Seems like ABS-CBN is expediting its bid to offer its most ambitious line-up yet, after the tv station went off the air and ultimately lost its franchise in May and July, respectively, last year.
Now airing its programs through free-to-air channel A2Z Channel 11, and cable channel, Kapamilya Channel, the now franchise-less network is set to debut Huwag Kang Mangamba, Almost Paradise, and a few more big programs within March.
ABS-CBN continues to hurdle the challenges of not having a franchise and its limited free tv reach, with new programs intended to capture audiences across viewing platforms. Currently, most ABS-CBN programs are being carried by Zoe Broadcasting Network Incorporated-owned A2Z Channel 11 on free television, and Kapamilya Channel on cable-TV. And while the rumor that more of its flagship programs will follow ASAP Natin ‘To and FPJ Da King on TV5, with A2Z alone, ABS-CBN can present itself as a strong contender, in a rating game currently lorded by GMA Network.
After its iWantTFC debut, the much-awaited comeback of the original Dao Ming Si, Jerry Yan, is finally happening on March 15. Count Your Lucky Stars marks the first time Jerry Yan worked with the new generation’s Dong Shan Cai, Shen Yue, as lead stars in a tv series.
Fresh from its successful debut on WGN in the US, last year and on the AVOD service, IMDBTV, last month, Almost Paradise, is set to excite weekend primetime audiences with thrilling action and adventure. The series stars The Librarians star, Christian Kane, in a grand production made possible by the collaboration between American content producer, Electric Entertainment, and ABS-CBN.
On March 22, the magical blessings of ‘Bro’ will once again capture Kapamilya audiences, as Huwag Kang Mangamba premieres.
The ensemble drama features an all-star cast, featuring the Gold Squad—comprised of teen stars, Andrea Brillantes, Kyle Echarri, Seth Fedelin, and Francine Diaz—alongside RK Bagatsing, Enchong Dee, Angeline Quinto, Lance Carr, Mercedes Cabral, Alyanna Angeles, and industry veterans, Sylvia Sanchez, Nonie Buencamino, Eula Valdez, Matet de Leon, Soliman Cruz, and Diether Ocampo. Reportedly sharing the same universe as May Bukas Pa, the show continues ABS-CBN’s tradition of giving its audience inspiring and faith-centered dramas
Reportedly also airing very soon are upcoming Kapamilya programs, Init Sa Magdamag—which stars Gerald Anderson, Yam Concepcion, and JM de Guzman—as well as the Erich Gonzales starrer, La Vida Lena, which has already completed its run on the streaming service, iWantTFC.
More explosive programs under the Together-As-One campaign are set to make debuts in the following months, the most anticipated of which is the modern television reiteration of Darna, which will have Kapamilya actress, Jane de Leon, donning the iconic red suit.
Aside from A2Z channel 11, expect prime time programs of ABS-CBN from ‘FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’ up to ‘PBB: Connect’ on TV5 starting March 8.