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New Afrikaans Entertainment, Lifestyle & Drama Coming To kykNET This October

There is lots of drama, intrigue, excitement and light entertainment for viewers from the end of September on kykNET.

Buildings and history. Cooking and quality. Thoughts and hope. That is what is on the menu in Toegang, a new lifestyle programme presented by Nataniël that starts on 5 October at 20:30 on kykNET (DStv channel 144).

Net Koffie is also another new lifestyle program about coffee that starts on 3 October at 18:00 on kykNET (DStv channel 144), with Henriëtte Marx as the presenter.

Also get ready for the light drama, Ekstra Meduim, from 22 September 20:00 on kykNET (DStv channel 144). With stars such as Cintaine Schutte, Wilhelm van der Walt, Llandi Beeslaar and Marvin-Lee Beukes.

Stay tune directly afterward for the new series from Louis Pretorius (Die Boekklub and Fynskrif), Kompleks, that starts 22 September at 20:30 on kykNET (DStv channel 144). Look out for Armand Aucamp, Roeline Daneel, and Crystal-Donna Robets. Koos Kombuis is the narrator.

Arendsvlei starts season 3 with four episodes per week and Tussen Ons starts with a new format from 5 October on kykNET&kie (DStv channel 145).

Here’s A Breakdown of Everything You Can See on kykNET This October:

Absa MegaBoere | Agriculture |Starts Monday 5 October at 20:00

The fifth season of the popular Absa MegaBoere is here. In previous seasons, the focus fell on the profit and turnover of farmers operating on an enormous scale. But the Absa MegaBoere team soon discovered that “mega” has another meaning which can be measured differently.

There also farmers who are mega in the application of technology, mega marketers, and a whole lot of other megaheroes. Absa Megaboere will visit 13 of these game-changers who create new opportunities by moving off the beaten tracks – farmers who each contribute in their unique way.
In the first episode of the new series, presenter Kabous Meiring and the team travel to Uganda, a country with only around a hundred commercial farmers, to get to know the innovators behind Grainpulse.

In the programme of 12 October, we meet Patrick de Wet of De Wet Vrugte, and on 19 October, it is time for the inspirational story of Lawrence Hoatson and his company, Tekwani. On 26 October, we revisit Piet Karsten, the very first farmer to be featured on the Absa MegaBoere series. In this episode, viewers are introduced to his son, Pieter Karsten, the new leader of the Karsten Group. Pieter is taking their business to new heights, but it is their empowerment of others that is truly inspirational.

Toegang |Lifestyle |Starts Monday 5 October at 20:30

Buildings and history. Cooking and quality. Thoughts and hope. That is what is on the menu in Toegang, a new lifestyle programme presented by Nataniël.

As stylish as ever and dressed in his distinguishing designer clothes, Nataniël is going to visit places where the man on the street has not had access to in months. With his pop-up kitchen – a one-plate stove, two pans, one pot, and just the most necessary utensils – he is going to cook up a storm.

“It was wonderful getting access to places where only a few people are allowed in,” says Nataniël. “Even under normal circumstances, people will not have the opportunity to go to where we went. We are not telling viewers beforehand where the episode was filmed, and they are going to be surprised by what you can cook with only a pop-up kitchen available. The style of the programme is new, all the music is original compositions, and those who watch with a trained eye, will see all the extra detail.”

In the series, Nataniël is going to explore art collections, discover surprising facts about iconic buildings, and show what can be done with the most basic ingredients. He will also introduce artists that were part of the development of his range of dinnerware, jewelry, and table cloths.
The series was shot during level 3 of lockdown.

“To work within the rules and regulations and to protect the production team, took a lot of effort,” says Nataniël. “It was strange. The biggest challenge was not to eat the food that I cooked or not to have something to drink after filming. All the years in Nantes we wrapped up every day with a small celebration, but this time we couldn’t. We did, however, work very hard to create a full viewing experience, and I changed everything I could for the new series – the rhythm, visually, musically as well as the content.”

How would Berdene Burger, the producer who has worked behind the scenes with Nataniël for many years, describe him in three words? “Hyperintelligent, meticulous, and full of flour!”

The recipes will be available after the episodes on kykNET and Nataniël’s platforms. It will also be available in English on Nataniël’s entertainment blog that will be launched just before the series starts. Toegang is a series of hope, timeless design, new realities, and the unquenchable spirit of Nataniël.

Mooimaak met Clare Wiese-Wentzel |Lifestyle |Starts Thursday 1 October at 21:00

Clare Wiese-Wentzel and her team of specialists are back for another season. The focus will not only be on outward appearance but also on finding the participants’ inner beauty.

Participants include Riëtte, a widow from Rawsonville, who is struggling to get over the death of her husband, and Jo and Tanya, a married couple, trying to live a healthier life. We also meet Michelle, a woman who gave up on her own life to support her son with his rehabilitation.

Elders: Pelgrimstog van Hoop |Travel |Starts Wednesday 30 September at 20:00

It is said that a camino or pilgrimage starts at your front door. For Erns Grundling it started with doing the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Later he went on a walkabout in Japan, with the SAFTAaward-winning series Elders: Japan.

For the third series of Elders, he is keeping it local, traveling from his home in Cape Town to Agulhas, the Cape Winelands, and the Overberg.

“The biggest challenge with the making of the series, was staying healthy,” says Erns. “We had to shoot the series in three weeks, traveling more than 300 km, doing everything in our power to not get ill. The pre-production was done during level 4, and we were unsure about so many aspects of the production – from the guests to where we were going to stay. Fortunately, everything fell into place and we could start filming on 1 June. We realised very quickly that people were hungry for visitors and some company.”

The “Pelgrimstog van Hoop” (Pilgrimage of Hope) was developed by the theologist Frederick Marais. Numerous churches, missionary stations, and monuments to celebrate freedom, lie on this route.

“I met Frederick and Adrienne Bester of Communitas in Stellenbosch a couple of years ago,” explains Erns. “The Pilgrimage of Hope was Frederick’s idea after he walked the Camino in 2012. He initially planned the route from Robertson to Agulhas, but it now stretches from Stellenbosch to Agulhas.”

The special guests on Elders: Pelgrimstog van Hoop include Dana Snyman, Kabous Meiring, Dave Pepler, Hemelbesem, Duane Vermeulen and Lynelle Kenned.

“When I did the pilgrimages in Spain and Japan, we knew I would meet up with other walkers. With the new series, we knew I would be the only pilgrim because of the lockdown. So, we decided to invite guests to walk certain parts of the route with me.”

Erns believes that South Africa can become a popular pilgrimage destination.

“Especially in times like these where international travel is limited, and people are looking for affordable alternatives. I was blown away by the Pilgrimage of Hope. The natural beauty is as impressive as the Camino in Span, and the history involved makes it an even more remarkable experience. Add the wine farms along the way where you can relax, and you have a winner,” he says. “I hope this series will inspire viewers to support local tourism and pilgrimages and that we will see many more people wearing red hats walking from Stellenbosch to Agulhas, the most southern point in Africa.”

Bolhuis | Reality | Starts Thursday 15 October at 20:00

Mike Bolhuis doesn’t mince his words, and in the second season, it is no different. In the first episode, Mike and his team show what they do to fight the war on drugs, and in the second episode, we meet Ferdi Barnard, the ex-policeman and hitman who served 20 years in jail for the murder of the academic Dr. David Webster. But who is the real Ferdi Barnard?

We also meet the parents of a girl who is still looking for her murderer. We see how people are swindled out of their money, and we have a look at Mike’s rescue operation of 2 134 flamingos from a drought-stricken dam near Kimberley.

Net Koffie |Lifestyle | Starts Saturday 3 October at 18:00

Do you start your day with a cup of coffee? If so, yours is one of 2,25 billion cups drunk worldwide every day. Americans alone drink 400 million cups of coffee per day in an industry that uses 10 million tons of coffee yearly.

Net Koffie is a new lifestyle programme about coffee with a focus on Nicaragua in Central America – a country with more than 44 000 coffee producers. Recipes will be shared, and well-known personalities like Clint Brink, Ricus Nel, and Jenna Clifford will learn more about the joys of coffee. Henriëtte is a South African entrepreneur and the owner of Coffee Excellence. She loves coffee. She is also a mother, friend, partner, and not somebody who says no to a challenge.

“Today, I look back on nearly 10 years in which I had to believe in myself, learn from my mistakes, and celebrate my triumphs. I could not do that without the encouragement of my team, friends, and family, my children, my life partner, and God, who walked this path with me. Without these people, I wouldn’t be able to tell all these wonderful coffee stories.”

Henriëtte says you can’t appreciate anything fully until you have been sucked in by the story of “this beautiful white flower, amazing green plant, bright red fruit, and the coffee bean”.
“The more I learned about the history, traditions, and culture around coffee, the more tales, and enthralling life stories came to me,” she says. “It has always been a dream to tell the story, the real story, about coffee, and what a privilege to do it with the director of the series, Ronel Moodie.”
What is the secret of a good cup of coffee and who will enjoy this programme?

“The best coffee is the one you like best, but it must be freshly roasted, freshly ground, and made the way you prefer. I am hesitant to have too many rules linked to this amazing product,” says Henriëtte. “This programme is for everybody who drinks a cup of coffee every morning, appreciates nature, likes to travel, and loves people. Net Koffie is going to take you on a journey to Nicaragua for nothing but the best coffee.”

Die Siener | Reality | Starts 30 September 20:30 on kykNET

The clairvoyant, Gerard Burger, is back for a second season. In this upcoming season he still doesn’t know where the team will take him. He’ll do readings of ordinary people, celebrities and will also do haunting buildings.

This will also be the first season that a history researcher will be on and give more context to viewers, featuring South African celebrities such as Boer Damian, Fezile Mapela, Lizz Meiring, Erik Holm, Jak De Priester and even the comedian, Schalk Bezuidenhout.

All of the celebrities opened themselves up to Gerard and he will also look at some of South Africa’s infamous “characters” from our history. Especially our political history. The reactions will shock viewers and take them on a rollercoaster of emotions like they’ve never experienced before.

Die Uitnodiging | Reality |Starts Tuesday 6 October at 21:00

Die Uitnodiging is a TV series that tries to resolve family disputes, heal broken friendships. A mediator reports a deeply disturbing problem. Presenter Cato Bekker visits the fighting parties. How will this story end? Can we get arch enemies to talk to each other after years of silence or will they continue to ignore their telephone calls?

After Etienne’s grandma passed away, he noticed something: his beloved uncle Neil stopped visiting his mother, Beverley. Odd, since these siblings once used to be so close. What could have gone wrong? Cato hands Etienne, Beverley, and Neil The Invitation. Waiting anxiously for that limo door to open …

Grace and Lee-Hana grew up together and once were inseparable. But then they drifted apart. Grace works in the Overberg. She misses her best friend terribly and wonders why they are struggling to get together. While Lee-Hana speculates why Grace no longer bothers to pop in when visiting their home town. Cato tries to persuade them to dine together.

