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New Rival for My Husband’s Lover

‘My Husband’s Lover’ will now have new opposition in the form of ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’.

Last night, GMA’s controversial teleserye ‘My Husband’s Lover’ faced new competition in the form of ABS-CBN’s ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’. This was due to a new teleserye on the Kapamilya network called ‘Got to Believe’ (not to be confused with the 2002 Claudine BarrettoRico Yan starrer) making its long-awaited debut, and was slotted in the 8:30 p.m. slot formerly occupied by ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’.

‘My Husband’s Lover”s former rival teleserye ‘Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala’ finished its run last Friday after two months. Kantar ratings suggest that the latter program rated higher than the former, despite its relatively short run. The series, which starred Judy Ann Santos as a battered and bruised wife, was not as controversial as ‘My Husband’s Lover’, but nevertheless gained a respectably high audience throughout its run.

‘My Husband’s Lover’ also faced ‘Apoy sa Dagat‘ in the early weeks of its run and subsequently demolished the viewership of the latter, prompting ABS-CBN to assemble its own all-star crew for ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’. The much-anticipated face-off in the same timeslot will have to wait, however.

Meanwhile ABS-CBN’s new offering ‘Got to Believe’ made its much-anticipated debut after a delay of over a month. The new teleserye was supposed to debut in mid-July, but was postponed because of the need to film more episodes. Nevertheless, the new teleserye, which starred the tandem of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla, got its much-needed hype over the next few weeks, before it finally launched last night to the delight of the viewers.

The new program bumped ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’ off its original slot, and now the former faces stiff competition with ‘My Husband’s Lover’. The latter, starring Carla Abellana, Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo, will now be pitted against younger lead stars Julia Montes, Enchong Dee and Enrique Gil. Asked whether the timeslot change fueled the competition between her and Bernardo, Montes simply refuted rumors of competition between them.

Simply put, the timeslot change will not even affect the high audience figures that ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’ attained in its current run. The Kantar ratings suggest that the program outperformed ‘Mundo Mo’y Akin’ in its previous timeslot, and even with the change, it is a given according to Kantar that ‘Muling Buksan ang Puso’ will outperform the highly controversial ‘My Husband’s Lover’. On the contrary, Nielsen expects victory for ‘My Husband’s Lover’ ratings-wise.

With that, the much-anticipated all-star battle that ABS-CBN envisioned finally got underway.

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Talentadong Pinoy Ends

An era ends: ‘Talentadong Pinoy’ finishes its five-year run on Sunday.

On August 18, TV5 Original ‘Talentadong Pinoy‘ will air its final episode. The series finale will pit the seven ‘Hall of Famers’ against each other in a battle for the right to be the ‘Ultimate Talentado’, slated to be held at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Before there was ‘Showtime’ or ‘Pilipinas Got Talent‘, there was ‘Talentadong Pinoy’. It was a talent show like no other, and it ran continuously every week, pitting some of the most talented individuals in the country to showcase their tricks to a live audience. Most importantly, the show had its ‘Hall of Fame’, where they induct new members in the event they won the audience and judges’ hearts for five straight weeks. While the program got off to a slow start, it eventually gained a sizable viewing audience despite stiff competition from ABS-CBN’s slew of talent shows. Later on, ‘Talentadong Pinoy’ has its own kids version and a global version, which were also a hit with viewers. By the time the program ends its five-year run on Sunday, ‘Talentadong Pinoy”s place on Philippine television history has been secured.

Ryan Agoncillo has been the host of the show from the beginning. No stranger to hosting reality shows (he previously hosted GMA’s ‘Pinoy Idol’), Agoncillo’s experience and enthusiasm helped the show gain its much-needed recognition. Already well-known as the husband of actress Judy Ann Santos, Agoncillo gained further recognition thanks to ‘Talentadong Pinoy’, enabling him to earn various accolades and positive reviews throughout the show’s run.

Undoubtedly this was one of the most underrated reality shows on Philippine television. But make no mistake about it, ‘Talentadong Pinoy’ is still the original reality talent show, a benchmark for all other shows to follow.

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The Need for Freelance Actors

Upon the expiry of his exclusive GMA contract, Richard Gutierrez has announced he would go freelancing, hence work for any network or production outfit. To be honest, American television networks do not ink their established stars to exclusive contracts, thus allowing them freedom to work from network to network, production company to production company. Regal Films of Lily Monteverde has little or no restrictions on casting actors and actresses; every Regal production has featured a combination of Kapuso, Kapamilya and Kapatid stars in recent years. Which brings me to the topic of freelancing in television and film.

For the past 20 years, there are two main breeding grounds for future showbiz personalities: GMA’s Artist Center, and ABS-CBN’s Star Magic. Under the stewardship of Wilma Galvante and Johnny Manahan respectively, both networks scout potential talents, and then train them for either hosting or acting roles. These future talents would be introduced gradually in bit roles, and then with further training, give them more prominent roles on a television series or film.  In recent years, reality series such as ‘Starstruck’ and ‘Pinoy Big Brother‘ provided training ground for contestants to hone their dramatic skills on camera. Since the acquisition of TV5 by Manny Pangilinan, they formed their own Talent Center, in an attempt to become competitive with the two main networks.

However, the establishment of the three artist centers proved to be a hindrance to the Filipino broadcast industry, because of the signing of exclusive network contracts. Which means that an actress like Marian Rivera cannot work for either a Star Cinema-produced film or an ABS-CBN television series, and an actor like Piolo Pascual cannot join the cast for either a GMA television series or a GMA Films production. Same goes to the Kapatid personalities of the TV5 Talent Center, they cannot work for another network other than their home network. The only way Kapamilya, Kapatid and Kapuso artists would be cast together is through a Regal Films production, which is not covered by both network’s exclusivity.

I seriously think that it is best for the three major networks to have their artists cross over to the other, and vice versa. Richard Gutierrez is a prime example of that. By giving the artists leeway for appearing on a television series or film, it would help them find ways for utilizing some underused talents, tinker with new on-screen combinations, and make casting easier. This should also benefit real-life couples such as Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, who may cross over to networks other than their own.

Even with Gutierrez’s announcement, the freelance actor will remain a rarity on either television or film, unless all three networks give their artists a chance to cross over to the other.