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  Tshisa 3: what can we expect?

It's been a long three-year wait for Tshisa fans but the show's eventually back for a new season.  Season 3 premieres on SABC1 tonight (Friday, 25 May) at 20h30 and sees the return of favourite characters as well as the show's signature format and an extension of the original storylines.

The delay in a new season has been the result of the financial woes that struck the SABC when Tshisa was at the height of it's popularity. The plan was always to bring it back for another season but no contracts could be signed until last year, which is when production for the season started.

The long break created various challenges for the show, most specifically getting the cast together again - which they've successfully managed to do.  All except two of the starring cast are back to re-ignite their characters.

Bongani Masondo Zukisa Matola 1 Inocent Masuku Mbali Mlotshwa
Bongani Masondo Zukisa Matola Innocent Masuku Mbali Mlotshwa

Bongani Masondo and Zukisa Matola return to headline as Bafana and Ayanda, Innocent Masuku returns as Baksteen and Mbali Mlotshwa returns as Precious.

Also making a comeback are Thandy Matlaila as Lindiwe, Given Stuurman as Ayanda's brother Speedy, Arthur Mbambo as Frank, Thembi Tshabalala as Nomsa and Thembsie Matu as Thami.

Helen Ndamase Vatiswa Ndara Melusi Yeni

The biggest casting change surrounds the role of Ayanda's blind mother Thembela, who was played by blind actress Helen Ndamase in previous seasons. Helen wasn't available for the new season so stalwart Vatiswa Ndara replaces her in the role.

Also not available: Melusi Yeni, who's too busy with Generations to return as Bafana's brother Bheki. He appears in the first two episodes and then he'll disappear. The season's been written in such a way that he could return if he wants to.

Mxolisi Masango Thuli Phongolo

Joining Vatiswa as newcomers are Mxolisi Masango and Thuli Phongolo who play Spoke and Zama, two new Tshisa presenters who present the TV show within the show.

A number of celebrities will be playing fictitious versions of themselves - those confirmed so far include Toya Delazy and Lulo Café.

So what can we expect from the premiere and the season?

Series producer Mmamitse Thibedi revealed to TVSA that the season's about redemption and whether or not everyone manages to achieve it.

Mmamitse told us: "The character’s have gone through drug addiction, their pursuit of fame and all of that so we’re taking them through a redemption phase. They’re either going to make it out of the drugs or they’re not. That’s the big question: are they going to survive this lifestyle? How are they going to overhaul their lives?"

For Baksteen the real test is going to come when someone from his past returns. 

For Bafana it's going to be what happens after he discovers that he can move his toes. He's been bound to his wheelchair and suddenly feels that he can move.

This is how the season opens, posing the questions: will he walk again? If he walks again, will he change his life for the better? Will he stop doing drugs? Is he going to stop cheating on his girlfriend?

For more, and to catch-up on previous seasons if you missed them or a want a refresh, see TVSA's Tshisa Mini-Site.

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Reply from: Cande Friday, May 25, 2012 10:04 AM
It starts tonight? Cant wait
Reply from: carino Friday, May 25, 2012 10:18 AM
So Vatiswa is going to play blind? I don't doubt that she's going to kill it. I just hope that Ayanda's mother doesn't suddenly get her sighr back at some point, with this whole redemption thing. That would just be too unreal, blind people should just be depicted as blind, not with false hope that oneday they will see.
Reply from: Tazteeq Friday, May 25, 2012 10:23 AM

I've always been a big fan of Tshisa...Its about time it returned...

They havent mentioned anything about Manaka Ranaka's role here??? Is she coming back?

Reply from: TVSAAdmin Friday, May 25, 2012 11:48 AM
She isn't - her role's been written out of the show - from the sounds of it there aren't any plans for her to return.
Reply from: skura Friday, May 25, 2012 13:33 PM
ok!!! love it!
Reply from: Swit Pee Saturday, May 26, 2012 00:04 AM
Yah, l hv bn waitin for tshisa for a long time
Reply from: hyper101 Wednesday, June 06, 2012 07:48 AM
tjo Ayanda is still yummy nd cute*blushed* really lyk dat chick
Reply from: MaBgal Tuesday, June 19, 2012 13:13 PM
OMG...I'm so in luv with Melusi Yeni. Can some1 pls help me with his phone numbers. If he has a girlfriend or wife....Can I pls have him in my arms just for a night...but far away from this country? Just the 2 of us...pls
Reply from: tatu Thursday, August 02, 2012 09:21 AM
are there new actors who are coming to join the team.

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