By Night Owl on 7:22 PM
Filed Under: GMA News TV
The Top 11--Thia Megia, Pia Toscano, Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald and Haley Reinhart--continue their IDOL journey this week as judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler chose to use the this season's one and only Judges Save on Casey Abrams.
This also means that this week, the two IDOL finalists with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated. The good news is that for the first time in IDOL history, the Top 11, instead of the usual Top 10, will get to travel and perform all over the U.S. for the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011.
For this week's performance night, which airs this Thursday, 6 pm, the Top 11 will take on songs from the 1980s. And on results night this Friday, 6 pm, AI Season 3 champ Fantasia will perform her new single, "Collard Greens & Cornbread."
Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas and Academy Award and Grammy winner Jamie Foxx will also take the IDOL stage to perform "Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)," from the animated feature film Rio.
Last week, Megia was in the bottom three, along with Abrams and Langone. This is a crucial week for the soft-spoken 16-year-old from California . Can she deliver a knockout performance on '80s night? Whose IDOL journeys will end this week?
Catch American Idol's performance night this Thursday, 6 pm (with same day replay at 10 pm) and the results night on Friday, 6 pm (with same day replay at 10 pm) only on GMA News TV Channel 11.
By Night Owl on 9:41 PM
Filed Under: Captain Barbell
Richard Gutierrez reinterprets his role as the superhero Captain Barbell, and his alter ego, Teng. While Richard has immensely grown as an actor, so did Captain Barbell, who is now set to take on a greater mantle of protecting good from evil, still bearing of course, his iconic red cape.
The story picks up where it left off from the first series with Teng and his besotted Leah (Rhian Ramos) settling down in the city. But their simple life takes a dark turn when Leah is killed and becomes a heart donor to an undisclosed recipient.
In the spirit of true heroism, Captain Barbell fights through his sorrow and continues his quest for peace and order. He meets his strongest opponent in Nero (Christopher de Leon), an evil genius, who became rich through his malevolent ways. Teng, on the other hand, clashes with Gregor (TJ Trinidad), whose father owns the tenement where Teng lives.
Meanwhile, during a freak storm formed by Nero, Captain Barbell helps a woman give birth in the tenement. This woman soon dies thus leaving Teng with the responsibility of taking care of the child, whom Teng names Leah or Lelay (Jillian Ward). At the same time, a strong lightning strikes Teng’s barbell, which in turn spreads unique superpowers among some of the tenants.
Years later, these tenants begin to discover their newfound gifts with some of them choosing to harness their superpowers for good, others for evil. One of them is Gregor, who has grown more jealous and hateful towards Teng. Gregor teams up with Nero, and along with the other supervillains, declares war against Captain Barbell.
On the other hand, General Armando (Eddie Gutierrez), a rich philanthropist, joins forces with Captain Barbell, and urges him to pool together the new league of superheroes.
As Captain Barbell/Teng braves the dark forces, he will also struggle with matters of the heart as he tries to uncover whom between his kind next-door neighbor Melanie (Isabel Oli) and Lelay’s school teacher Althea (Lovi Poe) received Leah’s heart. He will also cross paths with two other ladies who will likewise play important roles in his life, his arrogant boss Anita (Michelle Madrigal) and the avid news reporter Jana (Solenn Heusaff).
With his extraordinary strength, unmatched fighting skills and nearly invincible armor, can Captain Barbell together with the ‘Liga ng Kalayaan’ successfully take down the supervillains, and defend his name as the ultimate protector of peace? How will he uncover the identity of Leah’s myst erious recipient? Which superheroes will form the ‘Liga ng Kalayaan’ and who will side with the evil Nero?
Four lovely and capable actresses, Isabel Oli, Lovi Poe, Michelle Madrigal and Solenn Heusaff add color to Teng/Captain Barbell’s life, while lovable child wonder Jillian Ward stars as the superhero’s sidekick/pseudo-adopted daughter. Rhian Ramos reprises her role as Leah in the pilot week of the show.
Led by veteran actor and Richard’s real life father Eddie Gutierrez, the Liga ng Kalayaan are Bianca King as Lary, General Armando’s fearless assistant; Mike Tan as Teban, a former thief-turned-ally of Captain Barbell; Jake Vargas as Alden, a young superhero who has a top as his weapon of choice; Bea Binene as Misha, another young superhero who wields power with her sword; and Frencheska Farr as Celina, the superheroine with a sonic voice.
