast and Andrei Castravet are raising a baby together (90 Day Fiancé S5) but Elizabeth might be rolling her eyes and wondering if she has 3 kids on her hands when Andrei shows himself to be every bit as childish as her insecure brother, Charlie, and trashy family. And Andrei’s family takes on Elizabeth over her tendency to wear the pants at home.
  • Paul Staehle and Karine Martins are now also raising a child together (90 Day Fiancé: Before The 90 Days S1) and they’re looking to move into a new house, but Karine is threatening to walk unless Paul gets a job.
  • Angela Deem and Michael IIesanmi (90 Day Fiancé S7) have a heart-breaking reality to face when Angela’s doctor warns her that having a baby could be fatal to her. Angela will be on tenterhooks as Michael tries to reconcile his own desires to be a father and how that weighs up against the woman he loves and a marriage with her. If Angela is in any doubt about how intense the baby pressure will be, that’s dispelled when she meets Michael’s friends and family in Nigeria.
  • And let’s not forget the human dating disaster area Colt (90 Day Fiance S6) who’s bounced from his failed relationship with his abusive wife, Larisa (S6), to a new relationship with Jess Caroline. But while Colt’s mother, Debbie, is out to test Jess to make sure that she’s not another Larisa, Colt isn’t mommy’s little angel and it won’t take Jess long to spot his feet of clay.

Watch from Thursday, 17 September on TLC (DStv 135) at 20:00


Keeping Up With The Kardashians S18B

Keeping Up With The Kardashians returns from its pandemic pause with episode 7, and in the back half of the season we can look forward to Khloe and Scott finally playing their naughty “leaked photos” prank on Kris, some bonding time with the full K clan, and trouble brewing between Corey Gamble and Kendall, while we’ll be longing for Kourtney and Kendall to heal their rift. Best of all, we’ll get an inside glimpse of the drama as Kanye prepares for his Yeezy Paris Fashion Show, and all the madness that Scott got up to during quarantine while the sisters home-schooled their kids. And the Kardashian-Jenner clan speculate over what Tristan and Khloe deciding to quarantine together means for their relationship. Is this the 2020 version of going steady? In other KUWTK news, Kris is looking to trademark her catchphrase, “You’re doing amazing, Sweetie.” And if the TV gods are kind, we’ll get to see how that plays out, too.

Watch from Sunday, 20 September on E! (DStv 124) at 20:00


Doubling Down With The Derricos S1

Following several multiple births, parents Karen and Deon Derrico now have 11 children (whose names all start with D) and triplets on the way. The show goes into all the practicalities of supporting a large family, from raising enough money to even cover the grocery bills, to spending 4 hours doing all the girls’ hair, to home-schooling an entire school room full of your own children, who’re all at different ages and stages. Unusually for a TLC large family story, the Derricos are African American, and they're hoping that their experiences will connect with others who are also living in large family groups and dealing with difficult pregnancies, the grief of miscarriage, the fear when some children need surgery while others are celebrating their birthdays, all while Mom is still recovering from her latest pregnancy or on bed rest while she’s at a difficult stage of her pregnancy.

Watch from Wednesday, 23 September on TLC (DStv 135) at 20:00

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