Big Brother Naija Season 5 winner, Lekan Agbeleshe aka Laycon, is set to star in Showmax’s first-ever Nigerian Original series, ‘I Am LAYCON.’
Speaking about the Showmax Original, Laycon expressed his excitement about the show, saying, “I am excited to continue my new life journey and embrace the new responsibilities of evolving not just myself but everyone around me. I want you to come along for the ride as you get to see the growth that you have supported and loved.”
I Am LAYCON is the first Showmax Original shot in Nigeria. “Showmax is committed to supporting homegrown talent in Nigeria,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of MultiChoice’s Connected Video. “Laycon is a hugely inspirational figure and the perfect choice to kickstart our original content here. Fans across Africa tuned in to see what it takes to win Big Brother Naija, so we’re excited to take those fans along with Laycon on this journey as he adjusts to fame and life outside the house.”
I Am LAYCON is set to premiere exclusively on Showmax in February 2021. Among others, upcoming Showmax Originals include Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s ancient Africa series Blood Psalms, a co-production with Canal+ International, and Uthando Lodumo, a reality series about South Africa’s gqom queen Babes Wodumo and her fiancé, Mampintsha, all expected in 2021.
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Coming from humble beginnings, the 26-year-old musician and philosophy graduate had to hustle his way through life before landing a spot in Biggie’s house, where he wormed his way into the hearts of fans across the continent with his wit and lyrical genius. Laycon beat 19 other housemates on 27 September 2020 to emerge as the winner of BBNaija S5, winning 85 million Naira worth of cash prizes. Following his BBNaija triumph, Laycon already has 2.4m followers and growing. He is now working on his first album.
Fans of BBNaija and lovers of exciting reality TV are invited to follow Laycon on his journey after BBNaija, as he settles into life as a star with his own reality TV show, while juggling his personal relationships and growing music career in one of Africa’s biggest cities, Lagos. Will he achieve his ambition to blow?
The BBN S5 collection on Showmax has every Head of House challenge, weekly tasks, the Betway challenges, Saturday Nights parties, Sunday night evictions and even the private diary room sessions when the housemates had to nominate who would be voted out every week. And, of course, the big finale where Laycon took home the biggest prize in Big Brother Naija history!
‘Sex Education’ Renewed For Season 3
Production for Sex Education season 3 started in September 2020 (behind schedule from April due to coronavirus), but sadly we don’t have a release date yet. However, we’ve achieved a few calculations to try and work out whilst we might be able to anticipate it.
Netflix introduced that Sex Education had been renewed for season 2 on February 1, 2019, and the season premiered on January 17, 2020. The assertion approximately season 3 also happened in February 2020 – obviously, a January 2021 release date isn’t at the playing cards as filming changed into delayed this time around.
If we take this five-month setback into consideration, we’re probably searching at Sex Education season three dropping in June 2021. As for when we are able to anticipate to discover (if our prediction is accurate), season 2’s release date turned into announced around months earlier than it aired, so maintain an eye out in April 2021.
Sex Education season 3 cast
Good news – masses of familiar faces are returning to carry on wherein we left off at the end of season 2. Asa Butterfield can be back as Otis, with Gillian Anderson returning as his intercourse therapist mother Jean. Other returning Moordale students encompass Ncuti Gatwa as Otis’ best friend Eric, Emma Mackey as Maeve, Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee, Connor Swindells as Adam, Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson, Patricia Allison as Ola, and Tanya Reynolds as Lily. Alistair Petrie will reprise his position as Adam’s father and previous headmaster, Mr Groff, too.
Sex Education Season 3
There are a few new faces inside the cast, too. Girls actor Jemima Kirke will play Moordale’s new headteacher, Hope, while musician Dua Saleh is non-binary pupil Cal. Jason Isaacs, of Harry Potter and Star Trek: Discovery repute, is also on board, gambling Peter Groff, Mr Groff’s “more a success/less modest” older brother
Sex Education season 3 plot
The new cast announcements provide us a touch perception into what can also manifest in Sex Education season 3 – for instance, we recognise that there’s a new headteacher on the town, in the form of newly member Jemima Kirke, so we will wager that there’ll be some adjustments at Moordale High. While we don’t understand any plot details for certain, there are pretty a few unfastened ends from the quit of season 2 to tie up, so we are able to risk a wager at what’s to come.
