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‘Ensemble’ casts come to the fore

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KETCHUP Eusebio scores as the lead character’s best buddy in “Dream Dad.”

In the past, interest in TV-film performance was limited to individual portrayals. These days, however, the focus has expanded to include “ensemble” or group portrayals. On the big screen, movies with big, all-star casts featuring many cameo roles, like “Love, Actually,” “New Year’s Eve,” “The Player” and “The Longest Day,” have even been cited for group portrayals.

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Love team forever

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ENRIQUE Gil and Liza Soberano’s love team underscores importance given by producers on romantic team-ups.

New TV-film love teams like Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo and Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano underscore the great importance that producers place on romantic team-ups on the big and small screens, because their popularity with viewers can be regularly mined for hits for many years.

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Storytelling picks up speed, tempo on ‘The Gift Giver’

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EDDIE Garcia dominates the screen with his simple but textured and felt portrayal.

After a relatively predictable and tepid start, the storytelling on “The Gift Giver” has picked up steam and focus, and the Christmaserye is now shaping up as a dramatization of what happens when the female head of a household unexpectedly passes away.

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Finally, male protagonists and dads take center stage in TV drama

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Nash Aguas (left) and Alexa Ilacad in “Bagito”

Most of the time, TV drama shows are focused on their female protagonists since the program type’s viewership is thought to be principally female. This season, however, it’s instructive to note that the male of the species is getting more of the attention and focus.

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Lack of variety and unique charisma limits local talent pool

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One of the limitations on the local show biz scene in relation to its talent pool is lack of variety.

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