The Dream Makers II

The Dream Makers II (Chinese: 志在四方II, often abbreviated as ZZSF2) is a 32-episode Singaporean drama produced and telecast on Mediacorp Channel 8. The show served as the year-end blockbuster for Channel 8 in 2015. The show aired at 9pm on weekdays and had a repeat telecast at 8am the following day.The Series is repeated at 5.30pm on Channel 8 on weekdays. It stars Zoe Tay, Li Nanxing, Huang Biren, Jeanette Aw, Rui En, Qi Yuwu, Romeo Tan, Julie Tan, Zhang Zhenhuan, Chen Meifeng & Damian Lau as the casts for the second series.

The Dream Makers II
志在四方 II
Also known asThe Dream Makers 2
GenreDrama
Media Industry
Romance
Office Politics
Written byRebecca Leow 洪汐
Directed byLoh Woon Woon 罗温温
Wong Foong Hwee 黄芬菲
苏妙芳
任海曜
Doreen Yap 叶佩娟
StarringZoe Tay 郑惠玉
Li Nanxing 李南星
Huang Biren 黄碧仁
Jeanette Aw 欧萱
Rui En 瑞恩
Qi Yuwu 戚玉武
Romeo Tan 陈罗密欧
Julie Tan 陈欣淇
Zhang Zhenhuan 张振寰
Chen Meifeng 陳美鳳
Damian Lau 刘松仁
Opening themeFinally (终于) by Kit Chan
Ending theme1) 當世界只剩下我一個人 (All Alone) by Serene Koong
2) 幸福不難 (Happiness Not Hard) by Serene Koong
3) Learn to Love (学者愛) by Eric Chou
4) Hate - Love (狠狠愛) by Wu Jiahui
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Country of origin Singapore
Original language(s)Chinese
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Paul Yuen 袁树伟
Wong Foong Hwee 黄芬菲
Production location(s) Singapore
Australia
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes (excluding advertisements)
Release
Original networkMediacorp Channel 8
Original release4 December 2015 
18 January 2016
Chronology
Preceded byCrescendo
Followed byHouse of Fortune
Related showsThe Dream Makers (2013)
External links
Website

The series finale end credits include a special tribute to MediaCorp actor, Huang Wenyong, who died in 2013, and all those who contributed assiduously to the country's TV industry.

Plot

The show starts three years after Zhou Weiyun (Zoe Tay) was transferred from the Variety department to the Drama department as Vice President. Since the death of Yu Fan (Chen Hanwei), Weiyun's outlook on life had changed. She becomes more cheerful and personable in her dealings with others. She lives with her mother, who has dementia and focuses on her career to produce sentimental television programs. The rising popularity of internet content has caused the ratings for traditional television shows to fall, adversely affecting advertising revenue.

Her bosses decide to hire Guan Xie En (Huang Biren) as a second Vice President to create healthy competition within the department. She is a business management genius and takes over half of Weiyun's production resources, splitting the department into two teams. Although initially in charge of the 7pm primetime slot, Xie En reels enough sponsors to take over Weiyun's primetime slot of 9pm. Some of Weiyun's subordinates attempt to betray her to join Xie En's team but fail.

Meanwhile, Lin Tao (Li Nanxing) takes over the helms of the variety department. His creative and innovative input lead to soaring ratings for variety shows. His eager for success is motivated by a personal vendetta against his good friend Richard, who owns a competing drama production house. Richard previously absconded with his money and even stole his girlfriend.

For years, Lin Tao has been watching over Eddy (Edwin Goh), a former teenage thief who became his godson. Lin Tao soon finds out that Eddy is the son of Xie En, who divorced his father and gave up custody of him and his younger brother Eden (Damien Teo). Eden is led to believe his mother is dead. After their father dies, the brothers go to live with Xie En, who tries to mend her relationship with her estranged sons.

Joey (Ian Fang), Weiyun's cocky nephew joins the entertainment industry. Weiyun reprimands him frequently, straining their relationship. Joey's parents die in a freak accident while on a Greek holiday sponsored by Weiyun. Overwhelmed by the sudden loss of his family, Joey's antics turn for the extreme. Feeling guilty for causing his parents' death, Weiyun tries to make it up to Joey. The struggles that both Weiyun and Xie En face help develop a mutual understanding between them.

Fang Tonglin (Rui En) is excellent in both hosting and acting, pressuring the reigning queen of the station, Zhao Fei Er (Jeanette Aw). Meanwhile, Tonglin and Jason Lam's (Qi Yu Wu) relationship stabilize with marriage on the cards. Jason has been promoted to executive producer, but his artistic vision leads to clashes with the company's more commercial approach to production. Fei Er still has not gotten over him, secretly envying Tonglin. She is paired as an onscreen couple with Zhong Yiming (Romeo Tan), a new actor who found success in major Chinese-speaking markets, but loathes his narcissistic personality. Eventually, their tension blossoms into romance.

A filming accident with Jason and Joey injures a passerby on set. Joey pushes the blame to Jason, who eventually quits. He starts a career as a hawker, leading to various arguments with Tonglin, whose popularity has risen.

A new television station is also awarded a broadcasting license, introducing added competition to the industry, and Lin Tao is poached to run the company's productions. Lin Tao recruits VBS's best talents to follow him, but is horrified to find out Richard will be his superior in the new company. The fighting and rivalry leaves Weiyun bitter and disillusioned, and she considers leaving the entertainment industry.

Cast

Main cast

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Zhou Weiyun
周薇芸
Younger version portrayed by 蔡柔颖
Vice-President of VBS Drama Department
Ex Vice-President of VBS Variety Department
Joey's paternal aunt
Lin Tao and Guan Xie En's colleague and rival in work
Lin Tao's childhood playmate
Eden's godmother
Caused the deaths of Zhou Jialong and Xu Guixiang when she suggested they go to Greece
  • Zhou Weiyun has been the Vice President of the Drama Department for 3 years. However, from the management's perspective, there has not been any breakthrough in her performance. She does not give in to the viewers’ preferences and refused to blindly produce family dramas just to gain more viewership ratings. On the contrary, she is bold in producing dramas with different kinds of themes; even if, she knows that it will cost her viewership ratings. She also often overspends her budget in order to produce dramas of high quality. Nonetheless, she is able to complement her shortcomings with her devotion to push local dramas be recognized internationally. As the dramas she produces are not able to generate much revenue for the company, the management decides to employ an elite from the business sector, Guan Xie En, as a Vice President to work alongside Weiyun. With the new addition, the management separates the Drama Department into two teams to have them compete with each other.

Got into a car crash with Lin Tao when she stops him from killing Richard Ma in episode 31
Was discharged in episode 32 after sustaining the danger zone

1, 11 (younger)
1-5, 7-9, 11, 14-20, 22-23, 25, 27-32
Li Nanxing
李南星
Lin Tao
林韬
LT, Big Head (大头) ,Teenage version portrayed by Ian Teng (丁立翊)
Vice-President of VBS Variety Department
Eddy and Eden's godfather
Zhou Weiyun and Guan Xie En's colleague and rival in work
Fang Tonglin's superior and rival in work
Zhou Weiyun's childhood playmate
  • Lin Tao is full of creativity and novel ideas. Even though he is adept in the creative concept of programs, he knows little about the management of human resources. He once had a production company and co-produced many popular variety shows in Taiwan. After his company closed down, he was engaged by the TV station to replace Weiyun and became the Vice President of the Variety Department. Crazy and elusive, he does not do things in a logical way. In order for the program to be successful, he will create situations in the program to surprise viewers at the expense of his principles. Hence, the variety programs produced by him are well received by the viewers, far exceeding Weiyun's performance. Beyond his eccentricities and tough appearance, there lies a tender heart. On one hand he seems to be interested in Zhou Weiyun but on the other, he seems affectionate towards to Guan Xie En.

