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Coincidentally’ speaking

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RIVERA. Improbable confluence of characters rush to her rescue!

Local drama series are often rapped for the mind-boggling liberties they take with “coincidental” tieups that are highly illogical but “needed” to make an important plot development or confrontation possible.

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The Pull of Totoy Tulak

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Normally, when a theater aficionado enters an auditorium to see a play, his/her watchful eyes are focused on the pictorial composition of the stage, scrutinizing the hues that bathe the set. This was not the case with the audience that came to see the premiere of Layeta Bucoy’s play “Totoy Tulak”at gymnasium-cum-theater of Pamantasan ng [...]

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More ‘teleserye’ updates

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RIVERA. Compromised by distracting “beautifying” gambits.”

On Marian Rivera’s new drama series, “Carmela,” Alden Richards has been given a big break as the GMA “teleserye princess’” new screen consort.

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‘Carmela’ features sensitive character portrayals

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DAVAO. Portrays the hero dog’s flawed master.

The first telecast of “Carmela,” with Marian Rivera playing the title role, got off to a brisk start last Monday, despite its leading lady’s absence.

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Big stars up front

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AGUSTIN AND LOCSIN. Topbill “Obsession” and “The Legal Wife,” respectively.

It’s only the start of the new entertainment season, but this early, it already looks like 2014 will be one of the most keenly competitive show biz years ever.

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Will Cranston and Paul win their first Globes?

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MASLANY. Nominated for her portrayal in “Orphan Black.” Photo by Ruben Nepales

Will the final season of “Breaking Bad” give Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul their first Golden Globe trophies? Bryan and Aaron, up for Best Actor in a TV Series-Drama and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, have not won since their series debuted in 2008.

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Cool and calm weatherman

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ROMERO. Underrated and underutilized.

Nydia Olores, televiewer: “On ‘24 Oras,’ weatherman Nathaniel Cruz stands out, because of his cool and calm demeanor, even when reporting about a super typhoon. How I wish news anchors, Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco, would loosen up and read the news in a less alarming way.” Other notes:   Hector San Andres, businessman: “I [...]

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‘Genesis’ gets off to a scarifying start

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GUILLEN AND AREVALO. There are no “small” roles, only small actors.

The first telecast of GMA 7’s “sci-fi” doomsday drama series, “Genesis,” got off to a scarifying start last Oct. 14, with gigantic debris from an incompletely missile-shattered asteroid hitting Baguio City.

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More challenging roles for Carla sought

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ABELLANA. Registers beautifully onscreen.

Mae Ann Narvaez, nurse: “Now that ‘My Husband’s Lover’ is about to end, Carla Abellana should be showcased in other challenging roles that will further hone her acting ability. She has talent and good looks, and registers beautifully onscreen. The camera loves her!”

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In-your-face ‘melodramatics’ weigh down ‘Kahit Nasaan Ka Man’

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SAN JOSE. Cast as visually challenged protagonist.

We caught GMA 7’s new evening drama, “Kahit Nasaan Ka Man,” last month, and found that, as is common in these parts, it’s started its storytelling way back when its principal characters were still little children.

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Newscasters’ unprofessional excesses scored

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“MY HUSBAND’S LOVER.” Tackles intriguing theme with maturity.

“I have stopped watching local news programs, because I get irritated by the obligatory drama and frenetic tone of our newscasters as they deliver news stories. Their ‘rapido’-style delivery unnerves more than it impresses!

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Comebacks ‘contagious’

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VELEZ. Tackles meaty and “nasty” role on “Misibis Bay.”

It’s “Catching”: Veteran stars are in demand again on TV and in the movies, so a number of luminaries whom we’ve missed watching for years are making “it’s about time!” comebacks. —Call the most welcome “trending” development Comebacks Contagious! For starters, we’re happy that TV5 has “rediscovered” Vivian Velez and given her a really meaty and “nasty” role in its new teleserye, “Misibis Bay.”

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