How Megyn Kelly and Willie Revillame Gave Lessons on Common Sense and Appropriateness on Live Television

I just had to post this. Who would have ever thought a Filipino variety program host would have anything in common with an American news network host?

Well, it happened.

On a special Tuesday episode of Fox News’ The Kelly File airing at midnight ET, host Megyn Kelly spoke with Concerned Veterans for America CEO, veteran and Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth about the video of ISIS terrorists beheading American journalist James Foley. But as the segment began, live video showing clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri popped up on screen.

It took 16 seconds for Megyn Kelly, after allowing Pete Hegseth to finish his sentence, to call attention to the incredible and inappropriate disconnect between the images being broadcast and the discussion they were having. Continue reading

From Wowowee to Wowowillie – The End of an Era on Philippine Television… Again

It’s like déjà vu. Three years after Wowowee was unceremoniously killed on live television by ABS-CBN, here we are again as another Willie Revillame-hosted noontime show is set to go off the air.

Though with considerably less drama and without the hateful vitriol that surrounded Wowowee‘s demise in 2010, Wowowillie coming to an end on TV5 marks what could be the real end of an era on Philippine television. Continue reading

Remembering Maria Flordeluna and a Time When Being a “Kapamilya” Meant Something, an Open Letter to ABS-CBN

So, apparently ABS-CBN Interactive, Inc. flagged one of my 25 clips of the great series Maria Flordeluna and now I have a copyright strike. Only that one video, mind you. The other 25 videos are, well, were still fine. But because I do not want to take a chance that ABS-CBN gets my account shut down for good by knocking out two more videos at separate times for my final 2 strikes, I just decided to delete all the Maria Flordeluna videos (really, just clips of the aborted JC & Annie love story) as well as clips of when Wowowee was the crown jewel of the network; fun clips of Carmen Soo dancing with Pokwang, the emotional first winner of “Cash Bukas” and the epic water gun fight between the genuinely happy and friendly co-hosts of the show.

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How ABS-CBN Brought About the Resurgence of Eat Bulaga

Since TAPE, Inc., the production house behind Eat Bulaga took the show from its home on ABS-CBN to a new one on GMA, Channel 2 had struggled to find their own noontime staple. That was, until they found Wowowee.

ABS-CBN had its first legitimate contender to Eat Bulaga‘s noontime throne with Wowowee. But what do they do with it? They kill it. Continue reading

Review: TV5’s Willing Willie – The Beginning of a New Era on Philippine TV

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A big day on Philippine television. No, not just the premiere of Willie Revillame’s Willing Willie, but the signaling that yes, there are more than two networks in the Philippines.

It has been a long time since ABS-CBN and GMA began monopolizing Philippine television. And while other networks have tried, maybe half-heartedly, to challenge the new norm, only now has a legitimate contender arrived. Continue reading

The Rise and Fall of Wowowee

And just like that, what was arguably one of the most successful, most popular, and certainly controversial Philippine programs ever is over.

ABS-CBN put the final nail in the coffin today on Wowowee (2005-2010 – Rest in Peace), the noontime variety show that not only brought hope and joy to the people of the Philippines six days a week at lunchtime, but engaged audiences around the world, Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike.

After a whirlwind two months of drama (typical of Philippine showbiz) that saw the show’s prideful host and prideful network executives clash, nasty political mud being flung, gossip trash being broadcast in print and over the airwaves, Wowowee gets an unceremonious burial this Friday. (Maybe. I wouldn’t bet on an adequate farewell though.)

It is the sudden end to what was and could have been a long run for a show that meant so much to so many. A show that did what used to be impossible. A show that didn’t deserve to be berated by competitors or besieged with unforeseen tragedies and drama. Continue reading

This is Why Wowowee is Amazing

ABS-CBN may not care all that much for the show these days, but the public still do (the show wins the nationwide ratings) and TFC subscribers abroad make a point to book seats for the show when they return home. And it’s moments like these that prove just how amazing Wowowee can be.

For this episode, airing Tuesday, January 19th, Willie of Fortune featured people who worked at the palengke or the market who had different talents. Jane was the contestant who won and got to play in the Cash Bukas (Cash Open) jackpot round where she could win a tricycle and clothing franchise, P100,000, P500,000, or P1 Million (about US$22,000). Here is what happened…
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DryedMangoez Presents Television That Defined My Decade

The 2000s have come and gone. A new decade is about to begin and lists of the best movies, music, television, paint colors, boy band, furniture, light fixtures, etc. are pouring in. As we close out 2009 and the 2000s, I thought about my own list. But my list of television shows aren’t necessarily “the best,” but the shows that defined my decade. The shows that meant something to me the last ten years, shows that left their mark in my mind and in some cases my heart as well.

