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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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Tribute to a fallen character–and star

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THE CAST of the high school musical drama “Glee” said goodbye to Finn Hudson, the beloved singer-quarterback, while paying tribute to Cory Monteith (extreme left photo), the late actor who had portrayed him, in a much-anticipated episode. AP

When “Glee” star Cory Monteith died a few months ago due to drug-related causes, the hit show’s many fans were left shocked and bereft. His costars felt the unexpected loss even more, especially his real-life love, Lea Michele. That early, people were already wondering how the series would deal with the loss of its lead actor and the departure of the central character he portrayed.

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Finding our own voice–and identity

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It’s interesting to note that noontime TV rivals, “Eat Bulaga” and “It’s Showtime,” conducted recently contests that both highlighted Filipinos’ penchant for impersonation—“Eat” with its “Ikaw at Echo” sing-alike tilt and “Showtime” with its “Kalokalike” contest.

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Producers shuffle stellar deck of cards

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Hit stellar pairings are favored by producers as safe bets for “assured” viewers’ patronage. For instance, the popular screen tandem of Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera has chalked up numerous successes on TV and in the movies.

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Novel twists on Filipino cuisine featured on ‘Top Chef’

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Luck was clearly on our side last week, as we idly channel-surfed for interesting TV programs to watch: As we paused to see what was showing on the 2nd Avenue channel, we realized that we had stumbled on an unusual edition of the “Top Chef” cooking competition.

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Rising from the ashes

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Many people regard Oprah Winfrey as the “titan of talk,” TV’s most successful interviewer who has inspired millions to improve their own attitude and prospects by “learning” from the mistakes that her program’s guests have candidly confessed.   In the process, Oprah has become a billionaire, launched her own TV network—and some of her supporters [...]

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Oh, those loopy names some stars give their hapless progeny!

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Many show biz fans were either bemused or shocked when a “breaking news” report revealed the name that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had chosen for their love child—North West.

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Easier for viewers to relate to

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WHEN we first watched the original American version of the “Minute to Win It” game show, we found it much too difficult and demanding for us to enjoy its challenges. For that reason, we viewed the program only occasionally.   Interestingly, it was a different story when the show was “localized” for weekday viewing on [...]

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Going out with a blockbuster bang

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Jackie Chan has come up with some “impossible” action-film stunts throughout his decades-long stellar career, but the opening sequence in his latest starrer, “Chinese Zodiac,” is still a lulu, and hard to beat.

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Out of the mouths of young viewers

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Whenever we are invited to speak at TV conferences and public forums on the enlightened utilization of media, we are asked all sorts of questions immediately after, indicating the great significance that some people now see in what they watch— and its effect on them and their children.

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Thanks, NUT!

Thank you, Mr. Torre, for your column, “When TV turns offensive and intrusive.” This is most refreshing, especially coming from a top media practitioner.

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Venus Raj plays herself a little too loudly on ‘MMK’

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VENUS Raj (center), Malou de Guzman and Perla Bautista in ‘Maalaala mo Kaya’

Ever since she became a beauty queen, Venus Raj has been trying to make it on TV as a performer-host. She’s one of the segment hosts on “Umaga Kay Ganda,” but her performance to date has been less than impressive.   Part of the problem seems to be that she keeps hanging on to her [...]

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