After Ferguson Films denied initial reports that their telenovela had been canned, M-Net has confirmed that: The queen on Mzansi Magic will be no more.
Twitter was in turmoil when entertainment blogger Phil Mphela claimed the popular Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen canceled last week. He reported that he had “close sources” who were aware of this information. He went on to claim that actress Brenda Ngxoli, who played the character Noma, had left the show, a claim she denied.
The casting director of Ferguson Films and daughter of Connie Ferguson, Neo Matsunyane and the late Shona Ferguson, Lesedi Matsunyane-Ferguson, hit back at Mphela’s claims about what goes on behind the scenes at The Queen Mzansi.
Despite their denial, DStv released a statement Friday confirming that The Queen and Lingashonia will have their final seasons between January and March 2023.
The decision was based on changes to the content strategy for Mzansi Magic and to the 1Magic channels and to keep up with their competitors.
†The Queenthe producers, ferguson movies, will record season seven of the show, which premieres in July 2022, and viewers will continue to enjoy the telenovela on their screens until the final episode airs on January 13, 2023,” the statement reads.
LingashoniaProduced by Stained Glass TV, it comes to an end after the second season ends on March 16, 2023. The show premiered on 1Magic in March 2022.
The broadcaster reiterated that their strategy is based on what viewers want.
A new telenovela will replace The Queen mzansi at the lock of 21:00 and the replacement for Lingashonia will be announced in due course.
“We maintain long-term and positive relationships with Ferguson Films and Stained Glass TV, with both production houses creating other shows for our channels,” the DStv statement concluded.
The show starred heavyweights in the acting fraternity such as Connie Ferguson, Zandile Msutwana, Shona Ferguson, Themba Ndaba as the popular character Brutus, Rapulana Seiphemo, Rami Chuene and Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, who appeared in the first few seasons.