8 local shows to watch in 2017

What’s showing on Toggle and Channel 8 and 5 this year

What’s showing on Toggle, Channel 8 and 5 in 2017
What’s showing on Toggle, Channel 8 and 5 in 2017
04 Apr 2017

What’s showing on Toggle, Channel 8 and 5 in 2017

So much to choose from, so little time. We’ve made your lives easier by singling out eight local productions to look out for when they air this year. 

Patisserie Fighting debuts April 17 on Toggle
Patisserie Fighting debuts April 17 on Toggle
04 Apr 2017

Patisserie Fighting debuts April 17 on Toggle

Long story short: A biomedical researcher (played by Kit Chan) trades her white laboratory coat for an apron, embarking on the journey of her dreams to become a pastry chef. As fate would have it, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with a bad-tempered and snarky Taiwanese baker (played by Chris Lee) and ends up becoming his apprentice to perfect her craft.

Watch it if… you bake and love sweet treats (PS: amateur bakers, there will be baking tips and clips shared during the show’s run too, so keep an eye out for that!) Oh, and just one more reason to tune in: Patisserie Fighting marks Kit’s comeback drama after a 12-year hiatus.

Cast: Kit Chan, Chris Lee, Priscilla Lim, Joshua Tan, Eelyn Kok, Lim Kay Tong, Xu Qiong Fang

Episode count: 8

Visit Pattisserie Fighting's official microsite for more information. 

Meet the MP debuts April 26, 9.30pm on Channel 5
Meet the MP debuts April 26, 9.30pm on Channel 5
04 Apr 2017

Meet the MP debuts April 26, 9.30pm on Channel 5

Long story short: Meet the MP (Member of Parliament) is a sitcom lampooning the daily adventures of a newly-elected MP (played by Aaron Aziz) who works together with a veteran grassroots leader and a marketing expert to run and manage a public housing estate called Tanjong Bukit Manis. Said rookie MP is tasked to tackle a range of problems based on hot-button topics in Singapore – neighbours tussling over the autonomy of a common corridor space, disappearing neighbourhood cats, you get the drift.

Watch it if… you enjoy local sketch comedy fare like The Noose and Random Island. For fans of Aaron Aziz, you won’t want to miss his comeback project on Channel 5 (his last show, Police & Thief, was in 2007).

Cast: Aaron Aziz, R Chandran, Oon Shu An

Episode count: 12

The Lead debuts May 22, 9pm on Channel 8
The Lead debuts May 22, 9pm on Channel 8
04 Apr 2017

The Lead debuts May 22, 9pm on Channel 8

Long story short: The Lead is follows the lives of four TV babies and childhood friends (Andie Chen, Shaun Chen, Rebecca Lim and Julie Tan) who join the TV station to fulfil their dream of becoming “the leads” when they grow up. There’s an ugly duckling who undergoes plastic surgery to become a pretty and top-billed actress, and an acting extra (and jack of all trades) who rises through the ranks to become a director.

Watch it if… you enjoy shows like The Dream Makers 1 and 2 because The Lead’s going to be a meta-showbiz treat, although less glitzy than its predecessors.

Cast: Rebecca Lim, Shaun Chen, Andie Chen, Julie Tan, Xiang Yun, Chen Hanwei, Huang Zhong Kun, Kym Ng, Zheng Ge Ping, Cassandra See, Cynthia Koh

Episode count: 30

When Duty Calls debuts Jul 31, 9pm on Channel 8
When Duty Calls debuts Jul 31, 9pm on Channel 8
04 Apr 2017

When Duty Calls debuts Jul 31, 9pm on Channel 8

Long story short: When Duty Calls is a drama series produced in collaboration with SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) to celebrate 50 years of NS (National Service) in Singapore so, naturally, it will be peppered with stories about brotherhood, the army and boys becoming men after going through this rite of passage. The show will also feature various divisions and units such as the army, air force and navy. If Ah Boys To Men had a TV series, this would be it (although less slapstick lah).

Watch it if… you enjoyed the C.L.I.F. series, especially since this show will be helmed by Chong Liung Man, the producer behind C.L.I.F. 3 and 4. Bonus: you’ll get to see Paige Chua and Felicia Chin in action (and in uniforms) as operationally-ready servicewomen. Hurrah!

