The Queen, Isibaya, Gomora and The River 3 laid low by Lockdown

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 22 Apr 2020
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Soapie lovers... it pains us to tell you but Mzansi Magic and 1Magic's headliners have been hard-hit by the impact of Lockdown.

All four of their first run soapies are going off-air because they don't have new available episodes as a result of production shutdowns - and not just from May but two from next week already.

Isibaya and Gomora air their last available episode this Friday (24 April) and won't be going into repeats mode. 

On Monday (27th) a double bill of The River 1 replaces Gomora at 19h30, meaning The River will air from 19h00 to 20h00 on weekdays.

Isibaya's going to be replaced by a broadcast of Somizi & Mohale's wedding The Union, which aired "exclusively" on Showmax. Episodes will be an hour, starting at 20h00 and occupying Isibaya's 20h30 timelot from Monday (27 April) to Thursday (30 April).

There's no word on what's happening the week after that or with Lockdown 5 on Mondays - we'll let you know once there is.

The Queen has available episodes until Friday, 8 May and then the channel switches its 20h00 shows into the 21h00 timeslot, namely: 

- Utatakho 8 (Tuesdays)
- Madam & Mercy (Wednesdays)
- Papa Penny Ahee 4 (Thursdays)
- Seng’khathele 2 (Fridays).

These have completed filming so they have full seasons.

On 1Magic The River 3 also has episodes until 8 May and then hands over to a repeat of the drama series Is'thunzi.

Our Perfect Wedding and Date My Family are also in Lockdown with no kissing allowed so they're doing an SABC with a themed re-run: compilations of the best weddings and dates.

From Saturday, 2 May Mzansi Magic starts a comedy slot - obviously to try to help us keep our sense of humour. It features local comedians who have the challenging task of needing to be so funny they must help us feel we're drunk!

No times have been confirmed for this yet.

Those are the overall changes to expect as we battle our way through the insanity of this pandemic.

To see how other soapies have been impacted, tap yourself here: Lockdown forces Uzalo to hit the Repeats button in May

Channels in this post: Mzansi Magic, 1Magic


22 Apr 2020 20:52

eish things are really really bad

Sa Kotoko
22 Apr 2020 21:12

Sa Kotoko edited on
4/22/2020 9:13 PM

Is Goodness pregnant in real life?  Her face is fuller and the camera shows her close up shots mostly.  If its long shot, she stands behind objects or something

23 Apr 2020 08:20

Timone edited on
4/23/2020 8:20 AM

Atleast we'll get to see the SomHale wedding.  Any news on the SABC and etv shows? Besides Uzalo?

23 Apr 2020 10:59

Hi Timone, yes - has enough episodes to continue if Lockdown ends on time. If it continues, then it depends on how long it continues for.

7de Laan has eps up until 25 May and say they'll be able to deliver continuously too by using planned production breaks and stand-by days.

Interestingly, one of The River crew, Bongi Molefo, mentioned to us on Twitter that series that are filmed in studio like Rhythm City and 7de Laan have a quicker turn-around time than shows filmed on location e.g. The River and Uzalo, which mixes studio and location.


23 Apr 2020 11:39

Oh interesting indeed. Skeem Saam is also mostly filmed in studio so they probably have a good number of episodes in the bag as well. Thanks fam.

30 Apr 2020 22:54

RainPrincess edited on
4/30/2020 10:54 PM

Sa Kotoko I think she has given birth, her latest picture show her former self. TVSA from tomorrow the TV guide shows Real Housewives of Johannesburg season 2 on the 8pm timeslot.

01 May 2020 11:37

Thanks for the heads-up RainPrincess. 

Mzansi Magic's getting more and more shows from 1Magic and Showmax because of the Lockdown impact. The Girl From St Agnes, which has only been on Showmax, starts next Sunday (10th) at 20h00 once Trackers ends.

12 May 2020 14:44

Sa Kotoko.. the answer to your question... have you seen the pictures Zenande posted on Mother's Day with all the pool action?

She also posted this vid...

12 May 2020 16:25

@Tvsa I thought the Queen was supposed to end on Friday what happened? and Can you get us the teasers?

12 May 2020 18:08

Goku... your wish is our command - done!

The Queen Teasers - May 2020

Yes - it was supposed to end on Friday but Ferguson Magic suddenly managed to pull off new episodes at the last minute.

The only explanation seems to be that they had the footage for them but the episodes weren't edited and they managed to edit them pronto once they were allowed back in studio last week. We're getting a confirm on this but this turn of events means they're got episodes for the rest of May. 

12 May 2020 20:38

Thank you Tvsa

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