With the two giant networks, ABS-CBN and GMA-7, in a stiff competition over their primetime shows, TV5 chooses to strengthen its Saturday programming.
September, particularly the “14-15 weekend,” is going to be a big month for the Kapatid station.
In a press conference held earlier, September 2, in Luxent Hotel, chief entertainment content officer Wilma Galvante underscored, “… ang focus ng TV5 ay primetime lang muna. Hindi muna lalaban iyan sa daytime…”
The 5:30 p.m. slot will be owned by Showbiz Police, which will be hosted by Cristy Fermin, Lucy Torres, Raymond Gutierrez, and Joey Reyes.
Galvante said the format is best explained by its tagline: “Intriga under arrest.”
Showbiz issues will be clarified and given closure, with some help from their chief reporters: Dan Castaño, MJ Marfori, and Divine Lee.
At 7:00 p.m., gag show Tropa Mo Ko Unli will take center stage with Ogie Alcasid and Gelli de Belen reliving the humor of the defunct Tropang Trumpo and the Lokomoko U guys contributing to the riotous laughter on the set.
Up next will be the Killer Karaoke at 8:00 p.m.
As Galvante put it, “It’s a different take on singing contest… Isa lang ang kanyang rule: whatever happens, you don’t stop singing.”
Initially, it will air episodes from the U.S. game show itself; then, in October, the local version will be hosted by Michael V.
The lady boss however clarified, “Si Bitoy, hindi siya aalis sa GMA. As early as 2011, si Bitoy, nagsasabi na siya na gusto niya kung merong interesting program na i-offer sa kanya, kahit na anong network, gusto niya, puwede niyang gawin.”
Edu Manzano’s What’s Up Doods, a comedy talk show, will be at 9:00 p.m.
TV5’s new president Noel Lorenzana sees the “different genres” of their line-up attracting viewers who want to “relax, laugh, and quiet down” on weekends.
For Galvante’s part, she described it as a “back to back combination of funny entertainment… walang drama ito.”
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked: Has the network addressed the “hindi mapanood” and “mahina ang signal” complaints of viewers?
Lorenzana's reply: “It’s a work in progress. By November, we should be at par [with] the other networks.”
As an example, he cited the FIBA coverage, which, according to Mega Manila TV Audience Measurement (MEGATAM) overnight data of Nielsen Media Research, got over "five million viewers" tuned in from August 10 to 11.
He resumed, “… if people want to watch you, they will watch you.”
TRUTH VERSUS RUMOR. Over the one-hour chat, some issues thrown at the Manny Pangilinan-owned company were also brought up.
- Why did Talentadong Pinoy go off-air?
Galvante was quick to say, “It wasn’t axed. It’s going back with a new season in summer…. Hopefully, with Ryan Agoncillo,” whose contract is presently "under negotiation" mode.
- Is Face to Face going to be revived?
G: “We’re bringing Amy and Gelli together in a new show, same format…”
- What will happen to Willie Revillame and Wowowillie?
Lorenzana answered, “... He planned to take a rest. MVP had gracefully accepted his wishes… The show takes a rest, and so is Willie.
“If he comes back, it has to be under new circumstances.”
- TV5 = “ATM Machine” or “namumudmod ng pera.”
G: “Hindi naman totoo yung [balita].”
The stars, including Sharon Cuneta who reportedly signed a two-billion contract, “have to work for that money.”
Galvante also mentioned that it’s not entirely different from the other network's offer sheets.
“Gawan mo yung tao ng programa, kailangan mabenta…”
- Reports claimed that they made an attempt to pirate big female stars of the Kapuso and Kapamilya channels.
G: “Hindi, walang offer kay Marian [Rivera]… Si Regine [Velasquez], wala rin…. Kay Juday [Judy Ann Santos], movies, sigurado ako diyan. Silang mag-asawa.”
- Massive resignation of employees?
Last year, the tittle-tattle was: huge amount of money went to the big stars, while those working behind-the-scenes got so little.
G: “Dun sa mga nag-resign, I know the network offered early retirement plan…”
Lorenzana assured, "things are getting better," and that the new programs have helped revive the "belief" of employees.