S. Africa to play soccer series

In lieu of Cup, e.tv broadcasts primetime special

JOHANNESBURG — The next FIFA World Cup tourney is three years away but that hasn’t stopped soccer fever mounting in South Africa, host of the 2010 event, where commercial broadcaster e.tv is bowing a primetime soccer-themed series Sept. 3.

“Shooting Stars” is only the second local primetime drama commissioned by e.tv. The 52-part series, which will go out on Mondays at 9 p.m., is produced by Penguin Films with Roberta Durrant at the helm.

Durrant is one of South Africa’s most successful and prolific creators and producers of TV content, ranging from comedies, including “Madam & Eve” and the Zulu-language “Sgudi snaysi,” to dramas, such as “Home Affairs.”

“Shooting Stars” follows the fortunes of fictional soccer stars in the run-up to 2010, the first time that the FIFA World Cup will be played in soccer-mad Africa.

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