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Philippine TV — Can’t Get Out of the Box

Two huge broadcasting companies are all over for the top ratings — and another one is quickly coping to break in to a trio competition.

The other claim that they’re No. 1, well, in a matter of a opinion, yes they are. But the ratings tell otherwise. And to add to the vague title, not only one market research group is conducting the numerical figures but two. And so, one has the right in saying they’re No. 1 while the other can say the same too.

Anyway, that’s not the main issue here. This year, and coming, tv stations are trying to put up a good family entertaining telesereryas. But it never comes out of the box. Most of it are remakes and if not, cheap versions to international hit series. Let’s state a few examples.

Face to Face from Maury

Face to Face is from a Filipino broadcasting network, TV5. This talakserye is beefing up fast ratings since it market to those of middle and lower class of the society. It started airing on around March 2010 and up to now, still making its 280+ episodes. The program showcases conflicts between two parties, they talk it out (in a somewhat barbaric manner), rumble in the set, say obscene words without being censored — now that’s what people love to see, raw reality dramas. Relatively quite a hit. While, Maury, is an American show television show that goes with the same format. Though Maury has been on air for a decade now, making 3000+ of episodes. And still running.

Kitchen Superstar from Master Chef

Kitchen Superstar will be airing soon on GMA7. It will, as its name suggest, caters Pinoy talents of cooking. Any cooking show may be a format-based to the former show with the same field. But the thing that makes me say this is somewhat similar to Master Chef is because of its prequel, Amazing Cooking Kids parallels Junior Master Chef. They should have instead pilot the Amazing Cooking Kids to defray leading conceptions. Master Chef started last year and became a world-wide phenomenal hit series and franchise. ABS-CBN will soon air Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition.

Tweetbiz The Bizniz of Chizmiz from TMZ

Tweetbiz The Bizniz of Chizmiz is from QTV11’s showbiz program. A group of socialite individuals who talk celebrity gossips based form the social networking site Twitter. Their set is like an office, with their researchers sitting, scattered. And the main host is holding a pen jotting down issues on the white board. Sounds familiar? Yup, similarly the same to American celebrity new program, TMZ. TMZ started on 2005 and still running up to now busting prolific gossips from celebrities famous or not. Though Tweetbiz is limited to Twitter information, still somethings telling me I smell the same breath of air.


There are a lot to mention but that, I guess, would bore you. Anyhow, the examples I have dictated are somewhat an attempt of copying a format. ABS-CBN has a lot of copied shows — but they are legal. They are franchised rather than from making a seemingly cheap concepts. It makes me wonder, when will Philippine television get out of the box.