- The popular African weekday soap 7de Laan has been cancelled.
- The show will end after season 24, with the final episode airing on December 26.
- “It has been an honor and a privilege to produce a show that has touched the lives of so many South Africans for over two decades,” said Thandi Ramatisil, Executive Producer of 7de Laan.
After 23 years on the air, SABC 2 and Danie Odendaal Productions announced Monday that popular series 7de Laan will end after Season 24.
The final episode will be tentatively broadcast on the day after Christmas – December 26, 2023.
SABC gave no reason for canceling the show, but in response to a media inquiry, he says News 24 that7 st It will not be recommissioned for another season when Season 24 ends in December 2023.”
7 st It was first broadcast on 4 April 2000 – initially with just one episode a week before growing to five days a week – making household names for many of the cast and their characters who populated the fictional Johannesburg suburb of Hillside.
Created as an alternative to Melville’s eclectic realism in Johannesburg, the show has spawned roadshows and cookbooks over the past two decades as South Africans have begun to quote some of the characters’ sayings, such as the misuse of Oubaas.
“SABC is proud to work with Danie Odendaal Productions and have been part of the pioneering journey and production of the best Afrikaans series on local television for SABC 2. 7 st It penetrated the hearts of millions of South Africans.
And she adds:
“After more than two decades on the air, the award-winning 7de Laan is making a lasting mark on the SA television scene. SABC wishes all of the talented and talented cast, talent and talents of 7de Laan all the best in their future endeavours.”
Thandi Ramatisil, 7 st Executive Producer, says, “It has been an honor and privilege to produce a show that has touched the lives of so many South Africans for over two decades. As we come to the end of this chapter, we express our heartfelt gratitude to the professional cast and crew who poured their talent and passion to bring the show to life.”
“We also express our deep appreciation to the viewers and fans whose unwavering support has been the driving force behind our success. It is a bittersweet feeling to say goodbye, but we feel proud of the impact 7de Laan has had on our community; comprehensively addressing and promoting important social issues the show has made its mark on South African Television”.
According to insiders, the cast and crew were sad to be told that the show had been cancelled. However, it wasn’t a complete surprise that SABC had been experiencing financial troubles and negotiations with Danie Odendaal Productions – as it has been with many other production companies over home-grown shows – over the past few months.