It seemed like a curious concept. It piqued our interests at least. But after 2 underwhelming episodes, we’re not really sure we’re interested in seeing more of The Shade Corner.
We can’t make any claims to know what the point of Accelerate TV is. Is it just an avenue for access bank to burn excess cash? Is it a branding tool? Is it supposed to be a revenue stream? We can’t say for sure. What we can reasonably guess, though, is that, whenever anyone thought up and green-lit the idea, they didn’t do it with the intention of boring viewers. Which is exactly what this show does. Or, what it does when it isn’t annoying us.
The high point is the cast members, particularly Adebayo Oke-Lawal, Noble Ezeala and Camille Shaiyen, who should be on TV a lot more. But almost everything else about the show needs an overhaul. The set, the directing, the lighting, even the shade which is supposed to be the entire point of the show ends up being little more than tepid commentary (not much of a surprise when the show is hosted by people who more than likely will have to rub shoulders with the people they’re supposed to be talking about). Pretty disappointing to witness, especially now that competing bank-sponsored-online-TV platform, RED TV, seems to finally be getting the hang of things
. It’s frustrating because the potential is so clearly there, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. We’re just going to say we hope The Shade Corner is taken back to where it came from, rejigged, and improved. Whenever that happens, we’ll be first in line to watch again. But for now? We’ll have to pass.