While foreign TV shows kept us glued to TV sets, most of local TV remained mundane with run-of-the-mill and over-the-top teleserye dramas, the re-re-recycled plots, and dated noontime show humor.
Yet some good things did happen in 2013 too. Believe it or not, some Pinoy shows have proven that we have not quite totally run out of creativity and talent just yet. A few shows created noise and got us chatting during lunch with lines like "Pare si Ryzza Mae, sobrang cute na bata, sana ganun rin yung anak ko," or "Pare si Jodi Sta. Maria, ang gandang katulong, sana ganun rin yung katulong ko."
Below are 2013's noise-making shows that made household names out of “Sir Chief and Maya,” “Daniel Padilla,” or even phrases like “medyo bad boy”or “look up!”
1) TomDen becomes the Philippines's most famous gay couple in My Husband's Lover.
The popular gay lovers of GMA-7’s top-rating teleserye My Husband’s Lover might not be up your alley, but the show did prove ground-breaking amid the conservative influence of the Catholic Church. “TomDen,” the onscreen loveteam of straight actors Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo, had primetime viewers glued on weeknight TV via their love story tried by family morals and societal prejudice.
Okay, what are we talking about? People were glued partly because of those aforementioned reasons but mainly because they were waiting for THIS SCENE:
That's right, Tom, smile uncomfortably.
And fellas, we promise, that if you keep reading, we'll reward you with something more manly in the end.
2) Ryzza Mae Dizon claims the talkshow host crown
Basking in the continuing success of her late morning talk show is eight-year-old child wonder, Ryzza Mae Dizon, who local viewers just can't help but be charmed each time she frolics, dances, and blurts out the wittiest punch lines on national television.
Did we mention that the babe’s only eight? The Eat Bulaga!-discovered talent has remarkably conversed with popular personalities who Ryzza just happens to astound with her charm and spontaneous humor. These include superstars Maricel Soriano, Marian Rivera, Susan Roces, Regine Velasquez, Derek Ramsay, also broadcast journalists Mike Enriquez and Jessica Soho among many others.
FHM staffers regularly faint at the mere thought of interviewing those big time celebs.
3) Bask at Be Careful With My Heart’s staying power
So maybe local TV’s sweethearts Sir Chief and Maya of ABS-CBN’s “kiligserye” Be Careful With My Heart got a bit too much with the show’s (over)extended airing period.
At one point some complained about the lagging plot while others wondered about Richard Yap’s (Sir Chief) versatility as an actor (seriously, what’s next for him?). Be Careful With My Heart’s diehard fans, however, including those abroad, proved to be loyal to the program, however.
Daytime TV ratings, in fact, reflect that the show consistently battles with the long-running Eat Bulaga! and the morning show favorite, The Ryzza Mae Show. Be Careful With My Heart toppled the two top-raters when it aired Sir Chief and Maya’s almost-real wedding.
The show’s co-director, award-winning filmmaker Jeffery Jeturian, in an interview, said that part of the show’s staying power is the Filipino family values is teaches today’s generation, more significantly the young ones who reside abroad.
Also, as we stated above, who wouldn't want a maid as lovely as Jodi? Just look at the way Sir Chief looks at her in the poster. Oh yeah, Sir Chief, we know what you're up to. Ikaw na ang lover-boss!
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