Cathy calls for help after the sisters broke up. Cato listens to Denise, Lizzie, Felicity, and Cathy. What on earth could have happened to cause such animosity between sisters who were once so close? Perhaps what happened after their mom’s death? Who’ll get out of the limo to dine together? Hold thumbs …

Ekstra Medium | Light Drama | Starts Tuesday 22 September at 20:00

Bertie and the interesting bunch of characters in Ekstra Medium, which started in September, have already caught viewers’ attention. Llandi Beeslaar, the actress known as the character Mielie in Die Republiek van Zoid Afrika, plays Kleintjie in this new series.

Tell us more about your character in Ekstra Medium?
I am Kleintjie, Bertie’s (Wilhelm van der Walt) best friend from school. She is one of those rare people who stayed in her hometown and kept her world small, but who’s not bitter about it. I wish I was more like her. I get restless if I stay in one place for too long.

Was the series as much fun to make as it is to watch?
Oh, my goodness, it was great. I was very nervous before we started filming because I am a theatre baby. I was not prepared for the scale and speed of a TV series, but I was very fortunate to have somebody like Beer [Adriaanse, the director and co-writer] to help me through the tough parts. Fortunately, I also know most of the team and that helped with the anxiety.

Is a character like Mielie a blessing or a curse?
We have nothing in common except for the size of our pants (LOL). She has a life of her own. I think she is like most forces of nature and a bit of both – a blessing and a curse.

There is a group of younger actors, writers, and directors making their mark now. How do you see the future?
I don’t know if I am the right person to ask because I am just that little bit older, but I do think youth is a wonderful thing. It comes with fresh ideas and confidence that only young people can pull off. I always hope that the group following me, do better than I did. Work wiser, diversify. Do everything. Learn from everybody.

Is there a series, play, or film you would like to write and direct?
Oh, yes! The list is very long. I am sitting with a heap of half-written texts, films, and series that I would like to do one day. I think I would rather go into directing – I enjoy the process of a project more than anything else.

Kompleks | Drama | Starts Tuesday 22 September at 20:30

The show stars Arthur Falko, Melissa Myburgh, Roeline Daneel, Armand Aucamp, Greta Pietersen en Ivan Botha. In the first two episodes, we met the characters in Kompleks and saw four hearts joined in one soul.

Sean tells Mika of his secret hobby and her reaction surprises him. In another universe, an older Mika is caught off-guard when Frida interferes with her love life. Sean and Belinda get to know each other.

Sean and Mika discover the stars that sends their relationship in another direction. In another universe, an older Mika is struggling to come to terms with her husband’s death.
Sean fights with his dad and Mika fights with her mother. Both are hurting more than they realise. In another universe, an older Sean is playing cello and missing his dad while Mika finds out that her daughter is hiding something from her.

Kom Ons Jol 3 | Music program | Starts Saturday 3 October at 20:00

Saturday evening’s jolly music programme is back. The presenters are Hamilton Wessels and Leandie du Randt. Kom Ons Jol is filled with Afrikaans party music and in every programme, one of the country’s biggest entertainers join for a virtual concert. Viewers are part of the programme for the first hour.

They can join the show via Zoom and are also encouraged to send in videos and messages. In the new season of Kom Ons Jol, there are also numerous prizes up for grabs.

Voetspore: Reünie 11 | Travel | Starts Sunday 25 October at 20:00

A new season for nature lovers to enjoy the majestic beauty of our country and the continent.
The journey of Voetspore continues, titled Voetspore Reunion. Voetspore Reünie is a series of Johan Badenhorst and friends who revisit the past 10 Voetspore series.

The team visited close to 40 African countries and traveled for 300 000 km on the continent. It was time for a get-together, reflecting on how Africa changes since the first series.

They start at Cape Cross in Namibia and travel across southern Africa, through Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland, to the coast of Kwa Zulu Natal.
They reflect on their journeys on the African continent since 2000 whilst discovering new adventure destinations. This is a reunion of 12 adventurers.

Glam Guru | Lifestyle | Starts Sunday 4 October at 17:30

Hannon and his team are back for more amazing transformations.
In the first episode, Jolene, who is single and unemployed, is hoping that a new look will help her on a new life path. Rosa looks after her bedridden husband. There isn’t any time or money for her to treat herself, but after she lost 21kg, she decided to ask Hannon for help.

Then there is Tarisha, a 19-year old teacher’s assistant, who struggles with low self-esteem, but with Hannon’s help, she realises what her full potential is. In the last programme in October, it is Maysha’s turn. She is a leader at work but can be intimidated easily. That’s why she wants a look that will make her feel in control.

Getroud met Rugby |Soapie | Weekdays at 18:00 op kykNET

The struggle between Liam and his mother-in-law, Priscilla, escalates when Priscilla wants to become more involved in Candice’s web series. Simon tells Renate that they can’t be friends anymore but is upset when he finds out that she is friends with Lulu.

Jordan gives a self-defense class to the women, but it ends in chaos when one of them breaks his nose. Blitz and Lienkie get married in court, and their friends are shocked when they find out. Wynand follows in Blitz’s footsteps when he starts seeing three pompom girls at the same time.
Bart has a plan to win Kristien back, and he asks Renate to help.

The Stryder community is shocked when they hear that Potties is going to be demolished, but then their favourite watering hole gets a new owner. Ryno finds out somebody stole the designs for his clothing range. Blitz and Johan are worried about Lienkie’s health. Renate meets her neighbour Willem Meiring, a handsome broker.

Suidooster | Soapie | Weekdays at 18:30 on kykNET and kykNET & kie

The huge amount of money that the Daniels brothers and Justin came upon, is starting to cause problems when Nazeem and Joy also want a piece of the pie. But then the owners demand their money back and lives are in danger.

Tim is itching to get involved in a new development, but Bridgette refuses to work with the owner. Tim goes behind her back and makes contact with Wilmien Baderhorst, a woman who comes with her baggage. Before long, the Jacobs family has to cope with her strange requests.

Mymoena is losing her patience with AB and Farah, but does that mean the end of Ruiterbosch’s most loved couple? Kate’s handsome grandson is in Ruiterbosch for a short holiday, and Joy recognises him from a naughty evening years ago. She doesn’t fall for his charms while he scams everybody with a charity project where all the money raised, disappears into his pocket.

Binnelanders | Soapie | Weekdays at 19:30 on kykNET

Tracy Smit and Conrad’s relationship is in trouble, and she must fall back on old tricks to stay afloat. She needs her place in the sun, but what do you do if you are manipulated and your past comes back to haunt you?

Tertius realises he is a free man, and he can enjoy his bachelor’s life. But then somebody gets hurt, and Tertius might get a permanent house guest. Fate also has an impact on Danny and Chanel’s relationship. Danny is adamant to show how he feels about Chanel, but does she feel the same way?

Hugo Voss is always in control of his feelings but not when Julia Wessels is around. When she turns up at Binneland Kliniek, it throws his life upside down because he is not sure where he stands with her. Julia is not the only new face at the hospital. Rita Nortier also joins, but it is soon clear that there is something she is trying to avoid. We also find out who is behind Gigi and Ian’s hacking crisis, but why did they do it?

Arendsvlei | Telenovela | Monday to Thursday at 19:30 from 28 September on kykNET & kie

Season 3 kicks off on 28 September with four episodes per week for this popular Telenovela!
Naz (Carmen Maarman) walks into Anton’s bakery and jumps in when she sees that he needs help. Captain Krige (Brendon Daniels) is back in Arendsvlei to try and solve a case, and he gets to know Janice better when they are both awake late at night. Pieter van Schalkwyk’s parole is coming up and that means Wendy’s secrets are in danger. Debra is shocked when she finds out more about her mother. Will she be able to forgive her for the fact that she first lied about her father and then her grandfather?

Tussen Ons | Talkshow | The new format starts from 5 October, Monday to Thursday at 17:30

The popular Afrikaans talk show, Tussen Ons, brags with more episodes per week, a new timeslot, and a fresh approach. It will be on Mondays to Thursday at 17:30 from 5 October on kykNET&kie instead of Thursday at 20:00.

Tussen Ons, which started July 2018, with its’ current presenter, Tracey Lange, Kay Karriem, Success Lekabe, Zelda Le Grange, and Ingrid Jones, will no be twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, where they’ll be in viewers homes and talk about current and newsworthy subjects.
On Tuesday, Dr. Darren Green, who is already a regular medical advisor on Tussen Ons, will now move in front of the cameras to talk about medical news, illnesses, and other diseases. The Bravo!-presenter and fitness guru, Ewan Strydom, will also pop in once a month to give fitness tips, while foodie, Heleen Meyer, will show viewers how to eat healthier every month.

The Thursday-episode will be known as Tussen Ons #TBT and will be presented by Tracey by herself. In this episode, she’ll get more nostalgic with her guests and will also give more lifestyle tips. Some of the kykNET&kie soapie starts from Suidooster and Arendsvlei will also come and talk about their soapie stories making the news. There will also be a music guest on the Thursday episode. Tracey, that has been the anchor presenter since Tussen Ons started, is very excited about the new format of the show.

“I look forward to the Tussen Ons shows being on four days a week and the name to be on everyone’s lips. I’m even more excited about the new #TBT-episode that I’ll present on Thursday,” she says. “On Thursday’s we’ll let loose and have fun with some celebrities and they’ll show us their talents while we laugh and get all nostalgic.”

Die Spreeus | Drama | Starts Saturday 3 October at 20:00

Die Spreeus is a special investigative unit that takes cases involving other worlds. It is loosely based on a unit in the SAPS that investigated cases connected to the occult.

Bas Koorts (Chris Vorster) is an intelligent man but since his wife died, he is a shadow of his former self. Beatrice Mack (Monique Rockman) comes from a rich family, but to her father’s dismay, she joins the police after abandoning her studies in mathematics and science. Rosa Scheffers (Sandi Schultz) is a brigadier and heads up the unit.

Also seen in the series, is Lea Vivier, Denise Newman, Albert Pretorius, De Klerk Oelofse, Rolanda Marais, Neels van Jaarsveld, Christia Visser, Kim Cloete, Deon Coetzee, Stian Bam, Jacques Bessenger, and Crystal Donna Roberts.

The director is Jaco Bouwer (Waterfront, Dwaalster). Monique Rockman, Jorrie van der Walt (cinematographer), Rocco Pool (production design), Chris Vorster and Pierre-Henri Wicomb (soundtrack) won ATKV Mediaveertjie awards earlier this year for their work on Die Spreeus.

André in Worship | Music concert | On Sunday 25 October 17:30

A highlight on KykNET NOU! (DStv channel 146) is André Venter in Worship. André, who was a member of the South African vocal group Romanz, tells more:

“This project is me saying thank you to South Africa. I have started a new chapter in America, but it would not have been possible without the 12 years of support I enjoyed in South Africa. The programme is a moment of worship from a place of deep gratitude, but also a place where I can serve other people. My favourite in the programme is ‘Goodness of God’ because our family is experiencing this more than ever before. Two new songs, ‘Mountains’ and ‘The Power of Your Name’, are also special, but each song has had an impact on my life and that is why I chose them.
I am proud to say the programme is also being marketed in America and Canada, and the album is available on all platforms. My wish with this is that the music will heal those who listen to it.”

