John Lloyd Cruz is hoping Filipino viewers will welcome his latest team-up with Toni Gonzaga as they star in an upcoming Kapamilya TV sitcom.
Cruz said he wants his sitcom with Gonzaga to be part of every Filipino household which they would welcome every Sunday – just like the classic “John en Marsha,” which starred the late veteran comedian Dolphy.
“Puwede mo siyang i-compare doon pero kasi ‘yung ‘John En Marsha,’ sila ‘yung representative ng typical Pinoy household. Hindi rin puwedeng malayo ang klase ng household na mayroon kami sa ‘Home Sweetie Home.’ Basta very now, very present,” he said.
Cruz said he values the trust of the ABS-CBN management, adding that he feels privileged to get another chance to work with the host-singer-actress.
“From film, nagamit namin ang tandem namin sa sitcom which is parang kabaligtaran ng normal trend. Ibang iba na ito. Ang gusto ko sanang mangyari dito, sana tumagal at maging parte din kami ng bawat Pinoy household. Sana magustuhan nila, sana tangkilikin nila,” Cruz said.
“Matagal na akong fan ni Toni. If you remember, nagkasama kami sa ‘Maging Sino Ka Man Book Two.’ Noong mga panahon na yun, hindi ko pa siya kaya tingnan ng harapan. Nung ginawa namin yung ‘My Amensia Girl,’ na-outgrow ko. Now, na-discover ko na I’m still a fan especially after nung hosting stint niya sa ‘The Voice,’ I discovered na parang wala siyang hindi kayang gawin,” he added.
In the upcoming TV show, Cruz plays a medical representative, while Gonzaga is a teacher.
The debut trailer for the series, which was released in early November, shows the actors alone in a room apparently preparing to get intimate – until they get disturbed by family members.
The couple, it appears, lives under the same roof as the woman’s family.
Playing the parents of Gonzaga in the sitcom are Sandy Andolong and Rico J. Puno, while child star Clarence Delgado and teen actress Miles Ocampo are her siblings.
The premiere date of the new sitcom has yet to be announced but Cruz said it will be shown on ABS-CBN on Sundays after the kiddie gag show “Goin Bulilit.” (MNS)