TVB’s upcoming comedy drama, Inbound Troubles <老表,你好嘢!>, may face with the possibility of getting the scissor treatment in mainland China.
While promotional trailers for Inbound Troubles are being aired frequently during the commercial breaks in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, many mainland Chinese audiences noticed that whenever a trailer for Inbound Troubles was set to run on their TVB Jade network, the trailer would be replaced with a local commercial ad. The station would resume to its normal broadcasting after the ad was over.
Many mainland Chinese TVB fans are worried that Inbound Troubles will get censored from their network on the drama’s January 14 premiere date. It is assumed that Chinese stations may find Inbound Troubles inappropriate for broadcast due to its rather negative portrayal of the mainland Chinese.
Inbound Troubles stars Roger Kwok (郭晉安), a Hong Kong tour guide, and Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍), Roger’s younger cousin from mainland China. The light-hearted comedy drama addresses the current souring relationship between mainland China and Hong Kong. It will feature many of Hong Kong’s current social issues and problems, such as overpopulation due to Chinese immigration, Chinese maternity tourism in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong’s abuse on mainland China’s commercial market.
Wong Cho Lam, who also serves as the drama’s scriptwriter, was shocked when he heard that Inbound Troubles may get censored in mainland. “What! This drama is all about achieving harmony and peace. Even the trailers have mentioned this! Why would it get censored?”
Wong Cho Lam does not believe that he went over the limit, and he would not alter anything in the drama, even if Inbound Troubles may be censored. “It’s a comedy. I want everyone to enjoy it. Don’t be so sensitive! While editing the drama, we were already very careful in avoiding the more sensitive topics. We try to make it a win-win scenario for everyone.”
The drama’s producer, Wong Wai Sing (黃偉聲), could not be reached for comment.
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