After captivating viewers with authentic storylines and beloved characters, the M-Net Local Entertainment Channels has announced Mzansi Magic’s The Queen and 1Magic’s Lingashoni final seasons are ending in 2023. The channel strategies for 1Magic (DStv channel 103) and Mzansi Magic (DStv channel161) have been revised to keep abreast with changing audience preferences and the evolving competitor landscape.
After six successful seasons, The Queen will premiere its finale 7th season in July 2022 and conclude on 13 January 2023. The final season of 1Magic’s Lingashoni will premiere from 21 March 2022 until 16 March 2023.
The Queen has been Mzansi Magic’s weekday 9pm offering since August 2016 and has celebrated unprecedented milestones such as 1 000-episodes in August 2020 and a historic crossover episode with 1Magic telenovela The River – a first for M-Net local productions. After six dynamic, entertaining seasons and milestones, The Queen is reaching a natural conclusion of its storyline.
Premiering in March 2021, Lingashoni is the second telenovela for 1Magic. The family-centred drama has captured viewers with shocking plot twists and much-loved ensemble cast of established actors alongside new talent, allowing M-Net to increase its local content offering for 1Magic audiences.
“As the M-Net Local Entertainment channels, we would like to applaud the producers, cast and crew of The Queen and Lingashoni for their dedication to delivering riveting storylines and award-winning content in highly contested primetime slots. We look forward to the thrills of the next 12 months as both productions draw towards their respective finales,” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.
Ferguson Films are acclaimed producers of Mzansi Magic’s Rockville, Igazi, The Queen and Unmarried, unlocking some of the best shows in local storytelling. “The Queen has been one of our most special projects to date. It has empowered and changed the lives of many, and we are eternally grateful for the opportunity from Mzansi Magic. We look forward to new ventures and creating more riveting shows for our beloved viewers to enjoy,” said a spokesperson from Ferguson Films.
Stained Glass TV, celebrated producers of Showmax’s The Wife and Mzansi Magic’s Ifalakhe and eHostela, has brought riveting content to our screens and will continue to do so. “We’ve thoroughly enjoyed making Lingashoni, and want to thank the cast, crew and production team for their amazing work and dedication. We are grateful to M-Net for creating a supportive platform for local storytellers and we look forward to a continued working relationship,” said Pepsi Pokane, Managing Director at Stained Glass TV.
Adonisi further expressed gratitude for the channels loyal viewers who have been critical to Mzansi Magic and 1Magic’s success and realising M-Net’s ambition to be Africa’s most loved storyteller. She concluded by assuring viewers that the channels are currently exploring exhilarating content for 2023 and new shows will be announced in due course.
M-Net remains committed to unearthing more rich, local stories with Ferguson Films and Stained Glass TV. Catch The Queen on Mzansi Magic, Mondays to Fridays at 21h00, and Lingashoni on 1Magic, Mondays to Fridays at 21h30.