Fans of daily local drama Rhythm City have been left shocked after revelations the show will be canned by e.tv after 13 years despite the fact that the soapie has been performing well with over 5.2 million viewers this year alone, making it one of the top 10 most-watched soapies in Mzansi.
The channel broke the news in a statement on Friday afternoon.
The show, produced by Quizzical Pictures, currently stars Mduduzi Mabaso, Mapula Mafole, Slindile Nodangala, Linda Sokhulu and Mcedisi Shabangu.
The last episode will air on 16 July 2021.
“e.tv continues to look forward to fulfilling its mandate of producing exceptional and relevant local content, and the production has successfully achieved its part of the obligation throughout the past 13 years,” commented Marlon Davids, Managing Director at e.tv.
“Rhythm City has secured its place in e.tv’s history books, and a legacy mark has been made. We want to extend our gratitude to the entire production staff, crew, and cast for their incomparable craft.”
The news comes as a shock as the show is the second-most-watched on the free-to-air commercial broadcaster, peaking at 5.2 million viewers.
It was also named best TV soap at this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas)
The show first aired on 09 July 2007.-Sowetan