That's Entertainment (TV series)
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|Directed by||Bud Daliwan|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|No. of episodes||3,200|
|Executive producer(s)||Lenny C. Parto|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||GMA Productions Inc.|
|Original network||GMA Network|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||January 6, 1986– May 3, 1996|
The show was conceptualized by TV host/starbuilder German Moreno who initially wanted teenaged celebrity siblings to star in the show and name it as "Brothers and Sisters". But after watching the classic movie "That's Entertainment" one evening, he decided to change the title of the show. Launched on January 6, 1986 by GMA Network, the show featured 16 teenagers (divided into 4 from Monday to Thursday and gathered all together on Friday). The show gained popularity almost overnight among young audiences who were on the lookout for idols of their own. Soon after, the show was extended to Saturday afternoon, with a longer time slot. "That's" first aired from the old GMA building in EDSA and soon moved into the GMA Broadway Centrum in 1987 to accommodate more fans.
The show ushered in new stars (see That's Entertainment members) and would signify the changing of the guards in local show business. Some are deceased or inactive in showbiz and now in politics. The kids are grouped into five: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Every Saturday, all 5 groups were joined together and performed spectacular, well-rehearsed production numbers. The show also catapulted different dance group to popularity, The Manoeuvres, Streetboys, Abztract Dancers, Kids at Work, UMD all became the Philippines' premiere dance group because of the show.
In 1992, the show also won as Best Variety Show on PMPC Star Awards For TV and was accepted by himself the late Kuya Germs.
In March 1996, the show went off the air at the height of its popularity. The last episode of "That's Entertainment" was shown on Saturday primetime (9:00 pm) with former members reunited in a TV special entitled "That's The Reunion". The said TV special earned an award for Best Musical Special during the 1996 Star Awards.
That's Entertainment members
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According to day groups:
In alphabetical order:
- Rednex Dance Contest
- That's Acting
- That's Star Quiz
- That's Stunting
- That's News
- That's Showbiz
- That's Sports
- That's Punk Rock!
- Workshop On The Air
- Winner, Best TV Special (That's....The Reunion TV Special) - 10th PMPC Star Awards for TV 1996
- Winner, Best Variety Show (Saturday Entertainment) - 6th PMPC Star Awards for TV 1992