Generations stars axed… what’s next?

We all know that the SABC, Mfundi Vundla and his team have been playing hardball, as have the 16 actors embroiled in the employment Ts&Cs associated to SABC 1’s hit soap, Generations. So much so it led to all of them being dismissed yesterday. This unfortunate situation made me think of the following:

 

  • What’s next for the Generations as a show? Apparently the storylines have been pretty weak of late, so perhaps this is a well thought-out, strategic plan on the creator’s behalf? Out with the old, in with the new? The SABC has said the show will continue… my question is how?
  • Sure you can dismiss 16 actors, but how on earth do you depict that in the show? Do you get other actors to replace those dismissed? You don’t do that overnight though. Those characters are some of the longest standing, most loved people on TV, so not any old actor can come in an encapsulate and embody those characters right off the bat.
  • I know this is the soapie genre and sometimes you make shit shine, but you also can’t just kill off all of these characters i.e. they miraculously all die in a plane crash or die as a result of an Ebola outbreak. That needs to be represented in some manner through the storylines and visually. So good luck to the current writers and directors involved in the production.
  • Connie Ferguson made a bold move by leaving the hit soap a few years back. Her and hubby, Shona haven’t looked back since, with the success of their production Rockville on Mzansi Magic and a good run in the M-Net soapie The Wild. Maybe they’re looking at a new soapie for rival free-to-air channel, ETV or better yet, for the pay-tv market, which involves many of the 16 stars?
  • How will audience ratings be affected by the dismissal? Will they turn their attention to rival soapies Isibaya, Scandal, Rhythm City? Or will Generations continue with its dedicated +- 7million strong audience?
  • How does this affect the industry as a whole? Will the likes of Sophia Ndaba, Menzi Ngubane and Katlego Danke get the money they feel they deserve in other shows, soapies they may be involved in going forward? The cast of Friends got their way a few years back, as have several other productions. This is good for the industry because the on-screen talent clearly craves this. It’s no longer a case of “I need work so I’ll just take what I can”. It’s now about show reels, ratings and broadcasters putting their money where their mouths are. Only a good thing, albeit tense.

 

What do you make of it? Any thoughts from your side?

Taylor Swift Shakes It Off in her new single

Look who has finally dropped some new music… It’s none other than Taylor Swift. Her new single is called Shake It Off – a very light, fun pop single. The star makes light of some of the stories about her writing songs about her exes and making millions off them in this one too. She’s shaking it off and having fun while she’s doing it. Nice feel good song. Her forthcoming album is called 1989 and it is due to drop later this year… Available as a pre-order on iTunes now. Welcome back Taylor!

Open letter from the Generations Actors Guild to fans

Dear Fans and Generations Viewers:

 

By now, you would have heard that we, the principal cast of Generations, have made a decision to embark on a strike, and walk off the set of Generations.

 

First of all, we want to apologise for the inconvenience that this may cause you, as our loyal viewers and fans. Please believe that it is not a decision we came to lightly. However, in light of the SABC and the MMSV Productions continued refusal to engage with us, and our grievances, we felt that reviving the strike was the only course of action available to us.

 

We wanted to take this opportunity to explain to you exactly what led to this drastic action, and give a full context of the events to date.  It is also important for us to state that before we went on strike, we made a point of communicating our unhappiness to MMSV Productions, to no avail.

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Generations cast on strike again

Generations is one of SABC’s flagship shows. The award winning soap pulls in millions of viewers every night and the stars on the show have become some of the most recognisable faces in South Africa. While the show usually stays winning, it hasn’t been without its fair share of controversy. Last year the principal cast members embarked on a strike because of a wage dispute. It looked like everything was back on track – or so it appeared as if it was. That is no longer the case though because the stars have once again embarked on strike action. They’ve been threatened instant dismissal if they don’t report for duty. Their response? They didn’t report for duty – and rightfully so.

If what was agreed upon initially isn’t met, then why would you agree to such terms? This is their livelihood. My opinion. Here’s an official press release issues:

Generations Principal Cast Embarks on Strike Action

In a continuation of the legal action first set in motion in October 2013, the principal cast of Generations has embarked on a strike  as of Monday, 11th August, 2014. The strike is in response to the production company, MMSV Productions  and SABC’s failure to address the terms that all the parties agreed to in November 2013, which resulted in the cast returning to work.

 

The cast explains:  “We are essentially in exactly the same position we were in last October when we first went on strike.  Nothing has been resolved. We came back to work after the first strike in good faith, on the understanding that all the issues that we’d brought up would be addressed by the SABC  by this past March– a date that they set.  Since then, they have missed their own deadline, and pushed the date out,  with no discernable resolution to our grievances in sight. Instead, we’ve been ordered back to work and threatened with dismissal, with no explanation of why our issues have not been resolved .”

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RIP Robin Williams: 1951-2014

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It is a very sad day for the entertainment world and beyond. Actor Robin Williams is dead. The award-winning actor was found dead in his home in what is believed to be as a result of suicide by asphyxiation. The investigations into the exact cause are ongoing though. How very, very sad is this? A man who was so full of life, so funny and who appeared to be one of the most happy and positive people around.

Tributes are pouring in thick and fast:

President Obama has also released a statement on behalf of his family:
Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.

Here’s a lovely montage of Robin with his co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar:

How talented was this man? DAMN!

We salute him for bringing some of the most loved and memorable film characters to life, for bringing us such joy. Condolences go out to his family during this time and may Robin Williams Rest In Peace.

Idols 10 – and then there were 31

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The funny bit of the new season of Idols is done and dusted and now the hard work begins… I secretly wish we had more audition centers around the country because that would mean we could laugh a little more, but it’s time to get down to business. Last night’s episode dealt with the first bit of what has become known as ‘Hell week’… Hell because there’s very little time, very little sleep, a lot of nervous energy and plenty of tension – especially when it comes to the group sessions. The judges are ruthless and cull like it means nothing, so the contestants have to step up to the plate, bring their A-game and ensure that they have the drive, the passion and of course the talent to be the next South African Idol. Here are the 31 hopefuls going through to the next round of hell week. One thing’s for sure, one of these names will be shining bright come November: Boitumelo Morobane (20) from Johannesburg

Bongiwe Silinda (23) from Nelspruit

Celine Homan (17) from Gordon’s Bay

Chante Geary (20) from Witbank

Chloë Clark (25) from Durban

Demi Lee (24) from Durbanville

Dineo Moseki (20) from Tlakgameng in Northwest

Eddie Koeberg (24) from Plettenberg Bay

Hanan Baarth (20) from Cape Town

Ivan Roux (23) from Centurion

Kyle “London” Louw (24) from Cape Town

Kyle Deutschmann (26) from Durban

Lebogang Komane (19) from Ga Rankuwa

Leon van Zyl (18) from Springs

Lihle Buthelezi (25) from Ladysmith

Lize Mynhardt (21) from Stellenbosch

Lyle Tyrell (21) from Cape Town

Malibongwe Zulu (20) from Durban

Mirandi Smith (25) from Rustenburg

Monique Erens (17) from Cape Town

Morgan Deane Smith (30) from Cape Town

Musa Mashiane (27) from eMalahleni

Niyaaz Arendse (18) from Ottery

Olivia Cloud (16) from Johannesburg

Rowan de Villiers (23) from Durbanville

Roxy McVean (19) from Cape Town

Sarah Swanepoel (22) from Durbanville

Tebogo Louw (22) from Stellenbosch

Thulane Masango (23) from eMalahleni

Vincent Bones (29) from Durban

Vincent Verhoog (25) from Parow

Did you watch the show? Did you enjoy it? Did the right people go through? Holler with your comments

Forget an Easter Egg hunt, get in there with Castle Lite

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Most of us love chocolate, right? Well as the novelty of searching for Easter eggs wears off with us getting wiser (older), and the opportunity to replace chocolate with something like beer (which is arguably just as tasty) increases, you might like to hear about this. Caste Lite is giving its loyal fans the opportunity to win one of 500 8-packs. They’re not regular cans- they’ve up sized them to 440ml.

