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African stars shine as Scottish Premiership, English Football League, Eredivisie and Turkish Super Lig are set to broadcast live on DStv

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Football fans who are customers of DStv on GOtv have plenty to look forward to when the 2021/22 European football season gets underway. Not only can they catch Unbeatable Football on SuperSport with world’s top leagues in action. ESPN also offers several of Europe’s premiere leagues including the Scottish Premiership,English Football League, Eredivisie and Turkish Super Lig bringing the adrenalin-filled action from the pitch live to viewers on DStv and selected matches on GOtv.

 

The Scottish Professional Football League gets set in motion for all four major Scottish leagues from Saturday 31st July with the top division in the country, the Scottish Premiership, airing exclusively on ESPN Africa. Current champions Rangers and manager Steven Garrad will be looking to defend their title with a newly-bolstered squad that includes two new African signings, Nigerian midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh joining from Bournemouth and Zambia’s Fashion Sakala, previously with Belgian club Oostende. The Rangers vs Livingston match will broadcast live at 12:30 pm. Celtic go into the new season with their new manager at the helm, Australian Ange Postecoglou, being provided his first coaching opportunity in Europe. They face Hearts at 21:00, with this match also broadcasting live on ESPN.

 

The following weekend, from Friday 6 August, the English Football League takes centre stage as the EFL Championship, EFL League One and EFL League Two campaigns kick off across England. All eyes will be on the Championship where Sheffield United, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion will be competing to win back promotion to the English Premier League. With a number of coaching moves, including Marco Silva’s appointment at  Fulhamfollowing Scott Parker’s departure to Bournemouth and Slavisa Jokanovic finding a home at Bramall Lane and taking charge at Sheffield United, it’s all to play for as Premier League glory beckons.

 

ESPN viewers can settle in for a super English Football League kickoff weekend. On Friday 6 August, Bournemouth take on West Bromwich Albion at Vitality Stadium at 6:45pm. Blackburn Rovers will play Swansea City at 12:00pm, with Charlton Athletic playing against Sheffield Wednesday at 4:30pm and Sheffield United taking on Birmingham City at 7:00pm. On Sunday 8 August, Fulham will play Middlesbrough at 2:30pm after which Coventry City will face Nottingham Forest from the Richo Arena at 3:30 CAT, with all of these matches broadcasting live. Thereafter, ESPN will air the matches on Saturdays at 11:30am and 2:00pm through to May 2022, when the much-anticipated play-off rounds begin.


Fans will be keen to follow local players on the field during the Championship including DRC striker Benik Afobe joining Millwall on loan from Stoke City, Ivory Coast striker Yakou Meite who will be hoping to build on his impressive 2020/21 season for Reading. Barnsley’s Kenyan defender Clarke Oduor and Blackburn Rovers fullback Ryan Nyambe of Namibia – will both be looking to make their mark this season.

 

The new season of the Netherlands’ highest level of professional football, the popular Dutch  Eredivisie, begins on 13 August with ESPN with four matchups being broadcast across Africa that weekend. Heracles Almelo will play PSV Eindhoven on Saturday 14 August at 4:45pm while Ajax Amsterdam will face NEC Nijmegen later that day at 7:00pm. SC Cambuur will play FC Groningen the following day at 10:30am, with Willem II taking on Feyenoord at 16:45 CAT. Thereafter ESPN will broadcast selected Eredivisie matches, including those played by Champions Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord as well as the 10:30am match every Sunday. Notable local talent include Ajax Amsterdam’s Ghanaian attacking midfielder Mohammed Kudus and Moroccan right back Noussair Mazraoui, PSV Eindhoven’s impressive Ivorian midfielder Ibrahim Sangaré, Sparta Rotterdam’s Nigerian goalkeeper Maduka Okoye as well as Feyenoord’s 18-year old Senegalese winger Aliou Baldé.

 

Turkey’s top professional football league, the Turkish Super Lig, kicks off two weeks later, on Sunday 15 August. Following Besiktas’ crowning as Champions by the narrowest of margins in a dramatic final day of the league, this season’s competition is sure to be fiercer than ever with Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor and a revitalized Istanbul Basaksehir, all looking to wrestle the crown back.

