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Holiday-themed series top bill TV5’s new shows

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.

Prolific TV host Regis Philbin, 88

REGIS PHILBIN, a familiar face to TV viewers as an energetic and funny talk and game show host who logged more hours in front of the camera than anyone else in the history of US television, has died aged 88, People magazine said on Saturday, citing a statement by his family.

When the art on your wall is actually a TV

UNLESS your room is a starkly modern space, the black rectangle of the television set always stands out like a sore thumb. But Samsung has a way around that interior design problem: The Frame.

Production cliff-edge forces TV industry to plunder the past

BROADCASTERS are having a hard time trying to replace canceled sporting events and live-action TV with something people want to watch.

California says film and TV production can resume as early as...

LOS ANGELES — Film and TV cameras can start rolling in California as soon as June 12, state officials said on Friday as they approved new guidelines to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus on sets.

FDCP issues guidelines for film, TV production shoots

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) on Friday announced its guidelines for production shoots in the entertainment industry under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). These will include conducting casting via video and limiting production staff.

Ryan Murphy’s The Politician isn’t the mandate Netflix needs

IF YOU’VE seen the 1999 film Election, starring Matthew Broderick as an irritated civics teacher and Reese Witherspoon as the indelible striver Tracy Flick, then you’re familiar with the basic plot and some of the main themes of The Politician, Netflix’s first series from super-producer Ryan Murphy out Sept. 27. The comparisons started almost as soon as the first trailer went out: “Ryan Murphy’s New Netflix Show The Politician Is Election on Steroids” (Vice); “Ryan Murphy’s The Politician Trailer: It’s Like Election — But With Ben Platt and Possibly Murder” (The Wrap); “What if you took the movie Election but turned it into a Ryan Murphy show on Netflix? That seems to be the premise of the dark comedy The Politician” (Vulture).

Scorsese teams with TV makers to upgrade movies at home

HOLLYWOOD’S biggest filmmakers have struck a deal to make watching movies at home more like they intended — even as they fight to keep the cinemas relevant.

Four Weddings gets a reboot, without the floppy-haired Brit

LOS ANGELES — Imagine Four Weddings and a Funeral without Hugh Grant?

Game of Thrones prequel in the works

BEVERLY HILLS — The first episode of a possible prequel series to HBO’s global hit Game of Thrones has completed filming in Belfast, a network executive said on Wednesday.

Star Trek faves to return with Patrick Stewart in Picard

SAN DIEGO — The upcoming Star Trek series about Jean-Luc Picard will reunite the beloved starship commander with android officer Data and other characters from the long-running space franchise, the cast revealed to fans at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

Game of Thrones dominates Emmy nominations

LOS ANGELES — Medieval fantasy Game of Thrones scored a record 32 Emmy nominations on Tuesday, but the contenders for the highest honors in television were dominated by newcomers, many of them women, and shows about political and social justice.

Gossip Girl gets a makeover for HBO Max

LOS ANGELES — Gossip Girl, the show that became a youth culture phenomenon with its trend-setting fashion and chronicling of the romantic lives of elite New York teens, is on its way back to television, this time in a new series for upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

Myx launches its own YouTube channel

TO MAKE artist performances accessible to everyone at anytime, Filipino music cable channel Myx has launched a new YouTube channel called All Music Myx.

Time to make your pitch on TV

BUSINESS reality TV show The Final Pitch is back for a fourth season featuring judges from previous seasons once again looking for the best Philippine startups from aspiring entrepreneurs.

The Voice Kids returns with the original coaches for Season 4

HAVING TAKEN a break after its third season in 2016, The Voice Kids returns with original coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo Mañalac, and Lea Salonga.

‘Korean Wave’ celebrity couple to split, fans mourn

SEOUL — South Korean actors Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki are splitting up less than two years after their fairytale marriage, the couple said on Thursday, shocking fans across Asia.

Park Bo Gum’s feel good fan meet

By Cecille Santillan Visto Fan Meeting Review Park Bo Gum: May Your Everyday Be A Good Day June 22, SM MOA Arena PARK BO GUM’s May Your...

HOOQ now offers free content

AFTER a successful initial run in Indonesia last year, Asian video-on-demand service HOOQ has extended its “freemium” tier to the Philippines, promising over 1,000 pieces of content that can be viewed for free.

Stream with Pride: Netflix’ suggestions for Pride Month

IN celebration of Pride Month this June, Netflix has come up with a list of movies and shows about how love and family come in all colors and stories.

Criminal haunting

CRIME procedurals have always been a popular TV series genre and with the multitude of such series airing, the main challenge is how to offer something different — and that is what The Inbetween is trying to do as the show combines a crime procedural with the paranormal.

K-drama star charms Filipino fans

WHEN Korean actor and singer Seo Kang Joon first appeared on the reality TV show Roomate five years ago, his quiet charm immediately caught the viewers’ attention, and early on pundits were confident that he had the makings of a full-fledged K-drama star.

Chernobyl ends today

THE last episode of the five-part HBO Original Miniseries Chernobyl — about the events surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor in the Ukraine which suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe — airs today at 9 a.m. on HBO GO and HBO, with a same day encore at 10 p.m.

