Should GMA Network talents be worried about ABS-CBN talents even if the network has shut down?
Well, it seems a’ yes’ for Butch Francisco.
According to his article in pikapika.ph, “An invasion of ABS-CBN talents should be reason enough for the current members of the GMA Artists agency to have sleepless nights.
“There are obviously more job opportunities open to displaced ABS-CBN people in TV5 since the Kapatid network doesn’t really have a stable of on-cam talents. Even the network owner, Manny Pangilinan, already said that he would accommodate as many talents as possible from ABS-CBN – both on-cam and those behind the scenes.”
Recently, Kapamilya stars Pokwang and Jessy Mendiola announced that they will be seen on the TV5 network affiliate, Cignal Entertainment.
Jessy is expected to headline her own fitness initiative, Fit for Life, under Cignal Entertainment and comedienne Pokwang is hosting a new game show, Fill in the Banks, with Jose Manalo, produced by Mike Tuviera’s APT Entertainment.
She’s also teaming up with Pauleen Luna and APT’s Adolescent Princess Rise and Shine every morning.
With this, Butch believes that GMA talents should be alarmed by ABS-CBN talents especially the ‘naive’ GMA Artists as what Butch called them since these experienced stars could easily trample over their careers.
“The GMA talents should really be wary of the ABS-CBN invaders. The Channel 2 people are familiar with the showbiz game and know how to play it. The Kapamilya stars are worldly-wise – compared to the basically naive GMA artists. The ABS-CBN leading ladies will surely be running circles around them.”
He even mentioned that navigating and playing on GMA Network will be easy for ABS CBN talents even though there is a favoritism in Channel 7 (GMA Network).
“The Channel 2 talents will find the GMA terrain so easy to navigate. There are no snipers to attack you from the back to begin with – unlike in ABS-CBN. Oh, yes, there is also favoritism in GMA – you bet. But it is different from how it is practiced in ABS-CBN – if we believe malicious rumors about management-talent relationships.”
Knowing how tough Channel 2 talents are Francisco believes ABS-CBN talents could just outshine GMA talents, “The ABS-CBN stars had been exposed to the vicious ways of the entertainment world. And so they can handle anything. They are like bean sprouts that will grow anywhere – with or without a franchise.”
“The collective star wattage of the ABS-CBN talents is so powerful, they still shine minus the franchise.”