Hit TV shows from around the globe
Available this summer on Rogers Digital TV
Historical Drama from China
Thirty-two-year-old Taiwanese model, movie star and pop sensation Vic Zhou (the youngest member of Taiwanese boy band F4) plays a Taiwanese medic (pictured above), who is sent to mainland China as a Japanese military doctor during World War II, in the hit Mandarin TV series Home. Struggling throughout the war with his dual allegiance – to his Japanese ruler and to his Chinese ancestry – he is miraculously spared execution and searches for a way home to Taiwan at the end of the war. All 34 episodes of Home are available on LS Times (Channel 819).
The Best Food in India
Next to the almighty Amitabh Bachchan’s long-running KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati), which is India’s answer to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, one of the most wildly-popular TV shows in India is MasterChef India: Kitchen ke Superstar, based on the British MasterChef franchise. Aside from being the most-watched cooking show in India, MasterChef India has become a cultural phenomenon, inviting contestants from across the country to present their own personal dishes before a judging panel. Joining Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna (one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive) and celebrity chef Kunal Kapur on the judging panel for Season 3 is chef and TV star Sanjeev Kapoor. The Hindi series is broadcast in Canada by ATN Star Plus (Channel 831) and ATN Star Plus HD (Channel 681).
World Heritage Face-Off in Japan
The home of hilarious game shows pits World Heritage Sites against each other – with the Pyramids in Egypt, for example, fighting it out against Machu Picchu in Peru. This unique way of exploring the world puts the onus on a representative from each of the “competing” countries to present a case for their local World Heritage Site, with historians and travel enthusiasts standing by to offer support for each argument. What will they think of next? World Heritage Dream Match airs in Canada on TV Japan (Channel 829).
Ground-Breaking Drama from the Philippines
What would you do if you found out your husband was cheating on you – with another man? This is the premise of My Husband’s Lover, a potentially controversial – yet successful – Tagalog drama series that bravely tackles sexual identity, bisexual relationships and homophobia in a non-traditional, emotionally honest manner. Series creator Suzette Doctolero (who also created the popular TV series Indio and One True Love) says My Husband’s Lover is not a “gay” TV series, but a family drama and, at its heart, a love story. The scripted series is available in Canada on GMA Pinoy TV (Channel 870).
Revenge Thriller from South Korea
Han Yi-soo, co-star of the hit drama Queen Seondeok, returns to TV after a three-year military-service absence to play the lead in Shark, which follows a young man who narrowly escapes death after a hit-and-run accident that killed his father. He returns to the scene of the crime, after changing his appearance and identity, to exact revenge – not realizing that his first true love has since become a public prosecutor charged with unravelling the mystery of his disappearance. Shark is the third installment in the “Revenge Trilogy” that started with Resurrection in 2005 and continued with The Devil in 2007. Shark airs in Canada on All TV (Channel 827).