My Finale Thoughts on Big BROTHER USA 18

On Wednesday, US time, the American version of Big Brother will have its season finale where a winner will emerge among the last three housemates standing. But before that happens, there will be one more challenge that will play out on live television which will determine the two finalists as well as the last evictee of the season who will join eight more fellow evictees in the Jury of Nine whose task is to crown the winner of Season 18. Continue reading

Defending Ideas, Defending Ideals

In any university or college, one of the last things you do before fully graduating is to  produce a thesis that you could present to a group of people serving as your panel, showcasing your research on a topic centered on a particular subject that you have to defend.

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Cocoon: At the Crossroads of Change

Change is gradual as change is inevitable. Such a concept is interwoven to create a story of growing up and chasing life. That may have been what Cocoon turned itself into.

Unfortunately for me, I never had the privilege of checking out this exhibit’s opening night because of some uncontrollable circumstances that weekend so I decided to come by on its second and final day where it didn’t really fall short of what making every day of an MMA exhibit count.

A Life's Story

A Life’s Story

 

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Recycled Teleserye Theme Songs: An Observation

MundoManayMagunawAs the input of Pinoy soaps increased in the 1990’s onwards to the new millenium, so are the ways and means for producers to get people hooked on whatever soap being shown on our TV screens. Other than the glossy title cards, the cheesy storylines, the glamorous stars with oozing seks appeal, and the “showbiz-branded” titles to the casted soap/movie veterans, the one thing that serves as the primary heart nad soul is the theme music that accompanies a drama serial, as with any TV show found on any other genre.

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9O21O Forever: Long Live the Day!

90210 Forever!

90210 Forever!
Image courtesy of 90210-Media.org

For five seasons, 90210 have bravely fought the good fight, avoiding cancelation as much as possible until the very end. The youth-oriented drama that was spun-off from a popular 90’s teen soap, about a group of teenagers living their lives through twists and turns against the backdrop that is Beverly Hills, ended its 5-year run on a bittersweet feel-good note.

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Jessica Lowndes: 9O21O’s Hidden Musical Gem

Right now fans are still recovering from the devastating news that, after 5 years on the air, 9O21O, a continuing spin-off from the 1990’s youth drama Beverly Hills 90210, is ending this May.

As of this writing, the show is still in the middle of production for its final episode, the show’s 114th, tentatively titled “We All Fall Down”. Details are being kept under wraps save for leaked spoilers regarding a cliffhanger ending. That would most likely be retooled considering fans like me who have stucked to the show since day 1 need closure (as with any other long-running shows).

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Philippine 2013 TV Season: 1st Quarter New Shows, Carry-Overs, and Cancelations Part 1

ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN

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)

  1. Kris TV (Weekdays 8am)
  2. Be Careful with My Heart (Weekdays 11:30am 11:45am; weekend encore 10:30am)
  3. MasterChef Philippines (Weekdays 10:30am 10:15am; weekend recap 10am)
  4. It’s Showtime (Weekdays 12 noon 12:30pm; Saturdays 11:30am)
  5. MMK Klasiks (Weekdays 2:30pm)
  6. Precious Hearts Romances Presents: Paraiso (Weekdays 3:30pm)

New Shows (Daytime Originals)

  1. Kahit Konting Pagtingin (January 21, time TBA)
  2. Minute to Win It Philippines (January 14, Weekdays 11:00am)

New Shows (Daytime Canned)

  1. Rooftop Prince (Premieres January 7 weekdays at 5pm)
  2. You’re Still the One (Premieres January 14; Weekdays 9:45am)

Carry Overs (Daytime Canned)

  1. A Gentleman’s Dignity (Weekdays 4:15pm)

Canceled/Ended Shows (Daytime)

  1. Sunkyunkwan Scandal (Ended, January 4)
  2. Two Wives (Ending, January 11 at 10am)

Carry-Overs (Primetime Originals)

  1. Aryana (Weeknights at 5:45pm)
  2. Princess and I (Weeknights at 7:30pm)
  3. Ina Kapatid Anak (Weeknights at 8:15pm)
  4. A Beautiful Affair (Weeknights at 9pm)
  5. Kahit Puso’y Masugatan (Weeknights at 9:45pm)

New Shows (Primetime Originals)

  1. Apoy sa Dagat (Date and time TBA)
  2. May Isang Pangarap (Date and time TBA)
  3. Juan de la Cruz (Date and time TBA)
  4. Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw (Date and time TBA)

Canceled/Ended Shows (Primetime)

  1. A Beautiful Affair (1/7/12: Officially canceled. Finale set on the week of January 14)
  2. Kahit Puso’y Masugatan (Ending, finale set on the week of January 28)

Weekend Carry-Overs

  1. Showbiz Inside Report
  2. Kapamilya Deal or No Deal
  3. Wansapanataym
  4. Maaalala Mo Kaya
  5. Toda Max
  6. Banana Split Extra Scoop
  7. ASAP
  8. The Buzz
  9. Sarah G. Live!
  10. Gandang Gabi Vice

Weekend New Shows

  1. The Voice (Date and time TBA)
  2. 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.

Philippine Dramas: A 2012 Review

 

2012: A year of b!tchslapping, bedhopping, sex, scandal, amnesia, murder, abuse, kidnappings, magic, baby-switching, DNA tests and some light-heartedness for a change.(Photos courtesy of their respective owners)

2012: A year of b!tchslapping, bedhopping, sex, scandal, amnesia, murder, abuse, kidnappings, magic, baby-switching, DNA tests and some light-heartedness for a change.
(Photos courtesy of their respective owners)

Every year, the average Philippine drama continue to be the TV industry’s bread and butter that rakes in the millions that keep TV networks afloat. 2012 is no different.

Some titles played safe this year while others took unexpected risks in terms of storytelling, most of them geared on character-driven stories instead of plot-driven ones. Regardless, soap watchers will always tune in on the TV to watch their stories on a daily and nightly basis.

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