The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has opted to cancel the replay of the first season of the repositioning SABC3 telenovela The Estate from the SABC1 schedule, leaving viewers who have been watching it to catch up with no finale on SABC1.
The SABC decided to rerun the underperforming S3 telenovela from Clive Morris Productions on SABC1 since September 2021; however, it has now been removed before the first entire season has aired.
The decision to start a programme and then end it without presenting the finish is accompanied by no explanation from the SABC, SABC3 or SABC1.
The Estate, which has been struggling in the ratings on S3, will be replaced by a new telenovela on SABC1 starting Monday, March 7th, called The Executives, which will air Mondays to Wednesdays.
‘The Estate’ billed as a replacement for SABC3’s defunct Isidingo, which ended in March 2020, premiered in April 2021 to low ratings that worsened month after month, indicating that the show will most likely not last beyond this year.
The Estate’s staff and actors endured months without pay in 2021, despite many promises of payment being breached and the SABC expressing “great concern” about the situation.
Clive Morris Productions informed cast and crew in late-2021 that their payments would be delayed due to “delayed payment from the SABC,” however the SABC claimed they had paid the company.
While the SABC claimed that it had paid Clive Morris Productions in total for The Estate, the production firm informed cast and crew that they had not been paid since November 2021 owing to “delayed payment by the SABC due to the change in contract.”