For one factor, Jean unearths out she’s pregnant within the season finale – after her dating with Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt) has already broken down. Plus, Jean and Otis aren’t talking to each other after she discovered out about the intercourse advice hospital he was jogging at school, so Otis has yet to find out.
Meanwhile, Adam overcomes his insecurities to publicly claim his feelings for Eric, so we’ll no question get to see how their relationship develops in season 3. Meanwhile, Otis attempts to do the same issue, leaving Maeve a voicemail apologising for his behaviour and telling her that he loves her. However, Maeve’s friend Isaac (George Robinson) deletes the message and sends Otis away while he comes to see her – will Maeve ever find out how he feels?
Elsewhere inside the season 2 finale, Maeve finds out that her mum (Anne-Marie Duff) is the use of capsules once more and calls social offerings on her. The authorities take away her little sister, leaving Maeve on her own again, that is bound to have emotional repercussions that can be explored in season 3.
New Faces Revealed For The Second Season Of Netflix’s ‘Blood & Water’
Netflix South Africa has shared the new faces joining ‘Blood & Water’ for the highly anticipated second season.
Netflix South Africa has revealed the new additions to the popular original series Blood & Water. This comes ahead of the highly anticipated second season which is reportedly set to premiere later this year. Netflix South Africa’s shared a fun video of the cast dancing behind the scenes and fans immediately spotted new faces. The video, which has close to 200 000 views, has Blood & Water followers excited for the second season.
According to TimesLIVE, the new faces joining Blood & Water are Leroy Siyafa, who will play Sam, a new love interest that is set to cause chaos. Katishcka Chanderlal and Alzavia Abrahams will play new characters, Pauline and Zayd. The other addition is Reece, played by Greteli Fincham, who will be getting more screen time in the second season.
Netflix South Africa has shared the video of the new fresh-faced cast members dancing with some of the season one cast members including Ama Qamata, Natasha Thahane, Cindy Mahlangu, Arno Greeff, Dillon Windvogel and Khosi Ngema. The new cast announcement follows Blood & Water director, Nosipho Dumisa’s mission to open up the South African TV and film industry.
Blood & Water was the first-ever original African series to be ranked first in ten different countries including the U.S and Nigeria. The hit series was South Africa’s second Netflix original after Queen Sono. The teen-led high school drama follows the lives of wealthy South African teenagers and the shocking scandals that they are embroiled in. The series has also been noted for its stellar soundtrack which has featured Nasty C and Rowlene.
source : okayafrica.com
Issa Rae Lands An Eight-episode Order At HBO Max For The Half-hour Comedy “Rap Sh*t”
Issa Rae will write the pilot and executive produce an eight-episode comedy series under her Hoorae production banner, after she landed an order at HBO Max for the half-hour comedy “Rap Sh*t.” The project was first announced as being in development in October 2019. It follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the news comes just after HBO announced that the upcoming fifth season of Insecure would be its last. Rae earned a best comedy series Emmy nomination for its most recent season. She’s also an exec producer of two other HBO projects: A Black Lady Sketch Show and the documentary Seen & Heard, about the history of Black representation on television. In addition, Rae is developing a TV adaptation of the podcast Nice White Parents with Adam McKay and a show about backyard wrestling with Dwayne Johnson.
With casting currently underway for a production start this summer, The Variety revealed that, the news keeps Rae in business with WarnerMedia. It was announced around a month ago that her critically-acclaimed, hit HBO comedy series, “Insecure,” would end with its upcoming fifth season. Season 5 is set to debut sometime later this year.
“Insecure” has received widespread critical acclaim across its four seasons, with the series averaging a 95% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It has also received a host of award wins and nominations throughout its run. That includes an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations for Rae in the lead actress in a comedy category. She is repped by UTA, 3 Arts, and Hansen Jacobson. Singleton is repped by UTA.
Showmax And CANAL+ Announce First Kenyan Original Series
Streaming service Showmax is expanding its investment in Africa with its first original Kenyan series and second co-production with global broadcaster CANAL+. The leading media company and pay-TV operator and the internet TV service provider have begun production on Crime & Justice, a gritty police procedural and legal show set in Nairobi.
Crime & Justice features a heavy-weight cast with Sarah Hassan (Plan B, How to Find a Husband) and Alfred Munyua (Poacher, The First Grader, Sense8) starring as Makena and Silas, the two detectives at the heart of the topical show that follows one ripped-from-the-headlines case per episode, all the way through to the courtroom verdict.
“When I first read the script, I loved the delivery and realness of Silas as a character. It’s not exaggerated and he’s no Rambo hero; he just tackles his cases the normal way. I found a very real edge with this script, and I hope I’ll do justice to the role,” says Munyua.
Hassan says she is looking forward to playing a detective for the first time in her career. “This is a very different character; I’ve never played anything like Makena before. It’s very exciting to get a character that makes me grow as an actor.”
Hassan and Munyua are joined by Maqbul Mohammed (Varshita, Auntie Boss) as DCI Boss Kebo, Paul Ogola (Sense8, Kati Kati) as Prosecutor Sokoro and Brian Ogola (Lusala, Disconnect) as Caleb, the resident pathologist, as well as the stage and screen legend John Sibi-Okumu (The Constant Gardener, The First Grader), Muhugu Theuri (Pillow Talk, Pieces of Us), Brian Abajah (Sincerely Daisy), Martin Githinji (Sue na Jonnie, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind) and Justin Mirichii (Rafiki, Watu Wote) in guest roles.
Crime & Justice is directed and produced by Adam Neutzsky-Wulff, whose slate of films and series include All The Little Things We Kill, starring Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards, Homeland), and You Are Here, starring Teen Choice nominee Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars, iZombie, The Originals), Peter Vack (Love Life, The Bold Type), Lea Thompson (Switched at Birth, Back to the Future) and MTV Movie Award winner William Baldwin (Dirty Sexy Money, Gossip Girl, Parenthood).
Working alongside Adam in the production team is an all-star Kenyan crew, including co-producer Maureen Wanjiku (Subira, Kenya’s 2019 Oscar entry, East Africa’s Got Talent); two-time Kalasha award-winning lighting technician Walter Odhiambo (Plan B, 40 Sticks); cinematographer Sammy Maina (Lost in Africa, Country Queen), who’ll be taking over from Helge Gerull after episode 2; art director Eugene Oyoo (Kenya’s 2018 Oscar entry Supa Modo); and casting director Lorella Jowi (Watu Wote, Kenya’s first Oscar-nominated film).
While this is the first Kenyan Showmax Original, it is not the first foray into original Kenyan content for the MultiChoice Group, Showmax’s parent company. With more than 25 years of experience in Kenya with its video entertainment businesses GOtv and DStv, MultiChoice produces more than 10 original Kenyan productions each year, including some of the most popular series on its flagship East African channel, Maisha Magic, like Kina, Selina, Pete and Chozi. Showmax subscribers benefit from this wealth of content, as many of these much-loved shows are also available on the standalone streaming service.
“We are fundamentally an African business and are invested in telling African stories that reflect the lives, languages and cultures of the continent. We believe in African talent and look forward to shining the international spotlight on not only Kenyan stars, but the Kenyan technical industry’s capabilities,” says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO for General Entertainment & Connected Video. “We believe that streaming video is a powerful way to deliver these shared stories. This is one of many more Showmax Originals we have in the pipeline across Africa.”
Crime & Justice follows the announcement of the first CANAL+ and MultiChoice co-production earlier this year, Blood Psalms, which will premiere on Showmax in 2021.
Based on ancient African mythology, Blood Psalms is an epic 10-part series that chronicles the rise to power of a fierce teenaged princess, Zazi (Bokang Phelane from Keeping Score, Emoyeni), who battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through ancient curses, long-standing tribal vendettas, and the wrath of the Gods.
CANAL+, which will distribute Crime & Justice to its French-speaking base, is also committed to entertainment in Africa. Fabrice Faux, Chief Content Officer of CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL, says, “As part of our strategy of providing our subscribers with the best original content from the continent, we are proud to partner with Showmax and enrich myCanal as well as CANAL+ channels with such premium series.”
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