In a first, SABC 1, 2 and 3 held a joint press screening at The Oyster Box hotel in Durban this afternoon. The purpose of their press screening is to keep the TV media up to date with the changes happening at the channels, new shows and new seasons of shows currently on the channels.
Upcoming shows on the youth focused channel include the brand-new season of the popular dance show, So You Think You Can Dance. Auditions have taken place in Durban and Cape Town, with little to no media knowledge. Rapid Blue is one again in charge of the production. In the press pack, there is a picture of Muvhango actor, Themba Nofemele. We wonder if this means that he’s the host. If he is, then I think it won’t work. Sade Giliberti did a commendable job and sometimes change is not good Rapid Blue, so we hope you keep her. The show will start on Saturday, 17 August 2013.
The second season of the gay lifestyle drama series, After Nine, is also coming back. The drama series, which stars Aaron Molosi, Lucky Khoza and Matshepo Maleme was controversial when it first aired because of its subject matter. This season promises to take the story further.
The third season of Bar One Man Hunt moves from SABC3 to SABC1. Previously hosted by the capable Ursula Chikane, the show is now going to be hosted by tough guy, presenter, musician and actor, Howza. It’s a pity it moved from SABC 1, but as with most advertiser backed programmes, ratings are very important and we all know that SABC 1 is a ratings powerhouse.
The second part of the second season of the excellently written drama, Skeem Saam, returns next Thursday at 8.30pm. New additions to the cast include Destiny magazine's marketing executive, Neo Ramitshana, who plays Botshelo, a new interest in one of the boy’s lives. Audiences met her in the Face of Turf competition; she was one of the top three finalists alongside Rachel and Mapitsi. Her role gets bigger in this series when she meets one of the boys.
Mondays at 7pm, is the comedy slot of SABC 1 and new comedy, Single Guys will air. A couple of educational docu-reality-series, like Vuka Kleva, Smovana and the second season of In Debt will also premiere during this season.
Generations is starting its 20th year anniversary five months earlier. With The Bold and the Beautiful moving to SABC 3, and all the variety shows moving from 6.30pm to 6pm, meaning that Generations will air 20 of their most iconic and genre changing episodes in that slot. According to channel head, Sam Mpherwa, the episodes that were chosen were those that made a big impact in the industry. “We could’ve chosen an episode from each year, but it wasn’t going to work. So we decided to choose the episodes that were groundbreaking, made an impact on Generations and the TV industry and also those episodes which without them, some characters wouldn’t have been created.”