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MAYANS M.C. S2
First on Showmax. Binge the first four episodes on 1 October, with new episodes every Wednesday

In this Sons of Anarchy spinoff, Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes (JD Pardo from Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part II) is a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp, EZ is trying to reconcile with his brother Angel (Clayton Cardenas from American Crime) while searching for the truth behind their mother’s death. Meanwhile, their father, Felipe (Oscar nominee Edward James Olmos), is struggling to lead his sons down the righteous path.

:: The third-biggest cable premiere of the year in the US, behind only Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead
:: Best TV Action Series nominee, IGN Summer Movie Awards, 2018
:: 86% critics score, Rotten Tomatoes



HARLOTS S3

First on Showmax. Binge from 1 October

The first two seasons of Harlots revolved around rival brothel owners, Margaret Wells (Oscar nominee Samantha Morton) and Lydia Quigley (Oscar nominee Lesley Manville), and was set in 18th century London – an era when one in five women earned a living as a prostitute in the city.  At the start of Season 3, it seems that the Wells girls can finally free themselves of their mother’s feud, helped by allies such as Lady Fitz (Liv Tyler). But Charlotte Wells (Jessica Brown Findlay from Downton Abbey) soon learns that running a lucrative brothel brings enemies as well as friends, including new pimp in town Isaac Pincher (2019 Emmy nominee Alfie Allen from Game of Thrones).

 

:: 100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

:: “Obscenely enjoyable” The Guardian



SUCCESSION S2

First on Showmax. Binge from 14 October

In Season 2, the dysfunctional Roy family are struggling to retain control of their global media empire. But while the future looks increasingly uncertain, it is the past that threatens to ultimately destroy them. Kieran Culkin was nominated for the Golden Globe as Roman, Matthew Macfadyen was up for a Critics Choice Award as Tom, and the impressive cast includes Golden Globe nominee Brian Cox (Adaptation, X-Men 2, Deadwood), Screen Actors Guild nominee Jeremy Strong (The Big Short) and multi-award winners like Hiam Abbas (Ramy, Blade Runner 2049) and Sarah Snook (The Dressmaker).

:: Best International Series, BAFTAs, 2019
:: TV Program Of The Year, AFI Awards, 2019

:: #3 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far
:: Season 1 was nominated for a Golden Globe and five Emmys this year
:: #17, Most Popular TV, IMDB
:: Recently renewed for a third season


GODFATHER OF HARLEM S1

Same time as M-Net. New episodes every Tuesday from 15 October 2019

In the early 1960s, infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Oscar winner Forest Whitaker) returns from 10 years in prison to find the neighbourhood he once ruled in a shambles. With the streets controlled by Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante (Emmy nominee Vincent D’Onofrio from Daredevil and Jurassic World) and the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control. During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch from Selma). Godfather of Harlem shows how the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement collided during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

:: Directed by Oscar winner John Ridley, the writer of 12 Years A Slave and creator of American Crime



WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS S1

First on Showmax. Binge from 1 November

From Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Thor: 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 for over 100 years on Staten Island, New York.

:: #31 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far
:: 94% critics score, Rotten Tomatoes | 8.4/10, IMDB

:: Delightfully absurd and ridiculously fun… A mockumentary worth sinking your teeth into.” Rotten Tomatoes’ critics consensus

 



PERPETUAL GRACE, LTD S1
First on Showmax. Binge from 1 November 2019

This 10-episode modern noir drama follows a young grifter, James (Emmy nominee Jimmi Simpson from Westworld, Black Mirror and House of Cards), as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley). But the pastor and his wife Lillian (Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver from Silver Linings Playbook) – known to their parishioners as Pa and Ma – turn out to be far more dangerous than he suspects…

:: 92% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes
:: Kingsley is “my odds-on favourite to win the Emmy for best actor in 2020” – The Hollywood Reporter


THE DEUCE S3 – THE FINAL SEASON
First on Showmax. Binge from 1 November

Following the interconnected lives of Times Square’s barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, mobsters, porn actors and producers, the eight-episode third season of The Deuce brings the series to a dramatic conclusion. It’s 1985 and VHS has just overtaken film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution, while the lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties in Times Square, and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era… Maggie Gyllenhaal (Golden Globe nominee for Season 1 and Critic’s Choice nominee for Season 2 of the series) returns as Candy, a porn director struggling to maintain her artistic integrity in an industry that is quickly devolving.

:: 94% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes
:: 8.1/10, IMDB
:: From The Wire creators George Pelecanos and David Simon

 

THE GOOD FIGHT – SEASON 3
Binge from 1 November

Missing The Good Wife? Thankfully Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski in an Emmy-nominated role) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo in a Critics Choice nominated role) are back in the sequel, The Good Fight, which picks up a year later as a financial scam wipes out Diane’s life savings, and good reputation, forcing her to start from scratch at a historically black law firm, Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad. Look out for a host of familiar faces from The Good Wife, including Kurt McVeigh (Emmy nominee Gary Steele), Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele) and Julius Cain (Michael Boatman), alongside the likes of Emmy winner Audra McDonald (Private Practice), Screen Actors Guild nominees Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Delroy Lindo (Get Shorty), and Golden Globe nominees Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) and Matthew Perry (aka Chandler from Friends).

