MANILA — For the first time in three months, the hosts of "It's Showtime" returned to its ABS-CBN studio on Friday, one day before its live television return via Kapamilya Channel.
In photos posted by production head Peter Dizon, the hosts, all wearing face masks, appear to be getting briefed while seated in the audience area.
"It's Showtime" last held a live episode inside its studio in mid-March, before the coronavirus lockdown. Then, for weeks until the government shutdown of ABS-CBN in May, the noontime program was held virtually, with hosts interacting via conference call from their respective homes.
The June 12 rehearsals marked a physical reunion for its mainstays: Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Karylle, Amy Perez, Jugs Jugueta, Teddy Corpuz, and Ryan Bang.
Anne Curtis and Mariel Padilla remain on leave after they gave birth in March and November, respectively.
Owing to strict safety protocols, the hosts, as well as performers and segment judges, will have rotating physical participation inside the studio. Implementing physical distancing will also mean no live audience, and only a handful of contestants are allowed, after having done self-quarantine and rapid testing.
When it resumes on Saturday, "It's Showtime" is introducing a new slate of segments which all aim to help address the needs of Filipinos amid the coronavirus crisis. The singing competition "Tawag ng Tanghalan" has been retained, and now has a virtual barangay component.
"It's Showtime" will air weekdays and Saturdays at noon starting June 13 on Jeepney TV and Kapamilya Channel (Sky Cable Channel 8 on SD and Channel 167 on HD, Cable Link Channel 8, G-Sat Direct TV Channel 2, and PCTA member cable operators).