Alie Barber | Sitcom | Saturdays at 19:30 on kykNET Lekker

Everyone gets ready for the wedding of the year. But things derail when Margie’s bridesmaid dress gets an oil smudge, and the shop keys disappear.

A Rugby player forgets a bag with ‘prescription drugs’ on the counter. Mr. Min returns from his doctor’s visit, and before long their pills get mixed up…Margie wants to celebrate her birthday with a party but does not have money to pay the caterers. Everyone in the salon is also feeling the pinch and must make a plan to buy her a present.

Mexican Telenovela Channel ‘Tlnovelas’ Now On DStv

DStv and GOtv customers, get ready for some thrilling entertainment as Televisa Networks and Multichoice Group team up to announce the launch of a new channel tlnovelas. The channel will be available from Monday, 14 September until August 2021.

Tlnovelas is an exclusive channel with a host of the most successful telenovelas within the Televisa Group of over 800 titles. The channel aims to delight customers with stories that will captivate them through compelling plots that will certainly drive unique emotional connections with viewers. From young adults, women, men and even children, there is a story for everyone to enjoy.

The channel explores various genres, from romantic comedies, epic dramas and binge-worthy stories for the young and old. Programming of tlnovelas include great stories such as Teresa, My Heart is Yours (Mi Corazón es Tuyo), Passion and Power (Pasión y Poder) and Fooled into Love (Amores con Trampa), not forgetting the flagship show Love Spell (Sortilegio) which will premiere on the day of launch.

“As Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensure that we continue to find the best available content and stories to delight our customers, both now and into the future. We endeavour to deliver both world-class international content as well as the very best in local content, giving our loyal customers a never-ending selection of outstanding entertainment,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment and Connected Video.

This channel launch showcases the growing value of tlnovelas brand worldwide, with the English version of tlnovelas, Televisa continues its position as a leader in the Pay-TV market by offering content with the best quality” said Fernando Muñiz, General Director of Televisa Networks and Televisa International. And adds: “We continue to experience rapid growth all over the world due to partnerships with outstanding media players, such as Multichoice, and we are excited to take the next step of this expansion around the world.”

MultiChoice Namibia Reveals Sizzling Hot New Content For The Summer

MultiChoice Namibia held its annual content showcase event via livestream on 9 September 2020. Hosted by Managing Director Roger Gertze and his leadership team, the virtual event gave the media and other key industry stakeholders an exclusive look at the breakthrough content coming to Namibian audiences via DStv and GOtv this summer.

“Video entertainment is our language, it’s what we work with every day in line with our mission of making great entertainment more accessible throughout the country. It was only natural that we used video in an innovative way to rise above the challenges presented by COVID-19. Additionally, this showcase demonstrated MultiChoice’s hyper-local approach in our business and local content offerings alike. In this way, we were able to use video, the medium we ‘own’, in a powerful way,” explains Gertze.

The event featured updates from across the MultiChoice Group covering exciting additions to its entertainment and sports content offering as well as insights into how the company is innovating to deliver a world class customer experience.

New productions, movies and more

Aligning with MultiChoice Group’s mission to invest in local content as Africa’s most loved storyteller, M-Net has raised the bar yet again recently by adding more local scripted series to its line-up.

This includes four new shows: Trackers, MultiChoice Group’s first international co-production based on the book by South Africa author, Deon Meyer; Still Breathing; Legacy and Inconceivable.

FliekNET, the popular holiday pop-up channel showcasing locally-produced blockbuster movies, classic favourites and a variety of Afrikaans film formats, is now a permanent part of the KykNET stable, broadcast on DStv Channel 149.

KykNET is also now producing shorter dramas, moving away from its regular 13-episode format for scripted content. The first of these is Kompleks, written by Louis Pretorius and Albert Snyman (Die Boekklub, Fynskrif), directed by award-winning actress Tinarie van Wyk Loots, and narrated by Koos Kombuis and Deon Meiring.

Fans of Arendsvlei, the first telenovela on kykNET&kie (DStv Channel 145), will be delighted to hear that the nail-biting cliff hangers will be around for another year, as the next installment debuts on the channel in October 2020.

New-look M-Net Movies

With the recent streamlining of M-Net movies, it is now even easier for viewers keep tabs on all their favourite movie genres and stay up to date with the latest releases.

New international channels and shows

The content showcase event also revealed a number of new international channels coming to DStv and GOtv, including TLNovelas, the renowned English-dubbed Mexican telenovela channel; Timeless Drama Channel, big-budget series from Turkish producers in Istanbul and Anatolia; tvN, the best in Korean dramas dubbed into English; Kix, Asian action movies and cutting-edge reality shows, featuring the biggest Asian action icons and classic Kung Fu movies; ZooMoo, animal-themed shows for kids combining live animation, puppetry and a real-time app; and WildEarth, the only 24/7 channel that delivers authentic live and interactive safari experiences worldwide.

M-Net will continue to bring Hollywood’s latest series to Africa, first, beginning in September with the highly rated Mrs America with its A-list cast. Other hot new international shows on M-Net’s horizon include Legacy; The Good Lord Brid; The Undoing; The Equalizer; Lioness; The Bachelorette SA and Love Island South Africa.

The world’s best sport

With international sports resuming, MultiChoice Namibia announced a number of exclusive global football broadcasts coming this summer. Among these are the action-packed Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Serie A and LaLiga, all exclusive to SuperSport and complete with expert commentary and analyses.

DStv and GOtv are now officially the home of American sports in Africa, with two new channels – ESPN 1 and 2 – joining the existing ESPN channel offering.

In addition, a sterling production, Chasing the Sun, debuts on DStv this month. This powerful SuperSport documentary has been produced in collaboration with the Springboks, and tells the rousing tale of their path to redemption and World Cup glory in 2019.

The six-part documentary series premieres on M-Net on Sunday, 27 September 2020, concluding six weeks later on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Springbok World Cup win. The documentary will also air on Catch Up, kykNET, SuperSport and Showmax.

“The fresh content slate for Summer 2020 forms part of our commitment to ensuring that we keep bringing valued customers the quality video entertainment they love, telling the best local and international stories, giving access to nail-biting sporting action and up-to-the-minute news, as well as leading international series, movies, documentaries and children’s entertainment,” says Gertze.

Looking ahead, Namibians are in for a real treat in the coming months, in terms of both outstanding content and product innovation.

Legacy & More Shows To Embrace This September On DStv and GOtv

DStv and GOtv’s September line-up includes a range of African and international shows, as well as features specially curated for African audiences.

Tune in soon to see what’s on screen this September with DStv and GOtv. You’ll find a sprinkling of top shows like Love Comeback, Legacy and The Sol and much, much more.

Here’s a snapshot of September’s super-bingeworthy action:

Love Comeback

Find out whether ‘they love me or love me not’ in this reality series with real-life stories of forgiveness and couples reunited (or not) with a little help from the Love Come Back team.

Discover how it all works out on Africa Magic Showcase, DStv Channel 151 every Sunday at 18:30 CAT.

Sol Family

Explore the reality of the behind-the-scenes drama of Sauti Sol – one of Africa’s most beloved bands – as we watch their daily interactions with each other, their fans, and the world.

It’s all going down on Maisha Magic Plus, DStv Channel 163 on Sundays at 18:30 CAT and on ShowMax.

The Legacy

Brought to you by the award-winning production house Tshedza Pictures, this telenovela explores the tale of two families on opposite ends of society and their interactions. With startling storylines set in the fast-lane world of investment billionaires and a sterling, diverse cast, this new daily is designed for DStv’s Premium audience. Legacy is M-Net 101’s very first telenovela.

Find out what happens when worlds collide from Monday, 21 September at 19:00 CAT on M-Net, DStv Channel 101.

Behind The Story

Join Pearl Thusi on a deep dive into the backstories of some of Africa’s best-known and most controversial personalities, media stars and musos.

The new season airs on BET, DStv Channel 120 and GOtv Channel 21 on Fridays at 22:00 CAT.

Y’Africa

Discover Africa’s most diverse and talented artists in their own creative stomping grounds. Follow their journeys in this reality programme, visit their hometowns and see their contributions to art and culture on the continent.

Find out more on the Curiosity Channel, DStv Channel 185 every Tuesday at 19:00 CAT.

Free Willy (1993)

It’s a whale of a tail beloved by audiences of all ages and now you can compare the original ’93 version to the ’95 sequel on DStv and GOtv.

Follow this watery movie saga on TNT Africa, Friday 11 September at 18:20 CAT on DStv Channel 137 and GOtv Channel 18 and Free Willy 2 at 20:00 on the same evening on DStv Channel 137 and GOtv Channel 18.

Train of Salt & Sugar

A train journey uncovers the harsh realities of life in Mozambique after the civil war as four unlikely companions share their stories in this multiple award-winning movie.

Catch this eye-opening film on ShowMax as soon as you can.

Big Brother Naija Season 5

Have you been keeping up with Nigeria’s favourite reality show lately? If not, how will you know if your favourite character’s still in the Big Brother house?

Find out if they need your help to stay put by tuning into the 24-hour drama on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29.

The African Couple

This infinitely relatable series focuses on a newlywed couple and the daily challenges they face in a unique African context.

It’s happening daily at 21:00 on ROK Ghana, DStv Channel 164 and GOtv Channel 18 or Channel 118 for viewers in Ghana.

In Memoriam Of Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther One Day Special Viewing

To commemorate the legacy of phenomenal Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman, who sadly passed away on Friday (28 August), M-Net Movies has acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company Africa for a special screening of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, the film that engraved his name in movie history – and in the hearts of millions of people across the globe.

Black Panther will air on M-Net Movies Zone Channel 139, a movie channel available to all DStv customers across Africa, on Monday, 31 August at 19:00. (Channel: M-Net Movies Zone, Channel 139 (DStv Access) and channel 3/103 (GOtv Plus) – WAT @ 6pm | CAT @ 7pm | EAT@ 8pm)

With his charismatic and powerful performance as the titular Black Panther, Boseman defied stereotypes, broke boundaries and emerged as an inspiring role model and pop-culture hero. The revolutionary Black Panther was the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to shine the spotlight on a black super hero, and went on to become the first super hero film to be nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards® . The mega-blockbuster received seven nominations and scooped three Oscars. Boseman himself, garnered a Screen Actors Guild Award and NAACP Image award.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..L to R: Okoye (Danai Gurira), T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) (Image: Matt Kennedy..©Marvel Studios 2018)

While Black Panther catapulted Boseman to stardom, he also played some of history’s most enigmatic and influential African-American icons: his break-out role was in 42 as baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson; in Get on Up he gave an electrifying performance as The Godfather of Soul, music legend, James Brown; and he starred as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall, in the riveting drama, Marshall.

