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The Return of Juan Direction, Plus Wattpad Stories Premiere on TV5

The Fil-foreign quintet known as ‘Juan Direction’ is back.

Michael McConnell, Daniel Marsh, Brian Wilson, Henry Edwards and Charlie Sutcliffe return for a two-week special starting tonight. They will be joined by a new set of hunky Fil-foreigners: male supermodel and 2014 Mr. World Philippines winner John Spainhour, American Ninja Warrior finalist Shane Daniels, and Cosmopolitan centerfold hunk Wil Dasovich.

The ‘Juan Direction’ special will be known as ‘Islanders’. As the title suggests, the original ‘Juan Direction’ and their Fil-foreign visitors will be stranded on the islands of Masbate and experience their fair share of adventures and misadventures in an isolated setting.

Since debuting in October 2013, ‘Juan Direction’ has become one of TV5’s top programs. This led to bigger opportunities for the quintet on other Kapatid programs; their most recent project, ‘One of the Boys’, aired from May to July of this year.

The upcoming ‘Juan Direction’ special is not the only new offering on TV5, however.

As part of TV5’s deal with the Canadian-based company Wattpad, the Kapatid network will air a drama special called ‘Wattpad Presents’. The first offering from the series, ‘My Tag Boyfriend’, premieres tonight and will run throughout the week.

Starring real-life couple Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Sam Concepcion, ‘My Tag Boyfriend’ tells the story of a Facebook addict whose accidental tag of a campus hearthrob on her status post went viral. A series of funny encounters eventually led to a relationship between the two.

In addition to ‘My Tag Boyfriend’, three other stories from Wattpad are in production and will be aired over the next few weeks: ‘Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody’, starring Mark Neumann, Shaira Mae dela Cruz, and Diego Loyzaga; ‘Poser’, starring Akihiro Blanco, Chanel Morales and Sam Rodriguez; and ‘Almost a Cinderella Story’, starring Eula Caballero and Carl Guevara.

The entry of ‘Wattpad Presents’ should bring good vibes to Filipino Wattpad writers and romance enthusiasts. Having penetrated the big screen via the likes of ‘Diary ng Panget’, ‘She’s Dating the Gangster’ and ‘Talk Back and You’re Dead’, Wattpad now hopes to enjoy a similar level of success on the small screen, something TV5 is more than willing to provide.

‘Wattpad Presents’ and ‘Juan Direction: Islanders’ will air back-to-back starting at 7:00 p.m. later tonight on TV5.


22 thoughts on “The Return of Juan Direction, Plus Wattpad Stories Premiere on TV5

  1. DH664 says:

    September 22 – September 26 My Tag Boyfriend
    September 29 – October 3 Mr. Popular Meets Ms. Nobody
    October 6 – October 10 Poser
    October 13 – October 18 Almost a Cinderella Story

    After those ‘Wattpad Presents’ specials, the 40th PBA Season will air live on TV5.

  2. Heard from ABS insider- that the initial episodes of several new teleseryes didnt pass the management review and thats the reason why there’s a current scramble within their program line up, though the placement of My App Boyfie in the Wansapanataym series is still puzzling.

    • Why are you posting a comment about ABS? TV5 shows ang pinaguusapan rito, not ABS. Next time, post a comment on a more appropriate article.

      Regarding this issue, now we know why KGold is so dilapidated nowadays. Kung inayos nila ito in advance, chances are walang Kapamilya Blockbusters sa KGold. But at this point, may KB, and GMA afternoon teleseryes are taking advantage of this lull.

  3. KG says:

    Di ko nagustuhan yung isang version ng Juan Direction before the Islanders. Purong arteng pangchickboy sila sa mga tasks ang JD.

    I hope it got better dahil may kinuhang bago sa grupo. One of my friends is a certified JD fan.

    • I hope so too. Mostly pang-entertainment na lang itong JD, and unlike before na pwedeng iere sa AksyonTV dahil ‘educational’ ang tema, now hindi na pwede. Mas bagay na ito as a reality entertainment program,

  4. Jason says:

    Pero grabe yung nangyari sa NCAA kahapon. Kailangan na talagang ilipat yang NCAA sa ibang channel ng TV5 o bitiwan na lang. Nasasayang yung program slots nila. Mas pinapanood ko pa kasi itong TV5 kaysa sa ibang istasyon.

    • The NCAA should leave TV5 and find another station. Kung pwede sana sa GMA News TV na lang, if they have enough equipment for sports coverage.

      With all these weather disturbances cancelling some of the games, chances are matatapos uli sa Nobyembre itong NCAA, which is not good. Yung four-a-week sked nila isn’t helping their cause. Dapat ginawa na lang nila ang five-a-week sked, all doubleheaders, para naman matapos kaagad ang season.

  5. Nameless says:

    Medyo hindi ko na type ang JD nowadays. Parang “famewhore” na lang ang appeal nila eh. Sorry to say, kahit gwapo sila. Kasi yung Islanders series nila ngayon, parang wholesome version lang ng Boracay Bodies but in a way na puro team challenges.

    Sa drama series naman nila, teen-friendly na dahil sa WattPad. A good idea! And it will serve as a stint also for their homegrown stars, pero sana pagtuunan nila ng pansin yung mga talents nila, on how will they raise their neophyte celebs into real stardom. Kasi for now, puro kay Jasmine ang atensyon ng tv5.

    • Kung baga, training ground ang Wattpad Stories para sa young talent, which is a good idea. They need to push the envelope in terms of developing these young stars.

      And since JD became a daily series, AksyonTV stopped airing it, dahil nagle-lean na masyado sa entertainment side rather than the informative side of things.

      • Nameless says:

        And hati lang yata pala ang news5 & Island Media Asia in producing that show.

        Speaking of JD, medyo unfair ‘yung 2 members nila na sumali sa The Amazing Race PH-2. They are already a talent of tv5 na, eh. Tapos ‘yung mga kalaban nila dun are non-celebrities but good-looking. Sana ang kinuha na lang nila ay ‘yung mga nag-lielow na celebs like LJ Alapag nung Season 1.

      • Nameless says:

        Yung 2 members ng JD na nasa Amazing Race PH-2 ngayon? Sina Charlie Sutcliffe & Daniel Marsh. 🙂 Team Juan D sila sa show na ‘yun. Napanood mo na ba ang latest teaser nila with other team tandems? Nandun sila.

      • Wow!! Nagiging infection na ‘tong celebrities na ginagawang contestants sa reality show. Even the US Amazing Race is doing that; ilan sa mga ex-Survivor castaways kinukuha rin ng TAR US.

      • Nameless says:

        Yes. High-profile celebs-turning-contestants in reality shows. Yung PBB, nagawa na rin nila ‘yan thru Matsunaga & Alex G. Pero we hope naman na sana ay dumaan rin sila sa auditions tulad ng mga ordinary aspirants. Pero yung sa US, from reality show to another ang peg nila, tulad ng nasabi mo from Survivor to TAR-US.

  6. Jason says:

    Mayroon ba ng mga Wattpad stories ang GMA? Kailangan nila to yung ABS more on movies sila at yung TV5 may kasunod rin na ibang stories pagkatapos ng naunang apat.

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