Thanks to Neri (one of this blog’s readers), I found out that Secret Garden will be aired by GMA this April 2011 (or is it May?).
I don’t watch TV that much so I never saw the teaser that GMA released to announce that they have booked Secret Garden.
I’m disappointed that ABS-CBN won’t be airing the Korean drama but I’m not surprised why GMA was keen on securing the rights to air the drama here in the Philippines. Secret Garden was very popular in South Korea and has a very strong fanbase among overseas fans. GMA’s ratings will surely soar higher once the Tagalog-dubbed Secret Garden starts airing.
And of course, GMA knows how popular the lead stars of Secret Garden are in the country. Hyun Bin was in My Name is Kim Sam Soon and Ha Ji-won was popular as the gisaeng Hwang Jin Yi. Both dramas were aired by the network years ago and were received favorably by Filipino fans. Heck, even my 60-something aunt knows Cyrus and Hwang Jin Yi.
There are also reports that GMA might air Playful Kiss (Mischievous Kiss) and Sungkyunkwan Scandal. If this is strue, then the network is assured of more viewers since Kim Hyun Joong (Mischievous Kiss) and Micky Yoochun (Sungkyunkwan Scandal) are both well-known kpop artists. Well, you know, the country is already experiencing a full-blown kpop mania.
Honestly, I’m not a fan of GMA but they sure know how to spot dramas that have the potential to top the ratings game. I just hope that they will only pick the best voice artists this time.