But many agree his most inspirational screen-time will always be as Black Panther’s King T’Challa, who rose to the throne in the fictitious African country of Wakanda after the death of his father, King T’Chaka (played by SA’s own Dr. John Kani). That’s where he taught movie-goers how regal the combination of dignity, strength and humanity can be.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER..Mining Tribe Elder (Connie Chiume) (Image: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018)

Striking a chord with audiences all over the continent, Black Panther became the first film in the history of the South African Box Office to cross N$100 million and, went on to become the biggest film at the time in South, East and West Africa after its February 2018 release in cinemas.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther was directed by Ryan Coogler, and also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Martin Freeman.

The movie will not be available on Catch Up.

Namibian Filmmakers Document Impact Of Covid-19 In Africa

Two young Namibian’s Bryan Nakambonde and Jorg Walter produced a docuseries titled Pandemic: Covid-19 in Africa for Mindset TV, Channel 319 on DStv.

The first episode of the documentary will air on 28 August at 15h30. The docuseries covers a range of topics over 4 planned episodes with research and interviews gathered over 3 months, with the help of 20+ students from 17 countries around the world, all working remotely.

According to the executive producers, Nakambonde and Jorg (who co-founded the producing organization Umwe Africa), the big idea behind the series is to give young people information that will allow them to understand, contextualize, and compare their country’s situation relating to the pandemic.

Nakambonde says on 18 March, his university made a wise but shocking decision to send all students home. After support from the University and generous friends, he arrived in back in Namibia three days later, on Namibia’s Independence Day.

“To my surprise (despite the unequivocal warning by the pilot) all passengers were transported directly to a quarantine facility. Making me part of the first group to be quarantined in Namibia,” he recalls in a Facebook post. “The quarantine had many pros and cons, but the company I had made it an unforgettable experience! Given my work with Umwe, it was a disguised learning curve on how the media works.”

Bryan Nakambonde

The two started the project on 11 May, with personal funds and are currently seeking more funds to carry out the project successfully. To support them, visit Umwe Africa.

Episodic focuses:

Episode 1: How COVID-19 Spread to Africa – This episode explores the journey of the pandemic from Wuhan to the first African countries to report cases. And how South Africa became the epicenter.

Episode 2: Lockdown and Law Enforcement – This episode explores social issues such as income, food security, police brutality, SGBV, and housing which have become worse or exist uniquely due to communities living under lockdown regulations and increased law enforcement involvement in communities.

Episode 3: Health care systems: This episode looks at what is needed to navigate a pandemic – An introduction to health care systems, their shape in Africa, and how they’re coping with the pandemic.

Episode 4: How COVID-19 is impacting Higher-Education in South Africa and Ghana – As an organization focused on making current affairs easier to consume for young people, they explore how the pandemic has impacted the education of young people through interviews with students and universities about the changes, solutions, and challenges.

Jorg Walter

Broadcasting and airing

Episodes will premier every 3 weeks after 28 August on Fridays at 15h30 CAT Mindset TV. Channel 319 on DSTV, Channel 309 StarSat, Channel 134 OpenView.

Reruns Saturday and Sunday 16h00.

New Pop-Up Channel WildEarth launches on DStv

DStv announced a brand-new pop-up channel ‘WildEarth’ set to bring viewers face to face with the thrill of nature during daily LIVE safari shows from spectacular wildlife locations like: The Greater Kruger, KZN, the Kalahari and the Maasai Mara with many more locations still to be explored.

WildEarth’s mission is to connect people with nature by offering viewers the opportunity to feel like they are out there in nature experiencing it for themselves.

WildEarth launches on Tuesday, August 25th- November 25th on Channel 183.

WildEarth is launching as a 24/7 channel on DStv. “WildEarth is all about sharing nature with everyone so we can all see why we must conserve our beautiful home.” Says Graham Wallington a co-founder and CEO at WildEarth.

For over a decade WildEarth has been broadcasting LIVE and interactive virtual safaris from some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife destinations to a very dedicated community of people around the world on YouTube, Facebook and other content viewing platforms.

In a world that is becoming increasingly developed, many people are losing their connection with nature and this has an overall negative impact on our general well-being.

“It’s important for us that our customers always have access to the best possible content available. We will continue to source the best possible content as we strive to bolster the channels on offer on our platform,” says Roger Gertz , MultiChoice Namibia MD.

Restoring this lost connection with nature, even virtually, is scientifically proven to have a strong
healing effect and to reduce stress and anxiety levels. An immersive nature experience has a hugely beneficial effect on our well-being.

The LIVE broadcasts focus on making the viewer feel like they are actually on a safari vehicle bouncing around in Africa. The intention is not that the viewer is wowed and awed through gruesome or dramatic behaviour of wild animals but rather for them to have serendipitous moments of unscripted magic that touch the heart and let them suspend their disbelief and feel as if they are there.

For many WildEarth viewers these daily broadcasts were and are their only true connection with nature and they frequently share how this has helped them through difficult times in their lives and has supported their healing from physical and mental illnesses.

DStv Bolsters Its Movie Offering

Call it Movies 2.0! Or: The streamlined upgrade of the M-Net Movies channels on DStv. Come Tuesday 1 September the current six M-Net Movie channels will be re-organised and consolidated into four slick,  fuss-free channels.

To keep it simple, these four carefully curated channels, with its array of must-see films, will be known as M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2, M-Net Movies 3 and M-Net Movies 4.

Even though DStv have streamlined the M-Net channels, this will not impact the number of movies on the DStv packages, audiences will benefit from a leaner, spruced-up M-Net slate.

But that is not all, the popular holiday pop-up channel FliekNET will become a permanent fixture on the platform from 1 September as well.

Adding to this is the new KIX channel launching in October this year, bringing viewers the best of Martial Arts from the old-time favourites such as Jet Li, Jackie Chan and more. Film fanatics can also rest assured that DStv and M-Net team will continue to create popular pop-up channels built around popular franchises or themes.

“It’s important for us to facilitate the best possible viewing experience for our DStv customers in our ever-evolving world of entertainment”, says MultiChoice Namibia MD, Roger Gertze. “ While the proposition of the current six movie channels – M-Net Movies Premiere, Action Plus, Action, Smile, Zone and All-Stars – made perfect sense when they launched years ago, recent comments and requests from our movie-loving DStv audiences indicated that it was time for a reboot.”

According to Yolisa Phahle, CEO of General Entertainment and Connected Video at MultiChoice Group, this is just the beginning – the first step onto an exciting planned journey of developments on the film front.  “In our quest to remain Africa’s most-loved storyteller, innovation and quality will always be key. Local movies will also play an increasingly important role, alongside screening  handpicked Hollywood films first on all our platforms.“

MultiChoice Group’s platforms include DStv satellite television, Showmax, Box Office, DStv Catch Up and DStv Now. 

The streamlined M-Net Movie channels arrangement for different DStv audiences will make it easier to find the right movie, at just the right time:

  • M-Net Movies 1 

(Channel 104 on DStv Premium)

This is the new number-one destination for the latest local and international feel-good, wholesome movies for the entire family. Those who loved the kid-friendly Animania festivals on M-Net Movies Smile, as well as blockbuster romcoms and gripping dramas, will need an ample supply of popcorn for the good times ahead.

  • M-Net Movies 2  

(Channel 106 on DStv Premium)

Buckle up! M-Net Movies 2 will unleash an adrenaline rush with recent heart-pumping, explosive action films. The schedule will be packed with all kinds of adventures and thrills and spills at maximum velocity!

  • M-Net Movies 3

(Channel 107 on DStv Premium and Compact Plus)

Welcome to the place where all the movie heroes and heroines hang out, either saving the day in adventure classics or inhabiting the imaginary worlds of sci-fi and fantasy. Sometimes, they even tickle the funny bones in star-studded comedies or show off their acting chops in gripping dramas. 

  • M-Net Movies 4

(Channel 108 on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family, Access and GOtv Max)

The world’s biggest blockbusters, as well as their prequels and sequels, are lined up here. While movie franchise lovers can enjoy great movies for hours on end, friends and family can join all the action and fun too. 

  • FliekNET

(Channel 149 on DStv Premium)

This channel will be showcasing locally produced blockbuster movies, classic favourites and a variety of Afrikaans film formats such as feature films, short films, story films, made-for-TV movies and documentaries. The channel will also feature new straight-to-kykNET films produced by South African filmmakers as part of the continuous investment in the local film and television industry.

  • KIX

(Channel 114 on Premium, Compact Plus & Compact)

Everybody was kung-fu fighting on this channel. The best of all Martial Arts movies will live here. This channel promises to bring all the viewers the best scenes from all-time favourites, from Jackie Chan to Bruce Lee – the family will definitely have to dedicate a day of the week to all the action.

  • M-Net Movies Pop-Up

(Channel 111 on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact & Access)

To keep it fresh and exciting, there will be a host of festivals and themed surprises on these channels. Furthermore, the M-Net Movies team will continue cooking up more binge fests with M-Net Movies Pop Up channels. In future, these pop-up delights will be served on DStv Channel 111.

More information about the September  M-Net Movies line-up or full channel schedules visit: www.dstv.com

10 Best International Series On Showmax This August

1st seasons of I May Destroy You, Love Life; new seasons of What We Do In The Shadows, My Brilliant Friend & Love Island are just some of the shows you can watch on Showmax this August. See what’s on:

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS S2 | First on Showmax | Binge now

From multiple Emmy nominee Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) and 2020 Oscar winner Taika Waititi (Jojo RabbitThor: Ragnarok), the hit mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows is a look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who’ve lived together in New York for over 100 years – plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves. 

This magnificently silly mock-doc series showed its teeth with eight Emmy nominations for Season 2 last week, including one for Best Comedy Series and three for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. It’s at #9 on Rotten Tomatoes’ Best TV of 2020 (So Far) list, with a 100% critics rating, and has been hailed as “TV’s best comedy” by The Hollywood Reporter, among others. 

What We Do In The Shadows stars BAFTA winners Kayvan Novak (Four Lions) and Matt Berry (The IT CrowdToast of London) as Nandor the Relentless and Laszlo respectively. Sketch comedian Natasia Demetriou is Laszlo’s sultry sire, Nadja, while Mark Proksch (The OfficeBetter Call Saul) plays energy vampire Colin Robinson. But while the vamps flap and fuss in the foreground, it’s downtrodden little Guillermo, Nandor’s familiar, played by Harvey Guillén (The Magicians), who swoops into the spotlight this season, having discovered he’s descended from the famed vampire slayer van Helsing.

THE WALKING DEAD S10 | Binge now 

The Walking Dead is the definitive zombie show, having won 77 awards globally. 

Season 10 has a 91% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the consensus is, “A few changes in front of and behind the camera allow The Walking Dead to create space for compelling new stories and some seriously scary new adversaries.” 

Norman Reedus and Danai Gurira return in their People’s Choice-nominated roles as Daryl and Michonne, as does Melissa McBride in her Critics Choice-nominated role as Carol. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also still alive as Negan, a role that won him MTV and Critics Choice awards, but the bigger threat this season is two-time Oscar nominee Samantha Morton (HarlotsIn AmericaMinority Report) as Alpha, the leader of the Whisperers, who wear the skins of zombies, and live among them…

VIDA S3 | First on Showmax | Binge now 

In the third and final season of Vida, the bar the Hernandez sisters inherited is booming and their love lives are flourishing — until they discover another long-buried family secret, which leaves them wondering if they can continue together as a family or if they should each move on alone – for good this time. 

