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Ian back to comedy in ‘Oh, My Dad’ on TV5

SHOWBIZLANDIA’S certified “Dream Guy,” Ian Veneracion, dips his hands into comedy anew via his new family sitcom, “Oh, My Dad,” starting this Saturday, October 24, 5-6PM, on TV5.

Ian rose to fame via the sitcom Joey & Son, where he played comic master Joey de Leon’s son.

Now, 40 years later, he returns to doing his “first love” after dabbling in matinee idol roles, action and dramatic projects.

Based on the favorable reaction to the sitcom’s rushes, Ian still got that same old comic flair.

“OMD” was conceptualized by film producer Atty. Joji Alonso of Quantum Films for Brightlight Productions’ Albee Benitez, Pat P. Daza amd Corinna Vistan, who immediately gave the project their nod.

Atty. Joji commissioned Alpha Habon to be the project’s writer. Habon is the same writer behind Quantum Films’ film festival entry, “Buy Now, Die Later.”

Impressed by the writer’s potentials, Atty. Joji has laid down plans for Habon’s movie directorial debut.

Handling OMD, meanwhile, is award-winning TV and movie director Jeffrey Jeturian, who used to meg the TV show, “ Legal Forum” which Atty. Joji hosted and produced.

So, OMD serves as their reunion of sorts after 28 years.

Atty. Joji decided to produce OMD in hope of alleviating the plight of TV workers who were rendered jobless by COVID-19 pandemic. She also wants to give a fun and entertaining sitcom to the viewers.

In OMD, Ian plays Matthew, a popular basketball player. He is named Most Valuable Player aside from being a much sought-after endorser.

His good name is besmirched, however, when he gets involved in a scandal that forces him to leave the Philippines for the US.

After several years, he comes home, hoping he would regain fame still a bachelor.

But by some unexpected twist, he discovers that he is a father to not only one child…but three!

Joining Ian in the cast of Oh, My Dad is Dimples Romana, who portrays his childhood friend. This is Dimples’ first sitcom outing after the successful run of the drama series, “Kadenang Ginto.”

Playing Ian’s children are Sue Ramirez, Louise Abuel and Adrian Lindayag. Also in the cast are Gloria Diaz and Ariel Ureta.

Catch Ian’s family-oriented sitcom, “Oh, My Dad,” every Saturday, 5-6PM, on TV5 beginning October 24.

Jun Nardo