Filipino TV shows that were shelved (Part 3)

by James Patrick Anarcon
Mar 6, 2022
Filipino TV shows that were shelved
Throwback photos of MayWard, Bea Alonzo, Gabbi Garcia, and Jeric Gonzales during the taping of their cancelled shows.
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN / GMA-7

In the realm of television, it has become a common adage that nothing is final until a show is aired.

During the early stages of any TV show's production process, changes are inevitable, and when they do happen, sometimes it's because of unexpected reasons.

Some of these include changes in the cast lineup, including a cast member's sudden and unexplicable departure, or in some extreme cases, an unexpected death. At times, pregnancy announcements can also cause airing delays or postponements.

Last 2020, a lot of TV shows were temporarily put on hold because of the global Covid-19 pandemic

For the third part of this series on scrapped television shows, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) lists down the seven teleseryes that were cancelled mid-production.

ANG LIHIM NI LIGAYA (ABS-CBN, 2020)

In 2020, Ivana Alawi was supposed to get top billing in an afternoon drama series titled Ang Lihim ni Ligaya. It would have been her first big break on television after her daring exposure in Ang Probinsyano in 2018 to 2019.

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Ivana's co-stars in the project were Agot Isidro, Janice de Belen, and Michael de Mesa, with Kit Thompson and Raven Molina as her leading men.

However, the production for Ang Lihim ni Ligaya was halted in April 2020 at the onset of the COVID-19 virus.

It resulted in the scrapping as well of the online show PaLIGAYAHIN Mo Ako where Ivana was supposed to appear with Raven, Kit, and Eian Rances and tease fans about the upcoming project.

But even when locked-in tapings became the industry norm during the latter part of that year, production of Ang Lihim ni Ligaya was not resumed. Consequently, even its promotional efforts were halted.

In September 2020, Ivana released a Q&A Mukbang vlog that asked if her teleserye would still push through.

Ivana answered fortright she was not ready to go out and do lock-in tapings to protect her family from being infected, especially her sister who was immunocompromised.

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It became obvious then that Ang Lihim ni Ligaya would no longer push through.

A report came out later, saying that Janice, Agot, and Kit were in the cast of the new drama series La Vida Lena, starring Erich Gonzales.

Aside from almost the same cast members, the same team behind Ang Lihim ni Ligaya also helmed La Vida Lena.

Ivana Alawi and Kit Thompson in Ang Lihim ni LigayaIvana Alawi and Kit Thompson.

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HONEY, MY LOVE, SO SWEET (ABS-CBN, 2018)

In 2018, ABS-CBN’s Dreamscape announced its plan to do a teleserye titled Honey, My Love, So Sweet for the MayWard love team, Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber.

Other stars in the show were Cherry Pie Picache, Pokwang, Joey Marquez, Charlie Dizon, McCoy de Leon, and Elsa Droga.

However, after the story conference and announcement, there were no more updates about the show.

In a PEP.ph interview with Dreamscape creative head Rondel Lindayag in 2019, he said the project had been temporarily shelved.

Instead, MayWard starred in the weekly fantasy series Hiwaga ng Kambat in 2019.

Honey, My Love, So SweetMaymay Entrata, and Edward Barber.

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ROSANG AGIMAT (GMA-7, 2019)

Rosang Agimat was a GMA-7 action-drama project in 2019 to be headlined by Gabbi Garcia.

Part of the cast were Thea Tolentino, Jeric Gonzales, Kristoffer Martin, Celia Rodriguez, Roi Vinzon, and the late actor Eddie Garcia.

Cameras started rolling for the project in June 2019, but while shooting a gunfight scene, Eddie Garcia tripped on a cable wire, causing severe cervical spine injury.

He never recovered and eventually passed away on June 20.

Owing to the tragedy, GMA-7 stopped the production of Rosang Agimat, eventually deciding to shelve the show altogether and give its stars replacement projects.

Thea was included in Madrasta, Jeric was given Magkaagaw, and Gabbi headlined Beautiful Justice, which aired on the timeslot originally slated for Rosang Agimat.

Rosang Agimat

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SEED OF LOVE (GMA-7, 2020)

Seed of Love was an afternoon drama series on GMA-7 that was supposed to be headlined by Glaiza de Castro, Mike Tan, and Valerie Concepcion in 2020.

Seed of Love was already taping in Banaue when production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the global health crisis, GMA-7 scrapped Seed of Love from its Afternoon Prime line-up in 2020.

