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Marie Claire (South Africa) - - TREND REPORT - By Thi­nus Fer­reira, TV jour­nal­ist

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.

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