 

South African midfielder Lebogang Phiri has signed a three-year contract with Caykur Rizespor joining a plethora of African stars in the Turkish Super Lig, including Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli, Ivory Coast’s Gervinho, Tanzania’s Mbwana Samatta, Senegal’s Mbaye Diagne and DRC’s Fabrice Nsakala.

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It’s All You Can Watch Sport this weekend on the DStv App!

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As a way to reward the growing number of DStv customers accessing their favourite content through the DStv App, DStv is hosting the biggest Open Weekend yet, exclusive to customers on the DStv App.

 

From Friday 24 to Sunday 26 September 2021, customers across the continent on all DStv packages will have unrestricted access to sporting content across some of the best SuperSport channels including WWE, SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Football, SuperSport Cricket, SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Golf and SuperSport Tennis among many others. Note that the Open Weekend does not apply to SuperSport Rugby.

 

It’s a Baller Weekend on the DStv App and you need to Up Your Game! Catch all the weekend’s biggest games with unlimited sport on the DStv App.

 

“The way our customers access content is changing and we’re changing along with them. The DStv App has always allowed customers to stream live channels or watch the latest episodes of their favourite shows. For one weekend only, we’re adding all of our SuperSport channels to the mix, so they can kick back, relax and enjoy their favourite sporting fixtures.

 

Some of the unmissable sporting content to catch on this Open Weekend include two Premier League thrillers, as Chelsea take on Manchester City (Saturday 11:30  LIVE on SuperSport Premier League) and Arsenal battle Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby (Sunday 3:30  LIVE on SuperSport Premier League).

 

Other football highlights include La Liga matches such as Real Madrid v Villarreal (Saturday 19:00  LIVE on SuperSport La Liga), Barcelona v Levante (Sunday 2:15  LIVE on SuperSport La Liga) and Serie A’s Rome Derby, or the ‘Derby della Capitale’, between Lazio and Roma (Sunday 16:00  LIVE on SuperSport Football).

 

Motorsport fans can get their thrills from Formula 1‘s Russian Grand Prix (Qualifying on Saturday at 2:00  and the Race on Sunday at 12:00 , both LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport), while tennis fans can catch the final of the WTA Tour’s Ostrava Open (12:30  LIVEon SuperSport Tennis).

 

Another major highlight is the Ryder Cup, golf’s traditional showdown between Europe and the United States. This year’s event takes place at the Whistling Straights Golf Course in Haven, Wisconsin. You can Catch Day 1 (Friday 12:00 ), Day 2 (Saturday 12:00 ) and Day 3 (Sunday 16:00 ) all LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Golf.

 

“From when we restarted our qualification process in January, the last eight months have been very positive,” said European team captain Padraig Harrington. “Everybody has been able to play and we have a good system in place that has allowed us to look at everyone and see how they’re doing. There is no question that we are in good shape and everyone associated with Team Europe cannot wait to get to Whistling Straits and get going. Especially me!”

 

Fans of something more visceral and violent can take in UFC 266 (Sunday Prelims 12:00  and Main Card 02:00  LIVE on SuperSport Action), which will be headlined Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega’s grudge match for the UFC Featherweight Championship in the headline bout.

 

“Right now, [Ortega] thinks he understands this chess game we’re about to play. But he’s going to realise – and real quick – that he doesn’t,” warned Volkanovski.

 

And if you want your fighting to come with a fair scoop of ‘kayfabe’ alongside it, then check out the latest edition of WWESmackDown (Saturday 12:00  LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3), where you can catch up on the latest shenanigans heading into Monday’s Pay Per View event, Extreme Rules.

 

Another key highlight is the Berlin Marathon (Sunday 07:00  LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3), which will see 25,000 runners taking part for the biggest road running race anywhere in the world since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

 

What makes this Open Weekend even rewarding is that with the DStv App, customers will be able to enjoy sporting content that is not always accessible on packages outside of DStv Premium, and they can access this content while on the move through their smartphones or other smart and mobile devices.

 

The DStv App can be downloaded in Google Play and in the App store. For more information on the Open Weekend please visit www.dstvafrica.com.

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Free SuperSport For All DStv Customers All Weekend on the DStv App!

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As a way to reward the growing number of DStv customers accessing their favourite content through the DStv App, DStv is hosting the biggest Open Weekend yet, exclusive to customers on the DStv App.

