ABS-CBN cancels youth oriented show ‘Shoutout’

By Glenda Villena, For Yahoo! Southeast Asia  Saturday February 12, 2011 06:49 am PST

ABS-CBN’s daily youth oriented show, “Shoutout,” has bid farewell.

After ABS-CBN management gave the show mainstays, particularly the young newcomers in the network’s talent roster, an ultimatum to improve their performances, it has finally decided to cancel the show.

Last month, the “Shoutout” teens were given one last chance to prove their mettle but it was apparent that they did not measure up to the network’s expectations. “Shoutout’s” February 11 episode was its last. 

“Yes… Last episode was yesterday (Friday),” Tracy Manlangit of ABS-CBN talent arm Star Magic confirmed to Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

During the January 25 episode of “Shoutout,” Linggit Tan, ABS-CBN Senior Vice President for TV Entertainment, aired the management’s decision to give the teens one more month to improve their craft otherwise, the show will be cut short. But, it turns out, only two weeks were necessary for management to decide the show’s fate.

“Objective ng programa ay para i-present sa Filipino audience kung ano ang best sa youth natin today pero matapos ang dalawang buwan, wala pa rin tayong improvement. Bawat isa sa inyo, gusto niyong maging mahusay at sikat na artista. Subalit hindi ito basta basta nakakamit. Kailangan pinagtratrabahuhan kasi meron kayong responsibilidad sa audience. We’re going to give you one month to shape up. Pag hindi niyo napaghusayan sa loob ng apat na linggo at wala kaming nakitang improvement sa inyo, ‘Shoutout’ will be cancelled,” Tan said in a taped statement in the January 25 episode.

The show was then reformatted to present rigorous training and pre-show auditions for the “Shoutout” mainstays. But, despite all the effort, it wasn’t enough.

Reports revealed that ABS-CBN may resurrect the show soon with yet another new format and would broadcast weekly.

Photo by Jerome Ascano, NPPA Images

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