WILL a GMA News and Public Affairs-produced title likely replace the Saturday afternoon showbiz talk show, CelebriTV, hosted by Joey de Leon, Lolit Solis and Ai Ai de las Alas?
If Solis is to be asked, the showbiz stalwart believes that a new format is already in the pipeline to be pitted against ABS-CBN’s SOCO.
Barely eight months old, her program is reportedly airing its final episode on May 7.
Seemingly unfazed, Solis is accepting of the fact that the landscape of present-day television is constantly evolving.
“Philippine TV has dramatically changed through the years,” says the septuagenarian-to-be host (she turns 70 on May 18), who began her entertainment program-hosting career via the now-defunct Scoop in the late 1980s.
Prior to CelebriTV which premiered on September 19, 2015, ‘Nay Lolit—as Solis is fondly called in showbiz circles—was among the hosts of the 20-year-old Startalk.
“During that time,” she recalls, “I already felt that the station [GMA] was gearing up for changes in programming, such that the trend was to infuse more shows produced by its News and Public Affairs department,” citing lower production cost to the network’s advantage.
Also dabbling in artist management, Solis has seen this trend herself, based on talent fees offered to her wards.
But whether her present show is here to stay or not, the larger-than-life godmother of Philippine showbiz will still laugh her way to the bank. Thanks to her vast network of political wannabes—both local and national—this election season, Solis is their unanimous choice in being the “punong-abala” (organizer/planner) for their meet-and-greet the press gatherings.
To say the least, Lolit Solit events generally cost fortune, so who needs a TV show?