GREATER ACCRA – Tuesday, June 2, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Proudly produced by Finesse-LXG, RTP 2013 best television series award winner – X.O.X.O., (title inspired by a youth digital slang for hugs and kisses) an urban-centred programme that stands out for its compelling themes and scenes as well as an array of beautiful young ladies is returning for its lockdown edition and 4th anticipated issue on June 4, according to Writer and Producer, Edward Seddoh Jnr.
But the rules have now changed, as XOXO seeks to go digital, as opposed to mainstream TV broadcasts. Hence the 13-week episode path, under theme “Network Lockdown”, would not be on the agenda for now. Rather, a more flexible digital channel broadcast accessible on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube and as well on pay-per-view platforms such as it’s resident channel on the MTN Shortz platform, would be the way to go now.
Timelines between episodes would be more flexible now in order to embrace not only the new normal in the wake of the current global situation, but also to allow for interactive contributions from the fans into the storylines. Just as it was from the very beginning when the fans had to text ‘X’ or ‘O’ for the episodic outcome, future episodes of Season 4 would take that route, apparently, even making room for fan and celebrity cameo casting over time.
The season premiere storyline takes the form of the world in lockdown and how members of the defunct Network group (Josh, Akua, Roy, Nana Yaa and co) have had to wake up from their quarantine slumber to respond to a call about the deal of a lifetime coming all the way from Ukraine, where their longtime friend and member of the group, Parker, is now based. As with XOXO, there are more exciting surprises to come after this, and hopefully, sponsorship would not be far off.
“Though, it hasn’t been all rosy behind the scenes in terms of raising sponsorship for the series. Indeed we had expected to finish the series at Season 4 in grand style. Alas, it was not to be, with one delay after another in sponsorship promises. We didn’t just want to end the series the usual way. We wanted it to be special; something that would be memorable for years. In December of 2016, the crew and cast had returned to set for the much awaited Season 4, only for the intended sponsor to make a U-turn, in the wake of a business emergency. Product placements from the sponsor was already part of the plan. Shooting had to be suspended. – The writer/producer stated
In its third season since its inception about a year ago, the plot is untypically unpredictable and often inspired by feedback from viewers in the form of text messages on which direction they want the story to go, depending on dilemma questions asked at the end of each episode where viewers get to text X or O to MTN shortcode 1756.
Currently, the story mostly revolves around the central character, Josh (Harold Amenyah), the ladies’ man whose personal life is beginning to take a toll on his working life and is on the verge of losing everything, thanks to a plan hatched by two aggrieved guys working in the shadows, both of whom not only consider Josh a threat to their own personal relationships, past and present, but would also publicly label him as one of Accra’s Baddest Boys in an online publication.
Daniel Kaluuya Shares Motivation Behind Upcoming Live-Action ‘Barney’ Film
Daniel Kaluuya shared an interesting take on Barney, and the motivation behind his up-coming live-action adaptation of the children’s series. The 31-year-old British actor is producing what will be a sobering interpretation of the lovable purple T-Rex, one that Kaluuya says is “really needed” at the moment.
“Barney taught us, ‘I love you, you love me. Won’t you say you love me too?’ That’s one of the first songs I remember, and what happens when that isn’t true? I thought that was really heartbreaking,” Kaluuya told Entertainment Weekly in an interview promoting his upcoming film Judas and the Black Messiah. “I have no idea why but it feels like that makes sense. It feels like there’s something unexpected that can be poignant but optimistic. Especially at this time now, I think that’s really, really needed.’’
Mattel Films is co-producing the live-action Barney film alongside Kaluuya’s production company, 59%, and Valparaiso Pictures.
Barney & Friends originally aired on PBS from 1992-2009. The purple dinosaur and his sidekick, B.J. and Baby Bop, taught legions of young viewers educational messages through songs and dance.
Aside from Barney, Kaluuya opened up to EW about portraying Black Pantry Party member Fred Hampton in Judas and The Black Messiah, co-starring Lakeith Stanfield.
