Showmax readies first original telenovela with Hlomu The Wife trilogy spinoff

Showmax has confirmed that it is readying its first original telenovela by commissioning the popular books by Dudu Busani-Dube, set to be called The Wife.

Showmax released a statement on Wednesday, 25 August 2021, to detail what new content viewers can expect for the rest of the year. The biggest announcement shared by the platform was that it is currently working on its first original telenovela. Showmax currently has telenovelas which are commissioned by channels like 1Magic and Mzansi Magic. Now, the platform is readying its first telenovela, set to be titled The Wife.

Detailing the premise of the show, the statement read, “The Wife is based on Dudu Busani-Dube’s bestselling novels Hlomu The Wife, Zandile the Resolute, and Naledi His Love, which follow the lives of the eight Zulu brothers, a formidable crime family, through the eyes of the wives they marry. The 120-episode season will be split evenly between the three books, with the first 40 episodes focusing on Hlomu, a journalist who falls in love with a taxi driver, not knowing he’s behind the cash in transit heists she’s investigating.”

No dates have been released yet on when the Stained Glass-produced telenovela is set to premiere on the platform.