At the start of the year, the TV industry looked lively–the economy was prospering, the currency was strong, price was decent, everything looked good. Then, the great flooding occurred and everything went down hill. Even though the Thai television business is a strong industry, it was affected by the flooding–filming sights were flooded, production houses where editing took place flooded, stars’ houses were flooded. Luring advertisements, the industry’s bread and butter, was an issue. New projects, we shouldn’t even talk about them because they were swept away by the flood.
But though it all, Ch3 seems to be the victor in this crisis. There intensive coverage of the flood by newscaster Sorayut Sutatsanajinda from Ch3′s morning news show ”Ruang Lao Chao Nee (The issue for this morning or Morning News)’ and his contributions to the flood victims helped the channel gain more audiences. Ch3 lakorns were improving and their ratings were also improving comparable to their main competitor Ch7.
For the year, Ch7 produced 13 evening lakorns and 26 prime time lakorns, which brings their total to 39 lakorns. Ch5 produced 8 lakorns. Ch7 had 11 evening lakorns and 22 prime time lakorns, a total of 33 lakorns for the year. Modern 9 had 7 lakorns for the year.
Notable first half of the year lakorns for Ch3:
‘Koo Duerd (Furious Duo)’ with Por Natthawut and Aum Atichart–was decent.
‘Mon Ruk Look Thung (Enchanting country music)’ remake with Por Thrisadee and ‘Ja’ Jitapa Jampratom did not meet expectations.
‘Mongkut Dok Som (The Orange Crown)’ also did not meet expectations has compared to the original
‘Ruk Mai Mee Wan Tai (Love never dies)’ with Dome Pakorn Lum and Ploy Chermarn
‘Wanalee’ remake with Por Natthawut and newcomer Mew Laknara
‘Rahut Torachon (Code of the outlaws_’ with Ken Theeradeth and Chompoo Araya was not too shabby
‘Dok Som See Thong (Golden Orange Flower or The dandelion)’ with Chompoo Araya and Aun Witaya was a major lakorn for Ch3
Notable second half of the year lakorns for Ch3:
‘Tard Ruk (Slave Love)’ with “Cherry” Khemupsorn Sirisukha, Mart Krissada, Por Thrisadee, and Janie Tienposuwan
‘Mia Taeng (Wedded Wife)’ with ‘Rome’ Patchada Nampan and Chompoo Araya, another major accomplishment for Chompoo Araya
‘Kon Ruk Luang Jai (The Trickery of Love Dupes the Heart)’ with Ken Theeradeth and Janie Tienposuwan
‘Plerng Torranong (Flames of Arrogances), first lakorn from Mario Maurer as a Ch3 leading man
‘Roi Mai (Trace of the Silk)’ was a beautiful lakorn directed by Aof Pongpat starring ‘Aff’ Taksaorn Paksukcharean and Aum Atichart.
‘Tawan Deuat (Furious Tawan)’ with Mark Prin and Yaya introduced Thais to ‘Cowboys on TV’
‘Ruk Patiharn (Miracle of Love)’ with Kimberley Anne Woltemas and Mart Krissada.
‘Roi Marn (Trace of the Devil)’ with Boy Pakorn and Margie Rasri had high ratings
‘Game Rai Game Ruk (An evil game, a love game)’ with Yaya Urassaya Sperbund and Nadech “Barry” Kugimiya
‘Saam Num Neua Tong (3 Golden Men)’ with Ken Phupoom, Mark Prin, and Boy Pakorn
Notable Ch5 lakorns include ‘Kaam Wayla Tam Ha Ruk (Crossing Time…in search of Love)’ and ‘Kulap Satan (Satan Rose)’.
Notable first half of the year lakorns for Ch7:
‘Neua Manut (Beyond Human)’ with Aof Chanapol and Mai Davika
‘Ngao Gammathep (Shadow of the Cupid)’ starring Mai Davika and ‘Weir’ Sukollawat Kanaros
‘Pah Nang Seua (Forest of Miss Tiger)’ starring Yui Jiranan and Tle Thanapol was a ratings hit.
‘Mon Ruk Mae Nam Moon’ had ‘Weir’ Sukollawat Kanaros squaring off with ‘Porsche’ Saran Siriluksana for Jui Warattaya’s love.
‘Lui’ was an action lakorn starring Vee Veeraphap
‘Ka Kong Kon (The Value of a Person) starring Pong Nawat and Noon Woranuch was a major hit.
‘Bobae’ with Kwan Usamanee Waitayanon and Cee Siwat
Notable second half of the year lakorns for Ch7:
‘Koo Kaen Saen Ruk (My Beloved Foe)’, the romantic comedy starring Chakrit Yamnam and ‘Aum’ Patcharapa Chaichuea
‘Dok Kaew’ 2011 remake starring Mai Davika and Win Tawin
Tawee Pope (Two Worlds) the first pairing of Om Akapan and “Pancake” Khemmanid Jamikorn
‘Lily See Kulap’starring Jakajan Akumsiri and Cee Siwat as her bodyguard
‘Seua Sang Fah (The Tiger orders the heaven)’, mystical lakorn
‘Sao Ha: Taptim Siam (Saturn 5: Siam Rubies)’ was a major ratings hit
‘Nangfah Gap Mafia (The angel and the mafia) paired ex-lovers “Pancake” Khemmanid Jamikorn and ‘Weir’ Sukollawat Kanaros
‘Hop Ruk Mak Hom Pah (Carry love to the forest)’ is the first lakorn for Guy Navapol with Ch7, he is paired with Kwan Usamanee.
Do I need to mention Modern 9 lakorns because I don’t think anyone watches their lakorns.
The lakorns up for consideration for the title of ‘Lakorn of the year’ are:
1.’Ruk Mai Mee Wan Tai (Love never dies)’ for its use of computer graphics and the chemistry of Ploy Chermarn and her ex-boyfriend and co-star Dome Pakorn.
2.’Dok Som See Tong (Golden Yellow Flower)’ for the character scandalous ‘Reya’ played by Chompoo Araya. Though it was a second installment of the series, it did better than the first, which is very unusual.
3. ‘Game Rai Game Ruk (An Evil game, a Love Game) for its excellent script.
4. ‘Seua Sang Fah (The Tiger orders the heaven)’ for its use of computer graphics in context with its mystical plotline–seriously, I thought it was corny.
In the end, the winner goes to ‘Dok Som See Tong’ of Ch3 for its strong plotline and media buzz and its impact on the future of all Ch3 lakorns. Because of the scandal involving racy love scenes and being heavily criticized by the Thai Culture Ministry, Ch3 has decided to ban all love scenes for their future lakorns.