It never rains but pours…
The SABC announced its plans to pull the plug on the long-standing soapie, Isidingo last year and the penultimate episode is finally upon us. The last episode that will put an end into an epic era will air on the 12th of March. Fans of the soapie can catch the final lap every weekday in the evening on SABC 3 at 19:00 PM.
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At the time, it was reported that the show was decommissioned mainly due of dwindling ratings and lack of advertising revenue. After 21 years, the curtain will fall and the question remains, what will replace the show? The 19:00 PM broadcasting slot had been a profitable spot for the channel for many years and with mounting debt for the public broadcaster, it was only a matter of time.
The free to air channel has tried to keep the show on air before, moving it around to ascertain which slot was the most suitable for the soapie. Another show that was a casualty of the ongoing instability at the channel wast Top Billing. Late last year, the SABC reported that they had to cancel their successful lifestyle TV show that lasted for 27 years on air. Top Billing was cancelled after the cash strapped broadcaster surmised that it didn’t recoup the money it took to produce each episode.
Do you think the SABC’s struggles are over?
Shannon Esra Stars in New M-Net Series Lioness
Shannon Esra to star in a new role.
A new 10-part series is coming your way this January 2021, courtesy of M-Net. It is aptly titled (Lioness) as it stars a beast in every right. Shannon Esra takes on another lead role that further demonstrates the actress’ range.
Having already made appearances in some of South Africa’s most watched telenovelas (The Queen, The River, The Throne and, most recently, Gomora), the 36 year old actress brings to life the character Sam, who loses her children, her lover, and her freedom when she is framed for fraud.
Lioness is created and produced by Ochre Moving Pictures, which has brought you riveting content for years in eTV’s Scandal and Mzansi Magic shows like Greed and Desires and two seasons of Housekeepers.
Here’s a sneak peak at what you can expect on the show:
Just as the trailer clearly depicts, the M-Net original series follows Sam, as she comes to grips with her abrupt arrest in front of her children. She is forced to reach into the depths of her baser instincts in order to fight for her family against her ex husband.
Don’t forget to watch the thriller, which premieres on Thursday, 28 January 2021.
Real Reason Why Thandeka Dawn King Left Uzalo
Thandeka Dawn King Exits Uzalo after 5 Years!
The buhlungus never phel…
2021 is proof of this Zulu proverb. Uzalo star, Thandeka Dawn King who portrays the character of Mangcobo is set to exit the SABC 1 soapie. The news was broken by Phil Mphela on his #KgopoloReports updates on Twitter.
In the tweet, the entertainment commentator alluded to King leaving Uzalo for a new lead role in Black Brain Picture series dubbed “Diepsloot”.
CASTING NEWS: Dawn Thandeka King to lead new series
Former Uzalo star, will play lead on a new series produced by Black Brain Pictures.
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 10, 2021
Thandeka has been the main drawcard on the soapie for five years. According to reports, the 43 year old opted not to renew her contract with the soapie for the seventh season.
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King has taken time off the soapie before to record other projects such as five seasons of Mzansi Magic’s Lockdown. There is no suggestion that this will be the last time we see her on the show.
The odds of her returning anytime soon are slim, as the actress will be relocating to Johannesburg.
Thandeka is one of many superstars that has quit the show amid dwindling television ratings and a threat of cancellation by the public broadcaster. Fan-favourite Khaya Dladla is displaying his range after he left the show’s flamboyant role as GC.
Our eyes will be glued to the screen in anticipation of Thandeka’s new project as well as what to make of Uzalo’s storyline after her exit.
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How Gomora’s Langa Became Teddy’s Ninja
Thank you, Langa.
Now that rapey Manzi’s filthy misconduct has been unmasked, the meaningful connection between Langa and Teddy has become an even more important one to observe. Not that long ago, these two had been bumping heads, almost unable to find a way to reconcile their seemingly different personalities and backgrounds.
For a time, the bridge dividing Sandton and Alexandra could not be wider between the teenagers.
Langa was the smart one with a razor-sharp tongue and the ability to grasp complex concepts with the quickness. God knows he’d throw that intellect at you with the pompous demeanor that riled up the boys in the classroom.
Teddy, on the other hand, is a fan-favourite on the Mzansi Magic TV show precisely because he is so relatable. His learning difficulties are often balanced out by his fighting spirit and one hell of an endearing personality. There’s literally nothing not to love about Teddy.
The two had been such a clash of personalities that they often came terribly close to blows during the peak of the debates, during which Teddy’s struggles were laid bare. Langa, of course, had taken every opportunity to decimate him.
Watching Langa becoming Teddy’s confidant, best friend and ninja has been the talk of the town. In a heartwarming scene that found Gomora return to its initial glory as the darling of social media, Langa flew to Teddy’s rescue.
Teddy had been trying to flee the scam that is Manzi when Langa opened the letter in which Teddy detailed the rape. Fortunately, Langa learned of the letter’s contents, running to stop Teddy’s attempt at escaping. That scene was really something!
In recent episodes of the popular telenovela, Langa’s courageous actions have led to Manzi being exposed.
Although Teddy could not bring himself to press charges right away because of the trauma and pain suffered in silence as an older lady abused her power to sexually abuse him in secret, at least some people have become aware of her twisted motives.
The fact Zodwa does not believe her own son is rather unfortunate, but it really does speak to the reality many victims of rape must still confront. It’s the very thing that had stopped him from speaking out sooner. And still, the sense of shame continues to make it difficult for him to want to take this all the way to the courts.
Joined now by Ntokozo, Langa stormed out of Manzi’s class in protest and support of Teddy. He’s the friend we all need.
Gomora airs on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161, weekdays at 19:30.