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‘Closure’ incomplete

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ROSALES.Left holding the bag.

More than the usual number of viewers watched the final telecast of “My Legal Wife” last Friday, June 13, to see how the popular drama series would resolve the complex-compound marital and extramarital conflicts it had set in motion.

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Anthology puts focus on livid melodrama

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TOLENTINO. Strained believability.

The anthology-drama series, “Magpakailanman,” recently made its comeback on GMA 7, still with Mel Tiangco hosting, and it chose a particularly “controversial” story for its first episode, to make sure that its return to the small screen would be noticed by many viewers.

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Drawbacks, fantasticating turns in romantic drama

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WOODLEY. Believably vulnerable and felt portrayal.

“Love story” was a big hit when it was screened many years ago, so it’s no surprise that a younger version thereof, “The Fault In Our Stars,” has been produced for today’s generation of young viewers, and that it’s also doing well at the tills.

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Dingdong loses his ‘edge’

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DANTES. His key advantage has been frittered away.

Dingdong Dantes started off well in his new teleserye, “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real,” with a focused and felt portrayal that made real his character’s love for his older wife, played by Maricel Soriano. Without that felt believability, the new series’ entire dramatic premise would have come off as awkwardly fake, so Dingdong should be credited for enabling the show to start off confidently and credibly.

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‘Milking’ for melodrama–to the max!

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“DYESEBEL.” Increasingly hectic flurry of melodramatic developments

Teleseryes profess to aspire to exceptionally daunting dramatic heights—but, when push comes to shove, the fact that they’re telecast on a daily basis means that, at the very least and most, they have to make sure they will efficiently be able to meet producers and viewers’ basic expectations and requirements for daily melodrama.

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