GMA’s dominance in the AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings was greatly challenge in 2009 as ABS-CBN’s May Bukas Pa, Tayong Dalawa and Pinoy Big Brother Double UP were able to snatch the no. 1 position in the primetime race from time to time.
In 2010, they prepared a line-up of new shows that may continue their Mega Manila leadership or may result to ABS-CBN taking over the dominance. It all depends in the people’s reception on these programs.
Here’s my take on this line-up:
CAPTAIN BARBELL: ANG PAGBABALIK – Richard Gutierrez is reprising his role as Mars Ravelo’s most popular male superhero. I understand that the first Captain Barbell tv series was generally a hit but i’m not sure if people will welcome with open arms the return of this series starring the same actor who played the role. Kung pumili sila ng bagong artista to play Captain Barbell, like for example JC de Vera, then there’s something new to look forward to.
THE LAST PRINCE – The love team of Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal have experienced ups and downs in 2009. Their breakthrough was the soap “Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin?” when it hit no. 1 nationwide. They experienced setback when their movie “Nandito Ako…” flopped at the box-office. Their pre-primetime series “All My Life” performed mediocre in the tv ratings. But this time, GMA is putting them in the main primetime block with support from Rosalinda stars Geoff Eigenmann and Carla Abellana. I’m pretty optimistic with this one as this is a fantaserye and kids will love it. This series could bring the “Alkris” magic back on track.
ENCANTADIA: THE SECOND SAGA – I think the people had enough of Encantadia and bringing it back in 2010 is not a good idea. But if they will put Claudine Barretto in this series, then perhaps it can perform magic in the tv ratings one more time.
DIVA – A music-themed teleserye starring Regine Velasquez, Mark Anthony Fernandez and Glaiza de Castro. I have a feeling that Diva is not going to be a heavy drama series. Nevertheless, it’s a fresh addition to the telebabad line-up as this one is original, it’s not a fantaserye and it’s not a koreanovela or movie remake. It’s up to its promotion on how GMA will introduce this all-new teleserye to the televiewers.
PANDAY KIDS – This series is topbilled by Jolina Magdangal, JC de Vera, Polo Ravales, Lovi Poe, Jackie Rice and Buboy Villar. From the looks of it, si Buboy Villar lang ang “kid” dito sa why Panday Kids as title? I feel bad for Jolina Magdangal who should have gotten the kontra-bida role in Diva. I also feel bad for JC de Vera who should have been given a better “lead” role. But who knows, maybe Panday Kids will be a hit just like ABS-CBN’s Kung Fu Kids before.
ENDLESS LOVE – The tandem of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera was able to top nationwide tv ratings via MariMar and Dyesebel. Their third series, “Ang Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking Tadyang”, was mediocre. This time they will be reunited with the Philippine adaptation of the hit koreanovela Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart. I’m also optimistic about this one as the first installment of Endless Love was embraced by televiewers. And the chemistry between real-life couple of Dingdong and Marian is undeniable. From the six, i think Endless Love and The Last Prince exude the most promise.
VIDEO LINK: GMA Telebabad 2010 Teaser Trailer