‘Vic­tor Mag­tang­gol’ bites the dust

Looks like ‘FPJ’s Ang Probin­siyano’ will con­tinue its reign on prime­time TV

Tempo - - Front Page - (Neil Ramos)

IT looked quite promis­ing at the on­set: big star, big pro­duc­tion val­ues, am­bi­tious sto­ry­line...

We were ac­tu­ally per­son­ally root­ing for it to suc­ceed; an­chor­ing our hope on show di­rec­tor Do­minic Zapata’s claim they’re out to of­fer lo­cal view­ers some­thing new. And with show star Alden Richards also promis­ing to give his all to the project, we thought, this is it, this is the one that will fi­nally end Cardo Dal­isay’s ad­ven­tures. Alas, it wasn’t.

“Vic­tor Mag­tang­gol” was plagued from the be­gin­ning, with crit­ics deem­ing it mere copy­cat of Mar­vel’s “Thor” even be­fore the pi­lot aired.

Of course, GMA ve­he­mently shot the no­tion down but the dam­age has been done. Ev­ery sub­se­quent episode re­ceived pro­found in­spec­tion; with bash­ers pounc­ing on what­ever they think was a grave er­ror or gaffe in terms of cos­tume, ef­fects, among oth­ers.

But pro­duc­tion kept at it. Hop­ing against hope that sheer tenac­ity will even­tu­ally do the trick.

For sure, all con­cerned tried their darnedest to make it work too, but in the end, “Vic­tor Mag­tang­gol,” just like sev­eral other shows be­fore it, had to raise the prover­bial white flag.

But did they re­ally?

Ac­cord­ing to Redgie Magno, GMA’s Vice Pres­i­dent for Drama Pro­duc­tions, they didn’t.

She was quoted in a Pep re­port say­ing the show is end­ing on Nov. 16 sim­ply be­cause it “has com­pleted its full in­tended run.”

De­spite seem­ing de­feat she added, “Nag­ing masaya at mem­o­rable ang ex­pe­ri­ence ng buong cast at pro­duc­tion team.

As to Richards, she said, “Thank­ful si Alden dahil natu­pad ang pan­garap niya na mag­ing su­per­hero sa ‘Vic­tor Mag­tang­gol’ at nabi­gyan siya ng chance na mak­a­gawa ng gani­tong pro­grama. “Nag­pa­pasala­mat ang GMA at ang la­hat ng bu­mubuo sa pro­grama sa la­hat ng sumu­porta, tu­mangk­i­lik at nagma­hal sa ‘Vic­tor Mag­tang­gol.’”

And that’s that.

ALDEN Richards as Ham­mer­man

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