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New shows starring Sharon, Ogie, Aga lead TV5′s 4th quarter primetime slate

Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Tuesday Vargas, Arci Muñoz, Ara Mina, Sharon Cuneta, Aga Muhlach, Ogie Alcasid and Nadine Samonte at the trade show for TV5's new shows at the NBC Tent on Wednesday. (Teddy Pelaez/InterAksyon)

In a star-studded trade launch at the NBC Tent at The Fort in Bonifacio Global City on Wednesday, TV5 officially introduced its new shows for the fourth quarter of the year in a campaign dubbed as “Everyday All The Way”.

The formidable line-up of entertainment, news and sports programs include three new daily shows and two weekly series scheduled for primetime as introduced by TV5 chief entertainment content officer Wilma V. Galvante.

Kicking off the new daily primetime line-up starting October 14 is “Madam Chairman”, Sharon Cuneta’s long-awaited “tawa-serye” written by “Showbiz Police” co-host Jose Javier Reyes and directed by Joel Lamangan.

Playing the title role of a barangay chairman who shuffles roles as a wife, mother and elected head of their community, Sharon is supported by a nice mix of veteran actors and talented newcomers in Jay Manalo, Ciara Sotto, Bayani Agbayani, Cita Obrero, Hermes Magpantay, Manny Castañeda, Fanny Serrano, and “Artista Academy finalists” Akihiro Blanco, Shaira Mae Dela Cruz and Nicole Estrada.

“Madam Chairman” will air weeknights at 7PM.

Tears will follow the laughs as actor and singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid takes centerstage and the 7:30PM weeknight slot in his new drama teleserye, “The Gift”.

Directed by Michael Tuviera, the series follows the story of a musician who became an instant father to the orphaned child of the woman he considers as the love of his life. Nadine Samonte will play Ogie’s love interest while Arci Muñoz, Ara Mina, Leo Martinez, Candy Pangilinan and Joshen Bernardo are also in the cast.

Next up is Aga Muhlach’s debut as a game show host in “Let’s Ask Pilipinas”, the local franchise of the American hit game show “Let’s Ask America” which will air from Monday to Friday at 8PM.

Directed by Conci Flores, the show takes advantage of modern internet technology and allows contestants to win as much as P50,000 just by playing the game in the comforts of their home through video calls made on their computers, tablets or mobile phones.

In addition to these exciting daily shows, two intriguing and provocative one-hour weekly drama series will make their primetime debut on October 17.

First up at 8PM is “Positive” which follows the story of a call center agent who discovers he is HIV-positive. As he traces his checkered past, he also finds himself getting in touch with those he had liaisons with in an effort to determine how he got infected with the dreaded virus.

Directed by Eric Quizon, the series is headlined by Martin Escudero and features a stellar cast that includes Helga Krapf, Rufa Mae Quinto, Bianca Manalo, Mercedes Cabral, Bing Loyzaga, Felix Roco and Malak So Shdifat.

Also airing every Thursday back-to-back with “Positive” is “For Love or Money”, an intriguing story reminiscent of the classic Hollywood film “Indecent Proposal” that takes over the 9PM slot.

Directed by Mac Alejandre, the series follow the story of a hard-luck married couple played by Derek Ramsay and Ritz Azul whose lives are suddenly turned upside down by a mysterious wealthy woman played by Alice Dixson, who offers the wife millions in exchange for a month-long rendezvous with the husband. Also confirmed to be part of the cast is Mara Lopez.

Galvante added that not everything is new as far as TV5 entertainment is concerned. The Tagalized versions of Hollywood blockbusters that have proven to be popular with viewers will continue to be part of TV5’s weeknight primetime fare.