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GMA-7 mulls offering ‘My Husband’s Lover’ book 2

Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo

Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo

While a bit tentative on how to go about it, GMA-7 Senior VP for Entertainment Lilybeth Rasonable admits there are proposals to do “My Husband’s Lover” Book 2.

“Pinagiisipan…pinagaaralan (pa). Ang lakas ng clamor for that eh. Pero kasi hirap mag book 2, kailangan higitan mo ang book 1. Dapat alam mo rin kung ano pa yung maikukuwento mo na hindi mo pa naikuwento,” she said in an interview.

“My Husband’s Lover,” credited as the first gay-themed series in Philippine TV, received universal praise, topped the ratings game, and further pushed the careers of its stars Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez in 2013.

Whether it comes to pass or not, Rasonable said Kapuso is the network is coming up with another “risky” show, not necessarily a book 2 of defunct show.

Some of the shows GMA-7 offers in the first quarter of 2014 are: “The Borrowed Wife” (starting Jan. 20, headlines by Camille Prats, Rafael Rosell and Pauleen Luna); “Tale Of Arang” (Jan. 20, Shin Min-ah and Lee Jun-ki); “Carmela” (Jan. 27, Marian Rivera and Alden Richards); “Rhodora X” (Jan. 27, Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi, Mark Herras and Mark Anthony Fernandez); “PARAISO KO’Y IKAW” (Jan. 27,  Kristoffer Martin, Kim Rodriguez, Joyce Ching and  introducing Phytos Ramirez); “Innamorata” (in February, Max Collins and Luis Alandy); and “Kambal Sirena” (soon, Louise Delos Reyes and Aljur Abrenica).

“Ang sa amin, kung sa drama whether it’s traditional or not, ang ano naming, may ‘plus one.’ May something to look forward to. Ang general guideline (sa mga shows naman ay these) should be relatable, you should offer something new…may originality.

“Pagdating sa originality, if you notice, we hardly have franchises. Because yung directive always ng top management of the producers or the creators is to be original. To come up with original stuff because we have a lot of belief that we can do it on our own (as much as possible,” she said to that effect.

Asked how the stars on the first quarter shows got the job, Rasonable said there were several considerations.

“It’s a mixture (of several factors). Kunwari, we like an artista like Marian, tapos sasamahan namin ng something interesting in the person of Alden na may mga achievements na siya on his own. Halo halo.

“Like in the afternoon, we gave Kim (Rodriguez) a chance. Bagong bago, pero pinapartneran namin siya ng mas may experience sa kaniya, si Kristoffer. So walang specific guideline eh.

“Kung sino yung pinaka bagay, yung interesting…”