‘Ryzza’ show struggles to find its reason for being—and being seen

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DIZON. Lacks natural ability to ad-lib wittily.

GMA 7’s new program, “The Ryzza Mae Dizon Show,” is such a novel production that we did our best to watch it daily on its first week of telecasts, to give its unusual format and concept a chance, and see where the show’s staffers would take it.

Looking back on that entire first week, the program did best of all on its opening day, with little Ryzza’s long interaction with Susan Roces, who provided the focus and flow that the pint-sized host couldn’t, due to her exceedingly tender and clueless age.

Despite Susan’s vigorous and spirited efforts, however, the premiere telecast sometimes still came off as too unfocused and heavy, with Ryzza dutifully following instructions but unable to make the show truly her own.

Miscalculation

The second telecast still featured Susan, but it turned out to be an even heavier viewing proposition, because the show’s pint-sized host still couldn’t get a strong enough handle on “her” show. —Not her fault, of course, more a miscalculation on the part of the people who thought up the novel concept.

The idea of having a kid host a talk-variety show with adult guests may initially sound like an excitingly unusual concept—but, if the child star isn’t sufficiently precocious, articulate and witty, it can’t live up to its “promise.”

The show’s Wednesday telecast featured actor, director and acting teacher Gina Alajar, who made the mistake of trying to give 7-year-old Ryzza a few acting lessons, without bothering to simplify some thespic concepts, so the kid could adequately understand them.

Imagine giving a little child lessons on “sense memory”? The session was a dud, and ended with Ryzza going the predictable iyak-tawa route.

The fourth telecast featured Maricel Soriano, a veteran star not exactly famous for her way with kids. She did keep the show bright and brisk with her sassy ad-libs, but ended up (unintentionally) upstaging the less spontaneously quotable little host.

The final telecast on the program’s first week was the biggest misstep of all, with Ryzza being tasked to interview MMDA chair Francis Tolentino!

The idea for the feature may have been well-intended (to get kids and their parents to understand how the MMDA works, and to follow its rules), but the chair couldn’t sufficiently simplify the commission’s work to make it comprehensible and interesting to young viewers, so the “experiment” was a failure.

Plus points

All told, the first week of Ryzza’s 11:30 a.m. weekday show did have some occasional plus points, but on the whole, its admittedly fresh concept of a sassy kid entertainingly interacting with her adult guests didn’t pan out.

Yes, Ryzza can be expected to “improve” as she keeps doing her show, but only up to a point, because she doesn’t have the natural ability to ad-lib wittily.

That rare ability was what made viewers dote on child superstars, Niño Muhlach and Aiza Seguerra, when they were tiny tots, but Ryzza doesn’t measure up to the high standard they set. Yes, she can be “packaged” and helped with all sorts of TV tricks and shticks—but, again, only up to a point.

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  • menetekel pares

    mag direk na lang kayo ng musicals kesa mag-ala simon cowell. i remember you having negative reviews on SILENCE OF THE LAMBS in PDI. and what now?
    The movie won many awards and now a classic. Ryzza is not Love Lea’s Lea Salonga. The host, staff and audience just want to have F.U.N so don’t put too much pressure on the show and on the child.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leila.magdael Leila Magdael

    Kanya-kanyang trip lang yan. Ayaw mo pala sa show eh bakit nanonood ka, tapos pinipintasan mo ang bata. Tama ang comment ng isa dito na kung after ka sa “improvement” ng show, sana i-suggest mo yan sa producer at mag suggest ka ng mga segment na magaganda. Eh kung matatanda nga eh, hirap na hirap mag host, bata pa kaya. And to think, kabagu-bago siya sa industriya. Matuwa na lang tayo na may isang talented na bata na nagsusumikap mapabilang sa “ipokritang” industriya ng showbiz.
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  • Julian Jose

    stup id writer! you should be writing in tabloids like tiktik & not in broadsheet. expand your knowledge about the word ‘entertainment’. Dignity is more important than money.. how much did they pay you to degrade a child’s show? where is your soul? you are ruining the image of inquirer as a whole and to the editor, how did this kind of article passed the taste of yours, you are both tasteless and disgusting.

    • http://twitter.com/riclopezPHILEX Ricardo A. Lopez

      i never knew that Inquirer has this kind of stupid remarks

  • wekepedia

    haha inggit ka lang sa bata, badaf ka kc. pag ang inggit ang pumasok sa puso ng isang baklang writer, pangit ang nasusulat.

    • http://twitter.com/riclopezPHILEX Ricardo A. Lopez

      korek

  • wekepedia

    lanya, si ryzza na araw araw tumatanggal ng stress sa buhay ko… nilait lang ng bakulaw na to. bwesit.

  • ManongBloggerDotCom

    well opinion mo yan and for sure may sariling opinion din ang mga viewers ng show ni ryzza.

  • chitetskoy

    tirahin na lang yung mga nakaka-stress na teleserye, koreanovela at yung mga nagpapalabas ng palabas na napakasensitibo para sa bata sa hapon na dating pinagpapalabasan ng mga anime.

  • http://twitter.com/riclopezPHILEX Ricardo A. Lopez

    Phil Daily Inquirer, ang show ni ryzza pang-stress reliever. kumbaga sa panonood mo ng straight tv drama, magsasawa ka kaya meron show of different kind. inggit lang siguro ang abs-cbn kaya peke ung akting ng child stars nila.

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