Woke in Progress. Rare View Media
Together with my writing partner, SAFTA winner Reabetswe Moeti, I developed a Maboneng-based sitcom. Two seasons of 'Woke in Progress' were commissioned by a local streaming broadcaster. Rea and I co-head wrote 26 episodes of the 24-minute show, which follows two broke, tryna-be-woke twenty-somethings as they navigate rent, race relations and relationships in Joburg. The show was produced through Rare View Media. Unfortunately, the show was a casualty of 2020, and production was cancelled.
Filming started on Monday in Johannesburg on the 13-episode Woke in Progress, a second Showmax Original scripted comedy series for MultiChoice's subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service.
MultiChoice's Connected Video division on Tuesday announced that it had commissioned Woke in Progress as its second scripted comedy series following Tali's Wedding Diary, and its third scripted series overall after the drama series The Girl from St Agnes.
Rea Moeti (30) is the co-creator and director of Woke in Progress, produced by her Rare View Media production company as a project she first pitched to Showmax in 2017 and developed with Emma Lungiswa De Wet. Karabo Lediga and Sipho Sondiyazi joined the production team later.
The comedy series that will be released on Showmax on 12 December 2019 is set in Maboneng, and takes place at The Maboneng Marble where two broke 20-somethings become unlikely roommates.
Having just found out she’s adopted, the 22-year-old Martie (newcomer Laura Lee Mostert) has come to Johannesburg searching for her birth parents; while the 25-year-old Amandla (Zandile Lujabe) is trying to reconnect with the motherland after decades of following her political elite father between international posts.
The rest of the Woke in Progress cast includes Lebogang Tlokana, Ebenhaezer Dibakwane, Yule Masiteng and Kiroshan Naidoo.
Showmax describes Woke in Progress as a mix of CBS' 2 Broke Girls that was on M-Net meets Netflix's Dear White People, or Comedy Central's Broad City meets Insecure, or Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt meets Mzansi Magic's Ayeye.