HBO Asia, Lifestyle Network unveil new shows
MANILA – These new cable programs may be a breath of fresh air after the usual soap operas and sitcoms.
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Chef Sandy Daza takes viewers to different parts of the Philippines to encounter the best local culinary delights in Lifestyle Network’s newest travelogue, “FoodPrints,” which premiered last September 21.
The first episode showed Daza in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, where he sampled the famous Ilocos empanada, bagnet with KBL (kamatis, bagoong Balayan and lasona), and pinakbet, among others.
“FoodPrints” airs every Saturday at 8:30 p.m. on Lifestyle Network, with replays on Sundays at 3 p.m., Tuesdays at 8 a.m. and Fridays at 2 p.m.
The world of Chima is a magical land ruled by tribes of highly advanced animals. These creatures walk and talk like humans. They drive vehicles, use machinery and live in castles and forts.
“Lego Chima” airs every Saturday at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Cartoon Network.
Puppy in My Pocket
In Pocketville, there’s a beautiful kitty princess named Ava who matches new friends, children and pets. One day, she is accidentally sent to the “real world” by her envious sister, Eva. The show’s main protagonist, Kate, is sent to Pocketville in her place.
“Puppy in My Pocket” airs every day at 8 a.m. on Cartoonito.
The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius
A relatively new show is looking for the next great innovator who could possibly change the future.
In “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius,” which premiered last September 13, ten people go through a series of seemingly impossible challenges such as constructing a robot capable of competing in three athletic events, and developing a solution to stop explosives from detonating.
The show airs on Discovery Channel every Friday at 9 p.m., with replays every Monday and Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
A groundbreaking national history series, “Life” explores some of the most remarkable life forms that inhibit the earth, revealing their bizarre behavior and extraordinary strategies for survival.
The show captures over 200 different species, from the largest mammals to the smallest insects. More than four years in the making with 3,000 days of filming and 70 camera crews, each episode in the $22-million production focuses on a different animal group.
“Life,” a ten-part production, airs on Discovery Channel every Tuesday at 8 p.m., with replays every Wednesday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week” special returns with a bigger and better “Shark Month,” which puts the spotlight on the mighty shark. The show aims to uncover the shark’s true nature and feature some of the best personal encounters, stories and footage.
The first episode of “Shark Month” will premiere on Discovery Channel on October 6 at 8 p.m. with “I Escaped Jaws,” which shows first-hand accounts of people who have come face-to-face with a shark and were lucky enough to live the tale.
“Shark Month” has replays every Monday at midnight.
HBO Asia has teamed up Australian Broadcasting Corporation Television Corp. for its first original series.
"Serangoon Road," which premiered last September 22, is a ten episode hour-long detective noir series set in the tumultuous backdrop of 1960s Singapore.
The story revolves around Sam Callaghan (Australia's Don Hany), Kang (Singapore's Alaric Tay), Patricia Cheng (Joan Chen) and the clients of the Cheng Detective Agency. The cases they work on range from usual straying spouses and petty fraudsters to conspiracies with international implications.
Filmed in Singapore and Batam, Indonesia, the series airs Sundays at 9 p.m.