 

From Friday 24 to Sunday 26 September 2021, customers in Ghana on all DStv packages will have unrestricted access to sporting content across some of the best SuperSport channels including WWE, SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Football, SuperSport Cricket, SuperSport Premier League, SuperSport Golfand SuperSport Tennis among many others. Note that the Open Weekend does not apply to SuperSport Rugby.

 

It’s a Baller Weekend on the DStv App and you need to Up Your Game! Catch all the weekend’s biggest games with unlimited sport on 18 SuperSport channels on the DStv App.

 

“The way our customers access content is changing and we’re changing along with them. The DStv App has always allowed customers to stream live channels or watch the latest episodes of their favourite shows. For one weekend only, we’re adding all of our SuperSport channels to the mix, so they can kick back, relax and enjoy their favourite sporting fixtures,” said Alex Okyere, Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana.

 

Some of the unmissable sporting content to catch on this Open Weekend include two Premier Leaguethrillers, as Chelsea take on Manchester City (Saturday 11:30am LIVE on SuperSport Premier League) and Arsenal battle Tottenham Hotspur in the North London derby (Sunday 3:30pm LIVE on SuperSport Premier League).

 

Other football highlights include La Liga matches such as Real Madrid v Villarreal (Saturday 7:00pm LIVE on SuperSport La Liga), Barcelona v Levante (Sunday 2:15pm LIVE on SuperSport La Liga) and Serie A’s Rome Derby, or the ‘Derby della Capitale’, between Lazio and Roma (Sunday 4:00pm LIVE on SuperSport Football).

 

Motorsport fans can get their thrills from Formula 1‘s Russian Grand Prix (Qualifying on Saturday at 12:00pm and the Race on Sunday at 12:00pm, both LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport), while tennis fans can catch the final of the WTA Tour’s Ostrava Open (12:30pm LIVE on SuperSport Tennis).

 

Another major highlight is the Ryder Cup, golf’s traditional showdown between Europe and the United States. This year’s event takes place at the Whistling Straights Golf Course in Haven, Wisconsin.

 

“From when we restarted our qualification process in January, the last eight months have been very positive,” said European team captain Padraig Harrington. “Everybody has been able to play and we have a good system in place that has allowed us to look at everyone and see how they’re doing. There is no question that we are in good shape and everyone associated with Team Europe cannot wait to get to Whistling Straits and get going. Especially me!”

 

Fans of something more visceral and violent can take in UFC 266 (Sunday Prelims 12:00am and Main Card 2:00am LIVE on SuperSport Action), which will be headlined Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega’s grudge match for the UFC Featherweight Championship in the headline bout.

 

“Right now, [Ortega] thinks he understands this chess game we’re about to play. But he’s going to realise and real quick that he doesn’t,” warned Volkanovski.

 

And if you want your fighting to come with a fair scoop of ‘kayfabe’ alongside it, then check out the latest edition of WWE SmackDown (Saturday 12:00am LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3), where you can catch up on the latest shenanigans heading into Monday’s Pay Per View event, Extreme Rules.

 

Another key highlight is the Berlin Marathon (Sunday 7:00am LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3), which will see 25,000 runners taking part for the biggest road running race anywhere in the world since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

 

What makes this Open Weekend even rewarding is that with the DStv App, customers will be able to enjoy sporting content that is not always accessible on packages outside of DStv Premium, and they can access this content while on the move through their smartphones or other smart and mobile devices.

 

The DStv App can be downloaded in Google Play and in the App store. For more information on the Open Weekend please visit www.dstvafrica.com.

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​​Where to find Ghanaian top actor Adjetey Anang on Showmax

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Regarded as one of the best actors in Ghana, Adjetey Anang has featured in many beloved Ghanaian titles, including the award-winning thriller A Sting in A Tale and the commercial hit Picture Perfect.

 

On Showmax, you can find him in the five movies and TV shows below, which include two of his latest roles – To Have and To Hold and Dede, his first ever telenovela role.

Cartel: The Genesis

In the Ghanaian action thriller Cartel: The Genesis, an elite unit takes on a powerful drug syndicate as they fight to stop the growing underground narcotics trade in Ghana. Anang plays Fifi, the dedicated agent at the centre of the story, who’s motivated by personal reasons – he lost his brother to addiction – to bring down the cartel, sometimes even at the expense of his own safety.

