Popular Tet TV show to make a comeback
HÀ NÔjI – Tao Quan’s production company VFC has confirmed that Gặp nhau cuối năm – Tao Quan (Year-End Rendezvous – Kitchen Gods) will air again to celebrate the coming Lunar New Year festival.
The Tao Quan 2021 show will be broadcast on national VTV channels on Lunar New Year’s Eve which, this year, falls on February 11 .
The show is named after the Vietnamese mythology’s Kitchen Gods who fly up to Heaven on the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month to report to Ngọc Hoang (the Jade Emperor or the Heaven Ruler) on what went on in that household throughout the year. On the show, the Gods report everything that happened on Earth throughout the year with a sarcastic twist.
The show is set to undergo some changes of format under new director Khải Anh. Famous actors like Quang Thắng, Xuan Bắc, Van Dung, Tự Long, Cong Lý have been seen in backstage photos.
Tự Long has confirmed he will play the Social Affairs Kitchen God.
2020 has been a turbulent year for every country, creating plenty of fodder for the hugely popular TV show.
Issues like working or studying from home, face mask shortages, mandatory quarantine for citizens who returned from abroad and the dire economic situation due to COVID-19 will surely be covered. Whoever plays the Public Health Kitchen God will have a lot of scope for a stellar performance, and many people hope female comedian Van Dung will reprise the role.
Other highlights of 2020 set to be covered are the US presidential election, floods and storms in Central Viet Nam and the unexpectedly cold weather this winter.
The show sums up the year’s issues in Vietnamese society from good performances to bad governance, bureaucracy and corruption, all in a comedy performed by the country’s top artists.
Applauded by many as one of the best programmes on national television, the show combines contemporary issues with popular songs from Vietnamese traditional theatre, as well as international songs with Vietnamese lyrics adapted to comment on social issues.
Last year’s Tao Quan was cancelled after a 16-year run.