Vida has captivated the critics, earning a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes for all three seasons, where the Season 3 critics consensus reads, “A bittersweet farewell that’s entirely too short, Vida‘s final season is as messy, beautiful, and inspirational as life itself.”

As AVClub says, “Vida is rightly lauded for its excellent performances, incisive writing, and commitment to centering queer, female and non-binary, and Latinx voices both in front of and behind the camera. But you know what? It’s also one of the best-looking shows on TV. The cinematography is top-tier. The direction is impeccable. It’s beautiful, immersive, often dreamlike filmmaking.” 

Vida was nominated for a 2020 GLAAD Media Award as Best Comedy Series, earned fourth place on Time Magazine’s Best of 2019 list for Season 2, and won the Audience Award at SXSW 2018 for Season 1.

BRIARPATCH S1 | Mondays at 2300 from 3 August, same day as M-Net

Senator’s aide Allegra Dill (MTV Movie Awards nominee Rosario Dawson from Sin City, Luke Cage and Jane the Virgin) returns to her border-town Texas home to investigate the death of her sister – a local cop killed by a car bomb. What begins as a search for a killer turns into an all-consuming fight to bring her corrupt hometown to its knees. 

Golden Globe nominee Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) and Kenyan Teen Choice nominee Edi Gathegi (X-Men: First Class) co-star in this latest offering from Emmy nominated writer/producer Sam Esmail (Mr. RobotHomecoming), based on the Edgar-winning crime novel by Ross Thomas. 

Briarpatch has a 78% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Hollywood Reporter saying, “Anchored by a strong Rosario Dawson performance and flavoured with wit and a real sense of place, Briarpatch is a charmer: It keeps those aspects of Mr. Robot that were most audience-friendly, and jettisons the rest.”

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE S1 | Thursdays at 23:00. Binge from 6 August

Three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (SpotlightAvengers Assemble) has just picked up a 2020 Emmy nomination for Best Actor in A Limited Series or Movie for his dual performance in I Know This Much is True

Based on the Wally Lamb bestseller about how you never give up on the people you love, I Know This Much is True follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick Birdsey and his brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic – both played by Mark, with Gabe Fazio (The Place Beyond The Pines) serving as his unseen acting double for both roles. As The Los Angeles Times put it when predicting his Emmy nomination, Ruffalo “lost 20 pounds before production began, then spent 16 weeks filming his scenes as the aggressive Dominick. Then he took six weeks off, gained 30 pounds by subsisting on oatmeal and mashed potatoes, and returned as the more vulnerable Thomas.” 

I Know This Much Is True has an 8.2/10 rating on IMDb. The phenomenal cast includes Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell (SMILF), Emmy nominees Kathryn Hahn (Mrs FletcherTransparent) and Rob Huebel (Transparent), Golden Globe nominee Archie Panjabi (Run, The Good Wife), and Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers).

LOVE ISLAND UK S6 | 5 eps every Saturday from 8 August 

For South African fans dying to see the latest season of the BAFTA-winning reality show Love Island UK, the long wait is finally over. And it’s all the more delicious because this is the season that was filmed at a villa in Constantia, Cape Town.

Laura Whitmore of Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! fame is this season’s new host for the drama-packed reality show, where single hopefuls flirt, date, break up and make up while trying to capture the hearts of viewers, who will vote for their favourite couple to take home the £50k prize money.

LOVE LIFE S1 | First on Showmax | Binge from21 August

HBO Max recently announced its three most popular shows since launch, with Friends unsurprisingly in first place and The Big Bang Theory in third. Cuddled in between those classics is the streamers’ most popular new show, Love Life, a romcom anthology series that traces the journey from first love to lasting love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever. 

Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the AirInto the Woods) stars as Darby opposite the likes of Golden Globe nominee Hope Davis (American SplendorThe Special Relationship), SXSW award winner Peter Vack (The Bold Type), Screen Actors Guild winner Scoot McNairy (NarcosTrue Detective), Sasha Compère (UncorkedMiracle Workers), and Jin Ha (Devs), with narration by Oscar nominee Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Harlots). 

The Washington Post calls Love Life “HBO Max’s marquee offering.. a surprisingly deep romance dramedy… Say what you must about Kendrick’s trademark cutesiness, it’s her acting chops that really pay off here.”

Executive produced by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids), Love Life has an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and was recently renewed for a second season, which will centre on a whole new love story.

I MAY DESTROY YOU S1 | Wednesdays at 22:30 from 26 August, same day as 1Magic

I May Destroy You centres on Arabella (BAFTA winner Michaela Coel from Chewing Gum), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

I May Destroy You is #23 on Rotten Tomatoes Best TV of 2020 (So Far), with a 97% critics rating and a critics’ consensus that reads, “I May Destroy You is at once brave and delicate, untangling the trauma of sexual assault with dark humour and moments of deep discomfort, all held together on the strength of Michaela Coel’s undeniable talent”. 

In their five star review, The Guardian raved, “It is the drama of the year so far… Michaela Coel’s exploration of consent, race and millennial life… works on every level… An extraordinary, breath-taking achievement without a false note in it, shot through with humour and with ideas, talent and character to burn at every perfectly plotted turn.”

Including it in their roundup of the 10 Best TV Shows of 2020 So Far, The Hollywood Reporter called it, “The most ‘2020’ show of 2020”, adding that it’s “representative of the mood of the moment – the combination of anger, confusion, uncertainty and unexpected humour; the exploration of intersections of gender and race, sexuality and violence, youth and hard-earned experience.”

MY BRILLIANT FRIEND S2: THE STORY OF A NEW NAME | Binge from 29 August

Set in Naples and based on Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novels, My Brilliant Friend is the story of a life-long friendship spanning 60 years. Season 2, based on the second novel in Ferrante’s series, sees Lila (Gaia Girace) stuck in a brutal marriage to the wealthy Stefano Caracci (Giovanni Amura), while Elena dallies with suitor Antonio Cappuccio (Christian Giroso) and her growing attraction to the magnetic Nino Sarratore (Francesco Serpico). 

My Brilliant Friend, helmed by multi-award-winning Italian directors Saverio Costanzo (Hungry Hearts) and Alice Rohrwacher (Happy as Lazaro), has a 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is at 236 on IMdB’s list of the top-rated TV of all time, where it has a score of 8.6/10. The series was recently renewed for a third season.

The Hollywood Reporter included it in their roundup of the 10 Best Shows of 2020 So Far, saying the series “portrays post-war young-womanhood in all its victories, devastations and frailties. This season’s story, told with seemingly no expense spared, is where the girls’ paths start to truly diverge, as one pursues dreams beyond their impoverished neighborhood and the other finds herself irretrievably chained to it.” 

Season 1 won Best Drama Series at Monte-Carlo TV Festival 2019 and an Italian Golden Globe for Best Breakthrough Actress for Ludovica Nasti as Lila. The series was also nominated for 2019 Critics Choice, Peabody and Shanghai International TV Festival awards.

PERRY MASON S1 | Tuesdays at 23:00, same day as M-Net. Binge from 15 September

It’s 1932, and despite the Great Depression, LA is booming. But when the kidnapping case of the decade comes knocking on down-and-out detective Perry Mason’s door, his relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and, just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

HBO’s biggest debut in nearly two years, Perry Mason reboots the award-winning 1950s-60s series based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s detective stories. Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Rhys (The Americans) is Perry Mason. Tatiana Maslany, herself an Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee for her leading role in Orphan Black, and Oscar nominee John Lithgow (The Crown3rd Rock from the Sun) co-star. 

Perry Mason is currently #3 on IMDb’s Most Popular Series list, with Indiewire proclaiming it “one of the most beautiful series ever made… One of the best I’ve ever seen. Really.”


EVERYTHING ON SHOWMAX IN AUGUST
Other international series to look out for include the third and final season of Future Man, the critically acclaimed sci-fi comedy starring Four-time Teen Choice winner Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), and Reckoning, a new serial killer series starring Critics Choice nominee Aden Young (Rectify) and Screen Actors Guild nominee Sam Trammell (True Blood). To see everything on Showmax in August, including the new Showmax Original Life With Kelly Khumalo, click here.

This release schedule is subject to change.

Watchmen leads Emmy nominees and amazing breakthroughs for Insecure

The Emmy nominations were announced last night, with HBO’s Watchmen leading the way with 26 nominations. Insecure and What We Do In The Shadows earned their first Best Comedy nominations; Ramy Youssef nabbed his first Best Actor and Best Director in a Comedy nominations for Ramy; Zendaya earned her first ever Emmy nomination, as Best Actress in a Drama, for Euphoria; and Jeremy Strong and Brian Cox are up for Best Actor in a Drama for the first time, for Succession. Other first time Supporting Actor nominees include Succession stars Nicholas Braun, Kieran Culkin, Matthew Macfadyen and Sarah Snook, as well as Nigeria’s Yvonne Orji (Insecure).

“Despite the unprecedented challenges facing the entertainment industry, it has been an extraordinary year for television,” said Television Academy Chairman and CEO Frank Scherma. “Television has inspired, united and comforted a global audience this season. We are honoured to be recognizing so many of the talented programs, producers, directors and craftspeople behind the remarkable storytelling that has brought us together while we remain apart.”

Content currently available on Showmax has a whopping 113 nominations, with more nominees coming soon. This includes:

WATCHMEN

HBO’s Watchmen is the most nominated show overall at this year’s Emmys, with 26 nominations, including Outstanding Limited Series, Writing, Cinematography, Lead Actor (Jeremy Irons as Ozymandias), Lead Actress (Regina King as Sister Night), Supporting Actress (Jean Smart as Agent Laurie Blake) and three Supporting Actor nominees (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar, Jovan Adepo as Hooded Justice and Louis Gossett Jr. as William Reeves), not to mention three Directing and three Editing nominations.

Inspired by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic DC graphic novel, Watchmen was the best reviewed new TV show of 2019 on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 95% critics rating. Created by Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), the nine-part series was the#1 show of last year for the likes of EmpireMashable, Vox, and Washington Post, where Hank Stuever said the show takes “my breath away with its bracing vision of racism, mask-wearing vigilantism and super-heroic qualms in a skewed-reality America.”

SUCCESSION S2

Having won Best Writing and Best Original Main Title Theme Music at last year’s Emmys, Succession is tied with Ozark as the most-nominated drama this year, with 18 nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. Having been snubbed last year, the show’s cast dominate this year’s nominees in all the categories, including Lead Actor (both 2020 Golden Globe winner Brian Cox as Logan Roy and Jeremy Strong as his son Kendall), Supporting Actor (Nicholas Braun as Cousin Greg, Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy, and Matthew Macfadyen as Tom Wambsgans), Supporting Actress (Sarah Snook as Shiv Roy), Guest Actor (James Cromwell as Ewan Roy) and Guest Actress (Harriet Walter as Lady Caroline Collingwood and Cherry Jones as Nan Pierce).