Arranged a scene on set of Minute to Ace It by having Steve Lim strip his clothes in front of Fei'er and Chen Guang quarrel with Steve in episode 2
Arranged Tonglin's public proposal with Jason on set of Minute to Ace It in episode 3, under a win-win-win situation
Had dreamt of killing Richard Ma in episode 14
Pretended to quarrel with Chen Guang in episode 16
Was invited to be a CEO of a new company called OBS and accepted it; betraying VBS in episode 22
Recruited many people from VBS to OBS in episode 24
Sacked from VBS by Zheng Shouyi (the new chairman) at the town hall in episode 27
Discovered his boss is his sworn enemy, Richard Ma in episode 30
Was humiliated by Richard Ma when he tricked Lin Tao to bow down to him. Attempted to kill Richard Ma but got into a car crash with Weiyun in episode 31
Attempted to commit suicide in episodes 31 and 32, but did not do so when snippets of Huang Wenyong aired on a huge screen of a shopping mall

6, 11 (teenage)
1-3, 5, 7-12, 14-16, 18-20, 22, 24, 27, 30-32
Huang Biren
黄碧仁
Guan Xie En
官谢恩
Ms Guan, Her Majesty (谢主隆恩), Guillotine (血滴子), Steel Lady (铁娘子)
Vice-President of VBS Drama Department
Eddy and Eden's mother
Xu Yuanchi's ex-wife
Zhou Weiyun and Lin Tao's colleague and rival in work
Chen Guang's colleague and sworn enemy
Caused the death of Chen Zhiming
  • Despite having limited knowledge of drama production, she manages the budget very well due to her business background. The management decides to employ her into the drama team as a Vice President together with Zhou Weiyun. In order to achieve greater heights, she aims to kick Weiyun out. With the lack of experience in drama, she focuses on the profits and viewership of the program at the expense of its production quality. After being more familiar with the industry, she becomes arrogant and holds no regard for Weiyun. On the surface she looks like an arrogant woman who looks down on men who are weaker than her, but in fact she is a lonely person who is a divorcee with two sons.

Helped Jason Lam clear his name after she gave the video of Tonglin being hit by eggs she filmed in episode 23
Apologized to Chen Guang for causing his brother's death in episode 27

2-5, 7-8, 10-11, 14-18, 20-23, 25-32
Jeanette Aw
欧萱
Zhao Fei Er
赵非儿
Younger version portrayed by Chloe Ng (黄颖恩)
VBS Artiste
Actress
Zhong Yiming's girlfriend
Zhao De's older daughter
Dong Zihuai's older sister and sworn enemy
Jason Lam's ex-girlfriend
Fang Tonglin's best friend, later rival in love
Fang Yuanren's sworn enemy from episode 28
Chen Guang's colleague and rival in work
In love with Zhong Yiming
Fan Club: Flyers Club
  • As Fei Er's status grows in the industry, she holds on to Yu Fan's spirit, teaching the younger artistes and using her status to contribute back to society. Even though she had broken up with Jason, Fei Er still hasn't moved on. She is always greatly affected upon seeing him with Tonglin and has been trying hard to treat Jason as a friend but always fails to do so. Her on-screen pairing with Zhong Yiming is greatly loved by the viewers so Xie En promotes them as an on-screen couple. Fei Er detests Yiming for his poor attitude towards his acting career and unknowingly offends him. He plays a series of pranks on her as revenge and she retaliates back. He pretends to chase her and eventually starts to slowly fall for her. Upon discovering this, Fei Er does not know whether to believe his feelings toward her.

Spent a night with Yiming after kissing Jason and later Yiming in episode 6
Apologized on behalf of Flyers for the Lingers Party incident in episode 7
Argued with Tonglin when she discovered Fei'er kissed Jason and resulted with them losing their friendship in episode 19
Broke down during the actors' meeting and ran to the cafeteria in episode 21
Quit acting in episode 25 and chased Zihuai out of the house
Reconciled with Zihuai, but finds out she has been tricked when Zihuai hurts Tonglin, and was arrested and bailed afterwards in episode 28
Attempted suicide in episode 29, but survived with injuries and ended up in a hotel
Taken away by a rag-and-bone seller and his wife in episode 31, as she does not want to be with Zihuai
Tried to kill herself in episode 32 when Zihuai went into a tussle with the rag-and-bone seller, but inadvertently stabbed Zihuai
Reconciled with Tonglin, Jason, Yiming and Zihuai in the end

1 (younger)
1-4, 6-10, 12-13, 15-19, 21, 23-25, 27-29, 31-32
Rui En
瑞恩
Fang Tonglin
方彤琳
Scatterbrain (大头虾), Little Bug (小虫) ,Younger version portrayed by 周倩依
VBS Artiste
Actress and Television Host
Fang Yuanren's younger sister
Jason Lam's wife
Zhao Fei Er's best friend, later rival in love
Zhou Weiyun's subordinate and best friend
Lin Tao's subordinate and rival in work
Chen Guang's colleague and rival in work
In love with Jason Lam and married him in episode 19
Fan Club: Lingers Club
Won Best Actress in the 26th Star Awards: Through the Back Door (旁门左道)
  • Tonglin is a host and an actress who has an affinity with the general public and is deeply loved by the viewers. Her popularity starts to take off and catches up with veteran actress, Zhao Fei Er. Tonglin, who is bold and brave, initiates a marriage proposal to Jason. She sees Fei Er as a bosom friend and helps her in any way she can. However through her observations, she realizes that both Jason and Fei Er still have each other in their hearts. Fei Er was Jason's first love, and Tonglin knows that Fei Er is irreplaceable. Tonglin is upset about this but she stays true to Jason.

Was forced to propose to Jason by Lin Tao in the live show in episode 3
Clarified she is not the third party in Jason and Fei Er's relationship in episode 7
Argued with Fei'er and Jason upon discovering Fei'er kissed Jason, resulting her loss of friendship with Fei'er in episode 19, but ultimately reconciled with Jason
Was pelted with eggs by Fei'er's male fans in episode 20, who realize Xie'en was filming from behind
Got her face disfigured and right eye blinded in episode 28, caused by Zihuai
Got back up in episode 30 after watching the encouragement video
Became a DJ in episode 31, and forgave Zihuai and Fei'er
Reconciled with Fei'er in episode 32
Gave birth to a baby girl in the end

1 (younger)
1-10, 12-13, 15, 17-24, 26, 28-32
Qi Yuwu
戚玉武
Jason Lam
蓝钦辉
Thrifty Man (节省男) ,Younger version portrayed by 梁其诚
VBS Drama Department Executive Producer
Fang Tonglin's husband
Zhao Fei Er's ex-boyfriend
In love with Fang Tonglin and married her in episode 19
  • Jason has been filming movies for three years, and the box office has not been doing well. He finds commercial films a disdain and refuses to film them. He is then invited to return to the TV station by Weiyun to be a producer and director. As an award-winning director, he feels the pressure and expects high standards in his productions, although they only attract a small group of viewers. His reluctance to incorporate commercial elements into his drama offends one of the Vice Presidents of the drama team, Guan Xie En.

