Is anyone watching the daily Taiwan drama Love, Now or the weekly drama Love Me or Leave Me? LN is the cute drama with Annie Chen playing a workaholic who is falsely told she is about to die and she jets overseas and has a torrid love affair and marries George Hu, only to return to Taipei and learn it was all just a hoax to get her to enjoy life more. This drama came from the team who produced the ratings hit daily drama Inborn Pair with Annie and Chris Wang, and now that it’s wrapping up, I can safely say IP was much better in terms of story and chemistry. I think George and Annie are as adorable as she was with Chris, but I like the OTP characters better in IP. Nevertheless, this is a rather inoffensive and entertaining daily to check out when you’re doing chores and have it open on your IPad. Faring much worse was Chris and Tiffany Hsu’s hella makjang Love Me or Leave Me, which went from committed boyfriend wants to get marriage-phobic girlfriend to the altar to crazy evil revenge-minded second female lead wants to steal the guy from the girl to torment her. This drama is absolutely gorgeous to watch, so beautifully shot and Tiffany really rises to the occasion in her acting as the female lead for the first time in her career. But this entire story made me want to barf despite Chris playing a super duper dorky yet awesome character. Both of these dramas premiered late last year on SETTV with lots of fanfare and I’ll say the result is a mixed bag. The network held a end-of-the-year banquet last week for all its cast and crew (last week being the end of the lunar new year cycle) and Chris, Annie, George, and Tiffany were in attendance despite filming non-stop for the final episodes and looking wan and tired. I think Annie’s outfit is so ridiculous it’s veered into adorable on her and is totally worth posting for her alone. Taiwan has labeled these four the most promising stars to take over the top dog status in the idol drama industry in 2013.
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