Philippine Television, sixty years after its birth, does not have a traditional “TV season” similar to how things are done over at the US where they air new and returning shows September of every year. However, January seems to be the most logical month for Philippine TV networks to start the year in premiering the first batch of their new shows, composed mostly dramas and reality, in the hopes of garnering good ratings (a.k.a. first place in their respective slots). This year, with the special 90-minute premiere of TV5‘s Kidlat this Sunday, January 6, the netlet officially kicks off this year’s Philippine 60th TV season.
The main difference now is that with added competition with cable nets and their increasing output of original programming as well as the entry of domestic news channels alongside previously lonesome ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel); not to mention TV5’s aggressive programming moves to challenge ABS and GMA, Philippine TV is in for an interesting TV season.
On today’s post, we’ll take a look on ABS-CBN‘s current line-up, with carry-overs from last year and new shows taking over within the first three months of 2013.
ABS, which have gotten used on having most of their shows being on second-place on the Nielsen ratings (despite their reliance on ratings generated by TNS/Kantar Media), seems to have stabilized in terms of programming just enough shows in the most competitive hours, unlike before where they try to program as much as 6 or even more shows as possible within the primetime hours of 7:30-11:30pm.
On daytime, many of their current line-up have only started airing at the fourth quarter of 2012, with the only confirmed exiting shows this January being Sunkyunkwan Scandal and Two Wives. The net’s will premiere the first two of its 1Q 2013 shows with Rooftop Prince, taking over Sunkyunkwan’s place at 5pm weekdays on January 7 and You’re Still the One at 10am weekdays in place of Two Wives on the 14th. Kahit Konting Pagtingin, whose promos are being aired sporadically for the past few weeks is most likely going to be the net’s first original daytime soap for the year. No announcement on when it will premiere but I’m guessing the show will take over MMK Klasiks‘ 2:30pm slot if the the latter show ends its run this month or this February.
As for primetime, ABS will be busy filling vacant hours once some of their 2012 shows end their runs as early as January and as late as March. Shows that will surely end within the first quarter will be Princess and I, Aryana and Kahit Puso’y Masugatan. Last year’s latecomers Ina Kapatid Anak and A Beautiful Affair will definitely run well into the first 2-3 quarters of the year, depending on their respective ratings performances that would justify any decision prolonging their stay in the schedule. So far, ABS have confirmed 4 dramas to debut within the first 2 quarters: Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw, Apoy sa Dagat, Juan de la Cruz, and May Isang Pangarap.
On the reality front: So far, only MasterChef Philippines (which started airing late last year) and Deal or No Deal are the net’s only two reality competition shows currently in the schedule, but that could change once ABS kick its reality slate into high gear. Season 4 of Pilipinas Got Talent will return this year but there’s no confirmed date as the show is still undergoing auditions for its top finalists. For the meantime, ABS will debut another franchised reality competition show, The Voice, based on the original Dutch format of the same title. No sure premiere date as wel, but given the recent showings of its first promo on the air, we might get an announced date within the next several weeks. As for Big Brother and the Biggest Loser, there’s still no news for the veteran show to return this year so PBB and TBL fans will have to wait. To be honest, ABS should not have more than two singing competitions, especially if they’re competing brands like X-Factor and The Voice. It doesn’t really make sense to acquire both formats if they were gonna see the light of day in one channel.
Here’s a compiled list of ABS-CBN’s first quarter slate of new shows, carry-overs and cancelations as of January 13, 2013:
Carry-Overs (Daytime Originals)
- Kris TV (Weekdays 8am)
- Be Careful with My Heart (Weekdays
11:30am 11:45am; weekend encore 10:30am)
- MasterChef Philippines (Weekdays
10:30am 10:15am; weekend recap 10am)
- It’s Showtime (Weekdays
12 noon 12:30pm; Saturdays 11:30am)
- MMK Klasiks (Weekdays 2:30pm)
- Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Paraiso (Weekdays 3:30pm)
New Shows (Daytime Originals)
- Kahit Konting Pagtingin (January 21, time TBA)
- Minute to Win It Philippines (January 14, Weekdays 11:00am)
New Shows (Daytime Canned)
- Rooftop Prince (Premieres January 7 weekdays at 5pm)
- You’re Still the One (Premieres January 14; Weekdays 9:45am)
Carry Overs (Daytime Canned)
- A Gentleman’s Dignity (Weekdays 4:15pm)
Canceled/Ended Shows (Daytime)
- Sunkyunkwan Scandal (Ended, January 4)
- Two Wives (Ending, January 11 at 10am)
Carry-Overs (Primetime Originals)
- Aryana (Weeknights at 5:45pm)
- Princess and I (Weeknights at 7:30pm)
- Ina Kapatid Anak (Weeknights at 8:15pm)
A Beautiful Affair (Weeknights at 9pm)
Kahit Puso’y Masugatan (Weeknights at 9:45pm)
New Shows (Primetime Originals)
- Apoy sa Dagat (Date and time TBA)
- May Isang Pangarap (Date and time TBA)
- Juan de la Cruz (Date and time TBA)
- Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw (Date and time TBA)
Canceled/Ended Shows (Primetime)
- A Beautiful Affair (1/7/12: Officially canceled. Finale set on the week of January 14)
- Kahit Puso’y Masugatan (Ending, finale set on the week of January 28)
- Showbiz Inside Report
- Kapamilya Deal or No Deal
- Maaalala Mo Kaya
- Toda Max
- Banana Split Extra Scoop
- The Buzz
- Sarah G. Live!
- Gandang Gabi Vice
Weekend New Shows
- The Voice (Date and time TBA)
- Pilipinas Got Talent (Date and time TBA)
**This list will be updated throughout the First Quarter of 2013.
***Although there are shows that have been announced, I decided not include to them in the list for now while there’s no promos to those shows that would suggest they will air soon.
If I left out on some shows on the list, you guys may kindly let me know.
Coming up next: GMA-7.