Anele Mdoda has big plans for 2021, and it’s starting with S2 of her laughter-filled reality quiz show Celebrity Game Night on E! Entertainment (DStv 124).

Anele will be inviting back her two team captains, actress Ayanda Thabethe and comedian Jason Goliath, as well as using her star power to draw in fame-game professionals like Minnie Dlamini-Jones, Boity Thulo, Maps Maponyane, Roxy burger and more. Because the more, the merrier, right?

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Heavy hitter

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Emmy Award-winning US series Hollywood Game Night, but things are always better with an Mzansi vibe.

After the success of S1 in early 2020 – it took home the SAFTA for Best International Format Show – it was a no-brainer to greenlight S2, says executive producer Kee-Leen Irvine from the show’s production company, Rapid Blue: “We’re thrilled at the success of Celebrity Game Night, presenting an often unknown and incredibly funny side to many of Mzansi’s best-loved celebrities. We can’t wait to bring loads of new games and many giggles to your screens. Game-face on!”

The show hasn’t let COVID-19 lockdown hold it back, with S1 filmed and edited before the March lockdown before airing from April 2020. S2 of Celebrity Game Night will be heading into pre-production for S2, with all-new celebrity guests being lined up, as well as new games to go with fan favourites like Where Are You Going?, Popped Quiz and Clue Room, all taking place in the comfort of Anele’s “lounge”.

Safety for cast and crew will be paramount, adds Lee Raftery, Managing Director, EMEA and Chief Marketing Officer, NBC Universal International. “S2 of this South African Film & Television Award-winning production promises the same fun and hilarity while carefully following strict COVID-19 precautions, prioritising the health and safety of everyone involved.

Hostess with the mostess

While viewers tuned in during S1 to see which new celebrity friends Anele and her captains invited to play games and crack jokes every week, there was one clear favourite on social media: Anele herself. She even got a celebrity thumbs up – see if you can spot which star is an Anele fan!


S2 will consist of 10 1-hour episodes, with filming set to start in 2021.

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