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‘It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez’ Heads to TV5

A ratings hit on E!, ‘It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez’ will now cross over to free TV, as TV5 picked up the series starting this July.

The highly-rated E! reality show ‘It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez’ is now headed to a bigger audience.

TV5 has announced that the series starring the Gutierrez family will premiere this July 5. ‘It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez’ will replace ‘Celebrity Dance Battle’, whose final episode will air tomorrow.

The series will showcase the personal, business and family lives of siblings Richard, Raymond and Ruffa Gutierrez, along with their parents Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama. It will also feature guest appearances from the other members of the Gutierrez family, as well as celebrity friends and staff.

‘It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez’ has been a ratings hit for E!. The reality series broke the network’s ratings records, not only in the Philippines, but also in Southeast Asia. It was also a hit in social media, particularly when Richard introduced audiences to Zion, his son with girlfriend Sarah Lahbati.

The free TV premiere of ‘It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez’ is only one of several programming changes that TV5 will implement this July. New seasons of ‘Face the People’, ‘Let’s Ask Pilipinas’ and ‘Talentadong Pinoy’ will also premiere, albeit with new hosts, while new programs ‘Trenderas’ and ‘Quiet Please’ will also join the network’s revamped lineup.

It should be an interesting quarter of change for the Kapatid network, beginning with the clan dubbed as the ‘Asian Kardashians’.

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‘What’s Up Doods’ Preempted for Bieber Documentary

Pop musician Justin Bieber is in Tacloban recently to give cheers to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. TV5 will air the documentary tonight.

Tonight’s lineup of TV5’s ‘Weekend Do It Better’ will not see Edu Manzano interview various guests on his talk show ‘What’s Up Doods?’. Instead the Kapatid network will air a special documentary as part of its continuing relief efforts for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Titled ‘Give Love, Give Back Philippines‘, the documentary centers on a surprise visit by pop singer Justin Bieber to Tacloban in order to provide donations and relief goods to the typhoon victims. The one-hour documentary will feature Bieber in a different light, as he tries to remain humble amid his fame and give a more positive outlook to the victims. Also included is the exclusive full-length interview with Raymond Gutierrez that first aired on ‘Showbiz Police’ last week, along with a mini-concert for the victims.

Bieber’s #GiveBackPhilippines campaign raised over $1M in cash, and has also produced a limited edition t-shirt with the proceeds being given to TV5’s Alagang Kapatid Foundation. The campaign donations were raised during his ongoing tour promoting his latest album ‘Believe’.

‘What’s Up Doods?’ aired a ‘Best of’ episode last week featuring interviews from Georgina Wilson, Jinri Park and Ramon Bautista, and with the program on hiatus for the holidays, it is only logical to have the Bieber documentary air tonight.

In the meantime, here is today’s late afternoon and evening schedule on TV5:

3:30 – PBA: Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs. Alaska Aces

5:45 – Aksyon Weekend

6:15 – Showbiz Police

6:45 – Pinoy Explorer

7:45 – Tropa Mo Ko Unli

8:45 – Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman

9:45 – Give Love, Give Back Philippines: A Justin Bieber Special

10:45 – Juan Direction

11:15 – SpinNation

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GMA, ABS-CBN Tied for Best TV Station at the 2013 PMPC Star Awards

Marian Rivera and Coco Martin (tied with Richard Yap) won the top acting awards for drama in the 2013 PMPC Star Awards for TV.

In the recently concluded PMPC Star Awards for TV, both ABS-CBN and GMA shared honors for best TV station this year. And even though both stations were tied for the top television award, it was ABS-CBN who grabbed a lion’s share of awards thanks to some of their highly-rated programs and impressive performances from its stars.

ABS-CBN earned 31 of the 56 awards in the recent event. Among the winners were Kapamilya stars Coco Martin and Richard Yap (Best Drama Actor), KC Concepcion (Best Drama Supporting Actress), Arjo Atayde and Arron Villaflor (Best Drama Supporting Actor), and Nikki Gil (Best Single Performance for an Actress). Programs such as Juan dela Cruz (Best Primetime Drama Series), Be Careful with My Heart (Best Daytime Drama Series), Showtime (Best Variety Show), ASAP (Best Musical Variety Show), Umagang Kay Ganda (Best Morning Show) and Kris TV (Best Celebrity Talk Show) were also cited.

