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5 Shows We’re Streaming on Showmax through October

Succession S3 is almost here. Shaking.

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From the highly anticipated return of HBO hit Succession with a third season, to the the South African debut of Resident Alien, here’s a list of 5 series to check out on Showmax this month.

SUCCESSION S3

First on Showmax | Mondays from 18 October 2021

Thanks to the pandemic, delays in the filming of third season of Succession have made fans of the HBO series wait more than two years to get involved again in the crazy drama of one power-hungry family of narcissistic egomaniacs backstabbing each other to gain control of their father’s media empire.

Brian Cox as Logan Roy in Succession S3

The Best Drama winner at the 2020 Emmys and Golden Globes takes us inside tensions in the lives of four rich siblings who are vying to take over the throne in their father’s global media and entertainment giant.

Jeremy Strong won the 2020 Best Actor Emmy as Kendall Roy, while Brian Cox won the 2020 Best Actor Golden Globe as his father, Logan. Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin, as Kendall’s siblings, and Matthew Macfadyen, Nicholas Braun and James Cromwell, as his extended family, also earned Emmy nominations.

In Season 3, that already impressive cast is adding Oscar winner Adrien Brody and Emmy winner Alexander Skarsgård  not to mention Black Reel winner Sanaa Lathan , Emmy nominee Hope Davis and singer Jihae.

Ambushed by Kendall at the end of Season 2, Logan begins Season 3 in a perilous position, scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances. Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.

YOU WILL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE ‘BILLIONS’. SEASONS 1 and 2 ARE STREAMING ON SHOWMAX

RESIDENT ALIEN S1 

Now streaming on Showmax.

Southies who’ve yet to see this murder mystery sci-fi dramedy will likely enjoy all the weird, slightly spooky and awesomely hilarious sci-fi series. Alan Tudyk’s facial expressions are also a storyline on their own, so there’s also that.

Based on the Dark Horse comic, Syfy’s Resident Alien is a murder mystery sci-fi dramedy that follows Harry (Alan Tudyk), who crash lands on Earth and takes on the human form of a human small-town doctor who typically wouldn’t hurt a fly.

Arriving with a secret mission to wipe all humans from the face of the earth, the start of Harry’s journey as a human being is pretty simple. He’s just getting familiar with the human experience, trying his best to master human behaviour and not blow his cover.

Things get a bit rocky when he’s roped into solving a local murder and realises he needs to assimilate to his new world.

Resident Alien has an 8.2/10 rating on IMDb, who picked it as “one of three innovative shows the Emmys missed”, calling it “one of the funniest shows – about destroying the entire human race.”

The series also has a 94% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Los Angeles Times writing, “We are in Spielberg country here… Tudyk… is in fine form as an alien in ill-fitting human clothing, getting the hang of laughter and sex… I smiled, I laughed, I cared.” It’s also ranked as the funniest show of 2021 on Ranker.

Yeah, we don’t make the rules.

THE L WORD: GENERATION Q S2 

First on Showmax from 14 October

Just in time for Pride Month in South Africa. The sequel to the original iconic series The L Word, which garnered a number of Emmy nominations between 2004 and 2009, is back with a fresh spin. Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey  reprise their original roles alongside a new generation of diverse, self-possessed LGBTQIA+ characters as they take on love, heartbreak, sex, setbacks and success in L.A.

The first season was up for a 2020 Queerty for Best TV Series and a 2020 GLAAD Media Award, with a 81% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics consensus says Generation Q “has style and charm to spare and announces a new phase for The L Word that will please new and old fans alike.” Slate calls it “a glossy, bighearted show that’s less soapy than the original series but delivers enough secrets, sex, and secret sex to keep the stakes high.”

Emmy winner Rosie O’Donnell (SMILF), four-time Teen Choice nominee Donald Faison (Scrubs), Oscar nominee Griffin Dunne (House of LiesThis is Us) and Vanessa Williams (Candyman) guest star this season.

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CHUCKY S1 

First on Showmax | Binge episodes 1-3 from 27 October, weekly episodes thereafter

A vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, throwing an idyllic American town into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begins to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets in the brand-new series Chucky, which picks up after the events of the seventh film in the horror franchise, Cult of Chucky.

Created by Fangoria Chainsaw Award nominee Don Mancini (Bride of ChuckyChild’s Play), the series stars Oscar nominee Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings’ Wormtongue and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s Billy Bibbit) as the voice of serial-killer-possessed Good Guy doll Chucky, with child actor Zackary Arthur (Transparent) as Jake Wheeler.

Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly (Bullets over BroadwayBound) returns as Tiffany Valentine, and Saturn Award nominee Alex Vincent (Child’s Play) reprises his role as Chucky’s archnemesis, Andy Barclay, with Christine Elise (BH90210) returning as Andy’s foster sister, Kyle. Also look out for Dourif’s daughter and genre marvel Fiona Dourif (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective AgencyThe StandThe BlacklistThe Purge) returning as Nica Pierce.

LOVE ISLAND USA S2

First on Showmax | Binge now

Following a delay due to the pandemic, the second season of Love Island USA was moved from Fiji to The Cromwell, a casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. With strict quarantine measures in place, for the 31 “islanders” the isolation is real as they couple and re-couple under the watchful eye of host Arielle Vandenberg over 40 days in a bid to win the $100,000 prize.

From 20 October, you can also binge Season 7 of Love Island UKFollow 37 hot new singletons through a steamy summer of love in the Love Island villa as they put in the graft, couple-up and (fingers crossed) try to find The One. Once again hosted by Laura Whitmore, this is the second most-watched season of the show so far, with over 4 million viewers per episode.

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