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Rhythm City's David Genaro: The Puppet Master's strings are cut

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Rhythm City Teasers on 05 Feb 2020
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He's been one of the most immortal characters on TV for over a decade but now it's time for him to take his final breath.

Breathe in / breathe out if you're a David Genaro fan...

... Jamie Bartlett makes his final appearance on Rhythm City tonight when The Puppet Master dies. 

As you know, the storyline's been building up to it, with Suffocate (Mduduzi Mabaso) and Khulekani (Mncedisi Shabangu) shooting David in the legs last night, ready to go... 

BANG!
 


Tonight they take out one of the few remaining original cast members on the show.

e.tv's gone all out to say goodbye to Jamie. They're hosting a farewell shindig for him today as we speak and they've been using a #TributeToGenaro hashtag in the build-up to his final episode. 


Jamie’s portrayed David since Rhythm City debuted in 2007 when he was introduced as the “wicked puppet master who gets the ultimate kick out of his own evil and pulling strings.”

>>Flash forward 13 years and he's known as The Don.

TVSA caught up with Rhythm City's Head Writer Zeli Rodgers for the inside scoop on his exit:

TVSA: Why is David Genaro leaving the show? Did Jamie decide to leave? 

Zeli:
No. The character has been on the show for 13 years playing the role of a villain. After so many years, no matter how successful the character, stories begin to feel similar and play the same note.

The producers, creative team and channel felt it was time to make some changes and evolve the show by introducing some new characters.  
 
TVSA: Did the writers decide that David’s storylines have been exhausted? 

Zeli:
To an extent, yes - the character had tempted and escaped death many times, had committed serious crimes and been able to get away with these over the years. 

When a character has defied death so often it is very difficult for the audience to believe they are ever in danger and this makes it difficult to write for him. 

The character was created in 2007 and successfully entertained audiences for 13 years, however by 2020 it was strongly felt that the Rhythm City world needed new faces and representation.  
 
By the end of 2018 the show felt dated. Unfortunately difficult decisions had to be taken, this being one of them, and we had to risk this.  
 
TVSA: What’s been the biggest challenge of writing the script for the exit of such a momentous character? 

Zeli:
The biggest challenge was to create a story which delivered to the actor’s performance magnitude and to give his character a story opportunity that both inspired the actor and lived up to his character’s stature.  
 
TVSA: How was his storyline written? By one particular writer? By a team? Please give us some insight into the process of writing his final scenes.  

Zeli:
The story was written by a single writer, brainstormed collaboratively by the writing team, producers and channel, edited by story editors and the head writer. 

Final scenes were brainstormed with producers, the head writer and story liner and edited by the head writer and story editor. 

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Tap here to check out David's original character description from when the show first started: The man he was in 2007 (Scroll through the characters and you'll find him fourth.)

For a tease of how his farewell storyline plays out, tune in here: Rhythm City Teasers - February 2020.
 

Shows in this post: Rhythm City

Channels in this post: e.tv



13 Comments

Scorpio11
05 Feb 2020 15:58

Writers that are aware when something is not working *cough* *Scandal*. Davids exit was definitely overdue but I'm not seeing how Rhythm City can go back to its glory days

thelionking
05 Feb 2020 19:23

aw No Jesus but why Directors has to hear from us who pay TV licence and buy expensive tv to watch this agh This Writer is out of his mind . RC wil go to drain like Isidingo as already its losing viewers. watch this space

Goku
05 Feb 2020 19:45

Goku edited on
2/5/2020 7:50 PM

Why is David Genaro leaving the show? Did Jamie decide to leave?? Zeli: "No. The character has been on the show for 13 years playing the role of a villain. After so many years, no matter how successful the character, stories begin to feel similar and play the same note".

Goku
05 Feb 2020 19:47

I'm disappointed that they decided to end his character not the other way around the was no need to kill his character

thelionking
05 Feb 2020 20:04

@Guku is this writer who wrote Dave out of the show jirr david has never wanted to quiet

SipheleleMzingi
06 Feb 2020 02:28

@Goku, I have another one. "TVSA: Did the writers decide that David’s storylines have been exhausted? 
 
Zeli: To an extent, yes - the character had tempted and escaped death many times, had committed serious crimes and been able to get away with these over the years."
 
This has to be the lame excuse ever! If they have exhausted all storylines for the character, then this is an indication that the problem lies with the writers. They should get better writers. No pun intended... seriously! 
 
And the last one, "TVSA: How was his storyline written? By one particular writer? By a team? Please give us some insight into the process of writing his final scenes.  
 
Zeli: The story was written by a single writer, brainstormed collaboratively by the writing team, producers and channel, edited by story editors and the head writer. 
 
Final scenes were brainstormed with producers, the head writer and story liner and edited by the head writer and story editor." 
 
I feel the sarcastic/patronising undertone from reading her response to this question. Why?

Maggie muthoni
06 Feb 2020 07:23

"Rhythm City world needed new faces and representation." This really??? By new faces you mean kulekhani? He is so Boooooring??????????

Goku
06 Feb 2020 08:44

They did exactly the same thing with Mamokete they "KILLED" her character while fetching a "DOLL" and they "After so many years, no matter how successful the character, stories begin to feel similar and play the same note"

Goku
06 Feb 2020 08:45

*they said

#1999
12 Feb 2020 02:17

Good riddance to boring rubbish. This had to be done like years ago during the Vilakazi- Tshinawa- Lucilla days... This Genaro was way invincible and I had ditched watching this soap..Now I can safely returñ to watching it... GENAROHAD2GO and I'm glad they killed tge character. Hoping they wont do what did with Neo Mokheti and say he didn't die...He should be dead!!! I'll happily attend Genaro's funeral if I have nothing important to do.

thelionking
13 Feb 2020 18:19

#1999 its now boring since you wasnt watching it was to be watched . now we wound watch like before and noone will replay David s style of play Maggie muthoni Khulekhani replacing David? what does this man has to replace Dave the Don ? no one can be as good as David . RC is losing its viewers they must ask the needs isidingo. Miles was writen off while he has so much to offer still his place is vacant. look at Days of our lives the bold and look at their old actors they die and come back ask yourself why? people are been heard and want what they paying for not what one person change for the viewers. we are nothing .thats why SA is always behind and slow to grow

#1999
18 Feb 2020 01:23

thelionking A show will never grow if it clings to dinasaurs. You have asked yourself why GTL is doing great with Karabo , Kenneth , Khethiwe and the likes... Mfundi was calculative and his show ranks 2nd in Mzanzi alone...You know its rank in Africa? New blood olwz is needed mngane. Why is Uzalo #1 most watched in Mzanzi...its a 2015 drama 4 cry outs...its bcz its a new type of story with new characters and all. Ppl are bored in watching the last decade's soapiea becz they fear to embrace change. With Genaro there R C was ranked the least watched soaps..ppl even prefered anything that wud com at the same slot but it...ask urself y... ey knew that its Genaro olwz winning and we dnt pay tv licence 2c the sm thng 4 years..

thelionking
19 Feb 2020 09:45

@#1999 i know it was NO2 in africa and we even aplause the writer and the directors  started their own way to forget actors need to be payed on what they are doing . look how poor RC looks now you dont know if that person is acting in a fair manner or faking his/her acting careerer. gail is not gail pearl is now turn to be a crimiminal its obvious it goes that way thats insane . there are few people who must have been written off but stil are and do not see any good out of them . speaking of licence i made sure each september i made my full payment for what i want to see and be intertain by those can make me glue on my screen


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