M-Net confirmed that South African version of The Real Housewives will be coming to DStv. The channel picked up the format licensing rights for a local South African version of the show for its new 1Magic (DStv 103) channel. For the past few years M-Net has been showing seasons of The Real Housewives, and the various spin-offs from this American reality show franchise on the VUZU AMP channel.
M-Net is now rebranding and relaunching VUZU AMP as 1Magic on 29 January on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform. 1Magic will be available to DStv Premium subscribers only, and although no broadcast date has been specified, the first South African version of The Real Housewives will make its debut on this channel in the future.
“1Magic has recently acquired the rights to produce a version of The Real Housewives format. There’s no link to the SABC productions from some time back,” said Reneilwe Sema, M-Net director of local entertainment channels, in response to a media enquiry from Channel24 following Tuesday’s 1Magic media launch event held at Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg.
The Real Housewives is an NBCUniversal International format and is produced internationally in conjunction with NBCUniversal International Studios.
An official, “real” South African version of The Real Housewives for the country would be a long way coming.