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Startalk Returns to Sundays

GMA’s ‘Startalk’ returns to Sundays, and will match up against ABS-CBN’s ‘Buzz ng Bayan’.

After 16 years, ‘Startalk’ returns to its original Sunday slot. GMA’s showbiz talk show will now be seen every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. or after ‘I-Bilib’ and before ’24 Oras Weekend’.

You may recall that I wrote an article suggesting that ‘Startalk’ needs to move back to Sundays in order to give GMA a more formidable counterpart to ABS-CBN’s ‘The Buzz’ (and later ‘Buzz ng Bayan’). And after GMA failed to counter with ‘GMA Blockbusters’, the need to bring ‘Startalk’ back to Sundays became even more pronounced. But ‘GMA Blockbusters’ is not the only reason for the move.

In November of last year, ABS-CBN started airing ‘The Singing Bee’ opposite ‘Startalk’. And based on initial ratings published by both Kantar and AGB Nielsen, the results overwhelmingly favored the former. ‘The Singing Bee”s winning streak continued into the new year, and by January 18, it became clear that ‘Startalk’ no longer has the ability to dominate Saturday afternoon viewership.

Which leads to the switcheroo of sorts this weekend. The move of ‘Startalk’ back to Sundays is seen as GMA’s attempt to re-stabilize their Sunday afternoon lineup. It is also seen as a matchup of the two longest-tenured talk shows in the country, with ‘Startalk’ first airing in 1995, and ‘Buzz ng Bayan’ debuting as ‘The Buzz’ in 1999. But perhaps another intriguing aspect is the fact that ‘Startalk’ is finally up against its original host Boy Abunda, who left the show to host rival ABS-CBN’s ‘The Buzz’.

Moving ‘Startalk’ back to Sundays is undoubtedly the best move that GMA executed to begin the new year. The question is, will the move pay off for the Kapuso network? We’ll see.


16 thoughts on “Startalk Returns to Sundays

  1. James Ty III says:

    I agree with you that this is the best move GMA has done. Now GMA can concentrate on removing those inane Tagalog-dubbed movies on Kapuso Movie Festival and SNBO.

      • James Ty III says:

        GMA will air the first week marathon of The Borrowed Wife this Sunday at 10 am before Sunday All-Stars.

      • If there are first week repeats, ba’t walang final week repeats? It’s just hard to understand why they have to replay the first week and not the final week of any teleserye.

    • chumachil says:

      How about airing weekend dramas, just like ABS-CBN in the early 2000s before they experimented to compete with Startalk with the same format?

      • You know what happened, ABS-CBN failed to beat GMA when they placed those teleseryes opposite Startalk, that’s why they countered with similar showbiz talk shows which likewise failed. And too much drama programs really hurt Philippine television overall; we need more diverse programming.

  2. James Ty III says:

    Sherilyn Reyes announced The Borrowed Wife marathon on Unang Hirit this morning.

    As for the Sunday movies, ABS is choosing between Sistewrakas of Vice Ganda and Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. No update from GMA on their Sunday movie yet.

      • James Ty III says:

        GMA will air the Miss Resorts World 2013 on SNBO tomorrow. ABS will have Sisterakas on Sunday’s Best. TV5 will have the Tagalog dub of Sex and the City with Sarah Jessica Parker.

      • GMA should have aired Miss Resorts World before the end of 2013. Sobrang busy kasi sa mga pelikula.

        Welcome break for ABS to air Sisterakas this Sunday night since they no longer air Star Cinema programs before GGV. Tagalog yung language, pero Filipino yung gawa.

        By the way, I wonder which station Miss International 2013. Parang wala akong napansin na full airing ng pagkapanalo ni Bea Rose Santiago.

  3. Gab says:

    Official: After a span of 2 decades, Startalk will bid farewell on September 12. Startalk is very known as the first show of the team-up of Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino (w/ Lolit Solis).

    It reportedly to be replaced by Celebri-TV with the Startalk hosts (Lolit, Ricky and Joey, except Butch and Heart) and new addition Ai-Ai Delas Alas. CelebriTV will start on September 19. Alam ko ibang-iba ang format ng CelebriTV sa format ng Startalk, so kapanapanabik ito.

    P.S. I hope you create a tribute post on StarTalk within the week the show will end as part of 1995 in PHTV.

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