Accepted Tonglin's proposal in the live show in episode 3
Indirectly revealed Xie'en and Eden's relationship in episode 17, which Got Problem overheard
Argued with Tonglin when she discovered Fei'er kissed him, but ultimately reconciled in episode 19
Protected Tonglin who was pelted with eggs by men who stood up for Fei'er in episode 20, and even punched one of them
Read about Tonglin returning his trophies he discarded back home in episode 29
Helped to make a video to encourage Tonglin, helping her get back up in episode 30
Forgave Zihuai in episode 31
Reconciled with Fei'er in episode 32
Became a father in the end

1 (younger)
1-7, 9-15, 17-24, 26, 28-32
Romeo Tan
陈罗密欧
Zhong Yiming
钟一鸣
VBS Artiste
Actor
Zhao Fei Er'sboyfriend
Zhong Qianyi's son
In love with Zhao Fei Er
  • Zhong Yiming is termed the “King of Television Dramas” and viewership ratings are guaranteed when he is cast in dramas. He is a narcissistic character who is over obsessed with his appearance. He is also mischievous, narrow-minded and enjoys being worshipped. While filming, he repeatedly pranks on Fei Er, but later realizes he has fallen in love with her. He comes from a wealthy family background where his mother, Mrs Zhong Qianyi, is the chairman of a conglomerate who spoils him since young. Mrs Zhong made a pact with him - Regardless of whether he succeeds or fails, he has to return to her company after five years of living away from home and building his own career. Zhong Yiming had always thought that he achieved his fame through his ability. However, he realizes that he is merely just a “product” of his mother's company. When he first started working his way into the entertainment industry, he constantly met with dead ends; his mother could not bear to see her son's plight and decides to invest in films, indicating that Zhong Yiming must be cast.

Forces Jack to worship his feet
Slept with Fei'er after he treated the crew to karaoke in episode 6
Chose to star in Entrapment in episode 7, but turned it down for Out to Win when Xie'en schemes to steal him back by bringing him near a rubbish dump
Began to fall in love with Fei'er after an encounter in the wild in episode 13
Found out his mother has sponsored his fanclub to make him famous in episode 17
Left the actors meeting in episode 21 to check on Le-le at the hospital. Chose to go out of the hospital through the main door, with his mum, Diana and Le-le
Hired a private investigator to expose Zihuai's misdeeds in episode 29
Reunited with Fei'er in episode 32

1-2, 4-9, 12-13, 16-17, 19, 21, 23-25, 29-32
Julie Tan
陈欣淇
Dong Zihuai
董子怀
Main Villain but Repented
Twins, The Black Rose (黑玫瑰)
VBS Drama Department Screenwriter
Taiwan's blogger award winner
Zhao De's younger daughter
Zhao Fei Er's younger sister and sworn enemy
Chen Guang's love interest
Flyers Club's member
Plots to let Zhao Fei'er lose everything and take revenge on Zhao De
  • Dong Zihuai is Zhao Fei Er's sister who shares the same parents. After Fei Er's mother left home for Taiwan and got married. Fei Er's mother came back to Singapore to look for Fei Er. Zhao De raped Fei Er's mom and as a result Zihuai is a product from the rape. Zihuai's stepfather hated her since young for that. She has been through torture and abuse since young. She is back from Taiwan to take her revenge on Zhao Fei Er and Zhao De. Zihuai vents her frustration and oppression through writing. She starts writing on blogs after graduating from high school and obtains some fame. When she was 23, she won Taiwan's blogger award and her popularity soared. She is then engaged by Xie En to become a scriptwriter.

Barged into a Lingers Party upon discovering Fei'er was Jason's ex-girlfriend and caused a rivalry between Lingers Club and Flyers Club in episode 6
Reunited with Zhao De and Zhao Fei'er in episode 10, but actually knew everything and revealed she filmed Fei'er kissing Jason on the sly
Faked her finger injury and schemed to create trouble between Jason and Fei'er by uploading the video in episode 12
Caused Fei'er to begin becoming depressed and throwing up in episode 13
Caused the resignation of Rufeng by revealing he copied a Taiwanese drama in episode 14
Deliberately let Fei'er read the negative online comments, knowing she is going into depression, in episode 15
Circulated the video to everyone by phone during the wedding in episode 18
Had secretly filmed Tonglin slapping Fei'er; deliberately let Fei'er face the reporters at the airport in episode 19
Secretly bookmarked pages regarding depression on Fei'er's laptop, prompting Zhao De to bring Fei'er to the clinic, where Fei'er ran away
Was chased out of the house by Fei'er in episode 25
Deliberately caused Fei'er to be arrested as well as Tonglin's face to be disfigured in episode 28
Exposed of her misdeeds by Zhong Yiming and was arrested in episode 29. Chen Guang bailed her out, and admits his love for her
Reconciled with Tonglin and Jason and forgave Zhao De in episode 31
Wanted to save Fei'er from the rag-and-bone seller, but was inadvertently stabbed by Fei'er in episode 32
Reconciled with Zhao De and Fei'er in the end upon her release from prison
Younger version portrayed by Isabel Yamada (山田熙)

4, 6-8, 10, 12-19, 21-32
Zhang Zhenhuan
张振寰
Chen Guang
陈光
Supporting Villain but repented after forgiving Guan Xie En
Original name Chen Zhiqiang (陈志强)
VBS Artiste
Television Host
Chen Zhiming's younger brother
Guan Xie En's friend
Zhao Fei Er and Fang Tonglin's colleague and rival in work
In love with Dong Zihuai
Plots to take revenge on Guan Xie'en
  • Chen Guang is a veteran host with a glib tongue who has a dishonest appearance and makes him look like he can do anything for money and fame. He stays in close contact with Xie En and her two sons which triggers some rumors. His brother used to be Xie En's subordinate and was jailed after being embroiled in a bribery case. Chen Guang believes that his brother was wronged and in order to pursue the truth, he tries to obtain Xie En's trust by staying close to her. He eventually falls for Zihuai.

