Wowowin, which has a co-production contract with GMA-7, has been renewed for another year.
Willie Revillame announced the good news on the show's “Tutok To Win” program on August 5, 2020.
Wille told viewers, “Masaya po ako dahil, una sa lahat, tuluy-tuloy po ang programang ito.”
He then thanked his bosses at the Kapuso network.
They are Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe Gozon, Chief Operating Officer Jimmy Duavit, Chief Finance Officer Mr. Felipe Yalung, and Joey Abacan, First Vice President for Program Management.
Willie continued, “Kaya ko sila pinasasalamatan po dahil, noong nagsisimula ako sa GMA, ito po yung nagtiwala at naniniwala sa akin.
“At maraming salamat po dahil kahapon po [August 4], pumirma na po ako ng another year contract sa GMA-7.
“Salamat po at shine-share ko po itong blessing na ito dahil po natutuwa ako na isang taon na naman po tayong magkakasama.”
Wowowin started airing in GMA-7 in May 2015 as a blocktimer in the Sunday timeslot, with Willie’s WBR Productions as sole producer.
In October 2015, after one season on air, Willie announced that GMA-7 would start co-producing Wowowin.
To date, GMA-7 and WBR Productions remain co-producers of Wowowin plus the Saturday prime-time show on the Kapuso network, Wowowin Primetime.
As with all television live shows, Wowowin has halted its variety-show format because of the pandemic.
In the meantime, Wowowin has introduced a new format called “Tutok to Win,” where Willie gives out, through phone patch, cash prizes to loyal viewers.
Wowowin currently holds its shows in Wil Tower.
“Iba ang tibok ng puso dito sa GMA-7.”
Willie is optimistic that Wowowin will return to its successful variety-show format once life goes back to normal.
For now, Willie has vowed that “Tutok to Win” will continue to bring fun, laughter and, more importantly, help, to Wowowin's loyal viewers.
He said, “Ito po, hangga’t may pinagdadaanan tayo, tuloy ang ‘Tutok to Win.’
“Pagkatapos ho, kung sakaling malutas ang problemang ito, babalik naman po ang Wowowin para mas maging maraming masaya.
“Gano’n naman po ang buhay, kahit paaano, gumawa kami ng paraan para makapiling kayo araw-araw.”
The 59-year-old TV host also expressed how happy he is to stay with the Kapuso network, and again thanked GMA-7's management and its departments.
In his words: “Again, marami pong salamat, and also sa pamilya ng GMA management, sa entertainment, sa news, welcome na welcome.
"Sa ating mga guwardiya diyan, ang babait sa akin lahat. Kakatuwa kasi iba ang tibok ng puso dito sa GMA-7.
"Tibok ng pagmamahal, tibok ng concern, tibok ng tunay at taos-pusong pagmamalasakit sa kanilang mga tao.”
Willie also thanked his production staff, “Kung wala ho sila dito, wala, wala kayong mapapanuod.
“Sila ho ang kumukuha sa akin, sila nagdi-direct, at saka very careful sila sa kanila pong health.
“Lagi nila sinasabi, bahay lang sila. Iyong iba pong dancers, dito natutulog. Iyong ibang staff nandito na, naka-quarantine.”
Willie started his career with GMA-7 in 1987 as part of the noontime show Lunch Date.
In 1998, he joined ABS-CBN and hosted various noontime shows like ‘Sang Linggo nAPO Sila and Magandang Tanghali Bayan.
In 2005, Willie hosted his own TV program, Wowowee. The high-rating show ran for five years.
The show came to an abrupt end in 2010, when Willie figured in a row with ABS-CBN that escalated into a court case.
Later that year, Willie joined TV5, where he produced and hosted his own variety show until 2013, which was essentially a takeoff from his ABS-CBN noontime show.
Willie then took a break from producing and hosting before he was seen again in GMA-7 in 2015 with Wowowin.
During Wowowin's anniversary episode on May 7, 2020, Willie revealed that he almost killed the show not long after it took off in GMA-7 in 2015.
Basically, it was the expense. As he disclosed, he was spending "about P14 million a month."
It was when GMA-7 and WBR Productions entered into a co-production deal that Willie's Wowowin was able to continue its run all the way to the present.