:: #27 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far
:: “Pulls no punches… One of the best dramas on TV.” Rotten Tomatoes
:: Critics Choice nominee for Best Drama Series at the 2019 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards
:: Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Drama and Outstanding Individual Achievement In Drama (Christine Baranski) at the 2019 Television Critics Association Awards

:: Two-time Emmy nominee

 

CATCH-22 S1
Binge from 1 November

Based on the classic Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a US air squadron in Italy in World War II. Christopher Abbott (The Sinner, Girls) is Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive”. His odds of success at such a simple aim keep getting worse, because Colonel Cathcart (Emmy winner Kyle Chandler from Friday Night Lights and Bloodline) keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly. More than the retreating Germans, the real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. The pinnacle of this is Catch-22, a military by-law which states that if you willingly fly your missions, you’re crazy, and don’t have to fly them; all you have to do is ask. But if you ask, that proves you’re sane, and so you have to fly them. Oscar winner George Clooney stars as the barking mad, parade-obsessed Scheisskopf and  Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) is the mellow, slightly checked-out Major de Coverley.

:: #52 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the Best TV Shows of 2019 So Far
:: Nominated for two Emmys, 2019




WATCHMEN S1
Same time as M-Net. New episodes Mondays at 21:00 from 4 November

Inspired by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic DC graphic novel, Watchmen is set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws. Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk, Seven Seconds) leads a strong cast as Angela Abar, alongside the likes of Oscar winners Jeremy Irons and Louis Gossett Junior, Golden Globe winner Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson (Oh Brother Where Art Thou), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) and Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby). The series is created by Emmy winner Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), with Andrij Parekh (Succession), Nicole Kassell (The Following), Emmy nominee Stephen Williams (Westworld) and Oscar nominee Steph Green (The Americans) among the directors.

:: Over 11m YouTube views for the two trailers released so far




HIS DARK MATERIALS S1
First On Showmax. New episodes weekly, express from the US, from 6 November

Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, setting off a quest through parallel worlds to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. The fantasy’s cast includes child stars Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson as Lyra and Will, supported by Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Luther), Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (X-Men), and BAFTA winner Helen McCrory (Harry Potter, The Queen). Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is one of the directors.

:: Based on author Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name
:: Over 7m YouTube views for the two trailers released so far



GOOD TROUBLE S2

First on Showmax. Binge from 2 December

A spinoff from the multi-award-winning The Fosters, Good Trouble explores the trials and tribulations of the tenants of Downtown LA’s hippest residence, The Coterie. This season, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez), Callie (Maia Mitchell) and the rest of The Coterie crew will continue to navigate their early twenties as they deal with breakups, demand equality, find happiness and discover what it means to fight for what you believe in.

:: Nominated for three 2019 Teen Choice Awards: Drama and Best Actress (both Cierra Ramirez and Maia Mitchell)

:: 100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes



THE RIGHTEOUS GEMSTONES S1

First on Showmax. Binge from 2 December

The Righteous Gemstones tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work. Creator Danny McBride (Vice Principals, Eastbound & Down) stars as Jesse Gemstone, the eldest of three grown Gemstone offspring, who looks to lead in his father’s footsteps, but finds his past sins jeopardising the family ministry. Golden Globe winner John Goodman stars alongside Teen Choice and MTV Movie Awards winner Adam Devine (Pitch Perfect, Modern Family) and Emmy nominee Walton Goggins (Justified).

:: #12, Most Popular TV Shows, IMDB
:: 8.1/10, IMDB
:: Just renewed for a second season

 



SILICON VALLEY S6 – THE FINAL SEASON

First on Showmax. Binge from 9 December

A collaboration between Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead) and Alec Berg (Barry), Silicon Valley takes a comedic look at the modern-day epicentre of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. Thomas Middleditch stars in an Emmy-nominated role as Richard Hendricks, a Silicon Valley engineer trying to build his own company called Pied Piper.

:: #185, Top Rated TV of All Time, IMDB
:: Two-time Golden Globe nominee for Best TV Comedy or Musical
:: Winner of two Emmys, with a further 35 nominations
:: 8.5/10, IMDB | 94% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

 



MRS. FLETCHER S1

First on Showmax. Binge from 13 December

Starring Emmy nominee Kathryn Hahn (Transparent) in the title role, Mrs. Fletcher is a seven-part series based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta (The Leftovers, Little Children). The series is a dual coming-of-age story chronicling the personal and sexual journeys of an empty-nest mother and her college freshman son, who both embrace their newfound freedom with mixed results. South African Liesl Tommy (Insecure, The Walking Dead, Jessica Jones) is part of the all-female directing team, which also includes Oscar nominee Nicole Holofcener (Orange Is The New Black), nine-time Emmy nominee Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Transparent) and Gillian Robespierre (Silicon Valley).