Had followed Xie'en and arranged the road bully incident, vowed revenge for his brother in episode 8
Pretended to quarrel with Lin Tao and schemed to ruin Richard Ma's programme in episode 16
Told Eddy Xie'en's misdeeds in work, as well as tricked Joey by leaving his script during production in episode 18
Plotted to avenge his brother by causing Eddy to be arrested in episode 22
Put drugs in Eddy's room in episode 25
Reported to the police that Eddy took drugs but later regretted it when Eden told him Xie'en was his benefactor and warned Xie'en before the cops came in. Although, he still didn't forgive Xie'en in episode 26
Forgave Xie'en after she apologized to him at his brother's grave and decided to turn back his evil ways and live a more happier life in episode 27
Admitted his love for Zihuai in episode 29

1-3, 5, 8, 12-23, 25-32
Ian Fang
方伟杰
Joey Zhou Yaozu (Zhou Yuanhui)
周耀祖 (周鼋隳)
VBS Artiste
Actor and television host
Zhou Jialong and Xu Guixiang's son
Zhou Weiyun's nephew
  • He shoots to fame after starring in a movie about dance and becomes the idols of many young female fans. As he rose to fame too easily, he becomes arrogant and treats his seniors very rudely. He is often late and does not put in effort to memorize his lines. However, since he has many fans, he manages to keep getting new projects. Weiyun and Fei Er are constantly being kind and patient to him yet he sees them as a thorn in his flesh.

Changed his name, had a fight with Eddy over a taxi in episode 20
Caused Jason Lam's resignation when he insisted that he drive during filming and caused an accident in episode 23
Was addicted to drugs with his friend, Benson, in episode 25
Mended his wrongdoings and reconciled with Weiyun in episode 27; went into a rehabilitation centre till episode 28 at a low profile

5, 9, 15-18, 20, 22-23, 25, 27-28, 30, 32

VBS Television Station

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Executives
Damian Lau
刘松仁
Zheng Shouyi
郑守义
VBS Chairman from episode 27
See Other Cast
Li Wenhai
李文海
MD Chong VBS Managing Director
Previously migrated, but went back as VBS' Managing Director as he is unable to adapt to the new environment
Promoted to Chief Executive Officer from episode 27
1-2, 11, 20, 22, 27, 32
Drama Department
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Zhou Weiyun
周薇芸
Vice-President of VBS Drama Department
Producer - Tragic Times (悲情年代), Entrapment (迷失陷阱), The Huang Siblings (黄家姐弟)
Redeployed to Variety Department in episode 29; redeployed back to Drama Department in episode 32
See Main Cast
Huang Biren
黄碧仁
Guan Xie En
官谢恩
Vice-President of VBS Drama Department
Producer - I Must Love You (今天要爱你), Goodbye Sweetie (再见甜心)
Was invited to OBS by Lin Tao, but turned down the offer in episode 30
See Main Cast
Qi Yuwu
戚玉武
Jason Lam
蓝钦辉
VBS Drama Department Executive Producer
Director (film) - Walk On (走走走)
Director (television) - Tragic Times (悲情年代), The Huang Siblings (黄家姐弟)
Left VBS in episode 23 following an incident involving Joey and went to set up a Penang laksa stall
Returned to VBS in episode 31
See Main Cast
Julie Tan
陈欣淇
Dong Zihuai
董子怀
VBS Drama Department Screenwriter
Joined VBS in episode 7
Creator/writer - I Must Love You (今天要爱你), Goodbye Sweetie (再见甜心)
Suspended in episode 30
Returned to VBS in episode 32
See Main Cast
Yeo Thiam Hock
杨添福
Ah Xiang
阿祥
VBS Drama Department stuntsman
Director - Tragic Times (悲情年代)
1, 4-5, 8, 10-11, 25, 28
Vincent Tee
池素宝
Ah Quan
阿全
VBS Drama Department Crew (Post-production)
Sacked due to lost tape, as his wife is ill
(Sacked - episode 3)
1-3
Wang Yuqing
王昱清
Qin Wenxu
秦文旭
Beast (禽兽)
VBS Drama Department Executive Producer
Executive producer - Tragic Times (悲情年代), Entrapment (迷失陷阱)
Was chosen to move to Xie'en's team instead of Jason Lam in episode 22, on request that he stop playing office politics
1-4, 7-11, 17-19, 21-22, 25, 29-30

杨迪嘉
Zhang Xiaoxiao
张小小
VBS Drama Department Screenwriter
Writer - Under the Sky (我们的天空), Entrapment (迷失陷阱)
Chose to be in Weiyun's team in episode 3
Requested her transfer to Variety Department in episode 29, as she does not wish to work for Xie'en
2-4, 7-8, 17, 29

杨佳盈
Veg
小菜
VBS Drama Department Crew (Post-production) 1-4, 6-10, 17-19, 22, 25, 27-30

李慧玲
Ah Ya
阿雅
VBS Drama Department Crew 2-4, 21

梁家豪
Rufeng
如风
VBS Drama Department Screenwriter
Dong Zihuai's rival in work
Writer - 3C Lover (3C情人), I Must Love You (今天要爱你)
Copied Xiaoxiao's script and was reprimanded by Xie'en in episode 7
Had edited the script Zihuai was working on before she submitted in episode 12, and teared the script in front of her
Was sacked by Xie'en in episode 14 over plagiarism, all thanks to Zihuai
(Sacked - episode 14)
2, 4, 7-8, 10, 12-14
Dylan Quek
郭景豪
Jinhao
金豪
VBS Drama Department Director
Director - I Must Love You (今天要爱你), Goodbye Sweetie (再见甜心)
2-4, 8-10, 18, 21, 23-25, 27, 29-30

陈斯倫
Peter VBS Drama Department Crew 2, 13-14, 22
Diya Tan
陈迪雅
Got Problem
有问题
VBS Drama Department Crew
No Problem's elder sister
1-11, 17-19, 23, 25, 27-30

林茜茜
No Problem
没问题
VBS Drama Department Crew
Got Problem's younger sister
2-5, 7-10, 12, 14, 21, 25, 27, 29-30
Hoong Kuo Juey
洪国锐
Uncle De
德叔
VBS Props Manager
Had made mistakes before in previous shows, and accidentally caused Eden to be injured in episode 11 when the stuntsman mistook the real pocketknife for the fake one
Forced to retire earlier by the management due to the accident in episode 14
Retired early in episode 17
Tried to attack Xie'en due to his sacking but was let off after Jason and Tonglin intervened in episode 18
4-5, 7, 11, 14, 17-18
Variety Department
Li Nanxing
李南星
Lin Tao
林韬
Vice-President of VBS Variety Department
Producer - 26th Star Awards (第26届星光大奖), Minute to Ace It (一分钟要你好看), They Live Happily Ever After (永J彤心), East Meets West (中西合璧)
Sacked from VBS by Zheng Shouyi at the town hall in episode 27
Returned to VBS in episode 32
See Main Cast
Ho Ai Ling
何爱玲
Little Apple
小苹果
VBS Variety Department Backstage
Resigned in episode 30
Returned to VBS in episode 32
1-3, 9-10, 15, 18-20, 24, 26-28, 30-32
CKay Lim
林志强
Chameleon
变色龙
VBS Variety Department Crew
Resigned in episode 30
Returned to VBS in episode 32
1-3, 9-10, 12, 15, 18-20, 24, 26-27, 30-32
Tony Kim Ju Gong
金举拱
Michael VBS Variety Department Executive Producer
Resigned in episode 30
Returned to VBS in episode 32
1-3, 9-10, 15, 18-20, 24, 27, 30-31

