According to ABS-CBN Business Unit Head Ruel S. Bayani, he personally handpicked JM de Guzman to top-bill the upcoming show Precious Hearts Romances presents Araw Gabi.
He revealed this in an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Feburary 7.
The business unit head of RSB Drama Unit said, "I made sure! Kinakampanya ko 'yan na paglabas niya, meron kaming project na gustong ibigay sa kanya.
"And I waited for him to be okay because as you know, he's one of our best, one of our most sensitive actors."
In 2015, JM entered rehab voluntarily because of drug abuse.
Last January 2018, the 29-year-old actor was released from rehab but is still under the aftercare program of the center.
Before he exited rehab, JM already met with the executives of Star Magic for his second showbiz comeback.
Last January 27, RSB Drama Unit announced that JM will top-bill the comeback of Precious Hearts Romances on television via Araw Gabi. This project is based on the book El Paraiso written by the late author Martha Cecilia.
Ruel Bayani said that JM deserves a second wind in showbiz because of his acting talent.
He explained, "Naniniwala ako that people should be given second, third chances because you can be the most professional, you can be the nicest, but the people want more.
"They want an actor that they can connect with, yung heart, body, and soul.
"And nagkataon, JM is one of those actors. He's that kind of actor na nagko-connect ka dahil ang husay niya."
JM first tried acting on television when he was tapped to play a supporting role in Precious Hearts Romances: Midnight Phantom, which aired in 2010.
JM also did two more Precious Hearts Romances installments, mainly Kristine and Alyna.
Talking about JM's upcoming TV project titled Araw Gabi, Bayani said, "Afternoon show siya on the sexier side na we'll see. Ayoko munang... masyado pang soon for me to reveal more details about it."
"We're busy preparing and we're starting next week so we're very excited about that."
Last Saturday, it was revealed that Barbie Imperial is the leading lady of JM.
PLANS FOR 2018. Aside from Araw Gabi, RSB Drama Unit is also busy with its other show, Love Will Lead You Back. This upcoming prime-time series is top-billed by Jericho Rosales, Yen Santos, Yam Concepcion, and Sam Milby.
According to RSB, it will also be shown this 2018.
He added, "Ayun, exciting and I look forward to bringing these shows to the audience."
It is also a conscious effort for his team to offer something different for audiences, especially since his last TV show Wildflower was a huge success.
"Hindi ko rin gusto na yung success ng Wildflower, e, ma-paralyze kami, puro ganon na lang dapat ang gagawin, hindi rin.
"Kasi naniniwala naman ako na nararamdaman ng tao pag nag-e-effort kang magbigay ng variety, nag-e-effort kang mag-innovate.
"Nag-e-effort kang may i-adjust or i-update sa ginagawa mo. They know that, e. And that's how you build the relationship.
"I mean, years ago, you wouldn't even hear the name of RSB Unit or our shows, di ba? We were then a struggling drama unit when I was starting.
"Kilala ako ng mga tao as a director pero yung team namin, hindi pa. But right now kasi, they all know dahil itong mga recent successes.
"Hindi ako happy just for myself. I'm happy kasi nagpe-pay off yung hardwork ng marami kong mga masisipag na tao. Mahuhusay."
RSB's other TV shows as a business unit head were: Annaliza (2013), Maria Mercedes (2013), Moon of Desire (2014), Hawak Kamay (2014), Two Wives (2014), Pasion De Amor (2015), Be My Lady (2016), Tubig at Langis (2016), and Langit Lupa (2016).
He is also the business unit head of the Saturday drama anthology program Ipaglaban Mo, which started airing in 2014.