In Succession, four very rich siblings behave very badly as they try to win their father’s approval – and control of his company, a global media empire. In Season 2, the Roys meet their liberal counterparts as Logan attempts to orchestrate his biggest acquisition yet.

Succession, which won Best TV drama at the 2020 Golden Globes, topped numerous Best of 2019 lists, from AV Club to The Guardian to Uproxx. As The Guardian said: “2019 was the year HBO threw millions upon millions of dollars at the final season of Game of Thrones, only to have another of its shows blow it out of the water entirely. That show was Succession, Jesse Armstrong’s dizzyingly seductive drama about a billionaire media family, which became a runaway hit with its second series. A veritable powerhouse, Succession contained all the things that had once drawn us to Westeros: power, wealth, loyalty and sheer nastiness.”


THE HANDMAID’S TALE S3


The Handmaid’s Tale
 is up for 10 Emmys this year, including Best Drama, Supporting Actor (Bradley Whitford as Commander Joseph Lawrence), Supporting Actress (2018 Emmy winner Samira Wiley as Moira), and Guest Actress (2017 Emmy winner Alexis Bledel as Emily). Elisabeth Moss was snubbed this year as June, a role that earned her Best Actress awards at the 2017 Emmys and 2018 Golden Globes.

Season 1 was based on Margaret Atwood’s classic novel of the same name, which won the first Arthur C. Clarke Award for its depiction of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States, which has returned to ‘traditional values,’ with women treated as property of the state.

Season 3 has a 81% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says, “The Handmaid’s Tale‘s third season reigns in its horrors and inspires hope that revolution really is possible.”

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS S2


What We Do In The Shadows
 is having its best Emmys year yet, with eight nominations, including its first for Best Comedy and three Best Writing nominations.

From Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) and 2020 Oscar winner Taika Waititi (Jojo RabbitThor: Ragnarok), the hit mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows is a look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who’ve lived together in New York for over 100 years – plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves.

Season 2 is #9 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV Shows of 2020 So far, with a 100% critics rating. As the Season 1 critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes put it, What We Do In The Shadows is “delightfully absurd and ridiculously fun… A mockumentary worth sinking your teeth into.”

Season 2 of What We Do In The Shadows releases on Showmax this Saturday, 1 August 2020.

INSECURE S4

Insecure had its best ever year at the Emmys, earning eight nominations, including first-time nods for Best Comedy and Best Supporting Actress for Nigerian comedian Yvonne Orji as Molly. Co-creator Issa Rae received her second Best Actress nomination as Issa, with the show also picking up Casting, Editing, Music Supervision and two Cinematography nominations.

Insecure centres on friends Issa and Molly in what the Rotten Tomatoes critic consensus hails as “an insightful, raunchy, and hilarious journey through the life of a twentysomething black woman that cuts through stereotypes with sharp wit and an effusive spirit.” 

As The Peabody Awards put it, “Rae delivers a ground-breaking series that captures the lives of everyday young black people in Los Angeles with a fresh and authentic take. Breaking away from tired and familiar representations of ‘diversity’ on television, this series offers a fun and intimate portrayal of work, relationships, and the ordinary experiences of the two young black women at its center.” 

Insecure is the most nominated show, with Watchmen, at the 2020 Black Reel Awards and was named TV Program of the Year at the 2018 American Film Institute Awards.

EUPHORIA S1


Euphoria is up for six Emmys, including Zendaya’s first-ever Emmy nomination, for Best Actress in a Drama as 17-year-old Rue, who returns home from rehab with no plans to stay clean, and falls for the new girl in town, Jules (played by trans superstar Hunter Schafer). 

Zendaya won the 2019 People’s Choice Award for Favourite Drama TV Star for her role in this adults-only high school drama series, as well as a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Series. She was also nominated for a Critics Choice Award. The series also won the Camerimage TV Pilots competition and Best Music Supervision from The Guild of Music Supervisor Awards, and earned a 2020 GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, a Queerty nomination for Best Series, and a BAFTA nomination for Best International Series. 

Euphoria has an 8.3/10 rating on IMDb and a 82% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the consensus says, “Euphoria balances its brutal honesty with an empathetic – and visually gorgeous – eye to create a uniquely challenging and illuminating series, held together by a powerfully understated performance from Zendaya.”

MCMILLION$


McMillion$ is up for five Emmys this year, including Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series, Writing, and Editing.

The six-part HBO documentary investigates the biggest scam in the history of fast food: the rigged McDonald’s Monopoly competition that offered its US customers in the ‘90s the chance to go out for a burger and come home with $1 million. The scam ran for over a decade, had links to organised crime and netted $24 million worth of illegal profits. 


McMillion$ has an 89% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Hollywood Reporter saying, “McMillion$ tells a quirky and frequently hilarious tale filled with enough twists and turns that you’ll swear it came from the keyboard of a Carl Hiaasen or Elmore Leonard.”

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE

Little Fires Everywhere is up for five Emmys, including Best Limited Series, Directing, and Lead Actress (Kerry Washington as Mia).

Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestselling book, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the Richardsons – a picture-perfect, privileged white American family – and enigmatic African-American mother and daughter Mia and Pearl Warren.

Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies, Walk the Line, Wild) and Teen Choice winner Joshua Jackson (The AffairDawson’s Creek) co-star, with Lexi Underwood earning a 2020 Black Reel nomination as Pearl.  


Little Fires Everywhere has an 80% critics rating on Rotten TomatoesThe Guardian calls it “moreish, searing, excellent”, while CNN says it’s “one of those rare multi-generational dramas where the arcs involving the kids are every bit as good as the adults’.”

RAMY S2

Ramy is up for three Emmys: Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Director for creator Ramy Youssef, as well as Best Supporting Actor for two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, True Detective) as Sheikh Malik.

Ramy stars 2020 Golden Globe winner and stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef as Ramy Hassan, a first generation Egyptian-American in politically divided New Jersey, where he’s caught between a Muslim community that thinks life is a moral test and a millennial generation that thinks life has no consequences. 

Ramy won the Audience Award at SXSW 2019 and S2 is currently at #25 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV of 2020 So Far, with a 96% critics rating. As Rolling Stone put it, “There is no other show quite like Ramy, because there is no other character quite like Ramy… Superb.” 


The Emmy-nominated Season 2 comes first to Showmax on 1 November 2020; in the meantime, binge Season 1 now.

A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW S1


HBO’s A Black Lady Sketch Show is one of three nominees in the Outstanding Variety Sketch Series category at the Emmys, where it’s also up for Directing and Guest Actress (Angela Bassett).

Creator Robin Thede (host of BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede and head-writer for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) executive produces, writes and stars, with Issa Rae (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for HBO’s Insecure) producing and guest starring. 

The core cast includes Emmy winner Ashley Nicole Black (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Gabrielle Dennis (Insecure, S.W.A.T.) and Quinta Brunson (Quinta vs. Everything), while other guest stars include Emmy winners Lena Waithe, Emmy nominee Laverne Cox, Imagen Award winner Gina Torres, Nailed It! star Nicole Byer, Grammy winner Kelly Rowland and Grammy hall-of-famer Patti LaBelle.

Hollywood Reporter hailed the show as “energetic, funny and wonderfully distinctive” and PopBuzz as “sharp, entertaining and seriously overdue.”

BAD EDUCATION

Bad Education, nominated for Outstanding TV Movie, is based on the real-life scandal that went down at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school, where a student journalist uncovered the single largest public school embezzlement scheme in America’s history.

The movie follows Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman, who is up for Best Actor for the role) and Pam Gluckin (Oscar winner Allison Janney), whose reign over a prestigious school district is threatened by the embezzlement scandal, forcing Frank to take drastic steps to maintain order and secrecy.

The cast includes MTV Movie + TV Awards nominee Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Kathrine Narducci (The IrishmanGodfather of Harlem) and Golden Globe nominee Ray Romano (The IrishmanEverybody Loves Raymond).

Bad Education has a 93% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus is, “Anchored by an outstanding Hugh Jackman, Bad Education finds absurd laughs – and a worthy message – in the aftermath of a real-life scandal.”

RICK AND MORTY S4

Rick and Morty is nominated for Best Animated Program, where it’s competing against Big Mouth, Bob’s Burgers, BoJack Horseman, and The Simpsons.

Rick Sanchez is a sociopathic genius scientist who lives with his daughter Beth’s family, constantly bringing her, his son-in-law Jerry, granddaughter Summer, and inherently timid grandson Morty on insanely dangerous adventures across the multiverse.

Adult Swim’s half-hour animated comedy is the highest-rated animated series of all time on IMDb, with a 9.2/10 rating, and has won an Emmy, two Annie Awards and a Critics Choice Award, among other honours. Season 4 has a 94% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which praises the season as “both an exciting progression and a delightful return to form that proves more than worth the two-year wait.”

ROBOT CHICKEN S10

Robot Chicken is one of three nominees for Best Short Animated Program, for its Christmas special, Santa’s Dead (Spoiler Alert) Holiday Murder Thing Special – think Murder of the North Pole Express, with Inspector Jesus on the case and a train full of fairytale suspects.  

Robot Chicken uses stop-motion animation to bring pop-culture parodies to life in a modern take on the variety/sketch show format. In its decade of existence, the show has attracted A-list pop culture voiceover talent, from George Lucas and Scarlett Johansson to South Africa’s very own Charlize Theron. The show includes both original characters and hundreds of parody characters from pop-culture franchises like Star Wars, DC Comics Universe, and now, The Walking Dead

Having just aired its 200th episode, the six-time Emmy-winning series remains among the top-rated original series on Adult Swim.

I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE S1 | Thursdays at 23:00; binge from 6 August 2020


It’s no surprise that three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight, Avengers) is up for Best Actor in a Limited Series for his dual role in I Know This Much is True as identical twin brothers, one of whom is a paranoid schizophrenic.

As The Los Angeles Times predicted, “In a transformative feat that seems all but guaranteed to earn him an Emmy nomination, Ruffalo plays both the Birdsey brothers. He lost 20 pounds before production began, then spent 16 weeks filming his scenes as the aggressive Dominick. Then he took six weeks off, gained 30 pounds by subsisting on oatmeal and mashed potatoes, and returned as the more vulnerable Thomas.” 

Based on the 1998 bestselling novel by Wally Lamb, I Know this Much is True’s phenomenal cast includes Oscar winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell (SMILF), Emmy nominees Kathryn Hahn (Mrs FletcherTransparent) and Rob Huebel (Transparent), Golden Globe nominee Archie Panjabi (Run, The Good Wife), and Oscar nominee Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers).

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS
Other 2020 Emmy nominees on Showmax include:

• HBO’s AI sci-fi series Westworld, which is up for 11 Emmys, including Best Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright as Bernard) and Supporting Actress (2018 Emmy winner Thandie Newton as Maeve)

• HBO’s prestige drama Big Little Lies, which is up for five Emmys, including Supporting Actress (2017 Emmy winner Laura Dern as Renata Klein and three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright)

• NBC’s cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is up for two Emmys, including Supporting Actor (Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Holt). Seasons 1-6 are available to binge now on Showmax; Season 7 comes to Showmax 1 January 2021

• The Discovery Channel documentary series Why We Hate, which is up for Theme Music and Music Composition

• HBO’s Stephen King crime series The Outsider, which is up for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Jason Bateman as Terry Maitland

The reality TV singing competition, The Masked Singer S2, which is up for two Emmys, including Outstanding Competition Programme, is coming to Showmax on 1 October 2020, while HBO’s classic comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is up forfour Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy,has nine seasons available to binge, with its most recent Emmy-nominated season coming first to Showmax in January 2021.

