Holiday-themed series top bill TV5’s new shows

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LOCAL television network TV5 is ending the year with more new programs as it continues its return to entertainment programming, leading with a holiday-themed drama series titled Paano Ang Pasko.

Paano Ang Pasko is a “star-studded Christmas serye (series) that is tailor made for the times,” according to a press release. The show is written by Jun Robles Lana and directed by Enrico Quizon, Ricky Davao, and Perci Intalan.

During an online press conference for the film held on Nov. 18, Mr. Intalan said that the film held a locked-in shoot which required everyone to multitask — which led to Mr. Davao, originally just a cast member, to step in and direct parts of the series himself.

“This is bayanihan,” Mr. Intalan recalled Mr. Davao telling him after he asked Mr. Davao if he could also direct the series.

The series revolves around a family’s “unprecedented holiday gathering” and how old wounds and conflicts threaten to destroy what should be a joyous occasion. The show’s cast includes Maricel Laxa, Julia Clarete, Beauty Gonzales, Elijah Canlas, Ricky Davao, among many others.

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Paano Ang Pasko airs weekdays starting Nov. 23, 9 p.m.

Also premiering this November are five weeknight shows which form the network’s primetime block: the mystery-drama Ate ng Ate Ko, starring Kris Bernal, which airs every Monday, starting Nov. 23; romantic comedy Stay in Love, starring Maris Racal and Ruffa Guttierez, airing every Tuesday starting Nov. 24; action-drama Bella Bandida, starring Ryza Cenon, airing every Wednesday starting Nov. 25; suspense-thriller Carpool, starring Sarah Carlos, every Thursday starting Nov. 26; and Kagat ng Dilim, the 2020 edition of the horror anthology series of the 2000s, starring Matteo Guidicelli, airing every Friday starting Nov. 27. All the shows air at 9:30 p.m.

Ate ng Ate Ko, Stay-in Love, and Carpool will have a next day catch-up airing at 5:30 p.m. via One Screen on Cignal TV Channel 09 and SatLite Channel 35. Bella Bandida and Kagat ng Dilim will also have catch-up airings: Bella Bandida starting Nov. 27 on Fridays at 7 p.m., and Kagat ng Dilim starting Nov. 28, airing Saturdays at 7 p.m. The catch-up episode of both shows will be via the SARI SARI Channel on Cignal TV Channel 03 and SatLite Channel 30. — ZB Chua

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