06 November 2012 11:30 | By Joanna Goh
The winning formula behind Game Plan

Find out what makes this Ch8 drama series, produced by WaWa Pictures, tick

The winning formula behind Ch8 drama series Game Plan
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While many viewers lament the lack of interesting drama content produced for local TV, a production house has been slowly (but surely) gaining traction amongst TV viewers for revamping the local offerings. With six drama series (Perfect Cut I & II, The Illusionist, Secrets for Sales, The Oath, Show Hand and the recently-aired Game Plan) on its resume, WaWa Pictures never fails to try approaching its one to two drama productions a year with a refreshing angle.

Their first full-length drama series produced in 2009, Perfect Cut I & II were lauded for raising the bar of TV quality and tackling a lesser-seen genre on local mandarin dramas. They explored the world of cosmetic surgeons and retold stories of patients who have gone under the knife. Their decision to cast Thomas Ong as the male lead of the intriguing series also singlehandedly paved the way for the evergreen actor's return to the TV station as he went on to headline the show's sequel and WaWa's next TV series, The Illusionist.

Their efforts to stand out and reinvent local shows have not gone unnoticed. On the list of 2011's top 10 dramas is The Oath, an east-meets-west medical drama that crossed the 900,000 viewership mark. It is also ranked third behind Love Thy Neighbour and C.L.I.F, the top two dramas for 2011, which is a commendable faring for an outsourced production, we say. Ratings may not be skyrocketing, but WaWa shows have garnered positive word-of-mouth reviews.

From ChU's Perfect Cut to their most recent Ch8 production Game Plan, find out what makes a WaWa show standout from other local offerings on TV. Should this be the direction and standards local dramas endeavour to achieve? Read on and judge for yourself.

Game Plan is in third position in terms of ratings for its final episode and stands behind Joys of Life and Don't Stop Believin'.

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