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John Lloyd Cruz Has Big Hopes For "Home Sweetie Home"

ABS-CBN prized actor John Lloyd Cruz is quite excited for the airing of his new sitcom with Toni Gonzaga, "Home Sweetie Home," on January 5 right after "Goin' Bulilit."

It has been a year since viewers last saw JLC on television in his teleserye with Bea Alonzo entitled "A Beautiful Affair."

In "Home Sweetie Home," JLC and Toni plays the roles of a married couple who has to live with their extended family. The show will tackle normal problems in a married couple's life when they are living with their parents.

JLC is a medical representative in the show while Toni is a teacher. Sandy Andolong and Rico J. Puno play the role of their parents while Clarence Delgado and Miles Ocampo are their siblings.

JLC said they have long finished taping for "Home Sweetie Home," but the airing date has been pushed until it finally ended on January 5. Even the movie he is supposed to do was pushed to this year, he said.

But the actor is happy with the timeslot given to them by the network since a lot of families can watch it after "Goin' Bulilit" every Sunday. "Tapos, lipat sa pampamilyang sitcom. I’m very happy na sa final timeslot na binigay sa amin."

JLC has been known to make tough and heavy dramas, so was it such a big leap for him to transition to comedy? The actor said it's very natural for him to do comedy, and the viewers will be the judge if they think he found it hard to make them laugh.

He has long wanted to make a sitcom with the original "Kanto Boys" like Vhong Navarro and Zanjoe Marudo. However, they weren't given the chance and JLC instead was asked to be paired with Toni again. They first teamed up for "My Amnesia Girl" in 2010. The movie was a hit in the box office.

The actor said all the cast had a natural camaraderie and they were acting as if they're part of the family. "Hindi sa sinasabi kong minamani ko yung ano—pero, nag-e-enjoy ako. Nag-e-enjoy kami."

He's very happy to work with Toni again since he's admittedly a fan of the actress' work. Although he was not the one to choose Toni as his partner, ABS-CBN did ask them to choose the kind of material they want to star in. JLC believes Toni had the same choice as he in picking out "Home Sweetie Home."

JLC missed watching a sitcom, and he hopes "Home Sweetie Home" will revive the golden days of "Abangan Ang Susunod Na Kabanata," "Palibhasa Lalake" and "Home Along da Riles."

He even asked the management if it's possible to air two to three teleseryes and then end the night with a sitcom like theirs.

Since his and Toni's roles are a married couple in the show, can he compare "Home Sweetie Home" to Dolphy's and Nida Blanca's "John en Marsha"?

JLC said it's not such a far-fetched idea that "Home Sweetie Home" will be compared to "John en Marsha" especially since they are both typical Pinoy households. He clarified, however, that they are not gunning to be a modern-day "John en Marsha."

"Well, people can compare, pero, hindi namin intention."

He hopes the show will also last long like "John en Marsha" since they are enjoying with the plot and they consider themselves as a one big and happy family.

"Siyempre, ultimate dream rin namin yun mula kay Ms. Linggit [Tan] hanggang sa aming mga artista, yun ang gusto namin."

Meanwhile, JLC said he's still pressured to do well in his teleseryes, sitcoms and movies even after being a certified box office success.

But the actor said he's more pressured when he has to do live shows like in "ASAP." Somehow, he's more comfortable acting in front of the camera.

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