Cable shows to watch out for

If you are a big fan of anything and everything North Asian, especially Japanese, then Gem Channel is just right for you.

Since its launch in 2015, GEM has carved a niche in the premium Asian entertainment space offering first-run and exclusive drama series, comedy program, and variety entertainment shows from Japan and other northeast Asian markets.

“Our channel features first-run and exclusive drama series. They are aired within the same week as Japan. Some of the shows even air on the same day,” an executive from the network said during a recent media event in Greenhills, San Juan, “Gem is like Animax only the programs are live action.”

The general entertainment channel, which is a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television (STP) Networks and Nippon Television Network Corporation, is brewing up something for its avid viewers this month.

Here are the shows that fans can look forward to this month:

My Loser Husband  

Just like any other couple, Tsukasa Kobayashi (Ryo Nishikido) and Sayaka (Mayu Matsuoka) have an embarrassing secret. While Tsukasa seems to be an ideal husband — physically attractive and has an impressive educational background — he is “extremely” incompetent at the workplace. He tries keeping the situation from his wife who believes him to be a star in the office. Having too much pressure to deal with, he wants to quit his job. However, the couple finds out that they will soon have a new addition to their family. Now, that complicates things even more. My Loser Husband premiered on July 8 and airs every Saturday at 9 p.m., same time as Japan.

Adventurous Journey  

Starring Leo Wu, Zhang Yu Xi, and Chen Xiang, Adventurous Journey follows the misadventures of an Emperor’s loyal subject, Bai Ze (Leo Wu), who is on a mission to search for the mystical stars that will help restore peace and stability in their kingdom. Along the way, Bai Ze meets four teenagers – a troublemaker, a chef, a mysterious girl, and a princess – who join him in his journey. Adventurous Journey premiered on July 7 and airs Monday to Friday at 8 p.m..

Idol Heart Attack  

Featuring rising music acts including Astro, B.A.P, B1A4, BTOB, CLC, Cosmic Girls, Lovelyz, MONSTA X, VIXX, and UP10TION, the reality show is an intimate look at what Korea’s hottest idols are like off-camera. Viewers can get up close and personal with their favorite K-pop groups at their personal best as they take on the challenge of completing various missions to delight their fans. Idol Heart Attack premieres on July 22 and will air every Saturday at 10:40 p.m.

The Quest Season 5  

With nail-biting stunts and amazing discoveries waiting at every turn, this is one variety show that is sure to keep viewers at the edges of their seats. In the new season of The Quest, the show’s hilarious hosts travel once again to different parts of the world in search of answers to every mystery they encounter. The Quest Season 5 premiered on July 7 and airs every Friday at 10:10 p.m.

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