Directed by Rory Quintos and Dado Lumibao, "The Legal Wife" also stars Jericho Rosales and JC de Vera, whose characters figure in a web of romance with the lead actresses' roles.
A televised teaser for the series, which was also posted on ABS-CBN's YouTube page Friday, shows Monica (Locsin) and Adrian (Rosales) getting engaged, before being driven apart by an affair. Adrian's relationship with Nicole (Salvador) sparks rage in Monica, whose speeding car nearly hits her husband and his mistress. The betrayed wife is then seen finding comfort in her friend, Max (de Vera).
In a highlight of the teaser, which will air in full on January 1 after ABS-CBN's "Honesto," a heated confrontation ends with Monica slapping Nicole. Another scene shows a hysterical Monica hitting her husband.
"Para sa akin kasi big step ito bilang artista," Salvador told ABS-CBN News, explaining why she is excited for the project. "Malaking step sa akin na gawin ang character na ito, dahil natsa-challenge po ako dito sa role ko."
"Isang kwento ito ng pag-iibigan na hindi mo akalain na pwede pala. May mga bagay, mga sitwasyon na biglang nanggugulat sa'yo na hindi mo na mapipigilan na nandoon ka na sa loob ng sitwasyon na 'yon." she said.
Locsin's onscreen rivalry with Salvador, on the other hand, marks the first time they will be working together.
Both actresses said they had been looking forward to the opportunity, with Locsin indentifying the younger Salvador as one of the Kapamilya stars she wanted to work with before she switched networks in 2007.
"Ako pag-transfer ko palang naman, isa na si Maja sa mga gusto kong makatrabaho. Ito, dalaga na si Maja, so nagkaroon kami ng chance. At ako, looking forward talaga."
"Nakaka-excite makatrabaho ang mga taong alam mo na importante rin sa kanila 'yung trabaho na 'to at 'yung project namin."
While the series' title suggests it will focus on her role as the betrayed wife, Locsin said equal importance is given to the characters portrayed by her co-stars.
"Pwedeng tumayo 'yung mg characters na mag-isa. Buong-buo 'yung mga characters talaga... So ito, sobrang thankful ako, na nabigyan ako ng magandang project talaga. And this is it. Sobrang worth the wait talaga." she said.
The premiere date of the series and its timeslot have yet to be announced.