Illegal GoT downloads include more dangers than dragons

HBO’s Game of Thrones may have finally ended its run after a decade but fans of the show who haven’t yet caught up on the series’ final episodes or those who want to relive it all again by downloading episodes illegally were treated to malware attacks instead of the actual episode, according to a study by Moscow-based cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab.

George Clooney returns to TV with Catch 22

LOS ANGELES — Twenty years after he left medical drama ER, George Clooney returns to television this month with an adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, a novel whose complexity the actor said made it ideal for a six-part series.

Henry VIII’s first wife in new show

LONDON — English Tudor King Henry VIII and his six wives are a staple tale of costume dramas — now a new television series is turning viewers’ attention to the story of the first, Catherine of Aragon.

Netflix signs deal for Thai cave rescue miniseries

BANGKOK — Netflix, Inc. is teaming up with the company behind the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians to produce a miniseries about the perilous rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.

Former teen idol Zac Efron plays serial killer Bundy in new...

LONDON — Zac Efron, who won legions of female fans in the High School Musical films, takes on a more sinister role in crime drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, playing American serial killer Ted Bundy.

Fox renews Empire without Jussie Smollett’s character

LOS ANGELES — US television network Fox on Tuesday renewed drama series Empire for a sixth season but said there were no plans to bring back the character played by Jussie Smollett, the actor who said he was the victim of a hate crime in January.

Don’t like surprises? AI predicts who survives Game of Thrones

MUNICH — If you are a Game of Thrones fan and appreciate the element of surprise, stop reading now.

For the ultimate GoT fan: How to speak Valyrian

NEW YORK — American linguist David J. Peterson may have built up the unique and ancient languages for the television series Game of Thrones but when it comes to who speaks Valyrian best, there’s no contest.

After going on international TV, the TNT Boys to tour America...

IN AN EPISODE of The Late Late Show with James Corden, the TNT Boys — 14-year-old Kiefer Sanchez, 12-year-old Francis Concepcion, and 13-year-old Mackie Empuerto — were invited to the show and performed Jennifer Hudson’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from the film Dreamgirls. As the boys were performing, pop singer Ariana Grande unexpectedly entered the stage to finish the song with them.

Game of Thrones sneakers are coming (but are not for sale)

GAME OF THRONES fans who happen to be sneakerheads may want to schedule a quick trip to Singapore to see the four limited edition, custom-designed Game of Thrones x SBTG sneakers which will be on display from April 17 to 30 at the Limited Edt Chamber store in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

Winter is coming (and so is the malware)

GAME OF THRONES is days away from the premiere of its final season (April 15 in the Philippines) and those who will miss the premiere will find themselves disappointed as Netflix isn’t carrying the series for people who want to catch up.

Listening trends for Game of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES (GOT) is as much about sounds as sights, and as the show prepares to enter its 8th and final season, Spotify has dug into how it has influenced listening.

Bill Cosby settles defamation suit brought by 7 women

CONVICTED sex offender Bill Cosby on Friday settled a federal defamation lawsuit brought by seven women who said the former actor and comedian sexually assaulted them and wrongly called them liars when they went public with their charges years later.

Chicago will sue actor Smollett for refusing to pay for police...

LOS ANGELES — Chicago will sue actor Jussie Smollett for the costs of police overtime spent investigating his claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, which prosecutors say were false, a city official said on Thursday.

Actor Derek Ramsay joins GMA

MODEL/ACTOR Derek Ramsay has signed an exclusive contract with GMA Network, ending his seven-month hiatus from show business.

Chicago mayor demands answers after Smollett hoax charges dropped

CHICAGO MAYOR Rahm Emanuel said on Wednesday he wanted to “find out what happened” to cause prosecutors to abruptly drop charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a hoax hate crime to boost his career.

TV show on growing passion for tigers

IN 2017, Academy award-winning documentary director Ross Kauffman (Born in Brothels, 2004) and his team worked through extremes of temperature — -27° Celsius in Far East Russia and 35° C in India — on a very different kind of project. For the first time in his career, Mr. Kauffman was filming a documentary about animals — specifically, tigers — a break from telling stories about people and their struggles. The documentary, Tigerland, is meant to raise awareness of a project to create preserves for the rapidly dwindling population of great cat.

YouTube denies report of plans to cancel comedies, dramas

YOUTUBE has denied that it is canceling high-end dramas and comedies on its paid service platform, refuting the claims made in a report earlier on Sunday.

Open that door? Netflix explores choose-your-own horror, romance

LOS ANGELES — A Netflix, Inc. experiment that began with viewers picking a movie character’s breakfast cereal may expand to letting the audience choose the best on-screen date or the safest path to escape an ax murderer.

Streaming costs pile up as media giants try to be like...

MEDIA giants are realizing what Netflix, Inc. already knows: Streaming is expensive.

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek vows to fight advanced pancreatic cancer

LOS ANGELES — Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, one of the most recognizable faces in US television, has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he said in a video message on Wednesday. He vowed to beat the disease despite its low survival rate.

Fiennes cousins, actor and explorer, adventure on the Nile for television

LONDON — Squeezing through tiny tunnels into a mummy’s tomb is not something to rattle veteran British explorer Ranulph Fiennes.