ETV Rhythm City will not be returning after June 2021
E.tv’s long-running drama Rhythm City will be ending its era next year 16 July.
The much loved daily show which airs weekdays on e.tv at 7pm which has been keeping its viewers captivated for almost a decade now is coming to an end.
“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. 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,” said Marlon Davids, Managing Director at e.tv.
Rhythm City is said to be replaced by another local daily drama show in keeping with e.tv’s mandate on local productions.
Zeli Zulu, Rhythm City’s Head writer said sadly the show will not be returning after June 2021.
“Despite our very high ratings, the fact that we are award-winning and also the second most watched show across all of e.tv – the channel is rebranding and therefore need to make room for new content. It’s a sad development but as they say, all good things must come to an end right?” said Zulu.
Some of the viewers expressed their disappointment and shocked about the news.
“This is so sad I guess we should also wait for another soapie to come to an end because that’s what has been happening. I don’t know whether we lack talent, resources or money,” said Sthe Ngcobo.
“Tjo, do you guys remember back then – when Tshidi, Charlotte and Mpumi were still in high school? Suffo, Fats, Stone and Thula? Miles and Lucilla Vilakazi, Gail and Genaro? Oh! How can I forget Sbu and Naomi (Moshidi Motshegwa)? I’m sad it’s coming to an end. I never missed an episode,” added Mahlako L Lethabo.
Rhythm City actress Mapula Mafole seemed just as surprised as everybody else at the news that the show is coming to an end. She wrote in the since-deleted tweet: “Rhythm City… Ending??? What??! #RhythmCity”
The tweet was later deleted.
Mduduzi Mabaso current star as Suffocate Ndlovu said “to be honest I’m content” when JournalismIziko asked him of how he feels about these sad news.
Rhythm City was announced on top 10 most watched show this year with 5.2 million viewers and have been voted the best TV soap at this year’s SAFTAS (South African Film and Television Awards).