Generations needs urgent back-up plan – insiders

2014-08-19 17:34

South Africa’s favourite soapie, Generations, may have to go off air for a month or longer to give script writers some time to come up with a new storyline and cast new faces, say industry insiders who have worked on the soapie.

The insiders, who wished not to be named, told City Press today that the soapie does not have enough content to keep it running for the next three months. They say production was affected severely last year when actors went on strike for a month and with the axing of its principal actors last week it would be impossible to keep the soapie on air.

A former writer described the current situation as a disaster, saying it should have never happened.

She said: “The only way to survive this is if Generations goes off air for a while to allow writers to come up with a new story and cast new faces.”

An executive producer, who has also worked on the soapie, agreed saying: “Producers have a little to go on with here because they lost a lot of time in production last year.”

“The best thing to do would be to kill the fired actors, go off air and recast,” he said.

The former writer explained that killing the axed actors will not be easy and it will be an expensive exercise.

“The first thing that writers will have to do is immediately reduce the story of the actors that are leaving until they fade out. This is going to be about money and what will probably happen is that production would come to a standstill,” she explained.

She added: “The other option would be to choose the important or gripping stories and recast leaders with new faces and kill off the rest – and the show goes on.”

The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives often recast new faces as lead actors.

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