The 72nd Emmy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast on Sunday, 20 September 2020, with the Creative Arts Awards airing the night before. Check out the full list of nominees here.

Five New Twists To Big Brother Naija Season 5 – The ‘Lockdown’ Season

The fifth season of the biggest and most anticipated reality TV show on the African continent, Big Brother Naija: Lockdown is here and the surprises have already started rolling in.

Big Brother Naija: Lockdown is different in a lot of ways from the former seasons and this is the breakdown of what’s new.

Big Brother Naija host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu at the launch of the 5th season. (Image: BigBrotherNaija/AfricaMagic/DSTV)

1. Head of House Lounge: Instead of a head of house room, this season there is a whole lounge for the heads of house, with a sitting area, stairs, balcony and a fitted bathroom. Whoever wins head of house per week will also get to choose a deputy.

2. BB Naira: This time around, there are no physical currency notes, instead, there are digital BB Nairas to be put in a digital Betway Wallets. Housemates can lose money through fines or gain money through wins and/or good behaviour.

3. Tiered Voting: DStv and GOtv users are entitled to more votes, and the higher your package, the higher your votes. DStv Premium customers will get 2,500 votes; Compact Plus will have 1,500 votes; Compact customers will get 750 votes while Confam and Yanga customers will get 500 and 200 votes respectively, For GOtv customers on Max, they get 350 votes and GOtv Jolli customers get 200 votes.

4. Big wins For The Audience: You get a chance to win one million naira (N$42 374.19) in the BBNaija Fave Housemate Lock-in competition. You would have to lock-in a favourite housemate who you think will win the show. The lock-in period will be open from Thursday, July 30th till Monday, August 3rd. The special BBNaija Lock-In feature would be available on MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.

5. Increased Grand Prize: If you didn’t already know this, then it’s safe to say you’ve been living under a rock. This year, the winner gets to walk away with N85 million naira (over N$3.6 million) worth of prizes.

The show is only just starting and there’ll definitely be more surprises from Biggie but we will be on hand to bring you all the happenings, twists and turns.

Big Brother Naija season 5 airs 24/7 on DStv channel 198/ 197 and GOtv Max and Jolli on channel 29.

M-Net brings Black Is King, A Film by Beyoncé, to Africa on 1 August

M-Net, the MultiChoice Group’s flagship channel on DStv Premium, has acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company to screen Black IsKing across Africa. The film by Beyoncé, is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift from last year’s release of Disney’s The Lion King.  The teaser and trailer about this new visual album are already taking the world by storm.

More good news is that M-Net will bring Black Is King to the continent within 24-hours of its debut on Disney+. The M-Net screening is scheduled for Saturday, 1 August at  20:00 CAT and 21:00 EAT/WAT. And, DStv customers who don’t have access to M-Net can shrug off any FOMO (fear of missing out). As a special treat for those subscribing to other DStv packages, the MultiChoice Group will open M-Net to DStv Compact Plus, Compact and Family for two hours on the night that Black Is King arrives in Africa. Furthermore, DStv Premium customers will be able to enjoy it on DStv Catch Up for 30 days.

“Showcasing this landmark visual album and global television event to as many of our loyal viewers as possible, MultiChoice Group and M-Net yet again cement their reputation as Africa’s most-loved storyteller, “says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO: Video Entertainment. “We’re very excited to be part of this global event, but what makes Black Is King even more important for us, is that it shines the spotlight on the many phenomenal African creatives who were involved in the project – both on screen and behind the scenes.”

Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa, adds: “Black Is King is a powerful, relevant and timely creative and celebratory expression of identity that we felt was important to be shared with fans across Africa as it launched globally on Disney+. We’re thrilled to continue the journey that started with The Lion King.”

Starring featured artists from the film’s music soundtrack as well as guest appearances, Black Is King tells the story of a young king’s journey through betrayal, love, and self-identity. Guided by his ancestors, father and childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.

Thus, it reimagines the lessons of last year’s The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. The film was in production for a year, with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity.

Black Is King features an impressive list of diverse voices on its creative team, including directors Emmanuel Adjei (the film Shahmaran), Blitz Bazawule (the film The Burial of Kojo), Pierre Debusschere (Mine and Ghost videos for Beyoncé), Jenn Nkiru (BLACK TO TECHNO film), Ibra Ake (creative director and producer on This is America video for Childish Gambino), Dikayl Rimmasch (CACHAO, UNO MAS film), Jake Nava (Crazy in LoveSingle LadiesPartition videos for Beyoncé) and co-director and long-time collaborator of Beyoncé, Kwasi Fordjour.

The list of additional co-directors and second unit directors adds to the crew’s global representation, including Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.

Filmed in various locations, the film’s cinematography captures beautiful people and landscapes across continents, starting in New York, then Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium. From all those places came an extraordinary cast of actors and dancers that influenced the film’s rich tableau and vibrant choreography.

The new trailer provides a glimpse of some of the special guests in the film. They include models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, supermodel Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, author and Academy Award®-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o, singer Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, among others. Many artists featured on The Lion King: The Gift album also make appearances.

Among the well-known Mzansi stars featured in Black Is King are Connie Chiume (Gomora), Nandi Madida (The Road), Nyaniso Dzedze (Binnelanders) and Warren Masemola (The River).

Qiniso Van Damme is M-Net’s first Bachelorette

She was the first to step out of the limousine, onto the red carpet, and into the mansion in The Bachelor SA Season 2. She was the first to wow the #BachelorNation with her larger-than-life, what-you-see-is-what-you-get personality and big smile; and the first to kiss hunk Marc Buckner. Now she’s getting another chance to find the man of her dreams as South Africa’s very first Bachelorette!

Social media, radio stations and prominent publications have been abuzz with speculation since M-Net announced the show on Sunday, and today the channel revealed that vivacious model, actress and masters student Qiniso Van Damme has been chosen as The Bachelorette South Africa. At the same time, entries opened for all the guys keen on sweeping her off her pretty high heels and winning her heart in the first local season of the global reality hit show.

“Qiniso has been a fan favourite right from the start and we know for sure that she will ignite all the passion and excitement that The Bachelorette franchise is renowned for worldwide,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “Our Queen Qiniso is quirky, sassy, sexy, smart, bold, bubbly, kind, confident, dynamic, in touch with her emotions and true to herself – the type of woman that a diverse range of successful men would find irresistible. And the timing couldn’t be better. She has reached a point in her life where she is looking for someone to settle down with.”

Qiniso Van Damme (mnet/dstv)

But, who will set Qiniso’s heart aflutter? And, what type of guy should enter?

“I’m still single, so clearly I haven’t found that guy,” M-Net’s first Bachelorette admits. “I’m really open to meeting all kinds of handsome hunks with beautiful personalities who think I might be their gal. I want someone who isn’t afraid to be themselves, is a citizen of the world, proud to be South African and willing to grow with me. If he can make me laugh, he will definitely score some extra points. And being tall would be a bonus. But c’mon guys, surprise me. Don’t be afraid, as long as you’re caring, kind and honest and think we’re a potential match, I want to meet you and get to know you.”

Before she entered The Bachelor SA, Qiniso had made a name for herself as a sought-after model who has featured in several big-brand advertising campaigns. What many people don’t know about the bubbly millennial is that she is also quite the intellectual. She is currently completing her MA in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. Having being born to a Belgian father and a South African mother, Qiniso is a globe-trotter who loves new adventures. Some other interesting facts about her: She was named one of Cosmopolitan magazine’s Next African Female Leaders; she is fluent in four languages – English, isiZulu, isiSwati and IsiXhosa – has a good grasp of conversational Spanish and she is learning Afrikaans; her guilty pleasure is Cinnabon; and the most important thing in her life is her family.

Guys who want to enter The Bachelorette SA should go to the M-Net website to complete the short entry form. To be part of the show, you have to be over 21 and a South African citizen, or have permanent residency. Entries will close on 08 August 2020 at 23:59CAT.

Since 2003, when the first US season of The Bachelorette was launched, the popular gender-reversed spin-off of The Bachelor has been a smash hit around the world. South Africa is the 13th country to produce a local version of the franchise. The show will be produced for M-Net by Rapid Blue.

M-Net is planning to have The Bachelorette SA Season 1 on its schedule early next year, with filming taking place as soon as possible in 2020.

Fans can follow all the breaking news around the show on the M-Net website, and join the conversation with #TheBacheloretteSA on Twitter (@MNet), Instagram (@mnettv) and Facebook (@MNet).

Big Brother Naija Season 5 & Other Reality Shows On DStv and GOtv

Reality shows have been gracing our screens for decades, and we love them for the non-stop hilarity, drama and – above all – craziness they provide. And if there is anything better than a reality show, it is a homegrown reality show. The African entertainment industry has stepped up by creating award-winning original reality shows and by giving some of our favourites a uniquely African twist. If you haven’t already, take the time to watch and discover the magic for yourself.

A house packed with 21 strangers all fighting for a cash prize – what could possibly go wrong? Since 2006, Big Brother‘s popularity has grown from year to year. Season 5 of Big Brother Naija will be hitting our screens from 19 July 2020 with a 24/7 broadcast to keep you up to date with all the action on DStv channel 198, CAT and GOtv channel 29, CAT.

A wedding is a once in a lifetime experience, so what happens when an engaged couple is days away from saying “I do”? Follow all of the excitement and drama on the hugely successful Our Perfect Wedding Kenya, airing on Thursdays at 18:30, EAT on Maisha Magic East DStv channel 158 and 19:30, EAT on GOtv channel 4.

Big Brother Naija’s 2019 winner Mercy and boyfriend Ike – who met and started dating in the Big Brother house – share their relationship ups and downs with the world in Mercy & Ike. Will their relationship survive the real world? Find out Sundays at 18:30, WAT on Africa Magic Showcase DStv channel 151 and 18:00, WAT on GOtv channel 2.

Finding a new partner is hard, so what happens when your family gets involved? Date My Family Tanzania matches two single people with similar interests, but with a twist – their families go on the dates with their match up instead! Does your family have what it takes to find your perfect match? Find out Thursdays at 18:00, EAT on Maisha Magic Bongo DStv channel 160.

They’ve said “I do”, but the honeymoon is over, and reality is kicking in. After Wedding follows everyday people as they work to keep their marriages alive while dealing with the chaos of day-to-day living. Find out if they have what it takes to survive, Mondays at 13:00, WAT on Africa Magic Family DStv channel 154 and GOtv channel 102.

Discover the magic of Bollywood with DStv & GOtv

Famous for their gorgeous actors and dramatic storylines, Bollywood entertainment continues to take the world by storm. As a tribute to this film industry, we share some of our favourite Bollywood shows with you.

