• New drama tackles Alzheimer’s disease

    Lovi Poe and Tom Rodriguez

    Lovi Poe and Tom Rodriguez

    GMA Network brings to primetime television the new original series Someone To Watch Over Me beginning September 5.

    This inspirational drama tackles the story of a wife’s unwavering love for her husband who is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

    Headlining the series are versatile GMA Network actor Tom Rodriguez, beautiful and talented actress Max Collins and Lovi Poe.

    Tom breathes life into the character of TJ Chavez, a playful and outgoing guy who falls madly in love with Joanna. He and his wife will face their biggest setback when he is diagnosed with the rare disorder.

    “The more I get excited when I study the character, as to where the story leads, because he won’t get healed miraculously at once. So, it’s exciting to see where it goes,” Tom said.

    Lovi is Joanna Mercado, the compassionate wife of TJ. She will do everything for her sick husband even allowing another woman, Irene, into their lives and into their home. As Irene receives all of TJ’s love and affection, Joanna acts as TJ’s nurse who takes care of his needs.

    Portraying the role of Joanna is indeed another challenge for Lovi because it pushes her outside her comfort zone.

    Max Collins

    Max Collins

    “Yes, I’ll be crying a river once more, but I look at it positively, it makes me explore up to what extent I can do. It’s exciting to be a whole new me in this series but I’m thankful because I’m happy for all the projects given to me. And the thought that they’re trusting me with this is something, I want to make sure that I give my best as the roles GMA has been offering me are not simple,” said the network’s proclaimed “premiere actress.”

    Max plays the role of Irene Montenegro, TJ’s ex-girlfriend. She tries to stay away from TJ but he keeps seeking her as he no longer recognizes Joanna as his wife.

    “This is a big step in my acting career since it’s totally different from the roles I have essayed. And with Tom, Lovi and Direk Maryo’s help, I hope to get through this gracefully,” she shared.

    Someone To Watch Over Me also stars seasoned actor Edu Manzano as TJ’s hardworking father, Buddy Chavez; Jackie Lou Blanco as Cielo Chavez, TJ’s loving and supportive mother; Isay Alvarez and Ronnie Lazaro as Carmen and Ruben Mercado, Joanna’s kind-hearted parents; Boy 2 Quizon as Paolo, TJ’s chick-magnet best friend; Ralph Noriega as Jepoy Mercado, the cheerful younger brother of Joanna; and Frances Makil as Joanna’s frank best friend.

    The new drama series is under the supervision of the production team of GMA Drama headed by Lilybeth Rasonable (SVP For ETV), Redgie Magno (VP For Drama), Cheryl Ching-Sy (AVP for Drama), Ali Nokom Dedicatoria (Program Manager) and Michelle Borja (Executive Producer), under the helm of award-winning director Maryo Delos Reyes.

    Someone To Watch Over Me airs Mondays to Fridays after Descendants Of The Sun on GMA Telebabad.

    Get the latest updates about Someone To Watch Over Me from the official Facebook page of GMA Drama www.facebook.com/GMADrama, twitter account @GMADrama and the GMA Network website www.GMANetwork.com.


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