On the other side, multi-award-winning actor Christopher de Leon heads the supervillains as Nero. Joining him are TJ Trinidad as Gregor, Teng/Captain Barbell’s fiercest enemy next to Nero; Paolo Paraiso as Rodel, the sandman; Akihiro Sato as Bruno, the hulkman; Elvis Gutierrez as Gaston, a superhero with the ability to create weapons using only his mind; Ervic Vijandre as Ricky, the flash; Sam Pinto as Sammy, the age-shifting supervillain; Ellen Adarna as Kat, the undecided sexy superhero; and Jon Hall as Rob, Anita’s egotistic business partner.
Completing the star-studded cast are Marky Lopez as Hekki, Jana’s assistant; and Ces Quesada as Tiya Lita, Lelay’s manipulative aunt.
This modern interpretation of the Mars Ravelo classic takes it a notch higher as it utilizes cutting edge 3D technology and computer-generated images or CGI in retelling the legendary story. Story-wise, 2011’s Captain Barbell promises to be more dramatic, action-packed and fast-paced than ever before.
The production design is by Australian production designer Peter Collias, who also designed the sets of international blockbusters “The Matrix” and “Moulin Rouge”, together with his Filipino counterpart Digo Ricio. The costumes are manufactured by Hong Kong based-costume maker Emily Lai of Cubedecor, while the script is written by senior creative consultant RJ Nuevas under the creative guidance of Jun Lana. Singing the theme song “Sandata” is the Pinoy rock band Shamrock.
Ace director Dominic Zapata, who has helmed top-rating fantaseryes such as Mulawin, Darna, and the first Captain Barbell, will direct this Captain Barbell sequel.
Witness the soaring and much-awaited comeback of Captain Barbell on March 28 after 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad.
Captain Barbell also premieres worldwide on March 30 on GMA Pinoy TV.
By Night Owl on 2:01 AM
Filed Under: Party Pilipinas
By Night Owl on 10:19 PM
Kapuso couple Dennis Trillo and Jennylyn Mercado, who recently starred together in the movie "Rosario", reportedly broke up last March 5. Their relationship almost lasted for a year.
The news was confirmed by the managers of both celebrities. “Sa mga mag-boyfriend at mag-girlfriend, maari namang mangyari talaga na maghiwalay, di ba?” said Dennis Trillo’s manager, Popoy Caritativo.
“Yes, it’s true. Jen and dennis broke off last mar 5. It is unfortunate but it can happen to anyone.” said Becky Aguila, Jennylyn Mercado’s manager.
By Night Owl on 12:05 AM
Filed Under: TV Plug
Just as appetizing and thirst-quenching as the Filipino favorite refreshment halo-halo, GMA-7 serves a hodge-podge of new flavorful ingredients in its programming recipe, which will surely stimulate the viewers' varying 'tastebuds.'
Primetime television's king of telefantasya Richard Gutierrez brings on the three-scoop ice cream with Captain Barbell. In the comeback of the greatest Pinoy hero on primetime this March 28, Richard reprises his role as Captain Barbell and his alter ego, Teng, and is now joined by a new league of extraordinary beings with unique superpowers.
Brand new host Edu Manzano offers ice-cold peace to warring families in the refurbished Family Feud: The Showdown Edition, while Chris Tiu puts in some wiggly gelatin with his Man vs. Beast: a new program that will pit manly powers against animals'.
The crazy tandem of Ali Sotto and radio disc jock Papa Jack add on the milk in Star Box, a daily talk show to be staged live not in studio glitz but in remote areas to engage the common-tao; while Jackie Rice dips in some pinipig in Sisid, with leading men Dominic Roco, Ian Batherson and JC Tiuseco. In her first afternoon drama starrer, Jackie learns the depth of showbiz stardom thru diving as the beautiful Hiyas in one island country.
Meanwhile, Mark Herras, Kris Bernal and Rocco Nacino whip up their one-of-a-kind dance moves for television's most-awaited Danserye with the working title Jump, as Carmina Villarroel takes on the kitchen heat with kiddie chefs in Amazing Cooking Kids, a reality cooking competition open to kids from eight to 12 years old.
