OWN execs talk the network’s climb, Lohan series

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The upcoming Lindsay Lohan series on OWN will be more documentary than reality show.

OWN and Harpo Studios Presidents Erik Logan and Sheri Salata told journalists Thursday attending the annual Television Critics Association press tour that filmmaker Amy Rice will direct the series.

Rice directed the 2009 documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama.” The series will be produced by Pilgrim Studios and Winfrey will appear on the show.

In an one-on-one interview with The Associated Press, Logan expanded on plans for the show saying, “part of what makes this opportunity very exciting (is) because I don’t think it’s gonna be anything that anybody expects.”

Logan said Winfrey is currently on vacation and with Lohan still in rehab the direction of the series will unfold once the two begin talking.

The partnership will begin with an exclusive interview to tape and air in August, followed by an eight-part series slated to air in 2014.

As for reports of a $ 2 million dollar deal for Lohan to agree to do the show, Logan and Salata would not comment.

“We don’t comment on any of the deals that we have with any of our partners through any of our contracts,” said Logan. “Those are all confidential and proprietary. We have a great partner with Lindsay’s manager and her team. They’ve been very collaborative and I think they’re all aligned with potentially what we want to accomplish so we’re excited about getting to work about it.

The Lohan “get” is just one in a long line of big interviews that Winfrey has managed to snag since launching OWN — the biggest arguably being with Lance Armstrong in February.

“Here’s another little secret,” said Salata, “Oprah, we’re finding out, is quite the booker herself. Oprah booked Lance Armstrong. The truth is it’s such a huge advantage. It is competitive to get interviews especially exclusive and first ones but what a huge advantage. You’re gonna sit down with Oprah Winfrey and she’s gonna help you tell your story.”

Winfrey has also interviewed Beyonce, Rihanna and Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina not long after the death of her mother.

OWN is now the fastest growing cable network in America for women ages 25-54. With programming like “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” about former Ikette Robbie Montgomery and “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” OWN has proven to be very popular with African American women which Logan said they appreciate but want to build upon.

“One of the great blessings in the network’s growth in the last couple of years was this audience started to gravitate toward the network faster than others…When you find an audience you nurture that audience but when you pull yourself away from it and you look at the Oprah brand, the African American audience is really only a part of it and what you see is a broad brand, a very encompassing brand and so…I think Lindsay Lohan is an example of how the brand is going to continue to expand.”





Alicia Rancilio covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow her online at http://www.twitter.com/aliciar

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(VIDEO) FULL TRAILER: Upcoming ABSCBN Series for 60th Year of Television, “Muling Buksan Ang Puso”

WATCH the full Trailer of MULING BUKSAN ANG PUSO HERE. “Muling Buksan Ang Puso” will be directed by Manny Palo and Nuel Crisostomo Naval. 

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(VIDEO) FULL TRAILER: Upcoming ABSCBN Series for 60th Year of Television, “Muling Buksan Ang Puso”

(TV) Nash Aguas, Jairus Aquino, Sharlene San Pedro Enters Teen Comedy Series, “LUV U”

“Goin’ Bulilit” graduates Nash Aguas, Alexa Ilacad, Kobi Vidanes, Sharlene San Pedro and Mika dela Cruz along with “Super Inggo” former child star Jairus Aquino make a big comeback on television. They comprise the new cast of the hit afternoon teen comedy series “LUV U.”

The new season will focus on the students’ relationship with their parents and siblings, as well as tackle thrill of fun of high school and the bittersweet experience of first love.

“Apart from the ‘kilig,’ viewers will also be provided with insights and lessons about dealing with teenage dilemmas as well as family problems,” says Ricky Victoria, head writer of “LUV U.”

Victoria adds that with these new elements, the show hopes to attract older viewers like moms and dads.

Aside from the new enrollees of Lamberto Uy Villarama Universirty (LUV U), “Let’s Go” Alumna Eda Nolan will also enter the fun-filled university as a new teacher. To add more delight, the character of Bentong (Mang Jules) will also have a love interest.

Fans of “LUV U” are excited for the new love teams. In fact, netizens are guessing who these pairs will be through their tweets and Facebook status updates.

Don’t miss the new season of “LUV U” which begins on June 16 (Sunday) on ABS-CBN Channel 2 after “ASAP 18.”

(TV) Nash Aguas, Jairus Aquino, Sharlene San Pedro Enters Teen Comedy Series, “LUV U”

(TV) Joel Lamangan Announces Guy and Pip TV Series on Nora Aunors’s 60th Birthday

Happy to have been invited to the 6oth Birthday of the one and only Superstar Ms. Nora Aunor tonight as I blog (may 21). Seeing fellow bloggers and friends from the press., noranians from all generations were also present and happy to see the energy still there!


Highlight of the night was the big announcement that surprised all of us. Together with TV5 Business Unit Head JoAnn Banaga and director Joel Lamangan, Ms. Nora Aunor officially announced her next project—the romantic made-for-TV movie When I Fall In Love, which she will headline alongside former on-screen partner Tirso Cruz III. The cast of the upcoming tele-movie, which includes Marvin Agustin, Nadine Samonte, Karel Marquez, and Akihiro Blanco, were also present to share this news.

I have seen some of the important films of Pinoy movie industry and I would say that some of those are Nora Aunor’s starrrer. I cannot say Im a noranian I would say that almost everything she did in the past, are worthy of all recognitions.

Nora’s birthday bash truly became a joyful affair for the award-winning actress as it gave her a chance to spend time with her supporters who have been with her throughout her career. The program, entitled “Noon, Bukas, Ngayon (Isang Natatanging Selebrasyon Para sa Nag-iisang Superstar),” served as a Grand Fans Day that featured a touching segment where 60 representatives from Ate Guy’s various fan clubs gave their idol gifts and loving messages. Ate Guy has gained fans from all ages, each of them carrying stories of how the Superstar touched their lives.

Other highlights of the event included performances from Ate Guy’s anak-anakan in showbiz—Vin Abrenica, Sophie Albert, Edgar Allan Guzman, Eula Caballero, and Nadine Samonte. Her daughter Matet de Leon was also present in the event. Several of Ate Guy’s friends in the entertainment industry also took time out to send their well wishes via video greetings.

Aside from the return of the famed Guy and Pip love team, Noranians should also watch out for her next film Ang Kwento Ni Mabuti. The much anticipated CineFilipino Film Festival entry of acclaimed independent filmmaker Mes de Guzman is touted to be another potentially award-winning project for Ate Guy. The Superstar gives a performance like audiences have never seen before, delivering all her lines in Ilocano for the first time as she takes on the titular role of Mabuti.

With new and exciting projects ahead of her, Ate Guy shows no signs of retiring anytime soon. If anything, the love from her fans and the unwavering support of her family and her friends in the industry fuels her to continue sharing her world-class talents with everyone, touching their lives on- and offscreen. At 60, it seems that the best is yet to come for the country’s Superstar.

Happy Birthday Superstar!

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(TV) Joel Lamangan Announces Guy and Pip TV Series on Nora Aunors’s 60th Birthday