Thembisa Mdoda is out as presenter of Our Perfect Wedding on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) and will be replaced through a presenter search competition.
There's been no announcement from M-Net's Mzansi Magic on Thembisa Mdoda's exit yet but her contract with the top-rated show has not been renewed.
Thembisa Mdoda joined Our Perfect Wedding in late 2015 from the 6th season of the show.
With her catchphrase of "Sifike! Sabona! Satshatisa!", Our Perfect Wedding is not just the most watched programme on Mzansi Magic but the most watched show on all of MultiChoice's DStv pay-TV offering, attracting around 1.84 million viewers per episode.
Thembisa Mdoda, a mother of twin boys, left Our Perfect Wedding for a few weeks earlier in 2017 for undisclosed reasons and were replaced by Nomsa Buthelezi. She returned in July.
UPDATE Wednesday 23 August 2017 17:19 - There's now a statement from Mzansi Magic.
"After 7 successful seasons of the popular reality show, Our Perfect Wedding is switching gears with a presenter search open to the public," says Mzansi Magic in a statement issued late on Wednesday afternoon.
"With three seasons under her belt ushering couples to the altar, Thembisa Mdoda is bidding farewell to the show."
"Thembisa Mdoda’s contract has come to an end. We thank her for her commitment and contribution to the success of OPW," says Nondumiso Mabece, head of publicity at M-Net local entertainment channels.
"We are looking forward to the exciting journey the show will be taking, opening up the platform for a hidden gem, a new face with untapped talent. This is an opportunity not to be missed."
Nomsa Buthelezi is employed as the temporary Our Perfect Wedding presenter.
"The new presenter will need to have a warm personality to match and the ability to connect with the viewers," says Nondumiso Mabece.
Here is what's needed for the Our Perfect Wedding presenter search auditions:
Contestants must be 25 years old and upwards, should be South African citizens with a valid South African ID.
The potential presenter will be auditioned by the producers and shortlisted for a second round of auditions. A panel of judges will select the contestants that will battle it out for the public vote in the final phase.
Here is the audition dates and venues:
Premier Hotel Regent
2 September 2017
Protea Hotel – Marriott Edward
9 September 2017
16 September 2017
Doors open at 08:00 – 18:00.
More information visit www.mzansimagici.tv /opw Or call 010 594 5127
I did not expect this. At all: Universal Networks International (UNI) will be bringing the thrilling, premium and brand-new TV drama The Librarians in high definition (HD) to Universal Channel (DStv 117) from December only a day after the new series starts and as episodes become available.
With this drastic and unexpected programming upshift, Universal Networks International is entering the race of TV channels, TV channel suppliers, distributors and content distributors dramatically improving their international pipeline funneling and strategic content push to South Africa and the rest of Africa to close the gap and radically narrow the broadcasting window lag pay-TV subscribers experienced.
South African pay-TV broadcaster M-Net is in the vanguard with a record-breaking number of foreign content playing out extremely close to international broadcasting dates, followed by Fox International Channels Africa (FIC Africa) running FOX.
Sony Entertainment Television (SET) on DStv and Viacom International Media Networks' BET on On Digital Media's (ODM) StarSat have stepped it up by trying hard and bringing several foreign TV properties relatively quickly to South African viewers.
Discovery International Networks (DNI) is still lagging however - although it is trying, and consistently brings several once-off factual news related documentaries to the Discovery channels.
Likewise BBC Worldwide running channels like BBC Entertainment is now lagging behind the others insofar as the roll-out of content and broadcast windows are concerned. Individual episodes of the bulk of programming are still months old and now looks stale in comparison to what other content and channel distributors are suddenly doing with their TV channels in South Africa.
Following the quick roll-out of the second Sharknado movie as a once-off telefeature on Studio Universal and the reality show Escape Club on E! Entertainment (DStv 124) (both other UNI channels) almost instantaneously with its international dates, The Librarians marks a significant start and shift for Univeral Networks International.
UNI will now bring South African pay-TV subscribers a new, hot fantasy TV show just like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Falling Skies, Under the Dome, Da Vinci's Demons and other series just like M-Net and FOX are doing in increasing numbers.
UNI says The Librarians, with Noah Wyle from FOX' Falling Skies (and who remains in that show) and Rebecca Romijn, will premiere in South Africa and "over 100 countries" "within 24 hours of the United States debut on TNT in December".
The Librarians from Electric Entertainment plays like a TV show of Indiana Jones and Relic Hunter, and is a TV series based on the made-for-TV movie series Noah Wyle starred in before he did Falling Skies.
It has now been redeveloped into a TV series and Noah Wyle is one of the executive producers.
In The Librarians there's an ancient organisation hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library in New York dedicated to protecting an unknown world from the secret,magical reality hidden all around. The
"The Librarians is a captivating addition to Universal Channel's programming for our markets, and we are delighted it will be airing within just 24 hours of the United States premiere," says Colin McLeod, the managing director for emerging markets for Universal Networks International.
"We are thrilled to bring this action-adventure drama to our viewers, giving our audience instant access to the brand new and exciting series".