Fast forward to >> 2017: what to expect on

Written by TVSA Team from the blog on 28 Oct 2016
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Marlon Davids/Ziyanda Mngomezulu
On Thursday night (27 October) hosted the press at the swanky Saxon hotel in Sandton to give insight into what we can expect from the channel in 2017.'s new MD of Channels Marlon Davids gave an overview of the future as a whole and's Head of Local Content Ziyanda Mngomezulu spoke about their local plans.

TVSA was in the action to bring you the lowdown so we've put together this guide of what we think you'd want to know:

What wants to deliver

1. Entertainment
2. Entertainment for everyone
3. Quality over quantity

The channel wants to achieve these by blending local and international content, which they started focusing on this year.

International content

Since the start of the year we've seen the premieres of Empire, Ray Donovan, Devious Maids, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Mistresses, Zoo and most recently black-ish. These will continue for more seasons (along with Modern Family) and other internationals will be introduced including The Blacklist and How to Get Away with Murder.

More movies

The channel's done a content deal with NBC to complement the deal they made with Disney in June this year.

A new 20h00 local telenovela (the channel's calling it a daily drama)

The Gold Diggers have dug their final dig. The series will end when Season 2 wraps in April next year and a new series will follow that will last a year. 256 episodes in total.

It will start and finish and won't continue afterwards.

It's being produced by Clive Morris Productions, which chose because of their track record. Marlon told us that they've chosen them because they trust their work and their relationships with their casts and crews. This has become crucial for the channel after a crisis struck one of their shows this year when the production company turned foul.

Marlon was very hush-hush about which production company was involved but it turns out one of their shows hit chaos behind-the-scenes when the production company didn't pay their crew, including the editor so there was footage but no show. had to get involved to sort it out to ensure the show was saved.

New local dramas at 21h30

The 21h30 local drama spot will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays with dramas suitable for later primetime i.e. not for kids.

According to Ziyanda,'s overall mission isn't to compete with local content on other channels but rather to entice audiences to stay on

Related flash fact: Season 2 of Heist premieres on Tuesday, 8 November at 21h35.


SA's Got Talent has already been renewed for Season 8 next year. Let's hope they improve the quality once and for all!!

Few to no celebrity or general talk shows

Ever wondered why Khanyi Mbau's talk show Katch It with Khanyi was cancelled? Turns out it's because of celebrity overload and too many talking heads.

Khanyi's show aired at a time when was airing The Close Up, Eksê Zwakala and Hush, which were all talk and celebrity shows. Word from Marlon is that they felt there was too much talking and not enough drama and other entertainment which is why they've changed their focus with this.

Another big reason was the fact that the same celebrities ended up being on loop, appearing on one show and then another and then another, similarly to what's happening on SABC3 at the moment.

They also found it difficult to find more celebrities who had extensive past biographies to feature on Katch It and The Close Up. It doesn't mean The Close Up won't be back but no new season has been ordered.


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28 Oct 2016 22:04

A new series from Clive Morris production that will last a year .this should be interesting .I hope its a new and fresh cast .we r tired of the same old faces

30 Oct 2016 08:27

And another attempt to take down Generations: The Legacy but they will successfully fail just like their previous attempts

31 Oct 2016 08:45

Ins't it amazing how everything is aparently about taking on Generations (note the sarcasm here). Not everything is about Generations @Zondwa but providing variety.

I am glad they are bringing How to get away with murder. That is a top show.

31 Oct 2016 17:40

31 Oct 2016 19:21

Lol it's so obvious that the South African Television Industry is not very fond of Generations: The Legacy especially the Entertainment Television channel (etv, that is). They made it vividly clear leading up to the premier of Ashes To Ashes... like, where were you lol?

01 Nov 2016 08:28

Aaahh, so you were watching!

01 Nov 2016 15:31

What exactly? I've never watched an episode of Ashes To Ashes let alone anything at 20:00 other than Generations: The Legacy

25 Dec 2016 04:12

Hi @Tvsa any update about that new Telenovela that's going to replace #Golddiggers on Etv? Who's involved? And have they started shooting it?

31 Dec 2016 23:26

Re: Last comment. @Tvsa i hope we get an update on Etv's new telenovela soon. :)

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