Now that the business unit of ABS-CBN for the series ‘Against All Odds’ has resumed taping and location shooting, it’s pretty obvious who have been replaced by whom in the cast.
But TV insiders said these replacements, which included even the original director, Malu Sevilla, are due to the stars’ busy schedules and have nothing to do with their acting talent or behaviour on the set.
Sevilla, who is now holding the reins for the fantasy series ‘Juan de la Cruz’, starring Coco Martin, was replaced by Jerry Sineneng and Toots Mariscal.
John Estrada, meanwhile, has replaced Jericho Rosales, who declined to be part of the new TV series, as he would be doing a movie in Indonesia. Estrada has clarified, however, that he was really part of the original cast, but begged off for a few months as he was then finishing another TV series, ‘A Beautiful Affair’.
The lead performers Judy Ann Santos and Sam Milby are still in ‘Against All Odds’, a dark melodrama involving women fighting adversity in life and marriage. The series is due to air this first quarter.
It was because of Santos’s busy schedule that the taping of ‘Against All Odds’ has incurred delay. Santos, more popularly known as Juday, was then hosting the just concluded reality show, ‘Pinoy Master Chef’.
Sevilla, who remains director of ‘Toda Max’, has already done some episodes for ‘Against All Odds’, which, according to insiders, are all very good.
Shown every Saturday, ‘Toda Max’ is a comedy series starring Robin Padilla, Vhong Navarro, Pokwang and Angel Locsin.