|Created by Willie Revillame|
Directed by Jojo Jardeleza
Producer Willie Revillame
Genres variety show, game show
|Developed by Willie Revillame|
First episode date 23 October 2010
Program creators Willie Revillame, TV5
|Also known as Willing Willie(2010–2011)Wil Time Bigtime(2011–2013)|
Starring Willie Revillame and Others
Opening theme Willing Willie (2010–2011)Wil Time Bigtime (2011)Kendeng-Kendeng & A Go-Go Dancing! (2011–2012)Baile! (2012–2013)
Nominations PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Reality/game show Host, PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Reality/Game Show
Awards PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Variety show
Similar Wowowee, Wowowillie, Wowowin, Talentadong Pinoy, Happy Yipee Yehey!
Wil Time Bigtime (formerly known as Willing Willie) was a Philippine primetime variety game show broadcast by TV5. The show premiered on October 23, 2010, with its main host Willie Revillame. The show celebrated its first anniversary at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Philippine TV on October 22, 2011.
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- Main host
- Co hosts
- Former co host
- Dancer feuds
- Copyright infringement allegations
- Child abuse controversy
- Poverty perpetuation
- Wil Time Bigtime
The show ended its run on January 5, 2013, and a new show, Wowowillie, was launched as its replacement on January 26, 2013.
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First broadcast under the name Willing Willie, the show was formed as a result of the cancellation of Wowowee and the transfer of Willie Revillame to TV5. Several personalities from Wowowee appearing on Willing Willie include DJ Coki Meneses (disc jockey), Owen Ercia (floor director), Anna Feliciano (choreographer), April "Congratulations" Gustillo, Lovely Abella and some former ASF dancers who comprise the in-house WW.Girls.
The show premiered on October 23, 2010 with Willie Revillame as host and Mo Twister as co-host. It was earlier reported that Revillame was courting Sandra Seiffert and Venus Raj as co-hosts, but both declined the offer. Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad accepted the job, eventually appearing on the November 8, 2010 episode.
Two WW.Girl members, Aprilyn "Congratulations" Gustillo and Monique "Pak" Natada, were suspended for five days from the show on November 2010 because of a fight over lipstick. On January 12, 2011, the WW.Girls group was given a three-day suspension for fighting over each other in Twitter.
Copyright infringement allegations
On November 24, 2010, ABS-CBN filed a copyright infringement suit against Willie Revillame, Wil Productions, Inc. and TV5 for allegedly copying Wowowee in Willing Willie. However, hearings on the case, which was filed at the Makati Regional Trial Court Branch 66 under presiding judge Joselito C. Villarosa, was suspended after the Court of Appeals granted the request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) by TV5.
TV5 then filed a petition for certiorari, prohibition and writ of preliminary injunction before the Court of Appeals. ABS-CBN responded by filing a motion seeking to dismiss the petition of the former. On March 10, 2011, the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of TV5.
Child abuse controversy
On March 12, 2011, Willing Willie featured a segment in which a 6-year-old boy performed a 'macho dance' to the tune of Dr. Dre's The Next Episode as his talent. At first, the incident came and went without much clamor. It wasn't until a clip of the show was posted on YouTube that it began eliciting an online furor. On March 25, Benjamin Pimental of the Inquirer wrote, "We have a big problem if it’s OK for most people to let a big shot TV host treat a child like garbage." This was followed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development releasing a statement three days later asserting that this was a clear case of child abuse. In a press statement, the DSWD condemned 'the emotional abuse and humiliation bestowed on a six-year-old child contestant'. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is currently pursuing an investigation of the program for violating Section 10 of Republic Act No. 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act.
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board is also conducting hearings on the issue. On April 8, three members of the MTRCB panel inhibited from the case. The decision of the MTRCB is due by the end of May.
The issue received condemnation from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, showbiz personalities by the likes of Jim Paredes, Bianca Gonzalez, Lea Salonga, Aiza Seguerra, Leah Navarro (of the Black and White Movement), K Brosas, Agot Isidro, Mylene Dizon (of rival program Mara Clara) and Tuesday Vargas, through the social networking site Twitter, columnists of the Philippine Daily Inquirer such as Randy David, Rina Jimenez-David, Michael Tan, and Benjamin Pimentel, as well as militant organizations such as GABRIELA.
As a result, Revillame announced that the show would be on hiatus starting April 11. He warned that charges would also be filed against those who attacked him on Twitter. He questioned why only Willing Willie was singled out, while other shows such as Showtime and Goin' Bulilit were not.
On April 18, 2011, Revillame stated that he would no longer file charges against the celebrities who attacked him on Twitter.
On April 25, 2011, the End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) filed a child abuse case against Revillame, TV5 and its officials, including chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan. The DSWD filed a similar suit two days later.
The show did not resume on April 25, pending a go-signal from TV5. On April 27, the Philippine Entertainment Portal reported that the show would resume on May 7 with a new format.
On May 3, 2011, MTRCB issued a month-long suspension for the show and placed it under probationary status, meaning that the show needs daily permits from the MTRCB before airing after the suspension is lifted. The days that had passed since the show voluntarily went off the air on April 8 were counted.
In the process of deliberating the sanctions against Willing Willie, the MTRCB, saying that it was heeding the call for sweeping reforms of the television industry, also brought up the matter of whether the show, and others like it on Philippine television, attracts its audience by offering 'quick fixes' to the audience members' poverty in the form of prize money.
In the decision of the board in which it suspended the Willing Willie show, it stated:
The MTRCB as a government regulatory agency, and as a stakeholder in the television industry, realize the value of setting a good example to the viewing public in general, who are composed of all gender[s] and of all ages, and especially to children. We should always promote the good, and not condone what is reckless. There is a very thin line between exposition and exploitation.
When an uneducated impoverished man is in front of us, we are confronted with the question: "What should we do?" To teach by setting a good example, and not take advantage of his state, and never allow him to wallow in his miseries.
A quick fix does not solve anything permanent. The state of the Philippine television industry is a product of a long process of compromises, and quick-fixes. These quick fixes may be likened to drugs that are so addicting we end up being trapped in its unending cycles of perpetuating poverty, and uneven power relations.
There is a saying that goes: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." False hopes can never be a solution.