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Why Don’t We Have Our Own ‘Jeopardy’?

(Dedicated to The Professional Heckler & So What’s News)

TODAY – tonight, rather — I Can See Your Voice’s (ABS-CBN) Sunday iteration will challenge the spiritually reviving karaoke-based game show, All-Star Videoke (GMA).

However, here on Timow’s Turf, we will neither talk on any of the two; despite both entertaining, they are not for stimulation, as it can be or is a form of escapism (depending on one’s personal philosophy).

Most of you might say, “Why not a trivia quiz show?” but some would raise a common objection because there is already Celebrity Bluff (GMA) but then answered back, saying that they need direct, ordinary – not indirect, celebrity – participation just like Jeopardy.

As exactly said on the tin, this special feature will find the answer to the situation but first, let’s delve into the related background before answering the question.

Show background

Currently running on its 34th season, Jeopardy is an American trivia show, presented by Alex Trebek. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in a form of an answer and they must respond in a form of a question.

The first two rounds

Contestants will have to pick a category and a clue value. After the clue is fully read aloud, any contestant may ring in, respond verbally in a form of a question; if the response is right, the corresponding value is added, get it wrong, and it’s deducted.

However, there is one “Daily Double” hidden in the first round and two in the second but before the clue is revealed, the contestant must declare a wager up to one’s current score. Get the response right and it adds value or otherwise, it’s subtracted.

Final Jeopardy

The contestants who have positive score after two rounds will proceed to the Final Jeopardy. There, the category is revealed before the commercial break. During the break, the contestants will enter their final wager (from 0 to their current score) in the electronic display. After the break, the host will read the final clue and then, they have to write their response within 30 seconds.

Afterwards, the contestants’ responses are revealed in order of their pre-Final Jeopardy scores from lowest to highest. Like the two rounds, if they respond correctly and properly, the wager adds the current score while incorrect answering, failure to respond or failure to phrase as a question deducts it.

The contestant that has the highest score wins and returns in the following match and will lead on selecting the first clue on the next match.

Jeopardy’s involvements with Filipinos

Fans of this show will remember Ken Jennings winning 74 straight matches in 75 appearances back in 2004 – the longest streak in the game show’s history but on December 8, 2014, a Filipino named Patrick Fernandez from Irvine, California participated but failed to defeat challenger Ann Conger, landing in second place.

Our country has been mentioned in clues ranging from lechon (food) to Alma Moreno (politics).

What are ‘complicated reasons?’

Now we go back to the main question: Why we don’t even have a localized Jeopardy?

If your answers were any one of these: network war culture, overemphasized pandering to the masses, or anti-intellectualism. You do have a point.

The likes of the Battle of the Brains or the Digital LG Quiz of the 1990s and early 2000s are now portable in our pockets but free data promos in mobile communication duopoly excluded websites that could enrich minds for understanding general and specific knowledge. Hence, we have a double-edged consequence of a very significant populace that is prone or at an irreversible point of disinformation and misinformation — making materialization an obstacle. In addition, the nature of the show will interest few despite the gradually rising share.

Interestingly, Jeopardy franchises were neither acquired nor materialized in Southeast Asia. Had done so, Singapore would have been the first but Indonesia claimed it — citation needed — but without any signs of the latter’s emergence.

Thought-stimulating experiment needing questions

Should a network acquired the local franchise; it would have been easy for ABS-CBN due to experience as GMA would go original and TV5 would always destine to fail. Of course, the main objection to this is the selection of contestants that are mostly celebrities at the expense of audience exploitation, which is contrary to their longtime philosophy of servicing the Filipino. Remember their version of Family Feud? Despite the ratings and clear classification as a thought stimulating show, it fared no better than its predecessor networks due to such treatment.

If they promise to come clean, the next in the checklist would be hosting. In the recent years, three men are well-renowned hosting franchised shows: Billy Crawford, Robi Domingo & Luis Manzano.

Most of you complained about the trending host rotation: Wala nga bang iba kundi sila? (Don’t you have another than them?) Currently, Crawford is still hosting Little Big Shots as Manzano is just getting started with ICSYV; so, Robi Domingo would have definitely been a no-brainer but of course, Robi is busy with University Town as part of the UAAP. Thus, we need a new one.

All right, assuming that settled it, the last thing is the time slot. When kids come back home from school in the afternoon, there is a good chance that they will turn on the TV – if they don’t have mobile devices and that’s why Jeopardy would serve better at that time. The sole benefit is one less slot for cringe-worthy, SPG-laced and cancerous teleserye in Kapamilya Gold but the offsetting drawback is always the never-ending resolution of the 5:00 p.m. dilemma outside Metro Manila.


What do you think? Is it time for a real Jeopardy Philippines?


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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.

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State of the Philippine Television Address 2016

(Note: This address serves both as part of the 63rd anniversary of Philippine television and as a thank you post for reaching 50,000 hits last Tuesday.)

MY DEAR READERS:

Timow’s Turf was made for insights on Philippine television programming whatever possible as a complement to other bloggers. Lately this year, I made some changes for a more comprehensive thinking and sentiments — that’s why I posted roughly every two weeks with thousands of words.

Moving right along, I am addressing today to untangle the perennial complicated cesspool that indoctrinated us to follow the false dilemma fallacy and senseless and triumphant fanaticism that contributed the endless decades-long competitive hostility.

Such symptoms do not only happen right now in our Government — particularly, under the new administration — but it happened since time immemorial in this different field. In short, the state of Philippine television is adverse.

Words cannot be said kung bakit sinasabi ko na “adverse.” Maraming reklamo at may karapat na tugon. I can enumerate some of them.

Noong Abril, nalipat ang Family Feud sa Dos at ang host ay si Luis Manzano. Maganda nga sana pero puro celebrities ang naglalaro unlike those in then ABC-5 and GMA. Sa mga gustong sumabak sa Family Feud, tough luck. Hanggang audience ka na lang. This is not new for young Manzano’s game show hosting; remember Deal or No Deal and Minute to Win It? Usually celebrities ang contestant at nananalo. Are you treating us as mere pawns? Are you stereotypical that ordinary Filipinos are mismanaged with finances after receiving cash prizes? I hate neither the player nor the game; I hate the treatment. Mahiya ka naman, hindi na ka-level sa tatay niya (Edu) noon bilang host sa Pilipinas Game KNB kapalit ni Kris Aquino.

With that, we will NEVER have the chance to have our own franchise of Jeopardy. May intelligentsia pero hindi condescending dito sa mundo pero sad to say, lumalaganap dito ang herd mentality on smart-shaming.

Last month, nagtaas ng kilay ang mga netizens at si Stephen Amell na bida sa Arrow over Alyas Robin Hood sa GMA before the premiere. Character similarities, props (especially a toy water gun for flamethrower) and computerized effects proved us for a call of reformation in the entertainment division and programming. We are sick of carbon-copy concepts and relying old guns for them and at the same time, excessive cliché and banking tandems in a relatively same genre and story arc model for another.

8List is good on this enumeration and few bloggers have been spoken especially For the Love of Pop who has a frank hope to improve but would Ma. Lourdes Santos (COO, Star Creatives) and Lilybeth Rasonable ever listened to us or kept us dumb down?

Getting it real, our South Triangle-based entities disregarded our better ideas for their original catering audience, the masa, with their marginal mindset — an economic adjective that defines their short-term thinking, shallow reflection, temporary satisfaction and no penchant for patience.

They tend to disregard the trend of the burgeoning millennials’ taste in programming and listened only to themselves and the masses. Though, I can forgive ABS-CBN with certain conditions. Yung mga millennials na may laptop, pwedeng panoorin watch Netflix o via torrent containing new and existing U.S. shows and chill.

Nasobra na tayo sa teleserye mula late morning hanggang gabi, every weekday. May proposal naman ako na for new soaps after approving the pitch: reduce teleserye airings from weeknight basis to two days gradually. Afternoon soaps may remain on weekly basis. Friday nights will be dedicated for more specials and films.

Give more projects with varying genres for new ones or those who are well rested. Kamuning, take note. Maraming talents ka pero wala namang papel. Na-una ang mga matatanda kaysa sa baguhan. Ayun, walang or madalang na advertisements na galing sa inyo ang nag-endorse.

Speaking of talents, exclusive mentality is unfortunately mandatory for thespians and not at their option. Picture this, I never heard of J. Lo or any Hollywood artist signing an exclusive contract with any US television network, only the music label independent from any broadcaster’s influence. Sadly, this doesn’t apply here — kung Star Music artist ka, ABS-CBN talent ka rin hanggang magsawa ka.

Let’s set aside with the never-ending war between ABS and GMA and focus on TV5. Anyare? Tapos na ang Olympics at malapit na ang pagtatapos ng PBA season. Anyway, you’re no sacred cow to everything — well, in entertainment and in news. The former needs no explanation because on how MVP favor sports — no wonder, Coach Chot Reyes is heading his media network — and dissolved local entertainment but the latter needs an explanation.

