Social Wit List: May 2017


Of all the programs that premiered globally in May, ABC’s Dirty Dancing was the most-buzzed-about new show in social media, according to The WIT.

The remake of the 1987 movie as a musical event saw some 112,000 comments on Facebook and Twitter. There was a lot of #TwitterBacklash though about the #LackofChemistry, #LacklusterActing and #PoorDancingSkills on display.

Coming in second, Emmanuel Macron, les coulisses d’une victoire aired on TF1 in France. The documentary follows Emmanuel Macron during his presidential campaign. There were some 110,000 tweets about the broadcast, with some saying that it was #Impressive and #Captivating and many comments about the #FunnyBits in the #SimpleButGreatFormat that had #NoVoiceOver.

GMA Network in the Philippines debuted Mulawin vs. Ravena, a sequel to the 2004 fantasy telenovela Mulawin. The premiere drew around 104,000 comments, and there was much buzz about the #GreatCast and #Cinematography that had many viewers honoring the #Nostalgia and #GoodMemories it brought about: #KudosForTheFlashbacks.

The debut of Twin Peaks on Showtime in the U.S. generated around 71,000 tweets. The legendary drama that first aired on ABC returns to resolve unanswered questions from the original, 25 years later, produced and directed by David Lynch. Social media was buzzing with #FanCraze that #SomeGreatCharactersAreBack and the show was both #AsWeirdAstheOriginal and #TrueDavidLynch.

Another GMA show made the list, with My Love from the Star garnering around 50,000 comments. The local adaptation of the sci-fi romantic series from South Korea tells of the love story between a world-famous actress and her anti-social neighbor, who happens to be from another planet. There was much #KudostoJennilynMercado and talk about the #FunPlot and #GoodDirection.

Beat Shazam premiered on FOX in the U.S. and saw some 31,000 comments. The musical game show is based on the Shazam app and sees teams compete against each other attempting to identify songs. The winning team then has to compete with Shazam for the top prize. Many of the viewers commenting on social media thought it was an #Entertaining and #CoolShow and enjoyed the host: #JamieFoxxRocks.

Lifetime’s one-off broadcast of Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland in the U.S. drew around 31,000 tweets. The biographical TV movie is based on the best-selling book Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days, told from the perspective of the icon’s personal bodyguards. Social media was buzzing about the #Trashy take on the #SadStory, which left many asking #WTF and complaining that there was #NoMJMusic and that the actor portraying the pop icon had a #WeirdMJAccent.

There were around 27,000 tweets about the premiere of World of Dance on NBC in the U.S. The dance competition series is produced by Jennifer Lopez in partnership with global dance brand World of Dance. There was a lot of #Excitement on social media about the #Epic show and the #MovingRoutines, as well as some #KudostoJudgingSystem.

Baisers cachés on France 2 in France saw around 26,000 comments. The TV movie chronicles the love story between two teenage boys and the violent reactions they trigger in their entourage, at their high school and in their families. The #ExcellentActing in the #EmotionalStory had many commenters rallying to #StopHomophobia.

Capping off the list at number ten, Three Girls debuted on BBC One in the U.K. to around 26,000 tweets. The drama is based on the true stories of victims of sexual abuse in Rochdale from 2008 to 2012. Many viewers found it to be a #Compelling but #HardWatch, given the #ShockingAuthorities.

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