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New Drama Series ‘Switched at Birth’ Patterned After ‘Mara Clara’?

A new TV series set to premiere this Monday on ABC Family in the US has a similar plot with the Philippines' "Mara Clara."

“Switched at Birth” is an upcoming American television series set to premiere on ABC Family this Monday, June 6. The drama series revolves around two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments.

Sounds familiar, right? That’s because the plot is quite similar to ABS-CBN’s top-rating teleserye, “Mara Clara.” But there’s a lot of elements in the story that makes “Switched at Birth” different from our local drama series.

Here is the synopsis of “Switched at Birth” according to Wikipedia:

Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) is an artistic teenager being raised by her stay-at-home mom Kathryn (Lea Thompson) and former professional basketball player father John (D.W. Moffett), in a wealthy neighborhood along with her brother Toby (Lucas Grabeel). After studying blood types in school, Bay begins to investigate why her blood type does not match her parents. When the family confirms Bay is not biologically related, they discover the hospital mistakenly switched her with another newborn. Enter Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), a deaf teen living with her struggling single mother Regina (Constance Marie) and grandmother in a working class neighborhood. A case of meningitis caused Daphne to lose her hearing as a child, so she attends a deaf and hard of hearing school where she plays basketball.

When the two families meet, the girls toil with their identities as Bay relates to her birth mother’s artistic abilities and Daphne is drawn to John’s athletic skills. The Kennishes learn that Regina is facing financial woes and propose the Vasquezes move into their guest home. The new living situation forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities.

Deaf advocate Marlee Matlin plays a friend of Regina’s and the mother of Emmett (Sean Berdy), Daphne’s best friend and a deaf schoolmate.

Come to think of it, the story about two main characters being “switched at birth” have been used (and exhausted) in various drama programs. Take for example South Korea’s “Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart” has the same premise but the series focused more on the love story of one of the lead characters that have been “switched at birth.”

49 Comments on New Drama Series ‘Switched at Birth’ Patterned After ‘Mara Clara’?

  1. Bravo;););).

  2. A touching story

  3. AMADO GUERRERO // June 9, 2011 at 10:52 am //

    SILA RICHARD GUTIERREZ AT MARIAN NA LANG NGA ang medyo sikat sa channel 7. flop at kulelat pa sa rating ang palabas. nagbunga na ang kayabangan ng kapuso. sigaw nyo pa no.1 kayo mga baliw

  4. MAPAGMASID // June 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm //

    nominated ang MARA CLARA sa BANFF Festival sa Canada for best telenovela..i guess nakita nila ang plot ng story which is unique and could possibly be happened sa kahit na sino. 🙂

  5. MAPAGMASID // June 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm //

    kantar TNS National TV Ratings
    June 3,2011 Friday

    Ina ng Pinoy Teleserye Mara Clara Got the Highest Rating of 43.4%

  6. MAPAGMASID // June 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm //

    kantar TNS National Household TV Ratings
    June 5,2011 Sunday

    Crazy Little Thing Called Love 18%
    Amaya (Balik Tanaw) 9.9%

    ayan sambahin ang 40% kuno ng amaya…lol.

  7. ilang Degree? 45Deg Celsius hahhahaha nag hahallucinate ka yata shungan J

  8. sabog ka b? nananaginip ng gising? puro kasi nooodles at sardinas ang laman ng kukute mo

  9. Anonymous // June 6, 2011 at 1:43 pm //

    hoy taga pangasinan me pangit kaya ang gma…sa mga cartoon ok pero ungmga artista bulok..buti pa ang mga cartoon may k……

  10. Amaya fever in Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija at Pampanga grabe!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. handsome me.. // June 6, 2011 at 8:15 am //

    ang pangit ng amaya!!!!dapat kapamilya lang tayo..

  12. sa amaya ba nawawalang anak na nman ba?

  13. amaya pangeeeeeeeeeeet… gumastos pa kau~! la pa din wenta…

  14. nagfifeeling na naman ung flo! // June 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm //

    ung kamaya mo ang kabog na kabog sa crazy little things called love!
    LUBOG NA YUNG MARIAN MO!

  15. flop yan for sure. Amaya number 1 lalo na kanina kinabog ng bonggang bongga in a major major way ang kabila, iyak mga kupamilya amaya d best i lab it!

  16. open your facebook // June 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm //

    the search this : “philippines belongs to devil” sarap patayin ang nag create ni2… sama talaga!! buti nalang may philippines belongs to God!!!

  17. peace na tayo!

  18. I love you too! mwah mwah tsup tsup! - from mike enriquez // June 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm //

    nyerks!

  19. love you all // June 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm //

    peace from the top and bottom of my heart!!! may middle pa pala!

  20. peace sa inyu // June 5, 2011 at 9:15 pm //

    peace sa inyung lahat! magtulungan nalang tayo. echos! para united ang pinoy dba? echos ah!

  21. KAMBAL-AHAS // June 5, 2011 at 9:14 pm //

    Wag nyo nga kami ikumpara ni Marian Rivera dahil nao-offend ako!! Mahirap yta ang umarteng ahas pero si marian binukot ang role nya nahihirapan pa sya??

  22. good luck bukas sa mga papasok sa skul.. aral muna bago ang showbiz ok! haha // June 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm //

    toink!

