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What’s Wrong with GMA Telebabad?

Last night, ‘Genesis’ officially aired its debut episode. However, the entry of the new teleserye came at a not-so opportune time. ‘Genesis’ was supposed to replace ‘My Husband’s Lover’ this week, but ‘MHL”s finale was moved to October 18, for unknown reasons. With the entry of ‘Genesis’, GMA Telebabad now airs six teleseryes for this week, which does not bode well with viewers.

ABS-CBN, for its part, ends its teleserye block at around 10:30-10:40 p.m., after which the late night newscast ‘Bandila‘ goes on air. At around this time, ‘My Husband’s Lover’ is still airing, and with either ‘The Innocent Man‘ or ‘Bubble Gang’ still on the schedule, most viewers hungry for the news have no choice but to switch to ‘Bandila’. By the time ‘Saksi‘ airs, ABS-CBN’s newscast is finished, putting GMA‘s late night newscast at a disadvantage.

One particular reason behind GMA’s later airing of its teleseryes is the long broadcast hours allotted to ‘24 Oras‘. The said newscast begins around the same time as ‘TV Patrol‘. However, ’24 Oras’ usually ends at around 8:00-8:10 p.m., while ‘TV Patrol’ wraps up at around 7:30-7:40 p.m. The longer broadcast of ’24 Oras’ may be attributed to the more deliberate news delivery of anchors Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco, and coupled with the greater amount of commercials and stories, ’24 Oras” running time seems longer for a regular newscast. In contrast, ‘TV Patrol’ delivers at a much quicker pace, aided by its three-anchor team of Noli de Castro, Korina Sanchez and Ted Failon.

My suggestion for ’24 Oras’ is to add a third anchor; names such as Ivan Mayrina, Rhea Santos or Jiggy Manicad are worth considering. They also need to air less commercials, report news stories at a fast pace, and deemphasize on soft news stories. That way, GMA’s teleseryes can compete fairly against ABS-CBN’s, and more importantly, shorten the newscast to an hour to better compete with ABS-CBN’s.

GMA executives messed things up by rushing ‘Genesis’ into the airwaves instead of waiting for ‘My Husband’s Lover’ to end. Thus with the six teleseryes and ’24 Oras’ for this week, GMA will definitely have a hard time competing against its Kapamilya counterparts. If they can improve GMA Telebabad to compete fairly against ABS-CBN’s ‘Primetime Bida’ by using these suggestions, that would be better, but only if they agree on this.


13 thoughts on “What’s Wrong with GMA Telebabad?

  1. James Ty III says:

    The reason why GMA is airing too many commercials is because it is not a member of the KBP. The network withdrew its membership from the KBP due to conflicts with the organization when it comes to ad placements.

    Regarding My Husband’s Lover, the concert finale will be aired this Sunday at 10 pm on GMA’s SNBO after Imbestigador.

    GMA will resume airing its Tagalized Hollywood movies on Sunday morning and afternoon while Sunday All Stars and Dormitoryo will go back to their old 12 nn and 2 pm time slots.

    Someone told me that the fight between Marquez and Bradley on GMA last Sunday was boring. It would have been more exciting to watch if Pacquiao fought.

    Lastly, GMA News TV 11 will air LIVE Game 2 of the Shakey’s V League finals on Sunday at 4 pm, as well as the playoff for third place at 2 pm.

    • If they no longer want to be in the KBP then the network should not exist anymore. That’s why they’re ineligible to win the Golden Dove Awards anymore because of their dissociation with the KBP. Not winning the Golden Doves only add to the network’s lack of credibility.

      • Awful. Haven’t they learned anything? I wanted KMJS head-on with Rated K, and Kap’s Amazing Stories is a better fit for the morning slot, if not the afternoon before I-Bilib.

  2. James Ty III says:

    Here is the sked of GMA News TV this Sunday:

    11:15 am — SPORTS PILIPINAS
    6 pm — ANG PINAKA
    7 pm — IDOL SA KUSINA
    8 pm — GOOD NEWS
    9 pm — REEL TIME
    12 mn — JESUS THE HEALER

    TITSER already ended last Sunday.

  3. James Ty III says:

    For GMA 7, here’s the sked for Sunday, October 20.

    9 am — AHA
    9:30 am — BORN IMPACT
    10:15 am — TAGALIZED MOVIES
    12:15 nn — SUNDAY ALL STARS
    2:15 pm — DORMITORYO
    5 pm — I BILIB
    5:30 pm — 24 ORAS WEEKEND
    6:45 pm — PEPITO MANALOTO
    9:15 pm — IMBESTIGADOR
    12 mn — DIYOS AT BAYAN

  4. James Ty III says:

    GMA really has poor programming on weekends. I wholeheartedly agree with your previous posts on the station’s Sunday shows. It’s suicide for Chris Tiu, Jiggy Manicad and Pia Arcangel facing off against Boy Abunda, Carmina Villaroel and Janice de Belen.

    TV Patrol on Sundays starts after 24 Oras ends.

    KMJS is really up against Rated K but KMJS is longer.

    • I would put ‘One Day Isang Araw’ on Sunday to better compete against ‘Goin’ Bulilit’ instead of ‘Wansapanatym’. After all the former’s stars were children. Then ‘Pepito’ can be a perfect lead-in for ‘Vampire’ every Saturday.

  5. honey reyes says:

    What’s wrong with GMA? No new competitive actors and actresses. No good and original stories. Trying hard. It is as simple as that!

  6. axe says:

    GMA shows suck, period. Poor writing to upright stupid sometimes tbh, poor productions, same stars, recycled stories/plots. Straight out snooze fest. The only thing they are good at is overhyping and lying to people.

  7. James Ty III says:

    GMA is airing the movie Kangaroo Jack now on Kapuso Movie Festival. Sunday All-Stars and Dormitoryo return to their old time slots today after they were moved last week because of the Bradley-Marquez fight.

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