I’m currently binging on a Taiwan drama (will post about it in a bit), so thought I might bring some news about upcoming 2011 TW-dramas in the works. First up, Park Shin Hye just wrapped principal filming on Hayate the Combat Butler, co-starring George Hu, and the drama is slated for broadcast on GTV in the Spring.
After four months in Taiwan, Park Shin Hye has gone back to Korea, so this drama is definitely in the can and ready for airing soon. Should be interesting, and Taiwan usually pulls off the cutest drama adaptation of mangas.
Next up is Extravagant Challenge (華麗的挑戰), the long-planned drama adaptation of the popular manga Skip Beat. Ariel Lin had been inked to do this drama from the start, and her supposed co-stars went from Jerry Yan and Joe Cheng to Super Junior‘s Choi Siwon and Donghae.
After languishing in development hell for 2 years, GTV just announced that it expects to commence filming in late Spring. Except Ariel is off the drama, and Ivy Chen (of Black & White fame) steps into the role of Kyoko, the doormat turned steely actress on a revenge mission. Supposedly Siwon and Donghae are still onboard as the male leads (my gut tells me Siwon would be Ren, and Donghae would be Sho) but I have no clue if this casting really will come to fruition.
Though Ariel may have parted ways with Extravagant Challenge, she is still coming back to the small screen with another GTV drama, I Might Love With You (我可能不會愛你) co-starring Wilson Bolin Chen. This drama is also expected to commence filming in early Summer.
Lastly, newly-crowned Golden Bell Leading Actress winner Rainie Yang has signed on to be the lead in the spin-off to the most popular Taiwanese drama of all-time Fated to Love You, which starred Chen Qiao-en and rocketed Ethan Ruan to super stardom. The spin-off is called Drunken to Love You (醉後決定愛上你), and will co-star Joseph Chang (who I swear looks like Eric‘s doppleganger) and will air on SETTV.
All we know so far about this spin-off is (1) Rainie cut her signature locks into a bob, and (2) the sex scenes will supposedly surpass what FTLY did. Well, considering the word “drunk” is in the title, bring on the drunk sexing I say! Yes, that is all the Taiwan media cares about with respect to this drama. Heh.
Oh, I almost forgot, but supposedly Absolute Boyfriend (絕對達令), the TW-drama adaptation of the manga Zettai Kareshi, will also re-commence filming in the Spring. I’m sorry to say, but there is nothing in this drama that appeals to me, from the cast to the story. I’ll leave it to others to sample and enjoy. Wu Zun as Gu Hye Sun‘s sex robot does not compute for me
[Credit: Chinatimes news]