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‘The Amazing Race’ U.S. Returns to the Philippines

Fort Santiago (incorrectly referred to in the show as ‘Fort San Diego’) was the final pit stop of ‘The Amazing Race”s 25th season. However, no eliminations occurred and the teams were asked to continue racing. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Just two weeks ago, ‘The Amazing Race Philippines’ officially wrapped up its second season. A short time earlier, its American counterpart aired the first of two episodes shot in the Philippines during the spring.

This marked the first time since Season 5 (2004) that ‘The Amazing Race’ visited the Philippines. This time around, however, the teams were further immersed into Filipino culture, featuring tasks that involve building a tricycle, racing a pedicab, and tilling a rice field for a hidden clue with an ox (the latter was a ‘switchback’ task from Season 5).

At the end of last Friday’s (U.S. time) episode, four teams still remain. Unlike before where only three teams raced in the final leg, host Phil Keoghan decided that there would be no elimination, and instead, the remaining four teams would continue racing to Los Angeles, with one of them getting the boot midway through the season finale.

The four teams left are (by order of arrival):

1. Brooke & Robbie (#TheWrestlers)

2. Adam & Bethany (#SoulSurfers)

3. Misti & Jim (#TheDentists)

4. Amy & Maya (#SweetScientists)

Sadly, though, only cable subscribers were able to watch the Philippine leg of ‘The Amazing Race”s 25th season through AXN. In the past, Studio 23 (now ABS-CBN Sports+Action) aired ‘The Amazing Race’ from its maiden season, only to stop prior to its transition to the ‘IbaKabarkada’ era.

Still, the two episodes shot in the Philippines were definitely worth watching. From the teams’ reactions to the country’s standard of living to the exhausting Roadblock in the streets of Divisoria, the return of ‘The Amazing Race’ to Philippine shores was definitely a memorable one.

*The 25th season finale of ‘The Amazing Race’ will be aired Saturday, December 20, at 8:10 p.m., on AXN Philippines. Contact your local cable operator for details.

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Mr. Bean on GMA

Mr. Bean’s two films will air on GMA tomorrow, with ‘Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie’ on Kapuso Movie Festival, and ‘Mr. Bean’s Holiday’ on GMA Blockbusters.

Mr. Bean is coming to GMA Network after all. The popular character created by Rowan Atkinson will be seen tomorrow on GMA’s two movie blocks.

The 1997 film ‘Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie‘ will feature Mr. Bean’s misadventures in Los Angeles. The film’s plot centers on Bean unveiling a painting of Whistler’s Mother inside the fictional Grierson Art Gallery, but not after ruining the original painting and replacing it with a poster copy coated in varnish and albumen to mimic the original. Directed by Mel Smith and co-starring Burt Reynolds and Peter MacNicol, Bean will air Sunday morning on ‘Kapuso Movie Festival‘.

The 2007 sequel ‘Mr. Bean’s Holiday’ will feature Mr. Bean’s misadventures in France. The plot looks at Bean’s circuitous trip from Paris to the Cannes Film Festival, and armed with a video camera, he documented his trip that he would later use as a replacement for the plot-less fictional film ‘Playback Time’. Directed by Steve Bendelack and co-starring Emma de Caunes, Max Baldry and Willem Dafoe, ‘Mr. Bean’s Holiday’ will air Sunday afternoon on ‘GMA Blockbusters’.

In my previous article I wrote about my wishes for the ‘Mr. Bean’ series (live-action and animated) to move to GMA Network. With all due respect to ABS-CBN, I think they have done a very poor job in airing the series, with most airings featuring two or three skits from different episodes. And after this news on MTRCB calling ABS-CBN’s attention about an episode where Bean exposed his buttocks, I think that it is more logical for GMA to acquire the series, as long as they air the Disney Channel edit and remove their repetitively old anime.

In the meantime, enjoy Mr. Bean’s one day only appearance on the Kapuso network. As for the series? Who knows, perhaps the possibility of the series airing on GMA will come in the near future.

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What’s Up with Mo Twister Lately?

Mo Twister is back on the air, but only on podcast, as listeners of ‘Good Times’ found a way to connect with the controversial host on the new medium.

Two months ago, Mo Twister and his ‘Good Times‘ morning program on Magic 89.9 was slapped a five-month suspension in part to an alleged sex-related topic that is deemed inappropriate for a morning program. To fill in the void, Magic brought in 99.5 Play FM DJs Sam Oh and Gibb to host a new morning show ‘First Thing in the Morning’. And it looks like Sam and Gibb’s show is here to stay, at least for the time being.

So what’s up with Mo Twister lately? Well, he is currently hosting ‘Good Times’ via podcast, and recently he also hosted the popular and heavily criticized ‘Forbidden Questions‘ segment from his Los Angeles ‘headquarters’. It appears that his suspension from Magic 89.9 is not hindering his on-air career. Meanwhile his partners Noelle Bonus and Tin ‘Suzy’ Gamboa have moved on to other programs. Bonus moved to sister station 99.5 Play FM, while Suzy reunited with CJ ‘The DJ’ Rivera to host ‘The Big Meal’ at noon. Suzy took over hosting ‘The Big Meal’ on a permanent basis after Riki Flores moved to the ‘Pop Stop’ with Andi Manzano following the departure of erstwhile on-air partner Jessica Mendoza.

With Mo relegated to the sidelines, at least for the time being, the morning show of Sam Oh and Gibb is developing as a better alternative to the otherwise offensive and controversial ‘Good Times’. And that’s a good thing for morning radio programming, as programs such as Monster Radio RX 93.1’s ‘The Morning Rush‘, Mellow 94.7‘s ‘The Wake Up Show’, and 99.5 Play FM’s ‘The Playground’ aimed to be healthier and ‘kid-friendly’ radio programs, something that ‘Good Times’ obviously lacked. And why? Because mornings is where the kids wake up to go to school, and the radio is usually the first piece of entertainment for children on the road.

While Mo will be back on the air, Magic 89.9 may have found the perfect radio duo in the morning. And sorry Mo, Sam Oh and Gibb are a better radio combination than you alone.

Speaking of podcasts, the hosts of Magic 89.9’s nightly radio program ‘Boys Night Out’ recently launched their podcasts, which are recorded every Monday before midnight. In doing so, hosts Eric ‘Slick Rick’ Virata, Anthony ‘Tony Toni’ Bueno and Sam ‘Sam YG’ Gogna have also made the decision to move their popular ‘Confession Sessions’ segment exclusively to the podcasts, in order to add more sexually-oriented language that may be inappropriate to live radio. The move of ‘Confession Sessions’ to the podcast is also good for radio, as the more offensive style of conversation heard on the segment may be inappropriate for the younger listener.

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Daniel Bryan vs. WWE

 

Daniel Bryan is currently facing the entire WWE, over the McMahons’ claim that he is not superstar material.

SummerSlam last Sunday in Los Angeles provided a glimpse on the twists and turns of WWE storylines. The WWE Championship matches were a shocker, to say the least. John Cena, expected to miss time due to injury, relinquished the title to Daniel Bryan. However, the story didn’t end there. Randy Orton, the Money in the Bank winner, cashed in his shot at the title. Triple H, the special guest referee for the match, provided his former Evolution ally a much-needed opening by nailing Bryan with a Pedigree, culminating with Orton pinning Bryan and winning the WWE Championship.

Over the past few weeks, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, his daughter Stephanie, and son-in-law Triple H, doubted Bryan over his image and capability of winning and honoring the WWE Championship. They claim that the image of Bryan holding the gold is not what WWE wanted, further concluding that Bryan is not WWE superstar material. This started a feud between Bryan and the McMahons, even going as far as sending The Shield to protect the McMahons and the WWE roster from Bryan at the end of Raw the night after SummerSlam. There is no doubt that the crowd was behind Bryan, but the rest of the WWE, led by Orton, were against him.

One particular theory behind the McMahons’ doubt over Bryan came during his ‘No, No, No’ gimmick, where he became a pessimistic and bitter wrestler after he was dumped by AJ Lee in the middle of their wedding ceremony last year. Of course, many knew Bryan’s psychotic gimmick, but Orton once had the gimmick of a psychotic wrestler during his feud with Triple H in 2009. That cancels out this theory. Another of McMahon’s theories is that Bryan’s beard does not fit the corporate WWE image, which led to an attempt to shave Bryan’s beard on Raw several weeks back. However, Orton currently sports a beard too, thus cancelling out this theory as well.

Another one came back in Bryan’s first WWE tenure. Back during his Nexus days, Bryan once strangled ring announcer Justin Roberts during a Raw live show in 2010, leading to his dismissal from the company. Yes, Bryan was fired the first time around, while Orton has remained with the company since his days as ‘The Legend Killer’. That incident alone may have proven the McMahons’ claim that Bryan was never WWE superstar material to begin with because of incidents such as this.

Over the next few weeks Daniel Bryan will continue to feud with the McMahons, Randy Orton, and perhaps the rest of the WWE. Whether or not Bryan is worthy to be a superstar remains to be seen.

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