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?

2014 Golden Globes – Tina Fey, Amy Poehler opening monologue

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the 2014 Golden Globes opening monologue by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. See who they lay into, watch the ‘dramatic’ Scandal (The Fixer) intro and see what they have to say about George Clooney. Hilarious, brilliant. Love these two.

2014 Golden Globes nominees list

The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards. Contrary to the SAG nominations yesterday, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom has scored a couple of Golden Globe nods. I’m shocked that Naomi Harris hasn’t been nominated for her role in the movie. She was outstanding, convincing and I’m quite disappointed actually. At least Idris Elba has been nominated for his role in the film 😉 Big up to Lupita Nyong’o, who has once again been nominated for her role in 12 Years A Slave.

On the TV front, firm favourites Big Bang Theory, Modern Family are up for awards in the comedy section. Best Performance by an Actress in TV Drama nominees include: Julianna Margulies, Tatiana Maslany, Taylor Schilling, Kerry Washington, & Robin Wright. No Claire Danes this time around… It’s Kerry’s time I feel, but Julianna is always praised for her role in The Good Wife and we can’t rule out Robin Wright for House of Cards. See the rest of the nominees below:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“12 Years A Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“Rush”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“American Hustle”
“Her”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years A Slave”
Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”

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