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Upcoming Asianovelas on ABS-CBN and GMA

Expect new Asianovelas to air on both ABS-CBN and GMA.

GMA’s newest Koreanovela ‘I Hear Your Voice’ makes its debut later tonight on the Telebabad block. The new series will air after ‘Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real’ and before fellow Koreanovela ‘Secret Love’.

In a surprise twist, GMA decided to add a second teleserye on the Telebabad block instead of waiting for one of them to end. As a result, Telebabad now has a total of six drama series, two of which are from Korea, compared to only four on the currently all-local ABS-CBN Primetime Bida.

And when was the last time two Asianovelas were on primetime on the Kapuso network? That was several years ago, when GMA was at the peak of its powers thanks to its mix of fantaseryes and Koreanovelas. Now GMA hopes to replicate that with a double serving of Asianovelas on Telebabad.

Pretty Man and Miss Ripley on ABS-CBN

Over at ABS-CBN, the re-run on ‘My Girl’ is entering its final week. The Koreanovela ends its run on Friday afternoon, to be replaced by a new Koreanovela titled ‘Pretty Man’ beginning August 18.

Then on August 25, ‘Miss Ripley’ will make its way into the ABS-CBN lineup, with its timeslot yet to be determined.

After several months of re-airing old Asianovelas, ABS-CBN has decided to start fresh. Thus, two new series from Korea were imported by the Kapamilya network in order to appease its legion of Asianovela fanatics.

But perhaps the biggest question mark for the Kapamilya network now is to whether or not bring back the Asianovela to Primetime Bida. Before ‘The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles’ and ‘Pinoy Big Brother: All In’ occupied the final slot of the said block, the last time an Asianovela aired on Primetime Bida was ‘When a Man Falls in Love’, and its finale was nearly eight months ago.

Kapamilya fans should hope for the best. After all, Asianovelas on ABS-CBN deserve a piece of the primetime spotlight.

To both stations, good luck in giving Asianovela fans a series to remember.

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Boy and Kris Reunite on Primetime

The ever-popular tandem of Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda returns via ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’ on ABS-CBN.

Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino always seem to be inseparable. Beginning with ‘Startalk’ in the mid-90s, the duo found its way to other programs; namely ‘The Buzz’, ‘Boy & Kris’, and ‘SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon’. And this Monday, Boy and Kris will return to primetime television via ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’.

The new program will be similar to ‘SNN’, except that it is condensed into a 15-minute program featuring fast-paced news from the social, political and showbiz perspective. It will also feature a guest interview featuring some of the most controversial personalities today, along with a social media interaction segment.

In essence, ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’ will be the replacement to Boy’s previous segment on ‘Bandila’ called ‘Ikaw Na’. While the segment itself was popular (resulting to a parody on ‘Banana Nite’ starring Jayson Gainza), the viewers’ requests for an earlier timeslot became a huge factor in moving Boy out of ‘Bandila’ and into his own show with Kris. It is also said that the renewal of Kris’ contract with ABS-CBN also played a huge role in reuniting the showbiz duo.

ABS-CBN also decided to avoid placing the program before ‘Bandila’ in order to avoid the same fate that befell ‘SNN’. During ‘SNN”s two-year run, its ratings suffered due to competition with other entertainment programs, as well as the eventual departure of Kris Aquino during her brother Noynoy’s presidential campaign. The harsh lesson of ‘SNN’ led to the new program’s assignment within Primetime Bida in an effort to maintain a sizable audience from its preceding teleseryes. As a result, ‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’ will be seen after ‘The Legal Wife’ and before ‘The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles’.

‘Aquino & Abunda Tonight’ is expected to be another coup created by the ABS-CBN management. But with the demise of ‘SNN’ still fresh in viewers’ minds, it remains to be seen whether or not the reunited duo will erase the stigma that doomed ‘SNN’. Anything less than high ratings will be a failure for the program and the Kapamilya network.

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The Biggest Loser Returns to ABS-CBN

‘The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles’ airs every weeknights on ABS-CBN, and will feature 14 pairs with a chance to lose the most weight through various tasks.

After three years, ‘The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition’ returns to ABS-CBN. And this time, the lost poundage is about to get even bigger, literally.

The long-awaited second season will be titled ‘The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles’, and will pit 14 pairs of overweight contestants. The premise of the new ‘Doubles’ season is that the pair with the highest percentage of weight loss will be the winner. The new season will now feature a ‘pre-camp’ where contestants must lose weight on their own. The pairs with the biggest weight loss will advance through the next round, where trainers will have the opportunity to push the pairs to their limits through various physical tasks.

The hype to ‘The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles’ started last Saturday with an episode of ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya’, where Iza Calzado (portrayed by Empress Schuck) struggled with her weight problems before overcoming it. The MMK episode was followed by a primer of ‘Doubles’, where the 14 pairs were revealed to a national audience and highlights of the 30-day ‘pre-camp’ were aired.

The season premiere of ‘The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition: Doubles’ will be aired tonight after ‘The Legal Wife’, and will air every Monday to Saturday night. The reality program will be hosted by Iza Calzado, Mateo Guidicelli, and Robi Domingo, with Jim and Toni Saret as the trainers.

This is the first ABS-CBN reality series to air on the late weeknight slot since Season 4 of ‘Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition’ two years earlier. But despite its placement in the 10 p.m. slot,  expect the new season of ‘The Biggest Loser’ to be another ratings winner for the Kapamilya network, especially with the momentum being generated on its teleseryes ‘Honesto’, ‘Got to Believe’, and ‘The Legal Wife’.

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