Most of the news correspondents have been hired to the Duterte government from Martin Andanar, Cherie Mercado, and recently Mia Reyes. Aside from that, Ralph Domingo observed that you snubbed the coverage on committee hearings in both houses of Congress related to War on Drugs within a month now on AksyonTV. He questioned so hard than what News TV’s response just last week.

You just favored your News FM programs than the most important coverage and Luchi Cruz-Valdes and Gladys Lana-Lucas deserved a lot of explanation and complaints.

I heard LCV will get an Excellence in Broadcasting Award? Sa PiliPinas Debates, I can give that a yes but in management and editorial policy especially right now made me shrug in doubt.

As long I don’t want to resort more in the Big 3’s problems, I am also displeased that with this never-ending war comes neglect in the rest of VHF frequency, and I need to expose it — save CNN Philippines.

PTV is constantly unpredictable; it always has been. Pinangako ni Digong na gagawin ito into a more editorially-independent public broadcaster noong unang SONA. It’s good to hear and to identify the revenue generation but one question, though. What TV specials will the Visayas Avenue ever do aside those from government coverage?

Meanwhile, her sister IBC 13 began another amateur college basketball league called UCBL with Asian Television Content Corporation. Pero based on historical transactions with ATC, it will not last long after this inaugural season dahil sa lumolobong utang. Speaking of utang, sinabi ni PCO Sec. Martin Andanar na 956 billion pesos na sweldo ang hindi nabayaran. Tapos, anong available na pambayad: 10 milyon?

In case you don’t know,  nakabinbin na ang kapalaran ng Broadcast City: either privatize or transform into a Lumad channel. Not to mention, ililipat ang transmitter to an undisclosed location costing 150 million pesos. Apektado ang analog receivers kung nangyari. Pero nakakahiya talaga, naisip ko tuloy sa nangyari sa Hong Kong na hindi ni-renew ang franchise ng ATV dahil sa mga unsettled claims at mahinang reputasyon. Kung sana ganyan ang tularan sa KBP at NTC, OK na ako diyan but then again, our administration barely cared about economics and competition.

Dito sa UHF, may sari-sariling specialization for certain niche of audience. But one of them is just giving us empty promises and vain hope, especially on Channel 35. He promised for a relaunch pero walang alam kung kailan. Ilang taon na tayo ang hihintayin bago talagang mangyari? Hihintayin ba tayo na terminated na ang analog television dito come 2020? If so, napako na ng pangako ni Bro. Mike; walang pinagkaiba sa mga pulitiko.

Overall, we all want internal and lasting reformation in each one of them and to another. Sa Amerika, kahit oligopoly ang broadcast industry, may respeto naman sila sa karibal. Pero dito sa Pilipinas, kung anong mali o krisis ng ibang istasyon, ibinubulgar at dinedemonize. Kamakailan lang po, nagkaroon ng two presidential debates that is moderated by at most two from different entities in different means. Kung sana ganun nangyari noong kampanya, OK sana. Kaso, nakalipas na at wala rin, eh — exclusivity mentality triumphs.

Lastly, we will go on to the inner circle’s judgment on who wins. I would like to give rise to this.

The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) will award the 30th Star Awards for Television next Sunday. Pero alam ko, nagsawa na kayo diyan kasi sa pinapaborang istasyon dahil nandyan ang trails of cash. Hindi katulad ng dating gawi sa Channel 9 at 13 noong dekada 90. Two years ago, I made my case for a rotation of broadcasters similar those in Emmy’s but because of such trail in Mother Ignacia, parang worthless ang suggestion. No wonder, Mr. Sunday knew that club’s influence lead us to their favoritism.

To Chairman Fernan de Guzman, the cesspool of yours will be your very last. If our President can’t change his behavior and style anymore, then change must come for the better for the organization. Do us a favor; give a more independent officers and members a chance.

That said, libre talaga lang mangarap pero malaki ang balakid na walang hanggan napapatayo kaysa matutumba. Ang daming good intentions na planned out to see the real “change is coming” for the better in this industry to start with — pero dahil tuloy ang bingi-bingian at bulag-bulagan.

We are not here only to share experiences and insights but we are here also to untangle the tentacles that complicates.

We have so many solutions but with the growth of smart shaming herd, we will all be defeated and make our efforts go to waste. If they never listen, whatever happens in another year and until the digital TV transition completes — God forbid our kismet — a bigger ripple and domino effect can give us even more loss of words.

Thank you and may you have a hopefully better day ahead.


