SABC3 loses Expedition Impossible

2011-11-24 14:15
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – It proved impossible: In an extremely embarrassing turn, the highly-touted new reality show Expedition Impossible that SABC3 said it had secured, is going to be aired on M-Net.

With great fanfare SABC3 announced in September that it will air Expedition Impossible from November – a reality show in the vein of The Amazing Race.

SABC3 told media that Expedition Impossible, a new reality show by Mark Burnett with host Dave Salmoni and teams of people racing through rough terrain, will become the top new addition to SABC3's Monday night primetime line-up.

Triple-play reality

SABC3's plan was to create a new "triple-play top tier reality show" brand with seasons of The Amazing Race, Survivor and Expedition Impossible taking turns.

Expedition Impossible was scheduled to air on SABC3 from November 7 but the channel hastily had to find filler programming as it waited for the first video cassettes of the show to arrive, unsure of whether the show would be able to start on Monday November 28.

On Tuesday Channel24 learnt that M-Net had actually scored the broadcast rights to Expedition Impossible and that the reality show will be starting on the pay broadcaster in early February 2012.

According to sources, SABC3 wasn't aware that the show was lost to M-Net.

Beyond their control

On Thursday SABC3 informed press that Expedition Impossible will no longer be starting on SABC3 and that reality show The Real Housewives of Orange County will be starting on Monday November 28, followed by Survivor Samoa on January 23.

On Wednesday SABC3 still showed on-air promos for Expedition Impossible. SABC3 did not give reasons for losing Expedition Impossible, and only said: "SABC3 would like to apologise for not being able to broadcast Expedition Impossible for reasons beyond our control".


  • Klipkop - 2011-11-24 14:26

    SABC 3, why dont you just run Noleen's talk show 24/7, you know you want to. Think about it she will get rich(er) and you dont have to compete with Mnet anymore. I am sure your viewership will then also increase to about 5 people. Win win all the way! PS, does anybody watch The Real Housewives of Orange County? (And i am sure it will be a rerun.)

  • Shirley - 2011-11-24 14:28

    They are too busy buying luxury cars!!!

  • anne.crewe - 2011-11-24 14:50

    Bloody idiots! Could'nt organize a piss up in a brewery, just more reruns, reruns,reruns .....

  • Mark - 2011-11-24 16:27

    The SABC should make a reality show about itself. It could be called Fawlty Towers: South Africa

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-24 16:52

    And they want to go digital for more channels... to show what exactly?

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