A number of ABS-CBN stars are set to appear on TV5 after Brighlight Productions scored a block time agreement with the Manny Pangilinan-led Kapatid Network.
Brightlight Productions is headed by its President and CEO, former congressman Albee Benitez.
Benitez said the block time deal with TV5 aimed at “(reawakening) the Filipino TV viewing habits that may have waned in the past few months of crisis.”
Some of the programs that will be soon shown on TV 5 include “Laugh Out Loud”, a daily noontime variety show produced by Star Magic’s Johnny Manahan which will feature Billy Crawford, Alex Gonzaga, K Brosas, and Wacky Kiray.
Director Jeffrey Jeturian meanwhile will have a sitcom titled “Oh My Dad” which will star Ian Veneracion, Dimples Romana, Sue Ramirez, Ariel Urieta, and Gloria Diaz.
Piolo Pascual and Catriona Gray on the other hand will lead “Sunday Noontime Variety Show” which will be directed also by Star Magic’s Mr. M.
A weekly rom-com drama series “I Got You” will feature Beauty Gonzalez, RK Bagatsing, and Yen Santos and will be directed by Dan Villegas.
Bobot Mortiz meanwhile will have a gag show “Sunday Kada Kada Sunday” to be starred by Jayson Gainza, Miles Ocampo, and others Kapamilya stars.
Korina Sanchez will be back with a magazine show “Rated Korina”.
Prior to these confirmed shows, it was earlier reported that Benitez will reprise Home Sweetie Home with John Lloyd Cruz and Banana Sundae with a different name on TV5.
Kapamilya shows on TV5 did not come as a surprise as it was already expected after the congress denied ABS-CBN franchise application on July 10.
Before Brightlight Productions, APT which has also a blocktime deal with TV5 had already gotten Kapamilya stars Pokwang and Ria Atayde to host several TV5 programs. Pokwang and Ria however remain Star Magic artists.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN entertainment head Lauren Dyogi said while there were those who chose to accept job offers from other networks, there were still those who chose to stay with the Kapamilya network and stick it out until ABS-CBN comes back to serve more Filipinos.
“Ang mas maganda pong balitang natanggap namin marami rin po kaming nakausap na artista ang nagsasabi na they will stay loyal and they will stick out to the Kapamilya network hanggang ito po ay makabangon,” Dyogi said.
Dyogi also shared that even before the verdict on the ABS-CBN franchise some artists already told them their negotiations with rival networks and they understand it because they don’t want these stars to lose their source of income, especially during a pandemic.
“Bago po mawalan kami ng prangkisa ay may mga ilan na pong artists ang nagpaalam na lumipat sa ibang network. Hindi naman po ito bago, sa mga nakaraang panahon ay nangyari na po ito at pinayagan naman po namin sila,” he revealed.
He also added that it’s a compliment on their part that the Kapamilya artists are in-demand at other networks.
“It’s a compliment to us kasi dito po namin napapatunayan na ang aming mga Kapamilya stars ay de kalibre talaga at in-demand kaya hinahabol sila ng ibang agencies or management,” Dyogi added.