:: Premiered at Toronto Film Festival 2019
:: “I could watch 100 episodes of Mrs. Fletcher… A smart, thoughtful, and hopelessly addictive adaptation… Ultra-charming.” Indiewire

 

 

 

VIDA S1-2
First on Showmax. Binge from 2 January 2019 

This half-hour drama focuses on two Mexican-American sisters from the East Side of Los Angeles who couldn’t be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighbourhood, where they are confronted by the past and the discovery that their deceased mother was in a lesbian marriage.

:: 100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes
:: Audience Award winner, SXSW, 2018
:: Over 6m YouTube views for its trailer

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE…

Sweetbitter S2– Restaurant drama | 83% critics score, 92% audience score, Rotten Tomatoes | First On Showmax; due 1 October 2019
Sons of Anarchy S1-7 | Motorbike drama | #200, Top Rated TV of All Times, Rotten Tomatoes | Due 1 October 2019

The Twilight Zone S1 – Sci-fi | Kumail Nanjiani is up for Outstanding Guest Actor at the 2019 Emmys – Same time as M-Net; new episodes every Friday from 11 October 2019
South Park S23 – Animated comedy | #90, Top Rated TV of All Time, IMDB – New episodes every Monday from 21 October 2019

The Passage S1 – Apocalyptic horror | Based on Justin Cronin’s bestselling novel – First On Showmax; due 1 November 2019
New Girl S1-7 – Comedy | Five-time Golden Globe nominee – Due 1 November 2019
Lost S1-6 – Fantasy | Winner of 109 awards  – Due 2 December 2019
Glee 1-6 – Musical | Winner of four Golden Globes – Due 2 December 2019
Scrubs 1-9 – Medical comedy | Three-time Golden Globe nominee | Due 2 December 2019
Bless This Mess S1 | Comedy | Starring Dax Shepard & Lake Bell; 82% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes | First On Showmax, due 6 December 2019

 

These are just a sample of what’s to come; more titles will be confirmed soon. Please note this release schedule is subject to change.

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Apple today introduced the new seventh-generation iPad, bringing more screen area and support for the full-sized Smart Keyboard1 to its most popular and most affordable iPad. Starting at just $329, the upgraded iPad features a stunning 10.2-inch Retina display and the latest innovations including Apple Pencil2 support, the fast A10 Fusion chip, advanced cameras and sensors, unmatched portability and connectivity, ease of use and great all-day battery life.The new iPad is available to order starting today and in stores starting Monday, September 30.

 

“The new iPad packs even more value into our most popular and affordable iPad model featuring a bigger 10.2-inch Retina display, support for Apple Pencil and for the first time, the full-size Smart Keyboard,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Product Marketing. “The new iPad was built to run iPadOS, which introduces powerful new ways to multitask, manage and mark up documents, use Apple Pencil and view more information at a glance on a redesigned Home screen. This new iPad with iPadOS takes everything people love about our most popular iPad and makes it even better for creating, learning, working and playing.”

 

 

Bigger Display in a Powerful and Portable Design

The new 10.2-inch Retina display iPad has nearly 3.5 million pixels and a wide viewing angle making it a vivid canvas for creative expression and perfect for immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences that take advantage of its enhanced cameras and advanced sensors. Featuring the powerful A10 Fusion chip, the new seventh-generation iPad brings up to two times faster performance over the top-selling Windows PC4 for powerful multitasking and smooth gameplay in Apple Arcade.
Designed to be ultra-portable and durable, iPad weighs about one pound and for the first time features an enclosure made from 100 percent recycled aluminium with the same strength, durability and beautiful finish as the aluminium in all Apple products.5 Staying connected is easy on iPad with ultra-fast wireless performance and support for Gigabit-class LTE connectivity — delivering three times faster6 cellular data connections.7 With Touch ID, unlocking iPad is simple and secure using just a finger, to keep important information safe.

A New iPad Experience with iPadOS

iPadOS brings powerful new capabilities and intuitive features designed for the unique experience of iPad. A redesigned Home screen shows more apps on each page and the Today View can now be added, allowing quick access to widgets for at-a-glance information including news headlines, weather and calendar events. Working with multiple files and documents from the same app is now easier on iPad with updates to Split View, as well as switching between multiple apps using Slide Over.
The must-have Apple Pencil opens up new ways to be creative and more productive and is even more integrated into the iPad experience. Customers can now mark up and send entire webpages or documents by simply swiping Apple Pencil from the bottom corner of the screen, and a redesigned tool palette gives easier access to useful tools, colours and shapes.
Managing documents in the Files app with iPadOS gets even more powerful with support for external USB drives and file servers. Safari brings desktop-class browsing to iPad so users always get the website best optimised for iPad, as well as support for popular web apps like Squarespace and Google Docs. For additional information on iPadOS features, including Dark Mode, custom fonts and working with Photos, visit apple.com/ipados.
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Available on the Apple TV App Worldwide, Apple TV+ Will Be $4.99 per Month

 

Apple today announced Apple TV+, the first all-original video subscription service and home for today’s most imaginative storytellers, will launch November 1 in over 100 countries and regions. Apple TV+ will offer a powerful and inspiring lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries, including “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “See,” “For All Mankind” and “The Elephant Queen.” The service will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Starting today, customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share one Apple TV+ subscription.
“With Apple TV+, we are presenting all-original stories from the best, brightest and most creative minds, and we know viewers will find their new favourite show or movie on our service,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “Each Apple TV+ original offers its own unique story, fresh perspective and powerful message — all meant to entertain, connect and inspire cultural conversations.”
“Apple TV+ is an unprecedented global video service with an all-original slate,” said Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “We look forward to giving audiences everywhere the opportunity to enjoy these compelling stories within a rich, personalised experience on all the screens they love.”

