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SCTV Years (2012-2014)
Malou Choa-Fagar, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Television and Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE Inc.), revealed that SCTV first approached them.
Harsiwi Achmad, program director, had been watching the show on YouTube before she moved to SCTV. Achmad felt that the program was entertaining and educating, and that it can spread positive values and get close with the community. Feeling that it would work well with Indonesian audience, Achmad contacted TAPE's marketing creative service advisor, Gerry C. Guzman, who became a way for the SCTV and Filipino executives to negotiate. Kebon Jeruk, director of programs and production at Studio Penta SCTV, also became interested, saying that he wants the program to be as successful as the original. The situation had initially shocked and surprise Filipino television executives.
Surya Utama, known by his stage name "Uya Kuya" (literally "Boss Uya", counterpart to Eat Bulaga!'s "Bossing Vic"), a magician and comedian from Bandung, would become the show's main host.
The show began simply as "Eat Bulaga! Indonesia", retaining much of the original segments and games played on the Philippine TV show, and premiered on SCTV on July 16, 2012. On July 21, 2012 - Philippine viewers watching on GMA Network got to view a glimpse of the show's opening performance, while the Philippine hosts simultaneously performed the beginning to the Philippine show.
Throughout its first year, the show kept in close touch with its original Philippine counterpart. The hosts made many occasional trips to the Philippines to perform with the Philippine hosts, including a segment where the main host Uya Kuya played a game of Pinoy Henyo (then "Indonesia Pintar" in the show) with Filipino host Jimmy Santos. On December 17, Filipino singer Christian Bautista made a guest appearance on the show. On January 2013, Leo Consul, a Filipino host of Eat Bulaga! Indonesia at the time, visited his homeland to perform in front of the Filipino fans, before leaving the show later in the year for unknown reasons. Yet, Consul's rise to being a host of Eat Bulaga! Indonesia became a legacy and popular story in the Philippines.
The show reached lots of success in Indonesia, making it through one year as the number TV show in its time slot. Eat Bulaga! Indonesia celebrated its first-year anniversary at the Indoor Tennis Stadium in Jakarta. The Philippine hosts at the original program also threw a mini-celebration of their own to congratulate the Indonesian accomplishment.
Eat Bulaga! Indonesia on SCTV ended on April 3, 2014 and was replaced by FTV Sore.
ANTV Years "The New Eat Bulaga Indonesia" (2014-2016)
The show returned as The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia on ANTV Network, airing its pilot on November 17, 2014. This was a completely revamped version of the first, while Uya Kuya, Farid Aja and Reza Bukan retained their roles as main hosts, the show debuted with a complete new set of hosts as well as a new layout, featuring Indian actor and former lawyer Shaheer Sheikh and Indonesian model Nita Sofiani as part of the hosts. The show also became more independent from and less-based on the original Filipino program, while retaining the essential segments that emphasize the point of Eat Bulaga!, (such as "Berbagi Kejutan", originally named "Satu Untuk Semua, Semua Untuk Satu" which is modeled after the Philippine segment "Juan for All, All for Juan").
The new version also featured a new opening theme song and performance, though it's tune is still based on the original. Viewers are greeted with "Inilah, The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia", meaning "this is The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia" in English.
Many of the game segments also debuted with new names, since many of their original Philippine counterparts were discontinued. The show also debuted new game segments in addition to the many changes, hence the adding of "The New" to the show's name to emphasize the large changes.
Viewers also get to watch replays of entire episodes on ANTV's YouTube channel, which also has replays of its other television shows.
However, Uya Kuya revealed lots of issues with the cast and ANTV, including backstage disagreements and fighting. There was also an incident in which Tengku Dewi Putri out of anger, walked out of the set on an August 25 episide during a segment of Tanjidor. There was another incident, in which Ibnu Jamil got into a phsyical confrontation with Reza Bukan.
He also revealed that the biggest reason he quit was because of ANTV's constant prioritizing on Indian soap operas with total disregard for the Indonesian crew of The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia, as well as Indian actors receiving higher wages as well as better treatment and attention than that of the Indonesian performers. Relations between him and ANTV had been in tatters by then. Uya Kuya stated that while he has nothing against Indians or Indian culture, he was tired of being treated as a second-class employee in his own country.
The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia aired its last episode with ANTV on June 30, 2016 with Uya Kuya telling fans that the show was not going away, but simply making some changes and that "great things" are to come. Though the show was scheduled for another run in August, Uya Kuya legitimately walked out and told ANTV's producers that he "was done". Astrid Kuya, Reza Bukan and Farid Aja also failed to show up the next day, suggesting it was intentional and that they had followed Uya's choice. This ultimately led to the show's cancellation for August.
Post-ANTV era (2016-present)
Uya Kuya, as well as some of the show's executives at TAPE Inc., contemplated on returning the show to SCTV under the original name. Reza Bukan and Farid Aja was positive with the plan and stated that things had not been working well with ANTV.
