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?
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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The annual Sunday Times Generation Next Awards took place at Montecasino on Thursday. The awards, in its eighth year, honours some of SA’s biggest brands and celebrities. Over 6000 youths between the ages of 8 and 22 from different backgrounds were surveyed by marketing company HDI. Bonang Matheba was the MC for the afternoon’s activities, which saw the likes of BlackBerry, Engen, Guess, DJ Black Coffee, Sophie Ndaba, Trevor Noah and Liquideep all winning awards. Check out the list of winners below:
M-Net is kicking off the New Year with a bang. Not only have some of the best shows returned to the channel like Grey’s Anatomy, The Mentalist and Desperate Housewives, but they’re prepping for the release for a couple of new local productions. One of which is the brand new English soap called The Wild. The show, to be shot purely on location and in full HD, will air for the first time on the 4th of April and the channel has confirmed two of its lead stars now too. Wandering where Connie Ferguson would go after leaving her role as Karabo Moroka on Generations after 16 years? Well she’s coming to The Wild as one of the leads in the soap- and her hubby Shona is joining her too. Big and exciting news!
M-Net’s Channel Head, Pierre Cloete, says that the involvement of two actors of this calibre is a coup for the channel. “Connie Ferguson and Shona Ferguson are TV – and soap – veterans. The South African public loves these two charismatic and talented personalities and their involvement in The Wild sets the tone for what will be an incredible and glamourous new series.” Meanwhile the power couple expressed their excitement after finalising their contracts, “The Wild is a series unlike anything that has been done in South Africa and we are thrilled that we will be part of making television history in this way. We are both ready for this new chapter in our lives, and the fact that we have the chance to work together onscreen again is something we are extremely excited about.”
Find a short description of their characters below:
Shona will play the role of Ithumileng Tladi, the charismatic oldest brother of the powerful Tladis, the protector of his community and heir-apparent to the chieftaincy – a character with dark complexities. Connie will play the part of Marang Lebone – a wealthy mother figure from an affluent family who has an influential presence on all her family members. She’s definitely the one with her head screwed on properly!
Looking forward to watching this show!