No immediate replacement for ‘Wowowillie’–TV5 exec

Currently focused on strengthening its primetime and weekend programming, TV5 is in no hurry to replace Willie Revillame’s “Wowowillie,” which will air its final episode on Saturday.

Revillame’s contract with TV5 expires on Tuesday.

“It would be a loss for fans of Willie. But, right now, we want to build TV5 brick by brick. We’re doing that by boosting our primetime and weekend shows,” TV5 president and chief executive officer Noel Lorenzana told the Inquirer at the network’s trade launch at the NBC Tent in Taguig City.

Lorenzana said he was unsure whether TV5 could already go toe-to-toe with ABS-CBN’s and GMA 7’s more established noontime shows, “It’s Showtime” and “Eat Bulaga!,” respectively.

“We’ll compete in the areas [where] we can and then take it from there,” Lorenzana said. “Mahirap makipagsabayan. Hindi naman kami nagmamagaling na kaya naming lahat. And, like I’ve said, we’ll have to build pillars first.”

TV5’s chief content officer for entertainment Wilma Galvante added that they would not be producing a new noontime variety show “anytime soon or in the near future.” “We’ll probably air movies or Koreanovelas in the meantime,” she said.

“Wowowillie,” which has occupied TV5’s noontime slot since Jan. 26, is one of the many incarnations of Revillame’s controversial variety show.

Revillame started with “Wowowee” (2005-2010) on ABS-CBN. And then, after his unceremonious departure from the Kapamilya network in 2010, he initially occupied TV5’s primetime slot with “Willing Willie,” later renamed “Wil Time Big Time” (2010-2013).

Revillame’s shows on TV5 were coproduced by his own production outfit, Wil Productions, Inc. Continue Reading

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