- The 8pm slot gets a face-lift with a brand new Telenovela, Ashes to Ashes, a first for e.tv. Ashes to Ashes takes over the 8pm slot Monday to Thursdays for a whopping 104 episodes. It premieres on Monday, 2 March 2015. Veteran actor, Patrick Shai has been announced as one of the lead actors. Also get ready to welcome back familiar talent on a mysterious journey back to the small screen.
For those blue Mondays, we have a special kind of heat in the much-anticipated drama series Umlilo which also premieres on Monday, 2 March at 9pm. This drama has all sorts of sparks, from some of South Africa’s favourite actors to the storyline that resonates with a complex South African reality: polygamy.
Club 808: Make Some Noise moves up the ladder to kick-start the Friday a little early at 6pm. The 8pm slot is taken over by the 1st season of the Cape Town detective series Traffic!, starring Bonnie Henna and Bongo Mbutuma. The drama series will play once a week on the Friday slot.
One of e.tv’s most successful soapies Rhythm City moves to a new time slot, 7pm weekdays to complete the one and a half hour local drama slot. Backed by some of South Africa’s most celebrated creative talent, the soapie is a blend of authentic South African stories that span the breadth of South Africa’s youth experience.
Making way for Rhythm City will be the eNews Prime Time which moves to 8:30pm
to ensure that we wrap up all of the days’ news. Please note that the English news play at the same time as previously on weekends; this change only affects weekdays.
The popular 6:30pm weekday slot will be reserved for eNews Izindaba, our Zulu news package which airs on e.tv Mondays to Fridays.
The much loved raw talent of eKasi: Our stories, season 6, moves to Tuesdays at 9pm, thirty minutes later than its current time. On 7 April a new rural drama Matatiele takes over this slot. The drama is based and shot on location in the Matatiele village, Eastern Cape.
“This level of programming aims to set trends, and get viewers to expect more from channels. We are in strategy mode, we need ideas and partners to realise these goals. The aim of these programmes is to invest in the development of local content as part of celebrating our legacy, protecting and preserving our cultures. The local film industry has the responsibility to ensure that we tell relevant and resonating local stories. The list is very long for 2015. Every year we make sure that we go big, fresher and better. We are happy about the natural growth of our channels, we want more, and we want to grow bigger. Our vision still remains; to be the destination of choice,” concluded Twala, MD for e.tv Channels Division.
This 2015, e.tv will introduce brand new shows in the prime time slot throughout the year. Viewers can also catch this line-up on the e.tv HD channel (channel 104) on OpenView HD. OpenView HD is available at leading retail stores.