Meanwhile, ANTV's YouTube channel will still keep all the archived episodes and Eat Bulaga! Indonesia was still listed and registered as being property of ANTV until another station formally acquired it. They had assumed that the cast was simply taking a sabbatical. However on July 30, it was announced that the show was no longer going to be aired on ANTV. A return to SCTV, its original network is in the talk, although nothing was confirmed yet, and other stations such as MNCTV owned by Media Nusantara Citra has shown interest in airing the show.
TAPE Inc., the producer for Eat Bulaga! and all of its franchises (which would include Eat Bulaga! Indonesia) had also stated their disappointment with ANTV for failing to put any legitimate priority on the show, cancelling their contract and agreement with ANTV. Antonio Tuviera, CEO of TAPE Inc. said, "It is a disappointment, it angers me to see their piss-poor handling of Eat Bulaga! Indonesia, and their failure to make it as successful in Indonesia as it is here in the Philippines."
Meanwhile, Eat Bulaga! Indonesia kept its Facebook and Twitter page updated and kept in touch with what was going on. They also removed any reference to ANTV on their Facebook and Twitter page's names, suggesting that they had likely parted their ways with ANTV or switched to a new station.
Along that, many of the original hosts also stated their desire to return, which Uya Kuya approved and welcomed. On August 16, it was formally announced that Eat Bulaga! Indonesia would "likely" be returning to SCTV, although the deal is not yet finalized and negotiations are still taking place between executives of TAPE Inc. and SCTV. The next day on August 17, it was confirmed on the Jakarta Post, ANTARA News as well as the Manila Bulletin as and Eat Bulaga! Indonesia's Facebook page that Rian Ibram, Leo Consul, Bianca Liza, Christie Julia and Rio Indrawan from the original show were interested in returning and reprising their roles, and had already been talking with Uya Kuya for the third incarnation as way back as July. Liza, who was also starring in an Indonesian talk show known as Ini Talk Show, was allowed by her respective network to become part of the show.
The first incarnation of Eat Bulaga! Indonesia aired at 2:30 pm (WIB) (3:30 pm (Philippine Time)), a deviation from the original which is broadcast at noon. This was done to consider the viewers' prayer time (salat) according to Islam. The first season was set for 13 weeks, as a trial period. The show ended on April 3, 2014 and it was replaced by FTV Sore which shows Indonesian television films.
The show returned to the airwaves in its second incarnation as "The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia", this time on a new network, ANTV, its pilot episode airing on November 17, 2014. The New Eat Bulaga! Indonesia currently airs from 8:00 am to 10:00 am (WIB) (9:00 am to 11:00 am (Philippine Time)). The names of the segments of the show also changed to new names.
Previous hosts (Second Incarnation)
- Uya Kuya (2014–2015)
- Shaheer Sheikh (2014–2015)
- Saurav Gurjar (2014–2015)
- Reza Bukan (2014–2015)
- Farid Aja (2014–2015)
- Tengku Dewi Putri (2014–2015)
- Lavanya Bharadwaj (2014–2015)
- Ibnu Jamil (2014–2015)
- Brandon Nicholas (2014–2015)
- Vin Rana (2014–2015)
- Rohit Bharadwaj (2014–2015)
- Fiona Fachru Nisa (2014–2015)
- Nita Sofiani (2014–2015)
- Ana Riana (2014–2015)
- Vicky Prasetyo (2015–2015)
Original hosts (First Incarnation)
- Uya Kuya (2012–2014)
- Andhika Pratama (2013–2014)
- Farid Aja (2012–2014)
- Reza Bukan (2012–2014)
- Narji (2012–2014)
- Rian Ibram (2012–2014)
- Rio Indrawan (2012–2014)
- Jenny Tan (2012–2014)
- Bianca Liza (2012–2014)
- Christie Julia (2012–2014)
- Christina Colondam (2013–2014)
- Ivan Gunawan (2013–2014)
- Gading Marten (2014)
- Aaron Ashab (2012)
- Selfi Nafillah (2012)
- Selena Alesandra (2012–2013)
- Wijaya (2012)
- Ramzi (2012)
- Ciripa (2012)
- Leo Consul (2012–2013)
- Steven Muliawan (2012–2013)
- Tora Sudiro (2013)
- Astrid Kuya (2012–2014)
- Indonesia Pintar (from Pinoy Henyo)
- Satu Untuk Semua, Semua Untuk Satu: Berbagi Kejutan (from Juan for All, All for Juan)
- Jagoan Karaoke: Idola Kampung (from Pambato ng Videoke)
- Maju Terus Pantang Mundur (from Laban o Bawi)
- Jackpot Dedakan
- Bolagaan 2015 (from Bolagaan)