CLOAK AND DAGGER S1
First on Showmax
Marvel’s new series is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened by newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. The first two episodes premiered 8 June 2018, with weekly episodes now coming express from the US.
First on Showmax
Younger stars Sutton Foster as a 40-year-old single mom re-booting her career and love-life by pretending to be in her twenties. Hilary Duff and Miriam Schor co-star in this hit romcom from the creator of Sex and The City. The first four episodes are now available, first on Showmax, followed by episodes 5-8 on 1 August 2018, with the last three episodes express from the US.
THE FOSTERS S5
First on Showmax
A compelling drama about a multi-ethnic family mix of adopted and biological teenaged kids being raised by two moms: Stef Adams Foster, a dedicated police officer, and her wife, Lena Adams Foster, a school vice principal. A Teen Choice Breakout Show and GLAAD winner. Binge all five seasons now on Showmax (South Africa only).
First on Showmax
Siren takes us inside the mermaid-obsessed coastal town of Bristol Cove. Following the arrival of a mysterious girl, the battle between man and sea takes a vicious turn as the predatory mermaids return to reclaim their right to the ocean. Look out for Zimbabwean–South African actress Sibongile Mlambo (pictured above) in a leading role as one of the mermaids. 93% critics score and 86% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Binge from 9 July 2018.
NOW ON OR COMING SOON
FEEL LIKE AN AFRICAN TELENOVELA?
The River ep1-100 (new episodes daily, express from 1Magic)
In this hit 1Magic telenovela, the Dlaminis and the Mokoenas are two very different families brought together and divided by the discovery of a diamond in Cullinan, a stone’s throw away from Pretoria. Starring Sindi Dlathu, Hlomla Dandala and SAFTA winners Don Mlangeni, Presley Chweneyagae, and Moshidi Motshegwa.
FEEL LIKE A SAFTA-WINNING PRISON DRAMA?
Lockdown S1-2 (binge now)
Set in a women’s prison where power and survival mean everything, this fast-paced drama will take you into the lives of the inmates as they battle demons that hold them prisoner in every sense of the word. Lockdown won SAFTAs this year for Best Script: Drama and Best Makeup and Hairstyling. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography and Production Design. Season three comes to Mzansi Magic on 9 July 2018, so now is the perfect time to catch-up on one of the most acclaimed local series of recent years.
MISSING MONICA FROM ‘FRIENDS’?
Cougar Town S1-6 (binge now)
Courtney Cox (aka Monica from Friends) was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress In A Comedy or Musical for her role as a fortysomething divorcée with a teen son who considers reentering the dating pool, which just happens to be full of younger men… A three-time People’s Choice nominee.
NEED TO LAUGH ABOUT MARRIAGE?
Togetherness S1-2 (binge now)
Some people have it all figured out. These are not those people. In this hit comedy from the Duplass Brothers, a sputtering marriage becomes more complicated when the husband’s friend and the wife’s older sister move in. Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures) and Peter Gallagher (The OC) were both nominated for Critics Choice awards for their roles in Togetherness, which has a 90% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes.
MISSING JON SNOW?
Gunpowder S1 (binge now)
Kit Harington (Jon Snow in Game of Thrones) and Liv Tyler (Lord of the Rings) co-star in Gunpowder, a three-part miniseries about British activist Guy Fawkes and a group of provincial English Catholics who plan to blow up the House of Lords and kill King James I in the early 17th century.
NEED SOME TIME WITH MEGHAN MARKLE
Suits S7 (binge now)
Now Meghan Markle is royalty, she’s given up her role as Rachel Zane in Suits, so this is her last season in the hit legal series. 88% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.6 rating on IMDB, where it’s one of the 200 top-ranked shows.
JUST FINISHED BROOKLYN NINE-NINE?
Alone Together (due 01/08, first on Showmax)
Stand-up comedians Esther Povitsky (one of Variety’s “10 comics to watch in 2017”) and Benji Aflalo star as platonic friends who are both millennial misfits overlooked in Los Angeles’ vain and status-obsessed culture. Co-creators include Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Andy Samberg and his Emmy-winning Lonely Island collaborators Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.
THINK YOUR FAMILY IS DYSFUNCTIONAL?
Succession S1 (due 06/08, first on Showmax)
The Roy family controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. But what will the future hold for them once their aging father (Emmy-winner Brian Cox) begins to step back from the company? This HBO show was created by Oscar-nominee Jesse Armstrong, who was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for his work on Veep and won a BAFTA for Peep Show.
NEED MORE HARLOTS – WITH ADDED LIV TYLER?
Harlots S2 (due 03/09, first on Showmax)
Margaret Wells (Oscar-nominee Samantha Morton) struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte (Screen Actors Guild winner Jessica Brown Findlay) and Lucy (Eloise Smyth). When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley (Oscar-nominee Lesley Manville), a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back – even if it means losing her family and possibly her life. 95% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes.
AND SO MUCH MORE…
This is just a small selection of the confirmed series coming to Showmax; many more will be added as contracts are finalised in the coming weeks. Please note schedules are subject to change. Let us know if you need updated lineups or more information and high-res pictures on any of these titles.