(Los Angeles, California – February 2017) After almost 4 years away from the local L.A. television airwaves, journalist/host/producer and now entrepreneur Jannelle So is making her much anticipated return to where it all began by bringing “So Jannelle”, a weekly half-hour talk-show format that debuted on The Filipino Channel last year, to L.A.’s very own Channel KSCI-LA18. The well-known and well-respected founding host/producer created the daily community talk show “Kababayan Today” at LA18 almost 12 years ago and how she is poised to bring her inquisitive, substantive and reliable style of personal storytelling back to her television “roots”.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity to serve the Filipino community, once again, especially the community where I came from. It has always been of importance to me to tell our stories, to share our challenges and successes and to discuss serious and sensitive issues that affect not only Filipinos in LA., but across the nation” explains So. “I am committed to doing my best to make a difference in the way Filipinos here in the U.S. are perceived by Filipinos around the world. And as we have been so welcomed and so watched by The Filipino Channel subscribers, I am very, very proud and excited that a local audience can now come along for the ride! I really want to entertain, inform, engage, but most of all, inspire the viewers and show that we really are united in the Bayanihan spirit no matter our own individual histories or the obstacles we overcome in our daily lives.”
Now into its third season on TFC, “So Jannelle” will air seasons 1 and 2 on LA18 beginning this Friday, March 2 from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Celebrity guests like actor Reggie Lee (tv’s “Grimm”) and Mark Dacascos (The Chairman on “Iron Chef America” and “Iron Chef Showdown” talk about the challenges of being Filipino-American in Hollywood and Angela Barraquio Grey (Miss America 2001) discusses how she dealt with a family tragedy. Contributing guests Ruben Nepales and Janet Nepales share stories of Filipino-Americans in Tinseltown “So Jannelle” associate producer Ted Benito reports from red carpet events. There’s also in-depth and behind the scenes coverage of this year’s 75th Golden Globe awards.
There are also stories about challenges and successes from performing artists, community leaders, business persons and those who serve in local government. “So Jannelle” is segmented within each story and focuses on specific topics. For example, “So Candid” segments are straightforward, no-holds-barred interviews with recognizable personalities addressing serious and controversial topics while “So True” segments highlight the Filipino immigrant experience. “So Hot” highlights trends in fashion, food, technology and popular topics on social media and “So Local” is the gateway to everything within a local city – from restaurants, to concerts, to art galleries and even NASCAR. The “So Easy” segment gives helpful insights and tips on everything from cooking to cleaning, child safety, nutrition, and senior living.
“Almost four years ago,” recounts So, “I left television to start a family and that has been the most fulfilling event of my life. But having the opportunity to return to television exactly four years later and fulfill my other passion is beyond my wildest dreams. I am looking forward to presenting our stories to a whole new generation of Filipinos who call the U.S. home.”
“So Jannelle” premieres Friday, March 2 at 5:00pm on KSCI-LA18 local cable television and airs once a week on Fridays. Check your local listings for cable access. TFC subscribers can still watch new episodes of “So Jannelle” on The Filipino Channel airing Sundays, 3:55p Pacific / 6:55p Eastern; with replays on Lifestyle Network, Saturdays, 7:00p Pacific / 10:00p Eastern.