The order of Taiwan drama not chronological?
Before the recent teaser of “Life” (夜市人生) on Channel 8, I always thought that “A Place Called Home” (娘家) would directly succeed “Love/The Spirits of Love” (愛) as the seven o’clock primetime weekend drama and “Night Market Life” would be sometime in 2013/2014 after that. But now, “Life” would possibly be succeeding “Love” sometime in July (I’m sure Ai has 787 episodes (from a local newspaper) now around 600 or something, and one source (Chinese Wikipedia) says it would end in July) or first air when Ai is still running because of this teaser. Which means “A Place Called Home” first air could be ‘pushed back’ into 2012 or later (As confirmed in one forum at xinmsn, saying it would air in 2012 on weekends).
And there will be a local drama in the theme of kampung showing on weekdays at 7pm. A few more local dramas then I’m thinking “Life” would be airing on weekdays (like Ai), in which initially I thought Niang Jia would be in that slot.
In 2008, “The Unforgettable Memory” (意難忘) was still showing at 1630 hours on weekdays when “Love” started on weekends. If Ye Shi Ren Sheng is airing, then Niang Jia would start airing… I’M GETTING CONFUSED ABOUT FUTURE AND PREDICTING WRONG THINGS ALREADY LOH! >:(
I’m not into Taiwanese Hokkien drama often, but I checked some Formosa TV (FTV) (original channel which aired these dramas, with dialect not avaliable in S’pore) drama in Chinese Wikipedia for the cast list and the internet, knowing the chronology of the drama show airing. In FTV, 意難忘 was succeeded by 再生緣 (short running drama, I don’t know whether it aired on Ch8 or not, maybe not likely), then 愛, then 娘家 and then still running at the time of this post 夜市人生.
And I anticipated the theme song change of Ai, but it will never change, staying at WA MENG TI until the last episode with outdated cast list and video sequence. (by one source from a Facebook fan page of that show)
In conclusion, the airings of FTV dramas on Channel 8 are not chronological. But then, 金色摩天輪 (The Golden Ferris Wheel) (Sanlih E-TV Drama) directly succeed Taiwan Tornado (台灣龍捲風, from the same original channel), both in the original channel (2005) and Mediacorp Channel 8 (January 2011). Would Mediacorp present chronological order of drama shows from that channel (Sanlih E-TV Dramas)?
My apologies if this post is to confuse you. I just followed most of my thoughts.
UPDATE 1: Ye shi ren sheng’s English title is called “Life” and will air on February 27 on weekends, 7pm. Even then, Ai is still running. Just like when Yi Nan Wang is running, Ai started. Simultaneous broadcast of two FTV shows can be a bit confusing.
UPDATE 2: Because of ye shi ren sheng’s broadcast, Ai’s ending date will be pushed back to October.