The wait is over as the news of Fox‘s latest series, The Cleaning Lady is renewed for a second season. As the series was the network’s highest-rated drama premiere the last couple years, it is also one of the Top 5 new broadcast drama this TV season and Hulu’s most-streamed Fox debut. The drama series focuses on Thony, played by Elodie Yung, a Cambodian doctor who lived in Manila with her family, but came to the U.S. seeking medical treatment to save her son.
As much as Thony is a force of nature, a failing system forces her into hiding and becomes a cleaning lady for the mob. The drama begins as she starts playing by her own rules and refuses to be marginalized. Elodie is joined by Fil-Aussie actor, Martha Millan, Adan Canto, Oliver Hudson, Jay Mohr, Liza Weil, and Shiva Negar. The show takes on many social issues found today and brings a “sharp perspective brought on by the cast,” the President of Fox Entertainment, Michael Thorn explains (Deadline).
There are many mentions of the Filipino culture throughout the season as executive producer Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars) not only wanted a diverse cast, but also to tell a story that’s familiar for many Filipinos. Other Filipinos who contributed include Ruby Ibarra who been partnered up with the network to create new songs for the whole series alongside Mark Isham and Nick Isham; Manila born and raised, writer-director Marie Jamora directed Episode 6, “Mother’s Mission” while actors and father/daughter duo Lou Diamond and Gracie Phillips guest stared on Episode 4 titled “Kabayan.”
It’s great to see more and more representation on mainstream media and the hope is that it continues. Until the next season premieres, binge watch or re-watch all 10 episodes on Fox or Hulu.
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The girls are back for Season 2 of Hulu’s series Dollface starring Kat Dennings, Shay Mitchell, Brenda Song, and Esther Povitsky. The first season premiered back in 2019 and it’s back after a hiatus due to the pandemic. We left off with Jules Wiley (Dennings) fresh off a breakup with longtime boyfriend and she’s looking to rekindle her friendships. The friend group consists of Stella Cole (Mitchell), Madison Maxwell (Song), and Izzy Levine (Povitsky) who help Jules through a tough time.
A new trailer just dropped and there’s loads more antics to expect this season. Jules deals with the truth of turning the big 3-0, but she has a support system beside her ready to party with her. The ladies want to start a new chapter in lives together. Mitchell’s character opens a bar for women with rose on tap and where they can yell freely at the TV while watching the bachelor. Sign us up!
Catch the new season February 11 on Hulu!
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Although the Filipino anime series Trese doesn’t premier until June 10th, Netflix released a behind the scenes look of the show. The short video has Trese leads, Shay Mitchell and Liza Soberano who are playing Alexandra Trese, a detective who deals with crimes of supernatural origin. Mitchell will voice Trese in the English version while Soberano takes the lead in the Filipino version. To have this anime available in both language is a big deal to reach a wider audience while staying authentic to the stories’ origins. Hearing snippets of scenes in Tagalog will send chills up your spine as it adds another level of eeriness but beautiful to hear. Both actresses are excited to share this project with the world.
Shay Mitchell describes Trese as “based on a graphic novel that’s set in modern day Manila that uses Filipino folklore to tell its stories.” While Liza Soberano describes the character Alexandria Trese “as a female detective who’s the protector of peace and harmony between the living and supernatural beings who coexist in the Philippines.” With all the twists and turns, the anime series will keep you on the edge of your seat. Stream it starting June 10 on Netflix and learn more about superstitious beliefs that have been a part of Filipino folklore for ages.
Cover Photo Credit: Liza Soberano Twitter
The anime series Trese is set to premiere on Netflix this year. It’s based on the award-winning Filipino graphic novel created by Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo. According to Netflix, the series takes place as Alexandra Trese is protecting Manila from a supernatural threat. Netflix also recently announced that Filipina actress Liza Soberano will voice Alexandra Trese in the Filipino language version of the series while Fil-Canadian Shay Mitchell will be the voice in the English version.
According to AnimationMagazine.net, Shay says Philippine folklore is rich and fascinating.
“I’m so excited to be a part of a unique and amazing project like Trese, and to voice a character as brilliant as Alexandra Trese. Philippine folklore is rich and fascinating, and I am thrilled to be a part of the team bringing this story to life,” said Mitchell.
The Trese team composed of executive producer Jay Olivia and producers Shanty Harmayn and Tanya Yuson are excited to have Liza and Shay on the roster:
“Shay’s Alexandra exceeded my expectations and she delivers a performance of strength, determination and family duty that is at the very core of the character.”
“Having Liza play Alexandra Trese for the series makes this project even more special to me and my team!”
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