Amazing Grey’s, how sweet the trivia?

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Going through some stuff to stream this weekend, I came across somewhat of an interesting religious thread. At least three spots from our top 10 list has directly to do with themes of religion and all in its own special way. Also The M-net movies have already been kind of a religion on Sundays since the earth was flat. Plus you know, Sundays? And what about almost everyone you know following Grey’s Anatomy religiously for the past 15 years? So that’s actually half the spots from our top 10. Assuming the Mnet movies and Grey’s Anatomy aren’t religions (they are), let’s look at some interesting trivia from the remaining three series…

The Righteous Gemstones
This series, created by Danny McBride, follows a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work. Danny stated that he didn’t want this show to bash religion. He rather wanted it to point out the (many) hypocrites. He grew up in the church, and his mother did puppet ministry, and he wanted to take the alternate route that Hollywood does of making fun of one’s religious beliefs.

Original he wrote about a pastor getting caught with his pants down with a good dose of black mail as a result. McBride came to realise that he had a lot more fun writing for the Gemstones, so the shifted the focus of the story to be from their perspectives.

Adam Devine based his performance as Kelvin on pastors that seek to convert celebrities to their church, a lot like Scientology goes about their business (Tom Cruise, anyone?). He joked that his character’s mohawk hairstyle was the way it was, so that his hair could be “as close to God as possible.”

Messiah
This follows the story of a CIA officer who investigates a man who gains a following and attracts attention by acts of public disruptions. The CIA agent tries to uncover whether this dude is a deceptive con artist or a divine entity.

Fun fact: From an Islamic perspective, the Antichrist will show up and claim to be Jesus, the messiah, doing God’s work. He would be able to travel across the planet very quickly and questionably. He will have demons that manipulate matter, to trick his followers into believing ‘miracles’ which are actually illusions. He will eventually claim to be God.

Perpetual Grace, LTD
Perpetual Grace LTD is a modern noir drama which follows James (Jimmi Simpson), a mysterious young grifter who sets his eyes on Pastor Byron Brown (Sir Ben Kingsley) as his next prey.

So here’s the thing – During his career, Jimmi Simpson has played a weirdo who has sex with his siblings, a hacktivist with a pet guinea pig and a ghost from a Steven King creation . One role he hadn’t played before Perpetual Grace, LTD? A straight man.

Can we get a hallelujah?

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the Plumlist if you need to scope out more pickings from where we harvest our weekly top 10. See it as our little TV bible:
#10 Glorious depravity shines bright in The Righteous Gemstones
Danny McBride has built a career out of writing and playing incorrigibly awful and egotistical characters. From his scene-stealing treachery in the most successful stoner comedy of all time, Pineapple Express, to his openly racist, alcoholic professional baseball player in HBO’s Eastbound & Down, and his similarly cruel stint as a vice principal in another of his HBO vehicles Vice Principals, you’d be forgiven for assuming he’s intentionally typecast himself as the quintessential despicable jerk.
On Showmax
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 #9 Your drink-pairing guide to internet TVs
Watching great series and movies on the small screen should be treated as an event. When settling down for an afternoon or evening of bingeing (or all day, we will not judge), one should be as comfortable as possible.
 On Amazon Prime, Netflix & Showmax
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#8 Catch-22: The story behind the story
It’s third time lucky for Yossarian, the US Air Force bombardier caught in the endless loop of contradictions of war that produced the phrase “Catch-22”. The mini-series of that name, now streaming on Showmax, began life as a classic anti-war novel by Joseph Heller.
 On Showmax
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 #7 Your first look at Netflix’s Messiah
When CIA officer Eva Geller (Michelle Monaghan) uncovers information about a man (Mehdi Dehbi) gaining international attention through acts of public disruption, she begins an investigation into his origins
On Netflix
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 #6 Is Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix?
The first 15 seasons of Shonda Rhimes’s fan-favourite medical drama are available to stream to your heart’s content on Showmax right now!
On Showmax
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 #5 Where to watch the M-Net Sunday Night Movies online in December
Now that Trackers is over – with all five episodes ready to binge-watched from the very beginning on Showmax and DStv Now – the M-Net Sunday Night Movies are back in their 20:05 slot. Even if you miss them when they first air, they’ll be available on DStv Now on Catch Up for you to stream on the go wherever you are and whenever suits you.
On DStv Now
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 4#The best kids’ shows for a 2019 end-of-year holiday binge
Just in time for the school holidays, here are six Showmax series that have all earned coveted 100% critics’ ratings on Rotten Tomatoes. Whichever grown-up said “It’s just a kids’ show” clearly hadn’t sat down to watch these classics with their children.
 On Showmax
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 #3 Settle in for a Scorsese masterclass that’s a pure treat
Clocking in at a whopping three hours and 29 minutes (including the end credits), Netflix’s The Irishman is a marathon, but there’s hardly a moment when you start fidgeting and looking at your watch; the film is captivating from the opening scene to the last.
On Netflix 
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 #2 The most outrageous quotes by TV’s one-percenters
These are some of the times our favourite filthy rich TV characters proved how spoiled they are – you’ll find all these scenes in series and movies on Showmax.
 On Showmax
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 #1 Pastors, astronauts and the quest for grace
If you’ve got even a passing familiarity with Ben Kingsley, you probably have a suspicion he’s a badass. Your intuition is correct. He is. And in his new leading role as Pastor Byron Brown – known to most as Pa – in Perpetual Grace LTD he removes any doubt, once and for all.
On Showmax 
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Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 10 spot, The Righteous Gemstones!

Well into the second generation of a grand televangelist tradition, the world-famous Gemstone family is living proof that worship pays dividends in all sizes.

Danny McBride, John Goodman and Adam DeVine play the members of a world-famous televangelist family. They lead opulent lives funded by their followers, but it could all be threatened by their dark secrets.

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