胡铭轩
Dominic VBS Variety Department Crew
Resigned in episode 30
Returned to VBS in episode 32
2-3, 9-10, 24, 27-32
Other backstage
Chase Tan
陈锦宏
Yiming's stunt double
一鸣替身
Stunt Double of Yiming - Tragic Times (悲情年代) 1-2
Xie Jiafa
谢家发
Voiceover
配音员
Voiceover for Zhong Yiming's role 2
Keith Png Fashion stylist
造型师
VBS Fashion Stylist 2

黄淑韵
Sister Mei
梅姐
VBS Make-Up Unit 4, 9
Artistes / Artiste Management
Foong Wai See
冯慧诗
Patricia VBS VP of Artiste Management Unit 5, 7, 11, 20, 23-24, 29
Rui En
瑞恩
Fang Tonglin
方彤琳
VBS Artiste
Actress and Television Host
Host - Minute to Ace It (一分钟要你好看), Lost and Found (寻人启示), Your Food Guide (带你找美食)
Female Lead - I Must Love You (今天要爱你), The Huang Siblings (黄家姐弟)
Returned to VBS after the assault incident as a DJ in episode 31
Returned to the big screen in episode 32
See Main Cast
Jeanette Aw
欧萱
Zhao Fei Er
赵非儿
VBS Artiste
Actress
Female Lead - Tragic Times (悲情年代), Entrapment (迷失陷阱), Goodbye Sweetie (再见甜心)
Host - They Live Happily Ever After (永J彤心) (pre-recorded)
Quit acting and left VBS in episode 25, but became even more depressed
See Main Cast
Romeo Tan
陈罗密欧
Zhong Yiming
钟一鸣
VBS Artiste
Actor
Male Lead - Tragic Times (悲情年代), I Must Love You (今天要爱你), Goodbye Sweetie (再见甜心)
See Main Cast
Zhang Zhenhuan
张振寰
Chen Guang
陈光
VBS Artiste
Television Host
Host/emcee - 26th Star Awards (第26届星光大奖), Minute to Ace It (一分钟要你好看), Entrapment publicity stint, Ask No One (一路不求人), They Live Happily Ever After (永J彤心) (live telecast)
See Main Cast
Ian Fang
方伟杰
Joey Zhou Yaozu (Zhou Yuanhui)
周耀祖 (周鼋隳)
VBS Artiste
Actor and television host
Male lead (film) - Centre Stage (舞林中人)
Host - Ask No One (一路不求人)
Male lead (television) - The Huang Siblings (黄家姐弟)
One of the three dukes of VBS
See Main Cast
Charlyn Lin
林翠芳
Female host
女主持人
VBS Artiste
Host - 26th Star Awards (第26届星光大奖)
1
Louis Wu
伍洛毅
Zhang Tianxiang
张天翔
VBS Artiste
Actor
Nominated for three awards in Star Awards 2015
Male Lead - Tragic Times (悲情年代), Entrapment (迷失陷阱)
1, 3, 11
Assistants
Joey Feng
冯瑾瑜
Cat Zhao Fei'er's assistant
Was suspected of betraying Fei'er and was fired in episode 21
Was called back to serve Fei'er in episode 27
1-4, 6-9, 13, 18-19, 21, 27-28

黄爱宝
Shanshan
珊珊
Fang Tonglin's assistant 1, 6-9, 13, 17-20, 26, 28, 30
Andrew Lua
赖泰均
Xiao-guo
小郭
Zhong Yiming's assistant
Mei Ya Group employee
4-7, 9, 13, 16, 26, 32
Maxi Lim
林俊良
Jack Zhong Yiming's assistant
Mei Ya Group employee
4-8, 12-13, 16, 23-24, 26, 30-32

Fang Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Dennis Chew
周崇庆
Fang Yuanren
方元仁
Entertainment reporter of Lion City Daily
Variety show host
Fang Tonglin's elder brother
Host - Lost and Found (寻人启示)
  • Fang Yuanren is a newsroom reporter who is well informed and sensitive to things around him. He is scouted by Lin Tao to host a variety show together with Tonglin, which is well received by the viewers. He starts to experience the loss of freedom and privacy as his fame rises and he does not enjoy it one bit.
1-10, 13, 15-20, 24, 26, 28-30, 32
Rui En
瑞恩
Fang Tonglin
方彤琳
Fang Yuanren's younger sister
See Main Cast
Qi Yuwu
戚玉武
Jason Lam
蓝钦辉
Fang Yuanren's tenant
See Main Cast

Zhou Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Choy Peng Hoy
蔡平开
Yalian
亚莲
Aunt Lian (莲姨)
Zhou Weiyun and Zhou Jialong's mother
Xu Guixiang's mother-in-law
Joey's grandmother
Suffers from dementia
Adult version portrayed by 陈秋虹
6, 11 (adult)
2, 5, 11, 16-17, 20, 22-23, 27-28
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Zhou Weiyun
周薇芸
Yalian's daughter
Zhou Jialong's elder sister
Xu Guixiang's sister-in-law
Joey's paternal aunt
See Main Cast
Andi Lim
林伟文
Zhou Jialong
周家龙
Yalian's son
Zhou Weiyun's younger brother
Xu Guixiang's husband
Joey's father
Went to Europe after episode 20
Died after the coach he is travelling on fell off a cliff in Greece
(Deceased - episode 22)
5, 16, 20
May Phua
潘淑钦
Xu Guixiang
许贵香
Yalian's daughter-in-law
Zhou Jialong's wife
Zhou Weiyun's sister-in-law
Joey's mother
Went to Europe after episode 20
Died after the coach she is travelling on fell off a cliff in Greece
(Deceased - episode 22)
5, 11, 16-17, 20
Ian Fang
方伟杰
Joey Zhou Yaozu (Zhou Yuanhui)
周耀祖 (周鼋隳)
Yalian's grandson
Zhou Jialong and Xu Guixiang's son
Zhou Weiyun's nephew
See Main Cast

Zhao Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Richard Low
刘谦益
Zhao De
赵德
Taxi driver
Zhao Fei'er's father
Dong Zihuai's biological father and sworn enemy
Raped Fei'er's mother in the past when he found out she married a Taiwanese man
Suffered a stroke in episode 30, worrying for Zhao Fei'er
Reconciled with Zihuai in episode 32
4, 6, 10, 12-13, 18-19, 21, 24-25, 27-32
Jeanette Aw
欧萱
Zhao Fei Er
赵非儿
Zhao De's older daughter
See Main Cast
Julie Tan
陈欣淇
Dong Zihuai
董子怀
Zhao De's younger daughter
See Main Cast

Guan Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Huang Biren
黄碧仁
Guan Xie En
官谢恩
Eddy and Eden's mother
Xu Yuanchi's ex-wife
See Main Cast
Edwin Goh
吴劲威
Eddy Xu Younger version portrayed by 蔡正龙
Lin Tao's Godson
Stunt double
Xu Yuanchi and Guan Xie'en's elder son
Has a strong hatred towards his mum and tried to cause trouble for her
Left house in episode 14 after he brought his girlfriend in his room
Was persuaded by Lin Tao and Chen Guang to go back home in episode 15
Had a fight with Joey over a taxi in episode 20
Returned to the wushu team in episode 24
Was set up by Chen Guang in episode 26, but was saved by Xie'en. Reconciled with Xie'en in the end
Was tied up in Lin Tao's house when Lin Tao is about to seek revenge in episode 31
2 & 3, 5, 7-12, 14-16, 18, 20, 23-27, 29-32
Damien Teo
张值豪
Eden Xu Wenkai
许文凯
Younger version portrayed by 林业腾
Weiyun's Godson
Lin Tao's Godson
Xu Yuanchi and Guan Xie'en's younger son
Child actor - Entrapment (迷失陷阱)
Became rebellious after Eddy left house
Secretly took photos, making it appear that Xie'en is kissing Chen Guang in episode 14
Did not know that Xie'en is his mother until he overheard Xie'en and Weiyun quarreling in episode 15
Acknowledged Xie'en as his mother following his illness and Uncle De's incident in episode 18
5, 7, 9-11, 13-18, 20, 23, 26-27, 29-30, 32