Carmina will also star in a heart-warming primetime drama initially titled Munting Heredera with the original queen of Philippine movies Ms. Gloria Romero.
Topping it all, Marian Rivera makes the perfect appetizer with her new horror-comedy flick Spooky Nights Presents Bampirella, the first of Spooky Nights presentations to run for four weeks. Bampirella tells of a vampire tale tweaked with love and curse.
Marian also topbills GMA-7's most expensive primetime series Amaya, which tells of the country's untold epics. She is joined by leading men Sid Lucero and television's newest 'it' guy Mikael Daez.
The campaign was conceptualized by the creative team of GMA's Program Support Department composed of Vice President Regie Bautista, Associate Creative Director Dino Garcia, Copywriter Sudoy Patena, Art Director Hendrick Gonzales, and Senior Project Manager Hasmin Marable, and was produced by a team composed of multi-awarded cinematographer Ding Achacoso as director of photography, Director Paul Ticzon, Co-Director Vince Gealogo, Producer Ingrid Navarro and cameramen Erwin Tolentino, Ricky Paras, Paolo Visda, Javier Delgado and Paul Arrojado.
GMA Network once again completes the summer fun with a truly all-in-one 'viewers' delight.' As the ID's jingle, sung by Julie Ann San Jose and Elmo Magalona, says: 'Anumang saya ang hanap mo, matatagpuan mo rito.'
Catch this mouth-watering omnibus summer launches television commercial this Sunday, March 27, on Party Pilipinas and in SM cinemas beginning April 13.
By Night Owl on 9:04 PM
Filed Under: Chris Tiu
Avid fans of basketball star Chris Tiu can catch him hosting another fascinating and entertaining show in GMA. Man vs. Beast begins airing this Saturday, March 26.
Chris has always been viewed as a disciplined athlete, youth role model and young achiever. He has also been identified as a host of infotainment shows on GMA-7.
From Pinoy Records to Ripley's Believe It or Not, and even Hanep Buhay, Chris has proven himself to be a credible source of information and entertainment.
In his new show Man vs. Beast, Chris presents videos of match ups between humans and various animals and how one kind surprisingly beats the other in a head-to-head challenge.
With bubbly ladies, Sheena Halili and Chariz Solomon, Chris details how far determination and abilities can take animals and human beings in each duel—from hotdog-eating contest to obstacle race.
Join Chris and discover who will really prevail between human and beast in this four-episode presentation brought by GMA in cooperation with Fox Television.
Shown back-to-back with Spooky Nights Presents: Bampirella, Man vs. Beast airs after 24 Oras Weekend every Saturday starting March 26 on GMA-7.
By Night Owl on 10:20 PM
Also earlier this year, Bb. Pilipinas has lost the franchise of the prestigious Miss World pageant to Cory Quirino‘s CQ Global Quest Inc. The said company will now hold the search for the country’s representative to Miss World pageant beginning this year.
Now a significant rival of Bb. Pilipinas, CQ Global Quest Inc. inked a deal with GMA Network for the production and airing of Miss World Philippines 2011.
Composer and arranger Louie Ocampo will write the theme song of the newly-born pageant while sculptor Eduardo Castrillo will design the crown.
Present in the signing of agreement are GMA Network president and chief operating officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr.; CQ Global Quest Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Cory Quirino; CQ vice president Vic Alcuaz; GMA senior vice president for entertainment Wilma V. Galvante; vice president for entertainment Marivin T. Arayata; senior program manager Bang Arespacochaga; program manager Ali Nocom Dedicatoria; composer Louie Ocampo and creative consultant for entertainment musicals and specials Agnes S. Caballa.
By Night Owl on 6:10 AM
Filed Under: Machete
His recently-concluded series Machete ended on a high note beating all counterpart programs on its final week of airing. Machete earned a 34.9 percent average household audience share in Mega Manila covering the period of March 14 to 18, 6.3 points ahead of its competitor's 28.6 percent. This is according to ratings data from widely-recognized ratings provider AGB Nielsen.
From physically preparing for his role, promoting his show, to executing his scenes, Aljur displayed admirable dedication and professionalism as an actor. His Machete diet--Aljur's personal diet of no-sweets, no carbs, just veggies, fruits and loads of kamote--became a fad, while his mall shows conducted all over the Philippines were always jampacked with screaming fans.
But make no mistake, Aljur remains humble despite his recent achievements and promises to further enhance his craft. "I am very thankful for the support of my fans, who avidly watched Machete. Of course, I am most grateful to GMA-7 for their full support all throughout the series."
With the finale of Machete, Aljur is now busy with workshops in preparation for his next project.
"Kitchen Superstar" is a reality competition in search of the best non-professional cooks in the Philippines.
The show will be hosted by actor/restaurateur Marvin Agustin.
Prizes at stake in the upcoming reality program of the Kapuso network include P1 million in cash, a cooking show and/or a restaurant.
AGB Nielsen People's Ratings in Mega Manila for March 18 to 20, 2011: "Eat Bulaga" & "Kapuso Movie Festival" topped daytime, "Mara Clara", "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho" and "Pilipinas Got Talent" led primetime.
TOP 10 DAYTIME AND PRIMETIME PROGRAMS IN MEGA MANILA
(March 18-20, 2011; AGB Nielsen People's Ratings)
March 18, 2011 (Friday)
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 10.5%
2. Temptation of Wife (GMA-7) 9.2%
3. My Lover My Wife (GMA-7) 7.7%
4. Alakdana (GMA-7) 6.4%
5. Face To Face (TV5) 5.5%
6. Nita Negrita (GMA-7) 5.9%
7. Kapuso Movie Festival: My Guardian Debil (GMA-7) 5.4%
8. Dragon Ball Z Kai (GMA-7) 4.7%
9. Showtime (ABS-CBN) 4.5%
10. One Piece (GMA-7) 3.8%
1. Mara Clara (ABS-CBN) 15.9%
2. Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin (ABS-CBN) 13.2%
Machete (GMA-7) 13.2%
Mutya (ABS-CBN) 13.2%
3. The Baker King (GMA-7) 12.2%
4. Imortal (ABS-CBN) 11%
5. Dwarfina (GMA-7) 10.1%
6. TV Patrol (ABS-CBN) 10%
I ♥You Pare (GMA-7) 10%
7. 24 Oras (GMA-7) 9.6%
8. Magic Palayok (GMA-7) 8.7%
Bubble Gang (GMA-7) 8.7%
9. Willing Willie (TV5) 7.5%
10. Babaeng Hampaslupa (TV5) 6.9%
Green Rose (ABS-CBN) 6.9%
March 19, 2011 (Saturday)
1. Eat Bulaga! (GMA-7) 12.9%
2. Kapuso Movie Festival: Ispiritista – Itay May Moo Moo (GMA-7) 9.2%
3. Kapuso Megahit Festival: Scaregivers (GMA-7) 7.8%
4. Wish Ko Lang (GMA-7) 6%
5. Showtime (ABS-CBN) 5.9%
6. Sabado Sineplex: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (TV5) 5.8%
7. Failon Ngayon (ABS-CBN) 4.3%
8. Startalk (GMA-7) 3.9% / Kapamilya Blockbusters: Shaolin Soccer (ABS-CBN) 3.9% / Sabado Sineplex: Flushed Away (TV5) 3.9%
9. Ed Edd N Eddy (TV5) 3.6% / The Powerpuff Girls (TV5) 3.6%
10. Misteryo (GMA-7) 3.5% / Happy, Yipee, Yehey! (ABS-CBN) 3.5%
1. Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (GMA-7) 12.5%
2. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) 10.6%
3. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) 10.1% / Imbestigador (GMA-7) 10.1%
4. Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) 7.9%
5. Willing Willie (TV5) 7.7%
6. Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) 6.9%
7. LOL Laugh Or Lose (TV5) 6.4%
8. TV Patrol Weekend (ABS-CBN) 6.2%
9. Buhawi Jack (ABS-CBN) 5.8%
10. Laugh Out Loud (ABS-CBN) 5.6%
March 20, 2011 (Sunday)
1. Kapuso Movie Festival: Pandoy Ang Alalay ng Panday (GMA-7) 6.9%
2. ASAP Rocks (ABS-CBN) 5% / Party Pilipinas (GMA-7) 5%
3. Your Song Presents Kim (ABS-CBN) 4.9%
4. Reel Love Presents Tween Hearts (GMA-7) 4.7%
5. Showbiz Central (GMA-7) 4%
6. The Buzz (ABS-CBN) 3.9%
7. The Powerpuff Girls (TV5) 3.5%
8. AHA! (GMA-7) 3.4%
9. Johnny Bravo (TV5) 3.2%
10. Pinoy Pride 4: Philippines vs The World (ABS-CBN) 3.1% / Ed Edd N Eddy (TV5) 3.1%
1. Pilipinas Got Talent (ABS-CBN) 13%
2. Pepito Manaloto (GMA-7) 10.1%
3. Kap's Amazing Stories (GMA-7) 9.8%
4. Rated K (ABS-CBN) 9.6%
5. Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) 8.2%
6. Show Me Da Manny (GMA-7) 7.5%
7. Goin' Bulilit (ABS-CBN) 7.2%
8. The Sharon Cuneta Specials (ABS-CBN) 7.1%
9. 24 Oras Weekend (GMA-7) 7%
10. Mel & Joey (GMA-7) 6.9%
Source: AGB Nielsen Philippines
The show airs back-to-back with Man vs Beast, taking a portion of the Kapuso Film Festival time slot.
In Spooky Nights, a story would run for a number of weeks and would be replaced by a new one with a different cast once it finishes. Although the stories have slightly scary themes, they are basically funny and wacky.
For its first offering, Spooky Nights features Bampirella, a vampire tale that deviates from overly dramatic or commonly freaky vampire stories these days. Bampirella is a female vampire who was a mere human until she was cursed to transform into a 'beautiful yet undead creature' every time the clock strikes twelve midnight.
Kapuso primetime queen, Marian Rivera, plays as the lead character, Bampirella or Cindy. Although viewers have seen Marian playing comic as in the hit sitcom Show Me Da Manny, her portrayal in this show differs because there is conflict within her character. Cindy is naturally loving and generous but her curse turns her into the scary Bampirella.
A beautiful woman, Cindy works in a chocolate factory where Mitch (Gelli De Belen) is the manager. Unknown to Cindy, Mitch is a cunning witch and would later curse her to be an ugly human during daytime. By nightfall, she goes back to being beautiful but also becomes a vampire.
Being cursed, Cindy has only one way to be human again—to find her true love. However, she has to suck the blood and the life out of this man to really break Mitch's curse.
Will Cindy find her true love if she is ugly at daytime and a vampire at nighttime? Can she take his life once she finds him? Or will she choose to live a cursed life than to kill her one true love?
See a funny take on vampire stories and witness how true love can overcome even the craziest curse.
Adding kilig and fun to Cindy's otherwise dark world are two hot Kapuso stars: Marc Abaya stars as Armand, the rocker vampire who wants to own Cindy; and Mikael Daez, as Michael, a dentist who also applies to be her one true love. Another admirer is Dingdong Dantes in his special role as Cindy's ex-boyfriend named Alfonso.
Other cast members are: Gladys Guevarra as Rosario, Cindy's best friend; Ken De Leon as Angelina and Jervi Li as Megan Pak, Mitch's sidekicks; and the cute Isabel Nesreen Frial as Eya, Cindy's sister.
Under the direction of Director Albert Langitan with Head Writer Senedy Que, Spooky Nights Presents: Bampirella airs every Saturday before Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho in GMA's Sabado Star Power starting March 26.
Spooky Nights Presents: Bampirella can be seen by Filipino viewers worldwide beginning April 2 (Asia Pacific and Middle East) and April 3 (U.S. and Canada) on GMA Pinoy TV.
By Night Owl on 12:31 AM
Filed Under: Richard Gutierrez
From March 21 to 25, Richard imparts relevant and timely information and practical tips on survival by tackling some of the most destructive natural disasters in our planet's history.
For its first offering, AOAD examines earthquakes to give viewers a better understanding of the recent disasters that struck New Zealand and more recently, Japan. Richard also investigates the veracity of the rumored incoming big earthquake in the Philippines and finds out how we can all prepare for the worst.
On Tuesday, March 22, the docu-series zeroes in on flood paths, one of the more familiar and widespread calamities in the country. As Richard revisits his experiences during typhoon Ondoy, the episode will also answer questions related to floods as it presents some of the most catastrophic floods recorded in history.
Volcanoes will be tackled next in AOAD on March 23. The episode features the different types of volcanoes, types of explosions and its ensuing effects to the community. Richard travels to the foot of Mt. Pinatubo and vividly narrates its catastrophic explosion through eyewitness accounts.
In the episode about urban inferno, which will air on Thursday, March 24, Richard seeks advice from a fire fighting expert on what to do during unfortunate fire incidents. Since we are presently observing fire-prevention month, AOAD reminds viewers to be extra cautious as it presents the most devastating fires in recent times.
Finally, on Friday March 25, the scorching heat of magma will be discussed on the show. Know the devastating impact of some of the world's largest and most destructive volcanic eruptions, and how to survive in such devastating times. Richard also embarks on a dangerous journey in Taal Volcano, which at the time of his visit was at alert level 1.
Knowing that awareness and vigilance are key to survival, the Kapuso Network thought it timely to present these episodes and arm viewers with significant ideas on how to respond to and prepare for future disasters, especially in the local context.
Be sure to catch all these enlightening episodes of Anatomy of a Disaster beginning tonight, March 21 up to March 25 after The Baker King on GMA Telebabad.
Before Party Pilipinas turns a year old, GMA-7's Sunday musical variety show gives viewers a pre-anniversary special dubbed as "ONE Party Pilipinas" this Sunday, March 20.
Headlining the show are Ogie Alcasid, Jaya, Janno Gibbs and the one and only Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, who is out to prove that she is still the undisputed Asia's Songbird with a special number.
Be ONE with Party Pilipinas as they celebrate a year of dance as the lead star of GMA-7's new horror-comedy show, Ang Spooky Mo, Marian Rivera, fires up the dance floor with Mark Herras, Glaiza De Castro, Aira Bermudez of Sexbomb, and Rochelle Pangilinan.
Meanwhile, Pop-RNB's little princess Julie Anne San Jose showcases her talent in Sayaw Pilipinas with P-Pop groups XLR8 and Pop Girls; Eat Bulaga Dabarkads Julia Clarete, Pauleen Luna, and Daiana Menezes; together with the official dance crew--Rocco Nacino, Steven Silva, Enzo Pineda, Sef Cadayona, Yassi Pressman, Winwyn Marquez, Mayton Eugenio, and Diva Montelaba.
Their younger counterparts Bea Binene, Julian Trono, Buboy Villar, Carl Acosta of Show Me Da Manny, with the special participation of Pinoy Rap heir Elmo Magalona--will give an equally stunning number as they, too, will battle it out on the dance floor.
Celebrate girl power music with La Diva, and crowd favorites Rachelle Ann Go (Shin) and Kyla (Ky) jointly known as SkinKy.
Celebrate man power! Meet for the first time some of the cast members of GMA-7's latest primetime offering Captain Barbell topbilled by Richard Gutierrez.
Celebrate this generation's OPM on Pinoy Jam with Jolina Magdangal, Dennis Trillo, Sarah Lahbati, Ynna Asistio, Kylie Padilla, Jay Perillo, Miguel Escueta, and Geoff Taylor. Experience individuality with Ogie, Janno, and Kyla sit in for Acoustic Sound together with the country's top vocalists Radha, Kat of Sinosikat, Hannah of Session Road, Marc Abaya of Kwjan, and more. Meanwhile, Jaya takes centerstage with RNB Prince Jay-R together with Kris Lawrence and Artstrong.
Party Pilipinas turns the kilig vibe on as Frencheska Farr and Marc Abaya; Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Bautista; Gian Magdangal and Lovi Poe, and the young tandem of Julie Anne and Elmo deliver a string of sweet duets.
This year's new obsession-Solenn Heussaff will also delight the audience with another heart-stopping number.
Catch all these and more on ONE Party Pilipinas, hosted by Raymond Gutierrez, Tim Yap, KC Montero, Andi9, and Maxene Magalona, this Sunday, March 20, right after Kapuso Movie Festival on GMA-7.
