SPECIAL FEATURE: 6 elements of a successful teleserye seen on Doble Kara

What makes you stay glued and tirelessly follow a teleserye from the pilot episode to its finale?

A number of factors come to mind. What’s most notable is how the story is told and the scenes played out.

We also marvel at the casting, how the actors portray their roles and the impressive production elements and creative ideas put together by the brilliant directors and producers that make it all happen.

Yet, despite how ingenius or innovative the teleserye can be, even rendering it to near cinematic levels, some basic success factors always stand out. And this holds true for decades—provocative, spine-tingling, emotion-inducing, pathos-driving, and nerve-wracking “elements” in those gripping scenes that make us hold on to our seats, forget the real world around us, and wait what happens next in that make-believe world.

These are seen in almost all successful teleseryes of old, and still holds true today.  Astoundingly, the afternoon teleserye Doble Kara, which is airing its finale on Friday, February 10, has carried all these qualities in over a year of airing on Kapamilya GOLD.

Here are some of them:

1. The startling sampalan and eventual sabunutan

Almost all top-rating teleseryes always carry this emotionally draining sequence—two lead actresses in a heated exchange, erupting the hidden vitriol in this climactic encounter, with the instigator starting the violent face-off with the first act of abomination, the traditional crisp slap on the face. The victim would then try to make sense of what has happened, first touching the battered cheek then scream out for a retaliatory act—often with the same slap on the face or some serious hair-pulling that brings both parties sprawling on the floor. As cooler heads intervene, they still blurt out invectives until it’s cut.

2. Screams

While better thespic methods call for natural, low-key acting, that’s not the case for teleseryes. The louder or more earsplitting your voice, the more you make viewers’ heads turn. When there’s a crucial scene, actors notably raise their voices so many decibels higher to bring out a point, or dissuade, dishearten, or deject. What’s a teleserye without screams blasting our eardrums?

3. Sobbing, weeping, bawling

Crying in real life is certainly not as monumental and lingering than in teleseryes. When actors cry, they really have to put all their frustrations, failures, sorrows, heartbreaks on their sleeves. There’s surely no holding back to make that tenacious, riveting effect and the viewers empathize with you.

4. The missing child

Nothing else that can touch the viewers hearts than bring a child before their eyes. When a lead child character is introduced, the living room lights up as viewers seemingly doting that kid they want to have as their own. But what if that beloved child goes missing? Then, everyone at home would be concerned and won’t cease watching episode after episode to ascertain if the child is alright.

5. Contrasting look-a-likes

There have been several teleseryes that depict twins or look-a-likes as lead characters that leave viewers mesmerized. They are often actors playing dual roles of contrasting characters that showcase the thespian’s profound acting abilities. But what’s more compelling about this is that we witness how much these characters are so much the same, yet so different in many ways as well—and how these would clash in sordid encounters.

6. Transformation

This is probably the most forceful and convincing element of a teleserye that draws multitudes of viewers. It inspires change in ourselves. We witness the weak become strong, the evil turn into good, the worthless become priceless, and turning out to become better persons after all the suffering they went through.

These prized qualities of a teleserye have surely astounded viewers not only because they are very much attention-grabbing and emotionally gripping.  As Doble Kara has permeated, they also teach us a lot about how to deal with life’s difficulties and how to overcome them; how ordeals are mere teleserye fare we can all face and triumph over.