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.
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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