MANILA, Philippines – While local networks are the ones that usually acquire franchise of international programs, reports have it that an Indonesian network has done the same for Philippine noontime variety show “Eat Bulaga!”
According to a post on PEP Alerts, the deal between Surya Citra Televisi (SCTV) and the “EB” management was sealed in June; this, after talks that began two months prior. But according to Harsiwi Achmad, SCTV director of programs and production, the network had wanted to meet with the “EB” bigwigs since five years ago.
Similar to the original “EB,” the Indonesian version will be filled with entertainment, games, prizes, and inspiration. Segments were also patterned on the local version, such as “Indonesia Pintar” (“Pinoy Henyo”), “One For All, All For One,” “Bolagaan,” and “Karaoke Stud.” One of the original show’s core hosts, “Bossing” Vic Sotto, also has his Indonesian counterpart: Uya Kuya, who is called “Boss Uya.”
Even the “dabarkads”—the collective term for the “EB” hosts—has an equivalent in the Indonesian show: “bulagang.”
A post on popular blog site chuvaness.com quoted Achmad as saying, “We want this program to be a success like in the Philippines, where it has been running for the past 33 years.”
He also noted that they are not adapting the Philippine version 100% but will “format in accordance with the state and introduce positive values, environmental campaigns, and sharing with others.”
Joining Uya Kuya as host of “EB” Indonesia are Aja Farid, Reza No, Ramzi, Narji, Ciripa, Rian Ibram, Rio Indrawan, Steven, Leo Consul, Selena Alexandria, Jenny Tan, Bianca Lizza, and Julie Christie.
Original “EB” producer and TAPE Inc. big boss Tony Tuviera is proud and thrilled over the historical achievement of the show.
"Today marks another milestone for ‘Eat Bulaga’ as the first international franchise of our show will be launched at 4 p.m. in Indonesia...," he was quoted as saying in a statement.