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When actors play themselves

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JUANKARLOS

Last Sept. 27, we were able to watch two “biographical” dramas on TV, in which the lead actors portrayed themselves.

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Filipino family part of cable TV reality show

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GINGER Gonzaga (right) in a scene from the comedy series “Mixology”

An established general entertainment channel in the United States, Lifetime started broadcasting on Philippine cable last October, a few months after its launch in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

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Penchant for long-winded ‘arias’ weighs down promising TV drama

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DELAS ALAS. Her quietly dramatic moment passed all too quickly. photo: pinoystop.com

Last Saturday’s “Maala-ala Mo Kaya” episode started out as a quietly and deeply moving dramatization of the tragic story of a mother (Ai Ai delas Alas) who went crazy, and subjected her husband and children to great pain and misery.

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Mixed bag of hits and misses

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CHIU. Irritating distraction.

Recent performances on TV have been a decidedly mixed bag of hits and misses—and therein lie more than a baker’s dozen of potentially instructive observations.

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Compelling themes boost ‘MMK’s’ Grace Poe episode

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CRUZ.  Informed portrayal.

When we learned that “Maala-ala Mo Kaya” would be dramatizing the life story of Grace Poe, we made a mental note to watch its telecast last Saturday. We’ve admired Grace’s adoptive parents, Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces—and the way that Grace has made a name for herself, despite their potentially “overwhelming” fame and stature.

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