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Willie Revillame eyes return to TV5 as  GMA gets ‘It’s Showtime’

By Jennifer T. Santos

Is Willie Revillame and his show ‘Wowowin” returning to TV 5?

Speculations on Willie’s comeback on television have made legions of fans and supporters of the popular TV host and singer alive and happy, although there is no official announcement yet from the TV station and Willie himself.

Speculations were strengthened by a photo on social media of host Willie Revillame visiting TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong City. To some, like PEP.ph and Bilyonario.com, Willie’s return to TV5 is no longer just an speculation or rumor but is a done deal and is expected to happen in April.

Veteran showbiz columnist Cristy Fermin, meanwhile, confirmed that Willie Revillame, 61, Wilfredo Buendia Revillame in real life, is making his television comeback through TV5.

In her “Showbiz Now Na” program, Cristy said that Willie will sign a contract after Holy Week. 

Earlier Cristy said she will not vote for Willie if he pushes through with his plan to run for senator in 2025 but she wants Willie to return to television because he has made millions of people happy and had helped so many people.

The photo shows Revilla and his lawyer Enrique Buko dela Cruz with Mediaquest and Cignal president President Jane Basas, TV5 President Guido Zaballero, Mediaquest CFO John Andal, and Cignal VP for channel and content Sienna Olaso.

Atty, Enrique “Buko” Dela Cruz of Divina Law  represented TVJ in their successful court case to regain control of their creation, “Eat Bulaga.”

The photo immediately sent social media abuzz with the possibility of Willie returning to TV soon. 

Speculations indicated that Willie’s “Wowowin” will be shown back to back with TV 5’s top noontime show “Eat Bulaga” hosted by the trip Tito, Vic and Joey (Vicente Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon) from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If everything goes well, this will mark Willie’s return to TV5 which was his mother station after he left ABS-CBN in 2010 and before he moved to GMA in 2015 and later to AllTV of former Senate President Manuel Villar Jr..

TV5 hopes to dominate the entire midday programming starting with the long-running noontime show Eat Bulaga, it was reported.

TV5’s strategic move as Pangilinan’s response to GMA Network’s rumored plan to ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime” as its flagship midday program after axing “Tahanang Pinakamasaya”, the ill-fated show of TAPE Inc., according to Bilyonario.com.

TV5 previously had It’s Showtime airing during its noontime slot until Pangilinan convinced TVJ to come to his network.

Although TV5 suggested moving It’s Showtime to the afternoon, ABS-CBN decided to relocate the show to GMA’s affiliate channel, GTV, to stay in the prime noontime position, Bilyonario.com reported.

While there is still no confirmation on the return of “Wowowin” on TV 5, the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP.ph), an authoritative showbiz website, already confirmed the news.

In its report, PEP stated: “Tiyak na ang pagbabalik ni Willie Revillame sa telebisyon. Mapapanood na sa TV5 ang Wowowin, ang dating game show at public service program niya sa GMA-7 at ALLTV.”

“Base sa impormasyong nakarating sa Cabinet Files, Wowowin pa rin ang pamagat ng show ni Willie sa TV5,” PEP.ph reported.

“Hindi pa naglalabas ng opisyal na anunsiyo ang TV5 tungkol sa petsa ng pagsisimula ng Wowowin, pero may mga espekulasyong mangyayari ito sa Abril 2024,” PEP.ph reported.

“Malapit na kasing matapos ang studio na ipinagagawa ni Willie sa Sta. Lucia East Mall, Cainta, Rizal,” PEP added.

Bilyonario.com, meanwhile, the return of Willie’s show on TV5 maybe part of billionaire Manny V. Pangilinan’s TV5  strengthening its hold on midday television ratings by bringing back Willie Revillame and slotting him back-to-back with Tito, Vic & Joey’s “Eat Bulaga.”

Willie’s legal counsel wrote in the caption of the photo he posted, “Wowowee sa TV5???”

Revillame’s Facebook page for his show “Wowowin” posted a similar photo. 

“BREAKING NEWS! Mga Big Boss ng TV5 at si Kuya Wil Willie Revillame nagkita!” read the caption of the photo on Willie’s Facebook page. 

After five years, the show went through different names, including “Willing Willie/Will Time Big Time” and “Wowowillie,” and was aired on TV5 from 2010 to 2013.

 In 2015, Willie  again headed a similar show with his brand of hosting on GMA-7 titled “Wowowin” until 2022. This show briefly aired for a year on the beleaguered channel All TV until last year.

Willie has been hosting game bearing several iterations and names since 2005’s “Wowowee” in ABS-CBN. 

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