I would disagree with you afterpaige...
Better Halves isn't in the same slapstick comedic league as Virtues of Harmony, neither is it the same type of ancient tragedy like Where the Legend Begins or (the original) Perish in the Name of Love. In my opinion it is well made, easy on the eyes, light-hearted and just a bit of fun.
The subject matter is fresh and it touches on a lot of historical oddity that happened in the Tang Dynasty where marriage became fashionable and matchmakers became the equivalent of the stock market traders of today. I felt that there was a fair bit of research done into the theme and although coupled with the touch of comedy through the show, it still put forward very strongly the old Chinese traditions of marriage, honour and virtue and family values.
I think that the cast intentionally exaggerated their characters in line with the tone of the show and they did a pretty good job really. Just think, if they didn't ham up then the show wouldn't have that gentle humour that it's supposed to bring. Don't forget that HK is going through some hard times at the moment, so it's in everyone's interests to cheer things up and I think that is the purpose behind the producer's concept in this show.
As for Auguste - his part isn't that big in this show and his Cantonese has improved a lot now. And with stars like Cerina, she's pretty cute and you have to give her a chance, since Cantonese isn't her first language. Steven is just Steven in that I neither like nor dislike him, but I can't think of anyone else would have fit the role better than him. Maggie's role was one that could have suited a few female leads, but I guess she was the one who was selected and whilst I agree it isn't the most challenging of roles, she did a good job. Joyce Coi was the perfect selection for the role in question and Moses did steal the show with his dry humour and dumb reactions.
For fear of this remark turning into another long-winded essay, I will stop here. If you're looking for a strong dramatic story and serious ancient action, then give this a miss. If you want something a bit different and a bit of a laugh, then this relaxing show is one to chill out to in the warm summer days!