CelebriTV premiere is Kapuso Network’s another desperate move

CelebriTV will premiere tomorrow afternoon on GMA 7.

CelebriTV will premiere tomorrow afternoon on GMA 7.

ASIDE FROM Ilustrado’s rerun on GMA News TV this Monday, another litany of desperate strategy comes from the main channel in Timog Avenue that will premiere tomorrow.

Enter CelebriTV.

CelebriTV is said to be the weekly “trend-tertainment news” and “comedy talk show” replacing the nearly two-decade-old Startalk (with 1,024 episodes). The end of Startalk was mainly due to the shift of preference of providing local entertainment news online rather than on television.

Unlike Startalk, Butch Francisco will no longer be part of the new show but will be replaced by Ai-Ai de las Alas for her second TV project (also, her first in weekend and in afternoon) as an exclusive talent this year. Secondly, Ricky Lo will be demoted from host to a correspondent. Lastly, Heart Evangelista will not be seen on the new program, in order not to show conflict of interest, for the sake of supporting her husband’s (Sen. Chiz Escudero) recent candidacy for Vice President next year under the presidential ticket of Sen. Grace Poe.

Tomorrow’s guests of CelebriTV will be Willie Revillame (Joey de Leon’s former foe and host of Wowowin) and Alden Richards (the “Pambansang Bae” and part of the two-month-old AlDub tandem).

However, the 45-minute talk show failed to realize that it will face ABS-CBN’s serious in-depth topical show “Failon Ngayon.” Most of the critics, especially Ralph Domingo and John Rodrigo Diaz Valdez, will not be happy about this and have 15-year-old Imbestigador should’ve used Startalk’s time to restore back to its former glory (i.e. being caught on camera in the crime/illicit scenes rather than just being dramatized).

Is CelebriTV going to make a good turn for GMA’s Saturday afternoon lineup or will go even worse than before?

Let’s find out tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. on GMA 7.


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[Photo courtesy of FilipinasInShowbiz.com / Instagram: @msaiaidelasalas]

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8 comments

  1. Apparently, long time comedian Philip Lazaro will be the show’s director, so kaya may comedy factor ang celebrity by hiring Lazaro.

    I hope CelebriTV will not take on the sensational route, but on a light road for them

    1. Sorry for the overnight delay, Gab. But let’s see if the format is like their predecessors later… if I’m right, it’s another screwed strategy. No offense for Ai-ai de las Alas.

      Kawawa naman yung mga “Da Who” gang ng Startalk, they really need to get their individual new TV projects here or a new job outside the entertainment industry.

  2. It’s now a battle between a serious show in which more viewers are getting more involved on issues that matter the most and a comedy celebrity talk show in which we don’t know the format as of yet.

    People might watch this show out of curiosity tomorrow, and GMA should realize the changing trends with most people getting tired of celebrity weekly talk shows in favor of daily celebrity talk shows (e.g. Aquino & Abunda Tonight; soon to be known as Tonight With Boy Abunda and Showbiz Konek na Konek), as well as online celebrity websites.

  3. IMO, this show is not GMA’s desperate move at all. The reason why Startalk was axed was a lot of people would rather surf the net for news than watch TV. CelebriTV is just a mix of showbiz & comedy, making it more fun than Startalk. I could see the network experimenting on a lot of stuff. And I guess mas pumapatok ang CelebriTV kesa sa Startalk.

    1. Can’t argue with the reasons you mentioned and its justification, Axel Rose, but competition wise, they are fighting against a serious public affairs program.

  4. But since we knew that “Failon Ngayon” has recently moved to a late timeslot of 10:45 p.m., still on Saturdays, I wonder how’s the performance of CelebriTV lately.

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