As 2012 draws to a close, rumours are swirling about the change the New Year will bring to Tellyland. And if 2012 was a “leap” year, with many a generation jump being introduced in shows like 'Parichay', 'Pavitra Rishta', 'Hitler Didi' and now 'Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai', then 2013 may well be the year when many of the shows we’re used to viewing may make way for newer ones.
The buzz in the industry is that at least three shows are on the chopping block, including the long-running 'Pavitra Rishta' (after Ankita Lokhande’s decision to leave the show in March), 'Love Marriage Ya Arranged Marriage', 'Afsar Bitiya' and 'Honge Juda Na Hum'.
With channels planning ambitious new fiction shows for the coming year, short shrift is being made of those that aren’t pulling in the numbers.
Well, long time coming we say.
Of course, many shows will continue to go strong in 2013, among them number-pullers 'Balika Vadhu', 'Diya Aur Baati' and 'Yeh Rishta', while shows like 'Na Bole Tum' will be back in their new innings.
So, will the coming year prove to be a more exciting one for telly fans? Our crystal ball seems to say yes.