- The production of SABC 1 's Uzalo's Season 7 has allegedly been halted
- The cast and crew have been informed that filming of the new season will not start in 2020 as scheduled
- Uzalo's viewers have shared mixed reactions about the latest development
The production of Season 7 of Uzalo has reportedly been halted. Mzansi entertainment commentator Phil Mphela has taken to social media to share that the cast and crew of the SABC 1 show have been told that the production of the new season will not start as scheduled.
Phil shared that the production contract process with the public broadcaster is cited as one of the causes of the delay. Mphela wrote on Twitter on Monday afternoon, 30 November:
"TV: New season of Uzalo halted. Cast and crew of the biggest show in South Africa have been informed that production on season 7 will not start in 2020 as scheduled. Production contracts process with SABC is cited as the cause and payments have not been made."
Uzalo is of one of the biggest and most-watched telenovela's in the country. Tweeps have shared mixed reactions to the sad news about the soapie. Check out some of their comments below:
"The show is useless now and it has lost its spark. It must be cancelled."
"The show is kind of trash these days, recycling storylines."
"It's been boring lately anyway, highly predictable."
"Cancel the damn show."
"It might end up being canned, SA productions do not last."
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported that Rhythm City has been cancelled after being on air for the past 13 years. The e.tv soapie will broadcast its final episode on 16 July, 2021. Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela shared the sad news on Twitter on Friday afternoon, 20 November.
The viewers of the show have also taken to the micro-blogging app to share their thoughts on the latest development. Phil wrote:
"TV: Rhythm City cancelled. Long-running daily drama is coming to an end after 13 years on TV. The show will air its last episode on 16 July 2021 at 7:00pm."
Another local drama will replace the show. According to a statement from the channel, the decision to decommission the show is part of a business strategy. Marlon Davids, managing director at e.tv, said:
"We want to extend our gratitude to the entire production staff, crew and cast for their incomparable craft."
The viewers of the soapie took to Twitter to share their opinions on e.tv's decision to cancel the show. A tweep @MulaudziBT said:
"Isidingo and now Rhythm City and I hear Muvhango might be next. In my opinion they are all really good productions. People are gonna lose jobs too."
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