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Bubble Gang producer explains show's revamp, smaller cast

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jun 13, 2022
Paolo Contis, Michael V., Kim de Leon
Paolo Contis (leftmost) and Michael V. (middle) remain as part of Bubble Gang cast while Kim de Leon (rightmost) is one of the newest cast members.
PHOTO/S: Bubble Gang (GMA-7)

GMA-7 wants its gag show, Bubble Gang, to “last forever.”

This is the reason why its producers decided to do a reformat and introduce new cast members.

The newly revamped Bubble Gang premiered on May 27, 2022 with new segments and stars, and without the familiar faces .

READ: Michael V. reaches out to axed Bubble Gang cast members

The decision to add, retain, and remove cast members was explained at a recent press conference.

According to Bang Arespacochaga, Bubble Gang supervising producer and consultant for Business Development Department 2, changes were made to keep the show going.

She said, “Through the years naman, naging close na lahat ng cast members, even off-cam, creative team.

"So we have one thing in mind naman, our goal is for Bubble Gang to last forever.

“Kapag sinabi nilang walang forever, but we want Bubble Gang. Mahal namin yung programa so wala kaming attachment sa mga personal interest namin.

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“Ang priority namin is Bubble Gang itself, the program.

"So, kung ano yung hihingin sa amin ng viewers, kung ano yung hihingin sa amin ng netizens and all, ang daming sector na may mga demands sa mga programa natin, ngayon na ino-offer.

“We collaborate and we discuss and we meet, we really spend our time and effort and energy and all our brains together to brainstorm on how we can maintain and keep Bubble Gang to be there.

“We’re now on our 27th year so through the years naman, nakita niyong may bago, may dumadating na bago.”

READ: Michael V asked if work attitude affected decision on Bubble Gang's cast changes

TALENTS COME AND GO

Arespacochaga said it has always been understood that not everyone would stay in a long-running show forever, giving way for new talents to come in.

She continued, “We always want to discover new talents, we always want to give chance to others.

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"Our previous cast alam niyo naman na, yes, they left, they took another path, naging mothers sila or whatever, they have other plans also.

“We don’t expect everyone to stay with us, kung ayaw naman na nila, they want to do other things, okay naman yun, we’re open to anything.

“So doon sa mga nawala, of course, they are still with GMA; Bubble Gang is one of our programs, but we have other programs where we can put them.”

In the latest revamp, however, the team has chosen to keep the cast small for the reason they wanted to pay more attention to the content.

Arespacochaga said, “Itong pinili namin, we wanted a small group kasi, kapag marami masyado, nagiging malabnaw din.

"So talagang makaka-focus kami on the sketches, on the character, and on the dialogue. Hindi naman yun permanent, nothing is permanent.

"So we can still bring back new talents or kung sinong sumikat online, that‘s why we offer YouTubers, vloggers, Tiktokers.

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“So, kung sinong sikat diyan, Bubble Gang is very open. Newly discovered comedians, whether young or old, open ang Bubble Gang.

“For all the cast that are not with us, they completely understand and we explained naman. And we have one goal, it’s to keep Bubble Gang going.”

Michael V. remains Bubble Gang’s front man and part of the creative group.

Among the Bubble Gang cast members who have remained in the show are Paolo Contis, Sef Cadayona, Betong Sumaya, Chariz Solomon, Valeen Montenegro, Archie Alemania, Analyn Baro, Faye Lorenzo, and Kokoy de Santos.

The new cast members are Faith da Silva, Dasuri Choi, Tuesday Vargas, and Kim de Leon.

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Paolo Contis (leftmost) and Michael V. (middle) remain as part of Bubble Gang cast while Kim de Leon (rightmost) is one of the newest cast members.
PHOTO/S: Bubble Gang (GMA-7)
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