'Nikiwe' actors.

‘Nikiwe’ actors. Image via Twitter @PHILMPHELA

‘Long overdue’: E.tv viewers respond to ‘Nikiwe’ cancellation

E.tv confirms in a statement that its latest telenovela, ‘Nikiwe’, has been cancelled and will air its last episode in early 2024.

'Nikiwe' actors.

‘Nikiwe’ actors. Image via Twitter @PHILMPHELA

Thomas Gumede and Lungile Radebe’s Parental Advisory Productions telenovela Nikiwe will not be renewed for a second season on e.tv.

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Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela has announced that e.tv has canned its telenovela, Nikiwe, which is led by The Wife star Lungelo Mpangase.

“Nikiwe cancelled. The e.tv telenovela will not have a second season. The show’s production has been on hold and this week the channel decided to cancel it,” tweeted Mphela.

The channel also revealed in a statement that the show will be coming to an end in early 2024 due to low ratings.

This comes after Zimoja reported in July that Nikiwe booted its head writer, Siphosethu Tshapu, and replaced her with writer Bongi Ndaba, as the show wasn’t doing well compared to Smoke and Mirrors, Scandal! and House of Zwide.

An actor, who didn’t want to be named, revealed to the publication that the show is not doing well at all, and this is in comparison to the other shows.

E.tv viewers revealed on social media that they were not surprised by the cancellation as the show is currently competing with popular shows, Skeem Saam and Sibongile and The Dlaminis, which also air at 18:30.

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@mrcool_SIYA: “No shocked at all with the decision taken by the channel from the word go nje it was not make sure.”

@sipsboii: “Their storyline just got worse now it’s giving backstage vibes.”

@Thando_Zulu_: “Not surprised about this. We already have Skeem Saam and Sibongile and the Dlaminis to watch.”

@Hobbitt_Mpe: “Mara what do they expect ka slot sa 18:30? Skeem Saam is watched in lost households at that time.”

@v_bonna: “We have a Nikiwe whose parents were killed in front of her and I thought she’s about to get into bad b*txh mode of finding her parents killers and take over the business. Instead they gave the business to Gogo and brought another son then made Nikiwe a schoolgirl?”

@mmutugutugu: “It’s been coming. Lost its plot long ago…. They should have not killed off Bungane and wife.”

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