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With the success of locally produced content on the streaming service, Netflix will be adding a romantic comedy on Friday, July 31 titled Seriously Single. The film features the talents of household names in the South African television circuit such as Tumi Morake, Fulu Mugovhani, Bohang Moeko, and Yonda Thomas.

The rollout of the movie was initially scheduled for a theatrical release back in May, but the plan was scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Picking up the content produced Burnt Onion productions is part of Netflix’s strategy to intentionally amplify African voices and stories for a global audience.

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Seriously Single is set in Johannesburg, South Africa, following the journey of the serial monogamist Dineo (Fulu Mugovhani), as she navigates the modern-day dating world alongside her best friend and partner in crime, the commitment-phobe Noni (Tumi Morake).

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When Dineo meets Lunga (Bohang Moeko) who appears to be the man of her dreams, she begins to uncover what she wants in life and love, as Noni unfolds her own story with Max (Yonda Thomas), the bar owner with a heart of gold. The wonderfully comedic misadventures of Dineo and Noni shows the beautiful power of having strong friendships.

Seriously Single is now part of Netflix’s fast-growing catalogue of African content. The title represents the support of African creativity exhibited through Netflix investing in the local production industry.

Mark your calendars, the movie will be available on Netflix on Friday, 31 July 2020.

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QuenchSA reported this week that season one of the Real Housewives of Durban is now a Showmax exclusive. The Durban version of the popular international franchise had been initially commissioned for 1Magic, but will now premiere weekly episodes on Fridays from January 29th on the streaming platform.

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If you’ve seen the Johannesburg and international series in the franchise, you are au fait with the drill.

In a nutshell, the series will give us a glimpse into the opulent lives of six influential housewives in the Ethekwini upper echelons. We are expecting lots of glitter, beautiful gowns, tactful shade and the occasional champagne flute flying across the room in one of the heated dinners. The frenemy dinners always come.

The main cast features Ayanda Ncwane, Sorisha Naidoo, Kgomotso Ndungane, Nonkanyiso Conco, Annie Ludick and Nonku Williams. We’ve heard enough, bring out the girls we need to see the money filter.

BRIDGERTON | NETFLIX

Shonda Rhimes snapped, again, and we are here for it. Created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Rhimes, the American period piece is based on Julia Quinn’s novels set in Regency London’s competitive marriage market.

The period drama series follows the Bridgerton family Violet, Dowager Viscountess Bridgerton; her four sons, Anthony, Benedict, Colin and Gregory and her four daughters, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca and Hyacinth. Also featured are the Featheringtons: Portia, Lady Featherington; her husband the Baron; their three daughters, Philippa, Prudence and Penelope, and their cousin Marina Thompson.

P-VALLEY | SHOWMAX

Late last year, the STARZ American drama television series launched premiere episodes simultaneously on 1Magic for linear viewing, and on Showmax for those of us who haven’t sat in front of an actual TV set in years. With a critics score of  100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a pretty high score on QuenchSA as of now, the series comes highly recommended.

P-Valley is an adaptation of a play called Pussy Valley, if you ever wondered about the title. The drama series follows the lives of a group of people working at a strip club called ‘The Pynk’ in the  fictional city of Chucalissa, Mississippi. 

The series is so good that I definitely wanted to work at the Pynk at some point (No cryin’ at the Pynk!). No skills or banging bod to be a stripper but the Pynk family is tight. So much heart and hope in a broken place.

Also two words; Uncle Clifford!

LUPIN | NETFLIX

The series chronicles the life of professional scammer Assane Diop, the only son of a Senegales immigrant who came to France looking for greener pastures for his son.

The point of departure comes with Assane’s father is framed for stealing an expensive piece of diamond jewellery from his boss, the rich and influential Hubert Pellegrini. Out of shame, he commits suicide in his prison cell, leaving behind an orphaned teenage son.

More than two decades later, inspired by a book about a crafty thief Arsène Lupin he’d received as a birthday gift from his late father, Assane plots revenge on the Pellegrini family. Using his charm and mastery in thievery and deception, he embarks on a mission to expose Hubert’s crimes.

POWERBOOK II: GHOST | SHOWMAX

The Power spinoff picks up the pieces Ghost left all over the place. Tariq and Tasha must survive.

By the time Tariq shot his father James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick to his shocking death at nightclub ‘True’, we’d started guessing that the new show would most likely focus on the rise of Tariq as the new leader in the drug underworld of New York City.

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After all, much of the ‘final betrayal’ season centered on how he and her mother Tasha had to go to extreme measures to eliminate Ghost for self-preservation. After trying to throw Tariq under the bus while abandoning Tasha and Tommy as a fair trade in his rise to the office of governor, it became clear that lines were drawn.

And that’s how Ghost dug his own grave. Running his mouth with the folk in his campaign, trying to get his son to do time in prison while he ascends within political ranks, leave Tommy to bury his skeletons and draw the final curtain on his dysfunctional marriage to Tasha.

THE WORLD OF THE MARRIED | NETFLIX

Someone pitched this show to me as ‘top tier Korean mgowo’ and I haven’t been able to forget it. There’s a reason The World of The Married surfaced as one of the most-streamed Korean shows in South Africa in 2020. It’s probably the same reason the television series is now the highest-rated drama in Korean cable television history.

This is a beautifully written, brilliantly portrayed and outstanding screenplay of love and tragedy. Not forgetting a mind-blowing display of how marriages can rank amongst the highest scams.

The Korean series follows the life of Ji Sun-woo (the woman’s wardrobe is a topic!), an established medical doctor with what appears to be a perfect life. She has a handsome husband Lee Tae-oh, with whom she has a teenage son Lee Joon-young.

Then the betrayal from her husband and close friend comes, and it goes downhill from there. You will have to watch the unravelling of some intense drama yourself.

BLING EMPIRE | NETFLIX

Take Kwa Mam’Khize, Rich Kids and Real Housewives of Johannesburg and add the most mesmerising aspects of the wealth flaunted on those shows. Take your time. Now, multiply those visuals of high life living and you get Bling Empire. Netflix’s new reality shows follows the lives of people with an insane amount of wealth. Old money; someone was saying there that “My husband could be the emperor of China and our son the Prince”.

Honey.

Kelly Mi Li in episode 8 “Will You Marry Me?” of Bling Empire: Season 1. c. Courtesy of Netflix © 2021

Bling Empire follows a wealthy group of Asian and Asian American friends who live in Los Angeles. These are collectors of haute couture, lovers of private jets with personal shoppers.  It’s a multi-billion network of friends with a flair for expensive shopping sprees, fabulous parties, and overspending for the fun of it. Lofty.

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