New Locally-Made TV Shows Captivate Viewers In South Africa
South African viewers are in for a treat as series of new TV shows are being launched, creating a hard-hitting competitive edge against the older shows. New storylines from local producers have proven that local productions understand the market and are able to create content that encapsulates viewers. April has brought about several new shows that have proven to be captivating, creating intense competition against well-established shows such as Uzalo, Scandal and Gomora.
Locally produced shows that are being brought anew to South Africa screens are:
- The Estate which has replaced SABC 3's Isidingo
- uBettina Wethu on SABC 1, which is a localised new series based on the US sitcom Ugly Betty
- Diep City, a show that is replacing the much-loved Isibaya
- The return of Rockville, which is on its fifth season
Viewers have not been disappointed at the premiere of some of these shows, according to reports. Responding to the viewers' reviews, Connie Ferguson explained how it felt returning to the small screen and playing her role as Ausi Mavis on Rockville and being the show's producer that launched Ferguson Films. "This show makes me so emotional; it is our firstborn. Rockville is the show that started it all; It is the show that launched the Sunday night drama slot on Mzansi Magic. It created opportunities for many, including Shona and me, as first-time producers. As we go into season 5, I would like to take a moment to say thank you", she said.
Responses were also received from other actors such as Dineo Langa, who now is cast in The Estate and Brighton Mngoma, who has found a new home in uBettina Wethu. They expressed their gratitude for the opportunities and excited about the new shows that have launched their new characters. Nozuko Ncayiyane, an actress on Diep City, was left speechless on debut day, only stating how grateful she was for having been selected to play a leading role.