Viu, a leading regional streaming service with 36 million monthly active users, brings back the classic Malaysian sitcom, Kopitiam, 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.
Malaysia’s first English-language series was released in 1998 and ran for 7 seasons – making Kopitiam the longest running Malaysian-English sitcom. The heart-warming 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 appearances in the upcoming reboot.
Kopitiam: Double Shot is set to air on 28 November 2019, with 2 back-to-back episodes out every Thursday. The series will be available exclusively across Viu’s 17 markets spanning Asia, Middle East and Africa.