Thursday , 18 April 2024

It’s Showtime vs Eat Bulaga all over again

The perennial rivalry between ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime” and “Eat Bulaga” (whichever production it might be, this time under TVJ Productions) is on again when the Lopez media conglomerate signed up last week a collaboration with GMA Network for the airing of “It’s Showtime” in Channel 7, the free TV outfit of Kapuso Network.

The two noontime shows (with “Eat Bulaga” still in TV5) will be pitted against each other starting April 6, 2024.

But wait!

“It’s Showtime” and “Eat Bulaga” have been competitors since 2012 when the Kapamilya lunch show started screening on the same time slot in Channel 2.

However, their respective programming were just disrupted when a congressional franchise of free TV was denied to ABS-CBN in 2020 and Television and Production Exponents, Inc. (TAPE) axed the hosting services of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon, also known as TVJ, with the so-called Dabarkads in GMA Network but it initially retained the title with a new set of hosts in 2023.

ABS-CBN resurrected “It’s Showtime” also in 2020 in all Kapamilya channels (Facebook, Community Antenna Television) and cable systems until it beamed in Zoe Broadcasting Corporation’s Channel 11 billed as A2Z.

Later, GTV of GMA Network runs it and all of them airing simultaneously at twelve noon.

Meanwhile, in 2023, TV5 absorbed TVJ and the Dabarkads in the noontime program “E.A.T.” while a legal suit in the copyright use of “Eat Bulaga” filed against TAPE was being heard.

Finally, the court ruled in favor of TVJ and the title “Eat Bulaga” was regained.

It’s “It’s Showtime” versus “Eat Bulaga” once more.  

May the fittest survive! BOY VILLASANTA

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