After all the hype about bringing back Come Dine with Me South Africa, the broadcaster has announced that it will not push through with the plans.
About a month ago, the SABC announced that it will be starting the popular cooking show after three years of abandoning it.
Media company Rapid Blue was supposed to produce a new local 4th season of the award-winning TV series Come Dine With Me South Africa for the broadcaster.
However, a short statement released by the broadcaster on Tuesday afternoon informed that it will not go ahead with the production of the show that was scheduled to air on SABC 3.
“The SABC would like to apologise to all South Africans who adhered to the call to action in anticipation that we would be producing the show,” the statement reads.
The statement revealed that the SABC has been in negotiations with the rights holder, production house Rapid Blue, to showcase Come Dine With Me South Africa. Contrary to the initial agreement, SABC was informed by the production company that they have withdrawn their offer to produce the show.
The show sees ordinary South Africans take turns to host a dinner party in their homes and in turn judge each other. It was well received while it lasted.
BBC Worldwide Africa dropped the local series in 2013 after just three seasons that got viewers glued to their screens. When the show was broadcast on BBC Entertainment, it garnered massive buzz and the ratings and viewership were high too. Regardless, BBC Worldwide opted out of doing more of the dining competition series three years ago.
Notwithstanding, SABC3 gave fans a little hope when it opted to bring the show back to life. Besides, the broadcaster aimed at using the show to rebuild its lost glory. The effect of the 2016 local content offering saw the channel’s viewership take a nosedive with badly produced shows shunned by viewers.