OMNI Television Original Mangoes: A Slice of Life Joins Programming Slate, Premiering Nov. 11
– Six all-new 30-minute episodes features real-life brothers Adeel (The Early Days) and Khurram Suhrwardy (The Early Days) as Sami and Rakay, respectively, and Maha Warsi as Asha –
TORONTO (November 1, 2018) – Friendship is a bond that knows no borders. Based on the popular web series Mangoes, Mangoes: A Slice of Life tells a globally relevant story with a uniquely Canadian perspective. It follows the adventures of three millennials with South Asian backgrounds as they explore the true potential of life in Canada, premiering Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT on OMNI Television (check local listings). Co-created, co-produced, and starring real-life brothers Adeel and Khurram Suhrwardy as Sami and Rakay, respectively, the six all-new 30-minute episodes are available in English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi for OMNI’s multicultural audiences.
“I’m so proud that OMNI audiences will get to see the adventures of these characters continue into a new series,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “Mangoes: A Slice of Life is OMNI Television’s third original drama this year alongside Second Jen and Blood and Water as part of its enduring commitment to produce premium multicultural content and ensure viewers have access to stories that reflect their own diverse communities.”
Mangoes: A Slice of Life follows the adventures, emotions and experiences of three unlikely friends, including Asha (Maha Warsi), a fiercely independent woman and psychology student from India; Sami (Adeel Suhrwardy), a sensitive, well-educated immigrant from Pakistan struggling to find a job in his field; and Rakay (Khurram Suhrwardy), a hopeless romantic – and often irresponsible – MBA student from Pakistan. Picking up two years after the web series dropped off, the new episodes see dramatic developments as Asha gets engaged to be married, Sami lands a job at a corporate firm, and Rakay settles down from his loose lifestyle. Through unrelated events, the trio connect in Toronto and navigate the unfamiliar challenges of being a young immigrant in a new country.
“When we first dreamt of creating this series, we wanted to share the experiences of immigrants like us, but with a comedic twist,” said Adeel Suhrwardy, Creator and Star on Mangoes: A Slice of Life. “These are the everyday stories of three friends who, like many immigrants alone in a new country, become each other’s family.”
Based on one of the world’s most watched Canadian web series, Mangoes: A Slice of Life is filmed in Toronto and with its diverse cast, the series will continue to bring light to the shifting makeup of Canada’s urban centres and growing class of multicultural audiences.
“There is nothing like it on TV, which is why the show has been so popular online and around the world,” Maha Warsi, Actor, Mangoes: A Slice of Life. “The characters are filled with such depth and the stories are reflective of what’s happening in the world and with Canadian society.”
Audiences will have access to full episodes on OMNITV.ca next day post-broadcast, as well as on Rogers on Demand.
Mangoes: A Slice of Life is produced in association with OMNI Television, a division of Rogers Media. Co-created and co-produced by Adeel Suhrwardy and Khurram Suhrwardy. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues is Director of Original Programming, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Senior Vice President of TV & Broadcast Operations.
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About OMNI Television
OMNI Television is Canada’s only multilingual and multicultural television broadcaster. Available in 11 million Canadian households, the OMNI brand includes the national TV channel OMNI Regional plus five local television stations. OMNI offers a wide range of locally produced and acquired programming in more than 20 languages, including news, current affairs and entertainment content in Cantonese, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin and Punjabi. OMNI is part of Rogers Media, which is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit OMNITV.ca.
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