GMA goes heavy on drama

January 11, 2014 7:35 pm

Kapuso Network announces first quarter line-up

Marian Rivera is the beautiful ‘Carmella’

Marian Rivera is the beautiful ‘Carmella’

GMA Network’s newly appointed Senior Vice President Lilybeth Rasonable announced this week that the public should expect no less from the Kapuso Network as it begins the first quarter 2014 with a bigger and stronger line up of dramatic programs.

“As always, our guiding principle in conceptualizing new shows is that we always have a ‘plus one’–that means, be it drama or any other genre, we aim to give the viewers something new and something more, just as we did with My Husband’s Lover in 2013.”

Jennylyn Mercado in ‘Rhodora X’

Jennylyn Mercado in ‘Rhodora X’

But while the network has yet to top the phenomenal success of the gay-themed series, which starred Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez, its Drama Group seems bent on tackling sensitive storylines, beginning with The Borrowed Wife in its “Afternoon Prime Series” block.

The Borrowed Wife is a story about love and obsession that ponders the question, “Is there reason enough for a spouse to become someone else’s lover?” Revolving around the intertwined lives of Maricar (Camille Prats), Earl (TJ Trinidad), Rico (Rafael Rosell) and Tessa (Pauleen Luna), the series begins with a single secret that sets off the characters destinies towards love and redemption.  Premiering on January 20, it is directed by Gil Tejada, Jr. with Denoy Navarro Punio as its head writer.

‘The Borrowed Wife’ stars Pauleen Luna, Rafel Rossel, Camille Prats, and TJ Trinidad

‘The Borrowed Wife’ stars Pauleen Luna, Rafel Rossel, Camille Prats, and TJ Trinidad

Also on January 20, GMA offers a mysterious love story even in its choice of Koreanovela, with Tale of Arang.  Staring Korean stars Shin Min-ah and Lee Jun-ki, the series revolves around the life of Arang (Shin Min-ah), the daughter of a magistrate who is brutally murdered and returns as a ghost. She sets out on a journey to find her true identity as well as the mystery behind her death. She meets Eun Oh (Lee Jun-ki), a young magistrate who has an ability to communicate with the dead and will help her find the answers to her untimely death.

Max Collins in ‘Innamorata’

Max Collins in ‘Innamorata’

On January 27, a new and absorbing drama series will “redefine and set a new standard in primetime viewing,” according to Rasonable and her team.   The soap opera stars the network’s Prime Time Queen Marian Rivera in the title role of Carmela. Based on the program’s synopsis, “It is a show that validates every woman’s aspiration to be understood through a beautiful story of love that can never be.”

Under the direction of Dominic Zapata with concept creator and head writer Suzette Doctolero, Marian shares the screen for the very first time with Kapuso Network’s dramatic actor and GMA Artist Center’s prime leading man Alden Richards, whose character despises Carmella’s mother.

Another compelling drama premieres on January 27, intriguingly titled Rhodora X.

“Rhodora X is a drama which challenges us to review how deeply we know our loved ones.  The show is an invitation so difficult to refuse as it ushers us to discover the nuances of our own personal relationships,” indicates the network’s program guide. It stars Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi, Mark Herras and Mark Anthony Fernandez, under the direction of Albert Langitan.

Also in the offing is Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw, a beautiful love story, which reaffirms that true joy comes from sharing the fulfilment of one’s partner in life. Also slated on January 27, sought-after Kapuso teen stars Kristoffer Martin and Kim Rodriguez with Joyce Ching and introducing Phytos Ramirez will bring this story to the small screen with 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director Bb. Joyce Bernal at the helm.

Meanwhile, come February, the comely and charming Max Collins is paired with the ever persuasive actor Luis Alandy who are both eager to show off their acting mettle in the afternoon prime series Innamorata. It is directed by Don Michael Perez from the original concept of RJ Nuevas.

Korean superstars Lee Jun-ki and Shin Min-ah in ‘Tale of Arang’

Korean superstars Lee Jun-ki and Shin Min-ah in ‘Tale of Arang’

Ever the forerunner in fantasy-dramas, GMA Network will also give life to Kambal Sirena with Louise Delos Reyes in a dual role. She plays twins Alona and Perlas in a love triangle with Kapuso Hunk Aljur Abrenica. Helmed by New York-trained director Dondon Santos with Dode Cruz as headwaiter, the series premieres in March.