It appears the unscripted format continues gaining popularity with South African television viewers. Just look at how successful Kwa Mamkhize and Zodwa Uncensored have been.
In 2019, a record number of viewers tuned in to watch Living The Dream With Somizi, Being Bonang, Survivor SA and amongst others the premiere season of locally adapted international reality franchise, The Bachelor SA.
It’s clear channels and streaming platforms have invested further into the commissioning of reality shows, which means local audiences will have more to look forward to in the first quarter of 2020.
We’ve rounded up five most anticipated South African celebrity reality shows;
While the tea on Kelly Khumalo’s looming reality show has been scant at best, QuenchSA has reliably learned that the reality show will in fact premiere exclusively on Showmax. With this, the show will be joining Somizi’s wedding special as one of the unscripted celebrity shows that have been confirmed to be Showmax original premieres.
That alone suggests that the folk over at DStv and Multichoice are shifting their focus on linear television and paying more attention to their digital property. Along with the changing objectives, reality is at the centre of moving audience across platforms.
Khumalo is already one of the most talked about South African celebrities, so a visual document of the pop singer’s life is exactly what has been ordered.
Kelly Khumalo has been a fixture in the tabloids for the last decade for her burgeoning career in music, her impressive vocal range, her string of celebrity relationships with high profile entertainment figures, and other highly publicised scandals.
Most notably, however, viewers might also be tuning in to see whether or not she will be engaging openly with the much talked tragic death of her late boyfriend, former Banana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa.
Mbau often prides herself on being one of the first South African celebrities to push the envelope. And honestly, she’s not reaching!
At just 22 years old, the media personality was already a viral sensation thanks to her publicised opulent lifestyle.
She became a fascinating figure over her open book policy, which found her indulging in public displays of her expensive whips, twin Lamborghinis with her wealthy ex-husband Mandla Mthembu.
Though, we were all shocked last year to find out she once shared him with Zodwa!
Her rise to the crest of pop culture predated the advent of social media, which means she gained a huge following even before the world came to know the Kardashians.
As her life was being frequently splashed all over mainstream media, with that one iconic interview she did with Deborah Patta bolstering the frenzy around her, she began crafting a career in media. She first took on the popular character of Doobsie on SABC 2 soapie, Muvhango. Then more roles, book and endorsement deals.
And much like Kim Kardashian, she’s been able to sustain her fame with her continued presence in pop culture.
Though, following her explosive divorce from Mandla, that attention was primarily fuelled by her work, her impeccable fashion sense, her flirtations with the music industry, as well as constant rumours of skin lightening. The rise of her viral social media sensation brother, Lasizwe, has also ensured that she remains a mainstream culture fixture.
On the show, yet to have a confirmed title, we expect all these elements to be part of the magic. Her talk show on e.tv was a great success because she’d always been fearlessly honest about who she is, even if it makes some a bit uncomfortable.
Fans would want to see the growth that has led her to finding love outside the transactional relationships she’s openly had in the past, how she’s sustained longevity in a game so fleeting, her interactions with her family (including, of course, Lasizwe!), and her glamorous lifestyle.
Known to her fans as Madame, the alter ego that propelled her popularity during the first season of the Real Housewives of Johannesburg, Evodia was the undisputed breakout star after the franchise had aired a successful season in South Africa.
Her famous quotables saw her become not only a fan favourite on the show, but also a meme that kept on giving on social media. And along with the fascinating relationship with her daughter, lifestyle and health fanatic Mercy Mogase, it was clear from the get go that Evodia had what it takes to carry her own spin off show.
Slated to premiere on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161 sometime around April, the show offers viewers a deeper drill into Evodia’s life. We are are being promised glimpses into her personal and professional lives — such as her friendships (it’s quite a high profile network of friends, including Somizi and Athania “who’s the real own of the Porsche SUV Brinnette was accused of faking as her on season 1 of RHOJ).
In as much as we are amped for the fifth season of Living The Dream with Somizi, it’s the four part wedding special that we are even crazier about! Dubbed the “wedding of the decade”, Somizi’s nuptial to Mohale, to whom he got engaged by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, had every South African A-lister in attendance.
Entitled Somizi & Mohale: The Union, QuenchSA has revealed here that the highly anticipated show is a four-part special distilling the celebrity couple’s journey to marital bliss. The reality special will showcase the newlyweds uniting their families and in a spectacular blending of their respective Zulu and Sotho cultures!
From their traditional wedding in Kibler Park in Johannesburg in September 2019 to their white wedding in Muldersdrift today, Somhale’s four-part wedding special is a front-row seat to one of the most historic, heartfelt and not forgetting fabulous weddings in South African celebrity history.
Expect romance, gorgeous decor, dazzling chandelier cakes, premium champagne and multiple costume changes. Somizi & Mohale: The Union premieres on Showmax today on Monday, February 24th!
We didn’t know how much we needed access into Papa Penny Penny’s life until the show was commissioned and premiered on Mzansi Magic in 2016. The show documents the colourful life of legendary Tsonga disco king Penny Penny as he navigates life as a musician, polygamist, a father of 17, community leader and son to his 90-year-old mother.
The show, which trends every time its on air thanks to its never ending supplies of pleasant surprises, meme worthy moments, topical points that trigger debates and conversations, as well as Penny Penny’s vibrant life.
The show also departs from the Nguni-centred landscape of local interest programmes, especially in the unscripted format, to give us sightings of other cultures. In many ways, this is a reflection of the Shaka Bundu hitmaker’s legacy.
His XiTsonga sounds echoed throughout the country, in a manner that paved the way for the likes of Sho Madjozi, King Monada and Makhadzi, who are all representing Limpompo in contemporary culture.
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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed
We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.
When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.
A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.
The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.
This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.
Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.
Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.
After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.
Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.
In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.
After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.
Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.
Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.
Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.
In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?
Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.
We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.
What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.
We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.
Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.
First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’
Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.
First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe, the world ready to let old baggage go.
The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.
Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it
‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.
The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.
While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.
When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.
With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.
It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.
We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.