On to the list! →

In Defense of Willie Revillame and Wowowee

A petition in support of Willie Revillame:

Since it’s premiere in 2005, the Filipino game/variety show Wowowee has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

Aired in the Philippines on ABS-CBN and around the world on ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC), Wowowee has become one of the most popular shows for Filipinos at home and abroad. The show has consistently won in the national ratings, became the first competitive noontime show for ABS-CBN in years for Mega and Metro Manila, and brought together overseas Filipinos like never before.

On the other side, the program was accused of rigging or allowing the opportunity to rig a game, prompting rival competition to loudly call for a government investigation. And in 2006, tragedy marked the program’s first anniversary when 73 people died and hundreds injured in a stampede at the venue of their special anniversary show.

Comedian Willie Revillame was named host and has been a big part of the show’s success. Despite past troubles as a host, Wowowee has been Willie’s breakthrough in the industry, bringing him fame and much fortune around the world as well as the platform to launch a multi-platinum music career. He is the face of the show and the times when he has been sidelined by illness, the show just wasn’t the same without him.

Willie himself is not without controversy. Continue reading

News: At Least 73 Killed After Philippine Stampede

At Least 73 Killed After Philippine Stampede
Over 30,000 Filipinos gather for “Wowowee” 1st anniversary

At least 73 people have been confirmed dead after a stampede turned a what was supposed to be joyous day into a tragic one. Anywhere from 300 to 500 injured people were brought to area hospitals.

Over 30,000 people gathered at the Philsports Arena (formerly ULTRA Arena) in Pasig City, Philippines to attend the 1st Anniversary celebration of ABS-CBN’s “Wowowee” in the hopes of winning one of several prizes. While the arena can only seat 13,000 people, the show promised raffle tickets to the thousands of people both inside and outside the arena. The raffle winners could win at least P10,000.

But it were the big prizes that motivated thousands of Filipinos to Pasig City. Several hundred people would have been given the chance to participate in the actual “Wowowee” program in the hopes of winning either P2 Million, a taxi, a passenger jeepney, or a house and lot.

The stampede occurred just before 7:00AM, Saturday when the tens of thousands of people waiting outside the arena began pushing and shoving their way to the gates once they were aware that raffle tickets would be handed out. Reportedly, ABS-CBN and ULTRA security personnel closed the gates to slow down the flow of people into the arena. However, this caused people to be pushed against the gate while the crowd of people continued to push forward.

The downward slope of the hill towards the entrance of the arena only increased the intensity of the flow of people as they ran down towards the gates, which later collapsed under the force of people. That is when people began being buried under the crowd.

It took almost two hours until emergency crews were able to make their way through the tightly packed crowd to the injured and dead close to the gates.

One woman told reporters: “Under me was a dead person, beside me there was another dead and there was another dead above me.”

In a broadcast which was shown on ABS-CBN and its international channel TFC, a visibly shaken Willie Revillame, host of “Wowowee,” spoke to the people while fighting back tears. He first expressed his deep sorrow at the tragedy and asked for understanding that the show would not go on. This prompted the filled ULTRA arena to chant “Wala kang kasalanan!” (“You are not at fault!”).

Revillame was joined by Vice President Noli de Castro and ABS-CBN Entertainment Vice President Charo Santos-Concio who both asked for prayers for the families of the victims. Santos-Concio promised that ABS-CBN would do everything in their power to help the victims. At the end of their messages, the arena erupted in a chant of “Wowowee” in a show of support for the show and its hosts.

de Castro was the first government official to make their way to ULTRA arena, and helped oversee the transport of victims to local area hospitals. Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered a full inquiry to the incident and wanted results within 72 hours. Later Saturday afternoon, Arroyo visited the victims in the hospitals.

Willie Revillame told ABS-CBN News that he would take leave for the next week to meet with the families of the victims and promised that “Wowowee” will continue to help the needy of the Philippines. As of now, the show will air on Monday, without host Revillame.

“Wowowee” has become an popular tourist attraction for overseas Filipinos, while the impoverished Filipinos in the Philippines hoped to be a part of the show. The program gives prizes of up to P1 Million (equivalent to $20,000). Even the smallest prizes of P1000 are the biggest of help to the Filipino people, most of whom live at or close to poverty levels.

ABS-CBN News and Associated Press contributed to this report