Channel 3’s 2016 Lakorn Lineup
Posted on May 27, 2016
There is no time like the present to start talking about upcoming lakorns this year. I know life has been pretty busy for everyone – at least for me – and it’s not always easy to find a spot to organize and review upcoming shows. I hope to do that here, for our mutual benefit. Feel free to join the club – lakorn club if you will – and chime in if I’ve missed anything or you’d simply like to offer your two cents.
First and foremost, I primarily watch Channel 3 lakorns for many reasons, the quality of the production, the writing, the availability, and of course the talented actors. Also because of the familiarity, it’s like cozying up with a cup of hot chocolate and a warm blanket- you know it’s gonna get comfortable.
Having said that, there are a handful of lakorns that gets aired each year and manages to make it to my top ratings list. If lakorn trends from previous experience are any indication, GREAT lakorn is truly hard to come by. You know, that one lakorn that resonates and embeds in your heart forever. The kind you can turn on during a rainy day and rewatch. The storyline and characters that take your breath away. I’m sure if the lakorn gods knew the recipe for success, they’d be bottling it and dropping dimes. But at least, to me Channel 3 has continued to seek that elusive perfect lakorn.
There are lakorn offerings from other TV providers, such as Channel 7, TV5, Channel 9, and the cable/satellite providers such as TrueVisions and GMM. And we can certainly touch on their upcoming shows on a different article, however, the challenge with many of these channels is the availability. Sure, one can scour the internet and find streaming sites, but if you have a great show in your hot little hands, wouldn’t you want to show it off? I am a big believer and supporter of companies that make it easy for me to enjoy these shows. It’s all about being user-friendly these days- don’t make me jump through hoops in order to watch your show. I will say that GMM has gone above and beyond to even offer English subtitles to their international fans, and it is my goal to get familiar with their offerings this year.
But that is not what we’re focusing on today. The purpose of this article is to discuss Channel 3’s upcoming shows, so let’s get to it.
So far this year, Ch3 released the following lakorns:
Among the aforementioned shows, I have seen two to its completion, and both made it to the top of my ratings list, which I find really lucky to have seen two amazing lakorns so far this year. Unfortunately midway through Chat Payak, I dropped the lakorn due to lack of sustained interest in the show.
Tarm Ruk Keun Jai and Padiwarada are great because both made me feel. Tarm Ruk Keun Jai may not have a romantic centric plot, but the strong affection from Khun Singh, and the tenacious Noona who is trying to reconcile with her long lost father, makes you root for the whole team. Padiwarada would be my most favorite lakorn so far – not only because of James Ji as Palad Saran – but of the myriad of things that marry well in this lakorn (pun intended) between the director, the actors and the writer, oh especially the writing. There were a whole host of emotions while watching this, but at the end of the day, Show made me really care for Saran and Rin, and makes me tune in to find out whether the marriage can sustain the test of social status, pride and time.
Now currently airing on primetime are:
Piang Chai Kon Nee Mai Chai Poo Wiset (When a Man Loves a Woman) – James Ma and Kimberly Voltemas
Pirun Pram Ruk – Bomb Tanin and Ice Amena
Nang Tard – Por Nattawut and Yam Matira
As you know, When a Man Loves a Woman is my current recapping project. I am going to reserve my final judgement until the show comes to a close. But it’s obvious to say that the pairing is hot and the cinematography is beautiful. So far in the show, I find that the the writing (story, plot) is the weakest link. Please share your thoughts on Pirun Pram Ruk and Nang Tard if you’re currently watching them.
There are quite the long list of upcoming lakorns for the remainder of the year:
I want to touch on the lakorns I’m actually anticipating. I’ll be checking each first episode out (and possibly recap if it’s captivating enough).
Kleun Cheewit by LakornThai, although I’m not really looking forward to the melodrama, I am a big fan of the production team. I plan to at least check out the first few episodes and see if I want to continue.
Sai Lap Rak Puan for Ploy Chermarn. I haven’t seen her in awhile and would love to see what shenanigans she will pull in this show.
Nang Ay – it’s a remake – and I actually quite liked the old version so I’m curious to see if Great and Nicha will do the characters justice.
And finally, of course Leh Lap Salup Rarng – because of Yadech – AND its body switching! Can’t wait for the hilarity to ensue!
There are several lakorns currently in fitting or has possibly started its filming:
I’m mostly looking forward to Buang Hong for James Jirayu, Bupae Saniwat for Pope Thanawat, Plerng Boon for Pong and Bella, and finally Neung Dao Faa Diow for Mario and Taew (reunion!)
Although I try to be as inclusive as possible for Channel 3 lakorns, I might have missed/left out a few lakorns. Feel free to add to the list! What lakorns are you looking forward to? I am planning on delving more into the ones I’m looking forward to (meaning more blog posts and summaries), as more information become available.
I just have to say Fia that I agree with you on Tarm Ruk Keun Jai (the acting- they nail it !!) and Padiwarada. I like those two as well.
Just looking at that list , I got to say that is sure is a long line-up. Thank you for the list, I really needed that because as for right now the lakorns that I really really want to watch from Ch.3 is Bupae Saniwat b/c of Pope as well and Plerng Boon- for Pong & Bella(those two look good together). I’m not much of a Bella fan but funny thing is these 2 lakorn that I wanna watch has Bella.Lol !! I find her to be alright so I’m not going to complain. Since I just found out about Mario and Taew, I’m gonna add that to my list as well. But Plerng Boon is defiantly the one that I’m most anticipating for. Hopefully you’ll do a screen recap on that one.
thank U Fia !!
btw, I thought “Neung Dao Fah Diew” p’ek is James Jirayu? yea? I’ll see what the story line is and see if I want to watch it. Perhaps, I’ll wait on your review. Lol !
once again, thanKs Fia
Hm checking on my source, for some reason it mentioned Mario and Taew. I’m seeing that pantip says Mario but Asianfuse says James Ji. I’ll do some research and make any necessary corrections. Thanks!