Directed by Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice nominee Pascal Amanfo, Cartel: The Genesis also stars Joselyn Dumas (Potato Potahto), Prince David Osei (The Dead), Kofi Bucknor (Shampaign), and Fred Kanebi (Adams Apples), among others.

Kintampo

Kintampo is an adventure thriller that follows an ambitious journalist, Stephanie (Sika Osei, Sidechic Gang), and her friends as they journey through the forest of Kintampo to uncover the story of a miracle plant that is rumoured to cure HIV.

Kintampo, which served as Chris Attoh’s directorial debut, stars Anang as Mike, Stephanie’s ex. A former Special Forces soldier, he offers to guide Stephanie and her crew through Kintampo – right after warning them of a mysterious beast that roams the forest.

The film also features Deyemi Okanlawon (Castle & Castle), Kofi Adjorlolo (Aloe Vera), Chris Attoh (Shuga) and Africa Movie Academy Award winner Lydia Forson (To Have and To Hold), among others.

Dede

This Ghanaian telenovela follows the titular Dede (Adomaa Adjeman), a naïve rural girl, whose big dreams are cut short when she’s “sold off” by her stepmother to work as a domestic help in the home of the wealthy Robertson family. There she falls in love with the youngest Robertson son (Dean Amegashie).

In his first telenovela role, Anang plays Dede’s loving and dedicated father, Nii Ocansey, a man who would do anything to protect his daughter, even from her stepmother Felicity (played by Joselyn Dumas).

Dede is directed and produced by award-winning Ghanaian filmmaker Shirley Frimpong-Manso (Love or Something Like That, Shampaign), with Ken Attoh (Devil in the Detail, Potomanto) co-producing.

To Have and To Hold

Adapted from the South African series Unmarried, which also birthed another adaptation in Nigeria, To Have and To Hold follows the lives of three women: Akosua (Lydia Forson, Perfect Picture), Enyonam (Naa Ashorkor, Checkmate) and Kuukua (Zynnel Zuh, When Love Comes Around), as they deal with the challenges that their marriages, relationships, and careers throw at them.

 

Anang plays Enyonam’s partner, Nii, who despite having been with her for nine years, is yet to officially ask for her hand in marriage. Out of a job (and lying about it), and barely making enough to support his family, Nii gives in to gambling and alcoholism, putting his relationship with Enyonam at risk.

 

To Have and to Hold is helmed by legendary Ghanaian filmmaker Ivan Quashigah (Things We Do for Love, YOLO).

 

Roses and Daggers

In the drama series Roses and Daggers, two young women from poor backgrounds, Winifred (Zakia Kunge) and Sesi (Esi Hammond, Nina’s Mahogany), struggle with love and making ends meet in the city. On the other side, Marjorie (Michelle McKinney Hammond), a doting mother and an insecure wife grapples with her husband’s infidelity.

 

Anang plays Marjorie’s son Joshua, who has to deal with his mother’s meddling, even in his love life.

 

For more Adjetey Anang on Showmax, you can also find him in the drama series Table of Men and in the feature film Double Cross.

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Ebonylife and Sony Pictures Television Announce Àló – A New African Writers Initiative

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EbonyLife and Sony Pictures Television (“SPT”) have today announced ÀLÓ, a brand-new writers initiative offering a unique platform for writers of African heritage.

The word “ÀLÓ” is from the Yoruba language and translates as ‘once upon a time’. Just like with those words which have opened countless stories for hundreds of years, this is the beginning of an exciting journey to discover the best authentic African story ideas which will inspire and resonate with viewers across the globe.

The ÀLÓ Initiative website will open for fixed periods beginning this Friday (24th) when writers can submit their television scripts and story documents, which will then be reviewed and shortlisted by the ÀLÓ team which is comprised of creative executives from both EbonyLife and SPT.

Entrants can reside outside Africa but must be of African heritage, born in any of the continent’s fifty-four countries or have proven citizenship as a native of the country, or be first generation children. The initiative is open to professionals, freelancers as well as up-and-coming writers, and there are no limitations to the story ideas or scripts. Any theme or story is welcome, but submissions must pay homage to Africa’s unique cultures, diversity, heritage and people. 

