Skip Beat! (TV series)

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Skip Beat!
Skipbeat officialpromoposter.jpg
Also known as Extravagant Challenge
Glamorous Challenge
Genre Teen drama
Developed by Doze Niu
Written by Yoshiki Nakamura (manga)
Tseng Li-ting
Wen Yu-fang
Huang Shin-kao
Peng Sheng-ching
Fang Ching-i
Ouyang Pai-lin
Directed by Jerry Feng
Starring Ivy Chen
Siwon
Donghae
Allen Chao
Bianca Bai
Charge Pu
King Chin
Opening theme "S.O.L.O." by Super Junior-M
Ending theme "That's Love" by Donghae with Henry
Country of origin Republic of China
Original language(s) Mandarin
No. of episodes 23[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Doze Niu
Chiu Shan-i
Tsai Jo-chin
Chen Chih-hao
Fang Ko-jen
Producer(s) Jerry Feng
Kuo Tzu-chi
Fang Hsiao-jen
Kikuko Miyauchi
Location(s) Chinese Taipei, Republic of China
Tokyo, Japan
Running time 70-minutes.
Production company(s) Gala Television
Formosa Television
Distributor Formosa Television
Broadcast
Original channel FTV Main Channel
GTV Variety Show
Picture format SDTV (480i 4:3)
PAL (576i 4:3)
DVB-T (Digital UHF)
HDTV (1080i 16:9)
Audio format Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Datasat Digital 5.1
Sony Digital 5.1
First shown in 18 December 2011
Original run 18 December 2011 – 1 April 2012
Chronology
Preceded by In Time with You
Followed by Absolute Boyfriend
Skip Beat!
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaning "challenge of splendor"
Japanese name
Kana スキップ・ビート!

Skip Beat! (Chinese: 華麗的挑戰) is a Taiwanese television drama based on the manga of the same name by Yoshiki Nakamura. It premiered on 18 December 2011 on FTV Main Channel and 24 December 2011 on GTV Variety Show. Skip Beat! is a joint production between Taiwan and Japan, and is primarily produced by Gala Television under executive producer Doze Niu.

Development of Skip Beat! began on 1 January 2008 after the casting of Ariel Lin and Jerry Yan in the main roles. On 1 January 2009, Gala Television had to indefinitely postpone the production due to several financial setbacks and script re-writes, causing Yan to drop out of the project.

Skip Beat! was brought back into production following the signing of Super Junior members Siwon and Donghae in the main roles on 1 May 2010. On 1 February 2011, one month before filming, Ivy Chen replaced Lin, who had already signed to film another production when Skip Beat! was languishing in development hell.

Filming officially began on 1 April 2011 with locations in Taipei (national capital of the Republic of China) and Tokyo (national capital of Japan). It entered post-production at the conclusion of filming on 1 July 2011.

Synopsis[edit]

High school graduate Gong Xi gives up her chances for university in order to support her childhood friend and romantic goal, Bu Po Shang, in his pop idol career. Upon arriving in Taipei, Gong Xi starts working on multiple jobs in order to support Shang, whose popularity quickly rises, eventually becoming one of the top idols in Taiwan. One day, Gong Xi catches Shang flirting with his manager, and learns that he only used her so she can help him with his living expenses. Heart-broken and betrayed, Gong Xi vows to get revenge by becoming a bigger star. Gong Xi auditions for L.M.E., Taiwan's largest talent agency, and joins L.M.E.'s new-found department "Love Me" with Jiang Nanqin, also a new recruit. At L.M.E. famous actor Dun He Lian, disgusted by Gong Xi's reasons for joining the show business, consistently finds ways to annoy and taunt her. As Gong Xi's acting career starts to take off, she begins to discover a new sense of identity and purpose, separate from her initial plans of revenge. Lian also eventually warms up to her, and although at first in denial, he finds himself falling more and more in love with her.

Cast[edit]

