With King Flower being one of the lowest rated SETTV Sunday night dramas in recent memory (thought its not as bad as Miss Rose or Love Forward and those garnered higher ratings), SETTV must be thrilled its follow up drama is sure to rake back in the viewers. Starring the hottest Taiwanese drama couple du jour George Hu and Annie Chen from Love, Now (真愛趁現在 True Love is Right Now), the upcoming Love Around (真愛黑白配 True Love Black & White Pair) is clearly banking on the great ratings from the daily dramas LN and its even earlier predecessor Inborn Pair (真愛找麻煩 True Love Looks For Trouble) which starred Annie and Chris Wang. The two leads for Love Around attended the first media day event for the drama which has just started filming last week. Annie lopped off her long hair and sports the first short wavy bob since she did Happy and Love Forever with Ming Dao back in 2008. I said it before and I’ll say it again, Annie and George definitely have great chemistry but the intense media love for them baffles me since we’ve seen other onscreen couples in Taiwan dramas pull off equally if not better sizzle. Take Ariel Lin and Joe Cheng, or Mike He and Rainie Yang, or even Barbie Hsu and Vic Zhou. I think the media loves George-Annie because they come with the whole are-they-dating-in-real-life speculation that adds more grist to gnaw over. In Love Around, George plays the son and heir of a gangster overlord and has a very extreme personality whereby he can’t stand seeing anything weak get picked on. Annie plays a upbeat and cheerful DJ, so he’s the black and she’s the white of the title. SETTV has not announced the rest of the cast but I’m expecting the usual suspects as the character actors and as long as Chris Wu doesn’t play the second male lead here then I can care less who gets roped in to be the sacrificial lamb on the altar of Annie and George’s repeat romancing. I actually like them but LN was just such a deadly dull drama that I’m a tad annoyed it got such high ratings. Here’s to hoping Love Around has a fun story to go with guaranteed co-star chemistry, and perhaps when it premieres I will be ready to move on from my King Flower heartbreak.