entertainment, Philippines, television

What If TV5’s Untold Stories Remained on the Air?

Had TV5’s ‘Untold Stories’ remained on the air, it would have been a clear three-way ratings race between ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’, ‘Magpakailanman’, and this program.

Every Saturday night we watch the story of a particular individual and their struggles to cope up with their lives on ABS-CBN’sMaalaala Mo Kaya‘ and GMA’sMagpakailanman‘. The two programs have been rivals for several years now and ratings leadership in the primetime slot have gone back and forth between them. However, there was one program that would have rivaled the success of MMK and ‘Magpakailanman’, had it continued to air.

Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face‘, or ‘Untold Stories’ in short, once aired on TV5 every Saturday nights. The program’s premise is to retell a particular conflict that aired on the tabloid talk show ‘Face to Face’, with hidden details of the conflict revealed along the way. The show began to air in 2010, but was pulled midway in 2012, just as GMA was planning to revive ‘Magpakailanman’.

Just imagine a three-way rivalry between the three programs had ‘Untold Stories’ remained on the air. It would have given the television audience an option to choose between three aspects of drama anthology: the confrontational in ‘Untold Stories’, the inspiring in ‘Magpakailanman’, and the anecdotal in ‘MMK’. However, for the most part ‘Untold Stories’ suffered from several shortcomings, hence its short television run.

Audiences never liked the presentation style of ‘Untold Stories’ host Amy Perez, whose approach seems more relative to hosting a documentary or a public affairs program, in contrast to the apparent calm and slow-it-down style of Mel Tiangco and Charo Santos-Concio. ‘Untold Stories’ would have served its purpose if the host came from the news or executive department, namely News5 head Luchi Cruz-Valdes, and not a showbiz personality like Amy Perez.

The use of footage from ‘Face to Face’ likewise did not serve ‘Untold Stories’ well. Had TV5 decided to let the actors do the acting instead of splicing footage from ‘Face to Face’, it would have gained a sizable audience. In addition, the use of violence was more rampant on the program than on its rivals, making it harmful and unhealthy for younger children.

So what if TV5 never cancelled ‘Untold Stories’ and kept it on the air? Would the viewers remain interested on the violence and extensive confrontation scenes? Absolutely not. Would a three-way race on Saturday nights become a reality? I don’t think so. The way I see it, even if they were to continue running the program, it would fall way behind its competitors by a wide margin, because the high amount of violence in the program is just enough to turn away advertisers and audiences. For now TV5 shied away from creating drama anthologies to focus on gag shows, game shows and even talk and variety shows on weekends, an approach they dubbed ‘Weekend Do It Better’.

With the way TV5’s weekend lineup is performing, it is unclear whether the drama anthology will return to the Kapatid network. Perhaps in the near future, but not now in the midst of a philosophical shift. ‘Untold Stories’ may be history, but it will not be forgotten.

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hits, music, songs, United States

Billboard Hot 100 – September 28, 2013

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of September 28, 2013.

1. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball. No. 22 last week.

2. Katy Perry – Roar. No. 1 last week.

3. Lorde – Royals. No. 3 last week.

4. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell  – Blurred Lines. No. 2 last week.

5. Avicii – Wake Me Up!. No. 5 last week.

6. Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail. No. 4 last week.

7. Lady Gaga – Applause. No. 7 last week.

8. Eminem – Berzerk. No. 10 last week.

9. Drake feat. Majid Jordan – Hold On, We’re Going Home. No. 8 last week.

10. Lana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais – Summertime Sadness. No. 6 last week.

All videos of the Top 10 songs can be viewed above. Our thanks to Billboard for this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.

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Philippines, Sports, television

The End of the Ateneo Dynasty

Last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum was bittersweet for Ateneans, as the Blue Eagles‘ dynasty was put to an end by the UST Growling Tigers 82-74. The loss ended the five-year reign of Ateneo in the UAAP Men’s Senior Basketball tournament, while at the same time ending their 14-year streak of Final Four berths.

It was a forgettable end to an otherwise eventful season that saw Ateneo buck an 0-3 start, endure injuries, and come within a win of the Final Four. However, a string of off-court commotions, a lack of a dependable post presence, and an early-season injury to star guard Kiefer Ravena doomed the Eagles, and for the first time in six years, the campus in Katipunan will not hold a celebratory bonfire.

The game itself received considerable hype prior to tipoff, especially after the De La Salle Green Archers defeated UST last Saturday to force a winner-to-the-Final-Four matchup between Ateneans and Thomasians. The Big Dome was virtually sold out, with half of the arena occupied in yellow and the other half blue. Even before the game began the students raged a verbal war on social media, with Lasallians even joining in the action. This social media warfare continued during and after the game, with hashtags and words related to the game trending on Twitter. Outside, both the UST and Ateneo campuses were able to show the live coverage of the game for students with ongoing classes. In addition, every news outlet gave their eyewitness account on the game.

With UST’s entry, the Final Four cast was finally complete. UST will face the NU Bulldogs, while La Salle will take on the FEU Tamaraws. The La Salle-FEU bracket will be a virtual best-of-three, with the twice-to-beat incentive on the line for Saturday’s game. Meanwhile NU will hold the twice-to-beat advantage against UST, in a rematch of last year’s Final Four matchup. The NU-UST bracket will begin on Sunday. All of the Final Four games will be seen on Studio 23 and Balls HD 167.

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