All aboard the Generations sinking ship

2015-12-31 16:00
The cast of Generations: The Legacy (Supplied)

Johannesburg – It was supposed to be the year that Generations returned to its throne as the king of soapies, but instead 2015 saw the reboot of the popular soapie struggle to stay afloat and left fighting for its life.

In December of 2014, the legendary soapie returned to TV screens as Generations:The Legacy.

But anyone who thought that a new lick of paint would be enough to reignite audiences love for the soapie, was left disappointed.

Despite recruiting old fan favourites and adding new ones like Thando Thabethe, Generations:The Legacy started the year fighting to regain the 10 million viewers it received on its debut.

The show would spend the next few months in a see-saw battle with fellow SABC 1 soapie, Uzalo for the title of most watched soapie in the country, before eventually surrendering the crown towards the latter part of the year.

What followed was an exercise in crisis management, with several actors (Including Asanda Foji, Mutodi Neshehe and Denise Zimba) leaving the soapie.

And even though the soapie added the likes of Gail Mabalane to its ranks, and was able to convince Vuyo Dabula to stay, it looked lethargic.

Still, the shows creators called for calm as they stressed patience and promised revamped story lines.

As the year drew to a close, fans were relieved a little to hear that popular character Jack Mabaso was set to return to the soapie in the next few weeks. But will it be enough to save the Generations ship from sinking further?

We’ll just have to keep watching…