Actor Character Manga character
Ivy Chen Gong Xi (宮囍) Kyoko Mogami
Siwon (voiced by Xie Kun Da [Episodes 1-2] and Nylon Chen [Episodes 3-15]) Dun Helian (敦賀蓮) Ren Tsuruga
Donghae (voiced by Darren from "The Drifters") Bu Po Shang / Shang Jieyong (不破尚 / 尚介勇) Shō / Shotaro Fuwa
Bianca Bai Jiang Nan Qin (江南琴) Kanae Kotonami
Charge Pu Shen Deyuan (椹德元) Takenori Sawara
King Chin Du Jin (杜金) Yukihito Yashiro
Ada Pan Yangyang (鴦鴦) Shoko Aki
Allen Chao Luo Li (羅利) Lory Takarada
Frances (Wu Zhao Xian) Maria (瑪麗亞) Maria Takarada
Ko Yu-luen Director Xin Huan (新垣導演) Seiji Shingai
Lo Bei-an Director Hei Long (黑龍導演) Ushio Kurosaki
Li Yi Jin Liuli'er (琉璃兒) Ruriko Matsunai
Angus Chang Fei Lihua (費梨花) Erika Koenji
Cindy Sung Kuang Meishen (鄺美森) Nanokura Mimori
Jessie Zhang Xu Yongchun (徐永春) Haruki Asami
Chang Shao-huai Director Xu Fang (旭方導演) Director Ogata
Ke Shu-qin Qing Jie (晴姐) Hiroko Iizuka
Cherry Hsia Yi Mei (逸美) Momose Itsumi
Willy Tsai Sapphire (藍寶石) None
Xiao Bing Emerald (綠寶石) None
Liu Guoshao Ruby (紅寶石) None
Fu Xiancheng Lin Ying (林鷹) None
Wu Min Shangguan Junzi (上官君子) None
Chen Bozheng Boss (老板) Taisho (Kyoko's boss at Darumaya)
Ge Lei Boss's wife (老板娘) Taisho's wife
Tsai Yi-chen Wanzi (丸子) None
Tang Zhi-wei Shang Pengtang (尚朋棠) Sho Fuwa's father
Yumi Kobayashi Bu Po Shang's mother Sho Fuwa's mother
Xie Qiong Nuan Gong Xi's mother Saena Mogami (Kyoko's mother)

Production[edit]

Development and pre-production[edit]

On 1 January 2008, Gala Television announced their development of Skip Beat! invited producer Kikuko Miyauchi from Japan to produce and Jyu You-ning to direct. On 1 April 2008, Ariel Lin, Jerry Yan and Joe Cheng were cast to portray Gong Xi, Dun Helian and Bu Po Shang respectively. On 1 July 2008, Yan and Cheng could not come to an agreement with the script and Cheng dropped out of the project following Cheng's withdrawal, Doze Niu replaced Jyu as director and producer.

On 1 November 2008, Niu Lin, and Yan held a press conference for Skip Beat! in Tokyo (a national capital of the Japan) announcing that they would begin filming as soon as they find another actor to replace Cheng. Following the press conference, the script had to undergo a rewrite, and the drama's Japanese developers suffered a financial breakdown due to the restructuring of their joint venture company. On 1 January 2009, Lai Congbi, Deputy General Manager of Gala Television announced that filming will be pushed back. Yan who already signed to film a Chinese drama.

On 1 January 2010, Niu wanted to replace Yan with Wu Chun but Gala Television postponed the production indefinitely due to persistent financial problems. On 1 April 2010, Niu and Gala Television brought Skip Beat! back into production with Lin returning to star. On 1 May 2010, it was reported that Super Junior members Siwon and Donghae were cast to portray Dun Helian and Bu Po Shang respectively.

On 1 February 2011, Ivy Chen was cast to replace Lin, who withdrew from the project because she was already booked to film In Time with You when Skip Beat! was to begin filming. On 31 March 2011, a press conference was held for Skip Beat! in Chinese Taipei attended by over 100 reporters and fans. Niu announced that Jerry Feng will take his place to direct. Niu praised the drama's "too brilliant" script and that he "didn't want to leave it behind." On an estimated budget of over 80 million TWD (US$2.6 million) until each episode cost about 4 million TWD (US$132,000) to produce.

Filming and promotion[edit]

Filming commenced on 1 April 2011 in Republic of China and took 4-months to complete. The main cast filmed promotional photoshoots for the drama on 28 July 2011 and attended a wrap-up banquet hosted by the production crew afterwards. Post-production officially began on 29 July 2011. Because Siwon and Donghae filmed most of their scenes speaking in Korean instead of Chinese ex-Energy member Kunda and Darren from The Drifters are hired to dub their voices into Mandarin respectively. Nylon Chen was later hired to replace Kunda.

Gala Television spent 20 million TWD (US$659,000) marketing the drama. Skip Beat! was first promoted at the 17th Shanghai Television Festival, in which a three-minute sales presentation trailer was aired to attract potential Chinese distributors. A distributor bought the copyrights for 191,000 yuan (US$30,000) and online distributors bought the rights for 63,800 yuan (US$10,000) becoming the most expensive Taiwanese drama to broadcast in Mainland China.

On 1 August 2011, it was reported that foreign distribution rights totaled 3.7 million TWD (US$120,000) per episode. The drama held its world premiere on 14 December 2011 in the LUX Cineplex Theater in Ximending, Taipei.

Viral marketing was one of the marketing campaigns employed for the drama. On 1 December 2011, the drama's official website revealed a poll of four different promotional posters for the drama, and had fans choose an official poster. 30 randomly selected voters were given a free poster, one was given a signed poster, and another was given a Bu Po Shang pillow. In addition to the poster voting campaign, a giveaway of many of the drama's official products will be given to those who could locate taxis painted with the drama's official art in Taipei.

