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Content already on Showmax is up for 108 awards at the 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards. The 15 nominated titles on Showmax include the most nominated show overall, Succession, as well as The White Lotus, which is tied in second place. Showmax is also home to three of the Outstanding Drama nominees (EuphoriaSuccessionYellowjackets), three of the Outstanding Comedy nominees (BarryCurb Your Enthusiasm and What We Do In The Shadows, with a fourth coming soon in Hacks S2), and the most nominated Limited Series, The White Lotus.
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SUCCESSION S3 | Binge now, first on Showmax
The most nominated series overall at this year’s Emmy Awards, Succession follows four very rich siblings behaving very badly while trying to win their father’s approval – and control of his company, a global media and entertainment empire.
The third season of HBO’s hit drama series is up for 25 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, Directing, Writing, Editing and Casting – all categories Season 2 won in 2020. 2020 Lead Actor winner Jeremy Strong is nominated again as Kendall Roy, as always competing with his on-screen father, Logan (Brian Cox). Almost the entire cast is up for Emmys this year, including Sarah Snook as Shiv, Kieran Culkin as Roman, Matthew Macfadyen as Tom, Nicholas Braun as Cousin Greg, and, for the first time, J. Smith Cameron as Gerri. S3 additions Adrien Brody, Alexander Skarsgård, Hope Davis and Sanaa Lathan all nabbed Guest Actor or Actress nominations, as did 2020 nominees Harriet Walter and James Cromwell, and, for the first time, Arian Moayed as Stewy.
Vanity Fair hails Succession as “the best showcase of performances on television”, adding, “There’s no other show that’s as dramatically compelling or twistedly funny… It’s hard not to reach for hyperbole when talking about how Succession makes the viewer feel, because the show utilizes its interpersonal drama—almost always, the relationship between a child and their father—to dig into the reach and power of big money, embodied in the show by the titanic and offensive personality of patriarch Logan Roy.”
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THE WHITE LOTUS S1 | Binge now, first on Showmax
The most nominated Limited Series at this year’s Emmys, and jointly the second most nominated series overall, The White Lotus is set at an exclusive Hawaiian resort over one highly transformative week, gradually peeling back the glossy veneer of picture-perfect travelers, cheerful hotel employees, and the idyllic locale itself to reveal something far uglier beneath.​
HBO’s biting six-part series is up for 20 Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series, Directing, Writing, Editing and Casting. First-time Emmy nominees Jennifer Coolidge, as the grieving guest, Tanya, and Murray Bartlett, as hotel manager Armond, are Gold Derby’s favourites to win the Supporting Actress and Actor category respectively, but they’re up against strong competition from their co-stars: five-time nominee Connie Britton (NashvilleFriday Night LightsAmerican Horror Story) and first-time acting nominees Alexandra Daddario, Jake Lacy, Natasha Rothwell, Steve Zahn, and Sydney Sweeney (who is also nominated in the Drama category for her role as Cassie in Euphoria).
The Guardian hailed The White Lotus as “2021’s best, and most uncomfortable, show…” describing the comedy drama as a “scathing social satire” and “a ballsy take-no-prisoners state of the nation series.” As they say, “It might not be a relaxing vacation but it won’t be one you’ll forget any time soon…”
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EUPHORIA S2 | Binge now, first on Showmax
As teen addict Rue, Zendaya became the Emmy’s youngest ever Outstanding Lead Actress in A Drama Series winner in 2020, when Euphoria also picked up Make Up and Original Music Emmys.
Season 2 of HBO’s groundbreaking 18LSDVN teen series is up for 16 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama, Cinematography, Editing, and Casting. As expected, Zendaya is nominated again, while Sydney Sweeney is up for Supporting Actress as Cassie (and also in the Limited Series category for her role in The White Lotus). Colman Domingo is up for Guest Actor as Ali, her sponsor, and Martha Kelly is nominated for Guest Actress as drug dealer Laurie.
Season 2 has an 82% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus hails it for being “as wilfully provocative as ever.” Mashable calls the show, “smart,” “spectacular”, “triumphant”, “stupefyingly bold” and “electrifying”, adding, “Euphoria‘s intoxicating blend of striking music, visuals, and supercharged feeling makes for a dream-like watch… Zendaya is at a career-best with a performance so dazzling they might as well engrave her trophies now.”
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BARRY S3 | Binge now, first on Showmax
Rotten Tomatoes’ Best Series of 2022 (So Far), Season 3 of Barry has just been nominated for 14 Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Casting and Stunt Coordination.
 
