Martin Nievera Feels Bad About Axing Of His New Talk ShowIt is obvious that Martin Nievera has some sentiments against his home network, ABS-CBN. This is apparently due to confirmation that his new talk show ‘Martin Late @ Night’ would go off air by the end of May. The concert king has aired his grievances in microblogging site Twitter, where he has an active account (@4eversinging4u).
For the longest time, Nievera has been vocal about his eagerness to do another late-night talk show, a decade after he lost his defunct TV show ‘Martin Late @ Nite,’ which also aired in ABS-CBN. That show went on air from 2008 to 2003. It filled the midnight programming slot of the network that time.
Nievera was very excited early this year when he announced that the network is giving him another talk show that would air on the midnight time slot. In March 1 this year, ‘Martin Late @ Night’ aired its first episode. The new show’s first guest was KC Concepcion. On the succeeding episodes, Toni Gonzaga, Aiza Seguerra, Rayver Cruz/Cristine Reyes, Xian Lim, Angeline Quinto, and Rico J.Puno sat as guests.
By the time the show aired its third episode, there were already speculations that the late-night talk show would only last for a season, which would consist of 13 episodes. According to well-placed sources, ABS-CBN only wanted to please Nievera, who has always been vocal about his intention to revive his talk show.
Confirmation via Twitter
In April 25, Nievera used his Twitter account to confirm to his followers the speculations about the show. He said his biggest fear has just come true. Nievera revealed that he just found out that the show would only last for 13 episodes. He hinted his sadness over the network’s decision because he had high hopes for it.
In his succeeding tweets that day, he appealed to his followers to keep on watching the few remaining episodes of the show. Then, he segued to invite his fans to drop by his mall shows. As a closing remark, he urged his followers to keep on posting their tweets about the show with hopes that those may reach the network’s management.
In April 29, again through Twitter, Nievera disclosed that he has been calling and texting the network’s management. Unfortunately, no one is picking up. He has yet to receive any text or call in response to his inquiries about the show.
This time, Nievera has become more open to air his grievances. He expressed disappointment over ABS-CBN’s alleged lack of support for his talk show. He defended the show’s poor ratings by saying that no one should expect it to gather ratings as high as what primetime soaps obtain.
He questioned the network’s decision to not provide enough resources to make the show livelier. Nievera ranted that he has always wanted to have a live band and live audience to make the program more interesting. He ended by relating how he feels: “It feels like the station is just waiting for my season to end so they can be rid of it and say:’ok we gave u a show! Now go to your room!’”
‘Martin Late @ Night’ airs every Friday night after late-evening newscast ‘Bandila.’ It is set to air its final episode in May 31.