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to enter into a series pilot development agreement with SPT and EbonyLife under the ÀLÓ Initiative to create and write a pilot script. Once completed, the projects will be pitched to major international broadcasters for their consideration.

Mo Abudu, Chief Executive Officer, EbonyLife Media, says, “I am really excited about our growing partnership with Sony Pictures Television; from our deal for three scripted series, to our first-look agreement, and now the ÀLÓ Writers’ Initiative. The name of this initiative inspires me, as we chose a word which holds so much personal meaning for me. I am particularly thrilled about the Writers’ Initiative because it is in line with our continent-wide vision to harness and grow our creative economy. It is focused on global storytelling that is authentically African and that gives African writers access to the biggest international broadcasters in the world.  It is a dream come true for me.”

Nina Lederman, EVP Global Scripted Development for Sony Pictures Television, says “The ÀLÓ initiative is born out of SPT and EbonyLife’s shared passion for great storytelling. We know from our many, many conversations developing this initiative with Mo and her team at EbonyLife that there are countless stories from across the African continent yet to be told. We hope that this provides a unique platform to writers of African heritage with a story they want to bring to the world.”

The ÀLÓ Initiative will first open for submissions between September 24th and November 5th 2021, with a further six-week period to be confirmed at a later date. Internationally, the initiative it is open to submissions from the US, Canada, the UK and EU, Australia and New Zealand, and Africa. It hopes to expand to include further regions for future submission periods.

Full terms and conditions and eligibility criteria can be found on the ÀLÓ Initiative website here https://www.alowritersinitiative.com

 

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MultiChoice Content Showcase Unveils Must Watch Content For Festive Period

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Multichoice Ghana has unveiled a portfolio of exciting television content during its Content Showcase at the weekend. The content showcase gives media and DStv/GOtv customers a sneak peek into our content portfolio plus gives MultiChoice an opportunity to showcase new products and customer support systems that have been developed. With an improvement in the Covid-19 incidence in Ghana, this Content Showcase was a hybrid one with a few selected guests attending in-person and a live stream on the DStv and GOtv Ghana social media platforms.

Speaking during the Showcase Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere announced that SuperSport has acquired the broadcast rights for the 2022 FIFA World Cup plus the return of the UEFA EUROPA League and the UEFA EUROPA Conference League to SuperSport for GOtv customers. He added aside the Unbeatable Football now on GOtv and DStv fans can look forward to the launch of the dish-less DStv service before the close of the year.

Throwing more light on the exciting new shows, series and reality shows on DStv and GOtv for the festive period, Mercy Clottey, Marketing Manager, GOtv Ghana said, “our charge at MultiChoice is to address our consumer’s needs, by delivering excellent content that customers in Ghana love adding that from 1st November GOtv customers will be getting a new package GOtv Supa which will have over seventy (70) channels.”

On his part, Channel Manager of Akwaaba Magic, Kennedy Dankyi-Appah said “MultiChoice has played a significant role in developing the local film industry through introduction of the Akwaaba Magic channel as well as building capacity of players through the MultiChoice Talent Factory initiative.” During the event, the of four Ghanaian students who have been selected to study at the West Africa hub of the MultiChoice Talent Factory.

Entrenching the Hyper-Local strategy announced earlier, Alex Okyere announced that seven of the local channels launched earlier including our own Akwaaba Magic and HONEY are now broadcasting in High Definition picture with 5.1 Dolby surround sound. He added “through these investments, we have continued to be leaders not only in entertainment and sports broadcast but consolidates our position as “Africa’s Most Loved Storyteller.”

Another innovation that was highlighted during the showcase was Showmax, the video streaming service from MultiChoice which has been giving both customers and non DStv customers the opportunity to stream exciting content like Big Brother Naija, and Akwaaba Magic shows ike Dede, To Have and To Hold amongst on their smart devices for a small fee. DStv premium customers can access Showmax at zero cost while our Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access customers can access Showmax at a discount of 50% through Showmax Add to Bill feature on the MyDStv App.

