John Lloyd Cruz, Sandy Andolong not included in Toni Gonzaga sitcom reformat

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Sandy Andolong (left) and John Lloyd Cruz will not be part of Home Sweetie Home anymore as the Toni Gonzaga-starrer gets reformatted.


ABS-CBN's weekly sitcom starring Toni Gonzaga, Home Sweetie Home, is undergoing a reformat.

Ii is now titled Home Sweetie Home: Extra Sweet, with a new batch of characters.

In the episode that aired last Saturday, May 4, the show aired a "lipat-bahay" teaser that introduced the new cast members.

The teaser showed Toni, together with Miles Ocampo, Clarence Delgado, and child actor Jordan Ford, being welcomed to their new neighborhood by a new set of characters played by Alex Gonzaga, Bayani Agbayani, Rio Locsin, Edgar "Bobot" Mortiz, and Vhong Navarro.

Pinoy Big Brother Otso adult housemates Fumiya Sankai and Yamyam Gucong, collectively known as the funny duo FumiYam, will also join the new Home Sweetie Home. 

Notably absent from the teaser were Home Sweetie Home's current cast members—Piolo Pascual, Rufa Mae Quinto, Ogie Alcasid, and Sandy Andolong.

Piolo and Sandy have both taken a leave from ABS-CBN.

The actor announced he would be taking up studies abroad, and Sandy has gone off to join GMA-7's upcoming afternoon series, Dahil sa Pag-ibig.

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It is unlikely that Home Sweetie Home's original leading man John Lloyd Cruz would return to the Kapamilya show as rumored.

Recent episodes indicated that his absent character had sent annulment papers to his wife Julie (Toni).

John Lloyd left the sitcom in 2017 when he took an indefinite leave from show business.

He was also not seen in the teaser.

The weekly show is also now under the helm of Star Creatives, ABS-CBN's drama unit, which has been promoting the reformat of Home Sweetie Home.

Since 2014, Home Sweetie Home has been handled by the comedy unit of Linggit Tan-Marasigan and Raymond Gallegos Dizon.

Tan-Marasigan has already retired as business unit head, while Dizon is now the business unit head of Pinoy Big Brother: Otso and Star Hunt.

The new Home Sweetie Home: Extra Sweet will start airing on May 11.


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