One of South Africa’s best soap operas Married to rugby comes to an end after five seasons.
Multichoice made the announcement on Friday, saying that the sports soap will no longer be broadcast on Kyknet, DStv channel 144 from September 2022.
“This very difficult decision was made after careful consideration and thorough research. After consultation with the producers, kykNET offered a six-month extension of the current contract.
“This extension of the production contract by an additional 55 episodes gives the Married to Rugby team a chance to plan for their future, which we hope will see another kykNET production,” the statement read.
Waldimar Pelser, director of kykNET Channels said the decision was based on the changes in television formats and landscapes.
“But these changes also bring new opportunities and new stories. kykNET would like to thank Deon Opperman, Overberg Productions and every actor and member of the production team who contributed to the remarkable success of this truly original South African series,” he added.
Multichoice also took the decision last year to cancel daily soapie Legacy on M-Net.
Married to Rugby won several awards in television categories. First broadcast on April 7, 2009 as a drama series, it centers on the story of the fictional world of the Stryders rugby team and the fictional local pub Potties.
Due to its success, it was decided in 2016 to make it a daily soap with well-known performances by African musicians and actors.
Opperman, the co-creator, writer and producer concluded:Married to rugby has been a huge part of my life as a writer and producer for the past 14 years, initially with the five Married Met Rugby drama series and then with the soap opera. I am very grateful to kykNET for making everything possible.”
The final episode will begin shooting in July and the final episode will air on kykNET (DStv channel 144) on September 30, 2022.
Curated by Sandisiwe Mbhele