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#PHTvzg2015: GMA

Another year has come and gone, but before we enter the sweet 2016, the Turf looks back on the rollercoaster moments of GMA.

Strata 2000’s near strikeout (January to November). GMA News TV nearly loses their unreliability towards the three committed news coverage for the year. GNTV drew fire for lacking the most coverage of five-day Papal Visit last January. On July 27, the same channel did nothing to cover the PNoy’s last SONA — unlike her main channel — and to carry on with the regular programming. Last November, the APEC 2015 Summit was successfully covered on Strata 2000, despite of the main channel’s apathy to cover.

Regional Network genocide (April and November). During the summer season, sans its seasonal station ID, four regional offices were closed on April: Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Ilocos and Naga City. The network justified the closure as a “strategic streamlining of programs and manpower in its provincial stations to ensure business competitiveness.” Not only the closure of offices but also Cebu and Davao’s regional programming are also severely affected by the said decision. Seven months later, another regional office closes down but this time in Iloilo City.

Forgive and forget (May 10). Willie Revillame leaped back into TV action with Wowowin on that day but for viewers who have been victimized but have remembered him on his past hosting stints have chills of the spine as they have an instinct of repeating his antics. Originally, the taped show was purely block timer and aired at 3:30 p.m. every Sunday. But with the premiere of Sunday PinaSaya three months later, Wowowin finally moved to 2 p.m. time slot, became a co-production with GMA and raised up the numbers in the ratings game. Last October, the Court of Appeals ordered the arrest of Revillame after affirming the 2013 complaint in connection to the child abuse case in 2011. Nevertheless, his show won the Best Game Show on the PMPC Star Awards and himself won the Best Game Show Host (together with Luis Manzano).

Moral controversy galore (May 11 to present). Three teleseryes produced by GMA Entertainment TV Group stirred controversy on conservative groups. The first one, The Rich Man’s Daughter was topbilled by Rhian Ramos, Glaiza de Castro and Luis Alandy; the first Telebabad teleserye was seen as a complement to My Husband’s Lover in 2013. The second replacement teleserye, My Faithful Husband (Dennis Trillo, Jennylyn Mercado and Mikael Daez), was tagged for infidelity. The third, under Afternoon Prime, Destiny Rose, portrayed by Ken Chan, is contested due to the sexuality of the protagonist.

TAG goes back to work (June 25). The 2014 case filed by 52 members of the Talents Association of GMA (TAG) was finally resolved by the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and was finally reinstated as regular employees.

AlDub you! (July to present). July 4, 2015 marked the introduction of Maine Mendoza, the Dubsmash Queen, as Yaya Dub to Lola Nidora (Wally Bayola) but on July 16 at 1:47 p.m., during the Eat Bulaga’s segment of Juan for All! All for Juan!, Maine Mendoza accidentally met Alden Richards on the split-screen. Thus, the term “AlDub” was born and KalyeSerye replaced the Problem Solving portion.
Ever since the KalyeSerye regained the relevance of Eat Bulaga’s 36-year broadcast, this affect the news programs over the network (including GMA News TV) include the recap of the KS during the entertainment segment. Other neighboring networks, except ABS-CBN, made the elements of a live soap opera parody an inspiration from motivational mnemonic on TV5 to a piece of satire on PTV. Yet, with the excessive spotlight over the couple, other exclusive talents began losing their opportunity to shine in their projects and lose their attention. One of such victims is Elmo Magalona; he moved out to the neighbor in order to join with his sister, Maxene.
Since September, advertising endorsements were offered over the couple and they somehow accepted it. This exponential acceptance envied ABS-CBN and thus, they deliberately edited and/or shortened out of jealousy.
On October 24, “Sa Tamang Panahon” concert at the Philippine Arena did not only break the viewership record for the year but also breaks the all-time record on Twitter with 41 million real and organic tweets. Days later, the phenomenal couple sprouted over on magazines (e.g. Yes!, Preview & Reader’s Digest Asia), on international television (e.g. BBC & Bloomberg) and on social news sites like BuzzFeed.

Breaching bad (August-September). Following the prima facie of financial difficulty found on the preceding paragraphs, the decision of Gozon to call off Ramon S. Ang’s deal for the network’s minority interest last year drew the ire of the latter party to charge the network’s management for estafa. Ang demanded to return PHP 1 billion down payment from Gozon and company and the latter responded a month later with the San Miguel Corporation CEO’s decision to withdraw the complaint.

