African streamer Showmax will launch season two of its Durban-set adaptation of hit US reality franchise Real Housewives later this month.
The Real Housewives of Durban is produced by Cape Town-based Let It Rain Films. The show offers viewers a glimpse into the glamorous lives of wealthy women living in the titular South African city.
Three new women have joined the cast for S2, which launches on January 28, bringing class, glamour, sass and drama to the series, according to the producers.
The new faces are musician, actress and jewellery designer Londie London; radio personality and motivational speaker Thobile MaKhumalo Mseleku; and former South African kickboxing champion Jojo Robinson. Returning cast members include Annie Mthembu, Nonkanyiso Conco, Nonku Williams and Sorisha Naidoo.
Season two director Thumeka Hlotshana said: “London oozes class and confidence, she is relatable and honest when the moment calls for it, especially about the things that matter. Thobile is definitely a new flavour. Not only is she already popular from her family show but she is the only wife currently in a polygamous marriage. She is from a humble village on the South Coast, so The Real Housewives of Durban is going to take her outside of her comfort zone as she tries to fit in with a group of wives living the big-city dream.
“Jojo is outspoken, colourful and unapologetically herself. Her love for art comes through in pretty much everything she does. She loves her family and friends but is never afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right. Viewers can expect straightforward conversations and responses from Jojo. She is loud, humorous and simply fun.”
The Real Housewives began life in the US in 2006 as The Real Housewives of Orange County, produced by LA-based Evolution Media for NBCUniversal-owned cable channel Bravo. The format has since been adapted locally in 21 international markets, with versions also in the works in Kenya and Nigeria.
African SVoD service Showmax has commissioned the first Nigerian version of NBCUniversal’s format The Real Housewives.
Produced by Livespot 360, The Real Housewives of Lagos gives an insight into the opulent and glamourous lives of some of the most affluent women in Lagos. It is set to debut early 2022 as a Showmax Original.
The Real Housewives of Lagos will be the second Showmax Original reality series from Nigeria, following I Am Laycon, starring Big Brother Naija S5 winner Lekan Agbeleshe, which launched in February 2021.
The Nigerian version is the third African instalment of the Real Housewives franchise, following The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and The Real Housewives of Durban.
Showmax has also commissioned a second season of The Real Housewives of Durban, produced by Let It Rain Films, with Thumeka Hlotshana attached to direct and Lee Doig (Survivor USA) creative directing.
The Real Housewives format is shopped internationally by NBCUniversal Formats, a division of Universal Studio Group, and the Nigerian version is the format’s 16th international adaptation.
“We’ve seen audiences across Africa devour The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and The Real Housewives of Durban,” said Candice Fangueiro, head of content at the MultiChoice-owned streamer Showmax.
“The Real Housewives franchise lends itself to localisation and we know our audience is going to love seeing the show reinvented Naija-style. We can’t wait to show the continent – and the world – another side of Lagos, with all the drama, high fashion and luxury you’d expect from The Real Housewives franchise.”
Pay TV operator MultiChoice and its flagship channel M-Net have collaborated to create a new version of US reality franchise Real Housewives set in Durban.
The Real Housewives of Durban, based on the NBCUniversal format which originally airing on US cable channel Bravo, is set to debut on 1Magic DStv channel 103 on January 29.
The 14-episode series is produced by Let It Rain Films and will show viewers a glimpse into the glamorous lives of some of Durban’s wealthy ladies who engage in lavish consumption, extravagant lifestyles and dramatic relationships.
Nomsa Philiso, director of local entertainment channels at M-Net, said: “Reality TV has become our most followed genre, not only because it gives viewers authenticity and entertainment, but resonates with their lived experiences as it gives them a glance into a world in which they aspire to live one day.”
The Real Housewives of Durban is coming on the heels of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which ran on MultiChoice channels for two seasons from August 2018.