GMA Network Chairman & CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon led the network's executives who met with the media earlier today, January 5, to discuss the new Kapuso shows scheduled for launching in the first quarter of 2012.
He pointed out that all the programs are all-original shows.
"We are veering away from fantasy because we have discovered na marunong rin naman pala kami ng drama," Atty. Gozon said in his usual forthright style.
Traditionally, fantasy has been seen as GMA-7's strength, while drama has been seen as its rival ABS-CBN's forte.
This time, the Kapuso boss was saying, "We thought of changing the program grid."
Indeed, three shows that do not have fantasy themes will premiere on GMA Telebabad:
Legacy (to air starting January 16) stars Heart Evangelista, Alessandra de Rossi, Lovi Poe, Geoff Eigenmann, Mike Tan, Solenn Heussaff, and Sid Lucero;
Biritera (to air starting February 6) stars Dennis Trillo, Glaiza de Castro, Angelika dela Cruz, and a new young singer who has yet to be chosen from short-listed auditionees;
andMy Beloved (to air starting February 13) stars real-life couple Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes.
For the afternoon slot, four programs will be launched by GMA-7, also in the first quarter of 2012.
These include Alice Bungisngis and Her Wonder Walis (to air starting February 6) stars Bea Binene, Jhake Vargas, Derrick Monasterio, and Lexi Fernandez;
Broken Vow (to air starting February 6) stars Bianca King, Luis Alandy, Rochelle Pangilinan, and Gabby Eigenmann;
The Good Daughter (to air starting February 13) stars Kylie Padilla, Rocco Nacino, and Max Collins;
and Hiram na Puso (to air starting February 20) stars Kris Bernal, Polo Ravales, Bela Padilla, and Mark Herras.
LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE ADS IN 2012. Asked about the current financial situation of GMA Network, Atty. Gozon answered, again forthrightly: