sapphie – the 2017 opening salvo

Scratch that New Year’s Eve post I vowed. On my second post for this blog (and more from me until that bug is quashed), I’ll have to talk about their plans for 2017.

But before the salvo proper, I would like to make aware the reminders for the country’s January festivities and traditions:

  • The Traslación procession during the Feast of the Black Nazarene (Jan. 9, Manila)
  • The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival (Jan. 15, Cebu)
  • The President’s Vin D’Honneur (Pres. Duterte’s first)
  • Chinese-Lunar New Year (Jan. 28, celebrating the year of the rooster)

And not to mention Jan. 20, when Donald Trump will rise as the 45th President of the United States (to them currently, the most controversial president yet).

OK, enough for now, let us begin the salvo proper!

Let’s ponder over their traditional trade launches, shall we? Even before I think about those trade launches, I was saying to myself, “Oh, come on, really?! More of these shit dramas?! Why not try something brand new”, and the like. But what I meant to say was that I was going to expect the usual teleserye fare from the Big Two, not to even mention my usual predictions on some planned ones being shelved because of “overextension” of popular teleseryes or other shows, concentration on loveteams and tandems, et cetera.

But even with the looming distaste of these kind of shows under the millennials’ TV critics’ and anime fans’ POVs, neither ABS-CBN nor GMA will even care about their feedback regarding their current programming palette, as long as advertiser money is still their mantra. But nonetheless, we need to get a closer review on each of them.

  • ABS-CBN – Despite their now questionable business tactics, even going so far as to violate the “In The Service Of The Filipino” creed, their success will keep them adamant in regards to just about anything about their programming. But what must be done however (I don’t know if there are aware of this yet) is their franchise renewal; just remember that their franchise will expire in 2020, just three years from now! But before we all go loco about their current state, here are some starting tidbits for this network’s year:
    • TV Patrol, the flagship news program, is now at its 30th year on the air.
    • Pinoy Big Brother: Lucky Season 7 will end this month, with the usual Big Night.
    • Ogie Alcasid, just a fresh Kapamilya, has signed on for not just the third regular iteration of Your Face Sounds Familiar, but also the first kids iteration!
    • Teleseryes to watch: A Love To Last, Wildflower, Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin (succeeding Till I Met You in Jan. 23), My Dear Heart, La Luna Sangre and Love In The Moonlight
  • GMA – Despite the biggest losses incurred as a result of the Encantadia requel, the network is cooking another telefantasya revival; this time, it’s Mulawin! Oh, and also some new teleseryes to note for a starter: AlDub-topbilled Destined To be Yours, Meant To Be and the Philippine adaptation of the Korean drama My Love From The Star!
  • TV5 – Maybe I’ll have to save their plans as these are big enough to deserve its own blog entry.

Wow. And to expect a new year full of surprises will pump them up for what’s to come. But for me, that being said…

バイリル~♪ サフィー

Featured Image from Jewelpet Sunshine


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