Content In Brief
- The world’s most famous teenage couple, Troy (Zac Effron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) have launched an impressive attack on the South Africa box office. Their film High School Musical 3 opened in top spot and took R5.8m in its first week (31 October to 6 November).
- Filming of the long awaited Hearlines television series Hopeville started in Waterval Boven in Mpumalanga this week. Set to be screened over a six-week period on SABC 2 in late February 2009 the series continues the Heartlines’ tradition of using television to tell stories that will get the nation talking, thinking and acting on good values.
- It's overs for Egoli, South Africa's first local soapie. The last episode will be broadcast on March 31 2010 - just shy of 18 years after the Edwards family's first appearance on the small screen. Egoli has been a crown jewel on the M-Net schedule for many years. Changing viewership patterns and preferences influenced the decision. Because of the rapidly changing South African television landscape no television programme can exist in this diverse environment forever.
- The troubled SABC3 reality series Model Millions, of which only two episodes were broadcast - both late - and which has not been aired or produced for weeks, received the final blow on Monday. The money for the find-a-model reality series, which was filmed in Cape Town, had dried up. SABC3 was still not prepared to take any responsibility for the series, the R1m prize money for a lucky viewer, or the collapse of the production, although the channel had broadcast it, and also marketed it with great fanfare before the start of the series.