TV Rip-offs

March 14, 2007 at 11:46 pm 7 comments

Philippine film and television has this odd culture of imitating story lines from the US and applying it to the local setting. Let’s see what rip-offs we can recall: Tanghalan ng Kampeon with Star Search, Tabing Ilog with Dawson’s Creek, and Buttercup with Friends. The best rip-off ever was Anna Karenina.


For the literati, Anna Karenina is the book that cemented Leo Tolstoy’s career as a writer. For us normal people, Annakarenina is the Sunday soap opera popularized by GMA-7 where it is starred by the then “hot” teen triumvirate–Kim delos Santos who plays the role of Nina, Antoinette Taus (sister to Tom Taus aka Cedie) plays the role of Anna, and Sunshine Dizon (best known as Bakekang nowadays) plays Karen.

Of course, riding along with these girls’ rise to stardom are their male counterparts. For six or so years, we’ve seen the development of Antoinette-Dingdong, Sunshine-Polo, and Kim-Dino. If you have a sharp memory you’ll notice that Maui Taylor (pre-surgery) was in this too.

I continued to patronize the show until Love to Love came along. Har, har.


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  • 1. pcw14  |  March 15, 2007 at 7:18 am

    yeah we do have a knack for making a “filipinized” version of foreign shows, although i think what the show did was merely copy the title of Tolstory’s novel. i mean with tabing ilog and tanghalan ng kampeon kasi you can see the similarities talaga. eh with this show, super walang kapareho sa novel (although i dont watch the show diligently hah. hehe). wala lang, just sharing. 🙂

  • 2. kidswereus  |  March 15, 2007 at 8:53 am

    yeah you’re right…they maligned Tolstoy! LOL.

  • 3. Irma  |  March 15, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Yep, I agree! Tulad na lang ng ‘Kailangan ko’y Ikaw’ (Robin P. and Regine V.) na parang kinopya sa ‘Notting Hill’ (Julia R. and Hugh G.) Anyway, I used to watch AnnaKareNina. I liked the pair of Dingdong and Antonette. hihihi.. 😀

  • 4. mk  |  March 15, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    here’s another rip off which was aired the same time as tabing ilog, munting paraiso which was 7th heaven

  • 5. kidswereus  |  March 15, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Good one MK! Tama! I can just hear the show’s theme song…”Ako si Ikay, paborito ni tatay”.

  • 6. pcw14  |  March 15, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    oh yeah! i remember that one. they made something terrible happen to the ate (counterpart of jessica biel’s character) and killed the character or something. rumor pa nga kasi the actress playing the ate role got pregnant kaya they had to kill off her character.

  • 7. kidswereus  |  March 15, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    Tama! I think she got pregnant nga.


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