The Legal Wife
|The Legal Wife|
|Genre||Melodrama, family drama, romance|
|Created by||Henry King Quitain
|Written by||Ronalisa Co
Reign Andre Loleng
|Directed by||Rory B. Quintos
Dado C. Lumibao
|Creative director(s)||Johnny delos Santos|
JC de Vera
|Narrated by||Angel Locsin as Monica|
|Opening theme||Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin by Angeline Quinto|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, English|
|No. of episodes||61 (as of April 23, 2014)|
|Executive producer(s)||Sackey Prince-Pendatun|
Ayen del Carmen-Gulang
John Ryan Bonifacio
|Running time||30-45 minutes
Monday - Friday at 21:15 (PST)
|Production company(s)||Star Creatives Group|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original run||January 27, 2014– present|
The Legal Wife is a 2014 Filipino melodramatic family drama television series broadcasting on ABS-CBN and worldwide on The Filipino Channel on January 27, 2014, replacing Maria Mercedes. Directed by Rory B. Quintos and Dado C. Lumibao, the series serves as a primetime comeback for Angel Locsin who had last starred in the fantasy drama television series Imortal in 2010, and the first television series for JC de Vera on ABS-CBN. Together with Locsin and de Vera, the series is also topbilled by Jericho Rosales and Maja Salvador. It is the eighth television drama in the Philippines made by ABS-CBN filmed in high definition.
The story revolves around Monica Santiago (Angel Locsin). Due to the past she encountered with her mother Eloisa (Rio Locsin), her life is put through the test in a whole new environment with her father Javier (Christopher de Leon), and her two brothers Javy (Joem Bascon) and Jasper (Ahron Villena). Through a set of circumstances, she will meet and fall in love with Adrian (Jericho Rosales), the man who will teach her how to love again, and the man who can also break her heart.
Cast and characters
- Angel Locsin as Monica Santiago-de Villa
- Jericho Rosales as Adrian de Villa
- Maja Salvador Nicole Esquivel 
- JC de Vera as Max Gonzales
- Christopher de Leon as Javier Santiago
- Rio Locsin as Eloisa Santiago
- Mark Gil as Dante Ramos
- Maria Isabel Lopez as Sandra de Villa
- Joem Bascon as Javy Santiago
- Ahron Villena as Jasper Santiago
- Janus del Prado as Brandy
- Matet de Leon as Rowena
- Frenchie Dy as Kelly
- Sonjia Calit as Gwen
- Gabriel Sumalde as Bunjoy de Villa
- Yogo Singh as Thirdy Santiago
- Bernard Palanca as Miguel Zapanta
- Vandolph Quizon as Samboy
- Leo Rialp as Eduardo "Gramps" Esquivel
- Odette Khan as Yaya Krising
- Pamu Pamorada as Trish de Villa
- Joe Vargas as Andrew de Villa
- Pinky Marquez as Emma Alvaro
- Michael Flores as Bob Rivera
- Thou Reyes as Jon
- Dionne Monsanto as Rhea
- Zeppi Borromeo as Anton
- Carla Humphries as Audrey
- Johan Santos as Vincent "Vince" Madriaga
- Jaime Fabregas as Leo Zapanta
- Jesse James Ongteco as young Thirdy
- Dang Cruz as young Yaya Krising
- Menggie Cobarrubias as Jacob Santiago
- Ricardo Cepeda
- Eslove Briones as Jack
- Toby Alejar as Ronnie Estrella
- Bodjie Pascua as Uncle Judge
- Dianne Medina as Tanya Tamayo
- Darla Sauler as himself
- Raquel Monteza as Max's mother
- Niña Dolino as Digna
- Brent Javier as Marco de Leon
- Xyriel Manabat as young Monica "Ikay" Santiago
- Neri Naig as young Eloisa Santiago
- Matt Evans as young Dante Ramos
- James Blanco as young Javier Santiago
- Aaron Junatas as young Javy Santiago
- Bugoy Cariño as young Jasper Santiago
- Clarence Delgado as young Samboy
- Casey da Silva as young Nicole
- Liza Diño as Camilla Esquivel
- ??? as young Adrian
- Bangs Garcia as young Sandra
- Manuel Chua as young Ronnie
Prior to the official airing of the show, its working titles were originally known as Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin, and as Tubig at Langis. Jake Cuenca was originally part of the main cast, but was replaced by JC de Vera. Paulo Avelino was also reported to be part of the series but later backed out due to personal reasons. Avelino was later replaced by Jericho Rosales.
Filming of the series began in October 2013.
The Legal Wife was originally planned to air on October 28, 2013. It was later pushed back to November 2013 and was set to replace Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin. But due to the request of Koreanovela fans and taping conflicts because of Typhoon Yolanda, the airing was postponed because of Korean drama When a Man Falls in Love. Eventually, the series had its pilot episode broadcast last January 27, 2014 as part of ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida block. Initially, the series was supposed to replace When a Man Falls in Love, but ends up taking over the timeslot vacated by Maria Mercedes due to the demand of Koreanovela fans.
Prior to the official airing of the television series, ABS-CBN launched several teasers of the show. One was the slapping scene between Angel Locsin and Maja Salvador's characters aired on January 1, 2014. The trailer was well received and went even viral all over the web, creating parodies and memes.
Basing on the data gathered by Kantar Media, the pilot episode earned 21.1% of national viewership, making it the 5th most watched primetime program. It also topped its timeslot beating its rival program Rhodora X of GMA Network which garnered a rating of 11%. From the data gathered by AGB Nielsen Philippines, the program registered of 23.9% Mega Manila viewership, beating Rhodora X which only registered a viewership of 15.8%. During the month of January, the show garnered an average rating of 21.5%—basing on Kantar Media's national ratings survey—landing as the 8th most watched primetime program.
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