TV 5 gears up weekends, GMA reaches out


MANILA, Philippines - TV5 launches or revitalizes 8 programs for its weekend prime-time block in a bid to conquer weekend programming, while GMA-7 steps outside the realm of TV viewership for its outreach programs.

The network's attempt to shape up altogether its enterprise presents an exciting phase in the otherwise perennial TV wars, which bring to mind the cheerful rivalries in television history - the era of Joe Quirino, Inday Badiday, Eddie Mercado, and Archie Lacson.

If these big names from the past are unfamiliar to today's viewers, it means today's celebrities are looking at their possible future.

A new talk show, "Showbiz Police," will air on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6pm. Directed by Jose Javier Reyes, the TV5 show will be hosted by Raymond Gutierrez, Divine Lee, Cristy Fermin, and Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez of Leyte.

Ogie Alcasid and Gelli de Belen, the original gagsters from "Tropang Trumpo" of TV5, return to their home network with "Tropa Mo Ko UNLI," which airs 7pm, following "Showbiz Police."

Michael V hosts the local franchise of the popular US game show, "Killer Karaoke" at 8pm.

It's a song competition taken to its hilarious extreme - as opposed to the loose formality of ABS-CBN's "The Voice of the Philippines" which airs an hour later.

At 9pm, Edu Manzano endeavors late-night comedy with his talk show, "What’s Up Doods?"

This is Doods' return to late-night hosting but with a different twist - it’s now interactive. So online viewers can make crazy requests for Edu to accommodate.

On Sunday, 6pm, Aga Muhlach embarks anew on his globetrotting show with "Pinoy Explorer."

Bossing Vic Sotto follows at 7pm with the newest season of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

Then it's Joey de Leon as Mr. Fu, with his long-running Pinoy prank show, "Wow Mali Pa Rin."

Megastar Sharon Cuneta and comedian-songwriter Ogie Alcasid cap Sunday night with their musical-variety show, "The Mega and the Songwriter."

In this show, fans of Sharon and Ogie can request songs for them to sing - plus a chance to have their life story written into music by Ogie and interpreted by the Megastar.

On the GMA front

Meanwhile, GMA kicks off anew its student-welfare forum “Learniversity” at the Lyceum of the Philippines on September 17, expecting the participation of thousands of students.

The forum features various Kapuso personalities and aims to inform and inspire students on their career choices.

Journalist Jiggy Manicad, chef Pablo “Boy” Logro, and screenwriter Suzette Doctolero of “My Husband’s Lover” are among the guest speakers. 

Manicad, a Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee, has been with GMA for 15 years.

Logro is a veteran in the hotel industry and also has his cooking shows on GMA, “Kusina Master” and “Idol sa Kusina.”

Doctolero is the creator and headwriter of  “MNL,” the now-popular initials for the serye “My Husband’s Lover.” Her other top-rating programs in the past include “Amaya,” “One True Love,” “Indio,” and the “Encantadia” trilogy.

But, for sure, she will be asked a lot about “MNL,” especially this being the year of the LGBT.

And this forum will have served its purpose to reach out to the public amid the competition among the networks. -