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I miss the old Channel 8 dramas and sitcoms!
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3.0
Not sure if I’m old or what but I really miss the old Channel 8 dramas with my favorite actors and actresses like Li Nan Xing and Fann Wong. I remember when young, the 7 and 9pm dramas never fail to become huge topics among Singaporeans. However, as we got exposed to the internet and scv, there are just too many options for us to choose from. They made Mediacorp dramas and variety shows pale in comparison. Not only that Mediacorp now often air outdated overseas dramas (from Taiwan and Korea) and is missing out on the Singapore essence.

Aside from missing the old dramas, I also loved their old sitcoms a lot. They used to have really funny sitcoms like Don’t worry, Be happy, Right Frequency, My genie etc. But they seem to have totally stopped producing such sitcoms all together. And if you do a google search of the lists of dramas of the 2000s, it would certainly bring back many fond memories. I would like to end off with a few of my favourite dramas that I am missing! Wok of Life (Fu Man Ren Jian), Condor heroes, The Legends of the Eight Immortals, Looking for stars….. Strikes a chord?
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Unhappily ever after
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3.0
Double Happiness was the last local drama I followed religiously. For the last episode of the first series, I even took a cab and rushed home from school just so I wouldn't miss a second of it. It was a huge disappointment.

After experiencing all the ups and downs through 70 episodes of the show, you want everything to turn out well and reach the proverbial happy ending. Especially when the dam show is called Double Happiness and the plot revolves around a restaurant named Happy Fish. What happened was the exact opposite. The details are so forgettable that I've already forgotten them. But it involves a series of bad news hitting the poor old mother who then had a heart attack, adding to the collective sorrow and melancholy of the show and eventually culminated into a cry fest where every single character, if not outright bawling their eyes out, is standing around looking forlorn and miserable.

With lasting images of those anguish faces etched in our minds, the show ends. I was shocked. Is this what we have waited 70 episodes for?! I understand that they wanna set the stage for the second series of the show, but TOTAL DESPAIR?!

I resolved to temper my expectations for any shows by mediacorp hereafter. I still watch local dramas now and then, because I feel that it is still funny and engaging. But I am no longer tempted to follow a show from start to finish. Mediacorp have an annoying habit of ruining the last episode of a great show. Nowadays, whenever I hear people complaining of some shitty open-ended ending following a great series, I nod my head sagely and say,' I told you so.'

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Every dog has its day
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Every dog has its day and I think the days of Mediacorp is over. It is sickening when I am free on weekends and want to watch some nice TV programmes in the afternoon, there will be no good programmes to watch at all. Weekend afternoons are mainly showing repeated shows or very old shows.

If you think TV is really free, it is not. Every household will need to pay TV and Radio license, although this payment may be to the government and not to Mediacorp. Since I am paying and so many other households in Singapore are paying, then the amount should be significant enough for us to ask for viewable programs. I think Mediacorp is spreading itself too thin to branch into the new media and thus placing less emphasis on TV.
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Drama serials seems gotten worse over the years
(Updated: February 01, 2013)
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During my primary school days, I remember that I was made to finish my homework first before I could watch TV. I hated doing homework but did so anyway because I didn't want to miss any episode of my favourite Channel 8 or 5 drama. Back then, that was how good local television was. Shows such as The Unbeatables and Holland V were absolutely irresistible and addictive - much like Hong Kong TVB dramas.

Right now, when I watch locally made dramas, I find them to be repetitive, unimaginative and not at all intriguing. Besides, some of the young actors and actresses that are employed by the company have way inferior acting abilities as compared to those I saw during my childhood.

If Mediacorp is to continue having the popularity it now enjoys, it sure needs to think of new ways to entertain.

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Televisually, no.
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For this review, I'm focusing on mediacorp's television channels. I think they their channels are pretty weak in delivering a variety of famous, international shows fast. It's probably because they take a long time to get distribution rights approval, but I would advise anyone who wants to watch shows like Glee, vampire diaries, grey's anatomy etc etc; movies etc etc, to get other channels like HBO or something.

Of course, in delivering local shows, mediacorp does well, and I think it's good that they are trying to promote local television, but their advertisements for these shows are horrible. They show the wrong footages and the announcer is just bad. They do not know how to give the right amount to the audience so as to create suspense.

Well, since mediacorp is free, it's not that bad if you aren't into television shows and movies. If you are, best to get a pay-for set of channels. Much better. Or turn to the online world, becaause shows that pass into Singapore often get badly censored by the MDA.
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Cliche.
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2.5
I can't complain. Cause i don't have cable TV so im stucked with mediacorp shows all the time. Well, they have their hits and misses. Some of the shows are really tear-inducing, inspirational and helpful, but for the rest of the lot? Plain cliched scripts re-acted over and over again by different casts.

They do not have the horror of american shows, they do not have the drama of Hongkong dramas and they do not have the emotional factor of korean shows. But thank god for channel U and channel 5 by them for putting up these shows to give me a platform for comparison.

i guess we just can't compare to other countries.
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Getting stale really fast.
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2.5
I enjoyed watching television as a kid. nowadays, especially Mediacorp programming. Nowadays, I hardly watch it, except for a few dramas and sitcoms.

I find that their level of creativity and programming is going downhill. I mean, we all still ridicule at Mediacorp's laughable attempt to recreate the Singaporean version of Wheel Of Fortune! and their insistence of showing repeated episodes of drams gone past in the afternoons is certainly tiresome.

MediaCorp is the only thing we have in Singapore, that's why we have no choice but to submit to it's offerings. Thank goodness for cable TV and internet radio, which offer viewers and listeners far more substance!
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