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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jul 18, 2012

TV5 Has Big Programming Changes With Three New Shows To Beef Up Its Primetime Ratings

TV5 HAD A grand launch for its primetime reprogramming hosted by Amy Perez and Gelli de Belen who introduced each new show and its stars on stage. First is “Third Eye”, a mystery thriller set starring Eula Caballero as the girl with the third eye that allows her to see paranormal things and Lorna Tolentino as the woman who helps her confront the supernatural. Also in the cast are Eddie Garcia, Gelli de Belen as a manananggal, Victor Silayan, Jenny Miller, Daniel Matsunaga and Clint Gabo. The series start July 29, aired every Sunday at 9 PM, with four directors: Topel Lee, Robert Quebral, Rahyan Carlos and Benedict Mique.

Starting Monday, July 30, there will be major programming changes. Right after the 6 PM news, “Aksyon”, they’ll air the first eco-fantasya, “Enchanted Garden”, about three warring princesses in a parallel world called Eden (Ruffa Gutierrez, Alice Dixson and Rufa Mae Quinto) and how their conflicts affect the mortal world. Also in the cast are Zoren Legaspi, Alex Gonzaga, Martin Escudero, Edgar Allan Guzman, Marita Zobel, Luz Valdez, Meg Imperial, Tony Mabesa, Gladys Reyes, Christopher Roxas and BB Gandanghari as Geisha Michiko in whose spa is located the secret portal that leads to the enchanted garden. This is directed by Joel Lamangan, Eric Quizon and Joyce Bernal.

This is followed from 7 to 9PM by “Wiltime Bigtime”, but we’re sure Willie Revillame will still go overtime. At 9 PM, “Artista Academy” will start, hosted from Monday to Friday by Marvin Agustin and on Saturday by Cesar Montano. 8 boys and 8 girls will be chosen as finalists from the estimated 12,000 applicants in the audition. They will be going to school at Wilma Galvante’s Asian Academy for TV Arts from Monday to Friday, with Joel Lamangan as acting teacher, Louie Ocampo for music and Georcelle Dapat for dancing. By Saturday, they’ll take their exams live and one will be eliminated. The judges are Lorna T, Gelli de B and Director Mac Alejandre. With these programming changes, TV5 hopes to get higher ratings on primetime.