Você Decide (You Decide / It's Your Call) was an interactive television program broadcast on the Brazilian TV network Rede Globo from 1992 to 2000. During each episode special cases were presented, and viewers would decide the ending through phone votes.
|Directed by||Paulo José|
Mario Márcio Bandarra
|Country of origin||Brazil|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||323|
|Running time||45 mins (inc. adverts)|
|Original network||Rede Globo|
|Original release||8 April 1992 –|
17 August 2000
Você Decide is the second longest-running series of Rede Globo, with nine seasons and 323 episodes.
On March 11, 1999, the episode Mulher 2000 had its finale shown only in the North and Northeast regions (along with portions of the Southeast and the Center-West regions) due to a blackout in Brazil and Paraguay in 1999 that greatly affected much of the country at the time of the show.
In its final years, the program aired on Thursday nights shortly after Linha Direta. The last episode aired on August 17, 2000. The following week, the program was replaced with the miniseries Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolors of Brazil). Brazilian soap opera stars participated in the episodes, with some appearing in up to eight episodes.
Some episodes were rerun from July 2 to July 20, 2001 as part of Vale a Pena Ver de Novo, presented by Susana Werner, in an attempt to raise the audience's schedule, which was down since the reprise of the novel Tropicaliente the previous year; however, the reruns' audience numbers were lower than any soap opera had recorded before - some episodes came in third, behind SBT and TV Record. In addition, Globo was under pressure from the Brazilian Public Ministry for airing episodes with age rating of 14 during the afternoon, where age-classified material was not permitted at that time.
The rejection to the reprise of Você Decide was so great that it motivated the creation of an anonymous site, which contained a text positioning itself against a global decision and a poll in which the permanence of the novels is not Vale a Pena Ver de Novo it conquers by wide margin. With the total failure of Você Decide, as soon as the second week of reprise of the episodes, the network decided to re-present for a second time A Gata Comeu, which resulted in a quick recovery of ratings for the afternoon schedule.
Rede Globo alleged that the replay of Você Decide was scheduled only during the vacation period, which is not in keeping with what was released at the time of the restructuring of the program, when the project was to make Vale a Pena Ver de Novo a range of preferences for all entertainment programs, not just telenovelas; Mulher was the most popular choice to replace Você Decide.
Several actors and presenters appeared such as Antônio Fagundes, Walmor Chagas, Lima Duarte, Carolina Ferraz, Raul Cortez, Renata Ceribelli, Tony Ramos, Celso Freitas, Luciano Szafir and Susana Werner. They all stayed for more an extended period.
In 2016, came the intention of the broadcaster to continue the program with new episodes and debut a scheduled episode for 2017. Among the possible presenters, the possibility of choosing Antônio Fagundes who was the first presenter of the program or another personality of the present time as Patrícia Poeta.
Now under the care of the author and director João Falcão, the program has already had a pilot episode written and approved, but not yet recorded. It is hoped that, in addition to modernizing the format, new forms of interactivity will also be explored, going beyond the telephone to express opinions. "It has to do with (the old), but it is more sophisticated, in the sense that you not only decide the end, but the plot, where it goes," explains Falcão.
- "Flashback" (in Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. June 13, 2001. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- "Governo exige "Você Decide" "light" à tarde" (in Portuguese). Folha de S.Paulo. July 3, 2001. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- "Telespectadores protestam contra "Você Decide"" (in Portuguese). Folha Ilustrada. June 16, 2001. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- ""Você Decide" não emplaca e novelas voltam". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). UOL. July 15, 2001. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- Flávio Ricco (October 3, 2016). "Globo retoma "Você Decide" e planeja volta para 2017" (in Portuguese). UOL. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
- "Globo busca apresentador para o "Você Decide"; relembre quem já passou pelo programa". rd1.com.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved April 20, 2017.
- Gabriel Perline. "Nova versão de 'Você Decide' tem roteiro aprovado pela Globo". Emais (in Portuguese). Estadão.