GMA responds to PTV’s ‘Oh Ja Ryong’ with ‘The Coffee Prince’ rerun

GMA 7 will air "The Coffee Prince" later this afternoon, as a response of PTV 4's first airing of Koreanovela, "Here Comes Mr. Oh."

GMA 7 will air “The Coffee Prince” later this afternoon, as a response of PTV 4’s first airing of Koreanovela, “Here Comes Mr. Oh.”

NOT-SO-BLIND ITEM: GMA 7 has gone eavesdropping into PTV 4 with the latter’s confirmation of airing the new Koreanovela “Here Comes Mr. Oh“.

The Kapuso Network decided to re-air “The Coffee Prince” later today. Channel 7 aired the said drama from Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), the same broadcaster as Mr. Oh, last January 2008. Four years later, the network was given a franchise for local production.

The story, both original and franchised, follows the lives and loves of Go Eun-chan (locally named as Andy), a tomboyish girl with odd job experiences and Choi Han-kyul (Arthur), a wealthy bachelor and scion of a food chaebol (a Korean term of a business conglomerate much like of our own Lopez family).

Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun-Hye portrayed the Arthur and Andy on the original 2007 series while Kris Bernal and Aljur Abrenica portrayed the local counterparts.

Time is of the essence

Assuming that the time of The Coffee Prince would be in accord with Oh Ja Ryong, a heated competition would interestingly exist but the rerun drama will air at 5:50 p.m. but the newcomer will air at 5:30 p.m.

Programs of other VHF channels

At the said time later, VHF channels in the Metro will not affect the “Throwbacker (GMA) vs. Late Bloomer (PTV)” K-Drama feud:

  • ABS-CBN will continue to air Bet on Your Baby at 5 p.m. and Pure Love, a localized version of Korean drama 49 Days, at 5:45 p.m. (the drama will air their final fortnight [10 weekdays] beginning today);
  • TV5 will air movies later because no PBA games are scheduled on Mondays;
  • 9TV will air their replay of Opposing Views and NBC Nightly News Weekend;
  • GMA News TV 11 will continue to broadcast Quick Response Team; and
  • IBC 13 will air the rerun of either Cooltura or Retro TV.

Despite of being a late bloomer, in return, PTV 4’s airing will be worth the wait and will be included in the most viewed programs right after PTV Sports and the Lotto Draw despite of exclusive disclosures of Kantar and Nielsen, of which both are devotionally paying attention to the Big Two.

For GMA 7, having a rerun may have crushed entirely Channel 4’s fulfilled dreams after their 14-year drought of airing foreign entertainment (according to Mark Jaro) but it does not necessarily mean they have to focus solely on this programming issue. As Mr. Ralph Domingo points out, Elmo Magalona and Janine Gutierrez’s “More than Words” would have aired before 24 Oras today, however, Rasonable decided to put off the new series two weeks later in order to compete against the new series of the rival in Mother Ignacia.

Here Comes Mr. Oh” airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. with replays at 11:00 a.m. on People’s Television Network.

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  1. RETRO TV RERUNS??? What the hell? A show originally debuted on the gone ATC block to have a rerun?

    Good luck for Oh Ja Ryong on PTV. Is this dubbed? Are there any changes on the names of the characters (but Mr. Oh) for that airing on Philippine TV? Is that also the first-ever foreign airing of that K-drama? (Here Comes Mr. Oh started with very low ratings in its home country, but by its final episodes shot to first place in its timeslot.)

    1. 1. Actually, it’s Tipong Pinoy and repetitive docus on IBC 13. It’s my naive prediction.

      2. Yes, it’s dubbed but I hear no change of names yet for their two episodes aired unlike those in GMA and ABS-CBN. This is PTV 4’s first time to materialize a Koreanovela and for the first time a foreign entertainment program in 14 years.

  2. Can’t believe that the government channel (PTV4) is showing an entertainment Koreanovela for the very first time. I do think they are being controlled by a private company now. Do they?

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