Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Repost From Chuck Smith

GMA 7 exec: ‘Heart is still Dwarfina’

By Chuck Smith – October 28th, 2010
Heart Evangelista

“Basta, kahit ano ang mangyari, siya (Heart Evangelista) pa rin si Dwarfina.”

This is what GMA Network Senior Vice President for Entertainment Wilma Galvante told the entertainment press when asked about Heart’s recent conflict with Annabelle Rama. Galvante, together with other GMA 7 executives, revealed in a recent press conference that Heart Evangelista will topbill “Dwarfina,” which is part of the network’s closing salvo for 2010.

Rama lambasted Heart’s decision not to renew a co-management deal with her last week. Rama called the young actress an ingrate and “walang utang na loob.” Heart’s family already released a statement saying that they stand by their decision.

“Dwarfina,” a Thumbelina-inspired telefantasya, will feature Heart as a six-inch tall heroine who was put under a curse. The show will also star Dennis Trillo and “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Will Devaughn and will premiere this November.

Galvante also said the network will feature the much awaited Ogie Alcasid-Regine Velasquez. Nuptials that will be held at Punta Fuego in Batangas on December 26. The wedding, which will take place on December 22, is described by Galvante as a “wedding inside a concert” due to the participation of some of the country’s biggest singers in the event.

The coverage, she added, is the network’s gift to two of their biggest stars.

2011 programming

The Kapuso network will also offer some exciting programming for the coming year.

On top of the list are “I ♥ You Pare” starring Regine Velasquez and Dingdong Dantes; the return of Captain Barbell with Richard Gutierrez; and the historical soap opera “Amaya,” led by Marian Rivera.

GMA 7 is also planning to present new formats and platforms for previously successful concepts.

First off is the talent search “Stardom.” According to GMA VP for Drama Lilybeth Rasonable, “Stardom” will replace the network’s highly successful reality talent search, “Starstruck” which ran for five seasons.

“Kasi tumakbo na ng five years yung Starstruck. We feel that nagawa mo na yung magagawa sa programa with that kind of talent search. There are many ways to package a talent search,” Rasonable said.

After the success of the musical comedy “Diva,” the network is also eyeing another first for the network: a “danceserye” tentatively titled “Dance with Me,” a show Rasonable said the network has been working on for the past four months. The show will feature some of the network’s best dancers. They will also hold nationwide auditions to find new dancing talents for the show.

Galvante also confirmed that the network is currently developing a Claudine Barretto soap opera with a planned 2011 second quarter release.

Other new programs for 2011 include a weekly wakasan series to be hosted by a prominent female celebrity and a weekend horror anthology that’s inspired by Philippine folklore (“but treated in a different way because it’s going to be for an entire family viewing,” according to Rasonable).

Reposted From Chuck Smith

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