Seven days after being suspended by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), the early morning talent program of ABS-CBN, Showtime, will return on air tomorrow, January 19. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) received a press statement earlier today, January 18, from ABS-CBN's Corporate Communications department announcing the return of the show.
"ABS-CBN is happy to announce that the talent-variety program Showtime will return on-air starting tomorrow, 19 Jan 2010, following the issuance of a temporary restraining order by the Court of Appeals enjoining the MTRCB from continuing to enforce the preventive suspension order on the show.
"We welcome the CA resolution dated 15 January 2010, which states: 'For reasons afore-stated, and as prayed for by petitioner, let a TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER be issued, as it is hereby issued, effective sixty (60) days from notice hereof, enjoining respondent MTRCB, including any and all persons acting in their behalf and under their command and authority, from continuing to enforce the Preventive Suspension Order dated January 11, 2010 issued against petitioner, pending the resolution of the instant petition.'"
Showtime's suspension resulted from the negative comments made by guest judge Rosanna Roces against teachers on its January 7 live episode. She said this after one member of a group contestant failed to answer her question about National Hero Jose Rizal.
The MTRCB explained that this incident was already the second violation of the celebrity judge. The show was also warned about Rosanna's remark about Showtime's resident judge Vice Ganda on its January 4 live episode. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
Following the suspension, the Kapamilya network temporarily replaced Showtime with Magpasikat, which featured celebrity contestants.