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TV viewers searching for quality fare

THOUGH pop stars are the envy of many young people, a golden rule in the vanity fair-like entertainment industry is that only few of them can remain popular for a long time.

According to Channel Young's latest Chinese Star Billboard that analyzes Chinese celebrities' popularity and influence over the past year, kung fu star Jackie Chan and Hong Kong singer/actor Andy Lau still top the list for their healthy public image as philanthropy enthusiasts.

The result reveals the increasing public awareness about a star's natural charisma and personality rather than his looks.

As to the TV programs, today's people also tend to show their picky taste.

They're more likely to be attracted to thought-provoking TV productions rather than repetitive, shallow entertainment shows.

Every day at 8:30pm from Monday to Friday, the local Documentary Channel's talk show "Battle of Words" will present a special 50-episode series entitled "The Reason to Like Shanghai."

A tribute to the coming World Expo 2010, the program has invited 100 celebrities such as scholar Yi Zhongtian, local stand-up comedian Zhou Libo and architect Ruan Yisan to share their views on the city's history and culture.

A recent survey conducted by shows that there are numerous reasons to like Shanghai, from the Bund, shikumen (stone-gated) houses, Shanghai snacks, old songs, White Rabbit candies, athletic stars Liu Xiang and Yao Ming, Shanghai farce, among others.

Additionally, the channel's weekend series program "Master," which has been widely acclaimed for its touching depiction of Chinese people who have made significant and outstanding contributions, is also included in the curriculum of many local high schools.

"The Reason to Like Shanghai"

Documentary Channel, 8:30pm, Monday-Friday


Documentary Channel, 9:30pm, Saturday-Sunday


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