All-New, Exclusive Originals

These Apple TV+ originals from the world’s most celebrated creative artists will debut on the Apple TV app on November 1:
  • See,” an epic drama starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, is set 600 years in the future after a virus has decimated humankind and rendered the remaining population blind. When all humanity has lost the sense of sight, humans must adapt and find new ways to survive.
  • The Morning Show,” a cutthroat drama starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and starring Steve Carell, explores the world of morning news and the ego, ambition and the misguided search for power behind the people who help America wake up in the morning.
  • Dickinson,” a darkly comedic coming-of-age story, explores the constraints of society, gender and family through the lens of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson.
  • For All Mankind,” a new series from Ronald D. Moore, imagines what would have happened if the global space race never ended and the space program remained the cultural centrepiece of America’s hopes and dreams.
    • Helpsters,” a new children’s series from the makers of “Sesame Street,” stars Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love to help solve problems. It all starts with a plan.
    • Snoopy in Space,” a new original from Peanuts Worldwide and DHX Media, takes viewers on a journey with Snoopy as he follows his dreams to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew take command of the International Space Station and explore the moon and beyond.
    • Ghostwriter,” a reinvention of the beloved original series, follows four kids who are brought together by a mysterious ghost in a neighbourhood bookstore, and must team up to release fictional characters from works of literature.
    • The Elephant Queen,” an acclaimed documentary film and cinematic love letter to a species on the verge of extinction, follows a majestic matriarch elephant and her herd on an epic journey of life, loss and homecoming.
    • Oprah Winfrey joins the world’s most compelling authors in conversation as she builds a vibrant, global book club community and other projects to connect with people around the world and share meaningful ways to create positive change.
    • More Apple TV+ originals will be added to the Apple TV app each month, including:
      • Servant,” a new psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.
      • Truth Be Told,” a gripping new series starring Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer and Emmy Award winner Aaron Paul, explores America’s obsession with true crime podcasts and navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race.
      • Little America,” inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, brings to life the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America.
      • The Banker,” a feature film inspired by a true story, stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas. Nia Long and Nicholas Hoult also star.
      • Hala,” a feature film and official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing.

       

     

Starting today, viewers can watch trailers and add Apple TV+ series and movies to Up Next on the Apple TV app, so they can be notified when the first episodes become available. At launch, most Apple TV+ series will premiere with three episodes, with one new episode to roll out each week, while full seasons of some series will be available all at once.
Audiences worldwide can enjoy Apple TV+ originals subtitled and/or dubbed in nearly 40 languages, including Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (SDH) or closed captions. Apple TV+ series and movies will also be available with audio descriptions in eight languages.
Apple TV+ is one of Apple’s newest services, joining Apple Arcade, the world’s first game subscription service featuring over 100 new and exclusive games; Apple News+, which brings together over 300 magazines, newspapers and digital publishers within the Apple News app; Apple Music, the home of over 50 million songs, thousands of playlists and daily selections from the world’s best music experts; Apple Card, a new kind of credit card created by Apple and designed to help customers lead a healthier financial life; Apple Pay, the most popular mobile contactless payment system in the world that gives customers an easy, secure and private way to pay using their Apple devices; as well as the App Store and iCloud.
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Best International TV Series Of 2019 So Far

Posted by radio On July - 29 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Believe it or not, we’re already more than halfway through 2019, which means that Best Of The Year So Far retrospectives are popping up everywhere.

Critic aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes recently released their list of the best reviewed TV series of the year so far, and Showmax has more shows in the Top 20 than any other streaming service in Africa.

 

To celebrate, Showmax has put together a handy guide to the best TV series of 2019 so far. Yes, it’s obviously biased, but it’s also undeniably accurate…

 

Best Drama: Chernobyl
What’s it about?
Chernobyl dramatises the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

Who’s in it? Directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), the five-part miniseries stars Emmy nominee Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men), People’s Choice nominee Stellan Skarsgård (Mamma Mia, Good Will Hunting) and Oscar nominee Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie, Breaking the Waves), among others.

Claim to fame: The top rated series of all time on IMDB.
Trailer: https://youtu.be/_tAhiwb1NYk

Binge: Showmax



Best Comedy:
Barry S2

What’s it about? A depressed war-vet-turned-hitman finds passion and romance in a local acting class while on a job in LA. As Season 2 opens, Barry tries to extricate himself from a violent criminal triangle involving the Chechen, Bolivian and Burmese underworld – not to mention some deeply suspicious LA detectives and Monroe Fuches, Barry’s former boss, who has found it exceedingly difficult to hire a replacement as capable as his onetime ace assassin.
Who’s in it?
Bill Hader as Barry and Henry Winkler as his acting coach – both Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated roles.

