Sharon’s talk show is a loquacious, bodacious lulu

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CUNETA. She gave as much as she took.

We weren’t around when Sharon Cuneta launched her new talk show on TV5, but we made up for lost time by catching it when we got back. As pluck and luck would have it, the telecast turned out to be a loquacious, bodacious lulu, featuring a long interview with Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who regaled televiewers with her feisty ripostes, colorful anecdotes, and signature sesquipedelian verbal flourishes—and skirmishes.

Sharon was delighted to see her sassy, brassy guest in top form, because it meant that viewers would keep watching her daily (4:30 p.m.) show from start to finish. To the program host’s credit, however, she gave as much as she took, and the sight and “zounds” of two celebrity icons in full synergistic and symbiotic froth, flair and flail made for a memorable viewing hour that the competition would be hard-put to match, let alone beat.

It was also good to see that the host had done her homework, citing highlights of her guest’s career, life and idiosyncratic persona, which Santiago acknowledged—and proceeded to verify and vivify with choice and tart examples, her unique way of talking and thinking.

Connection

On the debit side, the interview was sometimes too entertaining, briskly and efficiently going from one sure-fire audience-pleaser to the next, without sufficient connections being made for the whole hour-long exercise to leave viewers with an integral view of Santiago’s unique ethos and persona, beyond her “full-performance” feistiness.

The interview was also too much of an unstinting love fest, with Sharon focusing almost completely on the sweet and sassy side of her famously sweet-and-sour guest. As a result, the more informed and updated viewer was kept perpetually waiting and hoping for the contrary revelation that would make Santiago emerge as the multilayered and even occasionally contradictory public person she is—not to mention her private “secrets,” which were hardly touched on at all.

Happily, we did get some details about Santiago’s “surprising” interest in religion and spirituality, which has made her take formal theological studies at the graduate level. This is the “other” Miriam that we yearn to know and understand better, because the new insight leavens and provides a fresh and telling contrast and context to her all-too-predictable verbal bravura.

On Sharon’s part, we evinced a desire to interact insightfully with her guest of  the day so that viewers could get vivid and telling “life lessons” from the exchange. She succeeded in this endeavor, apart from the occasional tendency to make the proceedings too giddily, frivolously “entertaining,” for TV ratings’ sake.

She should also learn to be less of a total fan of her interview subject, so a more balanced and distanced portrait can emerge.

To achieve this better, the program host should remind herself that her viewers’ welfare is more important than giving her guest a psychic massage by praising her to high heavens. With a few other tweaks here and there, Sharon’s new show should do just fine!

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  • nipahut88

    Sharon cuneta’s show is not what I expected. All she does is laugh to her heart’s content. I thought she will be helping the people. well i’m at a lost. too bad… not impressed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/susana.g.goddard Susana Guiao Goddard

      i must agree with you…OA masyado ang tawa nya…nakakairitang manood kapag ganun…

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

        at magpahanggang ngayon, FAKE pa rin ang kanyang tawa.

  • MadWorld25

    May nanonood pa ba sa show ni sharon?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZUGKMNYSK2ZSSS4B2LVNDWP5XM lagalag

    Too bad,no advertisement for her show.Leaving Abs will be a big regrets for her but at least she’s rich.She should stop being plastic and become real,no more using alcohol every now and then.another acquisition of MVP that will go on trash like Dereck Ramsay,who is now his (MVP) special man,pity you Angelika coz you been used coz Derick is so gay.

  • sheila theresa dc

    agree… the fake pa tweetums laugh… the fake fat laugh

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HRFS4EMVVN2HDPDIYUU6MAIVL4 Greg Atari

    Well, for Sharon, I guess it’s just all about the money. She’s known to shift from one endorsements to another: Globe to Smart, Alaska to Nido, Magnolia to Selecta, then back to Nestle, ABS to TV5, etc, what’s next ate Shawie, my favorite actress?

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