A new addition to the DStv and GOtv family is Zara’s Nikah on Zee World, DStv channel 166 and GOtv 25. The story follows Zara and Kabir, who both have a different approach to Islam. Will they be able to find common ground by challenging one another’s beliefs and principles? Find out on Sundays at 20:00 CAT on DStv and Mondays at 09:00 CAT on GOtv.

Follow the journey of sisters Bani, Pia and Rano as they process their father’s death in The Promise on Zee Alem (DSTV channel 145). What will their journey to Mumbai bring them? Airs Monday to Friday at 00:00 CAT on DStv.

Catalina Santa is willing to risk it all to escape her life of poverty in The Way To Paradise. Will her greed for money and pursuit for artificial beauty be her downfall? Find out weekdays at 22:00 CAT on Telemundo, DStv channel 118 and GOtv 14.

A woman makes a shocking discovery when she takes her son to her in-laws. Her gangster father-in-law traps her to keep his secret safe, leaving her to plot her escape. You can catch all the action by tuning in to Shakthi: The Power on B4U Movies, GOtv 24 on Wednesdays at 13:00 CAT.

Shivaay, Omkara and Rudra need to navigate their lives, family and falling in love – all within a chaotic family set up. How will their brotherly bond change as they settle down with their significant others? Find out weekdays by watching The Game of Love on Star Life at 08:00 CAT on DStv channel 121 and 06:00 CAT on GOtv 23.

And finally, the story of a powerful woman, Altagracia Sandoval who is ruthless in her search for the truth in a desperate search for her daughter and son in law who mysteriously disappear, Iron Rose returns to Telemundo, DStv channel 118 and GOtv 14 on Mondays, at 20:00 CAT.

Your July Entertainment Fix: What to Watch on DStv This Month

Whether you live in a household with elderly grandparents or small children, DStv has immense, enticing content for the whole family. From nail-biting soccer clashes for baba to dramatic soapies for mama and kid-friendly shows for the little ones, there’s a whole world of entertainment on DStv.

Finding a DStv package that best suits your family’s amusement needs is key to staying entertained this July.

DStv Premium

With over 175 channels to choose from, including 25 HD channels, 52 audio channels and free access to Showmax, the Premium package offers the best of the best. Made for those who take their downtime very seriously, Premium includes all 13 SuperSport channels, endless Hollywood blockbusters, award-winning series and on-demand news.

Spotlight show: Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector S1 on M-Net, DStv channel 102

Brand-new to DStv, this gripping crime drama kicks off on 8 July at 21:00 CAT. Based on the novel, The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver, the series follows an unlikely duo – a disabled forensic criminologist and rookie NYPD officer – as they pursue a terrifying serial killer.

DStv Compact Plus

The next best thing, Compact Plus gives you access to over 155 channels, including all the Africa Magic channels for quality local content. Combining family-fun channels with top international football leagues and intriguing documentaries, Compact + offers the best of both worlds – great entertainment and exceptional value.

Spotlight show: Black Monday S2 on 1Magic, DStv channel 103

Fresh from the US, this dark comedy returns from a production break on 13 July at 22:00 CAT. Starring Don Cheadle and Regina Hall, the show transports viewers back to Black Monday – the notorious stock market crash that changed the history of Wall Street.

DStv Compact

Boasting over 135 channels at an affordable price, Compact is perfect for entertainment fans, sports lovers and nature addicts. With premium channels like SuperSport 3, M-Net Action, Studio Universal, National Geographic and Animal Planet, there’s something for every family member.

Spotlight show: A Gathering Storm S1 on National Geographic, DStv channel 181

Prepare to take a deep dive into the planet’s fiercest storms, starting on 15 July at 21:00 CAT. Filmed from boats, ships and oil rigs inside the major hurricane zones of the world, this fascinating global weather series is not to be missed.

DStv Family/Confam

Geared for families looking to watch TV together, the Family/Confam package offers over 120 TV and audio channels. From European football on SuperSport 7 and 8 to kids’ entertainment on Cartoon Network, Disney Junior, Boomerang and CBeebies, your family bonding time just got a whole lot better.

Spotlight show: Mercy and Ike on Africa Magic Family, DStv channel 154

Tune in on Sundays at 19:30 CAT to watch Big Brother stars Mercy and Ike, and their blossoming relationship after the reality show that skyrocketed their fame and love for each other.

DStv Access/Yanga

Access/Yanga proves that big entertainment comes in small packages with over 70 channels to enjoy on a budget. Experience the best of local TV, movies, telenovelas, news, music and fun for the kids too.

Spotlight show: Nigella: At My Table on The Home Channel, DStv channel 176

Hosted by television personality, journalist, and gourmet food writer Nigella Lawson – this show looks at Nigella as she looks at everyday cuisines and her different ways of ensuring that these dishes are pleasurable and are made with minimum efforts. The trick: Making delicious dishes using old-time shortcuts without sacrificing on taste and quality. Catch the new and first season from 21 July at 18:00 CAT

This package also features international winners, including the M-Net movie channels and kids channels like Jim Jam, DaVinci and Cartoon Network.

Show spotlight: Make Way for Noddy on Jim Jam, DStv channel 310

Your Saturday mornings are sorted thanks to Noddy and his Toy Town friends. This animated British-American CGI series has been a hit with kids for over a decade – tune in every Saturday at 09:00 CAT to see why.

The 5 best new international movies on Showmax, from BlacKkKlansman to Time Freak

MultiChoice’s streaming service Showmax has new international movies for you to stream.

Here are 5 best international movies new to Showmax for you to watch- from BlacKkKlansman (2018) to The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019).

BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018)

BlacKkKlansman tells the bizarre true story of Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs’ first African-American detective, who attempts to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s… with the help of a Jewish stand-in.

The film won auteur-director Spike Lee a long-overdue Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, making it his first competitive Academy Award in a 34-year career that’s included films like Do The Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992). BlacKkKlansman also won the Grand Prix at Cannes; was nominated for four Golden Globes, including Best Drama; and is ranked third on Rotten Tomatoes’ recent list of the Best Black Movies of the 21st Century.

John David Washington (Ballers) stars the Golden Globe-nominated lead role, with Adam Driver (Star Wars’ Kylo Ren and Oscar nominee for Marriage Story [2019]) in an Oscar-nominated supporting role.

Lee and producer Jordan Peele (Get Out, 2017; Us, 2019) released BlacKkKlansman just after the Unite The Right white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, which features at the end of the film, but Blackkklansman sadly feels even more timely now, in light of the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD (2019)

Inseparable besties Hiccup and Toothless, the big screen’s most adorable dragon ever, are back for their final adventure in the beloved Dreamworks threequel inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best-selling book series. Hiccup and Astrid have created a utopia for dragons and Vikings alike, but now a new danger threatens everything they love, just as Toothless finds a potential girlfriend…

The Hidden World was nominated for a 2020 Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as a Golden Globe, six Annies and two People’s Choice Awards. Rated 7-9 PGV, The Hidden World was the 14th biggest film at the global box office in 2019, grossing over $500 million, and has a 91% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Jay Baruchel (This Is The End, 2013) reprises his Emmy-winning role as Hiccup, alongside Golden Globe winner America Ferrera (Superstore, Ugly Betty) as Astrid. The stellar cast includes Oscar winners Cate Blanchett (Galadriel in Lord of the Rings) and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland, 2011); Oscar nominees Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, 2011) and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, 2013); Golden Globe nominee Kit Harington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow); Emmy winner and Late, Late Show host Craig Ferguson; BAFTA winner David Tennant (Doctor Who, 2005; Good Omens, 2019); and MTV Movie Award winner Gerard Butler (300, 2006).

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (2019)

With a new baby in the house, our favourite Jack Russel, Max, lands himself in pet therapy for stress and finds a mentor in the form of a Welsh Sheepdog, Rooster.

Emmy winner Patton Oswalt (Remy in Ratatouille, 2007), replaces Louis C.K. as the voice of our hero Max; Oscar-nominee Harrison Ford voices Rooster, and two-time People’s Choice winner Kevin Hart returns as Snowball.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 was a 2020 Kids Choice nominee for Favourite Animated Movie, a 2019 People’s Choice nominee for Favourite Family Movie, and was the 19th biggest movie of 2019 at the global box office, grossing over $400m. Rated PGV, the film has a 90% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with both Guardian and Variety hailing it as even better than the original 2016 blockbuster.

YESTERDAY (2019)

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel in a 2019 Teen Choice-nominated performance) is a small-time singer-songwriter in an English coastal town who’s rapidly facing the reality that his dream probably isn’t going anywhere, in spite of the fanatical support of his best friend, manager and biggest fan, Ellie (People’s Choice, Teen Choice and Kid’s Choice nominee Lily James from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), Baby Driver (2017), Cinderella, 2019). Then there’s a mysterious global blackout, Jack gets hit by a bus, and wakes up to find that The Beatles never existed…

Yesterday was nominated for a People’s Choice Award for Favourite Comedy Movie, a Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie, and a Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Movie, as voted by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Yesterday is written by Oscar nominee Richard Curtis (Love Actually, 2003; Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994) and directed by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 2008; Trainspotting, 1996). It has a gorgeous, feel-good soundtrack that Beatles fans (and most humans with a pulse) will adore, a modern-day fairytale of a love story, and endearing performances from a charming cast that includes BAFTA nominees Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal (The Kumars at No. 42, 2001) as Jack’s conservative and musically-clueless parents; Emmy winner Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Ed Sheeran, and the best cameo ever from Emmy nominee Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, 1997; Trainspotting, 1996).

TIME FREAK (2019)

You know that time you messed up in a relationship and got your heartbroken, maybe let the one that could have been The One slip through your fingers? Well, what if you could go back and fix it? What if, like teen genius Stillman, you had a time machine, that would give you all the do-overs you needed to get it right?

Expanded from director Andrew Bowler’s Oscar-nominated short film, this comedy-drama with a sci-fi twist was nominated for a 2019 Saturn Award, as voted by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Critics Choice and Teen Choice nominee Asa Butterfield (Sex Education) stars opposite Emmy nominee Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones’ Sansa Stark, Dark Phoenix, 2019); and Skylar Gisondo (The Righteous Gemstones, 2019; Santa Clarita Diet, 2017).

Los Angeles Times calls it “a whimsical rom-com that’s a little bit Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), and a little bit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004).”

Before you go…

THE BEST BLACK FILMS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

In addition to Blackkklansman, other films on Rotten Tomatoes’ list you can stream on Showmax include Creed, 2015 (#12), Fruitvale Station, 2013 (#21), O.J.: Made In America, 2016 (#24), Straight Outta Compton, 2015 (#43), Creed 2, 2018 (#45), Barbershop: The Next Cut, 2016 (#63), Akeelah and the Bee, 2006 (#77), and Barbershop, 2002 (#89). Look out for Jordan Peele’s multi-award-winning Us 2019, starring Lupita Nyong’o, which is ranked second on Rotten Tomatoes’ list and premieres on Showmax on 16 July 2020.