SABC3 schedule in another shake-up from June
News 24 has reported that another dramatic schedule shake-up is coming for SABC3 to try and boost ratings for the public broadcaster’s only commercial TV channel.
From June programming currently seen at 19:30 is moving half an hour later, while shows like stalwart Top Billing moves earlier. The former hour long drama High Rollers is also returning but is now being turned into a three day a week telenovela at 19:30, with half hour episodes set for Mondays to Wednesdays from 29 June.
SABC3’s ratings has remained under pressure and several dramatic schedule changes the past two years have failed to move the viewership needle significantly.
June will see an influx of several new shows on SABC3 – the 8th season of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa, a 2nd season of the comedy Those Who Can’t and a new season of the reality show Charly’s Cake Angels.
The Cape Town based reality show produced by Cooked in Africa and set in the famous Charly’s Bakery saw a first season in a bad afternoon timeslot after which a second season was shown on DStv’s Food Network.
Charly’s Cake Angels, which got critical praise, has been added back to the schedule and will now be moved to primetime at 21:00 on SABC3 from 18 June for a new season.
Meanwhile American dramas currently at 19:30 will move to 20:30 like the Monday comedies and series like Common Law, The Good Wife and Hostages.
The 21st season of The Amazing Race will start on SABC3 on 6 July at 20:30.