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More Programming Changes within GMA

This past week, GMA shook up its programming schedule in both weekday and weekend slots, in hopes of reversing the downward trend in terms of ratings. However, these changes do not seem to help the Kapuso network at all.

In the weekday morning slot GMA extended its anime block to nearly three hours. However, all they did was to re-air ‘Flame of Recca‘ and ‘Shaman King‘, which like ‘YuYu Hakusho‘ (Ghost Fighter) held a sentimental value to the network. Then ‘Kusina Master’, formerly a 30-minute ‘live’ program converted to a 15-minuter, airs shortly afterward. After Chef Boy Logro’s program, things seem to get interesting.

GMA’s extension of its anime block cost them two programs: the Mexican telenovela ‘Lola’ (original title Bella Calamidades), and the parent-child reality show ‘Anak Ko Yan’. The latter aired its series finale, with Jen-Jen Chubb crowned as the grand champion. The former, which replaced ‘With a Smile’ nearly two months ago, abruptly ended its run due to low ratings, even though more episodes were in the offing. In ‘Lola”s case, its abrupt cancellation has something to do with the viewers’ lack of interest towards Latin American drama series, which has fallen out of favor since the Asianovela invasion of the mid-2000s.

Meanwhile, the biography series ‘Tunay na Buhay‘ moved from the Saturday night slot to the weekday morning slot, to make way for another movie block called ‘Sabado Horror Night’. With the eight-part historical drama series ‘Katipunan’ currently airing, GMA had no room for ‘Tunay na Buhay’, thus moving it to the weekday morning slot. However, the ‘Sabado Horror Night’ block is deemed unnecessary, since GMA now has three movie blocks on Sundays and that ‘Katipunan’ runs for only a short period of time.

‘Sabado Horror Night’ also forced the variety show ‘Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman‘ out of its typical 12:00 a.m. timeslot. By all accounts, 12:00 a.m. is usually the best timeslot for German Moreno‘s program viewership-wise. But by forcing ‘Walang Tulugan’ out of its comfort zone, viewership losses are expected and many would be asleep by the time the show airs at 1:00 a.m.

Also this Saturday, the new game show ‘Picture! Picture!’, hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, will air after 24 Oras Weekend. In my previous blog, I wrote about GMA’s decision to pit ‘Picture! Picture!’ opposite wife Judy Ann Santos‘ game show ‘Bet on Your Baby’, and the reason why GMA wanted Ryan’s show to compete against Juday’s show is because of the poor ratings sustained by the children’s fantasy show ‘One Day Isang Araw’. Thus they answered with their own game show, which unlike ABS-CBN’s, is an original creation of the network.

And finally, GMA decided to cancel the docudrama series ‘Bingit’. The program, which is about stories of individuals surviving near-death experiences, aired its final episode last November 16, after which GMA decided to cease production of ‘Bingit’ out of respect to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

GMA’s programming changes were intended on improving its quality and viewership. However, with the kind of mediocre production they’re creating, it’s no secret why they were falling behind ABS-CBN in the ratings.


19 thoughts on “More Programming Changes within GMA

  1. Tomorrow, November 24, is the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios. Of course, if you have not enough money to buy a ticket (which is satellite live feed) on the big bout, then you have to watch it exclusively on Channel 7.
    GMA 7 does the ritual for their (and our) favorite boxer’s match by tape-delay (read: via satellite). Before the main fight, there will be supporting bouts. During the supporting and main bouts, sponsors of the match burst over the screens and regular intervals of breaks in between rounds and sponsored instant replays.
    Can’t you believe it!

    • James Ty III says:

      Timow, GMA will not air the primetime replay of the Pacquiao-Rios fight. It will be shown on IBC 13. GMA is set to air a concert of Aljur Abrenica.

      ralphierce, you forgot to mention that GMA’s Sunday programming in recent weeks has been very confusing. Dormitoryo was pre-empted last Nov 10 because of GMA’s special coverage of the typhoon and the movie Osmosis Jones was aired after Sunday All-Stars.

      Tomorrow, Dormitoryo will be aired after the Pacquiao-Rios fight followed by I Bilib and 24 Oras.

      • I didn’t mention the Sunday schedule in my post because they were merely short-term fixes. The ones I wrote were long-term scheduling changes, which are in effect for the next few weeks. The Sunday programming you posted were in effect for only that week.

  2. in tv5, maliban po sa pagkawala ng animes,na-block po ba sila sabay ng disney at cn sa tv5, at bakit rin nawala sa kanila ng nick?? and bakit wala ang nag eere ng cartoons at animes sa hapon ngaun sa kahit saang free tv channel?

    • Nag-iba ang panlasa ng mga viewers, kaya palaging nasa umaga na lang ang mga cartoon at anime. Yung audience sa hapon ngayon ay mostly mga yaya’t housewives sa bahay.

      Yung Nick naman kasi nakuha na ng ABS. In response kinuha ng TV5 ang mga programa ng Disney at Cartoon Network, at hindi naman na-block yun dahil tuloy-tuloy sila sa pag-ere. Sorry pero di ko talaga naintindihan yung mga tinatanong mo. Next time learn how to make a sentence, ayoko kasi magbasa ng mga baluktot na sentences.

  3. James Ty III says:

    Tributes to Kuya Germs tomorrow: GMA 7 will pay tribute to him on Sunday Pinasaya and Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho.

    GMA News TV will honor him by including his shows in Ang Pinaka’s Game-Changing Kapuso Programs, as well as his interview with him on Reel Time’s Gusto Kong Sumikat.

    ABS-CBN will also honor Kuya Germs by replaying his guesting on Gandang Gabi Vice tomorrow night.

      • James Ty III says:

        ASAP should also pay tribute to Kuya Germs. Some of the ASAP hosts are close to him like Martin, Gary, Zsa Zsa, Vina, Piolo and Shaina.

      • Jake-jake Jacinto says:

        It seems Eat Bulaga! paid a tribute to Kuya Germs, because based on my cognizance in their episode last Friday afternoon, they held a moment of silence for a prayer dedicated to him, before that episode ended. I even cried a lot as I saw all of the tributes on the TV, as I got shocked when I heard of this news on both the TV and Internet upon waking up that day.

        I liked the way the networks did: taking a cease-fire from the hostilities for this event.

      • Well, we can reference Dolphy’s death nearly four years ago as an example of the ‘Big Three’ setting aside rivalry for a common cause.

        Anyway, we don’t know what will happen to Walang Tulugan now that its host has joined the great beyond. We’ll just have to stand by for more info.

    • Confirmed: ASAP will give tribute to Kuya Germs on tomorrow’s episode. Possibly during the opening of the show. And remember GMA Supershow was ASAP first competitor and it is fitting for them to give a tribute to the man who was once their opponent many years ago but has gain respect and an institution. At bitter sweet for some kasi nanggaling sila kay Kuya Germs.

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