kykNET renews hit local series Nêrens, Noord-Kaap for a second season

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Ilse Klink in Nêrens, Noord-Kaap. (Photo: Zaheer Banderker/kykNET)
Ilse Klink in Nêrens, Noord-Kaap. (Photo: Zaheer Banderker/kykNET)
  • Nêrens, Noord-Kaap has been renewed for a second season by kykNET. 
  • The show was initially only going to be a limited series.
  • Writer-director Nico Scheepers is thrilled that he gets to expand the story and characters. 

The hit local TV series Nêrens, Noord-Kaap has been renewed for a second season, kykNET announced in a statement on Wednesday. 

Nêrens, Noord-Kaap is a triumphant showcase of the best that local TV has to offer. It’s neatly polished and well put together, from its talented cast, engrossing script, to its visual presentation. You’ll want to savour every bite of it, and it deserves nothing less,” News24 said in its review of the first season.

According to writer-director Nico Scheepers he initially insisted that the show be a limited series for one season only; “But as I was writing, and especially once we started shooting, new inspiration came.” 

He added: “I started getting all sorts of ideas about where the story could go if there would be another season. I began making notes and by the end of episode 13, I realised we had actually just finished the first part of a series consisting of 26 episodes.” 

Tina Kruger, the commissioning kykNET producer responsible for Nêrens, Noord-Kaap, informed Nico, who is currently in New York, that a second season had been approved. 

“I am delighted. Not only because this means more work for me and the whole team, but also because I am so thrilled that we will have the opportunity to fully do these characters justice. They deserve to have their stories told more comprehensively.” 

About the second season, Nico says; “All I can say, is that the plan is to work with the same cast. There will be a few new characters, but the one thing I can tell viewers, is that Jan-Jan (Dean Balie) is definitely not Lourens’s (Frank Opperman) son.” 

Geon Nel (Frans), Albert Pretorius (Ronnie), and D
Geon Nel (Frans), Albert Pretorius (Ronnie), and De Klerk Oelofse (Andries) in Nêrens, Noord-Kaap. (Photo: kykNET)

Nico is resolute about the fact that he does not want to rush the second season. 

“Viewers should be content to patiently wait until we know the story is ready. The last thing the second season needs to be, is a half-cocked sequel written and made in a hurry.”  

Nico believes Nêrens, Noord-Kaap resonated with viewers because it is such an honest, raw, and emotionally loaded story.  

“I have written a series I wanted to see in Afrikaans. It had to feel as though you had read a big family novel. I wanted to show a side of the Afrikaner we sometimes forget – those people who fight the same battles as the rest of us. 

“Our fathers, our brothers, our Maggies. The slow pace of the series was deliberate. We live in a time where Instagram or Facebook can entertain you in seconds, but I wanted to achieve the exact opposite.”

About the announcement of the sequel Ilse Klink, who plays the role of Maggie, said; “It deserves a second season. The honesty of the story and the characters beg for more. I am very happy for Nico. He is an excellent storyteller. What do I wish for Maggie? I hope her other side will be illuminated – her joys and disappointments and her reasons for staying all those years.”

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