Singapore, 8 November 2017 – The highly anticipated Asian Television Awards returns for the 22nd season, bringing you nominees from the best of Asia’s television. Set to take place on 30 November and 1 December 2017, at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, this year’s Asian Television Awards sees 267 nominees from 19 Asian countries competing in 42 award categories, including new category – ‘Best Scriptwriting for Web Programme/ Series’.
Highlights of award categories this year include ‘Best Drama Series’, ‘Best Comedy Programme’, ‘Best Entertainment Presenter/Host’, ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’, ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’, ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’, ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’, and ‘Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/ Actress’.
Best Drama Series
Riding on the success of K-pop fever, Korean television receives four nominations in the ‘Best Drama Series’ category, featuring KBS’ Love in the Moonlight, MBC’s The Rebel, SBS’ Dr. Romantic, and breakthrough Korean television series Guardian: The Lonely and Great God,or better known as Goblin, by CJ E&M,starring the critically acclaimed Gong Yoo.
Other nominees from the ‘Best Drama Series’ category include Dragon TV/ Zhejiang TV’s Eternal Love, and Hunan TV’s Fighter of Destiny, Keshet International’s P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke, and Mediacorp’s Tanglin.
Best Comedy Programme
Headlining the ‘Best Comedy Programme’ category are nominees from Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Korea. Nominees from Singapore include Viacom International Media Networks’ Comedy Central Stand-Up Asia, Mediacorp’s Fine Tune, The Noose 9, and Meet the MP; and from Thailand, House of Blast – Dracula in Troubles and Under Her Nose by Thai Broadcasting Company.
Rounding up the nominee list for the category are House of Spirits by Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) from Hong Kong, and Saturday Night Life Korea S9 by NBC Universal International from Korea.
Best Entertainment Presenter/ Host
Allan Wu earns two nominations for ‘Best Entertainment Presenter/Host’ category for reality series – The Amazing Race Asia Season 5 by Sony Pictures, and Mediacorp’s Unique Towns – Brazil Ladies Village. Other nominees include actor-producer Niti Chaichitatorn, host of Talk with Toey Tonight by GMM TV Company, Quan Yi Fong for Markets in Asia by Mediacorp, Yvette King for E! VIP – Mariah Carey by NBC Universal Global Networks, and Debbie Wong for Deliciousness by Asian Food Channel.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Taiwan and Singapore lead in ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ category. Taiwan secures three nominations for the category with veteran actors Ko Shu Yuan for Formosa Television’s Far and Away, Tsai Chen-Nan for Formosa Television’s She’s Family, and Chris Wu for We are One by Tzu Chi Culture and Communication Foundation; while Singapore receives four nominations for A. Penneeirchelvam for Ninaivugal, Hasnul Rahmat for 7 Hari, Tony Eusoff and Ramesh Panicker for The Hush, all by Mediacorp. Satyadeep Mishra from India is nominated for his performance in P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke by Keshet International.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
The ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ category sees seven nominees from Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Former action star and one of Hong Kong’s veteran actresses, Kara Wai Ying Hung receives nomination for her leading role in Radio Television Hong Kong’s Affairs of the Heart, while Singapore’s number one “Ah Jie”, Zoe Tay is nominated for her role in Mediacorp’s nursing series, You Can be an Angel 2.
Rounding up the nominations for the category are Malaysia’s Louisa Chong for Beautiful World Crow by Natseven TV, Japan’s Ryoko Shinohara for Desperate for Love by Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Taiwan’s Chantel Liu for The King of Drama by Formosa Television, and Ko Chia-yen for Welcome to Happy Days by Good Image Co. Ltd; and Singapore’s Felicia Chin for 2589 Days Apart by Mediacorp Toggle.