Saturday, October 30, 2010
MUVHANGO: A soap in trouble? After months of no filming, production is set to start again from November.
Word of Mouth Pictures that does Muvhango, the Venda soap that goes out on weekdays at 21:00 on SABC2 haven't shot a single scene of the popular soap for months.
Muvhango filming is in limbo and the local TV industry is abuzz that its the end of the show since no new episodes have been produced for three months. Of course its not.
The production company might have trouble actually paying the cast and crew some months, but Muvhango's viewership numbers are solid. Muvhango's viewership stands at 1,9 million viewers every night and is SABC2's number one most popular show. SABC2 would simply shift to another production company if something goes wrong behind the scenes. So, when you hear morons talk about the end of Muvhango, tell them to go back to journo school.
That doesn't mean that Muvhango isn't besiegned by backstage drama. Indeed there's lots. Cast members (as has very recently been the case for the umpteenth time) haven't been paid - despite Word of Mouth Pictures having a multi-year deal with SABC2. So many episodes are actually already in the can, there's enough episodes to last SABC2 for a while. According to sources production on Muvhango should resume again this coming week.