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If ABS-CBN and GMA Traded Shows…

Mr. Bean will return to ABS-CBN, but the character may be better off showing his comedic artistry to the Kapusos at GMA 7.

While watching a Tagalized and ‘intentionally’ edited episode of ‘Spongebob Squarepants‘ on ABS-CBN, I saw a program advisory at the bottom promoting the return of the Mr. Bean series on the Kapamilya network. Ok, that’s a given, because they need a program to fill in the usually off-peak early morning schedules. But Mr. Bean? You got to be kidding.

Mr. Bean, as I know, has been the property of ABS-CBN for a decade now. It began airing on Studio 23 on Saturday nights, with the animated shows in the morning. Then it was moved to the main Channel 2, and aired sporadically on weekday mornings, regardless of the live or animated version. Before that it used to air on PTV 4 and ABC (now TV5).

I always don’t like the way ABS-CBN aired Mr. Bean. They tend to edit some skits and combine one from a particular episode with another from a different episode. Worse, they only allotted 15 minutes of airtime, as opposed to the 30 minutes in a full episode. The airing of Mr. Bean on the Kapamilya network is both an insult and a disgrace to loyal Mr. Bean faithful.

So what if ABS-CBN and GMA traded their morning programs for each other? It has been well-documented that a few shows would move from one station to another in order to either give way to other programs or to purchase airing rights for future production. I have seen several programs air on both Kapuso and Kapamilya stations; programs such as ‘Eat Bulaga‘, ‘Meteor Garden‘ and ‘Rosalinda’ come to mind. But if I were the boss of either networks, I would suggest that ABS-CBN must give up Mr. Bean and send it to GMA, and in return GMA will trade rights for the animes such as ‘Pokemon’, ‘Dragon Ball’, ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ (Ghost Fighter), ‘Slam Dunk’ and others in exchange for ABS-CBN’s ‘Digimon’, ‘Naruto Shippuden‘ and others. Of course, I would like to see a different morning look in both the Kapuso and Kapamilya stations.

In the meantime, ABS-CBN and GMA will continue to air ‘boring’ programming during the off-peak morning hours. Unless they make up their minds and trade their programs for each other, weekday mornings will continue to remain that way: ‘boring’.


23 thoughts on “If ABS-CBN and GMA Traded Shows…

  1. I remember what happened to ABS-CBN on SpongeBob Squarepants when it was first acquired on July 26, 2010 from TV5: They cut off funny skits and speed up the credits to fill up their own airtime. I was outraged and I will prefer to put it back on TV5!

    But for GMA, they have a sentimental value on anime classics Doraemon, Mojacko and Dragon Ball just to name a few. They could have own a Disney block to perform a healthy competition, but they can’t because of classical anime loyalists’ demands. Thus, TV5 acquired Disney’s.

    • Jake-jake Jacinto says:

      Speaking of a “Disney” and “GMA,” as what you (Timow) have said, Disney and GMA used to have a long-time relationship since the 80’s when GMA used to air “The Wonderful World of Disney” on weeknights, and later, “Disney Adventures” on Saturday mornings.

      • Jake-jake Jacinto says:

        CONT.: I guess these two Disney shows stopped airing on GMA in 2003 or 2004, when the network’s programming began to be “Filipinized.”

      • After that, it moved to ABS and now it’s on TV5. So it’s rare for a single program block to air on three different channels. Parang Eat Bulaga lang, only imported.

  2. FT says:

    Mr. Bean (the original live action show) was originally shown on British television with only 13 episodes (and has had a very few TV specials), hence the possible reason for ABS-CBN’s editing of that show for broadcast on the said network.

  3. Technically, rights to Mr. Bean, both live action and animated, are with ABS in the last 10 years. However, the Mr. Bean movies were aired recently on GMA, albeit Tagalized.

    ABS is now airing new episodes of Mr. Bean animated, all of which also air on Cartoon Network. The old episodes circa 2002 and the live-action episodes are still with Disney Channel, which is unfathomable given their history with the franchise.

    • Jake-jake Jacinto says:

      Masyadong demanding itong si David John. Nakakainis.

      To David John: Not all your requests can be fulfilled right now. Always remember this old saying that PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE. Get that, David John?

      • James Ty III says:

        As far as I know, ABS has exclusive rights to Disney movies. They’re shown on the Sunday morning time slots. As for GMA, they usually show Warner Brothers kiddie movies against those of ABS.

      • Technically, it’s not exclusive. TV5 also airs Disney movies during Saturday noontime. In essence, GMA may still air it at their discretion. Foreign movies have no exclusivity unlike ours, which explains why GMA airs the movies that TV5 and ABS also airs, and vice versa.

  4. Pakitanggal na lang ang lahat ng mga comments ni David John. Puro cartoons ang request niya. Dapat magsubscribe na lang siya sa cable at magbayad ng mahal na subscription fee mapanood lang ang Disney at Nickelodeon shows na gusto niya.

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