What TV5 Needs to Do for The Amazing Race Philippines Season 3

“NEEDS to do?” Well, that’s a pretty strong headline. Actually, these are just humble (though necessary!) suggestions to hopefully give season 3 of The Amazing Race Philippines the best possible opportunity to succeed.

But let’s back up a little bit. Season 3?! Unfortunately, there is absolutely zero indication that The Amazing Race Philippines is even still alive at TV5.

I actually planned to post this as soon as a season 3 was officially announced. When/If that ever happened. It was all ready to go.

But TV5 has recently undergone some reorganization that included the dissolution of its entertainment department and moving toward outsourcing much of its programming schedule to outside producers (all of which have worked with TV5 in the past and at present).

Now TV5 has closed a deal with Viva Entertainment, the biggest independent producer and talent agency in the Philippines. Viva will now handle TV5’s entertainment division, including taking on homegrown TV5 talents with Viva CEO Vic Del Rosario in charge.

Right now, it’s a good deal as it gives TV5 an opportunity to beef up its original content which has greatly diminished in the last couple of months. Viva has plenty of experience producing feature films as well as managing its own cable networks which have included original programs featuring their stable of artists.

So how does The Amazing Race Philippines fit into this new picture? Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 4, Episode 5 – “Awesome at everything, except being a boyfriend.”

Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 4, Episode 5 – The Little Blind Tugboat That Could


Teams are sadly going home and must now head to Haida Gwaii, British Colombia with US$550 loaded onto their BMO Cashback MasterCard.

Flying via Taipei and Vancouver, teams arrive in Sandspit and must choose a 2017 Chevy Volt they must drive to a ferry that will take them to Skidegate. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Messy Execution Wastes Great Potential in Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys

Minor and HUGE spoilers ahead, but with fair warning before they begin in review.

Sentai V-Cinema Returns movies are always nice little epilogues for each season. Some can add a lot to the previous season’s story while others are just fun little visits with old friends.

Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys FINAL WARS, however, is a messy though strangely well-intentioned extra chapter to the series. And I’m saying this as someone who actually liked and enjoyed Ninninger the series and did not think it was the Japanese Super Megaforce. Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Ghost, Episode 40 – Courage! Tragic Resolution!

Ghost 40

Mayu vows to expose her father, but Takeru tries to get her to calm down. Mayu says Takeru is very annoying and wishes Uncle Shinozaki were her father instead. Takeru says she shouldn’t say things like that.

Mayu is jealous that Takeru has such a great father. He says that even though he’s dead, he knows Dad is watching over him even now. Continue reading

Recap: Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, Episode 21 – Prison Break

Zyuohger 21

A sharply dressed Misao returns Yamato’s clothes he borrowed and has presents for everyone in an effort to get over his fears of the Zyumans and become friends with them. They still think he’s pretty awkward, but Tusk is happy he’s here… so he can interrogate him about what Ginis did to him and the Cubes. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 4, Episode 4 – “It’s hotter than a hoochie coochie.”

Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 4, Episode 4 – “Shine Your Light”


Teams must now board public bus #3 back to Ho Chi Minh City armed with 1.5 million Vietnamese Dong on their BMO Cashback MasterCard. Once there, teams must find the Ba Thien Hau Temple for their next clue. Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Ghost, Episode 39 – Opposition! Father and Daughter!

Adel asks a Ganmaizer how to obtain the Source of Power. The Ganmaizer speaks in tongue. Anyway, Igor pops in, intrigued by what’s happened.

Aria arrives and tells him to frak off. He doesn’t want to so she slaps him and he whimpers off.

Aria wants to know what the hell Adel is up to. Adel says he’s just working towards the realization of their Father’s perfect world. Aria kindly gives us some backstory about how their family came to the G World, their mother died then their older, never-mentioned brother Argos died as well. That drove Daddy Adonis to despair. So he tried to call Haruto vowed to create a perfect world, not to invade another one. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 4, Episode 3 – “I think she looks like a mother!”

Recap: The Amazing Race Canada 4, Episode 3 – “Toads! Are You Kidding Me?”


Teams are told to fly to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam! Jon explains that Canada welcomed lots of Vietnamese refugees and today has “open doors.” Continue reading