So by now it’s common knowledge that Dish offers a plethora of International programming packages, but did you know that as of November 18th they’ve added Jadeworld? Jadeworld is a Cantonese television package with the five top Cantonese channels: TVB1, TVB2, TVBe, TVBS and CCTV 4. With Jadeworld you get same day broadcasts as Hong Kong and Taiwan and the very best in TV drama with the most up-to-date news and a variety of entertainment shows.
Not convinced? Here’s a breakdown of the Jadeworld channels you will receive, all for only $29.99/month! (With subscription to a qualifying American Package, International Basic package or Chinese Basic package.)
This channel provides millions of Chinese Americans in the U.S. with great Mandarin Chinese programming. There is live domestic and International news every hour along with popular drama, variety shows, children’s shows and special events programming.
This channel includes the most popular TVB dramas, daily satellite-fed Hong Kong and World News, U.S. news and financial reports along with lifestyle and travel programs and current event talk shows.
In addition to several runs of daily satellite-fed Hong Kong and World News shows, TVB2’s informational scope includes travel shows, children’s shows, top-rated TVB dramas, a variety of music and more. The same-day broadcast programming also includes everyone’s favorite situational comedies.
If you’re looking for up-to-the-minute entertainment news reports, daily market analysis, TVB hit drama series and a huge array of magazine shows encompassing such topics as medicine and health or celebrity gossip then TVBe is the channel for you!
This channel broadcasts in real time what Taiwan viewers are watching like the much renowned news digest and talk show News Night Club which examines the most pressing political and economic issues in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. The programming on TVBS also includes hit dramas, travel shows, music video countdowns and entertainment news.
Last October, show runner Graham Linehan announced the cancellation of British geek-friendly comedy The I.T. Crowd after only four seasons (man, those Brits need to learn to milk their shows until they run themselves into the ground like we do). Although The I.T. Crowd was slated for a fifth season to start production this year, it seems that Linehan himself has opted to cease the show’s run, but promises an extended special in 2012. Continue reading →
Do a quick search and you’ll find manyarticles about hit British television show, Doctor Who. And for good reason; this hugely popular sci-fi has recently found a passionate cult American audience. But what about Torchwood? This Doctor spin-off (no Spin Doctors pun intended) is nothing like the original show, except for the fact that it shares a central character and alien technology. So what is it about Torchwood that makes it worthy of the spotlight? Continue reading →
Paul sees dead people. And yes, he’s aware of the fact that he sounds like The Sixth Sense. The Fades premiered this month and is the latest in the onslaught of BBC sci-fi/fantasy shows. BBC America seems to have been capitalizing on the supernatural-friendly audience drawn in by Doctor Who with shows likeBeing Human. The Fades is the latest addition to the Supernatural Saturday line-up and follows Paul, a socially awkward teen who has the ability to see the dead. Continue reading →
So you’ve watched the finale of Sherlock– now what? If you’re like me, you’ve already thrown a rock at the TV waiting for an explanation about the season’s epic cliffhanger and are starting to feel the withdrawal kick in. You need your Steven Moffat fix. You need to take your mind off the fact that you may not see another Sherlock episode until 2013. You need… More Moffat!
If you’re a TV junkie, you’ve probably already watched Moffat’s other show, the wildly popular sci-fi Doctor Who, but why not have another go? For me, the best excuse to re-watch Doctor Who is to sucker someone else into it. No matter what kind of viewer you’re catering to, here are 5 episodes to get anyone hooked.
Oftentimes I wonder which is a more difficult challenge: coming up with a fantastic television show or coming up with a fantastic second season for said fantastic television show. With that in mind, it was with a fair amount of trepidation that I approached the second season of Sherlock.Continue reading →
It’s a big deal because we make it a big deal. According to some counts, over 99% of American households have at least 1 television set. We talk about TV, we dream about TV, we have TV shows where people talk about TV shows. We even have a whole city devoted to producing TV content.
While many people consider America (specifically Hollywood) to be the worldwide Mecca for all things TV related, America is not the only country out there generating some high quality programming. America may be the biggest fish in the pond, but it certainly isn’t the only one.
Lots of American shows have foreign counterparts that are the spitting image of what you might expect to see here in the U S of A. While some of these foreign shows are derivatives of American creativity, a heaping pile of American shows stole the idea from somewhere else. So, let’s transcend cultural and political border to see what shows many people on earth have in common.
1. The Office
The Office is a hit show over here in America. It features a sort of dry humor that focuses on everyday life and thrives on uncomfortable, awkward situations. In fact, there’s a name for that type of humor. What do they call it? Oh, it’s on the tip of my tongue…
Oh, yeah. British humor.
The Brits came up with the original version of The Office, which I think is not really a giant news flash to any fans of the show, but what fans really do need to understand is that the show does more than just borrow the title and premise. It also operates entirely by borrowing that unique style of British humor.
While American comedy certainly has a tendency to be direct, physical, occasionally juvenile, and in-your-face, it’s nice to see that British shows can thrive over here in the States.
2. [Country’s] Got Talent!
Wait a second, are those Brits trying to show off how good they are? Do they think they’re better than us or something? We’ll show them! We’ll prove that we’re more talented than every last tea-sucking one of them!
And yet, with 39 “Got Talent” spin-offs and 6 seasons of America’s Got Talent (and counting), the world has yet to produce anyone more gripping than Susan Boyle.
3. Mythological X (Israel) & The Ex List (US)
I could go on all day about all of the stole we stole from England, but I think that would get dull pretty fast. We use their language, we robbed their colonies from them in the American Revolution (YOU-ESS-AY! YOU-ESS-AY!), and we shamelessly rob every show that the BBC pumps out. Let’s spread the love (read: plagiarism) and check out shows from other countries that we’ve swiped.
Israeli creator Sigal Avin thought up a clever little romantic comedy that Americans promptly stole, quickly crossing out every instance of “falafel” in the script and replacing it with “burgers.”
Mythological X follows a woman trying to find the one ex from her past who, according to her psychic, is the love of her life. American writers fleshed her out a little bit by giving her a career and hobbies other than boy chasing, but the show still flopped. Maybe she should have asked her psychic about how the ratings would look.
Evidently, we learned our lesson not to steal from our Israeli friends, as the show was cancelled after a measly 4 episodes.
4. Takeshi’s Castle (Japan) & Wipeout (US)
Takeshi’s Castle is a Japanese game show.
That’s pretty much the only thing that non-Japanese can tell you about this show, because any episodes that Americans see are dubbed – and badly at that. Ignoring the fact that the writers intentionally ignore and butcher the dialogue, it’s still pretty easy to get the basics of the show.
A hundred or so contestants struggle their way through a brutally unforgiving obstacle course to see how many people make it out the other end.
Many of the collisions are obviously painful, and virtually every game is designed to make failure as embarrassing as possible. Combine that with a bunch of Japanese Average Jo’s who are smiling and optimistic despite the pain they’re enduring, and you’ve got a hit show.
America swiped the idea from the Brits, who stole the idea from the Japanese. Despite the fact that the game got telephoned two stages, it’s still fairly similar.
The US version has a much bigger budget, which has resulted in much more elaborate and involved obstacles. That’s neat and all, but sometimes simpler is better. You don’t need Seussical death traps to create humor. Sometimes, a tightrope and a pit of water is all you need for hilarity.