MANILA, Philippines - Controversial television host Willie Revillame is gearing up for a new show on network TV5 despite his pending legal battle with ABS-CBN, an online report said.
Citing its anonymous source, the Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) reported that a group of dancers and staff from his defunct ABS-CBN show, "Wowowee," is joining the TV host on its new program.
The group, according to the report, is composed of more than 30 people who resigned after the Kapamilya network replaced "Wowowee" with a new game-variety show called "Pilipinas, Win na Win."
The report added that they have been rehearsing for more than a week now for the upcoming noontime show. The writer of the PEP article wrote that he personally witnessed the rehearsal held on September 8 at a studio owned by Viva Entertainment in Quezon City.
According to a PEP source, it will be a pre-recorded show and tapings will start "anytime this week."
Rumor has it that the new program wil be titled "Wiling-Willie Kami!" If there are no hitches, the report said it might start airing either end of this month or on October 10.
Revillame and ABS-CBN had a falling out after the TV host's outburst on "Wowowee" last May.
He demanded from the network's executives to fire entertainment columnist Jobert Sucaldito, host of a radio dzMM program and "The Buzz," due to his alleged unfair criticisms.
After a series of meetings and amid speculations, the network has decided to cancel "Wowowee," prompting Revillame to organize a press conference to announce his decision to unilaterally end his contract with ABS-CBN.
His contract will expire in September 2011.
ABS-CBN, however, refused to release him from his contract obligations. Reports said the network also reminded rivals GMA 7 and TV 5 about Revillame's existing contract obligations.
It also warned them against entering into an agreement with Revillame as this would result in a lawsuit, reports added.
Revillame has already sought “judicial confirmation” of his rescission of contract as host of the noontime show "Wowowee."