Online streaming network, Showmax, is excited to announce its next original scripted show is currently in production and will be airing this December.
The fish-out-of-water comedy, titled ‘Woke in Progress’, is set at The Maboneng Marble, where two broke, tryna-be-woke twenty-somethings-year-olds become unlikely roommates. Having just found out she’s adopted, 22-year-old Martie has come to Joburg searching for her birth parents; 25-year-old Amandla is trying to reconnect with the motherland after decades of following her political elite father between international posts.
Think 2 Broke Girls meets Dear White People or Broad City meets Insecure, or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt meets Ayeye.
The Showmax original was directed by multi-award-winning director, Reabetswe Moeti. The thirty-year-old director has rapidly made a name for herself since graduating from her Masters at The National Film and Television School in the UK; which was named one of The Top 15 International Film Schools by The Hollywood Reporter last year.
In 2017, when Moeti first pitched Woke In Progress to Showmax, Vogue had just proclaimed Maboneng “the coolest neighborhood in Johannesburg,” while last year Forbes included the cultural hub in its roundup of “The 12 Coolest Neighbourhoods Around The World.”
“Our first two scripted Originals – Tali’s Wedding Diary and The Girl From St Agnes – both broke records as the most-watched shows on Showmax ever, so we know our audience is hungry for quality South African series,” says Candice Fangueiro, head of content at Multichoice’s Connected Video, which houses Showmax and DSTV Now. “We think they’re going to love laughing with Maboneng’s Afropunk crowd just as much as they did with Talibabes in Sea Point in Tali’s Wedding Diary.”
Woke in Progress introduces newcomer Laura Lee Mostert as Martie, additional key cast members include Zandile Lujabe; The Funny Chef Lebogang Tlokana; two-time Comics Choice winner Ebenhaezer Dibakwane; SAFTA nominee Yule Masiteng and Fleur du Cap winner Kiroshan Naidoo.
The edgy comedy premieres on Showmax on 12 December 2019.