Hindi GECs pad up to launch new shows post-IPL

MUMBAI: Even as Indian Premier League (IPL) is two weeks away from conclusion, Hindi GECs have started chalking out plans for the post-IPL phase. The Hindi GECs generally lie low during the two-month IPL window as the tournament draws a bulk of the viewership share, particularly during the prime-time slot.

With the tournament now entering the play-off stage, the Hindi GECs have lined up a slew of new shows to garner eyeballs. At last count, 13 fiction and non-fiction shows are scheduled for launch towards the last week of May and June. The IPL grand finale will be played on 27 May.

The prime-time line-up of Hindi GECs such as Colors, Zee TV, Star Plus, Star Bharat, &TV, Sony Entertainment Television (SET) and SAB TV will see a change with the launch of new shows. Some of the underperforming shows will also face the axe.

Viacom 18’s Hindi GEC Colors is leading from the front as far as new show launches are concerned. The channel, which has been battling Zee TV for the top position in urban HSM, will be launching five new shows spanning across genres like fantasy, drama, suspense-thriller and a dance reality format.

The line-up comprises shows such as ‘Dance Deewane’, ‘Naagin 3’, ‘Dev 2′, ‘Silsila – Badalte Rishtey’ and ‘Roop – Mard Ka Sacha Swaroop’.

‘Dance Deewane’ is a new homegrown dance reality show which will be aired from 2 June every weekend at 9 pm. The new reality show will replace the channel’s ongoing comedy show ‘Entertainment Ki Raat’, which went on-air from 22 April and will conclude on 27 May.

The show will feature three categories of participants- children, adults, and seniors. All the participants will be competing in their own categories and three contestants, one from each category, will compete for the title.

The channel is also bringing back the third season of ‘Naagin 3’ which will go on-air tentatively from 2 June. The show will replace the existing fantasy series ‘Chandrakanta’ at 8 pm. Produced by Balaji Telefilms, the third season will follow the initial storyline of Naagin but will have its own twist and turns.

‘Naagin’, which has been raking in high viewership in the past seasons, will feature a new star cast which comprises of Karishma Tanna, Anita Hassanandani, and Surabhi Jyoti. The previous season’s lead actors Mouni Roy and Adaa Khan will also make a special appearance in the new season.

Thriller-crime drama Dev will also be returning for the second season. Produced by Peninsula Pictures, the show revolves around sharp and skillful detective Dev who uses his expertise to solve various criminal and homicide cases.

The channel will be launching two new shows Silsila – Badalte Rishtey and Roop – Mard Ka Sacha Swaroop. Produced by Sphere Origins, Silsila – Badalte Rishtey will star Drashti Dhami – Shakti Arora and Aham Sharma. Roop is produced by Rashmi Sharma Productions and will feature Affan Khan playing the lead, along with actors Yash Tonk, Mitali Nag, Vaishali Thakkar, Nikki Sharma, Ananya Agarwal and Tasheen Shah.

The time and date for both the shows have not yet been revealed. The channel is pulling the plug on its existing shows ‘Laado 2’and ‘Dil Se Dil Tak’.

Sony Pictures Networks India’s Hindi GEC Sony Entertainment Television (SET) is also fine-tuning its programming line-up. Having seen good traction for non-fiction shows, the channel is dedicating its weekday 9 pm slot for non-fiction shows only. However, fiction programming will continue to be the bedrock of the weekday primetime programming.

The weekday non-fiction line-up will kick-off Salman Khan’s ‘Dus Ka Dum’, which is making a comeback after a hiatus of nine years. The show is expected to go on-air by 4 June at 9 pm slot.

SET is coming with a unique show ‘Zindagi Ke Crossroads’ which will be a mix of fiction and non-fiction format. The non-fiction part of the show will be hosted by popular TV actor Ram Kapoor.

‘Dus Ka Dum’ will air on first two days of the week after which ‘Zindagi Ke Crossroads’ will take over the 9 pm slot till Friday. Next in line are Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) season 10 and Indian Idol season 10.

The channel is pulling the plug on two of its existing shows ‘Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya’ (9 pm) and ‘Ek Deewana Tha’ (9.30 pm).

Star Plus, which has been struggling on the rating table for the last few months, is launching two new shows ‘Krishna Chali London’ and ‘Mariam Khan Reporting Live’ from 21 May, six days before the IPL ends.

‘Mariam Khan – Reporting Live’ and ‘Krishna Chali London’ will be aired at 7.30 pm and 9 pm slots respectively. The channel is shifting Balaji Telefilms produced ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ to 10.30 pm slot. Earlier, the show aired in the 7.30 pm slot which will be taken over by ‘Mariam Khan – Reporting Live’.

‘Krishna Chali London’ will replace Mahesh Bhatt’s ‘Naamkarann’, which debuted in September 2016. The show marked Bhatt’s TV debut.

‘Mariam Khan – Reporting Live’ is produced by Somersault Productions. The show is about an 8-year-old girl, Mariam, where she sees life through her own unfiltered lens. The show is based in the lanes of Bhopal with a Muslim backdrop.

Saurabh Tiwari’s ‘Krishna Chali London’ is the story of Kanpur boy Radhe who is a romantic at heart and is in search of his love. Instead of being career oriented like other boys of his age, Radhe has always nurtured a dream, of getting married since childhood.

Star Plus is also launching a game show starring Ravi Dubey titled ‘Sabse Smart Kaun’. The first sneak-peek of the show launched on 12 May.

Star Plus is also axing its existing show ‘Tu Sooraj Mein Saanjh Piyaji’. The show will air its final episode on 1 June. The popular series was launched in the channel’s afternoon slot but was later moved to the early prime time of 7 pm. The show was a sequel to the channel’s popular series ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum.’

Star India’s second Hindi GEC Star Bharat will also be launching a new show ‘Muskaan’ in June. The show will replace biopic ‘Chandrashekhar’ at the 10 pm slot.

Produced by Rashmi Sharma Telefilms and is directed by Dilip Kumar, Muskaan is about a little girl living her childhood, different from the usual. The story weaves various emotions and moments that Muskaan experiences, which feel different from the others of her age and a mothers roller-coaster to give her daughter a bright and a healthy future. The star cast includes Sonakshi Save as Muskaan and Ariena Dey playing the role of Muskaan’s mother as Aarti.

ZEEL-owned second Hindi GEC &TV will be launching a new show ‘Bitti Business Wali’ from 16 May every Monday-Friday at 7.30 pm. Produced by Raakesh Paswan, the show is about a young lady winning dignity with financial freedom.

Sony Sab is also working on a new fantasy show ‘Aladdin’. The time and date of the show have not been revealed yet.

Zee TV is putting curtains on two of its existing show ‘Woh Apna Sa’ and ‘Piyaa Albela’. Produced by Rajshri Productions, Piyaa Albela stars Akshay Mhatre and Sheen Dass in the lead role. Whereas ‘Woh Apna Sa’ produced by Rashmi Sharma Telefilms featured Disha Parmar, Riddhi Dogra and Sudeep Sahir in the lead role.

The replacements for these shows have not yet been announced.

The channel had recently beefed up weekend prime-time programming with two new shows ‘JuzzBaatt….Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak’ and ‘Superhit’. With the launch of these two new shows from 5 May, the original programming hours for the weekend has increased to 4.5 hours.

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