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TV5 introduces new shows

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BRIGHTLIGHT Productions had a zoom mediacon to introduce three of its new shows on TV5: ‘Oh My Dad’, ‘Sunday Noontime Live’ and ‘I Got You’, attended by Brightlight top honcho former Cong. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez and TV5 big boss Robert Galang who gave the welcome remarks. The shows are designed to make your -BER months bigger and better.

Mr. Benitez said he looks forward to a long and fruitful partnership with TV5 with whom they’re launching six shows. Mr. Galang agreed and said they’re very satisfied with their collaboration with Brightlight as a blocktimer and it is surely bound to be a win-win partnership for them both.

They start with Mega-Manila and NCR, but eventually, they will go nationwide including Visayas and Mindanao and they expect to grow even bigger in the years to come, giving jobs to a lot more people, both actors and creative workers behind the camera.

‘Oh My Dad’ is a heartwarming sitcom full of positive values about family, love and acceptance. It stars Ian Veneracion as Matthew Balderama or Matmat, a dad who didn’t know he sired three kids with three different women. His three kids are Louise Abuel, Sue Ramirez and Adrian Lindayag.

Also in the cast are Dimples Romana as Sandra (Ian’s love interest), Gloria Diaz as Dimples’ aunt and Ariel Ureta as Ian’s dad, directed by Jeffrey Jeturian and produced by Atty. Joji V. Alonso of Quantum Films. They taped on a lock in location and they have already taped several episodes even before the show starts airing on Saturday, October 24 at 5 PM.

“Sunday Noontime Live” stars who joined the mediacon are Maja Salvador, Catriona Gray, Jake Ejercito and Donny Pangilinan, directed by Johnny Manahan. Donny says the show will be different from other noontime shows as “It’s going to be young, fun, and extraordinary.”

This will start airing 12 noon on Sunday, October 18. Piolo Pascual is also a host but was conspicuously absent. Writers were asking why he didn’t show up at the TV5 mediacon and one writer said: “Umiiwas siguro at baka matanong about BB Gandanghari.”

Stars of the romantic drama “I Got You” present in the mediacon are Beauty Gonzales, RK Bagatsing and Jane Oineza. Beauty plays Del, a new therapist in Zamboanga who studied in Spain. She meets RK as Louie, a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

They fall in love and it is a whirlwind romance but eventually Beauty discovers that RK’s stories are all full of lies so she confronts him about it. They split and years later, Beauty puts up her own therapy clinic and later meets Jane Oineza as Rissa, a beauty blogger who’s having problems with her boyfriend.

What Beauty doesn’t know is that Jane or Rissa is the new girlfriend of RK. “I Got You” is a unique love triangle with a twist from hit moviemaker, Dan Villegas of “English Only, Please” and “Exes Baggage”. This will be shown on Sundays after “Sunday Noontime Live”.

The real horror story

Kim Chiu
Kim Chiu

HALLOWEEN is just around the corner, so it’s understandable that we now start hearing stories about celebrities having frightening paranormal experiences, like Kim Chiu allegedly being visited by a “tikbalang” while she was shooting a scary movie.

The horror flick is intended as a Halloween presentation so this is undoubtedly a part of their promo. This will not be shown in theaters but only online and they will charge those who want to watch it. For sure, this will be a test case if this kind of movie-watching would work for moviegoers in this season of the pandemic.

Those who are joining the Metro-Manila Filmfest online will more or less gauge with this if they have good chances of getting their return of investment in this manner. Personally, our feeling is that people would still prefer to watch in moviehouses.

Moviegoing as a ritual involves not just the actual watching of movies on the big screen but the whole idea of going out of the house as a family for a change of scenery and in order to relax in the mall, watch a movie and also eat out. The real horror story for producers is if movie-watching online would turn out to be a big flop, since most local moviegoers are now used to free streaming channels.

On TV, for sure, TV shows like “Magpakailanman”, “Jessica Soho Presents”, “Maalaala Mo Kaya”, “Wish Ko Lang”, etc. will have special Halloween presentations featuring stories on the occult like ghostly apparitions, possessions and what have you. To be honest, we no longer get terrified with all this kind of shows and movies the materials of which are now all very familiar.

What is actually much more scary in real life is going out of the comforts or your own home, only to be infected by the virus and afterwards, you cannot even get yourself admitted in any hospital because they are already full of patients! Now, that’s the real horror story!