Sure, Hong Kong production houses have made some real stinkers over the years when it comes to creating and producing television projects and series, but not with regularity of those in Singapore. There exists a consistency in mediocrity.

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When one knows the budgets that, for example, Singapore-based Freemantle Studios, forks out to give Asia utter crap like The Apprentice, one has to wonder about many things and visit the past- and quickly before I start to wonder why Asia’s answer to The Donald and Sir Alan Suger- Tony Fernandes- tries to speak like Darth Vader in this truly cringeworthy series.

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When PolyGram Music made the bad business decision to get into bed with Singapore-based MTV Asia, l was given the task of looking after the former’s business interests and ensuring the channel’s content met with the music company’s approval.

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Having been in advertising and working for demanding clients like McDonald’s and STARTV when the mysterious, very creative and megalomaniacal Michael Johnson had the trust and ear of Little Richard Li, it was an invaluable education, and the thought of working with a creative music channel like MTV was something exciting.

Then, the boulder was lowered: MTV’s creative team were in Singapore and it might be something in the city’s water or DNA or the fat cat expat lifestyle, or simply the Peter Principle, but whatever it suffers from, it took the oomph outta the creative product.

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Despite long-winded internal meetings, the bulk of the work from the channel’s Regional Office was dire- the best creative work came outta MTV India- not to mention the daft over-spending that went on when it came to equipment and premises.

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Someone sure made a few cosy millions setting up MTV Asia and the channel has been paying for it ever since.

As for Singapore and the creative product, or to be more precise, so-called sitcoms produced in the Lion City and, for some reason, this Singapore lah lah exported to cities like Hong Kong never worked. It was like a Chinese restaurant here trying to create a market for durian dim sum.

What was wrong? Horribly corny scripts, over-the-top acting which made even Hong Kong’s late comedienne Lydia Shum a hapless slab of meat in a satay sandwich in a series called, I think, Life With Lydia. Life With Lydia sucked.

Over the years, we have had to endure “original” productions outta Singapore for Hewlett Packard which one hears was bum-rushed to name a winner and just get the thing off the air, the pretentiousness of Singapore Idol and a flurry of other programing and commercials from lah lah land.

These programs simply don’t travel and whoever is purchasing this crud for a nickel and dime thinking audiences in Hong Kong can be conned into accepting this trash, are living in their own la la land.

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Hong Kong has it’s own crap. It’s called variety and rigged awards shows plus beauty pageants galore produced by HKTVB and ATV and some gawdawful music programming by the jolly gang at NOWTV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLzy2vnvBRU

Somewhere, someone is making a nice fortune by working in tandem with others.

It’s a racket based on two for you and one for me as there are budgets to purchase programing as there exists an over-supply of television channels at a time when audiences are on a very fast downhill decline.

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There is Apple TV and other online channels that give you brand new programing- and for free.

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The days of repeating Mad Men, CSI, Californification etc are over- and locally produced pieces of crud like The Apprentice Asia offer nothing to new television viewer who has already tired of Asian versions of original Mark Burnett Productions and those endless and mindless cooking shows from the lah lah Lion City.

Enough lah.

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