The long-awaited spin-off of popular crime drama TV series Power premiered last week in Mzansi. Powerbook II: Ghost, which premiered its ‘Chapter One’ last Tuesday at 21:30 on 1Magic, chronicles the aftermath of Ghost’s tragic death and the dark legacy that haunts those he has left behind.
Just before the sixth and final season of Power aired in 2019, a spin-off of the popular STARZ show was announced.
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.
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.
She took the fall for Tariq though. On Powebook II: Ghost, Tariq is making moves to free his mother. While those closest to him have encouraged him to move on with his life and pursue his education, Tariq knows he’s the real killer. It’s not giving him rest.
If you loved Power, you are most likely to enjoy the spin-off. The pace is just as riveting, and the unraveling of the new storylines is seamless. The new series has so far focused on Tariq and Tasha navigating the skeletons of Ghost’s dark legacy, while hints of them establishing their own game continue to lurk.
18 Most Binged Series on Showmax in 2020
A huge spike in hours spent binge-watching series this year.
With the COVID lockdown defining most of our reality from March through 2020, most of us turned to binge streaming to entertain ourselves and navigate the blues of a rather scary time. And Showmax has now revealed how home confinement impacted the shows chose to watch on the video streaming platform.
BIG INCREASE IN LOCKDOWN STREAMING
In South Africa, there was a 50% spike in active users and a doubling of in-play events during the strictest lockdown period across all categories – international series and movies as well as local movies, series, and kids’ content.
Showmax currently carries some of the biggest HBO series in Africa, such as Game of Thrones and Girls, in addition to the growing interest in recently launched titles like The Undoing, The Third Day and Industry.
EVERY NIGHT BECAME A MOVIE NIGHT
At the start of lockdown, there was a big increase in people watching movies during the week. Ordinarily, movies tend to be more popular over weekends when people are at home. Popular titles include After (2019), Anna (2019), Hustlers (2019), John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) and The Invisible Man (2020).
More families turned to Showmax to keep the kids entertained and we saw a large increase in people utilising our kid-friendly catalogue with hits like Paw Patrol, UglyDolls, Henry Danger and Victorious remaining favourites.
SOUTH AFRICAN STORIES
When it comes to South African content, views continue to grow strongly even as lockdown has relaxed. We saw some of our biggest lockdown spikes in views of South African titles this year, including Showmax Originals Life With Kelly Khumalo and Somizi & Mohale: The Union as well as The River, The Queen, Legacy, Gomora, Lockdown, The Recce and Frank & Fearless.
A SPIKE ON BIG SOCCER MATCHES
Now that live sport is gradually opening up around the world, we see regular spikes in subscribers tuning in to live stream their favourite football teams on Showmax Pro, which launched this year in South Africa. All Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, and DStv Premiership games are available to stream on Showmax Pro, brought to you by SuperSport.
18 MOST BINGED SERIES ON SHOWMAX IN 2020
Wondering what other South Africans have been binge-watching this year? In alphabetical order, here are some of the most-binged titles, based on the highest completion rate and total number of viewers, in the last six months. If these aren’t on your watchlist yet, they’ll make for ideal holiday viewing.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Game of Thrones
- Good Karma Hospital
- Madam & Mercy
- Modern Family
- New Girl
- Ray Donovan
- Rick and Morty
- Sex and the City
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- The Walking Dead
- True Blood
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New ‘Survivor SA’, ‘The Bachelorette SA’ & ‘Lioness’ in 2021
Tell them you are already in 2021.
It’s safe to say most are looking forward to 2021, with high hopes the coming year will pan out much better than the hectic rollercoaster ride that has been 2020. And just days after banging out a list of the 10 Most Anticipated Shows of 2021 , we continue our focus on the coming year in South African television shows you can start getting excited about.
With a slate of new prime time TV series and renewed seasons recently announced, it appears M-Net channel 101 is looking to hit the ground running. The channel is currently in production with a brand new series called Lioness, as well as the recently wrapped up filming of The Bachelorette and Survivor SA: Immunity Island.
Set to premiere in January 2021. After being framed for fraud committed by her husband shortly before his death, a woman loses her children, lover and freedom. Only to discover, eight years later, while trying to reunite with her son and daughters, that he is still alive. Lioness is created and produced by Ochre Moving Pictures.