Wrong responsibility center (July to present). What does To the Top (a boy band search), Alamat (a children’s show) and Dangwa (a morning drama) have in common? It was produced by GMA News and Public Affairs and not by GMA Entertainment Group. Such responsibility, in the eyes of its defenders, believed that the former had a good standing in finances and in goodwill than the latter.

From cowardice to comedic (August 2 and 9). Sunday All Stars waved the white flag on August 2 after realizing their cowardice of the show to compete against ASAP 20. A week later, the comedic Sunday PinaSaya was able to trump out the longest-running musical variety show. This show, produced by APT Entertainment (a subsidiary of TAPE, Inc), acts as a Sunday extension of Eat Bulaga with Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola and Alden Richards belong to the gang. The launch of the said show occurred at the growth stage of KalyeSerye.

End of Startalk (September 12). Startalk would have been 20 by October but on that day, the entertainment news and talk show finally took a bow with the look back of the show. Like the Buzz on the preceding ZG, the show ended due to the change of provider and viewer’s taste.

Return of Starstruck (September 14 to December 19). Despite of a fresh identity, Starstruck opened its sixth season after six years of waiting. This season marks the first feats that the show runs only on weekdays and runs as the first program for the Telebabad than on the traditional late night. However, the ratings were not satisfied as the rival’s “Pasion de Amor” trumped them out.

A change of TAPE’s two-course meal (September 21). When Ryzza Mae Dizon received a script and a small director’s chair on her 10th birthday at the Ryzza Mae Show on June 12, a speculation concluded that a drama series from the producer, TAPE Inc., would be aired here. Three months later, the talk format was finally replaced and the drama was subtitled “Princess in the Palace.” Marking the return of teleserye venture for the producer since Daisy Siete, the drama was also topbilled by Aiza Seguerra and Eula Valdez.

GMA gets a new home shopping block (November 30). The main network remained the only mainstream network that does not have a home shopping block to compete until that day. From then, Shop TV premiered as the last program for the broadcast day and is currently airing every weekday.

Beyond the bend for Barbie. The Half Sisters, the daytime drama after Eat Bulaga, reached more than a year as the first program of their Afternoon Prime. Topbilled by Barbie Forteza and Thea Tolentino, the teleserye won the Best Daytime Drama Series on the PMPC Star Awards, emulating the successful factor once hold by ABS-CBN’s “Be Careful with My Heart” last year.

News correspondent departures. Throughout 2015, four news correspondents from Kamuning departed due to their new venture and/or other personal reasons: Claire Delfin, Hadji Rieta, Dante Perello and Michael Fajatin.

Institutional milestones. GMA made the year 2015 very memorable as they marked the 20th anniversary of its weekly comedy show, Bubble Gang and its late night news program, Saksi.

Impartiality vs stability. Former Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson and Sarangani representative Manny Pacquiao seek to buy their shares of the network last October but on December 9, Gozon rejected the offer as they are “focused on growing the business.” Defenders see this as a way of protecting their integrity and impartiality from being influenced by politicians as the national election draws near.

Talent Newsmakers of 2015

New and shining talents

  • Ken Chan of Destiny Rose
  • Maine Mendoza

Migrant from other network

  • Ai-ai de las Alas from ABS-CBN

Outlook for 2016

For 2016, GMA will still eye for credibility on the News and Public Affairs for covering the coming national polls. However, the coverage will certainly be separate between Channels 7 and 11. Financial stability will be improved for that year, as political ads will compose more percentage in revenue than its rival is.

Establishing sports division or re-establishing live-streaming will still give no attention for Gozon and associates but according to Business World, the network will venture into digital TV innovation. Such innovation should need increasing and continuing flow of revenue (by not considering the political advertisements) to maintain the safe transition.

Meanwhile, on the entertainment side, the afternoon drama “Wish I May” — named after a popular and successful love song by Alden Richards — will replace the veteran “The Half Sisters” this January. However, because of the immense popularity of the latter that gave the last extension, the upcoming teleserye topbilled by Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali (BiGuel), would see it as downhill due to a ground of delay.

There are speculations online that the sequel of the early 2000s fantaserye Encantadia would revive after few years of abandonment. Although it sounds exciting, the costs of producing it would be problematic because it will cause layoffs of regional personnel, shutdown of its stations and relegation of their respective transmitter’s status.

Addendum
On April 5, Colgate-Palmolive commercials were finally aired after six years of exclusivity.
On December 19, Miss World 2015 was not aired after realizing the disappointing result for the Philippine representative and causes the contractual chagrin between Cory Quirino (the pageant manager) and Atty. Gozon.