It’s not a stretch to say SETTV had the best outing among all the TW-networks in terms of raking in the dough from dramas in 2013. With Lunar New Year right around the corner, the network held it’s annual Year End Party (尾牙) this past Friday that brought together 1600 of its employees from corporate to production to famous stars acting in its dramas. SETTV was celebrating its commitment to producing dramas in Taiwan rather than importing from Mainland China and last year 70% of the domestic dramas filmed were produced by SETTV. Normally I would shrug since quantity does not equal quality and until In A Good Way came along I would have said that SETTV dramas were mostly duds. I think the network does well on the cheerful low key dramas such as dailies like Two Fathers or Love Family, but when it tries to go rom-com-melo like in Love Around or the currently airing Deja Vu it’s like a trainwreck. IAGW is an ever rarer beast of a cast without a big name anchor and a story that is free flowing and rather episodic. I love it to pieces and for producing IAGW the network gets my thanks. I almost forgot that SETTV also did King Flower in 2013 which was ridiculously addicting despite being completely nonsensical.
The Year End Party is a staple of all Taiwan companies and is a time to celebrate and pass out year end bonuses if the company did well that year. Big companies hire famous stars to MC or perform and SETTV being an entertainment network easily had its own star employees get onstage to entertain the crowd. The entire cast of IAGW was there including Lego Lee (Liu Chuan), Kirsten Jen (Jia En), Jay Shih (Ren Wei), Smile Wen (Bai Xue), Steven Sun (Ah Qing), Jack Yao (Ri Qi), Josh Lu (Ah Di), Jenny Huang (Xiao Wei), and Apple Lin (Tracy). I have no clue why Lego is so bipolar with his fashion sense. Sometimes I want to nod my head in approval and other times I cringe on his behalf. His party sweater is dizzying and makes me want to look down, down, down… Kirsten appears to have raided Lego’s wardrobe and went for the “my boyfriend’s clothes” menswear look that is decent but uninspired. They are taking a pic with the head of SETTV drama production who is flanked on the other side by the three leads of Deja Vu Mandy Wei, Yao Yuan Hao, and Jenna Wang. Mandy appears to have put a bow on her satin toga but at least Yao Yuan Hao and Jenna represented the looking good contingent rather than making it a total bust for the leads of SETTV’s currently airing popular dramas. Since Lunar New Year is coming I’ve tossed into this post as a treat the latest RongYi photo spread and BTS video from their cover shoot for the inaugural edition of iWalker magazine. Enjoy! Continue reading