I guess it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Generations as we know it, will soon be ending and we'll be off our screens for two months.
After the main cast embarked on a strike in August, the show fired all 16 of them and this has led to the show being on a production break for more than a month and because of this, the series has run out of episodes.
The show will be broadcast for the last time on September 30, 2014. There will be no new episodes until early December. The show is being rebooted and will return, with a new story, cast and possibly a new name, in December. In it's place will be Skeem Sam, which is currently on SABC 1 at 6.30pm.
The most watched TV show in the country, which has once crossed the 8 million threshold, is an institution on our screens and is as old as South Africa's democracy. Created by Mfundi Vundla in the early 90s, the show is one of the most iconic and has created many stars.
Actors like Connie Ferguson, Fana Mokoena, Akin Omotoso, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Lillian Dube, Rina Nienaber, Sello Maake ka Ncube, became household names. The sole original cast member remaining, Sophie Ndaba, is one of the most popular celebrities, thanks to the show. Their roles were and still are iconic and most, if not all of them, are still called by their characters' names.
For many young actors, being on Generations was hitting the big time and therefore became huge stars. But the time for being a star vs. being 'underpaid' had them questioning themselves and how they were basically getting 'screwed' over by the MMSV and the public broadcaster.
The fired actors have taken MMSV Productions to the CCMA because they want to their jobs back. With the money and three year contracts that they want and was promised to them last year November.
Our Hopes for the new Generations
- They get a new set of writers. The show desperately needs new blood to whip it into shape.
- The actors they cast should be a mix of proven talent and new faces. There are so many great actors in SA that it would be a shame if they don't cast them on this show. That's if it's better than the current mess it is.
- Kill the soapie and make it an edgy drama. Why not? It's a clean slate, surely they can afford to go back to the drawing board and create an amazing show?
- Get a new name. Generations without Queen Moroka is just not, well, Generations. A new name will give the show a new identity and we will soon forget there ever was a show called Generations on out screen.
It's an interesting time in the country's entertainment industry and this will not only go down in history as the year that SA actors took a stand, but also that the creator of the show would rather lose millions than to bow down to actors, who are also partly responsible for the success of the show, and give them better contracts and more money.