So all the boasting on Top Billing is over. Yay!
It's been cancelled by the SABC and the last episode airs on Saturday (19 October). This according to The Sowetan
, who received confirmation from the production house Tswelopele Productions.
The SABC hasn't said a word yet - everyone's been sleeping in today with the load shedding - but they'll say something about it at some point, maybe.
The thing is and this is the thing... any cancellation is a nasty thing for a production house and a show's cast but this cancellation is long overdue.
I've been wondering how the show's managed to stay on air because it's so "aspirational" it aspired itself out of relevancy.
It has such a sense of exclusivity that I've felt excluded while watching, as if I'm not good enough, and lonely, wondering if I'm the only one feeling alienated.
It's as if everyone's living the "good life" on the show, completely oblivious to the hardships in life, especially in South Africa.
The over-priced weddings and children's birthday parties... those are my worst because they just seem so unaware of how the other half - or rather 98% - of the population lives.
I know it's supposed to be escapism but escapism should be fun and peace-inducing and in many ways it doesn't do this, because of how it glorifies material wealth and the sense that individual worth is reflected in what you have.
That said, there can be no denying that the series has made a positive contribution to the South African TV industry. It's opened up the industry with the Presenter Searches, it's created careers for many people and it's brought a sense of glamorous occasion to the country.
Ultimately though, it's definitely time for it to end and for the SABC to look towards a lifestyle show that more aptly reflects where South Africans are at today.
Do you feel the same?