‘Hush’ to premiere on Africa Magic

Hope you had a wonderful Easter Holiday, guess this is the longest on our 2016 calendar as the norm. Thank you ZBC TV for good programming during the holidays, we had everything for the children to adults. Although some of the shows are old or repetitions from other stations, the bottom line is that we got value for our licences. You managed to make sure the children understand the stories of Easter with your cartoon selection and the movies on Jesus crucifixion.

At least we are moving with times and even some of the songs played on the station were of the Easter theme.

We had good television viewing, but too bad we have to go back to work.

Enough of the local news. Now, checking on DStv, it seems the premier league season has begun and a lot of men are already falling for soccer.

I won’t dwell much on the subject because I am no fanatic of the game.

The ides of March are ending and on Monday April 4 viewers across Africa will welcome a new and exciting telenovela to their screens as Africa Magic premières “Hush”, a tale of fashion, politics and ambition which follows different members of high society as they collide.

The story of “Hush” revolves around Bam and Arinola, power-players in fashion and politics respectively. Bam, played by Richard Mofe-Damijo, is one of Africa’s biggest designers based in Lagos State, Nigeria, and Arinola, played by Thelma Okoduwa, is one of the state’s fastest rising politicians. The intrigue begins when Bam proposes marriage to Arinola, an action that sets in motion a chain of events propelled by the secrets in their respective lives, secrets that run through the back-rooms of secret societies, the corridors of the judiciary and on social media.

The director, M-Net West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said: “‘Hush’ is an exciting telenovela that explores the intriguing relationship between two powerful individuals, and the power tussle between players in fashion, politics, and high-society.

The storyline is unique even as the acting promises to be exciting, given the calibre of the cast and crew involved. We are excited for our viewers and urge them to tune in to catch Hush.”

“Hush” follows in the stead of Africa Magic’s recently concluded and highly popular Nigerian telenovela “Hotel Majestic” and promises to keep viewers entertained with its themes of love, power, high-society, betrayal and intrigue. The telenovela explores the precarious and delicate weaving between seemingly disparate worlds which co-exist in Lagos, each possessing its own eco-system based on interconnecting, seamless interaction, secret alliances and loyalty.

“There’s a co-dependency of which not all players are aware. Sometimes this is a healthy relationship, often times not. The cast of “Hush” is stellar and the show marks a return to television for a number of renowned actors and actresses. All these factors make for exciting viewing and we can’t wait for our viewers from all over Africa to tune in,” Mba-Uzoukwu added.

“Hush” premières on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151) and will air on week-nights at 21:00 CAT and stars Richard Mofe Damijo, Thelma Okoduwa, Olu Jacobs, Baj Adebule, Rotimi Adelegan and Meg Otanwa.

Still on new babies, True Movies: The tragic downfall of hit comedy Diff’rent Strokes’ young cast

It was one of the most successful American sitcoms of the late 1970s and 1980s and made Gary Coleman and the often repeated line “What you talkin’ about, Willis?” famous with television viewers around the world.

“Different Strokes” focused on two black kids from Harlem, Arnold Jackson and older brother Willis, who are welcomed into the family of wealthy New York businessman Philip Drummond and his daughter when their mother, his housekeeper, passes away.

Its three young stars – Coleman, Todd Bridges and Dana Plato – soon became wealthy but the real cost of their childhood fame is revealed in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorised Story of Diff’rent Strokes which airs on True Movies (DStv Channel 138) on Tuesday, March 29, at 20h45. And it isn’t a cute, pretty or funny story as both Coleman and Bridges reveal in the film, giving their sides of the story. “Show business”, said Coleman, “didn’t ground me up, but I am well chewed.”

After the series ended, Coleman sued his parents and manager for blowing his multimillion dollar trust fund and later filed for bankruptcy

Things were worse at a time for Bridges. He got into drugs, was arrested repeatedly and charged with a wide range of crimes.

The member of the original threesome who does not appear in Behind the Camera: The Unauthorised Story of Diff’rent Strokes is Dana Plato. Arrested for robbing a store with a toy gun in 1991 and serving time in jail for forging Valium prescriptions in 1992, she died of a drug overdose in 1999.

After the making of Behind the Camera: The Unauthorised Story of Diff’rent Strokes, tragedy struck again. Coleman died of an epidural hematoma at the age of 42.

The biopic stars Bobb’e J Thompson, John Innes and Teryl Rothery.

Don’t forget to touch that remote.

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