8:30 PM on weekdays are about to change for fans of Isibaya; this after Multichoice confirmed that the soapie will be coming to an end this year.
The writing had been on the wall for Isibaya fans, it must be said. Speculation about the show’s future has been rife since last year and although it looked as if the Zulu soapie might survive another year, fans were dealt a damning blow in the first month of 2021 after Multichoice confirmed what they had long feared. The show, will in fact, not go on and Isibaya will be coming to an end in the next few months.
Multichoice confirms Isibaya will not be continuing
Isibaya has been a household favourite for years, ever since it debuted on Mzansi Magic back in 2013. Not only has it dominated television screens, but the drama, based eBhubesini – a small village in KZN – has generated plenty of chatter on social media where it trends every other night.
Unfortunately, all of the drama on screen was not enough to save Isibaya’s future off it. This week, Multichoice issued a comment confirming the rumours from 2020 that the show will indeed be coming to an end. As well as that, they confirmed that a new telenovela will be taking its place.
I don’t know who needs to hear this but #Isibaya will be the next soapie to be canned.
— Kgabo Shilabjwe (@kgabo_shilabjwe) March 30, 2020
Nomsa Pholiso, who is the channel director for local entertainment channels at M-Net, confirmed the news to Daily Sun when she said, “It’s always sad when a show that was popular and loved ends, as is the case with Isibaya. However, times change and television is about adopting and adapting. As Mzansi Magic, we’re thrilled about the new partnership with Black Brain Productions. The other exciting element is that this is their first telenovela. It’s a great opportunity for Black Brain to broaden their base and creativity,”
What next for Mzansi Magic viewers?
The same report in Daily Sun confirmed that a new show has already been commissioned for the 8:30 PM weekday slot: a telenovela named Diepsloot which will be produced by Black Brain productions. Black Brain produced the likes of Lockdown, Thandeka’s diary and the popular local film Loving Thokoza and if these productions are anything to go by, then we have plenty of drama in store when Diepsloot airs.
Not much is known about the new show except that it will be led by veteran actress, Dawn Thandeka King who is leaving her role on Uzalo (SABC 1) to take the lead on the exciting new drama.
CASTING NEWS: Dawn Thandeka King to lead new series
Former Uzalo star, will play lead on a new series produced by Black Brain Pictures.
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 10, 2021
Will you be tuning in to watch Diepsloot or are you too saddened by the fact that