By Night Owl on 1:50 AM
Filed Under: American Idol
The reception to the 16-year-old's performance was only disappointing in light of the high praise she received for her standout version of Irene Cara's "Out Here on My Own" just the week before.
But her voice and pitch-perfect tone were still clearly better than the other finalists and last week, American Idol viewers agreed, giving the boot to Ashton Jones who sang Diana Ross' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me." Jones, the 24-year-old diva from Valdosta, Georgia, received the lowest number of votes last week.
This week, it's time for the Top 12--Megia, Pia Toscano, Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Haley Reinhart and Karen Rodriguez--to take on the songs from the year they were born.
And then on results night, Grammy winning pop superstars The Black Eyed Peas and Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze will perform.
Who will deliver the knock-out performances this Thursday? And who will get knocked out of the competition on Friday? Can Megia bounce back and be among the frontrunners once again?
Catch the performance night this Thursday, March 17, 6 pm (with same day replay at 10 pm), and then find out who gets eliminated on the results show this Friday, 6 pm (with same day replay at 10 pm). The best is yet to come as the American Idol finalists soar to greater heights. Catch American Idol on GMA News TV Channel 11.
By Night Owl on 11:36 PM
There was no evidence that GMA had enticed Mel and Jay to break away from ABS-CBN because when the two transferred to GMA, they have already rescinded their agreements with ABS-CBN.
Mel and Jay used to host the ABS-CBN's Sunday TV show Mel & Jay. Mel was faulted by ABS-CBN for appearing on a Tide commercial in violation of a circular, which prohibits talents in its radio and news and current affairs from appearing in commercial advertisements without prior written approval of ABS-CBN. Mel Tiangco was suspended without pay from her co-anchor position in TV Patrol and Mel & Jay radio program for three months but not from her Sunday TV program Mel & Jay. Jay irrevocably resigned from Mel & Jay while Mel went on an indefinite leave from further taping of the show.
ABS-CBN sued Mel and Jay for specific performance, injunction and damages before the Regional Trial Court in Quezon City in 1996 to compel them to perform their 1994 agreements and not to appear in any other TV or radio station until 1997.
The QC RTC decided on June 26, 1998 that Mel and Jay had a valid cause to rescind its agreement with ABS-CBN, and that GMA had no part in the broken relationship between the two (2) and ABS-CBN.
ABS-CBN appealed to the CA which affirmed the decision of the RTC. In its decision of August 6, 2003, the CA held that there is no evidence which proved that Mel Tiangco violated the prohibition when she appeared on the Tide commercial. The suspension by ABS-CBN of Mel without sufficient basis in law and evidence constitutes a breach of the contract by ABS-CBN which is substantial and grievous, and justifies the unilateral action by Mel Tiangco in resolving the contract. ABS-CBN had protested that Jay may not base his rescission on that of Mel, but the CA considered the fact that Jay is redundant without Mel, much like the proverbial bow and arrow.
ABS-CBN questioned the CA's decision before the Supreme Court but the latter denied the appeal of ABS-CBN for failure to sufficiently show any reversible error in the decision of the Court of Appeals.
"Sa araw ng kasal nila ay makikita ni Rosella (Bela Padilla) si Machete na nakasuot ng barong pang kasal. Pagtatangkaang habulin ni Rosella si Machete subalit di niya ito maaabutan.
"Sigurado si Rosella na ang lalaking nakita niya ay si Machete kaya magsisimula siyang hanapin ito.
"Samantala, matutuloy ang simple pero masayang kasalan nina Jessa at Machete. Pero ang hindi alam ni Machete ay papalapit ng papalapit sa kanila si Bugana (Ryza Cenon).
"Gamit ang kanyang salamanka ay matutunton ni Bugana si Machete. Susugurin ni Bugana si Machete pero hindi siya magtatagumpay. At makukuha ni Machete mula kay Bugana ang mahiwagang machete.
"Paano na ang sinumpaang pag-ibig nina Aginaya/Rosella at Machete ngayong ikinasal na si Machete sa iba? Si Jessa na nga ba ang babaeng itinakda para sa magiting na mandirigma?
"Alamin ang mga kasagutan sa lalong tumitinding mga tagpo sa Machete gabi-gabi pagkatapos ng The Baker King sa GMA Telebabad."
