Taiwan has a small market, and it’s often difficult to justify big value productions, especially since the drop in ad money due to the internet. For the last decade, Taiwan’s TV production struggled to keep up with Japan, Korea and China.
10 years ago, even though most stations would air a stream of Japan or Korean drama, at least Taiwan still had its own comedy variety shows. Now, even most new variety shows on TV are Korean.
For a while, shows like Kangsi Coming (康熙來了) was such an establishment, it kept interview style variety shows going, but even that show had to end a few years back. Most of the shows that tried to replicate Kangsi’s formula aren’t doing that well either.
So now it seems like the only thing constantly now on TV are travel variety shows, like Super Taste (食尚玩家) and iWalker. Occasionally there would be new non-period drama series by young directors that’s worth watching, like The Teenage Psychic, but that’s almost a once a year event.