Claim to fame: #2 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best TV of 2019, with a 100% critics rating.
Trailer: https://youtu.be/zCqrMVmERCg

Binge: Showmax

 


Best Romance:
A Discovery of Witches S1
What’s it about? Adapted from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches is a modern-day love story set in a world where witches, vampires and daemons secretly live and work alongside humans, hidden in plain sight.
Who’s in it?
Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four, Warm Bodies) stars as Oxford historian Diana Bishop, a witch who falls in love with the vampire Matthew Clairmont (Emmy nominee Matthew Goode from Downton Abbey and The Crown) – to the consternation of both witches and vampires…

Claim to fame: #5 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best TV of 2019, with a 100% critics rating
Trailer: https://youtu.be/zPmghxbjExg
Binge: Showmax


Best Horror:
Los Espookys S1
What’s it about: Set in a fictional dreamy Latin American country, Los Espookys follows a group of friends who turn their love for horror into a peculiar business: providing on-demand horror to those who need it. Okay, so it’s more of a comedy for horror lovers than a straight-up scare fest, but it’s the best thing horror fans have been offered so far this year.
Who’s in it?
Rising comics Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live fame.
Claim to fame: #10 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best TV of 2019, with a 100% critics rating

Trailer: https://youtu.be/cAbaVE8BDxk
Binge: First on Showmax on 2 September 2019

 

Best Documentary Series: Leaving Neverland
What’s it about: The separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age seven, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 40, and Robson, now 36, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had young sons of their own.

Who’s in it? Michael Jackson. Aka The King Of Pop. Aka Wacko Jacko.
Claim to fame: #11 on Rotten Tomatoes’ list of the best TV of 2019, with a 98% critics rating
Trailer: https://youtu.be/U1lFFQbG5YI
Binge: Showmax

 

Check out the full Rotten Tomatoes round-up of Best TV Shows Of 2019 here, which includes other Showmax favourites like Billions S4, Big Little Lies S2, and Veep S7 (due September 2019) in the Top 20.

 

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16 Emmy nominees to binge now on Showmax

Posted by radio On July - 17 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The 2019 Emmy Awards nominees were announced yesterday and three of the five most nominated shows are available to binge now on Showmax: HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones, which broke a 25-year-record with 32 nominations, including Best Drama; HBO’s historical drama Chernobyl, which racked up 19 nominations, including Best Limited Series; and HBO’s dark comedy Barry, which scooped 17, including Best Comedy. As expected, HBO was the most nominated network overall, with 137 nominations.

 

M-Net will broadcast the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on 22 September 2019, so you have two months to catch up on the world’s best TV, like these 16 nominated series on Showmax:

 

GAME OF THRONES S8

We’re guessing you’ve heard of this one, but just in case: Based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song Of Fire and Ice novels, this fantasy series revolves around the power struggles to sit on the Iron Throne. First screened on M-Net in South Africa, the final season played against fantasy tropes to the dismay of many fans – over 1.6m have signed a petition to ‘Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 With Competent Writers’ – but The Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences recognised it for the landmark, record-breaking show it is.

 

Nominations: 32, including Best Drama, Best Actor (Kit Harington as Jon Snow), Best Actress (Emilia Clarke), Best Supporting Actor (Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister) and four of the six Best Supporting Actress nominations (Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth).

 

Emmy history: It’s won Best Drama the last three times it entered and Best Supporting Actor three times for Peter Dinklage. 2019 marks the first nominations for Sophie Turner, Alfie Allen, and Gwendoline Christie.


CHERNOBYL

First screened on M-Net in South Africa, Chernobyl dramatizes the true story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and of the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.

 

Nominations: 19, including Best Limited Series, Best Actor (Jared Harris as Valery Legasov), Best Supporting Actor (Stellan Skarsgård as Boris Shcherbina), and Best Supporting Actress (Emily Watson as Ulana Khomyuk).

 

Emmy history: Jared Harris was nominated as Best Supporting Actor in 2012 as Lane Pryce in Mad Men. 2019 marks the first nominations for Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson.


BARRY S2

First screened on Showmax in South Africa, Barry tells the story of a depressed war vet-turned-hitman who finds passion and romance in a local acting class while on a job in LA. As Season 2 opens, Barry tries to extricate himself from a violent criminal triangle involving the Chechen, Bolivian and Burmese underworld – not to mention some deeply suspicious LA detectives and Monroe Fuches, Barry’s former boss, who has found it exceedingly difficult to hire a replacement as capable as his onetime ace assassin. 

 

Nominations: 17, including Best Comedy, Best Actor (Bill Hader as Barry), Best Supporting Actress (Sarah Goldberg as Sally), and three of the six Best Supporting Actor nominees (Anthony Carrigan as NoHo Hank, Stephen Root as Fuches, and Henry Winkler as Gene Cousineau).

 

Emmy history: Last year, for Season 1, Bill Hader and Henry Winkler took home Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Emmys respectively, while Barry also won Best Sound Mixing. 2019 marks the first nominations for Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan and Stephen Root.