Picking up six months after the Season 2 finale, in the aftermath of the monastery shootout, HBO’s hitman in Hollywood comedy starts with Sally filming her own show, NoHo Hank in love, and our favourite hitman, Barry, without an acting class to go to anymore.
 
At the Emmys, co-creator Bill Hader is again nominated for Outstanding Leading Actor as Barry, having won in 2018 and 2019. He’s also again nominated for Directing and Writing Emmys this year. Henry Winkler earned his third Emmy nomination for Supporting Actor as Gene Cousineau, after winning in 2018. Winkler faces stiff competition this year from co-star Anthony Carrigan, nominated for the second time as fan favourite NoHo Hank.
 
S3, which also sees Stephen Root and Sarah Goldberg return in their Emmy-nominated roles as Fuches and Sally, has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Daily Beast calling it, “the best show on TV”; Variety hailing it as “a masterpiece … funnier and sharper than ever… TV’s most fascinating protagonist”; and Entertainment Weekly writing, “I’ve never seen violence like the violence on Barry. HBO’s hitman comedy is a legitimate thrillfest, and the new season has three of the best action scenes I’ve ever seen.”
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YELLOWJACKETS S1 | Binge now
Yellowjackets follows the now-adult survivors of a plane crash that stranded their wildly talented high school girls’ soccer team deep in the Canadian wilderness in 1996.
 
The Showtime series is up for seven Emmys this year, including Outstanding Drama, Directing, Writing and Casting. As Shauna, Melanie Lynsky is up for her first Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress, following wins at the 2022 Critics Choice and Critics Choice Super Awards, where Yellowjackets was also named Best Horror. As Misty, Christina Ricci is also up for a Supporting Actress Emmy.
 
Equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama, Yellowjackets has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where it was the fourth highest-rated drama of 2021. As The Guardian says, “Yellowjackets is the most fun TV show in forever.” (Although they clearly have a twisted sense of fun…).
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS S3 | Binge now, first on Showmax
Based on the 2014 cult movie from the batty brains of nine-time Emmy nominee Jemaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) and Oscar winner Taika Waititi (Jojo RabbitThor: Ragnarok), What We Do in the Shadows follows four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years – plenty of time to get on each other’s nerves.
Season 3 of What We Do In The Shadows is up for seven Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy, Writing, Costumes and Stunt Co-ordination.
As Decider says, “FX’s mockumentary series featuring the world’s dumbest vampires, What We Do In the Shadows, has been one of the best comedies on TV since it premiered in 2019. But Season 3 felt like the show’s breakout year, in part because of the internet’s affinity for the brilliant slow-burn relationship between Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak)—formerly a bloodthirsty leader, now a somewhat reluctant vampire going through a midlife crisis—and his human familiar, Guillermo de la Cruz (Harvey Guillén), formerly a soft-spoken servant, now a badass vampire slayer. It’s a season full of priceless, quotable moments.”
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STATION ELEVEN | Binge now
Named Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Series at the 2022 Critics Choice Super Awards, Station Eleven follows the scattered survivors of a devastating global pandemic as they attempt to rebuild the world anew and hold on to the best of what’s been lost.
Based on the Arthur C Clarke Award-winning 2014 novel by Emily St John Mandel, the dystopian sci-fi drama is up for seven Emmys, including Directing, Writing, Cinematography and Writing. As Jeevan, Himesh Patel (Don’t Look UpYesterday) is also up for his first Emmy, for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series.
The 10-part HBO Max series has a 98% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes and won Mackenzie Davis the Critics Choice Super Best Actress In A Science Fiction/Fantasy Award. Vogue hails Station Eleven as “haunting, gorgeously made, heartfelt, an end-of-the-world vision that lifts you up as much as it gives you nightmares… A dystopian series full of death and menace that threads in so much humanity and optimism that you want to be in its precarious world. I was gripped, cheered, and horrified.”
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CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM S11 | Binge now
Season 11 of HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm is up for four Emmys: Outstanding Comedy, Casting, Sound Mixing and Guest Actor (Bill Hader, who is also up for Emmys this year for writing, directing and starring in Barry). This takes the show to over 50 Emmy nominations.
Hader plays the triple role of Igor, Gregor and Timor but as always he’s just one of a number of celeb cameos this season, including Oscar nominees Albert Brooks and Woody Harrelson, Emmy winners Jon Hamm, Ted Danson and Tracey Ullman, and three-time Emmy nominee Kaley Cuoco. But as usual, the real star is Seinfeld co-creator Larry David being as hysterically inappropriate as ever.
Season 11 has a 94% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As The Daily Beast says, “It’s reassuring to know that no amount of paradigm-shifting, reality-altering events can stop the fictional Larry David from being a smug, screamy, narcissistic loon, and the real Larry David from being the funniest comedian on television.”
Prett-ay, prett-ay, prett-ay good, Larry…
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INSECURE S5 | Binge now
Issa Rae received her third Outstanding Lead Actress: Comedy nomination from the Emmys for her role as Issa in Insecure. Although it was snubbed in the Outstanding Comedy category, the groundbreaking HBO series is also up for Cinematography and Editing Emmys this year, having won the Editing Emmy in 2020. Season 5 brings the groundbreaking series to end, so this will be Emmy voters’ last chance to give Rae the recognition she deserves for changing the TV landscape.
Season 5 has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus calls the show “a fully confident comedy with plenty left to say about friendship, love, and self-esteem.”
While fans will be gutted that Yvonne Orji (Molly) was overlooked in the Supporting Actress category, they can at least root for Natasha Rothwell (Kelli), who is up for her first Supporting Actress Emmy this year for her role as Belinda on Limited Series favourite The White Lotus.
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RAY DONOVAN: THE MOVIE | Stream now
Nominated for a 2022 Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie, Ray Donovan: The Movie picks up where the seventh and final season of the Emmy-winning series left off, with Mickey (Oscar winner Jon Voight) in the wind and Ray (eight-time Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber) determined to find and stop him before he can cause any more carnage.
With multi-award winners Eddie Marsan (Wrath of Man, 21 Grams) and Dash Mihok (Silver Linings PlaybookRomeo + Juliet), Pooch Hall (The Game), and Katharine Moennig (The L Word) co-starring, the Showtime film also weaves together the present-day fallout from the Donovan/Sullivan feud with Ray and Mickey’s origin story from 30 years before.
Prompted by fan protests at the show’s cancellation, Ray Donovan: The Movie has an 87% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with New York Magazine saying, “Ray Donovan: The Movie never feels like cheap fan service; it hints at what an entire eighth season could have been and provides just enough closure while avoiding easy conclusions for most of its characters.”
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SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE S1 | Binge now
Oscar Isaac (Moon KnightStar Wars’ Poe Dameron) is nominated as Outstanding Actor: Limited Series at the 2022 Emmys for his performance as Jonathan in Scenes From A Marriage. This is his first Emmy nomination.
A remake of the iconic 1973 Swedish miniseries by legendary Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman, the HBO drama co-stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark ThirtyThe HelpInterstellar) in an intimate examination of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce, as seen through the eyes of a contemporary American couple.
Written and directed by Golden Globe-winning series creator Hagai Levi (In TreatmentThe Affair), the five-episode miniseries holds an 83% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with TV Guide calling it, “an acting tour de force… impossible to look away from even when it’s almost too difficult to watch.”
OTHER NOMINEES ON SHOWMAX: 
Other nominees you can binge on Showmax include:
• HBO Max’s John Cena superhero series Peacemaker, which is up for Stunt Coordination
• Season 2 of HBO’s televangelism comedy The Righteous Gemstones, which is up for Sound Editing
• HBO’s basketball drama Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, which is up for Cinematography
COMING SOON TO SHOWMAX:
Other nominees that will make their way to Showmax include:
• Season 3 of HBO’s sketch comedy A Black Lady Sketch Show, which is up for five Emmys: Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, Directing, Writing, Editing, and Production Design. It will be ready to binge on Showmax from 1 August 2022
• Julian Fellowes’ HBO period drama The Gilded Age, which is up for a Production Design Emmy and will be on Showmax to binge from 1 August 2022
• The true crime series The Staircase, up for both Outstanding Actress (Toni Colette) and Actor (Colin Firth) in a Limited Series. You can binge it on Showmax from 1 September 2022
• George Carlin’s American Dream is up for five Emmys, including Documentary or Non-Fiction Special, Directing, and Editing, and will land on Showmax on 1 September 2022
• 100 Foot Wave, up for Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Series and Cinematography. Date TBC.
Showmax also has first seasons of Hacks, which has S2 up for 17 Emmys, including Best Comedy; The Flight Attendant, which has its S2 up for three Emmys, including Best Actress: Comedy for Kaley Cuoco; How To With John Wilson, which is up for Writing: Non-Fiction; B Positive, which is up for Cinematography; and Call Me Kat, which is up for Editing. Season 2 of Hacks, The Flight Attendant and How To With John Wilson are coming to Showmax soon.
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Showmax confirms The Real Housewives of Nairobi, slated to begin production in September

