Veteran director Wong Jing (王晶) is returning to TVB to prepare for a big-budget drama in order to help them battle increased competition from local stations. The new drama will also be a collaboration with mainland China. It will feature a carefully selected star-studded cast including HKFA Best Actress Deanie Ip (葉德嫻), current popular TVB siu sang Kenneth Ma (馬國明), and Hawick Lau (劉愷威), who is highly popular among the mainland audience.
The new drama is estimated to have 35-40 episodes, all under the management of TVB executive, Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍). It will be heavy in taste, coordinating with the mainland market. Deanie will act as the mother to Kenneth, Hawick, and Tong Fei (童菲).
An insider revealed that Wong Jing had initially wanted to ask Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) to play Kenneth’s role, since he is popular in mainland. However, Bosco is busy filming Young Sherlock <少年神探狄仁傑>. Furthermore, “Kenneth is well behaved, and he doesn’t pick scripts to film for. Known as a Diamond Bachelor, he has a very good image. TVB is also determined to promote him. Wong Jing is very satisfied with this cast, and he believes it can help pull ratings,” the insider added.
HKTV’s Ricky Wong (王維基) saw Wong Jing’s move as if he is helping TVB in the war between the two broadcasting companies. “That sounds like an overstatement.” Wong Jing replied after hearing about Ricky’s comment. “What has he [Ricky] done in the television industry?” As far as Wong Jing knows, Ricky is just a foolish man who does not know how to invest properly. He does not believe that TVB is threatened by HKTV.
“TVB dramas were strongly successful in the past, because they aired worldwide. Dramas are truly good when other places say they’re good. Nowadays, few people from mainland watch TVB dramas. There’s not a lot to earn from filming in Hong Kong. This is why we’re heading in a larger direction.” Wong Jing said.
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