Last Saturday marked the return of the ‘old’ ‘Imbestigador’.
The 15-year-old investigative public service program kicked off the new year with a bang, as they revived the action-packed approach that addresses a variety of complaints from the public. Gone is the more recent format that featured dramatizations from GMA’s pool of artists.
In addition, ‘Imbestigador’ launched ‘Isyu ni Juan’, a ten-part special election series. Host Mike Enriquez sat down for an exclusive interview with the country’s top presidential aspirants, as they try to address various national issues and present their campaign platforms for the upcoming elections.
The return to the classic format of ‘Imbestigador’ was enthusiastically welcomed by the public, who have criticized the show for its watered-down approach. While recent episodes continued to focus on investigating various crimes, it somehow shifted to solving murderous acts, something that rival ABS-CBN show ‘SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operatives’ is doing these days.
Making matter worse is the emphasis to include actors in dramatizing the scene of the crime. As a result, ratings for ‘Imbestigador’ declined while public clamor to revive its old format intensified.
Thankfully, both Mike Enriquez and the show’s producers realized their shortcomings with the drama-focused approach. Thus, ‘Imbestigador’ was reborn, back to what it used to be.
Now that ‘Imbestigador’ is back to doing things their own way, expect more action and intensity from the longest-running investigative program in the country. While its ratings may no longer be as high as it used to be, getting back to the classic format should satisfy the demands of not only long-time viewers, but also new ones.
‘Imbestigador’ continues to air every Saturday at 5:15 p.m. on GMA.