 

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA
First screened on M-Net in South Africa, Escape At Dannemora is the story of a female employee at a maximum security prison in upstate New York who becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates and helps them escape. Based on a true story.

Nominations: 12, including Best Limited Series, Best Actress (Patricia Arquette as Tilly Mitchell), Best Actor (Benicio Del Toro as Richard Matt), and Best Supporting Actor (Paul Dano as David Sweat).

 

Emmy history: Patricia Arquette won the Best Actress Emmy in 2005 as Allison DuBois in Medium. This is the first Emmy nomination for both Paul Dano and Benicio Del Toro, who already has an Oscar and Golden Globe to his name.

 

THE HANDMAID’S TALE S2

In Season 2, Offred is pregnant but fighting to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead, where women are forced to live as concubines under a fundamentalist dictatorship. Season 2 was first screened on M-Net in South Africa.

 

Nominations: 11, including Best Director (Daina Reed), Best Writing (Bruce Mller, Kira Snyder), Best Guest Actor (Bradley Whitford) and Best Guest Actress (Cherry Jones), for just the last three episodes of Season 2 – which weren’t eligible last year.

 

Emmy history: The first two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale have already won 11 Emmys, including Best Drama and Best Actress (Elisabeth Moss) – categories it wasn’t eligible for this year due to its release timing.

 

TRUE DETECTIVE S3
1980: Will and Julie, the children of feuding parents Tom and Lucy Purcell, go missing a week after Halloween in West Finger, Arkansas.

 

2015: Retired detective Wayne Hays, who originally investigated the crime, is asked to look back on the twists of the unsolved case with a true-crime documentary producer.

Season 3 was first screened on M-Net in South Africa.

 

Key nominations: 9, including Best Actor In A Limited Series (Mahershala Ali as Wayne Hays).

 

Emmy history: Season 1 took home five Emmys, including Best Directing and Best Casting. Ali, who has two Oscars to his name already, was nominated for a Guest Actor Emmy in 2016 for his performance as Remy Danton in House of Cards.

 

SHARP OBJECTS
First screened on M-Net in South Africa, Sharp Objects follows a reporter who confronts the psychological demons from her past when she returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder.

 

Nominations: 8, including Best Limited Series, Best Casting, Best Actress (Amy Adams) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson).

 

Emmy history: Patricia Clarkson already has two Emmys for her role as Sarah O’Connor in Six Feet Under, but this is the first nomination for Amy Adams, who already has six Oscar nominations and two Golden Globes to her name.

 

 

SUCCESSION S1
First screened on Showmax in South Africa, Succession is the story of the Roy family, who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. What will the future hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company?

 

Nominations: 5: Best Drama, Best Directing (Adam McKay), Best Writing (Jesse Armstrong), Best Theme Music (Nicholas Britell), and Best Casting.

 

Emmy history: None, but it did win the BAFTA for Best International Series and the AFI Award for TV Program Of The Year, among other honours.


LEAVING NEVERLAND

First screened on M-Net in South Africa, Leaving Neverland follows the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, 10-year-old James Safechuck, and seven-year-old Wade Robson, who were befriended by Michael Jackson. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 40, and Robson, now 36, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after each had young sons of their own.

 

Nominations: 5, including Best Documentary and Best Documentary Director (Dan Reed).

 

Emmy history: This is Dan Reed’s first Emmy nomination, although he’s already won four BAFTAs.

 

A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
In 1960s England, homosexuality is illegal. The politician Jeremy Thorpe begins a whirlwind affair with a young stable hand, Norman Scott. But when the relationship turns sour and Jeremy’s career goes from strength to strength, Norman becomes a secret that Jeremy is desperate to hide… A Very English Scandal was first screened on M-Net in South Africa.

 

Nominations: 4: Best Actor In A Limited Series (Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe) and Best Supporting Actor (Ben Whishaw as Norman Scott), as well as Best Directing (Stephen Frears) and Best Writing (Russel T. Davies).

 

Emmy history: This is the first Emmy nomination for both Hugh Grant, who won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for Four Weddings And A Funeral, and Ben Whishaw, who’s already won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for this role.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL FOLKS…

Showmax is also home to Best Documentary nominee The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley; Best Cinematography nominees Insecure, Ray Donovan and Ballers, which is also up for Sound Editing; Best Title Design nominee Warrior; and Best Music nominee Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, while Veep S7, nominated for nine Emmys including Best Comedy, and The Twilight Zone, which has Kumail Nanjiani nominated as Outstanding Guest Actor In a Drama, arrive on Showmax in September 2019, and Catch-22, up for Sound Editing and Special Visual Effects, is also coming soon.  Veep S7 is currently screening on M-Net.

 

DStv Now is also home to The Good Place, up for five Emmys including Best Comedy; The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, up for Outstanding Interactive Program and Outstanding Variety Talk Series; Black-ish, up for two Emmys, including Best Actor (Anthony Anderson); and triple craft nominees The Big Bang Theory and Will & Grace.

 

Check out the full list of nominees here.

