Tuesday nights are for laying down the law


Prepare to be detained and entertained by TV’s toughest alphabet squads: NCIS: LA, S.W.A.T, & FBI

It’s time to put on your uniform, secure your remote in your holster and sharpen up your mind for clues as you hunt perps with DStv’s Tuesday action night binge-watch session on M-Net (DStv 101).

Three police procedural mega-shows will kick off new seasons on Tuesday, 14 July, so stay glued to your screens as these highly trained deadly teams of cops and agents hunt down criminals and bring justice and order to their respective cities in the United States.

As with any special assignment, it pays to dig into the subjects’ backstories to prepare for the cases. We took the liberty of compiling dossiers for your Tuesday action nights by gathering evidence linked to the fast-paced content coming your way, how you can enjoy it and a helping hand on how to get the best of your viewing experience.

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NCIS: Los Angeles

Clear your mind: Before diving into S11 of Navy cop show NCIS: Los Angeles, it’s important to clear your mind of the day’s stress and responsibilities. A detective hat sits best on a clear head. Now imagine yourself as the rookie who’s joining the team to help solve the mystery at hand.

Diehard NCIS fans will know its origins in the ’90s Navy legal drama JAG. Captain Harmon Rabb Jr. (David James Elliot) was an exceptional fighter pilot and lawyer, and his on-off romance with lawyer Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Catherine Bell) was a huge part of the show’s success.

At the end of S10 of NCIS: LA, both Harm and Sarah made special appearances to help Special Agents Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Hanna (LL Cool J) uncover a terror threat on military locations, and in S11 they’re back to finish the job and apprehend spies aboard the USS Allegiance aircraft carrier.

“It was like sliding into a comfortable old shoe,” says David about reprising his role as Harm. “What I liked about Harm in this storyline is that he went back to his first love, which is flying, and he is also the XO (executive officer) on the carrier (which is basically the big boss).”

Will Harm and Sarah be smooching again? Watch and see. Looking ahead, the season’s other early cases will involve abductions (episode 3), murders (episode 4) and theft (episode 5).

Watch NCIS: Los Angeles S11 from Tuesday, 14 July on M-Net (DStv 101) at 19:00 


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S.W.A.T.

Take a break: Now is a good time to take a break and quickly run and take care of any business before S.W.A.T. opens a new case.

The 20-David squad headed by S.W.A.T. Sergeant Daniel Hondo Harrelson Jr. (Shemar Moore) is back for S3 and they're “welcoming” Detective Piper Lynch (Amy Farrington) to their ranks. Lynch is appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles as a tactical consultant to Hondo’s team, but she upsets the tight-fit unit by trying to make radical changes to their strategy. This has Hondo questioning whether she has an ulterior motive…

Shemar says that in preparation for each season, the actors consult with real LA S.W.A.T. officers and even follow their workout routine to really understand what it is to be a part of this elite task force. “With my own money I built a gym on set for the show, and everyone from cast to crew uses it and take it quite seriously because they want to look and be the part that they portray,” adds the 49-year-old.

“S3 of S.W.A.T. is going to be fire,” adds Shemar. And he is quite right because besides all the hardcore action from chasing abductors, to negotiating with criminals to releasing hostages, there are also some explosive personal revelations that the team needs to deal with.

Officer Jim Street (Alex Russell) is especially taken back when he is confronted by his past when his estranged foster brother, Nate (Cory Hardrict), rocks up (episode 5) to assist with a joint investigation between S.W.A.T. and the Long Beach Police Department.

Watch S.W.A.T S3 from Tuesday, 14 July on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00


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FBI

Reload on snacks: If you're feeling like the sandman is sprinkling sand in your eyes and calling you to bed – now is a good time to load up on some snacks and brew yourself a strong cuppa to get you through the last investigation in FBI.

Things get more personal in S2 of FBI from episode 1, when a bomb detonates at a restaurant in Queens, not far from where Special Agent Omar Adom “OA” Zidan (Zeeko Zaki) grew up. OA is devastated and takes it upon himself to catch the guilty party – a suspected terrorist group – and he goes undercover to prevent another attack.

Zeeko says that in S2, the writers are blending his own personal background as an Egyptian Arab American into the story, which he finds interesting. “I’ve never connected to a script and series such as this, which is a good feeling and that translates into my acting,” he says.

Another development in S2 is analyst Kristen Chazel (Ebonée Noel) leaving her desk and computer behind and becoming a Special Agent and going out into the field. Kristen struggles with her transition which causes her to make few mistakes – and any mistake in the world of an FBI agent could prove fatal, which is explored more in episode 10.

Watch FBI S2 from Tuesday, 14 July on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00 


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