News Bites: March 15th, 2015

Marrymeornot

  • Roy Qiu will be reuniting with his Office Girls (小資女孩向前衝) co-star, Alice Ke for ETTV’s upcoming drama, Marry me, or not? (必娶女人). Roy Qiu will play as divorce lawyer who doesn’t believe in love or marriage. Alice Ke’s character is described as a strong-willed modern woman that’s ambitious in career and love. Joanne Tseng will be playing as Alice Ke’s frenemy since their college days and is described to be willing to do anything in order to succeed. Rounding up the cast will be Huai Qiu, he will play as a playboy that breaks the hearts of many girls and is also the root cause of the fallout between Alice Ke and Joanne Tseng in their college days. [WOWnews]
  • It’s been reported that the 50th Golden Bell Awards made some changes to their award categories. Best Newcomer award will be making its return after 19 years ever since the 31st Golden Bell Awards. There have been some concerns raised by the industry critics about the criteria of Best Newcomer award as they have to do a thorough investigation on whether an actor/actress fits the criteria of “Newcomer” and whether actors or actresses who shot short films and web-dramas can still be considered as a newcomer. Even though there’s many grey areas to the judging criteria of the newcomer award, industry professionals think it’s a good award to encourage rookies and to be recognize by the public. On the other hand, Best Marketing Award will be cancelled from this year onwards. SETTV who have won 4 times Best Marketing Awards express regrets about the cancellation as they believe that marketing is also an important aspect in the TV industry. [China Times]

Haru

  • TTV’s upcoming Taiwanese-hokkien drama, Haru (春梅) recently unveils their first batch of trailers. Starring Allison Lin, Junior Han, Jenna Wang, Darren Qiu, Yankee Yang and Patrick Lee, Haru is a story set in the 1920s during the Japanese occupation era. Allison Lin will be playing as the titular character, Chun Mei who later becomes a nursing student along with Jenna Wang. The story will revolve around Chun Mei’s love and life during the hard times of Japanese occupation era. Darren will play as a Japanese officer that falls in love with Chun Mei. Patrick Lee will portray as a Japanese police, the main antagonist of the story. Haru will premiere in 16th April on TTV. Watch the trailers HERE and HERE. [Haru’s Official Site]
  • Kimi Hsia‘s upcoming drama-movie special, Goldfish Mother (Unofficial English Title)(金魚媽媽) drops the first batch of moving trailers. Award-winning actress, Yan Yi-Wen will be playing as Kimi Hsia’s mother who is diagnosed with early onset dementia and will slowly lose her memory about her daughter and family. Goldfish Mother is scheduled to premiere in 27th March on CTV. Watch the trailers HERE. [Official Facebook Page]
  • Constellation Series: Pisces Woman (星座愛情: 雙魚女) recently held their shooting ceremony and reveals the cast lineup – Lin Chen-Xi, Mini Tsai, Xie Kun-Da and Bryant Chang. Constellation Series is a long-running FTV series and have different horoscopes as the main theme for separate dramas. In Pisces Woman series, Lin Chen-Xi will play as Mini Tsai’s controlling younger sister who always make decisions for her.
    Pisces Woman series is slated to follow after Leo Woman series which stars Alice Ke and Tender Huang. Leo Woman series is scheduled to follow after Aries Woman series which is currently airing on FTV and stars Janet Hsieh, Xiu Jie-Kai, Jason Tsou and Chloe Wang.
    [Now News]

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  • abugemilang • 2 years ago

    Canceling best marketing award? I can’t stop laughing at SETTV. They were such disgrace for Taiwanese Drama.

    While I feel bad for first Hokkien Taiwanese Series in Viki being unsubbed due to the bad marketing.

    • carolies541 • 2 years ago

      Which Hokkien Taiwanese series is that? I didn’t know that Viki also bought such series. If there’s no more Best Marketing award, I think it will be hard for SETTV to earn any Golden Bell awards in the future. Even In A Good Way only won Best Marketing Award out of so many nominations.

  • Mia90 • 2 years ago

    Hmmm wonder why Joanne suddenly want to accept a (seemingly) typical evil 2nd female lead? It’s a very surprising move she never done before. I wonder whether her character will be more than the initial descriptiion suggested or she just wants to challenge her acting ability.

    • carolies541 • 2 years ago

      Hmm.. from what I gathered from character descriptions posted by the media, her character isn’t exactly a villain, she probably has a frenemy relationship with Alice Ke but I can’t say for sure. I definitely think that Joanne’s range of acting will widen by taking up this role so it’s a good challenge.

      I’m actually quite surprised by this casting as Joanne Tseng’s popularity is about the same as Alice Ke (or even higher lately due to Dear Mom) and she debuted earlier than Alice Ke so I thought she’ll be the lead…

      • Mia90 • 2 years ago

        Exactly, that’s why I was surprised too. It’s not like she need to choose a new drama immediately too, since Dear Mom hasn’t even finished yet. She shared equal leads before with Our Love and Dear Mom, but never 2nd female semi-villain. Not to mention with her current hot status (just won Fanily Popularity Award), even if she wants to seize the momentum by continue workings, ones would think she wants a 1st lead role.

      • MIA90 • 2 years ago

        Hi. I wonder if you already know it but it turns out that Joanne accepted Marry Me before Dear Mom. She thought she would get 1 month rest between them but since Dear Mom got extended, she has to filming continuously now. So it kinda explained why she would want to play 2nd semi-villain lead after DM success. Hmmm… I wonder whether she regrets it, that she could have gotten another drama as 1st lead if not for MM. Well at least she can challenge her acting.

  • elve123 • 2 years ago

    Oh I just started the Constellation Women Series. I absolutely love the opening song for the Aries Woman. Excited to hear about that Mini is going to be in the Scorpio part, after watching The New World I already like her. Is she the female lead?

    • carolies541 • 2 years ago

      I’m not that sure actually, as it seems that Lin Chen-Xi’s role is much more important from the descriptions but I might be wrong or maybe their roles are equally prominent.

      • Mia90 • 2 years ago

        From the article you’ve posted, wasn’t it supposed to be Pisces instead of Scorpio? And Mini will be the Pisces girl so she has to be the lead, and the headline was hers. But I understand your uncertainty as the casts pose showed Lin in the middle instead.

        And yep Mini is def. the fav char. in New World, as evident in Fanily Award too. She’s on fire. Besides IHero and Constellation, she also has The Four Horsemen (涩世纪传说) coming in Summer at IQiyi channel, 24 eps fantasy youth drama, she’s the female lead here. Given that 2 of these 3 dramas were given and finished before her breakout in NW, I hope she will be even more sought after now.

        • carolies541 • 2 years ago

          Sorry, it’s actually Pisces and not Scorpio (雙魚=Pisces), I got mixed up with all these constellation series, lol. Fixed my article, thanks for reminding me.

          Lin Chen Xi had An Innocent Mistake under her belt and a few movies that actually solidifies her lead status, however Mini Tsai so far mostly had taken side characters (even in The New World, I think Roxanne Yang’s character is the more prominent one), except for one lead role she took with Calvin Chen in Lucky Touch.

          So, I’m actually leaning towards Lin Chen Xi is the lead or maybe both are equally prominent since it seems the focus will be on their sisterhood too.

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