Season one cast includes Shannon Esra (Still Breathing/The Queen/The River), Jacques Bessenger (Kanarie/Krotoa/Sink), Frank Rautenbach (Warrior/The Bang Bang Club/Faith Like Potatoes), Nokuthula Ledwaba (Reyka/The River/Rhythm City), Gerald Steyn (Trackers/Fiela se Kind/Getrod met Rugby), Joshua Eady (Banged up and Abroad/Bring it on 6), Fiona Ramsay (Reyka/Homeland/Doubt), and amongst others Natasha Sutherland (Egoli: Plek van Goud/Wycliffe/Scandal!)
Watch ‘Lioness’ trailer here:
THE BACHELORETTE SA SEASON 1
In February, follow the journey of M-Net’s first Bachelorette, Qiniso van Damme, and see how this season’s eligible young men compete for her affection. The gentlemen will take her on romantic dates and spend time getting to know her.
Each week there will be some tense eliminations until there are only two gentlemen left. Who will win Ms van Damme’s heart? Hosted by Jason Greer, The Bachelorette is produced by Rapid Blue.
SURVIVOR SA: IMMUNITY ISLAND
Then in June, it’s all about outplaying, outsmarting and outwitting. Snakes hidden in plain sight and masterful blindsides. Popular reality series Survivor SA returns to your telly in 2021.
For the first time in the South African franchise’s history, the 8th season of Survivor SA: Immunity Island in partnership with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation has been filmed locally in South Africa (Eastern Cape Coast). Award-winning personality Nico Panagio returns as host, and Survivor SA: Immunity Island is produced by Afrokaans.
Secrets and Greed on New SABC 1 Mini-Series ‘Amazing Grace’
Everything we know about the new drama
Sunday, December 13th at 20:00, will mark the premiere of a brand new 4-part mini-series called Amazing Grace on SABC 1.
The show is set on the backdrop of a church; deceit, lies and greed thrive at the centre of the ministry led by Bishop Mohapi. The story picks up as Grace, portrayed by Shamila Mkongi, becomes a witness to a murder in her family, a chilling tragedy that leaves her in the position to take care of her siblings.
To put food on the table, Grace turns to prostitution. Her journey leads her to the church, where she hopes to find redemption. Instead, she finds love in the arms of the pastor’s son Sipho, who is played by Sizwe Khumbuza. It’s here that her world begins to unravel as she walks into a world of tightly held secrets and drama within the Mohapi family.
Her potential safe haven is soon filled with secrets as the twin brothers, Sipho and Benjamin/Sethu (Played by Lizwe Khumbuza) charge a succession battle for their ailing father’s coveted senior pastor position in the prosperous church.
The Khumbuza brothers are no strangers to the entertainment industry. Sizwe recently played Godfather, a gangster out to revenge his father, who in the end lost a fight against Nkunzi in SABC 1’s popular soapie, Uzalo. He also played the handsome ‘bodyguard bae’ on the first season of Unmarried, which is currently airing its second season on Mzansi Magic.
Lizwe Khumbuza has had his fair share of appearances in Mzansi Bioskop films and adverts featuring alongside his twin brother. The duo known as “Abo-Day 1” are from a small mining town in KwaZulu-Natal called Vryheid and are also the co-founders of a casual wear/activewear clothing brand called Spadille.
“We are super excited that we get to finally play in our 1st drama series together as siblings. Our roles will allow viewers to experience us as a duo but also see what we are individually capable of especially coming from a small town”, said the Khumbuza brothers in a press statement.
Adding; “We are excited to inspire many of our peers and the youth coming from Vryheid and to show them that it is possible to achieve your goals.”
The cast of Amazing Grace includes Dr Jerry Mofokeng (Bishop Mohapi), Dieketseng Mnisi (Mam’fundisi Mohapi), Zethu Dlomo-Mphahlele (Sarah), Batsile Ramasodi (Sizwe), Talitha Ndima (Ntombi), Kefilwe Mello (Ingi), Sandile Moloane (Lungelo) and Kayise Ngqula (Sister Palesa).
The heat is on, Sundays as Amazing Grace debuts 13 December at 20:00 on SABC 1.