Not to be outdone, GMA stars such as Marian Rivera (Best Drama Actress), Rufa Mae Quinto (Best Comedy Actress) and Michael V (Best Comedy Actor) were also honored. In addition, GMA programs such as Pepito Manaloto (Best Comedy Show), Bubble Gang (T-Best Gag Show), Celebrity Bluff (Best Game Show), Startalk (Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show), Magpakailanman (Best Drama Anthology), and the now-defunct Extra Challenge (Best Reality Competition Program) also won their respective awards. Sister network GMA News TV also left victorious thanks to wins by State of the Nation (Best News Program), Biyahe ni Drew (Best Travel Show), I Juander (Best Magazine Show), and Fashbook host Solenn Heussaff (Best Lifestyle Show Host).

While ABS-CBN and GMA dominated the proceedings, some of the minor TV networks were also cited. TV5 walked away with three awards, winning Best Children’s Show for Batibot, Best Talent Search Program for Talentadong Pinoy, and Best Female Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host for Ang Latest host Cristy Fermin. And the lone award won by a UHF television station came from Net 25, whose program Convergence won Best Lifestyle Show.

The PMPC Star Awards were held last November 24 at the AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo, and were hosted by the Gutierrez twins (Richard and Raymond) and the Gonzaga sisters (Toni and Alex). The entire awards ceremony will be seen this Sunday on ABS-CBN’s ‘Sunday’s Best‘. And for the entire list of awardees, click here

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GMA’s Sunday Afternoon Blues

Party Pilipinas will have its last show on May 19, another futile effort by the GMA Network to stay afloat against its arch-rival on Sunday afternoons. Hot TV was another example, after it was axed two weeks earlier. (Logo courtesy of GMA)

Last Sunday, it was announced that next week’s ‘Party Pilipinas‘ will be their final show. The penultimate live performance was held at the MOA Arena on Mothers’ Day, and it was the ‘A’ team who performed for the final time. Next week’s show will see the ‘B’ team make its last performance in the PP stage, and then the show itself will fade into history after Sunday afternoon.

It was a three-year run that did not live to the expectations of management, talent and the viewers. That does not mean the variety show performed badly, but it could not equal nor topple the Sunday afternoon standard that was ASAP on ABS-CBN. In fact, the more recent Kantar ratings (which was ABS-CBN’s preferred carrier) show that ASAP led by a wide margin over PP. Although GMA claimed their show rated well based on their more trusted NUTAM ratings, it was not enough to save the show from getting axed.

Two weeks ago Hot TV was also cancelled without warning, and was replaced by Filipino-dubbed movies. Amid rumours of its cancellation, it was confirmed by various sources that due to either health concerns (Regine Velasquez) or election preparations (Roderick Paulate, Raymond Gutierrez), Hot TV was impromptly cancelled by the GMA Network, without announcing it on the air. Its cancellation was again based on the ratings, where the program’s emphasis on true human stories over showbiz issues never clicked with the viewers.

The past few years saw GMA fare poorly on Sunday afternoons. With the exception of Manny Pacquiao fights, GMA’s Sunday afternoon ratings were never at par with ABS-CBN’s. In the past, SOP and S-Files were the more preferred programs for viewers, but the scales recently tipped in ASAP and The Buzz’s favor, in large part to the exodus of some of GMA’s resident stars to the Kapamilya network and its decision to reformat both programs into Party Pilipinas and Showbiz Central. Worse, GMA brought in aging and unproven talent rather than maximizing the use of their own new talent in a futile effort to remain competitive.

On the contrary, Johnny Manahan’s magic continued to weave. ASAP continued its winning streak thanks to the recent introduction of younger Star Magic talent, social media trends and creative stage designs. The use of Facebook and Twitter further enhanced ASAP’s  appeal, whereas PP’s performances were mentioned less on the new medium. The Buzz also benefited from the use of social media to gain more viewers than its competing program. Such social media participation was virtually absent on the GMA Network.

With Party Pilipinas and Hot TV now a distant memory, the Kapuso network needs a new plan of action in order to remain competitive. A new unnamed variety show program is in the works, while a new showbiz talk show remains in development. But seriously, all GMA needs is a new approach on their Sunday afternoon programming. Not a variety show nor a showbiz program, but live sports events, something GMA has been reluctant to air for the past 20 years.

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