Johannesburg - We’ve been waiting for SABC3’s July schedules for a while now to see how their proposed 80-90% local content quota will affect programming going forward.
The schedule has just been made available to the press for the very first time and it looks like we’re in for some big changes on SABC3, the biggest being that the channel is dropping long-running soapie Days Of Our Lives in the 17:00 timeslot from 20 July but is keeping The Bold And The Beautiful.
Another biggie is that High Rollers is going to be broadcast 5 days a week from 4 July, instead of Monday-Wednesday.
tvplus has scoured the schedule and put together this handy review of the July SABC3 schedule changes. Readers can see the full, revised schedule as of Wednesday 6 July in our upcoming 6 July issue, as the new schedules were not available at the time of going to print with our current 22 June issue.
- The Bold And The Beautiful will continue to air in the weekday 18:00 slot.
- Expresso will run half an hour longer (from 2:30 to 3 hours) as of Monday 4 July.
- The Bold And The Beautiful repeat slot will change from weekdays at 09:00 to weekdays at 10:00 from Monday 4 July. A further Bold repeat slot will be added late nights at 01:00, weeknights from Monday 4 July (the previous repeat slot for The Real)
- Days Of Our Lives 9:30 morning repeat slot will no longer exist as of Monday 4 July. The 09:00 to 10:00 morning slots will be taken by repeats of local reality programming as of Monday 10 July.
- The Muvhango 10:30 morning repeat slot will fall out as of Monday 4 July. As of that date SABC3 will no longer repeat Muvhango. From Monday 4 July the High Rollers repeat will be airing at 10:30 weekdays on SABC3.
- The 7de Laan repeat slot at 11:30 am will no longer exist as of Monday 4 July. SABC3 will no longer be airing 7de Laan repeats. The 12:00 noon slot will no longer feature classic action series as of Monday 4 July.
- A repeat of local reality show Strictly Come Dancing season 7 will start in the 11:30 am slot as of Monday 4 July. New talk show Tween Talk will start airing in the weekday 14:00 slot as of Monday 4 July High Rollers 5 days a week (instead of 3) as of the week of 4 July on SABC3.
- Final episode of Days Of Our Lives on SABC3 – episode 12107 – on Wednesday 20 July.
- Afternoon Express moves from 16:00 to 17:00 as of 20 July.
- New talk show Real Talk starts in the old Afternoon Express timeslot of 16:00 on Thurs 21 July and will continue to air weekdays at 16:00.
- Divas of Jozi S1 local reality will start at 20:00 on Monday 4 July.
- The Sober Companion S1 will start at 21:00 on Monday 4 July.
- New local talk show Late Night Talk premieres on Monday 4 July in the 22:00 slot. 30-minute programme, will run week-nights.
- CSI Miami moves from its Monday 22:00 slot to show at 22:30 on Mondays.
- Top Chef SA starts on SABC3 on Tuesday 5 July at 20:00.
- Dr 90210 on Tuesdays moves from 22:00 to 22:30 as of Tuesday 6 July.
- Top Billing moves on Thursdays from 19:30 to 20:00 as of 7 July.
American programming that stays on SABC3:
- CSI: Miami Mondays 22:30.
- The Fixer, Tuesdays 21:00.
- Dr 90210 Tuesdays 22:30.
- The Mentalist, Wednesdays 20:00.
American programming dropped from SABC3:
- No More American Reality series as of Monday 4 July, which means the next season of The Amazing Race won’t be airing. The Survivor finale will fortunately air on 27 June as previously scheduled, though.
- The Office season 2: the final episode we will see is episode 20 on 27 June. We will not see the double-episode season finale.
- Whitney season 1 ends on Monday 20 June with episode 11 of 22. We will not see the rest of the season.
- Numb3rs season 4 will end on Thursday 30 June with episode 15 of 18. We will not see the rest of the season.
- The final episode of Minute To Win it airs on Friday 1 July.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 1 will end on Friday 1 July with episode 14 of 22. We will not see the rest of the season.
- The Exes season 3 will end on Friday 1 July with episode 14 of 20. We will not see the rest of the season.
New American programming coming to SABC3
- Two And a Half Men season 11 will start airing on Wednesday 6 July.
- The Flash season 1 starts Saturday 9 July in the late timeslot of 23:00.