“The past year had its challenges but as a business, we learned to adapt to these challenges and we continue to deliver the biggest variety of content to meet all taste and pocket sizes leveraging on our cutting edge technology to our DStv and GOtv customers,” said Nii Amah Dagadu, Corporate Affairs Manager, MultiChoice Ghana.

The second 2021 content showcase highlighted MultiChoice’s new product offerings, updates on technological innovations and local content investments, MultiChoice Ghana has made. In conclusion Alex Okyere said “as a customer centric company MultiChoice will continue to focus its energy on improving the various tools and platforms we deliver our programmes on.”

 

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7 must-see Emmy 2021 winners to add to your Showmax watchlist

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MARE OF EASTTOWN | Binge now on Showmax
4 Emmys from 16 nominations: Outstanding Lead Actress: Limited Series (Kate Winslet), Supporting Actor (Evan Peters), Supporting Actress (Julianne Nicholson) andProduction Design

 

HBO’s Mare of Easttown dominated the Limited Series acting categories, after being nominated for 16 awards, including Best Limited Series. Oscar winner Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindTitanic), who already had an Emmy for Mildred Pierce, picked up a second as small-town detective Mare Sheehan, who must investigate a murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.

 

Evan Peters (American Horror Story, and X-Men’s Quicksilver) and Julianne Nicholson (The OutsiderI, TonyaAugust: Osage County) took home the Supporting Actor and Actress categories as her colleague and friend respectively. Jean Smart (Watchmen, Fargo) had also been nominated for her role as Mare’s mother, but instead won for Outstanding Lead Actress: Comedy for her role in Hacks.

 

Mare of Easttown holds a 94% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says Winslet is at her “career-best.” The Guardian hailed the series as “a stunning, harrowing success… a murder mystery that kept us guessing right to the profoundly moving end.”

Watch Winslet receive her award: https://youtu.be/dQssQwPE1vA.

HACKS | Binge on Showmax from 1 November 2021
3 Emmys from 15 nominations: Outstanding Actress: Comedy for Jean Smart, Writing & Directing

 

The #1 show on Rotten Tomatoes’ Best TV of 2021 (So Far), Hacks centres on legendary Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance, who takes on an entitled, down-on-her-luck Gen Z comedy writer in a bid to find fresh material and remain relevant as her performance dates start to dwindle.

Hacks was up for 15 Emmys this year, including Outstanding Comedy Series, with Jean Smart (Watchmen, Mare of Easttown) taking home her fourth Emmy as Deborah and co-creator Luca Aniello winning Outstanding Director and sharing the Writing Emmy with Paul W. Downs and Jen Statsky. This was just the fifth time a woman had won the Comedy: Directing category at the Emmys.

Already renewed for a second season, Hacks has a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “A prickling debut that pulls few punches,Hacks deftly balances its sharp critiques of the comedy world with more intimate moments, all the while giving the incomparable Jean Smart a role worthy of her talents – and an excellent partner in Hannah Einbinder.”

 

Watch Smart receive her award: https://youtu.be/gz0BzfEu1iw.
I MAY DESTROY YOU | Binge now on Showmax

2 Emmys from 9 nominations: Outstanding Writing: Limited Series, Music Supervision

 

Completely snubbing I May Destroy You may have been the final nail in The Golden Globes’ coffin: the Emmy’s more diverse voters didn’t make the same mistake, giving it two awards from its nine nominations, including Outstanding Writing for creator Michaela Coel, who was also nominated for Lead Actress, Directing and Outstanding Limited Series for the show. Coel became the first Black woman to win the Limited Series: Outstanding Writing award.

 

I May Destroy You centres on Arabella (Coel), a carefree, self-assured Londoner with a group of great friends, a boyfriend in Italy, and a burgeoning writing career. But when her drink is spiked with a date-rape drug, she must question and rebuild every element of her life.

 

I May Destroy You was named the show of the year in 2020 by Time and has a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “I May Destroy You is at once brave and delicate, untangling the trauma of sexual assault with dark humour and moments of deep discomfort, all held together on the strength of Michaela Coel’s undeniable talent.” In their five star review, The Guardian raved, “Michaela Coel’s exploration of consent, race and millennial life… works on every level… An extraordinary, breath-taking achievement without a false note in it, shot through with humour and with ideas, talent and character to burn at every perfectly plotted turn.”

