Philippine TV’s Seven Deadly Sins

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Today is ASH WEDNESDAY, the first day of the penitential season of Lent.

For the simple yet observant faithful, it’s the opening salvo of the season of giving up luxuries, fasting and abstinence from meat (save fish and seafood). For the very pious, it’s also the heralding period to line up for confession and to seek repentance and reparation from such transgressions.

In the spirit, Timow’s Turf will tackle on this topic — the seven deadly sins — and how will it intertwine with the current situation on our television landscape.

The deadly or cardinal sins were inspired loosely from the Scriptures: Book of Proverbs (6:16-19) in the Old Testament and St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (5:19-21) in the New; Pope Gregory I codified the standard seven in AD 590.

For each sin, one or two network/s is leading and certain reasons are given why they’re qualified. However, some definitions of each vice are not to be taken solely from the ordinary dictionary’s interpretation but on spiritual reasoning as well.

Jump in for each revelation.

AVARICE (Greed)

Unlike his father, Edu, Luis Manzano's game show hosting for four years do more harm than good as ordinary Filipinos are banned from participating directly and are treated as mere spectators.

Unlike his father, Edu, Luis Manzano’s game shows he hosted for four years do more harm than good as ordinary Filipinos are banned, forbidden or discriminated from participating directly and are treated as mere spectators.

Leading network: ABS-CBN

Why? Critics already said the obvious and numerous things that pretty much violated their own credo for being “in service of the Filipino.” Such example of breaching their slogan’s principle is their current approach of game shows where celebrities dominate as players while the ordinary people gets no opportunity. Such act for raking in the ratings is a form of enriching themselves. Another example of avarice is the excessive craving and influence for awards – both in-house (Push) and outside (PMPC). Complaints of deliberate signal disruptions from TVPlus and SkyCable on their rivals could also count as a form of avarice.

ENVY

GMA's Case Solved is the direct competitor of ABS-CBN's Ipaglaban Mo. The former is trying so hard to rake in viewers but it failed to impact.

GMA’s Case Solved is the direct competitor of ABS-CBN’s Ipaglaban Mo. The former is trying so hard to rake in viewers but it failed to impact.

Leading network: GMA

Why? Ralph explained it for few years now and we aren’t saying it ever again: Kamuning attempted so hard to copy the success of their neighbor by replicating the genre of their competitor but they failed to impact. One example is Case Solved as a recent attempt and reply of ABS-CBN’s Ipaglaban Mo but it didn’t made a clear cut or significant attention in social media.

GLUTTONY

TV5 has the most distinctive instance of gluttony than ABS and GMA. They try to prevent further sportscasting commitments every year to focus on entertainment and news but alas, they FAILED every time!

TV5 has the most distinctive instance of gluttony than both ABS and GMA. They try to prevent further sportscasting commitments every year to focus on entertainment and news but alas, they FAILED every time!

Leading networks: ABS-CBN and TV5

Why? Separate reason. For ABS-CBN, they gobbled out the majority of their weekday airtime for teleseryes from late morning to late night since 2012 and ending children’s shows since last year. For TV5, they try so hard to resist further sportscasting commitments every year to focus on improving entertainment, news and public affairs. However, due to unexpected circumstances and its obligated adjustments, they gave in without stopping; in the end, their plans are always lopsided.

The latter’s case was extensively proven with the layoff of employees as published by Buhay Media last Saturday.

LUST

Kabitseryes are the norm in current teleserye landscape. GMA's Ika-6 na Utos is just one of them.

Kabitseryes are the norm in current teleserye landscape. GMA’s Ika-6 na Utos is just one of them.

Leading networks: ABS-CBN and GMA

Why? Common reason. In this decade, both network’s afternoon and primetime block focused on adult-themed teleseryes with excessive and abusive SPG rating – incorporating themes of adultery and infidelity. Examples of them: Pasion de Amor, Tubig at Langis (both on ABS-CBN but ended last year) and Ika-6 na Utos (currently running on GMA).

PRIDE

Easy to believe but hard to read the fine print and to analyze the real picture.

Easy to believe but hard to read the fine print and to analyze the real picture.

Leading network: GMA

Why? Again, Ralph wrote these things to refute their claims of being #1 and bragging all about it. In fact, the network’s poorly managed in certain aspects: talent, regional network, lack of sports division, lack of video on demand and digital TV investment & planning. It’s easy to believe in the numbers they expose but they’re too hard to read the fine print and to analyze the real picture.

SLOTH

EZShop is one of the two dominant shopping blocks in IBC that runs on daytime... EVERY DAY!

EZ Shop is one of the two dominant shopping blocks (other being TV Shop) in IBC 13 that runs on daytime… EVERY DAY!

Leading network: IBC

Why? Home shopping (EZ Shop and TV Shop) and Bro. Tagumpay Gonzales’ Tagamend accounted for 100 of 130.5 hours in their typical broadcast week. Aside from being the least diverse in terms of programming, they’re the least updated in news — both in delivery and in technology.

WRATH

Trolls and die-hard supporters use this emoji without thoroughly reading and analyzing the other side of the story.

Trolls and die-hard supporters use this angry emoji without thoroughly reading and analyzing the other side of the story.

Leading network: PTV

Why? Their official Facebook page is swarming with die-hard supporters of the President Duterte and his allies. Whenever, a news item — though seldom — is on an opposing politician (especially on the recent detention of Senator Leila de Lima), they go highly berserk, unconditionally enraged, without any valid reason (bandwagon appeal).

Conclusion

Based on the list, the two networks of South Triangle should really need to confess big time but it doesn’t mean the rest of them listed are absolved. Do you agree with the selection and its reason? If you have different and/or additional choices, don’t hesitate to propose and explain why.


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Photo credits:

  • Ash Wednesday: PhilStar.com
  • Luis Manzano: ABS-CBN
  • Case Solved: GMA Network
  • TV5 Headquarters: Wikimedia Commons
  • Ika-6 na Utos: Lambingan.me/GMA Network
  • GMA’s No.1 ratings: Digital Filipina
  • EZ Shop logo: Logos.Wikia.com
  • Angry Facebook emoji: gfxmag.com
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6 comments

  1. With regards to the “Lust” aspect, I would like to share my observation:
    A reason why there is a prevalence of “SPG marathons”, or contiguous broadcasts of SPG-rated programs, all filled with sex, violence, or both, is that such controversial content offers viewers a form of thrill, derived from witnessing things that they are normally not supposed to see. Three factors make such a scenario evident: hedonism and ethical nihilism, all because of a perverted form of entertainment, as well as an audience driven by greed, thirsting for these kinds of shows. That said, we could say that “Ika-6 na Utos” has managed to be available 6 days a week, all because of that kind of audience. From the network’s side, it could be said that these shows are shaping up to be “cash cows”, resulting from such levels of support.
    This entire problem boils down into the analogy of a restaurant deciding between taste and nutrition, where said restaurant chooses the former.

    1. I wouldn’t say they are purely clean but I couldn’t qualify them according to a specific mortal sin and second, the over-all factor of the network.

      UNTV, being owned and influenced by a sect, is pretty braggart sometimes. Same applies to rival’s NET 25 & SMNI. Thus, it could apply the mortal sin of PRIDE.

      For CNN Philippines, I couldn’t classify any deadly sin but recently, one of the shows omitted the mention of two infrastructures not owned and operated by San Miguel, the dominant advertiser. I think that would be PRIDE due to their prejudice.

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