2020 was an unusual year, to say the least. Since the coronavirus arrived on our shores, TV became an escape from the pervading gloomy and stressful atmosphere.

Thankfully, some of the offerings enjoyed a red carpet premiere before our reality shifted to the virtual realm.

 

BOITY: OWN YOUR THRONE

Boity: Own Your Throne.

Viewers were elated to learn that Boitumelo “Boity” Thulo had bagged her own reality show. When it debuted on BET in January, it trended on social media. Fans were completely obsessed with their all-access pass to Thulo and tuned in religiously to see what was going on in the world of the actress, rapper and TV host.

QUEEN SONO

There was a lot of hype around Netflix’s first African original series. With Pearl Thusi at the helm, the series also starred Vuyo Dabula, Sechaba Morojele, Chi Mhende, Loyiso Madinga, Rob Van Vuuren, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, Enhle Maphumulo, Abigail Kubeka, Connie Chiume, Otto Nobela and James Ngcobo. The crime drama explored the worlds of secret agents with the Special Operations Group (SOG) and the powerful Gromova crime family. Sadly, Netflix cancelled the second season due to the challenges brought on by Covid-19.

 

STILL BREATHING

Still Breathing

This drama on M-Net left viewers fighting back the tears. From the creative husband-and-wife duo, Tiffany and Johnny Barbuzano, the series looked at life, death and the mess in between. In some ways, it reminded me of “A Million Little Things”, where a suicide becomes a sort of Pandora’s Box to exposing a scandal, which has a ripple effect on the lives of several close-knit friends. Brilliant series with a stellar cast.

LIFE WITH KELLY KHUMALO

Kelly Khumalo has grown a thick skin over the years. She’s had no choice but to do so as the award-winning singer and actress has had her name dragged through the mud on several occasions. Synonymous with controversy, especially where her love life is concerned, she is regularly trolled on social media.

She added: “I don’t want people to think I’m setting the record straight. That’s not what this show is about. I owe nobody an explanation, whatsoever. The premise of this show is to tell my story through my own lens.”

 

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