THE NEW YEAR will be handed over in 6 days but before we bid adieu to 2014, here is the look back of what happened over the boob tube on GMA and its sister channel, GMA News TV.
Consistency of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee broadcast (Feb to Nov). GMA News TV carried the most Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearings on the PDAF swindle and the suspicious bidding compliance and unexplained luxurious estates against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his colleagues.
Public affairs programming changes (Mar-Aug). Reporter’s Notebook made the first move from Tuesday late nights to Saturday, March 22 after Celebrity Bluff. Weekday late night public affairs programs were shifted to the late afternoons in order to compete against Mother Ignacia. Imbestigador, originally on Sunday evening, was moved to Saturday afternoons as a response to the rival’s SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operations.
Sunday All Stars’ gradual retreat (Apr 27). Jay R, the RnB Prince, a Kapuso resident for 11 years, was no longer around the network and was tweeted his frustration the Sunday variety show to a fan. His outrage initiated the gradual relegation of Sunday All Stars not just because of the new format but of the new timeslot at 2 p.m. The network’s reason why SAS fell late is due to the scare of losing to her rival’s ASAP but for critics and observers, the move made it much worse.
In-ANG-kin (May, Jun & Nov). On May 5, a closed-door negotiation agreed between San Miguel Corporation President Ramon S. Ang and Atty. Felipe Gozon. A month after the deal, Ang was able to grab 30% of the stocks of the network but he was not able to exercise his influence until November.
Morning variety talk show comeback (May 12). “Basta Every Day, Happy” is hosted by Gladys Reyes, Donita Rose, Alessandra de Rossi and Chef Boy Logro. The show was an attempt to revive GMA’s legacy of weekday morning variety-talk shows such as “Love ni Mister, Love ni Misis” and “Sis.” However, the program’s outcome interpreted with a dismal result against the rival’s The Singing Bee.
If you can’t beat them, move back! (May 31). Channel 7’s long-running showbiz talk show Startalk moved back to Saturday afternoon after a five-month experiment on Sunday, competing “Buzz ng Bayan.” Due to the rival network’s return of their beloved original title and presence of Startalk’s former hosts, Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda, they relegated back to their conventional times and the big hole filled with GMA Blockbusters. The present Sunday Afternoon lineup acted as a sandwich where the films are the bread and Sunday All Stars as the filling.
Gozon’s amazing pullout? (Jun-Jul). On June 20, Senator Bong Revilla was arrested on the charges of malversation of funds as he was the first to be tagged on the PDAF swindle but his show, Kap’s Amazing Stories, was there the Sunday after (June 22). Netizens cried foul over the continuation of the show despite of the star’s arrest. This is because Revilla made the advanced taping of the show before the arrest. The final episode on July 13 was a replay and finally, Gozon finally pulled the plug but would the viewers think that the worst is over and wished that the Sunday All Stars would revert to Sunday noon? No, Superhero Sunday films became the replacement.
Return of the TV Mass (Aug 3). Contemplating over the loss of Superbook to ABS-CBN and In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley, GMA decided to return to Catholic programming, particularly the Holy Mass after four years. The Family TV Mass, from IBC 13, became the second religious program on Sunday after Jesus is Lord of Bro. Eddie Villanueva but the broadcast is taped rather than live. The last regular Catholic program GMA broadcast was Ecclesia in Asia: Ang Misa of Msgr. Sabino Vengco.
From reel to real proposal (Aug 9). Dingdong Dantes proposed on live television on Marian Rivera’s eponymous dance show as a special for the couple’s birthday month. Because of the willing consent of Ms. Rivera, #DongYan jumped the trending list on that day during the live broadcast of “Marian” but the ratings of two firms printed with mixed interpretation but the increase of the ratings were agreed upon. The DongYan tandem began from the reels on the small screen on 2007 and on the big screen in 2010. Despite of a farewell of the dance show for six months last December 6, the wedding ceremony will continue on December 30.
Sa Puso Ni Dok (Aug 24-Sep 28). Aired on the main channel, the medical documentary drama starring Dennis Trillo and Bela Padilla act as a counterprogramming strategy against “Pinoy Big Brother: All In The Big Night” and “I Do.” However, this GMA’s step was aimed for the critical acclaim, not the ratings. This was the third realistic drama produced by the Network right after “Bayan Ko” and “Titser,” both aired on GMA News TV last 2013.
