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Billions, Shield and Game of Thrones are coming…courtesy of Showmax


WINDHOEK, MAR 7  – This week’s huge news: from 15 April 2019, Game of Thrones S8 will be on Showmax, with new episodes added weekly, the same day they air on M-Net! On top of that we’ve got new seasons of Luther, Billions, Ballers and loads more.

FUTURE MAN S2 : 
First and only on Showmax. Binge from 1 April 2019

Four-time Teen Choice winner Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) stars as Josh Futturman, a janitor by day, gamer by night who is recruited by mysterious visitors to travel through time in order to prevent the extinction of humanity at the hands of an imminent super-race invasion.

Season 2 picks up in 2162. Josh, Wolf (Derek Wilson from Preacher and Rectify), and Tiger (Eliza Coupe from Happy Endings and Casual) learn that their Season 1 mission to stop the cure from getting out didn’t work. In this timeline, Stu Camillo (Oscar nominee Haley Joel Osment) is now in power, having created the cure, and has launched a plan to relocate humanity to Mars. A shadowy organisation called The Pointed Circle seeks to recruit Josh to take Stu down — but are they the good guys, or is Stu? Look out for two-time MTV Movie Award winner Seth Rogen, who plays Susan and is also a director and executive producer on the series.

Best New Media Superhero Series nominee, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 2018

100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

LUTHER S5
2019 release in the UK. Binge from 1 April 2019

A new spate of nightmarish murders once again forces detective John Luther (Idris Elba) to face the depths of human depravity on the streets of London. While the monstrous and seemingly indiscriminate killings become ever more audacious and public, Luther and new recruit D.S. Catherine Halliday (BAFTA winner Wunmi Mosaku) are confounded by a complex tangle of leads and misdirection that seems designed to protect an untouchable corruption. As the body count rises, and gangster George Cornelius (BAFTA nominee Patrick Malahide) applies his own pressure, can Luther catch a killer and save his own neck?

In the title role, Idris Elba won the Golden Globe and was nominated for the Emmy.

8.5/10 | Top Rated TV #184, IMDB | 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

A VERY ENGLISH SCANDAL
Fresh from its run on M-Net. Binge from 1 April 2019

In 1960s England, homosexuality is illegal. The politician Jeremy Thorpe (BAFTA winner Hugh Grant) begins a whirlwind affair with a young stable hand, Norman Scott (BAFTA winner Ben Whishaw). But when the relationship turns sour and Jeremy’s career goes from strength to strength, Norman becomes a secret that Jeremy is desperate to hide. In 1967, Jeremy becomes the leader of the Liberal Party and the youngest leader of any British political party in a hundred years, but as long as his ex-lover Norman is around, his brilliant career is at risk. Behind the oak-panelled doors of Parliament, Jeremy turns to his friends for decisive action. He can see only one way to silence him for good. Based on a true story, A Very English Scandal is written by the BAFTA-winning writer Russell T Davies and directed by Oscar nominee Stephen Frears (The Queen).

Best Supporting Actor (Ben Whishaw), Golden Globes, 2019, where it was also nominated for Best Limited Series & Best Actor (Hugh Grant)

97% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes

BILLIONS S4
Same time as M-Net. Weekly from 10 April 2019 at 21:00

Former enemies Bobby Axelrod (Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti) have come together to form an uneasy but highly effective alliance with Wendy Rhoades (Critics Choice nominee Maggie Siff), the chief counsellor to each, aimed at the eradication of all their rivals, like Grigor Andolov (Oscar nominee John Malkovich) and Taylor Mason (Screen Actors Guild nominee Asia Kate Dillon).

8.4/10 | Top Rated TV #235, IMDB | 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

GAME OF THRONES S8
Same time as M-Net, Weekly from 15 April 2019 at 22:00

The hit HBO series Game of Thrones is returning one last time for its six-episode, eighth and final season in April 2019, where we’ll finally find out who gets to sit on the Iron Throne. The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series is based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song Of Fire and Ice medieval fantasies about the power struggles among the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

Winner of 9 Emmys, including Best Drama, 2018

9.5/10 & Top Rated TV: #3, IMDB

ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA 
Fresh from its run on M-Net. Binge from 22 May 2019

A female employee (Oscar winner Patricia Arquette) at a maximum security prison in upstate New York becomes romantically involved with a pair of inmates (Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano and Oscar winner Benicio del Toro) and helps them escape. Based on a true story, Escape At Dannemora is directed by Ben Stiller (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty).

2019 Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Limited Series (Patricia Arquette)

2019 Directors Guild of America Award for Limited Series (Ben Stiller)

INSECURE S3 
Fresh from its run on M-Net. Binge from 3 June 2019

Created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, Insecure follows the friendship of two black women as they deal with their own real-life flaws while attempting to navigate different worlds and cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences

Golden Globe Best Actress In a Comedy nominee (Issa Rae): 2017 and 2018

2018 Emmy nominee: Best Actress (Issa Rae) and Best Cinematography
COUNTERPART S2
Fresh from its run on M-Net. Binge from 3 June 2019

In Season 1, Howard (Oscar winner J. K. Simmons), a hapless UN employee, discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension, and where his other self is a top spy. Season 2 finds the Crossing closed and each Howard stranded in the other’s world. As a cold war escalates between worlds and deepens the divide, both men find themselves growing increasingly like each other.

Outstanding New Program nominee, Television Critics Association Awards, 2018

100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes | 8.1/10, IMDB

BALLERS S4
Fresh from its run on M-Net. Binge from 3 June 2019

After refusing to compromise his principles by joining an alliance with the filthy-rich Anderson brothers to move a football franchise to Las Vegas, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson from Jumanji) and his partner Joe (Emmy winner Rob Corddry) set out to expand their foothold in the client-management business, weighing an opportunity to purchase an extreme-sports LA outfit founded by Lance Klians (BAFTA nominee Russell Brand).

Nominated for Emmys in 2017 and 2018
Nominated for three Black Reel Awards in two years, including Best Comedy and Best Actor In A Comedy (Dwayne Johnson)

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE…

No Activity S1-2 – Cop comedy | 86% audience rating, Rotten Tomatoes – due 1 April 2019
The Good Wife S1-7 – Legal drama | Golden Globe for Best Actress (Julianna Margulies) – due 1 April 2019
A Million Little Things S1 – Dramedy | 87% audience rating, Rotten Tomatoes – due 15 April 2019
Silicon Valley S6 – Tech start-up comedy | Nominated for four Emmys in 2018, including Best Comedy – due 1 May 2019
Animals S3 – Animated comedy | 84% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes – due 1 May 2019
One Dollar S1 – Murder mystery | 95% audience score, Rotten Tomatoes – due 1 May 2019
The Good Fight S1-2 – Legal drama | Best Drama nominee, TV Critics Association– due 1 May 2019
Burden of Truth S1-2 – Legal drama | 86% rating, Rotten Tomatoes – S1: 1 May 2019 | S2: 3 June 2019
2 Dope Queens S2 – Comedy-talk-show | Featuring Lupita Nyong’o & Daniel Radcliffe – due 1 May 2019
Strange Angel S1 – Cult drama | 94% audience score, Rotten Tomatoes – due 3 June 2019
Get Shorty S1-2 – Crime comedy | 96% audience score, Rotten Tomatoes – due 3 June 2019
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S1-6 – Superheroes | 94% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes – due 3 June 2019
Good Trouble – The Fosters spinoff | 100% critics rating, Rotten Tomatoes – due 1 July 2019


These are just a sample of what’s to come; more titles will be confirmed soon.  – MultiChoice Namibia