TV5 will face its first challenge—the dearthof GMA-7 stars, directors, and production staff.
Malaki ang naginglaunching ng TV5 sa Ortigas last Thursday night, August 7, sa C3 Events Placesa Greenhills, San Juan City. Ngunit kapansin-pansing kakaunti ang dumalong mga artista ngKapuso at pati na ang lineup ng mga bagong shows.
Nagmistulang biggeststar of the night si Lucy Torres-Gomez, who did the last dance in promoting herShall We Dance: The Search for the Dancing Superstar, ang kaisa-isang ABC-5 show na kabilang pa rin sa TV5 Primedia.
Lucy is host of theQ11 lifestyle show The Sweet Life and is seen once in a while in GMA-7 shows,her last being a special participation in Mga Mata ni Anghelita that wasscripted by head writer Benedict Mique, now the top creative man of TV5.
May dalawa pangartistang Kapuso sa launch—Eat Bulaga regulars BJ Forbes, who has aSaturday-Sunday morning children show Toogs, and Brazilian Diana Menezes, whowill host Ogags with another Brazilian fly-in, Ariana Barouk (na dati ring nasaEat Bulaga!), every Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Kapansin-pansin din nawala si Paolo Contis, ang bida sa Midnight DJ or si Mark Reyes, ang director ngHave Baby, Will Travel. Maging ang mga Viva Artist Agency talents na mayregular shows sa GMA-7 ay no-show, 'tulad nina Bobby Andrews, na nasa Codename: Asero andpart of Have Baby, Will Travel, and Carlo Aquino, na nasa Rakista ni QuarkHenares.
Sa presscon ng LovingYou ng Regal Entertainment kahapon, August 8, nakita ng PEP (Philippine EntertainmentPortal) si Manay Lolit Solis, manager ni Paolo. We asked about her talent's statuson the TV5 show.
"Ay, hanggang fiveepisodes lang siya, anak, yung mga nakunan niya," sabi ni Manay Lolit.
We asked the talent managerwhat will happen after Episode 5. Baka magpalitan na lang daw ang dalawa panghosts or main stars of the horror anthology also written by two GMA-7 writers, AloyAdlawan (Magdusa Ka) and Jules Katanyag (Codename: Asero).
Tinawagan ng PEP siAloy about this. Ang alam niya raw, papayagan si Paolo to finish the firstseason but his meeting was two nights ago pa. Nakausap namin si Manay Lolit yesterdayafternoon kaya hindi niya pa alam ang desisyon ng main lead nila.
Nag-text naman kamikay Direk Mark Reyes, who directed the Have Baby, Will Date, and asked him if hewill continue directing the show."Oh, it's canned na [the pilot month]. I was allowedby GMA to do the four episodes of Love books for its pilot month. Hindi na akopupuwede afterwards," saad ng direktor ng Codename: Asero.