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African streaming service Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023 as a Showmax Original, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”
“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”
As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.
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In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export. – Northrop Frye. (more…)

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With K.O, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week! (more…)

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Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa taps Preyé for September

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Preyé, Nigeria’s emerging soul powerhouse, has been selected as Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa artist for September. (more…)

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Showmax titles were the biggest winner at Emmys 2022

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Showmax is the best place in Africa to stream international series, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards. Content on Showmax won 27 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama (HBO’s Succession) and Limited or Anthology Series (HBO’s The White Lotus, the Emmys’ biggest winner this year with 10.)

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Al Jazeera English is proud to announce its end of year slate of new international documentaries

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Al Jazeera English (AJE) is home to some of the best, most diverse and unique documentaries from around the globe. The Internationally aclaimed  broadcaster showcases a wide range of stories, storytellers, perspectives and genres, in films which offer insight, understanding, information and empathy, to complement its global news. AJE airs over 300 documentaries a year, in regular strands and stand-alone slots.

AJE’s latest slate premieres several themed series as well as powerful single documentaries. In ‘Bollywood Dreams’ audiences  follow some of the thousands of ‘strugglers’ across India, who pin their futures and hopes on Bollywood. In the USA, Colombia, Finland and Australia’s Torres Strait Islands we observe First Nation communities reclaim their heritage, combat environmental disaster and fight to sustain their lives and livelihoods. The award-winning ‘Africa Direct’ returns for a second series, with African filmmakers telling African stories in immersive, first-person short docs. AJE’s flagship strand Witness premieres several new films including from Ukraine, India, Iraq, Armenia, South Sudan, Algeria, Spain and Lebanon.

Beyond the premieres, AJE will show some outstanding environmental and football films again in November and December. Witness Australia’s bushfires up close, and experience the permafrost during COP. And while the world is glued to football fields, AJE goes off the pitch to understand six football clubs in the popular series ‘The Fans Who Make Football’.

AJE’s Documentaries unit accounts for around a quarter of the Channel’s total output. From immersive, character-led stories to issue-led exposures, the films prioritise the human lived experiences behind news stories. They aim to challenge prevailing narratives about people, places and power by elevating seldom-heard voices and featuring people telling their own stories.Its documentaries present a range of experiences, lives and views to help viewers think, understand, feel and connect with the world around them.

Our award-winning documentaries provide great range, depth and nuance to our daily news coverage,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, “and we are lucky to have a talented and diverse team which works with a wide array of filmmakers from around the world.”

Ingrid Falk, Manager of Programmes said  “Stories are hugely important in shaping our understanding of the world, so we in the Documentaries unit focus as much on how we tell stories, and who tells them, as the subject matter itself. We try to shift the power of the storytelling itself towards those who have experience the events – we have the space to move away from presenters and reporters as authoritative voices towards first person narratives. Our philosophy is that when we see and hear from people directly, confidently, centred in their own stories, only then can we reimagine notions of authority and power. And in this very unequal world, that is an important thing to do.”

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