Zhong Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Chen Meifeng
陈美凤
Zhong Qianyi
钟倩怡
Empress Wu (武则天)
Chairman of Mei Ya Group
  • Zhong Yiming's mother, Zhong Qianyi is the chairman of a conglomerate who spoils him since young. Zhong Qianyi made a pact with him - Regardless of whether he succeeds or fails, he has to return to her company after five years of living away from home and building his own career. Zhong Yiming had always thought that he achieved his fame through his ability. However, he realizes that he is merely just a “product” of his mother's company. When he first started working his way into the entertainment industry, he constantly met with dead ends; Qianyi could not bear to see her son's plight and decides to invest in films, indicating that Zhong Yiming must be cast.

Met Zhao Fei'er for the first time in episode 13
Had agreed to sponsor Xie'en's new drama in episode 17, which Yiming will star in
Witnessed his son performing well on set in episode 24 and decided not to press him to take on the family business
Went to Taiwan in episode 25 after having dinner with Yiming and Fei'er
Went back to Singapore to address reporters during a press conference to give a monetary reward to anyone who can find Fei'er in episode 32

5 & 6, 13, 16-17, 21, 23-25, 32
Romeo Tan
陈罗密欧
Zhong Yiming
钟一鸣
Zhong Qianyi's son
See Main Cast

Lam Family

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Tommy Wong
王昌黎
Jason's father
Jason父
Jason Lam's father
Arrived in Singapore in episode 17 for the wedding
Returned to Melbourne in episode 20 after the wedding
12, 17-20
Anna Lim
林茹萍
Jason's mother
Jason母
Jason Lam's mother
Arrived in Singapore in episode 17 for the wedding
Returned to Melbourne in episode 20 after the wedding
12, 17-20
Qi Yuwu
戚玉武
Jason Lam
蓝钦辉
See Main Cast
Rui En
瑞恩
Fang Tonglin
方彤琳
See Main Cast

Other cast

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Damian Lau
刘松仁
Zheng Shouyi
郑守义
Every 18th day of the month, Zheng Shouyi will stand at bottom of a housing block and stare at the roof top of a HDB block for a couple of hours. He has a crippled leg, wears a pair of damaged spectacles and is dressed in old clothes. Weiyun notices Shouyi's behavior for the past ten years whenever she passes by the blocks to buy chicken rice. She is curious as to why a crippled man would stand for hours staring at the blocks at a specific time each month. Little did she know that this man actually has another identity...
Survived his suicide attempt by Weiyun's father (indirectly) and Lin Tao (directly) 16 years ago
Caused the death of his wife and the tearing apart of his family
Became the chairman of VBS in episode 27 and eliminated Lin Tao
Reunited with his family in episode 32 after getting punched by Shoude
2, 4-5, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29-30, 32
Rayson Tan
陈泰铭
Richard Ma Villain
Lin Tao's ex-partner and sworn enemy
Chairman of RM Productions
Betrayed Lin Tao 10 years ago and even snatched Meiling away from him, but dumped her for another woman
Boss of Lawrence
Boss of OBS in episode 30
Tricked Lin Tao time and again in episodes 30 and 31
Was almost killed by Lin Tao in a car accident in episode 31
2, 5, 9 & 10, 12, 14-16, 22, 27, 30-31

Cameos

Cast Character Description Episodes Appeared
Silver Ang
洪子惠
Li Peijun
李佩君
Actress
Appears in Star Awards 2015
1
Chen Hanwei
陈汉玮
Seo Jeong-hu
徐正厚
A look-alike of Yu Fan who hails from Jeju Island, South Korea
Appears in Star Awards 2015
1
Yusuke Fukuchi
福地祐介
Prince Kimura
木村天王
Japanese artiste
Star Awards 2015 Best Actress award presenter
1
Jaspers Lai
赖宇涵
Steve Lim Contestant of Minute to Ace It who stripped his clothes in front of Fei'er and the live audience and had a tiff with Chen Guang, all arranged by Lin Tao
Helped Lin Tao look for Meiling in episode 14, but left halfway as he is tired
2-3, 14

符永春
Zhou Chenggong
周成功
Yalian's husband
Zhou Weiyun's father
Previous VBS director
Indirectly saved Zheng Shouyi's life when he sees the television of a flat airing a scene of his drama
(Deceased)
2, 11
Collin Chee
钱翰群
Xu Yuanchi
许源池
Guan Xie'en's ex-husband
Eddy and Eden's father
Died by the time Xie'en arrives in his ward
(Deceased - episode 2)
2-3, 7-9, 18
Tin Wai Wai
陈慧慧
Xu Meiqing
许美青
Guan Xie'en's ex-sister-in-law
Xu Yuanchi's sister
Eddy and Eden's aunt
3, 7-10, 15-16
Tracy Lee
李美玲
Diana Claimed to have slept with Yiming and had his baby
Expressed, in episode 16, her wish to let her baby, Le-le, receive some fatherly love, as he has congenital biliary atresia
(Went back to Sarawak - episode 25)
4-5, 16, 21, 23
Ivy Tan
陈艾薇
Reporter
记者
Reporter for the bridal magazine 6

蔡贝儿
Tonglin's fan
彤琳粉丝
Lingers Club member
News of Jason with Fei'er are uploaded on the Web, leading to a rivalry between Lingers Club and Flyers Club in episode 6
6

何苓
Fei'er's fan
非儿粉丝
Flyers Club member
Barged into a Lingers Party with Zihuai upon discovering Fei'er was Jason's boyfriend in episode 6, leading to a rivalry between Lingers Club and Flyers Club
6
Seth Ang
翁兴昂
Lawrence Director of a new movie who was sacked from VBS previously
Works at RM Productions
Director - Centre Stage (舞林中人), Ask No One (一路不求人)
9, 15, 18, 22, 27, 31
Eelyn Kok
郭惠雯
Meiling
美玲
Lin Tao's girlfriend, but got snatched by Richard Ma when he betrayed him
Previously a hostess, but now works at the VBS cafeteria in episode 22 after Lin Tao helped her
9, 12, 14, 22

