"Banana Split" to premiere on October 11

Angelica Panganiban (left) and Cristine Reyes(right) are among the stars of Banana Split, which will air everySaturday night on ABS-CBN starting October 11. They will be joined by RoxanneGuinoo, RR Enriquez, Dianne Medina, Princess Ryan, and Valerie Concepcion.

For several days now, viewers have been seeing the sexyteaser of Banana Split showing female actresses in their swimsuits playingaround a water fountain. According to a PEP source, the female counterpart ofthe defunct gag show Goin' Bananas will air on ABS-CBN by October 11(Saturday).

Once a week, Roxanne Guinoo, Angelica Panganiban, CristineReyes, RR Enriquez, Dianne Medina, Princess Ryan, and Valerie Concepcion willtantalize audiences with their sketches and comic skits. Pinoy Big Brother CelebrityEdition 2 alumna Riza Santos was supposed to join this show but she was pulledout because she had to go back to Canada.

Banana Split is a spin off of the popular sitcom thataired in the ‘90s, Goin' Bananas, which starred Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz,Johnny Delgado, Al Tantay, Christopher de Leon, and the late Jay Ilagan.

This sketch comedy showis directed by Direk Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz andhis son Frasco Mortiz. The headwriter of Banana Split is Ricky Victoria,currently the creative manager of Goin' Bulilit, which is also being helmed byDirek Bobot.

"May mga skit, may mga sexy na sayaw, para talagang Goin' Bananas," saysthe PEP source regarding the gag show.

One male star will be the guest of the Banana Split girlsevery week. Zanjoe Marudo will be their first guest in their pilot episode onOctober 11. John Lloyd Cruz, Diether Ocampo, Sam Milby, and Piolo Pascual willthen follow suit. "Pinipila namin ang mga matinee idols ng ABS-CBN."

The PEP source pointed out that Ryan Agoncillo's PinoyFear Factor will be aired sometime next year, in 2009. "Timing lang kasi wehave four series now. Merong Dyosa, Betty La Fea, and Iisa Pa Lamang.Pag nilagay mo pa ang isa, masyado nang late, e, sayang. Sayang yung ginastos."

There have been reports that there will be apredominantly male comedy show titled Parekoy that will be topbilled byJohn Prats, Jayson Gainza, and Zanjoe Marudo—the three stars who workedtogether in the defunct show Aalog-alog.


"Medyo mahirapan pag nag-uumpisa ka ng bagong format.Comedy-serye siya, e. Sanay kasi tayo na once-a-week lang ang comedy. Mahiraptalaga mag-sustain ng comedy araw-araw. First attempt namin na may kwentongsinusundan at comedy pa every scene."

Has it already been shelved? "Hindi naman, inaayos lang namin. Kaya nahihirapanang Parekoy kasi daily siya. May kwento ka na kailangan tumatawa ka pa everygap, otherwise, it's not a comedy-serye. Tatlo silang magbarkada pero maykwento. Okay naman yung Aalog-alog noon, e. May chemistry sila kaya sabinamin, i-try natin na gawing daily."





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