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Netflix today announced that Jackie Lee-Joe has been appointed as Chief Marketing Officer. Jackie has served as CMO of BBC Studios, part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, since 2015.

 

“Jackie is a truly original thinker with a wealth of global experience – making her the perfect fit as our next Chief Marketing Officer. I’m excited to work with her in promoting our brand and original programming in new and creative ways to members all around the world,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer.

 

“Netflix is a much loved and respected brand, entertaining audiences everywhere with its rich and thought provoking original programming. I’m thrilled to be joining one of the world’s most creative, dynamic and fearlessly innovative companies,” said Jackie Lee-Joe.

 

A graduate of the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, Jackie joined the BBC in November 2015 from Skype, where she was Global Director for Audience, Entertainment Marketing & Broadcast Media. She has over 20 years of marketing experience with leading media, technology and telecoms companies including Virgin Mobile, Carphone Warehouse and Orange. She will start at Netflix in September, based in Los Angeles. Jackie succeeds Kelly Bennett, who announced his retirement from the company earlier this year.

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HGTV launches in South Africa

Posted by radio On July - 11 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Discovery is marking its 24th anniversary in South Africa this month with the launch of HGTV – Home and Garden Television – the number one lifestyle and entertainment channel in the USA.

The growth in viewership figures across all DStv’s lifestyle channels are proof that South African audiences love entertaining lifestyle, DIY, makeover and home and garden content. That’s why the hottest and most-talked-about home renovation channel will be launching on 15 July on DStv channel 177. It will be available in South Africa exclusively to DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact subscribers.

 

The channel will focus on home improvements that are within reach of the average viewer with shows featuring on-screen experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations. The channel will include inspirational programming especially geared towards viewers who enjoy seeing dilapidated dumps transform into stylish and enviable homes, tiny homes become miniature paradises and are interested in learning how to bargain hunt for dream homes.

 

 

Described by Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and General Manager of Discovery Middle East & Africa, as a “juggernaut”, HGTV is the number one non-news network on cable television in the US.

Look out for these exciting shows on HGTV

House Hunters USA

Go behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. Focusing on the emotional experience of finding and purchasing a new home, each episode shows the process as buyers search for a house to call home.

Starts Monday 15 July on HGTV (177) at 15:20

Flip or Flop Nashville

Page Turner and DeRon Jenkins are busy house flippers in Nashville, Tennessee – and to add a little drama, they used to be a couple. In this entertaining series, the driven duo fight the market – and sometimes each other – in their quest to turn problem homes into profitable ones.

Starts Thursday 15 August on HGTV (177) at 19:50

Good Bones

Mina and Karen renovate whole neighbourhoods, house by house, in hopes of improving the area and uplifting the community. Having perfected their own area, they’re venturing into a new one.

Starts Tuesday 16 July on HGTV (177) at 19:50

Home Town

Married couple Erin and Ben Napier devote their time to helping people in their Mississippi neighbourhood renovate their historic homes. They use only found materials and old textiles to keep the character of the homes but give them a gleaming, modern update.

Starts Tuesday 16 July on HGTV (177) at 20:35

My Lottery Dream Home

What type of home would you buy if you won the lottery? In this series, host David Bromstad takes recent lottery winners on the search of a lifetime with extravagant house hunts for their new dream homes.

Starts Monday 26 August on HGTV (177) at 19:50

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Mzansi Magic to premiere two new shows

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

A few local acting powerhouses add their star power to Mzansi Magic’s new line up of dramas in July. The two shows The Republic and Impilo: The Scam will resonate with the viewer because of their timeliness and relevance as parallels can be drawn between current affairs and the storylines.

In The Republic that premieres on 7 July at 20h00, Florence Masebe leads the cast as South African President Lufuno. Warren Masemola stars as Thabang Manaka, a fallen hero trying to make amends for his past mistakes while Masasa Mbangeni is Bridget Ranaka a posh young woman from a rich family in Soshanguve.

 

Reality inspires fiction in The Republic with the story set in present day South Africa. In 2009 when president Kgalema Motlanthe’s term in office ended, he was replaced by President Hendrik Mbuli whose presidency was riddled with corruption and looting of state funds. Mbuli is fired from government making way for the party’s secretary Lufuno to take the reins as president. We meet President Mulaudzi who has spent two years fighting corruption and prosecuting those who benefitted from Mbuli’s presidency – including Mbuli himself. This is set to be a thrilling political showdown and a story of political smarts and survival.

 

In Impilo: The Scam that premieres on 8 July at 20h00, the community is up in arms over a pyramid scheme that scammed them of their hard earned cash. Set in Alexandra township, the shady dealings of an unscrupulous man Khulubuse Mtshali played by Desmond Dube are uncovered leading to mob justice attempt on his son Mnqobi Nkosi played by Sipho Mdingi.

 

The stage is set for a cracker of a scintillating coming of age crime drama which sees Mnqobi caught up in the underbelly of financial crime engineered by his greedy and opportunistic father. Some of the big names to look out for are Sthandiwe Kgoroge as Nokulunga Nkosi, Naymapsplays Pacino, Candice Modiselle acts as Naledi, Siya Raymond Sepotokeleportrays Macable and TK Sebothoma features as Tebza.

 

Philly Kubheka, Head Of PR & Publicity at Local Entertainment Channels  welcomed the shows. ‘I believe that The Republic and Impilo: The Scam will do exceptionally well because they are authentically South African. They don’t shy away from the mirror reflection of the state of South Africa and with their outstanding and gripping storytelling the creators have weaved a captivating watch and unmissable performances. Forget the July chill, these dramas bring enough heat and excitement.’

 

 

Catch all your favourite shows on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) this July.

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Bring Winter to Life with Samsung QLED

Posted by radio On June - 26 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Thanks to new technology, Samsung’s QLED range is about to bring you a whole new world of cosy nights in front of the TV

TV viewing has changed forever with Samsung’s launch of the revolutionary 8K range which delivers a ground-breaking viewing experience and unprecedented value.

 

Experience what you never have before

 

With Samsung 8K QLED, every scene is amazingly vivid and real – it’s like watching 3D without the glasses. With more colours than the human eye can see, infinite details and optimised audio lets you see, feel and hear as the scene unfolds in front of you.

 

You can upscale what you’re watching

 

8K is still new technology but the 8K QLED display can convert what you watching, depending on the source content, into an enhanced version with improved details and sharpened definition. This means more crystal clear and precise images with reduced noise and sharpened definition. It’s like an instant upgrade of everything you’ve seen before.

 

Enjoy TV as it should be

 

Together with 8K resolution, Samsung’s HDR technology delivers maximum brightness and adjusts the scenes to the lighting conditions in the room. And, with fewer visible pixels, you’ll enjoy the feeling of pure immersion – even when you’re closer to the screen. This means everyone in the room has the same incredible experience at the same time.

 

Go on an audio journey

 

The QLED range automatically optimises the sound allowing you to hear a pin drop in a movie and even feel the massive roar of a crowd during the big game.

 

You can take control in innovative ways

 

Using the Voice Command feature on 2019 QLEDs, you can now easily access the content you want, and search for content based on your viewing habits. In order to provide even more entertainment options, it offers the all-new Apple TV app, this allows you access to iTunes movies and TV shows, and also supports Airplay2. Additionally, it works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices.

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The television adaptation of internationally acclaimed author Deon Meyer’s crime novel Trackers marks the beginning of a new era in high-end African storytelling. Pan-African television network M-Net and two global broadcasting giants are joining forces to take this uniquely South African political thriller to the world.  First, as announced in December 2018, M-Net sealed a ground-breaking collaboration deal with Germany’s public broadcaster ZDF. Now, M-Net can confirm that Trackers is also being co-produced by Cinemax, which will also distribute the drama series worldwide beyond M-Net and ZDF’s geographical broadcasting footprint.

 

 

 

“The trailblazing and massively exciting co-production of Trackers illustrates M–Net’s vision and commitment to shine the spotlight on the African film and television industry and provide fresh, proudly African narratives to our viewers as well as global audiences,” says MultiChoice CEO of General Entertainment, Yolisa Phahle. “It is also taking our longstanding relationship with Cinemax to the next level, allowing local and international talent to combine their world-class story-telling and production skills.”

 

 

While M-Net is already the home of Cinemax and its sister network HBO, allowing viewers to enjoy showstoppers like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Westworld and many more, HBO, Cinemax and M-Net also launched an innovative Producers Apprenticeship programme last year when the Cinemax series Warrior, coming to M-Net in July, was filmed in South Africa. Some other Cinemax originals screened on M-Net include Banshee, The Knick and Strike Back. 

 

 

“Cinemax is delighted to partner with M-Net and ZDF in bringing Deon Meyer’s unforgettable characters and storytelling—all so richly rooted in the people and spectacular geography of South Africa—to screens around the world,” says Len Amato, President, HBO Films, Miniseries, and Cinemax.

 

 

Filming for Trackers has already started in exotic locations spanning the length and breadth of South Africa and the co-production partners have been working together on all aspects of production – from developing and casting, to assembling the crew and approving the final content.

 

Master wordsmith Deon Meyer, whose multiple-award-winning crime novels have been translated into more than 20 languages, with millions of copies sold worldwide, serves as a supervising screenwriter and co-producer; British writer Robert Thorogood (Death in Paradise) is the showrunner. The team of South African writers on the project includes the accomplished Mitchell’s Plain playwright, screenwriter and director Amy Jephta (Die Ellen Pakkies Story) as well as local writer/directors Kelsey Egen and Jozua Malherbe.

 

 

Trackers is an unprecedented scripted television venture and MultiChoice and M-Net are proud to chart out new territory with all the game-changing players involved in this co-production,” Phahle concludes.

 

A talented local and international cast is on the bill for the six-part miniseries, some of which include Ed Stoppard, Rolanda Marais, James Alexander and Thapelo Mokoena. More details about their roles and additional credits will be announced at a later stage.

 

Trackers will make its debut on M-Net 101 in October 2019 and will also be available on MultiChoice’s popular on-demand service, Showmax. The six-part drama series is produced by UK production company Three River Studios as well as South Africa’s Scene 23.

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