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Richard to reclaim Primetime King title


Records show that as primetime king, the record of Richard Gutierrez is unequaled.

Consider the toprating shows he topbilled on GMA, starting with “Mulawin,” where Chard played a birdman with magical powers. From then on, he ruled the primetime slot on television.

“Mulawin” was followed by, in no particular order: “Sugo,” “Lupin,” “Asero,” “Zorro,” “Captain Barbell,” “Kamandag,” “Happy House,” and “Love and Lies.”

Those television blockbusters come to mind as Chard stages a small screen comeback on TV5 via Carlo J. Caparas “Ang Panday,” originated and popularized by the great Fernando Poe Jr. FPJ, friend and contemporary of Chard’s father, Eddie Gutierrez, is his idol.

For the dream role, Chard worked–and still does–long and hard physically, emotionally, and spiritually, knowing the role calls for hard action and dramatic powers.

Direk Carlo J assures that the modern-day “Ang Panday” was updated and widened to suit Chard’s persona.

He collaborated with director Mac Alejandre and his staff, making sure the image of “Ang Panday” remains noble and heroic, the symbol of what is good in a world at times dominated by evil.

Ang Panday opened Feb. 29 on TV5.