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Imbestigador Moves Back to Saturdays; Kap’s Amazing Stories Cancelled

Mike Enriquez’s long-running program ‘Imbestigador’ will now be aired on Saturday afternoons. (Photo credit: GMA Network)

After three years, ‘Imbestigador’ returns to its most comfortable perch, sort of.

GMA has announced that ‘Imbestigador’ will return to the Saturday slot starting July 12. But instead of airing in the evenings, as it has been the case since 2000, it will now be seen in the afternoons.

During its three-year run on Sunday nights, ‘Imbestigador’ saw its ratings sharply decline. This was mainly due to the popularity of opposing program ‘Gandang Gabi Vice’, and its shift from a reality documentation format to a dramatization-based format. It also didn’t help that ‘Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho’, its preceding program for the past several years, was extended from 60 to 90 minutes.

The move to Saturday afternoons should give ‘Imbestigador’ less pressure to perform. Instead of facing Vice Ganda, it will now face ‘SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operatives’, whose format may have inspired ‘Imbestigador”s new approach, and ‘Failon Ngayon’, whose format was similar to the ‘Imbestigador’ of old.

Still, it remains to be seen if the new timeslot will result in better ratings for Mike Enriquez’s long-running program.

Kap’s Amazing Stories Finally Cancelled

With host Bong Revilla still incarcerated for his role in the PDAF scam, GMA has decided to cancel ‘Kap’s Amazing Stories’ after nearly seven years.

The cancellation of ‘Kap’s Amazing Stories’ is intended to avoid any negative publicity in the light of Bong Revilla’s involvement in the PDAF scam. The senator was arrested on June 20, but ‘Kap’s Amazing Stories’ continued to air reruns until July 6.

But instead of creating a similar program on Sundays, GMA decided to add a fourth movie block in its timeslot. This new movie block will feature animated movies, and in typical GMA fashion, it will be dubbed in Filipino.

Clearly, GMA has shown a lack of proper direction in their programming. With five movie blocks and a pair of horror-based series, it is understandable why advertising has sharply declined for the network. And it didn’t help that rival ABS-CBN’s dominant weekend lineup has become a huge burden to GMA’s.

Unless they get rid of these movie blocks one by one, and replace them with more reliable programs, GMA’s programming problems will only continue. And Ramon Ang’s minority ownership won’t help matters.

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15 thoughts on “Imbestigador Moves Back to Saturdays; Kap’s Amazing Stories Cancelled

  1. James Ty III says:

    Here’s GMA’s new Sunday sked beginning July 13:

    9 AM AHA
    9:30 AM BORN TO BE WILD
    10:15 AM I BILIB
    10:45 GMA ANIMATED MOVIES
    12 NN KAPUSO MOVIE FESTIVAL
    2 PM SUNDAY ALL-STARS
    3:30 PM TRUE HORROR STORIES
    5:30 PM 24 ORAS WEEKEND
    6 PM VAMPIRE ANG DADDY KO
    6:45 PM ISMOL FAMILY
    7:45 GMA BLOCKBUSTERS
    9:15 PM KAPUSO MO JESSICA SOHO
    10:45 PM SNBO
    12:30 AM DIYOS AT BAYAN

    Obviously, GMA will air Tagalized movies vs Gandang Gabi Vice. The network is really deteriorating.

  2. James Ty III says:

    I talked to Jennylyn Mercado at the PBA last night and she told me that the dance number on Sunday All-Stars that she did a few Sundays ago was actually a replay of an old episode when she promoted Rhodora X. Talagang kulang sa planning ang GMA entertainment

    • Nameless says:

      Mula nang mawala si Ma’am Wilma Galvante sa GMA, nagkaganito na. Remember, under her leadership sa entertainment division ng Kapuso, marami silng naging milestones. So sad to hear these sudden changes due to desparate ratings.

      • Mandatory retirement daw ang nangyari kay Wilma. Pero bakit pa may ganoong patakaran ang GMA? Johnny Manahan of ABS-CBN is in his late 60s but he’s still active with the network. Even Freddie Garcia continues to work for ABS-CBN even though magiging 70 na siya.

  3. Nameless says:

    About Mr. Ang’s entrance on GMA, wala pang nailalabas na terms and conditions between two parties. Kaya wala pa siyang role sa pagpapatakbo ng company.

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  5. James Ty III says:

    Imbestigador will be aired on Sunday for one last time tomorrow. But Mike Enriquez will make an important announcement in tomorrow’s episode.

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