Soapie fans were in shock on Friday after e.tv dropped the bombshell that Rhythm City would be canned…
Viewers will watch the final episode on 16 July next year at 19:00. According to e.tv, the show will be replaced by another locally produced soapie.
But don’t worry, producers vow to tie up all loose ends so that fans aren’t left wondering ‘what happened?’
“Over the past decade, Rhythm City has given viewers a delicious mix of earth-shattering rivalry, overwhelming big loves, debilitating betrayals, and unforgettable duplicitous behaviour,” says e.tv’s Marlon Davids.
“The next few months of the show will have a strong focus on finalising prominent plot lines, some of which, like the introduction of Suffocate’s long lost adoptive son Pule, will take fan favourites back into time, to when it all started.”
13 Years of entertainment
After entertaining viewers for over 13 years, and hitting almost 5.2 million viewers this year, Rhythm City is ranked amongst the country’s top 10 soapies. It has even been the launching pad of some top musicians including Amo Chidi and the late Dumi Masilela.
Listen to music from the hit show on Spotify below:
However, according to e.tv’s Marlon Davids, “The decision to decommission Rhythm City is part of a business strategy, which includes reviewing a show’s on-air life cycle.”
There aren’t currently any details on what the replacement show will be.
Perhaps the writing was on the wall for the demise of the soapie after three popular actors left at the beginning of 2020.
Jamie Bartlett (who played Genaro), Samkelo Ndlovu (who played Lerato), and Amo Chidi (who played Reneilwe) all left the soap this year.
The soapie also had to halt production briefly when the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.
Goodbye to an epic show
“Rhythm City has secured its place in e.tv‘s history books, and a legacy mark has been made. We want to extend our gratitude to the entire production staff, crew, and cast for their incomparable craft,” says Davids.
“In keeping with e.tv‘s mandate on local productions, Rhythm City will be replaced by another local daily drama, adding to a now increased local offering of four daily dramas.”
Rhythm City currently airs every weekday at 7:00PM, preceded by Durban Gen and followed by Scandal!