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From Mandela's Grandkids To 'Girlfriend In A Coma': Upcoming TV

In what we sincerely hope will be counter-programming to the usual rich-and-stupid-but-weirdly fascinating reality TV show stars, Nelson Mandela's grandaughters will star on "Being Mandela," the first new series to launch on Cozi TV since the offshoot of the NBC Owned Stations group was introduced in December. Debuting on Feb. 10 at 9 ET, episodes of the half-hour show will feature the two women's "first visit to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, as well as their experiences shark cage diving and traveling to Swaziland, where they are full-fledged African princesses," writes Kimberly Nordyke in the Hollywood Reporter.

Looking ahead to potential TV shows for next season, that same pub has a handy-dandy, kind of mind-boggling list of all the many pilots currently in contention. Predictably, nothing sounds very original -- but we kinda like the description of "Influence," the "workplace ensemble centered on... two brothers who head a unique agency designed to attack their clients’ problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation." Our favorite title: "Girlfriend In A Coma."



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