Cast: Romeo Tan, Desmond Tan, Pierre Png, Paige Chua, Felicia Chin, Kym Ng, Shane Pow, Zheng Ge Ping, Richie Koh, Hong Hui Fang, James Seah, Mei Xin, Li Wen Hai, Jasmine Sim

Episode count: 20

Have A Little Faith debuts Jul 3, 9pm on Channel 8
Have A Little Faith debuts Jul 3, 9pm on Channel 8
04 Apr 2017

Have A Little Faith debuts Jul 3, 9pm on Channel 8

Long story short: Have A Little Faith is like a modern-day Robin Hood tale about a professional female swindler and pickpocket (played by Rui En) who takes it upon herself to con men, or rather, dishonest rich folks, to help the poor. Her life is turned around when she meets a fashion designer (played by Zhang Zhen Huan) who tries to guide her back on the right path.

Watch it if… you need some lighthearted TV fare and enjoy Rui En’s shows, especially since this will be her first attempt at playing a swindler – plus, she tends to have a flair for playing chirpy heartland characters, as seen in Happy Family and Life Is Beautiful.

Cast: Rui En, Zhang Zhen Huan, Chen Shu Cheng, Marcus Chin, Jeffrey Xu, Jayley Woo, Aileen Tan

Episode count: 20

Generation Z debuts Oct 30, 9pm on Channel 8
Generation Z debuts Oct 30, 9pm on Channel 8
04 Apr 2017

Generation Z debuts Oct 30, 9pm on Channel 8

Long story short: Parenting is tough, and Generation Z hopes to shed light on the trials and tribulations of motherhood through its two lead characters (played by Zoe Tay and Rebecca Lim) who are both mothers and teachers. It aims to tackles a various social topics as well, such as the challenges of raising a tween (or teen) in an age of technology and the problems and pressures faced by tertiary teenagers today.

Watch it if… you enjoy coming-of-age stories. There is a high chance several second generation celebrity kids will be acting in this drama series as well – the sons and daughters of Hong Hui Fang and Zheng Ge Ping, Xiang Yun and Edmund Chen, and former actress Chen Xiuhuan were recently spotted at an open casting call for this show.

Cast: So far, only Zoe and Rebecca have been confirmed for this show

Episode count: 20

Lion Mums 2 debuts Aug 14, 10pm on Channel 5
Lion Mums 2 debuts Aug 14, 10pm on Channel 5
04 Apr 2017

Lion Mums 2 debuts Aug 14, 10pm on Channel 5

Long story short: Now that the kiasu and kiasi mums from the first season have gotten their toddlers into their dream primary schools, these grown adults will now fight over how well their children fare in the classroom. This show is basically a mirror reflection of what most modern-day Singaporean parents face when their child starts schooling - and is an honest dig at our society’s competitiveness. A new mum (Lina Ng) joins the pack these season too – watch her up the ante in the battle to come out tops.

Watch it if… you enjoyed the first season of Lion Moms. ‘nuff said.

Cast: Bernice Liu, Nurul Aini, Vanessa Vanderstratten, Max Loong, Lina Ng, Joshua Tan, Fir Rahman

Episode count: 30

Photos: Bernice Liu/Instagram, Nurul Aini/Instagram

My Friends From Afar debuts Nov 27, 9pm on Channel 8
My Friends From Afar debuts Nov 27, 9pm on Channel 8
04 Apr 2017

My Friends From Afar debuts Nov 27, 9pm on Channel 8

Long story short: Hilarity and hijinks ensue when not one, not two, but four aliens embark on a recce trip to make Singapore their new home after their home planet is seriously polluted. The four extraterrestrial beings try their best to live as normal human beings while assimilating into life in Singapore. More complications arise when they are tasked to sniff out and uncover an alien betrayer who has left their home planet eons ago.

Watch it if… shows with a supernatural element like My Love From Another Star and Star Maiden are your kind of thing

Cast: Shaun Chen, Paige Chua, Carrie Wong, Yao Wenlong, more to be confirmed

Episode count: 25

Keep a lookout for these shows in 2018: Mind Matters and Doppelganger
Keep a lookout for these shows in 2018: Mind Matters and Doppelganger
04 Apr 2017

Keep a lookout for these shows in 2018: Mind Matters and Doppelganger

In the pipeline: Two shows that will begin production in 2017 but only air in early 2018 are Mind Matters and Doppelganger. The lead actor of Mind Matters is rumoured to be Qi Yuwu, while the latter series produced by WaWa will feature Christopher Lee and Fann Wong in their first project together since getting married.

Bet you can’t wait for it to be 2018 already.

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