Mzansi Magic has announced the unexpected scheduling change due to the nationwide lockdown, which sees The River taking over the primetime spots of Isibaya and Gomora, due to the unforeseen production break.
In a statement on Wednesday, 22 April 2020, Mzansi Magic informed viewers that the highly popular weekday dramas, Isibaya and Gomora would be airing their last episodes on Friday, 24 April 2020, due to their unexpected break in production. The coronavirus outbreak, which has led to the nationwide lockdown, prompted all local production to be halted, in compliance with the rules and regulations stipulated by President Ramaphosa. This subsequently meant that storylines on the shows were left unresolved, with the cast crew unable to film.
Mzansi Magic announced that the Emmy award nominated telenovela, The River, will be taking over the primetime slots, with two episodes airing daily from Monday, 27 April 2020. Director of M-Net Local Entertainment Channels, Nomsa Philiso added that, “M-Net continues to enjoy healthy relations with our content suppliers and we are all working together to ensure that our customers don’t miss out on a single moment of excellent entertainment, even when production has to take a break.”
See the full statement below.
We're committed to bringing you the best in local entertainment. Which is why from Monday 27 April, customers will enjoy a double dose of award-winning drama series #TheRiver, as hit telenovelas #Gomora and #Isibaya flight last episodes on 24 April due to the nationwide lockdown.
— Mzansi Magic (@Mzansimagic) April 22, 2020