黄国雄
Chen Zhiming
陈志明
Chen Guang's elder brother
Died after being set up by Guan Xie'en
(Deceased - 10 years ago)
9, 18
Yan Bingliang
严丙量
Chen Dongqiang
陈东强
Restaurant chef who is approached for a new variety cooking show
Zheng Shouyi's benefactor
Diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer
(Deceased - episode 27)
16, 20, 22, 27
Henry Heng
王利秦
Boss Zheng
郑老板
Tried to sexually assault Zhao Fei'er when she was auditioning for a new film in The Dream Makers 18
Yao Wenlong
姚玟隆
Zheng Shoude
郑守德
Zheng Shouyi's younger brother
Zheng Lixian's uncle, took him to his home after the gambling incident
Reunited with Zheng Shouyi in episode 32 after punching him
22, 32

陈蒙
Shouyi's mother
守义母
Zheng Shouyi and Zheng Shoude's mother
Persuaded Shouyi to give up his gambling acts
Reunited with Zheng Shouyi in episode 32
22, 32
Lina Ng
黄嫊方
Shouyi's wife
守义妻
Zheng Shouyi's wife
Tried to stop Shouyi from taking the money to gamble, but in the end died due to asthma
(Deceased - 15 years ago)
22
Ivan Lo 卢楷浚 (younger)

李家庆 (adult)

Zheng Lixian
郑力贤
Zheng Shouyi's son
Was taken away by Zheng Shoude to his home after the gambling incident
Reunited with Zheng Shouyi in episode 32
22 (younger)

32 (adult)


夏川
Old Song
老宋
Chairman of a new television station, OBS
Approached Lin Tao in episode 22
22, 30
Bunz Bao
包尚泽
Benson One of Joey's friends who introduced him to drugs 25
Roy Li
黎沸辉
Rag-and-bone man
旧货佬
A rag-and-bone man who discovered Fei'er and took her away
Attempted to steal possessions at Fei'er's house, but was witnessed by Zihuai. Tried to stop Zihuai from taking Fei'er away in episode 32 due to the reward, but Zihuai was inadvertently stabbed by Fei'er
31-32

林俐廷
Rag-and-bone man's wife
旧货佬
The rag-and-bone man's wife who also took Fei'er away 31
Chen Hanwei
陈汉玮
Yu Fan
余帆
Previous VBS Artiste
Host of Truth in the City (都市真心话)
Zhou Weiyun's boyfriend
Indirectly caused the death of his wife 12 years ago
Succumbed to a heart attack and died in the studio
(Deceased - The Dream Makers Episode 29)
Winner for Star Awards 2015 for Honorary TV Award
1
Huang Wenyong
黄文永
Himself
(Archival footage)
Previous VBS Artiste
Actor
Male Lead - The Awakening (雾锁南洋)
Appears in Remembering Huang Wenyong on the huge screen of a shopping mall near the building where Lin Tao attempted suicide, hence indirectly saving his life
(Deceased - 2 years ago)
20, 32

Development and production

The first season concluded with overwhelming success: high viewership ratings on television and video streaming portals, huge turnout for its on-ground events, and won 9 out of 21 nominations in Star Awards 20. Towards the end of 2014, MediaCorp announced a sequel to the series.[1] As the series will coincide with MediaCorp's big move from Caldecott Hill to Mediapolis@one-north, MediaCorp shared plans to promote the show, including a mega-bulk publicity plan on major television, radio, and interactive media channels, and a charity gala premiere to increase sponsors' advertising profits.[2]

The cast of the series had imaging sessions for the show in May.[3][4] Jeanette Aw's wardrobe was expanded by the production team to match her role's elevated career status. Julie Tan revealed that she began her preparation work for her role by watching Japanese dramas and practicing her expressions while looking into a mirror, and also made a trip to Taipei for five days to observe the behaviour of 'taimei's there.[5][6][7][8][9]

Filming commenced on 10 June 2015, and held its lensing ceremony on 19 June. Taiwanese actress Chen Meifeng appeared in the lensing ceremony during her 5-to-6-day stint, dismissing rumours that she is in a relationship with Li Nanxing.[10][11][12] It was also revealed that the show will end on 15 January 2016 with 32 episodes. Additional promotional phtoography was held on 29 June, involving the main cast.[13][14] In addition, Zoe Tay and Aw went to China International Film & TV Programs Exhibition (CIFTPE) in Beijing to promote the show.[15] The bridal magazine sequence was shot on 24 July at the Peranakan Museum, with Aw, Romeo Tan, Rui En and Qi Yuwu.[16][17]

TVB actor Damian Lau went to Singapore in September for the show. One of his scenes involves a flashback with him attempting suicide from a 13-storey HDB flat. Because the haze had hit unhealthy ranges, Lau was under the weather and declined all media interviews, but felt much better at the time Toggle interviewed him. During the filming, Li, dressed in his 90s' style haircut in the scene, brought in herbal tea for him, while Tay offered local cakes and snacks.[18][19][20][21]

The production crew and cast (Tay, Li, Qi, Aw, Rui En and Romeo Tan), together with the Toggle reporting crew, head to Melbourne on 25 September for around 10 days of filming. Toggle made live reports throughout their stint. The cast also provided their experiences while filming for the show on Thursdays, beginning from 15 October.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31] Filming wrapped up in October 2015.

Soundtrack

Kit Chan, who previously performed theme songs for My Home Affairs and Devotion, recorded the show's theme song, "Finally" (《终于》).[32][33] Serene Koong, who performed the theme song for the first season, recorded one of the sub-theme songs for the series, "All Alone" (《当世界只剩下我一个人》). She revealed that her eyes became swollen from crying after binge-watching the first season twice, and eventually composed the lyrics of the song in half a day.[34][35] Other sub-theme songs include "Happiness is Not Difficult", the first season's theme song also sung by Koong, "Learn to Love" By Eric Chou and "Hate-Love", an acoustic version of "Finally" with different lyrics.

Song title Song type Performer Composer(s) Lyricist(s) Song Arranger(s) Producer(s) Provided by
终于
(Finally)
Theme Song Kit Chan 陈洁仪 Wu Jiahui 伍家辉 Cheryl Lee 李欣怡 Terence Teo 柯贵民 Banshee Empire
当世界只剩下我一个人
(All Alone)
Sub-theme Song 1 Serene Koong 龚芝怡 Serene Koong 龚芝怡 Kenn C Serene Koong GoodGirlMusic
幸福不难
(Happiness Is Not difficult )
Sub-theme Song 2 N/A
学者爱
(Learn to Love)
Sub-theme Song 3 Eric Chou 周兴哲 Eric Chou Eric Chou
Wu I-Wei
N/A Sony Music
狠狠爱
(Hate-Love)
Sub-theme Song 4 Wu Jiahui 伍家辉 Wu Jiahui Wu Jiahui N/A Small Box Music

Release

An autograph session for the series was on 7 November 2015, at Square 2, hosted by YES 933 FM DJ Kenneth Chung Kun Wah. Zoe Tay, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhenhuan and Ian Fang were present at the event, and interacted with the audience. The first 150 audience to form the queue for the event will get to receive an autographed poster and a goodie bag each. A meet-and-greet session was held on 15 November at Junction 10, where Dennis Chew joined the above-mentioned cast. Similarly, the first 150 audience to form the queue for the event will get to receive a limited-edition tumbler and a goodie bag each.

A press conference was held on 18 November 2015. Zoe Tay, Huang Biren, Jeanette Aw, Rui En, Qi Yuwu, Romeo Tan, Julie Tan, Zhang, Fang and Chew attended the conference.[36][37][38][39] During the conference, the cast shared their experience in making the show.

