Kapamilya marks new TV season with fresh program lineup

The Kapamilya Network is not yet over with love teams, in fact, the TV station is banking heavily on its roster of on-screen pairings yet again to field its new series this 2016.

The lineup, which the network introduced during its trade launch last month, is an interesting mix of tried and tested pairs with new love teams thrown into picture to add new flavors and probably some spiced up twists.

At least six new series are set to headline ABS-CBN’s afternoon and primetime blocks in the first quarter of the year. The teasers of the highly anticipated new series have already been released online and sometime shown in various commercial gaps of the Kapamilya channel.

Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga in a scene from Written in  the Stars

One that’s gaining momentum is Dolce Amore to be top-billed by the love team that made primetime viewers believe in “forever,” Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano.

Dolce amore in Italian literally means “sweet love” in English. Hence, the new series featuring LizQuen can be a promise of Forevermore version 2. only that the central characters are switching social status in the new TV production. In Dolce Amore, Liza plays the role of Serena, a princess who only wants to live a normal and ordinary life. Enrique plays the role of Tenten, an ordinary boy from Manila working hard to provide for his family. As Tenten looks for money to help his father, he comes across Serena.

Another established love team is set to resurface on primetime via The Story of Us, which is set to replace the top-rating JaDine drama On the Wings of Love in February. Starring Kim Chiu and Xian Lim, The Story of Us boasts immensely picturesque scenes partly shot in Palawan. The details of the plot, however, remains the production’s secret but we heard it’s about two young lovers who grow apart and then try to find their way back in each other’s arms (like how passé any Kapamiya shows can be).

LizQuen, from Forevermore to Dolce Amore

In speaking of tried and tested on-screen pairs, the Kapamilya network bring real-life couple Erich Gonzales and Daniel Matsunaga back on the boob tube. The couple’s on- and-off screen romance purportedly blossomed on the set of Two Wives. They are reunited in the afternoon block’s Be My Lady. This soap centers on the romantic journey of a young playboy from Singapore and a barrio lass who is focused on her dreams for her family (imagine Suddenly It’s Magic sans Mario Maurer).

Moving on to the heavyweights, Dreamscape Entertainment brings “another TV masterpiece” (their description of the family drama) featuring an ensemble of “this generation’s biggest” (their description of the cast) stars Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga, Jolina Magdangal, Sarah Lahbati and Sam Milby. The upcoming primetime series is entitled Written In Our Stars and talks about love, life and death, in no particular order.

Based on its three-minute trailer, the story looks like a marriage between the Korean series Pure Love and the classic romantic movie, The Ghost.  A car accident leads to the death of Piolo’s character, leaving behind Toni’s character and their child. In a twist, Piolo’s character would be handed a chance to guide his family from the afterlife.

Xian Lim and Kim Chiu reunite in a romantic primetime  drama

Meanwhile, returning actress Cristine Reyes stars in an upcoming (heavy) drama called Tubig At Langis. In the series, Cristine plays the character of a young single mother who is reluctant to give love another try. She reunites with Zanjoe Marudo, whom she teamed up with in Precious Hearts Romances: Kristine in 2010. They are joined by Isabelle Daza who plays the third wheel in the story.

Lastly, newly-signed up Kapamilya Elmo Magalona checks in opposite Janella Salvador in another romantic drama called Born For You. The series is another Dreamscape Entertainment production and is based on the Japanese belief on red string of fate where the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way.

So, there. You might or might not want to watch these series in the months ahead but one thing is for sure, all of these programs are gunning for ratings supremacy hence they would still get your attention, one way or another.

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