TV Show’s Cancellation Causes Uproar In Thailand
A TV show’s cancellation has caused quite an uproar in Thailand as viewers demand the show’s final episodes be aired.
After deciding that some of the soap opera’s content was unsuitable for television, Channel 3 in Thailand decided to yank the remaining episodes of the hit series Neua Mek 2. According to The Associated Press, the show was reportedly pulled before the final episodes had aired.
Although reasons for the TV show’s impromptu cancellation have yet to be revealed, one of the network’s executives told a National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission member that Channel 3 thought the upcoming episodes could be in violation of the law.
Prime Minister’s Office minister Warathep Rattanakorn said on Saturday that “those who know best [about the issue] are the broadcaster, producers and related personnel.”
Asian Correspondent reports that many viewers believe the government may have played a role in getting the popular soap opera kicked off the air. Although the Pheu Thai Party has said it was not involved in the show’s cancellation, sources claim the Prime Minister’s office let Channel 3 decide how to end the series. This ultimately let to the final episodes being pulled.
Since the network isn’t offering up any solid answers to the viewers who caused an uproar following the show’s cancellation, many fans are left to speculate endlessly about what led to the drama’s untimely demise.
The AP explains that Channel 3 feared it was in violation of Section 37 of the Broadcast and Telecommunications Operations Act. The section states that “content that seeks to overthrow the constitutional monarchy, threatens national security or morality, or constitutes profanity or causes severe harm to people’s mental or physical health” is prohibited.
A teaser for the television show has been embedded below.
Neua Mek 2 reportedly tells the story of a corrupt prime minister who dabbles in black magic and engages in a political manipulation. Since the network is worried about what may happened if it airs the final episodes, Channel 3 decided the cancellation was the only way to go despite the uproar from Thai viewers.