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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Dec 27, 2012

Top Three Networks Open 2013 With A Bang With Three Great Shows

COME 2013, the biggest projects viewers might find worth waiting for are on television. All will start airing in January, headed by GMA-7 with their historical epic serye set in early Spanish times, “Indio”, to replace “Aso ni San Roque” starting January 14. This costume action-adventure series with a touch of fantasy stars Bong Revilla in the title role and co-starring Jennylyn Mercado, Rhian Ramos, Solenn Heussaff, Sarah Lahbati, Maxene Magalona, Sheena Halili, Vaness del Moral, Sam Pinto, Alden Richards, Polo Ravales, Rachel Ann Go, Ehra Madrigal, Bobby Andrews, Dominic Roco, Lucho Ayala, Fabio Ide, Pen Medina, Robert Arevalo, Michael de Mesa and Jackielou Blanco.

ABS-CBN is fielding “Juan de la Cruz”, an action-fantasy to replace “Princess and I” starring their hottest property now, Coco Martin, as a half human-half aswang hero whose weapon is a cross that can change into various other weapons in his battle against evil elements. His nemesis is an aswang-killer, Erich Gonzales, but they fall in love with each other. Also in the cast are Albert Martinez, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Joel Torre, Gina Pareno, Lotlot de Leon, Jaime Fabregas, Arron Villaflor and Neil Coleta.

TV5 will in turn offer an action-fantasy with Derek Ramsay playing the title role of a superhero called “Kidlat”, which will replace “Enchanted Garden” in the 6:30 PM slot. This is an all-original material not based on any previous local film with the title “Kidlat” in it. He has two leading ladies in the series, Nadine Samonte and Ritz Azul, with Wendell Ramos, Baron Geisler, Jay Manalo and BB Gandanghari as his villainous adversaries, directed by former GMA director Mike Tuviera. TV5 reportedly got the services of a top Hollywood production who worked in such films as “X Men, First Class” and “The Bourne Legacy” to handle its special effects. Aside from this, TV5 has another big series to start in January, “Never Say Goodbye” starring Nora Aunor, Cesar Montano and Alice Dixson.

January will indeed be a big showdown among the three top networks. Here’s hoping all these big-budgeted shows will click with the viewing public.