Last updated on Jan 27th, 2021 at 05:04 pm
It’s a sad end to the week as Netflix confirmed that the second season of Queen Sono, Africa’s first-ever Netflix Original series, will not be happening any longer.
Fans of Netflix South Africa’s first-ever original drama, Queen Sono will have been disappointed to learn this week that the local series will not be renewed for a second season after all. The wildly successful series had captured the hearts of viewers across the globe and looked set to return for its sophomore season. However, a Netflix South Africa representative has confirmed to All4Women that the show will no longer be going ahead.
Netlfix reveals Queen Sono has been canned.
Queen Sono first debuted on Netflix back in February 2020 and at the time it truly looked as if Africa had arrived on the global Video on Demand stage. Not only did the show stand out because it was the first ever African Netflix Original, but it met all the standards of a great Netflix production as it boasted world class cinematography, an exciting storyline, strong acting performances and jaw-dropping costume and art design.
Shortly after the first season released on Netflix, it was confirmed that a second season would be in the works shortly and we’ve been eagerly awaiting updates ever since.
Unfortunately, the update we received towards the end of November was not exactly what we expected.
Following a flurry of reports in South African media, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed to All4Women that the rumours were true and that Queen Sono would not be renewed after all. They said in a brief statement, “We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with season 2 of Queen Sono.
“We are incredibly proud of the Diprente team for sharing their audacious vision and bringing it to life with Netlflix. A huge thank you to our fans across the world for the love shared for our first African Original series.”
“Netflix is also grateful to the amazing efforts shown by the cast and crew for their stellar efforts in creating this show for our members around the world. We’ll continue to work closely with South Africa’s creative industry to keep producing more compelling ‘Made-in-South Africa’ stories.”
Another casualty of 2020. Thank you to all the fans and awesome team behind Queen Sono for the magic https://t.co/7U3ECFBeW5
— Kagiso Lediga (@KagisoLediga) November 26, 2020
Kagiso Lediga and Pearl Thusi respond
The news, as you can imagine, was devastating for viewers of the show, let alone those who had invested in it. Diprente Media’s Kagiso Lediga, who directed Queen Sono, expressed his sentiments as he said, “We wrote a beautiful story that spanned the continent but unfortunately could not be executed in these current trying times”.
Pearl Thusi remained upbeat as she swallowed the difficult news, adding, It’s so incredible that we as a team got a lifetime opportunity to make history together as there will never be another ‘first’ African Netflix Original Series. I’m proud of the work we did, but everything happens for a reason. I am excited about what the future holds.”
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