2016 will be the year of the full-frontal male nude
and more shameless, shirtless male eye candy. After making a handful of appearances in 2015 in dramas like The Affair, The Leftovers, Outlander and Looking, expect the penis year. Take your pick from Game of Thrones, Poldark, Outlander and new sci-fi thriller Westworld.
Video-on-demand (VOD) is how more and more of us will watch TV in 2016
on our computers, tablets and phones. While VIDI ( Vidi.co.za), the on-demand video watching service that launched at the end of 2014 in South Africa, local players ShowMax ( Showmax. com) and OnTapTV ( Ontaptv.com) will add originally produced local content this year – not to mention the launch of global streaming end of the year.
Expect more dedicated health
This is part of an overall trend towards more niche lifestyle programming serving more segmented audiences. At least one new local launch this year.
Expect TV to take you back to your youth
with the return of TV classics, many with the original cast members. Full House is coming back as Fuller House with most of its former stars, including Candace Cameron, John Stamos and Bob Saget (no Olsen twins, though). Then there’s The X-Files mini-series with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, Twin Peaks with Kyle MacLachlan and other original stars, Gilmore Girls with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel and Star Trek at the end of the year, which is still to be cast.
Look out for even more local reality fare. The Voice SA starts in January on M-Net, Idols returns for a 12th season and SABC2 will air a second season of the small-town talent show Showville, presented by Bontle Modiselle and Rob van Vuuren.