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Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts

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As we feared, the “Mini-Me” kiddie tilt on “It’s Showtime” sometimes turns out to be less than spot-on because the child talents don’t really look and act significantly “like” the celebrities they say they’re patterning themselves after.

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ debuts tonight

HBO’S original comedy series “Silicon Valley” is a collaboration between Mike Judge (“Beavis and Butthead”) and Alec Berg (“Seinfeld”), about an introverted genius who finds himself in a bidding war for his new algorithm. Premiering tonight, 9 p.m. on HBO Signature, the series is partially inspired by Judge’s own experiences as a Silicon Valley engineer in the late 1980s.

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Which ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilt has the moxie

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The ongoing noontime rivalry between ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime” and GMA 7’s “Eat Bulaga” heats up even more with the two shows’ newest regular tilts, which are strikingly similar: “Eat” has revived its “Little Miss Philippines” kiddie contest—with a new twist to it: The mothers of the little girls participating in the competition are included, so the girls are made to come across as “Mini-Me’s” of their moms!

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Unusual, innovative TV contests

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“POGAY” contestant Alcar John “AJ” Fullido with hosts Karylle (center) and Anne Curtis 
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Interesting talent and personality tilts have become even more popular on noontime TV shows than they used to be, with current competitions favoring the unusual, innovative and controversial.

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Unsolicited advice

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HONTIVEROS. Exemplifies perfectly clear and unaccented enunciation

“Eat Bulaga’s” “Pinoy Henyo” tilt remains popular even after years of being played, because it is indeed “very Pinoy.” It’s a good thing that the wordplay competition is now varying the composition of its teams of contestants, with the current batch featuring senior citizens and their grandkids.

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Short-lived pleasure

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PADILLA AND BERNARDO. Overused theme.

Hector San Andres, businessman: “What’s happening to our film industry? Gone are the days when plots mirrored the social concerns of the day, and when artists’ lives were considered private. In those days, hecklers and bashers were almost nonexistent.

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Words of counsel from former child stars

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RYZZA Mae Dizon, currently the country’s top child star. eat bulaga facebook photo

At recent media and show biz events, we caught up on old times with some former child stars, who commented favorably on our cautionary pieces about the “dark” side to the seemingly fun and perk-laden world of juvenile performers, of which the local entertainment world has literally hundreds of practitioners and aspirants.   We asked [...]

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‘Eat Bulaga’s’ competitive counter-moves make witty waves

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FROM left: “Foreignoy” Visayas winner Christian Arno Williams from England and finalists Richard Hwan from Hong Kong and Karan Singhdole from Punjab, India eat bulaga facebook page

While we were watching the grand finals of “It’s Showtime’s” “That’s My Tomboy” tilt recently, we wondered what GMA 7’s “Eat Bulaga” was doing to compete with the admittedly popular special event. So, we tuned in to “Eat”—and found that, among other things, it had whipped up its own special competition for the nonce, and it too was a unique and viewer-drawing lulu:

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After sex video mess, Wally Bayola back in ‘Eat Bulaga’

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Comedian Wally Bayola who hid from the public after he figured in a sex tape controversy, surprised the audience of GMA Network’s show “Eat Bulaga” on Saturday when he appeared for the birthday of Jose Manalo, Bayola’s tandem in the entertainment industry.

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10th USTv Awards on Feb. 20

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“EAT BULAGA” won the Students’ Choice Award for Variety Show last year because of its advocacies. facebook photo

“The format of the show (‘Eat Bulaga’) has evolved. They have advocacies. They don’t just do it for entertainment,” said Imelda Dakis, executive assistant of University of Santo Tomas’ (UST) Office of the Secretary General, which organizes the USTv Students’ Choice Awards.

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For oldtimers only

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CONTESTANTS of “Pinoy Henyo”

As the telecasting year draws to a close, we note a more competitive energy (if not frenzy) on noontime shows, especially in their efforts to “one-up” each other by way of the innovative regular game portions or talent and personality tilts that their respective brainstormers are able to think up.

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Bitoy on Wally’s long absence

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Comedian Michael V. on “Eat Bulaga” cohost Wally Bayola’s absence from show biz: “Ipinagdarasal ko na sana makabalik siya sa industriya. If you ignore that incident (sex video scandal with an EB Babe), ang daming napapaligayang tao ni Wally. Sana tignan niyo rin ’yung good side niya.”

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