TVB accused of plagiarism in variety show “TV Funny”; Raymond Wong declines to comment (

9 August 2012 11 h 29 min Comments Off

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TV Funny <玩轉三周1/2>, has been touted as one of TVB’s largest variety shows in years, featuring the guest appearances of 100 artists. However, Apple Daily, scathingly noted that TV Funny plagiarized ideas, set design, character design, and filming techniques from American show, MADtv, and Japanese show, Shimura Theater <志村劇場>.

The media blasted TVB for lacking zero creativity in blatantly copying ideas from other sources.

In recent years, TVB’s drama productions have also shown close resemblance to Hollywood, Japanese, Korean, and even mainland Chinese productions. Although TVB managed to adapt the subject themes to cater to local Hong Kong flavor, it was often at the price of public ridicule. While TV Funny thrived on parodies, Apple Daily pointed out that the ideas in certain parts of this week’s broadcast duplicated Hollywood and Japanese variety shows.

TVB Insider is Whistle Blower?

Aside from sharp-eyed netizens noticing the similarity of TV Funny to overseas shows, it was speculated that a TVB insider also alerted the public of the company’s alleged plagiarism. Prior to an episode broadcast of TV Funny earlier this week, an anonymous netizen alerted the public that the material resembled Shimura Theater. The whistleblower may well be a TVB insider who had already seen the advanced footage and was unsettled with TVB’s “adaptation.”

Raymond Wong: “It Depends on How You Present It”

At a promotional event yesterday, Raymond Wong (黃浩然) was asked to comment on TV Funny’s alleged plagiarism of overseas games shows. Although he had appeared as a guest on TV Funny, Raymond said he was not clear on the details of the alleged plagiarism.

“It is often the case that dramas contain the same material. It depends on how you present it,” Raymond remarked. Asked whether he felt that TVB was a “copycat,” Raymond said, ”It is difficult to comment. Please do not erase everyone’s sacrifices!”

Raymond believed that if the Hong Kong audience were never exposed to such entertainment topics, then it can be introduced and adapted for local market use.

Sources: oriental Daily, (08/08/2012)

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