The ABC Puerto Rico program “Primetime” will be hosted by Carlos McConnie, Ana Isabelle and Kimberly Santiago. (BARCORE studio)
Last March the pandemic took Ana Isabelle by surprise while in Puerto Rico rehearsing for the play “In The Heights,” which was scheduled to premiere several weeks later. From that moment, the singer had to stay on the island because several work commitments she had in New York, where she has lived for nine years, were postponed.
“At first it was a shock. But the good thing I have is that I can make a mental change quickly. I am a person of great faith, I always look for the positive in everything and I think that God never abandons us ” , commented Ana Isabelle. “Those difficult moments that I went through I turned into opportunities.”
And is that, a few months after being in the middle of the pandemic, the singer was called by ABC Puerto Rico to be part of the special “ABC Family Sing Along” where she performed the song “Let It Go”, from the Disney movie “Frozen” . In addition to that, a week ago she was the host of the prelude to the Emmy Awards, also broadcast on ABC.
Now, the television network announced that Ana Isabelle will join the “Primetime” program, along with the host team Carlos McConnie and Kimberly Santiago, which will premiere its new season on October 5. This program will highlight the best of Puerto Rico, in addition to offering the most “trendy” in the country and the best activities and ideas to enjoy from home.
“'Primetime' is the show that begins the best of our late-night programming. It will start at 7:00 pm and will now have a half-hour format. We want it to be something fresh, dynamic again, to be a program with content that will be enjoyed on 'social media', on the website or on television and that will bring joy to everyone who watches it, “said Pedro Rúa Jovet , general manager of ABC Puerto Rico “We want it to be like an oasis within all the daily life and where the public can have a good time with Ana Isabelle, Kimberly Santiago and Carlos McConnie”.
For the Puerto Rican artist, being on television again is a challenge and a way to reconnect with the public and with her roots. “This opportunity represents for me to reconnect with my country, and to be part of a project in which I believe, and which is going to be something of great connection with my roots, since a while ago I was outside of Puerto Rico,” he mentioned with great enthusiasm the singer, who is currently working on a musical production for which she has already recorded a song. “I'm learning a lot and going back to my beginnings as a communicator, which was what I studied in college. I am contributing a little to the concept of the program, because I come with new ideas and I always like to revolutionize where I step ”.
In the case of Carlos McConnie, who has been part of the program since its inception, he understands that the new format will be a success and will be liked by viewers. “As a purely Puerto Rican program, 'Primetime' is a dynamic concept that adjusts to the realities and tendencies of the viewers,” the host added in a statement. “The flexibility of the space is by design, part of our commitment to the implementation of new proposals and updated formats that better serve the tastes of our public, without sacrificing entertainment value. I am very excited to return to this new season with Kimberly and now with Ana Isabelle ”.
For her part, journalist Kimberly Santiago indicated that she is excited about the new content that she will be presenting. “Puerto Rico has faced a lot of adversity recently, but 'Primetime' has been and will continue to be a point of joy for our people to have fun, entertain and be distracted by so much bad news ,” Santiago said in written statements. “I am happy and grateful to the ABC Puerto Rico family for the opportunity to return after everything we have been through, with the support of excellent professionals such as my colleagues Carlos and Ana. 'Primetime' will be that night balm for everyone viewers ”.
Despite the high costs involved in creating a local production, Rúa Jover says that it is worth the effort and the money invested. “Producing programming locally is probably five to six times more expensive than buying canned shows. We understand these challenges, and we know that it costs money to produce ”, added the businessman. “ But we are clear that one of the keys to our success is to produce locally and we are trying, whatever the cost, against all odds, against pandemics and against all the challenges we face of producing more local programming and making it reach all of our public. We bet on local programming, even if it has a comparatively higher budget ” .
Waiting for the premiere of “West Side Story”
Ana Isabelle participated in the filming of the film “West Side Story”, directed by Steven Spielberg, which was scheduled to be released in December this year. However, recently the director announced that the premiere has been postponed for a full year and now the new date will be December 10, 2021.
Despite the success and career that the director of films such as “ET” and “Schindler's List”, among many others, has had, according to Ana Isabelle, Spielberg is a close, accessible and very detailed person. “ During the quarantine I have made two calls through Zoom with our dear Steven. He wanted that before the cast heard the news of the postponement in the newspapers, he wanted to let us know directly ” , mentioned the actress who plays the character of Rosalía and who confessed that she has not seen the film yet. “He is a gentleman, a professional and a wonderful human being. That's why he called us to break the news that he was making the decision to delay the launch. Which I totally agree and although I would have loved for the film to come out now, to be able to see it and enjoy it with my family, the reality is that we want all the work we did for six months to be seen by the world whole and that the film has the attention it deserves worldwide. Because this is a movie to be number one in the world ”.