It’s finally the weekend so you might be finding something to binge on for the next couple of days. Fall is here so that only means all our favorite fall shows are back. This week, shows like NCIS: Hawai’i, The Cleaning Lady, and Monarch are all on with some of your favorite Fil-Am actors.
NCIS: Hawai’i Season 2 with Vanessa Lachey
“Prisoners’ Dilemma” was the second half of the crossover that started with NCIS Season 20 Episode 1. Vanessa Lachey is back as Jane Tennant and her team is ready to take on all the action this season.
The Cleaning Lady Season 2
Elodie Yung and Martha Millan are back as Thony and Fiona after an intense Season 1 finale of the Fox hit series. Hopefully we’ll get answers whether Thony can save her son or if she’s headed back to Manila.
Monarch Season 1
If you haven’t yet caught up on Monarch, don’t worry you’re not that far behind. Don’t miss Inigo Pascual in his debut American series as Ace Grayson. We can’t wait to see how his character development evolves over the season.
Cover Photo Credit: Vanessa Lachey Instagram
Earlier this week, Iñigo Pascual celebrated his Hollywood debut amongst his relatives in his family home. The actor is celebrating his first ever lead international role on Fox’s “Monarch,” where he plays the talented Ace Grayson — adopted son of Nicky, played by Emmy award-winner Anna Friel. “Monarch” tells the story of the Romans, America’s first family of country music.
Fans of Iñigo Pascual can catch new episodes of “Monarch” every Tuesday at 9pm EST on FOX. Fans interested in watching the drama in the Philippines can stream the show exclusively on iWantTFC. We’re excited and proud to watch Iñigo’s Hollywood journey!
Photo Courtesy of Iñigo Pascual’s Instagram
From the Forbes 30 under 30 lists straight to your TV screens! Alyssa Navarro took the stage on the Fox reality game show “I Can See Your Voice,” playing a Princess on TV. “I Can See Your Voice” is a music game show adopted from a South Korean series, and it premiered in 2020. The show presents a contestant with six “secret singers” identified only by their occupation. Then, the contestant must attempt to eliminate bad singers from the group without ever hearing them sing, assisted by clues and a celebrity panel throughout six rounds.
If you know Alyssa, you know she has a voice of a real-life Disney princess, and you have probably caught some of her viral TikToks on your feeds. But the majority of the judges didn’t think she could pull it off. Check out Alyssa’s performance below, and if you missed the episode, you can now check it out on Hulu.
Cover Photo Courtesy of Alyssa’s Instagram
If you tuned in this week’s to one of Fox’s most watched show, The Cleaning Lady, it highlighted many Filipino elements. Guest stars, father and daughter Lou Diamond Phillips and Gracie Phillips added to the family narrative of the show. The Fil-Am actors contributed to the Filipino elements of the show by speaking Tagalog and sharing relatable family stories.
This was the first time veteran actor Lou Diamond Phillips acted together with his daughter Gracie, telling TV Line it was “incredibly natural” for the both of them. “It was just so wonderful. I had no doubt that we would have instant chemistry and a shorthand to work with.” The father-daughter duo only had one scene together, but the entire episode led to that moment. His character, Joe is an anonymous bone marrow donor who backed out of the procedure for Thony’s son, Luca. With a change of heart at the end because of a Filipino lullaby similar to “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” it led to a reunion between him and his daughter.
The episode showed a few commonalities between the main characters and the Phillips’ characters. Sometime we all need a reminder of where we came from and how we got to where we are. They talk about how Fiona’s cooking reminds him of his Lola’s, how their home is similar to his childhood home, and how the lullaby Thony sang to Luca was the same song his wife sang to Grace.
It’s not often we see this much Filipino-ness anywhere on media so it’s both surprising and fun to see. This episode still carried the overarching plot of the show, but it was refreshing to see how much thought went into making sure the details were right. Even the episode title name is named, “Kabayan” which means fellow country men.
Miranda Kwok created and produced the first primetime drama on Fox that stars an Asian woman. The show is based on an Argentinian series, “La Chica Que Limpia” but she pitched it to Fox to have Southeast Asian leads to break the stereotype. “What I wanted to do was … just show people that no matter who you are, where you’re from or what profession you’ve had, everyone deserves the same amount of respect and dignity.” Each episode so far brings new perspective on the immigrant story.
If you haven’t yet seen The Cleaning Lady, catch it on Mondays on Fox at 9PM. It’s worth a watch!
Cover Photo Credit: Gracie Phillips Instagram
Yellow Rose actress, Eva Noblezada and How to Get Away with Murder actor, Conrad Ricamora land guest star roles on primetime television this week. 24-year-old Noblezada appears on the most recent episode of Law and Order: SVU alongside Mariska Hargitay. The episode revolved around a meeting between Noblezada’s character and her idol turning violent.
As Broadway shows remain shut down due to the pandemic, Law & Order showrunners aim to continue to hire stage actors. Noblezada’s career in Broadway has earned her two nominations for a Tony Award. One for the role as Kim in the 2017 Broadway production of Miss Saigon, and for the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown.
Conrad Ricamora best known for his character of Oliver Hampton on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, will have a reoccurring role on Fox’s The Resident. He’ll play the stepson of surgeon, Dr. Bell played by Bruce Greenwood. We may also see Ricamora’s character scrub in as he is also a surgeon.
Ricamora is also a stage actor, having portrayed Ninoy Aquino in the 2013 Off-Broadway musical, Here Lies Love, which won him a Theatre World Award. In the show Soft Power, he was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical. To top it off, he’s also a Grammy nominee for Best Musical Theater Album, Principal Soloist in The King and I.
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Yellow Rose is now available to rent or buy on Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Fandango, Google Play and Play Station. The movie will also be released in the Philippines on January on KTX.PH.