Battle of the soapies as ‘Ashes to Ashes’ airs

Nambitha Mpumlwana
Nambitha Mpumlwana

IT MAY in a sense have risen from the ashes of the old Generations, but it seems as though a new soapie featuring many of its former actors could see diehard fans switching channels.

Viewers waited expectantly for the premiere of e.tv drama series Ashes to Ashes, which airs at the same time as SABC1’s Generations, on Monday.

Ashes to Ashes is broadcast at 8pm on weekdays, with the series featuring most of the axed Generations actors like Nambitha Mpumlwana (who plays Mandlakazi Namane), Zenande Mfenyana (Rebs), Maggie Benedict (Violet), Mandla Gaduka (Damian) and Patrick Shai (Selo).

Social networks were abuzz during the first ad break, with some saying they hoped Generations would lose its last die-hard fans.

Mfenyane, who grew up in Queenstown, was also impressed with the first episode. “I was watching it and it really met my expectations. All the actors gave 110%. Friends kept calling to congratulate me.”

The Herald took to the streets yesterday to find out how first-time watchers felt about the new show.

Noluvo Sodwa, 26, of KwaDwesi, said she would no longer watch Generations. “I am tired of all the gangsters on Generations. For me Ashes to Ashes brings a breath of fresh of air.”

Zimkhitha Gwegwe, of Central, said: “I can’t wait for the next episode.”

-Yoliswa Sobuwa

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