GMA 7’s Sunday noontime variety show “Party Pilipinas” will be replaced by a new show but will still feature the biggest and brightest Kapuso stars.
The cancellation of “Party Pilipinas” was confirmed by Lilybeth G. Rasonable, officer-in-charge for GMA Network’s Entertainment TV, and the show aired its last episode on May 19, 2013.
The production team on the Sunday variety program will “more or less remain intact” for the replacement show as confirmed by Rasonable in response to a Twitter post from Regine Velasquez.
According to Philippine Daily Inquirer, Velasquez wrote (in Filipino), “Is loyalty still important in this industry? What if the people you are loyal to aren’t loyal to you and treat you as a mere employee?… Maybe I should not feel so bad… trabaho lang, walang personalan.”
“They have nothing to worry about. She was worried that her ‘Party P’ coworkers would be displaced. She shouldn’t be. We [routinely] review our program lineup and think up better shows,” said Lilybeth Rasonable.
In a statement on May 12 announcing the cancellation of “Party,” Rasonable said there would be “exciting changes… in a few weeks,” but that the new show would still feature “the biggest and brightest Kapuso stars.”
The GMA musical show premiered on March 28, 2010 as a replacement of SOP. There were several Kapamilya singers who transferred to the Kapuso Network, in Party Pilipinas to be specific. Former ASAP Singers Mark Bautista and Rachelle Ann Go moved to the show after their contract in ABS-CBN. Recently, another Kapamilya singer Christian Bautista signed to the show.
Meanwhile, actress Lovi Poe, who was rumored to be transferring to rival network, signed a three-year guaranteed contract with the Kapuso network that allows her to be cast in “as many shows as she can [handle],” Rasonable said.
“The network has many plans,” said GMA7 chair and CEO Felipe L. Gozon. “We try to keep the good ones.”
Another Kapuso talent, Richard Gutierrez, whose contract expires end of May, Rasonable said, “We’re still talking.” She said she was aware of rumors that Gutierrez, as well as Kapuso stars Marian Rivera and Ogie Alcasid, were getting offers from rival networks.
In addition to these, Rasonable said GMA7 was into “something” for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, whose game show “Manny Many Prizes” was canceled in December. He took a leave from TV work to campaign for the last election. He was reelected congressman for Sarangani.
Will the new show bring more fun and exciting stuffs than “Party Pilipinas?” or will it overtake the success of other noontime variety shows from rival networks?