Actor-director Michael V., aka Bitoy, pointed out on Wednesday, June 8, that GMA Network needs to become the best comedy network in the Philippines once again.
The Kapuso Network became the true home of the best comedic talents in the country. This year alone, the TV station has produced a number of sitcoms, including Bonggang Villa, Happy To-Get-Her, and the upcoming GTV comedy show Tols.
“Parang for me, it’s about time na i-reclaim muli ‘yung korona na iyon ng GMA,” Bitoy said during the virtual media conference for Pepito Manaloto: Tuloy ang Kuwento.
Recalling the KiliTV of GMA Network, the actor realized that Filipinos needed to laugh, especially during this pandemic.
“A lot of people actually missed those days lalo na ngayon na nagkaroon ng problema ‘di ba? Nagkaroon ng pandemic. Hindi mo maiaalis sa mga Pinoy ang kagustuhang tumawa, at maaliw sa mga pinapanuod nila.”
He added, “TV shows, sitcoms, ‘yon ang isa sa mga solutions—temporary solutions—at least para diyan sa mga ganiyang problemang dinadaanan ng mga Pinoy.”
Meanwhile, GMA Network has launched its “Comedy Weekend,” which Bitoy hopes to be elevated to weekdays.
“So we’re starting with Comedy Weekend and hopefully, maging araw-araw na ulit.”
In the meantime, he is busy with Pepito Manaloto: Tuloy Ang Kuwento, the continuation of the first Pepito Manoloto after the Kapuso Network produced a prequel titled Unang Kwento.
The newest sitcom will feature the original cast: Bitoy, Manilyn Reyes, Jake Vargas, Angel Satsumi, Ronnie Henares, and Jon Feir. Chariz Solomon, Janna Dominguez, Jen Rosendahl, and Art Solinap will also return.
Catch the grand premiere of Pepito Manaloto: Tuloy Ang Kuwento on GMA Network, June 11.