Star strategy: keep reinventing hit shows

MUMBAI: If the formula works do not mess with. That is the line that Star India is taking regarding programming strategies for this quarter. Sony Entertainment is planning a whole new line-up of shows come November; Zee TV has announced a programming strategy pivoted around new movie releases; but for Star Plus, the name of the game is reinvention.

According to Star Plus' programming head Tarun Katial, there is very little scope for attempting new formats or shows at the moment because across most time bands, whether it be prime time, afternoons or Sunday mornings, the lead Hindi entertainment channel had established a clear dominance.

One slot that Katial did not include in the list though is weekend programming. This is worth noting because according to the information issued by hit soap factory Balaji Telefilms, a big-budget one-hour weekend soap Kaalki is scheduled to be launched in November on the channel. On Kaalki, Katial says: "Discussions are in process but nothing has been finalised as yet." Brings to mind motormouth Shekhar Suman's talk show Simply Shekhar that India's answer to Jay Leno had initially announced would be airing on Star Plus. When it finally launched though, it was on Zee TV.

Katial says the main focus for Star is to rework the storylines of shows on air rather than introduce any new stuff at least till the year is out. The new year would see some new launches, among them the two most high-profile being an Amitabh Bachchan hosted show and the Indian version of the smash hit Pop Idol. Katial clarifies that still a final call has to be made as to whether to introduce a new series of KBC or launch a new format show for Bachchan.

As for the immediate plans that Star has on the programming front, Katial says the plotlines of some of the top shows will see a big shift in course, with the central protagonists being swapped around.

Gautami Shroff, the protagonist in Kehta Hai Dil

Among the shows that will see plotline tweaks are the hour-long weekly dramas Kehta Hai Dil (airing Tuesdays at 9 pm), which will see changes in November, and Sanjivani (Wednesdays 9 pm), set to see a seismic shift in the plot by mid-October.

Gurdeep Kohli, who plays Juhi in hospital series Sanjivani

What is exciting Katial the most though is the ratings battle currently on between entertainment television's Number 2 and 3 shows - the daily soaps (both from theBalaji stable) Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki and Kasauti Zindagi Kay. Kasauti might even surge ahead of Kahaani is his reading, and this climb has been due to the strengthening of the storyline that Kasauti is witnessing, says he. Kahaani is also undergoing changes but nothing near as drastic as the 20-year leap that the ratings queen Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi witnessed recently, he avers.

On the gameshow front meanwhile, the successful karaoke show hosted by Sonu Nigam, Kismey Kitnaa Hai Dam, begins a new season from 10 October. The show, which has been loosely modelled on Night Fever that airs on Channel 5 in the UK, is about to see a change in format for the fresh series. This time round the show has taken strands from Furore, a popular Spanish gameshow that offers "musical comedy mayhem."

Queried as to what Star was serving up on the movies front, Katial says the next new release that will air on the channel is the Bobby Deol, Akshay Kumar starrer Ajnabee. Asked as to how Star hoped to counter Zee's reported plans to mop up the rights to all new movies, Katial is quite emphatic. "We're not going to get into that game. That's being reactive. We will continue to buy films the way we've been doing so far."

Latest Reads
TV is story-teller's new novel; audience is Bharat, not India: Star's Banerjee

MUMBAI: Since five to six years, television has become the talking point. Th series such as 'Breaking Bad' to Transparent to Narcos to 'Game of Thrones' to 24, and now POW (Prisoners of Wars) has changed the experience of television viewing.

Television TV Channels GECs
Star World to air 1-5 of 'Homeland'

Star World and Star World HD is all geared up to air the pulse-pounding action series 'Homeland.' The show tackles geopolitical moral conundrums of our current world. It has recently unveiled the teaser for the upcoming season 6 shows how Carrie Mathison will circumvent around another international...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Share all World Cup, T-20 feeds with Prasar Bharati, rights holder told

The telecast of all official one-day and Twenty-20 matches played by the Indian Men’s Cricket Team will henceforth have to be shared by the rights holder with the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act 2007.

Television TV Channels Terrestrial
Saregama returns to film music acquisition with Pen pact

Saregama India has inked a two-movie deal with Pen Movies. With this agreement, Saregama has acquired the music rights of upcoming Bollywood releases of Pen which includes Kahaani 2 -- Durga Rani Singh, featuring Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal.Kahaani 2 is slated for a release on 2 December.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
Q2-17: Zeel numbers, PAT up on higher Ad and Subscription revenue

The Subhash Chandra led content and broadcast player Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (Zeel) reported a 23 per cent hike in consolidated revenue for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter) as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Television TV Channels GECs
Best Deal TV appoints Hari Trivedi as COO

MUMBAI: Best Deal TV has appointed Hari Trivedi as the chief operating officer with immediate effect. Based in Mumbai, Trivedi will be responsible for overall sales and marketing. He would also be initializing lowest price offers and deals on Best Deal TV.

Television TV Channels People
Disney announces successor of MD Siddharth Roy-Kapur

MUMBAI: Walt Disney International has announced the successor to its former managing director Siddharth Roy-Kapur. As a second stint with the organization, Mahesh Samat has made a comeback and will lead The Walt Disney Company India as the managing director. He will pursue his new responsibility...

Television TV Channels People
Life is more imaginative than fiction in a story like POW, says writer-director Gideon Raff

MUMBAI: Sometimes, coming back home after 17 years is not always a happy ending. "Prisoners of War" is the story of three Israeli soldiers, who were held captive for that many years following their kidnapping while on a secret mission with their unit.

Television TV Shows Thriller
IPL media rights bidding postponed sine die

MUMBAI: The BCCI has made it clear that the media rights auction cannot take place till the time it gets a concrete go-ahead and a formal approval from the Justice RM Lodha committee. Till the evening of 24 October (Monday), BCCI did not receive the okay from the committee which said, "it is in...

Television TV Channels Sports

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories