September Newsletter: August Review, Return of TV Season and Introducing a Google Film Calendar + Mailing List

Dear reader,

Thank you to every reader and friend of this blog. We appreciate every support that we receive, in form of retweets, mentions and other forms of engagement. We do not take your support for granted.

KOB has finally landed (insert a profound Yoruba proverb about a boil bursting). How did y’all enjoy the groundbreaking Netflix series. Netflix might just have found their OWN Nollywood franchise, and we can only hope it gets better from here! With no access to subscriber count, I am quite confident that they gained quite a lot of subscribers in August, with the release of additional Nollywood movies like the historical ‘76, Kenneth Gyang’s The Lost Cafe, highly sought after Ije: The Journey, 2020’s Quam’s Money, and Play Network’s remake of Nneka the Pretty Serpent. In September, they hope we would still be enjoying and rewatching the KOB series, while only releasing titles like the highest-grossing Nollywood film, Omo Ghetto: The Saga; EbonyLife’s Castle & Castle, and book-adaptation, The Smart Money Woman. I hope they have other unannounced releases, if not, we should be ready to end the year with quite a number of other exciting Nollywood titles.

In theatrical Nollywood news, Ayinla has grossed over 90 million naira so far, in what is a huge win for alternative stories in the industry. Congratulations to Greoh Studios, Jade Osiberu, Tunde Kelani and the whole team. We are looking forward to what Greoh has cooking for us next, with Osiberu’s latest, Gangs of Lagos—starring Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Tobi Bakre, and Chike—entering the post production stage.

Going abroad, are you team Gunn or Team Ayer? DC’s latest, The Suicide Squad, has performed woefully at the box office despite improved critic reviews. A number of factors have been blamed, but this second iteration still remains divided among DC fanboys. We reviewed it and we thought Gunn gunned his version *wink wink*.
Fans of American TV shows can also look forward to the return of quite a number of them, commonly referred to as the Fall Season Premiere. We have got Billions, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Chicago Med, Bob Hearts Abishola, etc (see bottom of this page for more and their dates). On the streaming scene, Sex Education and Money Heist are making a return to Netflix this month.

To keep track of these TV shows and other films, we want to introduce a tool that we have designed in exchange for something little—your email address. With this tool, we are offering a calendar which you can add to your phone. The Google-backed calendar contains TV shows and movies, and their respective release dates. This helps you to keep track of exciting titles without having to constantly open an app or use the internet. Fill this form to subscribe, and you will be added to this calendar. With your free subscription to the calendar, you are also confirming your subscription to occasional promotional blog newsletters, exclusive giveaways and other offers. However, your email addresses won’t be used for other purposes than we have stated.

N.B: We love Nollywood (insert deep proverb that stresses a mother’s love for their child).

Monthly News Pick

  • Idris Elba has landed a role in Sonic 2 as Knuckles. Do we even remember Sonic 1?
  • Netflix invites viewers to participate in their reality TV series over a website. You can submit video entries for Nailed It!, Queer Eye, The Circle, Love is Blind, etc. Try your luck!
  • Home Alone Remake premieres on November 12, exclusively on Disney+ as Home Sweet Home Alone. A new holiday classic or nah?
  • Globacom has launched their own streaming service, GloTV. The platform promises Nollywood, Bollywood, sports programmes, news, and live TV. Free trial until 30th September. Only available to Glo subscribers.
  • Victor Olaotan, a Nollywood TV veteran, died in August. May his soul rest in peace. 

Non-Review essays in April

Some posts don’t have to be reviews.

We reviewed the following movies

Reviews, as you know them.

Highlight of New Films in September

Special mentions: De Wedding Gift (17th, cinemas) and Worth (3rd, Netflix).

Highlight of New TV Series in September

The following TV shows return in September:

September 2: What We Do in the Shadows season 3 (FX), A.P. Bio season 4 (Peacock)
September 8: Into the Night season 2 (Netflix), The Circle season 3 (Netflix)
September 15: Nailed It! season 6 (Netflix)
September 20: 9-1-1 season 5 (FOX), Bob Hearts Abishola season 3 (CBS), NCIS season 19 (CBS)
September 21: The Resident season 5 (FOX), New Amsterdam season 4 (NBC)
September 22: Home Economics season 2 (ABC), Chicago PD season 9 (NBC),The Goldbergs season 9 (ABC), Chicago Fire season 10 (NBC), Chicago Med season 7 (NBC)
September 23: Doom Patrol season 3 (HBO Max), Law and Order: SVU season 23 (NBC)
September 26: Family Guy season 20 (FOX), Bob’s Burgers season 12 (FOX), BMF (Starz), The Simpsons season 33 (FOX), The Rookie season 4 (ABC)
September 30: Station 19 season 5 (ABC), Love 101 season 2 (Netflix), Grey’s Anatomy season 18 (ABC)

Which of the film(s) and TV show(s) are you looking forward to the most?  Did we forget any? Let us know in the comments below.

You can read the reviews to a number of the mentioned films and TV series when the month starts. Keep an eye out. You can subscribe to email notifications and follow us on our social media pages.

Thank you for all you do, reader.

Bis bald,
Ikeade Oriade
(Managing Editor)

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