  23. ganda ng crazy little thing called love ano? // June 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm //

    pero hayaan nyu mga kapamilya merong namang pelikula ang main cast ng mara clara.. xure ako papatok yan.. pati mara clara may foreign buyers na rin…

  24. realistic kung baga ang abs shows.. pinapakita ang realidad ng lipunan // June 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm //

    eh ang gmew? realidad kaya ang magkaroon ng powers at magic sa baston? sa kamay? ganun? sobrang pambata lang dba? be realistic like ung munting heredera ninyu pero naman ung concept ng abs wag nyung gayahin porket family oriented show ang abs gumaya naman kayo.. walang ibang concept na maisip? tsk!

  25. @ abs cbn- kapraningan nila // June 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm //

    kayo ang dapat manuod ng tungkol sa relihiyon… tao tayo.. wala tayong kapangyarihan para gayahin ang diyos tama? so ngayon,, saang network ang may shows na powers powers at magic magic? huh?

  26. ANG BABAENG HINUGOT SA ITLOG NI DINGDONG // June 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm //

    alam nyo ba kung bakit may kakambal na AHAS SI MARIAN? KAHIT AHAS SYA SA TOTOONG BUHAY HAHAHAH D BA?????

  27. feeling ng mga kapuso ang talino nila dahil sa amaya.. nagsasalita pa ng mga words na galing sa show nagmumuka namang mga tanga! // June 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm //

    balita ko pang best actress daw yung kambal-ahas ni marian ah.. talo pa si marian na isang babaeng ahas!!! ahahaha!

  28. ABS CBN - kapraning nila // June 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm //

    @21 – oo sige hayaan mo gagawin namin un
    at para sau naman bakla ka, manuod ka ng manuod ng drama at tungkol sa relihiyon para naman tumino kayong mga kapamilyang war freak…belat!!

  29. 'Amaya' Struggles for Leadership in Mega Manila TV Ratings // June 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm //

    hoy mga kapoorso, naghihingalo ang amanyuck nyo. yon nalang intindihin nyo.

    panoorin nyo yon ng panoorin pra tumalino kayo, diba history yon?

  30. Masarap maging kapuso dahil sa kanila may kapangyarihan na ako!!! // June 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm //

    toinks!

  31. kaloka talaga // June 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm //

    tapos na ang hirap namin sa panunood ng Mara Clara and Munting Heredera…salamat naman at tapos na ang MC dahil hilong hilo na kami sa kalilipat either MM or MH…kaloka talaga…nakakaasar talaga ang gma at abs sa gulo na yan…buset…hahahaha…kaloka

  32. TEKA LANG MAS MABUTING GAYAHIN NG MUNTING HEREDERA ANG 100 DAYS TO HEAVEN AT CONCEPT NG ABS NA FAMILY ORIENTED SHOWS. DUN NALANG KAYO SA POWERS POWERS t MAGIC MAGIC.!

  33. para ngang Autumn Tale ang genre nito.. pero maganda pa rin ang Autumn in my Heart sa lahat ng switching stories

  34. 14 korak // June 5, 2011 at 8:11 pm //

    tama no.15…nahalata ko rin sa dami ng magagandang movie ngayon d tuloy maipalabas labas yng tmptation ano???hehehe

  35. tama NO>14 // June 5, 2011 at 8:09 pm //

    tama ang mga ano??gma ba yan ???d masyadong kilala mga INGGITERO at NAKAKAHIYA!!!kelan kaya mauubos ang mga magagandang movie ng maishowing na yang temptation ano….hahaha

  36. THE LORD // June 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm //

    mga kaano mga gma???mga INGGITERO….PINAPATAWAD KO NA KAYO???MANOOD KAYO NG ARA CLARA SA iWANTtv ng ABS CBN ANG AKING CHANEL>>>wag kayong kumampi sa dyabli mga kaano???mga gma…I BLESS YOU..

  37. tashia fantasya // June 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm //

    ang isang katulad ng kanguso dyan kung magdaldal daing pa ang isdang malansa..kinakain ng inggit sa katawan.

  38. hazel say // June 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm //

    wala….wala kang mapapala….

  39. of course kailangan pa bang ikaila ng mga kanguso yan bitter at inggit equal losser 4ever

  40. haha! and den? anu ngaun? hehe

  41. hazel say // June 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm //

    ang sobrang inggit kinakain pati katinuan ng pag iisip,ganyan ang mga kapusong walng puso kundi puro laman ng kalaswaan.

  42. Tatak Kapuso- Bitter -Alam nyo na! // June 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm //

    Haha

  43. hahaha! i agree @1! apir! hahahahahah

  44. ganyan ang tawang kangoso…mga jinx at bitter 4ever…….

  45. paano mangyayari yon no.2 e gma ang diablo…d naman under ng gma ang ABS CBN NA NO 1>>>ikaw lang no.2 kaya ikaw ang kampon ng diablo..tatak mo yan anak ni janice!!!hahaha

  46. GANYAN ANG TATAK KAPAMILYA..,mga kampon ng DYABLo..,llloooosssseeerr…Bwahahaha

  47. GANYAN ANG TATAK KAPAMILYA..,mga kampon ng DYABLo..,llloooosssseeerr…Bwwwwaaaaahahahahahahaha

  48. mas maganda munting heredera ang gayahin…little heiress,,,,

  49. milyaks // June 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm //

    naku mga kapamilya…, kayo talaga makonsensya naman kayo..,sa kapaninira nyo..,palibhasa kac mga demonyo kayo algad kayo ng dyablo..,mga satanista ang pag uugali nyo mapanirang puri..,walang ibang gawin kundi manira at manlait.

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