Skeem Saam sees lofty heights in the absence of Generations

Skeem Saam sees lofty heights of  7.7 million viewers in the absence of Generations. The youth drama series – Skeem Saam, which was placed by the SABC on the 8pm (20:00) time-slot temporarily while Generations sort itself out, has proved a hit within the first week.

skeem-saamSkeem Saam will remain on the 8pm time-slot for approximately 2 months as ‘new look’ Generations is expected to return in December, but in that two months a lot could happen especially if Skeem Saam could embark on sustained growth and success.

The spokesperson of the public broadcaster (the SABC), Kaizer Kganyago, was quoted by the Sowetan saying “we did not expect such numbers”.

While the publicist of the youth drama (Skeem Saam), Percy Vilakazi, was quoted by the Sowetan as saying “the 8pm slot introduced us to people who might not have seen us before” – further saying they were not surprised at all.

Long time running SABC 1 sopie Generations last aired on September 30, 2014 after creator and executive producer fired 16 actors who made up the entire primary cast.

This was after they reached an impasse on various issues, most notably, the wage dispute as well as the issues of contracts.

The actors embarked on an industrial action and failed to show up for the recording of the show, Mfundi Vundla shocked South Africa when he fired all of them.

Among those fired, Sophie Ndaba, who was there from the very beginning and was the last remaining member of the original cast.

Others included the legendary Menzi Ngubane who portrayed an equally legendary Sibusiso Dlomo and Nambitha Mpumlwana who portrayed Mawande Memela.

When the recorded episodes dried up Generations was pulled off air and Skeem Saam was promoted from the 6:30pm (18:30) time-slot to the coveted 8pm – to very little expectation – but has since surprised drawing 7.7 million viewers within it’s first week.

 

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