“Great Teacher Again” looks for the new Jerry Yan

Back in the year 2000, a TV series named “Great Teacher” made its premiere in Taiwan and stirred up a wave of similar comedies about life in high school. Who would have known that some of its “students” would go on to become the biggest Taiwanese idols these days? Nine years after the original, CTV (中視) is now planning to rejuvenate this series once more, calling it “Great Teacher again”. Along with original “teachers” William Xie (謝祖武) and Yeh Min-Zhi (葉民志), producer Ke Yi-Qin (柯宜勤) hopes to do everything possible to invite first generation “student” Jerry Yan to make a special guest appearance.

Looking at the entertainment industry today, popular idols like Jerry Yan (言承旭), Ken Chu (朱孝天), Blue Lan (藍正龍), Lee Wei (李威), Lin Yo-Wei (林佑威), Will Pan (潘瑋柏), Ady Ann (安以軒), and Dylan Kuo (郭品超) were all part of the first and second generation of the original CTS (華視) “Great Teacher” series. When Jerry Yan worked with producer Ke recently on the new idol drama “Down with Love” (就想賴著妳), he suggested that they should start a “Great Teacher Alumni” after meeting up with former GT costars Yeh Min-Zhi and Ada Pan (潘慧如).

Producer Ke explained that with the lack of up-and-coming idol actors currently, she hopes that this series will help to discover a new wave of idol stars in Taiwan. One of CTV’s vice presidents, Lin Hao-Wei (林皞維), also happened to be a script editor for the original CTS series. After reading the script for episode 1, he said with confident, “It’s great, it has a sense of humor like the original, and it reflects on what’s current at the same time.”

As for the cast, producer Ke said that Yeh Min-Zhi will be promoted to play the principal, while “senior” student Du Shi-Mei (杜詩梅) will return to school as a teacher. If all goes as planned, the series will follow after “Down with Love” in the Sunday idol drama time slot. The original series, which was broadcasted on CTS, has beaten the popular variety show “Guess Guess Guess” (我猜我猜我猜猜猜) previously with a rating of 7%. Even its reruns are still getting high ratings nowadays.

Popular actor William Xie will return to pick up his teacher's pointer again. He said that this series let him work with actors that have become some of the biggest idol stars these days. He also learned a lot about portraying comedy (from the original series), which was a big challenge for him, and improved his acting along the way.

Let see how many “student”(s) you can recognize?

This must be an easy one…

This student (on the left) recently did a 360-degrees turn in mid-air at the Taipei arena in front of 10,000 fans.

Teacher William Xie (on the right) tends to a very popular injured “student” who has retired from showing his forehead in recent years.

How about the two guys at each end?
Source: Chinatimes
Translations: PA

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