Willie to return on TV with refurbished show

Willie Revillame will return on television on Saturday, May 14, with a new, refurbished primetime offering.

In a statement sent to Yahoo! OMG! Philippines late Tuesday, May 10, TV5 announced that the show will be titled "Wil Time Bigtime," which will occupy the timeslot of its predecessor, "Willing Willie."

The game show will have Willie and Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad as the main hosts, the statement said. It did not mention the inclusion of the other hosts in "Willing Willie" in the new show.

"I Wil be back! Bigtime sa saya at bigtime sa papremyo ang handog natin sa ating mga Kapatid na hindi bumibitaw at walang patid ang pagsuporta sa ating programa. Ang pagbabalik natin ay para sa bawat Pilipino dahil sila naman talaga ang bigtime dito. Sa Mayo 14, magpapatuloy ang oras ng saya at pag-asa," Willie was quoted as saying in the statement.

The statement added that the show will "showcase new games that will utilize an LED (light-emitting diodes) floor and new software technology for a whole new TV experience.

"This brand new approach in local game show is definitely a visual treat for all Filipinos across. While brainstorming for new segments, we're keeping in mind that these new innovations on TV shall be incorporated in all the mechanics of the games to make sure that we offer something new for everyone," said Jay Montelibano, business unit head of "Wil Time Bigtime."

The show will air at 5pm this Saturday and subsequent weeknights at 6:30pm on TV5.