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Boy and Kris Reunite on Primetime

The ever-popular tandem of Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda returns via ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’ on ABS-CBN.

Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino always seem to be inseparable. Beginning with ‘Startalk’ in the mid-90s, the duo found its way to other programs; namely ‘The Buzz’, ‘Boy & Kris’, and ‘SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon’. And this Monday, Boy and Kris will return to primetime television via ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’.

The new program will be similar to ‘SNN’, except that it is condensed into a 15-minute program featuring fast-paced news from the social, political and showbiz perspective. It will also feature a guest interview featuring some of the most controversial personalities today, along with a social media interaction segment.

In essence, ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’ will be the replacement to Boy’s previous segment on ‘Bandila’ called ‘Ikaw Na’. While the segment itself was popular (resulting to a parody on ‘Banana Nite’ starring Jayson Gainza), the viewers’ requests for an earlier timeslot became a huge factor in moving Boy out of ‘Bandila’ and into his own show with Kris. It is also said that the renewal of Kris’ contract with ABS-CBN also played a huge role in reuniting the showbiz duo.

ABS-CBN also decided to avoid placing the program before ‘Bandila’ in order to avoid the same fate that befell ‘SNN’. During ‘SNN”s two-year run, its ratings suffered due to competition with other entertainment programs, as well as the eventual departure of Kris Aquino during her brother Noynoy’s presidential campaign. The harsh lesson of ‘SNN’ led to the new program’s assignment within Primetime Bida in an effort to maintain a sizable audience from its preceding teleseryes. As a result, ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’ will be seen after ‘The Legal Wife’ and before ‘The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles’.

‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’ is expected to be another coup created by the ABS-CBN management. But with the demise of ‘SNN’ still fresh in viewers’ minds, it remains to be seen whether or not the reunited duo will erase the stigma that doomed ‘SNN’. Anything less than high ratings will be a failure for the program and the Kapamilya network.

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16 thoughts on “Boy and Kris Reunite on Primetime

  1. pinoyjourn says:

    The problem with SNN is the idea of watching too much news at night. You already have showbiz on TV Patrol then you have one or two in Bandila. Then you had (then) E-Live and The Buzz. I think A&A Tonight might be a better programming idea if it comes off as a non-newscast. But with 15 minutes, that’s difficult. The idea, methinks, is packaging of stories. Lay off the urgency (Now Na!) and treat the stories more as features consistent with laid-back viewing.

    • Well they’re trying to do the same thing that GMA did with HOT TV, only in a condensed 15-minute format. Yun nga lang, failure din ang HOT TV so what more pa with Kris and Boy’s new show.

      • pinoyjourn says:

        I think they’re trusting in the appeal of the anchors to carry the show. Plus, their competition will likely be minimal, as the 9pm newscasts will surely have wound down by the time they go on. Alternate programming in the competition and big-name hosts–something HOT TV didn’t have that. Hoping A&A could become a local version of Inside Edition, but still with less opinion.

  2. KG says:

    Been there done that. It’s been a year since A&A tonight, first aired and the combination of the personalities in politics, sports and entertainment interviewed Kris and Boy are good.

    Dont like Kris through.

  3. Jc says:

    If we are going to talk about having an alternate name for Boy Abunda’s show, then why not these: In The Line with Boy Abunda (a slight spinoff from The Bottomline) or Fast Talk with Boy Abunda, Both of these will do.

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