Pacquiao’s return on the small screens (Sep 14). Manny Pacquiao returned to the small screens with Solenn Heussaff on MP featuring ESPN’s Sport Science. Critics and sports fans were shocked by his return and may reach his burnout alert due to excessive extracurricular activities but they believed it otherwise; Pacman maintained the WBO Welterweight Championship against Chris Algieri earning the challenger his first professional career loss two months later.
Return of the game show franchise (Sep 22). Hosted by Tom Rodriguez, Don’t Lose the Money is the first game show franchise earned by GMA since Family Feud and Hole in the Wall. The franchise is a creation of Shine Group and was first broadcast in RTL Germany as “Cash Crash.” The show is announced and is placed on weekday mornings but as Ralph Domingo pointed out, The Singing Bee began days ahead in response.
Pinay Beauty Queen Academy (Oct 4). GMA News TV broadcast this reality show program, hosted by Ali Forbes every Saturday night. PBQA is about the life and emphasis on training and challenges of the candidates. Like Pinoy Big Brother, their activities and engagements are monitored except private and personal instances. Tomorrow night (Dec 27), two runners-up and the grand winner will be chosen.
Ilustrado’s fading illustration (Oct 20). Alden Richards portrayed Dr. Jose Rizal, the de facto national hero, on this epic docudrama, particularly on his early life before his age of heroism. Critical acclaim, again, spawned on the show produced by GMA News and Public Affairs but the duration became the disadvantage. Howie Severino did not intend to last longer as a teleserye as it lasted four weeks or 20 episodes. With his clear explanation, the rating firms (their rival’s Kantar and their favorite’s AGB Nielsen) agreed that Ilustrado failed to clinch the ratings of double digits.
News anchor shakeups (Nov 10). GMA joined the musical chairs of reorganizing news anchors on free TV networks. Vicky Morales joined the 24 Oras anchor team, dissolving the 10-year-old Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco tandem. The trio acts as a competition against TV Patrol‘s trio (Noli De Castro, Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon). Morales passed the baton to Pia Arcangel as the female anchor for Saksi and Connie Sison took the key as the Balitanghali weekday female newsreader. The three news programs have replaced the title graphics but 24 Oras and Saksi replaced their respective sets.
Non-showbiz talents in the red (Nov 11). Buhay Media published the controversy of 52 talents, particularly on its News and Public Affairs division, on redressing their grievances over no related and mandatory benefits such as night shift differentials, hazard pays, SSS, PhilHealth, etc. By the stroke of midnight, these 52 talents will bid their Auld Lang Syne to their employer.
Willie the homecoming king (Nov 21). After 21 years of deserting his first home, Willie Revillame sought reconciliation to Joey de Leon. The 53-year-old host made negotiations between Mr. De Leon and Mike Enriquez to allocate his new show “Wowowin” on weekday evenings before the news on the New Year.
DTS: Delaying Teleseryes Syndrome (Nov). More Than Words was intended to air last November 3 right before 24 Oras but the last minute, the re-run of the Coffee Prince was aired instead as an attempt to crack down PTV 4’s first foreign entertainment program in 14 years, Here Comes Mr. Oh. The young adult romantic drama topbilled by Elmo Magalona and Janine Gutierrez moved two weeks later in order to compete against Mother Ignacia. Before the new slot, Second Chances of Jennylyn Mercado, originally slated for November 17, was delayed again until the first quarter of 2015.
Intra-year teleserye average duration: 3 3/4 months. Neither any GMA Afternoon Prime nor GMA Telebabad dramas were able to reach six months but the longest teleserye commenced and ended within 2014 are Nino and Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real. The shortest teleserye was Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw with measly two months.
Outlook for 2015
In financial aspect: Despite Ramon Ang’s realizable minority exercise on managing the network on this New Year, the network from Kamuning will poise for another year of programming mismanagement, talent downsizing and loss venturing, though the latter with a lesser impact.
In programming: Second Chances, of which the Turf mentioned earlier, will end up in flummox due to the delays and Mrs. Rasonable’s concentration against the rival’s drama division. Willie Revillame’s Wowowin would end up in two sides of the potential story: the pull of audience ratings and the deterioration of morals from his past hijinks.
Tomorrow, the Turf will discuss on TV5 and AksyonTV.