This brand is constantly pushing the boundaries when it comes to being unique and innovative in the market. Not only do they bring us some of the biggest names in music, but they bring us Extra cool campaigns like this one.

If you haven’t already won yourself an 8-pack, you have four more days left to be in it to win it. All you will need to do is keep your eye on the Caste Lite social networks for updates, clues and times for when you need to log on to the site and search for the ‘Easter eggs’. Not only will they  give you access to the Cold Room, you’ll also get a registered account that will allow you to access the Extra Cold Music platform. I had a look at that earlier in the week and the list of tracks on there will not disappoint you. Trust me!

So you’re a loyal Castle Lite consumer and you’re wanting to be rewarded for your loyalty right? Well here are the details once again. Go to:

Follow Castle Lite on Twitter @castleliteSA

Find Castle Lite on Facebook: facebook.com/castlelite

Or go to www.castlelite.co.za

Watch The Script’s new video, shot in Jozi

The Script are back and ready to show off their hard work that comes in the form of a brand new album called No Sound Without Silence. This is their fourth album and you can get your hands on a copy on the 15th of September.

The first single off that album is called Superheroes. The video was shot on location in the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg, South Africa. Check it out below:

Tracklisting for No Sound Without Silence

1  No Good In Goodbye 

2  Superheroes 

3  Man On A Wire 

4  It’s Not Right For You 

5  The Energy Never dies 

6  Flares  

7  Army of Angels  

8  Never Seen Anything “Quite Like You” 

9  Paint The Town Green 

10  Without Those Songs 

(Below singles available exclusively on iTunes)

11  Hail Rain or Sunshine  

12  Howling at the Moon

 

Follow The Script at Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Online. 

 

Pictures from the Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards

The fourth, annual Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards took place in Montecasino, Johannesburg on Saturday the 2nd of August. Those who make us laughter constantly turned up to be apart of the festivities. I’ll bring you a few of my awkward moments in another post, for now here’s a look at who was rocking the yellow carpet.

As British comedienne, Miranda says… #SuchFun!

Here are the winners from this year’s Savanna Comic’s Choice Awards:

  • The Savanna Newcomer Award:  Loyiso Madinga
  • The Breakthrough Act Award:  Kagiso KG Mokgadi
  • The Times Comic’s Pen Award:  Chester Missing
  • The Savanna Audience Choice Award: Elton Mduduzi Ntuli
  • The Lifetime Achiever Award:  Mark Banks
  • The Comic’s Choice Comic of the Year Award:  Loyiso Gola

I’m in SYNC® with my #FordKuga

Ford Kuga interiorYesterday I asked for some assistance regarding the SYNC® functionality in my Ford Kuga…  The universe delivered – in the form of something called my brain, go figure. Amazing what you can do with that little thing between your ears ;)

I’m now happy to announce that SYNC® is working seamlessly and perfectly. The various radio stations were irritating me on my way home and to a friend’s last night, so I connected my iPad to SYNC® and I played DJ in the Kuga. Perfect I tell you, perfect! I was even doing kick-ass links too; back announcing and throwing forward to the next song. I feel a car radio DJing career on the horizon, ha.

Back to the point though, this SYNC® is one of the most incredible features that Ford has to offer. I was introduced to it a few months back and let me tell you this is a big plus for me. It’s easy to use (when your brain functions), it’s hands free (great and encouraged for driving) and it’s all-round winning. As far as driving goes, it’s hard not to enjoy this car. Look, it’s automatic, so it’s lazy in my opinion. In the traffic, it handles well, but on the open road it’s so smooth. You have to watch how much pressure you apply to the accelerator though, because it likes to move – enter cruise control! I’ll have some more on my open road experience and some of my other findings in another post – my #FordKuga discoveries keep on coming!