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My ex-colleague from Ch5 just called me ...she's the promo person for the shows on the channel and wanted to know my thoughts abt the promo of The Amazing Race 3 especially with regards to PCK who is of coz played by Gurmit Singh. The station has been getting some backlash from the public [see today's letters in ST forum page] about the use of PCK in TAR..Some pple were flabberghasted that PCK was chosen as the icon to represent S'pore and many feels that he would be a total embarrassment.

Honestly, I felt the same way when I first saw the PCK/TAR promo. But to be fair, we really can't blame the station. Firstly, Ch5 doesn't know much about what goes on in the episode. They only knew who the artistes from MediaCorp r involved in the filming but only a select few from the production crew members knew where it was filmed and what had occurred and they were bounded by the US$10m confidentiality clause. When I was still working in the station in Sept, I had to sign a confidentiality contract too ,simply because I knew that the TAR team had come to Singapore [and that was the only thing i knew!!] Therefore, the Ch5 promotion team could only focussed on the only concrete thing they knew..that PCK would be on the show and that of coz that TAR would be in S'pore. Also, the choice of using PCK as part of the detour was one of the many suggestions offered by the station to the creators of the show when they came to S'pore and it was up to the creators whether they wanted to use him. Anyway, I think it's only fair that we watch the episode tomorrow and make our judgement about whether Singapore is well-portrayed in the show before dissing Ch5...We should be glad that the show has chosen to come to Singapore actually. I've actually read some postings in some tv forums where Singaporeans actually queried why their country was chosen as a TAR locale stating tt Singapore is too small/boring/sterile. Bah! Anyway, remember - The 2 hour Amazing Race at 7:30pm tomorrow!! MUST WATCH!!

Read in the papers that Joe Augustine from Power98 has left the station. I think auntyadele wrote abt it in her lj a few days back. Feeling sad coz I think he's one of the best radio DJs around. I dunno but Denise from Power98 just comes across as bimbotic bleah.I still think that Joe's best days was when he was paired with FD..they had such great chemistry. I remember my ex-colleagues from Ch5 used to engage his service as a voice talent very regularly when he was with MediaCorp Radio and they all thought well of him..he has this great soothing voice which works very well for TV trailers. When he left for the rival station, we had to stop using him which was a pity as he was one of the better voice talents around.

Got a gynae appointment at 4pm later. Should be able to get the 3D pic of the babe today *cross fingers*...

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Dec. 4th, 2002 01:32 am (UTC)
All I'd like is for Mediacorp to stop airring those PCK+TAR promo trailers. Yes, we know that they're coming, but playing that promo trailer over and over again is like overkill. See too much, you get sick of it.

I feel that PCK has lost it's charm already.

Maybe that's because I'm starting to watch less TV now. Cos got nothing nice to watch.
Most of the nice shows are airred on Channel i and Channel u these days.

Don't blame me, I'm just a bystander giving my $0.20 :p

Dec. 4th, 2002 10:04 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've told my ex-colleague that they were over-playing the trailers and to try to cut down the PCK/TAR version as it can be pretty irritating. However, its apparent tt they are trying to attract the PCK viewers..The general TAR fans [who r usually quite 'atas] would definitely be watching the show so in this case, it's a matter of catching a bigger pool of audience. And PCK, if u can believe it, is actually rating VV well, even better than its previous seasons.

I agree that Ch U has pretty good programmes, esp those from TVB but Ch I??? Nah! Ch 5 still has one of the best selections of tv shows especially those from the States..

Blame u?? Nah :) Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Right?!!
Dec. 4th, 2002 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, sometimes Ch 5 beats Ch i in terms of movies.... but it's _sometimes_ :p

I'm kinda sian (read: sick) of some homegrown shows --> Living with Lydia, PCK, Restless... etc.
Maybe because these shows don't appeal to me.

I watch The Weakest Link, and WWTBAM (when's the English version coming??? so long already! I want to take part!!!), and a few others. I prefer the foreign shows, like Charmed, Becker, etc. They all seem much better than this Restless, PCK, etc etc.

Ch 5 ratings will go up this month man, got Star Wars Episode V, and You've Got Mail, etc. Not bad :)
Dec. 4th, 2002 01:40 am (UTC)
eh. i think i missed it again? when showing har?
Dec. 4th, 2002 07:10 am (UTC)
Tomorrow, Thursday 5th December 2002 @ 1930 hours
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