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The Legend and The Guhimo


After coming across these two teasers on ABS-CBN, I was interested to learn about it. It looks promising to watch though. So I guess, this wouldn’t go on air unnoticed.

I Am Legend. (Oh, this is not Will Smith’s) With its lead actress in the person of, the queen of Koreanovelas, Kim Jung-Eun, this will definitely be another to look forward to.

It talks about a woman who follows her dreams despite all the glittering wealth she has. Well, it wasn’t hers actually but belongs to her husband’s family. It was no easy wife work. She was treated no less than of a trophy display. She’s not allowed to talk during social functions, her mother-in-law is insensitive to her as a person, they were married just because she got pregnant, which after the marriage she got miscarriage. Her husband doesn’t support her. She’s here — only here. But when her younger sister needs a bone marrow transplant for her, she was forbidden to do so. And that triggered her request for a divorce.

The story now goes around her following embarking on her new career as a singer for the “Madonna Band”. How the story ends and how she acquired being the legend is up for you to see.

But what I’m very intrigue of is this one, My Girlfriend is a Guhimo (Nine-Tailed Fox). The lead are new to me, but that doesn’t bothers me. What I’m after is the romance and that mystical creature. How’s that supposed to stir things up!

Dae Woong releases the 9 tail fox out from his grandfather’s ancient painting by drawing nine tails in it. The creature wanted to become a human but was trapped long ago for such rumors that it eats human livers. Dae Woong meets a beautiful girl (Miho) after a life threatening fall without him knowing that it was the creature he freed. But soon enough, Dae Woong realized what he did and tried to keep her happy and hide from everyone that she’s a gumiho.

Miho saved Dae Woong from that tragic fall, and so she becomes his orb. He can’t date anybody except her. Moreover, the only way for Miho to become a human is to drink his blood within 100 days. As the story goes on, they fell in love, and what Miho didn’t say is that Dae Woong must die. A trouble brews around their love.

I wonder how these stories goes. Can’t wait! Only on ABS-CBN.

Another Chef, The Jr.


Junior MasterChef Australia, the best competitive cooking show, (not that I know of any else), by kids I’ve seen by far.

I am already a fan of MasterChef US and watching this somehow carries out that influence. Well, anyway, the juniors still manage to put up a great show.

I was blown away seeing for the first time little chefs cooking like pro. And I can really see their passion through the food they serve — totally mind-blowing. It was exciting and thrilling, and the idea of aged 8-12 youngsters cooking professionally just adds in spicing it up.

My bet was on the 10-year-old Nick. He did show off a great start (and super cute too with his one-tooth smile) but it dwindles down as the show lengthens. I saw Isabella on the top 12 and thought, isn’t she a bit old for this? The same goes for the 12-year-old Jack. No wonder experience has gotten them as far as being the top 2. Pierre was good, possessing quite a technique there too but was still eliminated. I commend how the scoring system goes, it was fair and square. The same as well for the good roles of the judges — they’re of good help to these growing talents.

Every episode of the show was amazing, just like MasterChef US. And I can’t, like for MasterChef US, wait for their next season.

And another thing, Philipines’ ABS-CBN, a broadcasting network already acquired a franchise for Junior MasterChef and will be airing soon (with host Judy Ann Santos). But I quite doubt if it will get the same fate as the latter two versions in Australia and US. My analyzation resulted to the culture of food we Filipino have. Unlike Australia and US (or Europe), some countries here in Asia give a little mind in presentation. Our food talks about taste, so you wont be expecting a regal, lavish, sensual sight of good presentation of food — that’s for some countries here in Asia. I’m a bit off about the idea of our Pinoy Edition. But I hope it’ll prove me wrong. Well, I hope I can carry out the love as well to the Pinoy Edition.

Philippine TV — Can’t Get Out of the Box


Two huge broadcasting companies are all over for the top ratings — and another one is quickly coping to break in to a trio competition.

The other claim that they’re No. 1, well, in a matter of a opinion, yes they are. But the ratings tell otherwise. And to add to the vague title, not only one market research group is conducting the numerical figures but two. And so, one has the right in saying they’re No. 1 while the other can say the same too.