Previously planned as a charity gala premiere, Mediacorp announced a charity gala finale at its new premises at Mediapolis@one-north which was held on 16 January 2016.[2] Besides Zoe Tay, Huang Biren, Romeo Tan, Julie Tan, Zhang Zhenhuan and Ian Fang, supporting cast Joey Feng, Damien Teo and Maxi Lim also attended the finale. This event was hosted by DJs Chung Kun Wah and Lin Lingzhi. The event began at 7.00pm, but before that, a red carpet was held for the event at 5.30pm, where eight lucky winners from a Facebook contest got a hair and face makeover, and strutted down the red carpet along with the cast. The lucky winners also got a pair of tickets and pre-show cocktail party, for both the winner and an accompanying partner.

Apart from an entertaining showbiz talk, audience also got to take part in a charity auction, where items featured in the show, including Zhou Weiyun and Guan Xie En's identical dresses, lanyards, Fei Er's merchandise and Jason and Tonglin's wedding merchandise were put up on sale. Minimum bids began from $25 each of the lanyards and the glass shoe to $200 for each of the dresses. The highest bidder went to Chen Guang's lanyard and bear, where she was invited to the finale to collect these items on stage. The finale episode was then screened to round up the day's event.[40] Over $20,000 went to Mediacorp Cares beneficiaries, from tickets sales, auction sales and sponsor donations.[41][42]

Social media

Online popularity contests involving cast members were held on Facebook and Instagram, which began on 11 October. Each week, users can support the casts' posts according to the challenge by liking them. The cast with the highest total likes on their posts will win for that week.

Two "Battle of the Queens" and three "Battle of the Dukes" challenges have been organized on social media.

Results

Online exclusives were also released on Toggle and MediaCorp Channel 8's YouTube channel. Titled "The Gossip Makers" (8卦四方), these videos attempt to poke fun of the Singaporean entertainment scene, and gets audiences ready for the return of The Dream Makers.

Home media

The Dream Makers 2 DVD has been released in Poh Kim Video stores.

Trivia

  • This is Zoe Tay and Huang Biren's first drama collaboration in 27 years. It was reported that Huang was already considered by the production team for a part in this drama as early as two years ago.[3]
  • This is also Huang Biren's first drama collaboration with Rui En, Romeo Tan, Zhang Zhenhuan, Edwin Goh and Damien Teo.
  • This is Hong Kong TVB actor Damian Lau's second Singaporean drama series after Dare To Strike, and Taiwanese actress Chen Meifeng's first Singaporean drama.
  • Zhang Zhenhuan's second villainous role after Against the Tide and Julie Tan's second villainous role after Unriddle 2.
  • Huang Biren collaborates with Julie Tan for the third consecutive time in this series (the previous two being Three Wishes and Tiger Mum.
  • At the end of each episode just before the ending credits, a quote from a renowned celebrity will be shown. Snippets of the next five episodes are shown during the ending credits of each episode. This is the 12th series where News Tonight commentaries are not announced. However, the audio for the snippets were muted as of episode 27.
  • In episodes 13 and 15, Dennis Chew mentions "Auntie Lucy" as his fan, where Lucy is Auntie's lost cat to which he found. In episode 22, "Auntie Lucy" is the cleaner at Studio 6 (the coffeeshop setting with a green screen as seen in episode 2), by coincidence.
  • This is Damien Teo's third Drama after The Journey: Tumultuous Times and You Can Be an Angel Too
  • The Series repeat its telecast on Channel 8 at 5.30pm succeeding House of Fortune.

Awards and nominations

The series was notable for marking four distinctions in the history for any Drama Serial in a Star Awards ceremony: the series broke the number of nominations in the 2016 at 26 (surpassing the series' first season's 21); the series broke the most wins in an award ceremony at 12 (surpassing both the first season and The Little Nyonya, both with nine); the series became the first show to sweep every winning category (with the exception for two, "Top Rated Drama Series" and "Favourite Male Character", the latter of which the show was not nominated for), and lastly, the second drama (after Holland V in 2003) to sweep every of the four major acting categories.

AccoladesCategoryNomineesResult
Star Awards 2016 Backstage Achievement Awards
红星大奖2016之幕后英雄颁奖礼
Best Director
最佳导演
Loh Woon Woon
罗温温
Won
Wong Foong Hwee
黄芬菲
Nominated
Best Screenplay
最佳剧本
Rebecca Leow
洪汐
Nominated
Best Programme Promo
最佳宣传短片
Kee Chee Wee
纪志威
Nominated
Best Cameraman for Drama Programme
最佳戏剧摄影
Tommy Lee Heng Soon
李兴顺
Nominated
Best Editing For Drama Programme
最佳戏剧剪接
Simon Poon
潘耀东
Won
Joyce Teo
张必芳
Nominated
Steven Lee
李明辉
Nominated
Star Awards 2016 Show 2
红星大奖2016 下半场
Young Talent Award
青平果奖
Damien Teo
张值豪
Won
Best Theme Song
最佳主题曲
(《终于》)
Kit Chan
陈浩仪
Won
Best Supporting Actor
最佳男配角
Edwin Goh
吴劲威
Nominated
Zhang Zhenhuan
张振寰
Won
Best Supporting Actress
最佳女配角
Julie Tan
陈欣淇
Won
Best Actor
最佳男主角
Romeo Tan
陈罗密欧
Nominated
Qi Yuwu
戚玉武
Won
Best Actress
最佳女主角
Jeanette Aw
欧萱
Won
Rui En
瑞恩
Nominated
Zoe Tay
郑惠玉
Nominated
Best Drama Serial
最佳电视剧
N/A Won
Star Awards 2016 Post-show Party
红星大奖2016庆功宴
Favourite Female Character
最喜爱女角色
Jeanette Aw
欧萱
Won
Rui En
瑞恩
Nominated
Huang Biren
黄碧仁
Nominated
Favourite Onscreen Couple (Drama)
最喜爱荧幕情侣
Qi Yuwu 戚玉武 &
Rui En 瑞恩
Nominated
Qi Yuwu 戚玉武 &
Jeanette Aw 欧萱
Won
Zhang Zhenhuan 张振寰 &
Julie Tan 陈欣淇
Nominated
London Choco Roll
最佳开心果奖
Romeo Tan
陈罗密欧
Won
Bioskin Flawless Skin Award
完美肌肤奖
Julie Tan 陈欣淇 Nominated
Fame Awards 2016
星光大奖2016
Best Actor in a Leading Role 最佳男主角 Qi Yuwu 戚玉武 Nominated
Best Actor in a Supporting Role 最佳男配角 Edwin Goh 吴劲威 Nominated
Asian Television Awards 2016 Best Supporting Actor in a Leading Role 最佳男配角 Zhang Zhen Huan 张振寰 Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Leading Role 最佳女配角 Julie Tan 陈欣淇 Nominated
Best Drama Serial 最佳电视剧 N/A Nominated

See also

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Preceded by
The Journey: Tumultuous Times
2014-15
Star Awards for Best Drama Serial
The Dream Makers (season 2)
2015-16
Succeeded by
Hero
2016-17
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