Last Sunday, June 17, TV5 launched its new Sunday noontime program called Game 'n Go. It is not the first program the Kapatid channel has placed in the Sunday noontime timeslot.
When the former ABC-5 network relaunched as TV5 in early 2010, one of its new shows was PO5, or Party on 5, its answer to its competitors' popular musical shows ASAP and Party Pilipinas.
Headlined by veteran hosts Lucy Torres-Gomez, Richard Gomez, and John Estrada, PO5 offered musical performances from top vocalists in the country, including Lani Misalucha. But PO5 was short-lived, lasting only 11 months on air.
Since then, TV5 had a hard time filling its Sunday timeslot. Shorter shows were introduced and movies were used as fillers, but TV5's Sunday still looks empty without a flagship program in the afternoon. Will Game 'n Go fill this gap?
The answer is equal parts yes and no. Unlike PO5, Game 'n Go is not a musical variety show, but a pure game show. This fact is not riveting, since early news of this show points to a weekday slot, going head-to-head with Eat Bulaga!
The decision to air Game 'n Go on Sundays, and to compete with musical variety shows, is a bold move for the Kapatid channel. Although it runs counter to what the Filipino audience is used to watching on Sunday afternoons, this difference is its strongest suit. At the moment, mainstream TV is rife with shows with the same genetic make-up, so any alternative programming is more than welcome.
But Game 'n Go is not perfect. It may try to attract viewers quickly, but it is possible that it these viewers turn away at the same rate.
The main problem with Game 'n Go is its generally slow pacing. In the episode shown last Sunday, there were many times when the hosts were rambling, instead of leading games. In particular, the introduction of the hosts was one long segment that should have been shortened briskly. Why were lead hosts Edu Manzano and Joey de Leon allowed to
talk lengthily in a game show?
Furthermore, games that are open for the hosts to engage in unnecessary chitchat should be retooled or removed altogether. The worst offender was Joey de Leon's Pritong Pares, which dragged on and on.
There was also Edu Manzano's segment True or Fall, which looked unique and fun to watch. However, the rules are somewhat confusing, particularly in the way contestants were asked to choose their answers. The contestants were already standing directly in front of an option even before the question is asked, so how can they change answers? The questions should also be made more difficult.
Aside from True or Fall, Game 'n Go's other notable games are Game 'N Grocery, Tsitsinelasin Kita, Sing-Galing Go, and the hilarious Face It.
Game 'n Go should also be commended for letting its other hosts shine. These include Shalani Soledad-Romulo, Gelli de Belen, Arnell Ignacio, and Daniel Matsunaga.
All-in-all, Game 'n Go has the potential to fill in TV5's Sunday noontime timeslot. But a little retooling must be done first, before the show becomes a top contender.