 

Watch Michaela Coel give the best speech of the night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FI6kwRFRtU.

LOVECRAFT COUNTRY S1 | Binge now on Showmax

2 Emmys from 18 nominations: Guest Actor (Courtney B. Vance), Sound Editing

 

No, the dearly missed Michael Kenneth Williams (The Night Of, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) still hasn’t won an Emmy, and now never will. But his Lovecraft Country co-star Courtney B. Vance did, for Guest Actor as Uncle George, and used the opportunity to sing the legend’s praises. Vance credited Lovecraft Country creator Misha Green by saying she said it best but, “Michael did everything with his full heart open, with his infinite spirit and with way too much style. May he rest in power and let us all honour his immense legacy by being a little more love-forward, a little more endless in thought, a little bit more swaggy in act.”

 

In the 1950s, Atticus, a young African-American, sets out on a road trip with his friend and uncle to find his missing father. This catapults the three into a struggle for survival against the dual terrors of Jim Crow-era America and terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a paperback written by pulpy horror author HP Lovecraft.

 

Lovecraft Country has an 88% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, their best-reviewed sci-fi/fantasy series of 2020. As Newsday put it, “To call Lovecraft Country ‘wildly original’ seems almost a quaint understatement. But it is wild. And original. Little doubt about that.”

 

A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW S2 | Binge now on Showmax
1 Emmy from 5 nominations: Editing for Variety Programming

A Black Lady Sketch Show made history at the 2021 Emmys, when Daysha Broadway, Stephanie Filo, and Jess Hernández became the first all women of colour editing team to be nominated for an Emmy, and then the first to win too.

 

This is just the latest in a string of wins for A Black Lady Sketch Show, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Actress (Robin Thede) and Supporting Actress (Gabrielle Dennis) at the 2021 Black Reel Awards.

In May, HBO announced that A Black Lady Sketch Show has been renewed for a third season. “Making A Black Lady Sketch Show is a dream come true,” says Thede, who is also the show’s creator. “I see this show as a budding comedy institution, where Black women can play fully realised, non-stereotypical characters, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to create that space for today’s premiere comedians.”

 

 

THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT S1 | Binge now on Showmax
1 Emmy from 9 nominations: Outstanding Original Main Theme Title Music

 

HBO comedy drama The Flight Attendant stars Critics’ Choice, People’s Choice and Teen Choice Award winner Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) as reckless flight attendant Cassie Bowden, who wakes up in the wrong bed, with a dead guy beside her, and no idea what happened. Unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer…

 

The Flight Attendant was nominated as Best Comedy Series and Kaley as Best Actress at the 2021 Emmy, Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards. At the Emmys, The Flight Attendant was up for nine awards overall, but had to settle for Theme Title Music.

 

Already renewed for a second season. The Flight Attendant has a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus there says, “Kaley Cuoco shines as a hot mess in The Flight Attendant, an addictively intriguing slice of stylish pulp that will bring mystery aficionados to Cloud Nine.”

THE GOOD LORD BIRD | Binge now on Showmax
1 Emmy from 1 nomination: Outstanding Title Design

One of this year’s worst Emmy snubs was for four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke (Before SunriseBoyhood), who stars in The Good Lord Bird as militant slavery abolitionist John Brown, who is credited with instigating the American Civil War. The Guardian says Hawke is “astonishing as Brown, putting in what may be a career-best performance,” but Emmy voters didn’t agree: the only love the show received was its nomination and win for Outstanding Title Design.

 

The seven-part series is told from the point of view of Henry “Onion” Shackleford, an enslaved boy who joins Brown’s family of abolitionist soldiers. Onion is played by rising star Joshua Caleb Johnson, who co-stars along with Grammy winner Daveed Diggs (BlindspottingHamilton), Critics’ Choice winner Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), and Emmy winner Keith David (Community). The seven-part series is executive produced by Hawke, triple Oscar nominee Jason Blum (BlacKkKlansmanGet Out) and James McBride, who penned the National Book Award-winning novel it’s based on.

The Good Lord Bird has a 98% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As Salon says, “The series takes a brutish time in history frequently presented dryly out of respect, and dares successfully to capture the uproarious insanity of a righteous, outgunned rebel.”

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