Music[edit]

Super Junior-M performed the opening theme "S.O.L.O." (Chinese title: 華麗的獨秀; lit. "Glamorous Solo Show") written by Tim McEwan, Lars Halvor Jensen, and Reed Vertelney, with lyrics penned by Zhou Weijie, who also helped write in Super Junior-M's EP Perfection. Donghae and Chance wrote the ending theme "That's Love" (Chinese title: 這是愛; lit. "This is Love"), with lyrics penned by Huang Tsu-yin. Donghae and Super Junior-M member Henry performed the ending. It is also reported that A-Lin and Super Junior-M member Zhou Mi also recorded solo songs in the drama's official soundtrack, which will be distributed by Avex Taiwan. The soundtrack debuted in 1st place on Taiwan's 5 Music's Chinese charts and in 5th place on Taiwan's G-Music Chinese charts.

Broadcast[edit]

Formosa Television bought the rights to premiere the drama on its television channel on 18 December 2011. The cable GTV network aired the first episode on 24 December 2011. Singapore's cable operator StarHub TV bought the rights to premiere the drama on E City simulcast with Formosa Television. In Hong Kong, TVB bought the rights to premiere the Cantonese dubbed occasional predominant dual audio version on 25 December 2011. Skip Beat! is the first Taiwanese drama to have simultaneous television broadcasts in Hong Kong, Republic of China and Singapore. TVB-82 channel previously aired the Cantonese dubbed occasional predominant dual audio anime version of Skip Beat! from 1 February to 31 August 2010 and rebroadcast the anime again on 2011 it was officially launched as "starting transmission" on 25 April 2012 and ceased transmission as "no transmission" on 16 May 2012 Skip Beat it was aired on Indosiar. And in 2014, Skip Beat was aired in the Philippines under ABS-CBN Network.[2]

Country/Region Original network Original channel Daily Start timeslot End timeslot Timezone UTC Episode premiere Episode finale Dubbed Subtitle
 Republic of China Formosa Television FTV Main Channel Sunday 21:40 22:50 TST +08:00 18 December 2011 1 April 2012 Mandarin Traditional Chinese
Gala Television GTV Variety Show Saturday 22:30 23:40 24 December 2011 7 April 2012
 China STAR TV Xing Kong STAR TV Sunday 20:00 21:00 CST 5 February 2012 27 May 2012
 China Shenzhen Satellite Television Shenzhen Television Sunday 20:00 21:00 CST 5 February 2012 27 May 2012
 China Anhui Satellite Television Anhui Television Sunday 20:00 21:00 CST 5 February 2012 27 May 2012
 China Jiangsu Satellite Television Jiangsu Television Sunday 20:00 21:00 CST 5 February 2012 27 May 2012
 China Hunan Satellite Television Hunan Television Sunday 20:00 21:00 CST 5 February 2012 27 May 2012
 Malaysia
 Brunei
Sistem Televisyen Malaysia Berhad (New Straits Times part of Media Prima Berhad) 8TV Saturday 19:00 20:00 MST 2 June 2012 8 September 2012 Malaysian
 Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Limited TVB-82 Sunday 20:30 21:40 HKT 25 December 2011 8 April 2012 Cantonese Traditional Chinese
 Indonesia Elang Mahkota Teknologi (Surya Citra Media) Indosiar Monday to Friday 16:30 18:00 WIB +07:00 25 April 2012 16 May 2012 Indonesian / Chinese
17:30 19:00 WITA +08:00
18:30 20:00 WIT +09:00
 Singapore MediaCorp TV (MediaCorp) Channel U Wednesday 01:30 02:30 SST +08:00 1 October 2013 7 January 2014 Mandarin English
 Philippines ABS-CBN ABS-CBN Monday to Friday 17:15 17:45 PHT +08:00 3 March 2014 14 March 2014 Tagalog

Reception[edit]

The first episode of Skip Beat! received mixed reviews. Gala Television received complaints concerning Dun Helian's voice actor Kunda, whose boyish voice is unfit for Dun Helian's deep, steady tone and proud demeanor. As a result, Nylon Chen was hired to replace Kunda.

Ratings[edit]

Formosa Television (民視) Ratings
Episode Original Broadcast Date Average Rank Remarks
1 18 December 2011 1.35 #2
2 25 December 2011 1.17 #2
3 1 January 2012 0.97 #2
4 8 January 2012 1.18 #2
5 15 January 2012 1.44 #2
6 29 January 2012 1.32 #2
7 5 February 2012 1.46 #2
8 12 February 2012 1.19 #2
9 19 February 2012 1.39 #2
10 26 February 2012 1.82 #2
11 4 March 2012 1.75 #2
12 11 March 2012 1.85 #2
13 18 March 2012 1.72 #2
14 25 March 2012 1.50 #2
15 1 April 2012 1.85 #2

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