Based on household data from the more widely recognized industry ratings supplier Nielsen TV Audience Measurement covering the period February 28 to March 4, the series posted 39.1 share points, 8.6 points ahead of ABS-CBN’s The Price is Right 30.5 share points; and 28.1 points up from the TV5′s Aksyon 11.0 across National Urban Philippines.
Also for the period of February 28 to March 4, Magic Palayok earned 45.4 share points in Mega Manila, 22.1 points higher than ABS-CBN’s 23.3 and 32.7 share points away from TV5′s 12.7 points. Mega Manila comprises 58 percent of the total urban TV household population in the country.
Even in Kantar Media’s National TV Ratings, Magic Palayok garnered an average of 19.8% on the same period while its rival program, The Price is Right, only got an average of 15.6%.
Viewers of all ages especially the younger ones are instantly hooked on Magic Palayok, which not only as interesting, amusing and engaging to watch but also imparts valuable lessons on life to its audience.
The show is expected to set even higher ratings on the coming days especially when the main protagonist Cookie, played by child star Angeli Nicole Sanoy, discovers the magical powers of the palayok entrusted by her deceased mother Isadora (Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski).
Meanwhile, after she left their house to find her father, Cookie meets Pilar (Carla Abellana) and offers to help revive her small carinderia only if she lets her stay. Soon, Pilar’s carinderia becomes an instant hit all over town. But this good news instantly sparks stiff competition between Pilar and Jude (Geoff Eigenmann).
How long can Pilar and Cookie hide the powers of the Magic Palayok from Jude? Will Natasha succeed in discovering the identity of the mystery cook of Pilar?
Catch the wonderful adventures of Cookie in Magic Palayok, Monday to Friday, before 24 Oras on GMA-7.
By Night Owl on 8:29 AM
Filed Under: TV Ratings
According to the full February data (February 20 to 28 based on overnight readings) from the more widely recognized industry ratings supplier Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, GMA ate up 34.2 percent of household audience shares nationwide, 2.2 percent bigger than ABS-CBN's 32 share points; and 19.3 points higher than TV5's 14.9 points.
GMA booked 16 programs in the list of overall top 30 programs nationwide. GMA News and Public Affairs' (N&PA) Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho was television's highest rated public affairs program nationwide with a household rating point of 22.1.
In Total Urban Luzon, which makes up 77 percent of total television households nationwide, GMA enjoys top rank with ABS-CBN and TV5 remaining behind by huge margins. GMA finished its February programming with 37.9 household share points, more than 10 points higher than ABS-CBN's 27 points; and up by 21.2 points from TV5's 16.7.
Including specials, there were 21 GMA-produced programs that made it to the top 30 programs in Urban Luzon. The TV special Charice Home for Valentine's scored a high 27.2 household rating points on the board.
GMA also strengthened its grip in viewer-rich Mega Manila, which comprises 58 percent of total television households nationwide. For the covered period, GMA scored 39.4 share points, or a 14.3-point lead from ABS-CBN's 25.1; and higher by more than twofold than TV5's 17.3.
As always, top Mega Manila programs came from GMA. With specials, there were 23 Kapuso programs that made it to the top 30 programs in the said area. Of the top 10 programs on chart, eight were from GMA. Among the top raters for February were News and Public Affairs programs 24 Oras, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho and Imbestigador; entertainment programs Dwarfina, Machete, Magic Palayok, Koreana, Alakdana, My Lover, My Wife and I Heart You Pare; Koreanovelas Tempation of Wife and The Baker King and the all-time hit Eat Bulaga! Newly-launched program of ABS-CBN, The Price is Right, did not make it to the list.
The Nielsen TV Audience Measurement used by GMA is used by 21 companies including two other local TV networks, namely, TV5 and Solar Entertainment; Faulkner Media; CBN Asia; 13 advertising agencies and three regional clients. On the other hand, ABS-CBN is the only local network reportedly subscribing to Kantar Media, formerly known as TNS.
In Mega Manila alone, the Nielsen TV Audience Measurement has a sample size of 880 homes as compared to Kantar Media's 770 homes. Nationwide, Nielsen has a total sample size of 2,005 homes compared to the lower sample size of 1,370 utilized by Kantar Media.