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‘Transition’ series off to a good start

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“HAWAK-KAMAY” cast (from left): Iza Calzado, Andrea Brillantes, Zaijian Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual, Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camile and Nikki Gil

The first telecast of “Hawak-Kamay” on July 21 was an upbeat viewing experience for us, because the new series started its storytelling in the present tense, unlike many other local drama series, which just love to “start at the very beginning” (as the song goes)—two, even three, generations in the past to sluggishly establish the roots of the central conflicts that finally come to a head today!

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Attention-grabbing gambits on talk TV

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HOST Jimmy Fallon performed a crazy stunt with an A-lister. AP

TV hosts with daily or nightly shows are fully aware that familiarity breeds, if not contempt, then the constant bugaboos of predictability and consequent boredom. So, they literally stay awake at night thinking of unusual attention-grabbers to keep their shows’ regular viewers happy—and surprised!

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Upset win for sports star in ‘Celebrity Dance Battle’

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GARY David, with partner Stephanie Sabalo, won due to his sports-honed determination and never-say-die spirit. His beautifully sculpted torso helped, too.

When popular basketball player Gary David won the first quarterly finals of “Celebrity Dance Battle,” some people attributed the unexpected victory of the athlete-turned-dancer to the relatively low level of his competitors’ performances.

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One riveting revelation after another in Bea Alonzo’s new TV starrer

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Bea Alonzo’s new TV soap, “Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon,” started off well last June 16—but what about its subsequent telecasts? We watched the show’s entire first week of installments and appreciated the brisk pacing, with one major development or revelation following hot on the heels of another.   The drama series’ biggest surprise and [...]

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Marian Rivera: From ‘teleserye’ princess to dance diva

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MARIAN Rivera should make her moves more difficult to surprise viewers.

We keep urging show-biz stars to stop resting on their laurels and periodically “surprise” viewers with new facets to their evolving screen personas. So, we were glad when we heard that, after a spate of teleseryes, Marian Rivera was coming up— with a weekly dance show!

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