“One of my aspirations was to show how brilliant these people were in every way, and what they were really doing, to show the full picture, away from the narrow narrative that has been portrayed. Show what they were really doing in this time, and how revolutionary their ideas were. It didn’t necessarily mean destruction. They were actually about healing and loving and taking care of your community. These activities do not feel like they’re associated with the Black Panther party but that’s the foundation of it, which is why it spread.”
PAPA BENJI: Basket Mouth’s Web Series Debuts October 31 [SEE TRAILER]
Off his “The Zing Network” production company, Bright Okpocha, a popular Nigeria comedian known as Basketmouth has released a nearly 6-minute trailer, directed by Adasa Cookey, which offers an insight into his ‘Papa Benji’ web comedy series that promises to be an interesting one with characters such as Nedu, Broda Shaggi, Buchi the comedian and Basketmouth himself
With the use of cartoons to depict his characters, the comedy series tells the story of an industrious Igbo man who took a loan to start his pepper soup joint which attends to many other interesting characters who come into the pepper soup joint to discuss pop culture, current affairs and other people’s business. The much anticipated web series is billed to premiere October 31, 2020.
Davido Casts Alongside Rick Ross, Eddy Murphy, Wesley Snipes In A Cameo Role In The “Coming 2 America” Movie
In October 2019, Davido had been cast in a cameo role in the Coming 2 America movie – an upcoming American comedy film which is the second installment in the Coming to America film series, and serves as a sequel to the original film of 1988. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 18, 2020 by Paramount Pictures in the United States and Canada.
On August 17, 2019, filming officially began in Atlanta, Georgia. Rick Ross confirmed during the same month that his Georgia mega mansion will be used as a location in the film. On October 1, 2019, in an interview with Collider, Murphy confirmed that production on Beverly Hills Cop IV will commence after the filming of Coming 2 America has wrapped. Filming officially wrapped on November 9, 2019.
Set after the events of the first film, former Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has a son he never knew about in America – a street savvy Queens native named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler). Honoring his royal father’s (James Earl Jones) dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) set off to America once again.
The film stars Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Michael Blankson, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones, Rick Ross etc.
50 Cent Announces Third ‘Power’ Spin-Off With Joseph Sikora
Starz has greenlighted the third new series in the Power universe, moving up the premiere of the new spinoff from Courtney Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Power Book IV: Force will focus on Power’s Tommy Egan, with Joseph Sikora set to reprise his role.
Robert Munic will serve as showrunner and executive producer on the Lionsgate Television-produced series, with the order coming ahead of the September 6 premiere of Power Book II: Ghost, starring Michael Rainey Jr., Naturi Naughton, Mary J. Blige and Cliff “Method Man” Smith.
The previously announced new series centers around Tommy Egan (Sikora), after he cuts ties and puts New York in his rearview mirror for good. The Tommy spinoff, initially titled Power Book V: Force, has been renamed Power Book IV: Force, and will premiere following the prequel series Power Book III: Raising Kanan.
“Power has been one of the most successful series in premium pay television during its six-year run, garnering more than 10 million multiplatform views in its last two seasons and we can’t wait to take fans in a whole new direction as we pick-up Tommy’s story with Power Book IV: Force,” said Starz President of Programming Christina Davis.
Power Book II: Ghost premieres at 9 PM ET/PT on Sunday, September 6 before moving to its regular timeslot at 8 PM on Starz in the U.S. and Canada, and day and date on the Starzplay international streaming service. The premiere season will be split into two parts of five episodes each, with the second half scheduled to air later this year.
Prequel story Power Book III: Raising Kanan, that harkens back to the early years of Power character Kanan Stark, is set to resume production this fall for premiere on Starz in 2021. Mekai Curtis stars as young Kanan Stark, alongside Patina Miller who will play his mom, Raquel Thomas, Omar Epps, Hailey Kilgore and Lovie Simone. Power Book III: Raising Kanan is created by Sascha Penn who serves as showrunner and executive producer.
The Power Universe series are executive produced by Power creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her company End of Episode and through her overall deal with Lionsgate Television, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television. Also serving as executive producers are Mark Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment MM, End of Episode’s Danielle DeJesus and Chris Selak, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich.
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