Willie Revillame returns to GMA-7 when he signed an airtime agreement with the network to air his new show, “WowoWin.” The show will start airing on April 26, Sunday.
The contract signing was attended by Atty. Felipe Gozon; President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., and Executive Vice President and CFO Felipe S. Yalong.
Atty. Gozon said they are pleased to have Willie back with them since he has a very large following. GMA-7’s partnership with Willie’s WBR Entertainment will be the signal of the long awaited return to TV of the TV host-comedian.
The last time Willie was seen on TV was on TV5’s “Wowowillie” last October 2013. After the contract signing, Willie said it was in GMA-7 where he really started.
But the excitement is not meant for him, but for his fans and supporters who have been waiting for this new show.
Willie admitted that the discussions with GMA-7 has been long and crucial. Among the issues they have to tresh out are the conflicts he had with some known Kapuso personalities.
Willie wanted to see first if he was really welcome to the network before signing the contract. He was also open with them about the personalities he had conflicts with before.
According to reports, the show will run for one-and-a-half hours and will solely be hosted by Willie. His staff from TV5 before will be the same production running this show. Randy Santiago, Willie’s close friend, will direct “WowoWin.”
The timeslot for the show will be at 3:30PM to 5PM every Sunday after “Sunday All Stars.” Willie did not want to go against “ASAP 20,” ABS-CBN’s musical variety show, because Direk Johnny Manahan is very close to him.
As of now, GMA-7 is still looking for a studio to rent for the new show.
Reports that Willie is returning to the Kapuso network started when Joey de Leon, Willie’s former nemesis, admitted that he’s negotiating on behalf of Willie for him to be able to air his show on the network.
Williw started in showbiz in 1986 as one of the “Hawi Boys” of Randy Santiago in the now defunct show “Lunch Date.” He made TV programs with IBC-13, RPN-9 and PTV4.
He transferred to ABS-CBN in 1998 via the sitcom “Richard Loves Lucy.” He hosted his first variety show through “Magandang Tanghali Bayan” that same year.
In 2005, “Wowowee” was launched, where he was known as a premiere gameshow master. A misunderstanding with the Kapamilya network emerged in 2010, which forced him to transfer to TV5.
While with the Kapatid network, he did “Willing-Willie” (2010), “Wil Time Bigtime” (2011) and “Wowowillie” (2013).