Anyway, that’s not the main issue here. This year, and coming, tv stations are trying to put up a good family entertaining telesereryas. But it never comes out of the box. Most of it are remakes and if not, cheap versions to international hit series. Let’s state a few examples.

Face to Face from Maury

Face to Face is from a Filipino broadcasting network, TV5. This talakserye is beefing up fast ratings since it market to those of middle and lower class of the society. It started airing on around March 2010 and up to now, still making its 280+ episodes. The program showcases conflicts between two parties, they talk it out (in a somewhat barbaric manner), rumble in the set, say obscene words without being censored — now that’s what people love to see, raw reality dramas. Relatively quite a hit. While, Maury, is an American show television show that goes with the same format. Though Maury has been on air for a decade now, making 3000+ of episodes. And still running.

Kitchen Superstar from Master Chef

Kitchen Superstar will be airing soon on GMA7. It will, as its name suggest, caters Pinoy talents of cooking. Any cooking show may be a format-based to the former show with the same field. But the thing that makes me say this is somewhat similar to Master Chef is because of its prequel, Amazing Cooking Kids parallels Junior Master Chef. They should have instead pilot the Amazing Cooking Kids to defray leading conceptions. Master Chef started last year and became a world-wide phenomenal hit series and franchise. ABS-CBN will soon air Junior MasterChef Pinoy Edition.

Tweetbiz The Bizniz of Chizmiz from TMZ

Tweetbiz The Bizniz of Chizmiz is from QTV11’s showbiz program. A group of socialite individuals who talk celebrity gossips based form the social networking site Twitter. Their set is like an office, with their researchers sitting, scattered. And the main host is holding a pen jotting down issues on the white board. Sounds familiar? Yup, similarly the same to American celebrity new program, TMZ. TMZ started on 2005 and still running up to now busting prolific gossips from celebrities famous or not. Though Tweetbiz is limited to Twitter information, still somethings telling me I smell the same breath of air.

 

There are a lot to mention but that, I guess, would bore you. Anyhow, the examples I have dictated are somewhat an attempt of copying a format. ABS-CBN has a lot of copied shows — but they are legal. They are franchised rather than from making a seemingly cheap concepts. It makes me wonder, when will Philippine television get out of the box.

Nasaan Ka Elisa?


From the hit Chilean series ¿Dónde Está Elisa?, here comes ABS-CBN’s remake, Nasaan Ka, Elisa? (lit. Where are you, Elisa?)

A breath of fresh air — away from the usual Pinoy series of fated love, or heavy drama, or amnesia-induced storyline, this one brings something different.

Intriguing, criminal, and unexpected(?). And I did speak too soon. Plots likes these are, in one way or another, predictable. It’s either the protagonist of the story is the cause of the conflict or someone close to the main character (that writers will try to make that person, which we least expected it to be, be the main suspect of the crime). Hence, it could be his father or uncle or auntie or the janitor she seldom talks to.

SYNOPSIS. The conflict arises when after going to a pub, Elisa disappeared. Elisa is a rich teenage, eldest daughter of Mariano (Albert Martinez) and Dana Altamira (Agot Isidro). She was the perfect daughter, as everyone thought so. After her disappearance, which they assume as a kidnapping incident, investigators, Cristobal (Joem Bascon) and Giselle (Desiree Del Valle) tried to solve the mystery of the missing girl. The two managed to list down names of people who might have possibly kidnapped Elisa, including her family members (aunts, uncles, cousins), her friends and classmates. Now the storyline is being highlighted. They will solve the case, that’s for sure but will they find Elisa? And know the person behind the kidnapper?

MY SAY. Melissa Ricks topbilled this upcoming series. If she was missing in the plot, then wouldn’t that be a big slice of budget saved? Well, this is the interesting part: I must watch it to know it. And what do Angels and Demons, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes have in common that people love? …mind games. Most of us wants to give a little push to understand profoundly what the story is (and not only sticking to CGI’s and action acts). So who do you think is the brain behind Elisa’s disappearance?