Instead, Glaiza and Mike were given a different project that aired in the afternoon slot, the remake of Nagbabagang Luha,

In Glaiza’s PEP Live guesting in August 2021, she said the network decided not to push through with Seed of Love because the story involved children.

This became a production issue during the time, since health mandates then did not allow child actors below 15 years old go out, much less go on taping.

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Seed of Love

WRITTEN IN OUR STARS (ABS-CBN, 2016)

Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual were supposed to headline a drama series titled Written In Our Stars, with Jolina Magdangal, Sarah Lahbati, Sam Milby, and child actor Marco Masa in starring roles.

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The series, which was slated to air in 2016, had completed its first two weeks and its trailer was shown during the network’s trade launch in the last quarter of 2015.

It all came to naught when it was found that Toni was pregnant.

It it was In February 2016 when PEP.ph got a scoop about Toni and her husband Paul Soriano expecting their first child, which she would confirm two months later on ASAP.

Because of Toni's pregnancy, Written In Our Stars was postponed initially and totally shelved eventually.

The network had plans of airing its taped episodes in a program exclusive for the defunct ABS-CBN Mobile, but it did not push through.

Written In Our Stars

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BURADO (ABS-CBN, 2020)

Another project that was cancelled because of the pandemic was Burado.

It was one of ABS-CBN’s biggest offerings in 2020 with Julia Montes and Nadine Lustre as the leading ladies. Paulo Avelino, Zanjoe Marudo, and Thai actor Denkhun Ngamnet were the male leads.

The project had already started taping in Thailand when COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic.

As early as June, reports had it that Nadine and Julia were backing out of the series, and that Burado was being changed into Walang Hanggang Paalam with Arci Munoz and Angelica Panganiban taking over their roles, respectively.

In August 2020, Dreamscape Entertainment, the producer of Burado, announced the show's cancellation.

According to the statement, Burado’s storyline involved action scenes that were “difficult to mount at this time.”

Besides, Denkhum could not fly in the Philippines because of the pandemic.

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After the announcement, Angelica, Arci, Paulo, and Zanjoe were announced to lead the cast of Walang Hanggang Paalam.

Among the other cast members of Burado who were retained were Lotlot de Leon and McCoy de Leon.

Burado

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KAHIT MINSAN LANG (ABS-CBN, 2020)

Kahit Minsan Lang was supposed to be the first teamup of Bea Alonzo and Richard Gutierrez in a teleserye under the production of Star Creatives Television, an ABS-CBN drama unit.

Also part of the series were Christian Bables, Rafael Rosell, and Jameson Blake.

Tapings started in 2019 at a fish port in General Santos City, but these were suddenly cut short because of the pandemic.

In September 2020, Star Creatives Television announced its decision to shelve the project.

Its statement said, "The nature of the material developed for [Bea] Alonzo cannot be accommodated at present because of the restrictive scenarios of shooting. Nonetheless, Star Creatives said it is looking forward to working with Alonzo again in the future.”

However, a report from Cabinet Files said the project would still push through, but without Bea.

According to an insider, Bea did not want to work during the pandemic. Maja Salvador was reportedly chosen to replace Bea.

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In an interview by PEP.ph, Maja said it the network decided to shelve the project because of the pandemic.

She also told PEP.ph about being offered to replace Bea in the show. But then, she had already said yes to Sunday Noontime Live with Johnny Manahan on TV5.

She said about the offer, "Nag-yes ako, but siyempre may mga terms na hindi napagkasunduan.

"Ano po iyon? Yun ay siyempre, kung gagawin ko siya, baka hindi ko magawa yung show ni Mr. M, yung SNL.

Kahit Minsan Lang was brought up again when Bea decided to transfer to GMA-7. Bea was even accused of abandoning the project.

In another PEP.ph interview at the time, Bea said she left ABS-CBN without any unfinished business.

She said, “Ako, gusto ko lang sabihin na wala akong ginawang masama and alam ko na malinis kong ginawa every step of the way dito sa ginawa ko.

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“Siguro, may mga bagay-bagay na hindi ko kailangang ipaliwanag sa lahat ng tao, but ang gusto ko lang i-share is that nagpaalam ako nang maayos at wala akong inapakang tao.”

Kahit Minsan Lang

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Throwback photos of MayWard, Bea Alonzo, Gabbi Garcia, and Jeric Gonzales during the taping of their cancelled shows.
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN / GMA-7
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