South Africa has shown its love for the Hlomu book series by assisting Showmax’s debut telenovela, The Wife, in breaking all kinds of records after its premiere last week. The Wife surpassed Uthando Lodumo’s previous record for the most first-day views of all time on Showmax.
The telenovela also broke Devilsdorp’s record for most hours watched in four days, outperforming the launch of any film or series on Showmax, including Game of Thrones, The Real Housewives of Durban, and The River.
Dudu Busani-Dube’s best seller Hlomu The Wife was the inspiration for the telenovela. The first season has 40-episodes and tells the story of Hlomu, a journalist portrayed by Mbalenhle Mavimbela of Skeem Saam fame, who falls in love with Mqhele, a taxi driver played by Bonko Khoza, not realising that when you marry a man, you marry his secrets.
When the show finally launched, tweeps were ecstatic that it immediately topped the Twitter trends list and stayed there for days as fans binge-watched the first three episodes and offered nothing but positive feedback.
In a Q&A, Dudu warned fans that because this is a book-to-TV show adaptation, they shouldn’t expect to see exactly what they read in the book series.
“It’s going to be a whole different experience… There will be new things and new people presented by the film portion, and things left out from the books. The Wife is a telenovela based on the books; therefore, it will change. It fluctuates a lot. So, look, ja, it’ll be different, but people will enjoy it,” she explained.