Follow TV Tropes



Go To

  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: A number of viewers and critics deride ABS-CBN (and by extension, rival network GMA-7) for churning out Telenovelas with a similar premise (e.g. extramarital affairs, peasants going after hacienda clans, sibling rivalries involving a snob sister and an Extreme Doormat sibling...) or in the case of their motion picture arm, romcom after romcom after romcom, ad nauseam. Part of the reason for the latter was, according to this article, due to piracy leaving less revenue for the studio to gamble on a higher-budget production (save for Metro Manila Film Festival entries where they can throw wads of money at and have a surefire box office hit regardless of artistic value). Still, it isn't surprising for one to get annoyed at the rather tiring and formulaic cookie-cutter output ABS' film arm is doing. The 2010s have produced much better-received mainstream work, however. Even the most mainstream romantic comedies/dramas such as 2018's The Hows of Us (starring the extremely successful former Teen Idols Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla) and 2019's Alone/Together have been lauded as fine entertainment.
  • Advertisement:
  • Older Than They Think: Many people thought that the network's Christmas Station ID in 2009, "Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko", is the first ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID that featured the network's homegrown talents. But the network's very first Christmas Station ID is in 2002 entitled, "Isang Pamilya, Isang Puso Ngayong Pasko", which was sung by Carol Banawa with a sampling of "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" by Jackie De Shannon and featured a lot of legendary actors such as the late Comedy King Dolphy, the late action star Fernando Poe Jr., Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, Sharon Cuneta, Cesar Montano, Robin Padilla, Lorna Tolentino, Aga Muhlach, Maricel Soriano, Pops Fernandez, Claudine Barretto, Judy Ann Santos, Zsa Zsa Padilla etc.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: