Last Sunday, ‘The Buzz‘ hosts Charlene Gonzales and Toni Gonzaga confirmed that they’ll leave the show. It was also announced that the program will undergo a ‘makeover’, which became official when news outlets confirmed the arrival of Janice de Belen and Carmina Villaroel from ‘Showbiz Inside Report‘ to join Boy Abunda on the ‘new’ showbiz program ‘Buzz ng Bayan’. The reformat effectively ended ‘The Buzz”s 15-year run.
‘Showbiz Inside Report’ aired for the last time on September 28, to make way for unnamed special programs. While the program decently rated well owing to the chemistry of Janice, Carmina and Joey Marquez, it could not equal or surpass the viewership of GMA’s ‘Startalk‘, which has been a staple of Saturday afternoon viewership since 1998. ‘SIR”s short run was just the latest of many talk show flops that ABS-CBN introduced to compete against ‘Startalk’, which led to another change in programming format.
While ‘The Buzz’ became virtually unbeatable on Sunday afternoons despite competing with ‘S Files’ and ‘Showbiz Central‘, its viewership soon declined after the departure of host Kris Aquino. Many agreed that Aquino’s presence, charisma and chemistry with Boy Abunda made the show a hit, and it earned numerous talk show awards during Aquino’s tenure. After Aquino’s departure, the program experimented with the likes of Ruffa Gutierrez, KC Concepcion and the aforementioned Charlene Gonzales and Toni Gonzaga, but neither were able to replicate the magic that Aquino created on the show. The program flirted with reformatting soon after, but it finally gave in last Sunday, leading to ‘Buzz ng Bayan’.
In an interview with Janice de Belen, she revealed that the format of ‘Buzz ng Bayan’ will feature audience interaction and panel discussion, something unheard of in a showbiz talk show. The program format appears similar to the one used on TV5’s ‘Face the People’, which also allows people to participate and intervene. This novel approach is worthy of a first look, so let’s see if they can pull that off.
‘Buzz ng Bayan’ will debut on October 20 after the successful teen comedy series ‘Luv U’.