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The TV Snitch- Bonang, SABC, Generations, Heroes and Game of Thrones

Bonang versus SABC

Last Sunday, the news broke that SABC had severed its ties to TV and radio personality Bonang Matheba. The public broadcaster allegedly fired Bonang – who has previously been the host of SABC 1’s Live before joining SABC 3’s Top Billing and Metro FM’s The Front Row – all because she chose her SuperSport show, World Cup Live.
SABC 1 had told selected members of the media that Bonang was to be part of a lifestyle show centred on the World Cup, Good Morning Brazil. Bonang was supposed to be a contributor on the show, alongside Lerato Kganyago.  The broadcaster claims no talent on any SABC platform is allowed to be on any other broadcasters.
The broadcaster might feel they “own” her and the brand she  cultivated. However, one cannot blame her for wanting to broaden her horizons. 
How is it okay for a writer on SABC 2’s Muvhango, to also be a head writer on Rockville, which is on Mzansi Magic?
How is it okay for Robert Marawa, Unathi Msengana and William Lehong, all three on Metro FM, to also be on SuperSport, M-Net’s Idols and eNCA respectively?
No one can blame Bonang for wanting to broaden her horizons and the genre of TV she presents. In the ever-changing world of TV, one needs to be multitalented, which is what Bonang is. And this is why she is one of the best presenters . This is a sad loss for the SABC. 

Is Generations misogynistic?

I’ve been watching Generations these past few weeks and I’ve noticed the women can never win. If they are not being cheated on, stalked, their downfalls plotted and used as pawns in a chess game, the female characters on the SABC 1 soap never have anything going for them.
Take Dineo Dlomo, portrayed by Katlego Danke. Dineo has been through everything. Failed marriages that were always written as if it was her fault; miscarriages, which led to her doing extreme things just so she could give her husband a child; being editor of successful magazines, yet getting kicked out just because she and the chief executive didn’t get on well; being seen as a bitter woman; and, she just got kicked out of Ezweni Communications, where she was chief executive.
She’s one of the most hard-working characters on the show and all these bad things that keep happening to her make it seem like the writers don’t like women who know what they want. I know calling the show misogynistic is far-fetched, but I’m sick of the good things only happening to Sibusiso Dlomo, who happens to be the show’s biggest villain. 
Let’s hope the addition of Atandwa Kani, who will apparently be playing a playboy, will shake things up.

Heroes Reborn: Mr Bennett Returns
Remember the guy with the horn-rimmed glasses we never knew was good or bad? Well, he’s coming back for the Heroes reboot. Noah Bennett, portrayed by Jack Coleman, is the first original cast member to be joining the show. Noah was cheerleader Claire’s father. The show will premiere next year and creator Tim Kring and NBC boss Bob Greenblatt revealed at last month’s NBC Upfront that some of the familiar faces from the show are bound to pop in. 

Game of Thrones Finale

M-Net, thanks to the Memorial Day holiday, caught up to the US broadcast of Game of Thrones. Now that the finale has aired – what do you think of it? Please tweet us about your thoughts on it. This season has lived up to its theme “Valar Morghulis”, which means “All Men Must Die”. So many key characters died this season: Joffrey, Lysa Aryn, Oberyn Martell, and two big characters – but I won’t spoil it for viewers who haven’t watched.  
Now what can we expect next season? Keep it locked on the blog for interviews with the creators on what we can expect in season five.

*This column was published in the 22 June 2014 issue of the Sunday Tribune SMtv Guide*

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