Ha, we are looking forward to the same lakorns! I may do episode 1 recap for all of my anticipated ones and will pick up whichever catches my interest. I hope they don’t air the same time!
Hi Fia. Thanks for the list. I’m like you, I don’t want to jump through hoops to watch what should be readily available for lakorn fans.
I watched 4 episodes of Pirun Pram Rak with Bomb Tanin and Ice Amena. They have zero chemistry. None of the couple have chemistry. I keep hoping he’ll get better with each episode, but I gave up. Got annoy with all the hand gestures as they speak. No need to point if there’s only two people in the room when you say “you”. Geeeezus.
Hi Numnung. I watched the first episode of Pirun Pram Ruk and in addition to the lack of chemistry, the acting is subpar. Bomb’s acting was tolerable for me in the Khunchai series because he was flanked by wonderful actors, but when you’re surrounded by newbies, there’s no place to hide. The story has potential – Chinese/Thai businessman who loses his memory and saved by a Thai Doctor .. but the acting took away from that.
What are you looking forward to watching?
I agreed about Bomb in Khunchai 🙂
I am looking toward to Nang Ay. I am a Great fan. I don’t care if he’s dark LOL. He’s super cute to me.
Writers come up with the phrase ‘tall dark and handsome’ for a reason.. those are attractive qualities. Although, I wonder if ‘dark’ could also mean mysterious, because mysterious kinda equates sexy for me.
I need to see more Great lakorns. Ha, no pun intended.
Hi, Fia! my first time commenting here, though I have been sneaking around your blog for a long while since Juthatep series xD!!! I like Tam Rak Keun Jai a lot, I mean Mew is my female celebrity crush. She is petite, adorbs, talented, and down-to-earth. With Nadech as Khun Singh who is such a dreamy guy for every girls out there (including me…lol) having strong affection for the girl whom he saved and fall in love at a first sight and Mew as Khun Noona, who is unpredictable, brave and clumsy at the same time and not afraid of anything just to be with her dad, it makes the lakorn so vividly interesting. Whenever I watched it, I felt like I was in a wonderland for the setting is so fresh and beautiful and the chemistry between the two is so strong and sweet. I ship this koochin hard like a mad mad fangirl….LOL!!! Anyway, did you do a recap for this one yet?
Hi Rorth! I’m happy to hear that this post compelled you to come out of the woodwork. Tarm Rak Keun Jai is such a heart warming lakorn, and isn’t it great as a go to lakorn on a rainy day or when you need something cozy to warm the cold spell and drought of good lakorns? I did not recap this series, but I did write a review/reaction post, not sure if you’ve read it already: https://lovefia.com/2015/12/16/pursue-love-back-to-the-heart-simply-delightful/. Hopefully this year we’ll get another heartwarming lakorn to add to our repertoire. Thanks for the comment!
I have the same feeling about Ch3. I see recent Ch7 dramas and I have no idea who is who lol!! But I know have a little idea who some of the new actors are. Apart from that, I got into Lakorns when Ch3 were making the transition from Ken, Anne, Aff and other actors in that category to the new faces, so it took me a while to get used to the new faces. But I’m all good now 😀
I’m so excited reading your list lol!! I have seen Padiwarada and that show totally nailed it, from acting to the plot. I totally enjoyed it!!
The only problem I have with Padiwarada was how the mum just wouldn’t be firm with Duang. I know the mum was trying not to interfere, but gosh there should be a limit to Duang’s madness. The girl didn’t even give an ounce of respect to the mum anymore. Ordering the house-helpers to destroy this and that in the house right in the presence of the mum……
Back to the list, Andrew has 2 Lakorns – one with Ploy and another with Matt (Meun Kon La Faak Fah). I’m excited for both pairing XDD All the Lakorns with Great, especially the one with Nychaa. That girl has got talents. I wonder how Rak Nakara will play out, since it stars both Mew and Taew. I’m also looking forward to Buang Hong, Yadech; Akom and Kleun Cheewit, not missing out on them 😀
Do you happen to know when the first part of The Cupid series will air? I keep seeing pictures of fittings, blessing ceremonies but no airing date lol!!
The only problem with wanting to watch all these shows is, I will be needing Eng subs lol!! What a downer on my part.
Thanks for the list ^_^
Hi adena3ka2 – thank you for the comment! I don’t take issue with the parents in Padiwarada because I kind of like that they stay out of everything and allow their kids to fix their own problems/come up with their own solutions. I liked that they offer sage advice and all that good stuff. But I agree, Duang got away with a lot of disrespect for the elders. And maybe that is also why Rin in contrast, is so endearing.
I need to see a lakorn where Andrew G knock it out of the park – I mean, ever since he came back – his lakorn was just mediocre. I LOVED him back in the day where every one of his lakorns were SO good, they got remade every year. I’m not sure when Cupid the series will air, but will keep an eye on this installment series as well.
I got to know Andrew through Mafia Luerd Mungkorn series, before then, I had zero idea about him lol!! He was so hilarious in MLM hehehe!! I’m waiting for his Lakorn with Pancake to be subbed. Which of his old Lakorns were good back then?
ALL of his old lakorns were good, really. I prefer anything 2001 and before, especially Look Mai Glai Ton, Tang Parn Kammathep, Torranee, Rak Kerd Nai Talad Sod.. and so, so many more.
Thanks I will check them out 🙂