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Viu Reboots Classic Malaysian Sitcom, Kopitiam

by Natasha Christopher

Your all new favorite and nostalgic TV show Kopitiam is back with a fresh twist. Rebooted as Kopitiam: Double Shot, the series is slated to air exclusively on Viu starting the end of November. The new version will star established actors and comedians such as Douglas Lim, Rashid Salleh and Sharifah Amani.

In this series directed by Imri Nasution, the Kopitiam once owned by Marie is now the property of a prematurely jaded Steven (played by Lim). Just as he plans to sell off the unloved business, a couple of regulars offer to take it over. Recently, retrenched dreamer Alia (played by Amani), and her spacey but well-intentioned bestie, Seleb (played by Melissa Campbell). Together with a cute but awkward chef (played by Harvinth Skin), a know-it-all helper who refuses to be fired (played by Charles Roberts), and the world’s most improbable Hollywood star (with the role of Jo reprised by Rashid Salleh), the gang embark on all manner of (mis)adventures in their bid to bring the long-forgotten Kopitiam into the 21st century.

Image via Writelah

Image via Writelah

Malaysia’s first English-language series was released in 1998 and ran for 7 seasons – making Kopitiam the longest Malaysian-English sitcom. The heartwarming and comical story of friendship, community and family set against a quintessentially Malaysian backdrop paved the way for a number of accolades, including a Best Sitcom win at the Asian Television Awards in 1998. Loved and revered by many, original cast members Lina Teoh, Joanna Bessey, Mano Maniam and Tan Jin Chor will also make cameo apperances in the upcoming reboot (yayy!).

Kopitiam: Double Shot is produced by Double Vision (DV), and in association with Motion Content Group. DV, which is Viu’s longtime partner, is also the production house behind the original Kopitiam, spearheaded by DV’s Head of Production, Min Lim. The series commenced shoot in September and is set to air on 28 November 2019, with 2 back-to-back episoded out every Thursday. Kopitiam: Double Shot will be available exclusively across Viu’s 17 markets spanning Asia, Middle East and Africa. Viu-ers can watch the series on the Viu app, available for free on the App store or Google Play Store.


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