e.tv replaces 'The Wild' with Afrikaans-dubbed telenovela

Cape Town – e.tv is ending The Wild after just over five and a half months as it reorganises the channel's early primetime line-up from Monday.

The half-hour The Wild will abruptly end today, Thursday 11 July, on e.tv far from the M-Net acquired soap's end, replaced from Monday 15 July by a new hourlong, Turkish telenovela dubbed into Afrikaans, The Vreemdeling (The Stranger) at 17:30.

The American soap Days of Our Lives moves an hour earlier from Monday on e.tv, from 17:45 to 16:45; and Judge Judy moves to an earlier timeslot at 16:20.

e.tv was asked repeatedly why The Wild that started in January this year was removed from the e.tv channel, but the eMedia Investments channel's publicity division declined to provide a specific answer to the press query.

The Wild is now moved to the eExtra (Openview 109/DStv 195/StarSat 489) channel where it will be unavailable to terrestrial viewers of the e.tv channel who don't have a satellite dish.

In a general press statement about the removal of The Wild and replacement with Die Vreemdeling, Maki Mokome, e.tv marketing manager, says "We believe that Die Vreemdeling will be an exciting drama addition to the existing content on offer".

"Our viewership numbers have been showing positive growth and demand for our Afrikaans content, and we hope to continue providing our viewers with content that delights them."

Die Vreemdeling revolves around a chance meeting that takes place in a town called Korludag, between a handsome stranger called Dapper, and a wealthy businesswoman named Suhan. Soon there's an irresistible attraction but also another issue at play that the love interests don't know about.

Their dream of happiness will soon turn into an impossible love when the long-standing opposition between their families that have been long-time enemies starts to cause a strong rift between them.

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