MANILA — ABS-CBN on Tuesday introduced to trade partners its slate of new TV and digital shows, as well as film offerings, for the first quarter of 2019.
Dubbed “Family is Love” after the media giant’s Christmas station ID, the trade event announced or teased a total of 21 projects set for release next year.
The titles were divided into categories: reality and variety, digital (iWant), movies, and teleserye. Here’s a look at each of them, including the details known so far:
WORLD OF DANCE PHILIPPINES
To be hosted by Pia Wurtzbach and Luis Manzano, the dance competition will be judged by Billy Crawford, Maja Salvador, and Gary Valenciano. Participants are aged 8 years old and above. The grand winner will have a chance to compete in the US version of the format.
MINUTE TO WIN IT: LAST MAN STANDING
The hit game show will return with all-new challenges, to be hosted still by Luis Manzano.
SEARCH FOR THE IDOL PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN’s version of the international format for aspiring singers will see “Asia’s Songbird” Regine Velasquez as one of its judges. The nationwide auditions have already kicked off. Judges who will join Velasquez will be announced soon.
9 iWANT ORIGINALS
ABS-CBN’s streaming platform iWant is set to roll out more original offerings ranging different genres, including “High,” “Project Feb 14,” “Story of My Life,” “The End,” “Commuters,” “Touch Screen,” “Find the Wasabi,” “Jhon en Martian,” “Everybody Loves Baby Wendy.”
Directed by Mikhail Red, the horror-thriller centers on a clairvoyant counselor who investigates a murder in a Catholic school. It stars Bea Alonzo and Charo Santos-Concio.
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HEART OF MINE
The Star Cinema movie will see the first big-screen team-up of Jennylyn Mercado, Richard Gutierrez, and JM de Guzman.
SAKALING MAGING TAYO
The Black Sheep offering sees the big-screen debut of McCoy de Leon and Elisse Joson in lead roles. It’s directed by JP Habac.
Arci Munoz and JC Santos bring a fresh team-up to the big screen in this Black Sheep production directed by Andoy Ranay.
After “Maria Leonora Teresa,” Jodi Sta. Maria takes on horror anew in this film project.
The still-untitled Black Sheep production is expected to see a more “mature” Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, with Antoinette Jadaone as their director.
Produced by Dreamscape Entertainment Television, the thriller stars Jodi Sta. Maria, Bela Padilla, Sandino Martin, Tony Labrusca, Ketchup Eusebio, Kit Thompson, and Ivana Alawi. Directing the series is Dan Villegas.
NANG NGUMITI ANG LANGIT
Debuting child actress Sophia Reola joins Kaye Abad and Cristine Reyes in this series directed by FM Reyes.
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THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER
Starring Angel Locsin as the titular character, the action-drama series is billed as ABS-CBN’s biggest TV production in 2019. Joining her in the cast are Albert Martinez, Tirso Cruz III, Janice de Belen, Eula Valdez, Maricel Soriano, Paulo Avelino, JC de Vera, Loisa Andalio, and Ronnie Alonte. The Dreamscape production is directed by Manny Palo and Mervyn Brondial.