Parental Advisory’s telenovela Nikiwe has allegedly replaced head writer Siphosethu Tshapu with seasoned writer Bongi Ndaba due to low views.
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SIPHOSETHU TSHAPU REPLACED?
Zimoja reports that Nikiwe booted head writer, Siphosethu Tshapu and replaced her with writer Bongi Ndaba as the show isn’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.
The actor added that the channel hoped Parental Advisory Productions to deliver and replaced The Black Door by Black Brain with Nikiwe hoping it would be amazing but the numbers aren’t looking great.
“Bongi is a seasoned scriptwriter, and she has done amazing work. They hope she will revive the show. But we also can’t blame Sethu for the show doing badly. You tell me, you will keep chopping and changing staff every time a show fails.”
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According to the TVSA primetime viewing figures, Nikiwe received 1.7 million views in June, while Smoke and Mirrors received over 2 million views, Isitha: The Enemy received 2.5 million views, House of Zwide received 4 million and Scandal! received 4.4 million views.
Nikiwe is produced by Thomas Gumede and Lungile Radebe from Parental Advisory Productions which is popularly known for shows such as Perfect Match and Uyang’thanda Na? and Mzansi Magic’s faith-based drama series Abomama.
The story follows the lives of the Radebes, who witness the rise and fall of a family empire based in Diepkloof Extension, Pimville, and Orlando, Soweto.
Lungile Radebe from Parental Advisory Productions was not available for a comment at the time of publishing this article.
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