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How will ongoing ‘teleseryes’ end?

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WILL Coco Martin (left) end up with Kim Chiu on the show?

Ongoing local TV drama series have gone into so many plotting twists and turns to keep viewers interested that it’s become a big “howdunnit” to figure out how they will finally end. Some admittedly speculative options to consider: On the current Book Two of “Ikaw Lamang,” it’s a no-brainer that the concluding confrontation will be between the vengeful Joel Torre as Samuel and Christopher de Leon as the thoroughly evil and vengeance-worthy Franco.

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Child stars in the early throes of puberty

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ZAIJIAN Jaranilla (right) has a tentative, innocent “crush” on Andrea Brillantes in the show.

Our recent column on child stars’ strong and even dominant position on the teleserye scene elicited perceptive feedback from readers, some of whom fretfully wondered what would happen to adolescents and tweens, once the inevitable onset of puberty made its paradigm-changing presence felt. Good question!

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‘Shocking’ start for new wedding contest

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JUDY Ann Santos hosts the reality show that will only get tougher in the succeeding weeks.

When we watched the first telecast of the reality TV “wedding challenge,” “I Do,” last Aug. 30, we wondered when the tilt would really get its rigorous tests going—well, it turned out that we wouldn’t have to wait long at all.

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Win some, lose some for new TV-film stars

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JAMES Reid and Nadine Lustre got good notices in “Diary ng Panget.”

Many TV-film producers cast well-known actors in their projects to assure viewership by way of recognizable “face value.” Others, however, choose to be more daring and cast deserving newcomers in important roles. They do so as their “investment” in the future of local show biz, because new and younger stars are constantly needed to appeal to local TV’s primarily youthful viewership demographic.

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Running out of time–and good judgment

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ABELLANA AND RODRIGUEZ. Ardent but sketchy search.

As concluding drama series hurtle to the last few weeks or days of their storytelling, some of them are coming up with less than acceptable work, visibly running out of time—and good judgment.

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