MANILA, Philippines — TV5 continues to veer from traditional television programming and dares to be different by announcing their very own mermaid-based TV series entitled “Jejesebel” during the show’s official press conference.
Starring Jasmine Curtis-Smith as the titular mermaid, Jejesebel tells the story of a girl who was born with a low tolerance in correct punctuation, syntax and grammar. Outcasted from the land of humans due to her subversion of the English language to the point of incomprehensibility; her parents bought her a mermaid costume hoping that she will be embraced in the undersea kingdom.
Jejesebel will eventually become attracted to a merman and swore to find any means necessary to be transformed into a genuine mermaid, in order to be with the man that her heart desires.
“There is this famous saying about having many fishes in the sea, ‘” said Vilma Galante, TV5 chief Entertainment Content Officer. “We hope this is the one you’ll see.”
“Apparently, Filipinos can’t get enough of these kinds of shows,” she added.
Jasmine Curtis-Smith revealed during the press conference that she was reluctant at first to accept the role, due to her suffering from ‘Grammarphobia’, an extreme or irrational fear of bad grammar.
“I had to take intensive lessons in Jejenese and embrace the world of Jejemons,” said Curtis-Smith, who already played the role of a mermaid previously, hence there was no need for her to take swimming lessons again. “It took me about 8 months to conquer my fear.”
Besides conquering her fear of bad grammar, she also makes it a point to practice regularly on how to speak like a real Jejemon.
“I struggled at first but with constant practice, nothing is impossible,” she said.
Another TV5 show in the pipeline yet to be formally introduced is The Legally Borrowed Wife starring Sharon Cuneta, Aga Muhlach and Derek Ramsay. The network is billing it as the country’s first ever “Hiraman Serye“.
In the series, Marie is a kind-hearted and simple wife of Roco, who one day received a weird request from his neighbor, Aldrian, asking if he could borrow his wife. The story revolves around their lives after Roco willingly accepts Aldrian’s request.
“Apparently, Filipinos can’t get enough of these kinds of shows as well,” added Galante.