• @anon Yea, definitely agree that TVB is playing their marketing game again with using the same name and similar elements for this new series when it has nothing to do with the original supposedly. Typical TVB behavior of course! About the other news -- you’re very welcome! Thought I would share from the source (MP Weekly interview), since it looks like other media outlets are reporting it as a “for sure” that Sheren will be returning when in fact, nothing has been confirmed (both from Chan Po Wah’s side as well as Sheren herself). As for HKTV….from what I last heard, HKTV is still in the same position it was before. Their second license application is technically still pending, though in September of last year, the government did “return” the application back to HKTV claiming that “additional supporting documents” were still needed. Ricky Wong provided all the documents they asked for, though of course he made a big stink about the government “playing games” again, since all the documentation they asked for he already provided previously. There hasn’t really been much “news” on the license front the past few months, though just last week, the outgoing Commerce minister Greg So (who also heads the Communications Authority, which regulates the HK broadcasting industry) revealed on a radio program that he “nearly cried” when HKTV’s license application was rejected back in 2013 (supposedly because it would put several hundred people out of a job). Not sure how many people remember (I know I had mentioned it somewhere but not sure if it was on this forum), but back in 2013, the CA had actually recommended that all 3 companies (i-Cable, NowTV, HKTV) be granted licenses (this was in the official recommendation report they had sent to the CE and Legco), but in the end, only 2 got approved. Sounds like Greg So is finally speaking out in HKTV’s defense now since he is stepping down from his position due to new administration coming in. Meanwhile, Ricky Wong is focusing all his efforts on HKTV Mall, which has been doing extremely well last I heard. Supposedly, he is using the production studio he had built in Tseung Kwan O as the main warehouse/servicing center for the mall. And despite what he has been saying the past 4 years, he has yet to “resume” production of anything – be it TV series or movies – even though the construction work on his studio was completed awhile back ago. With how much the landscape of the TV industry has changed the past few years and HKTVmall doing unexpectedly well, many of us think that RW might finally decide to pull out of the TV license thing altogether if his application gets rejected again. If you’re interested, I posted some updates about HKTV and the television wars on my blog back in February/March/April, so feel free to check there for more details. Which ViuTV series? The one currently airing or the ones that they announced in that press conference a few weeks ago that they plan on filming in the next few months? I actually had a conversation with @jjwong about this very topic in another thread a few weeks back (going back to look for that thread so I don’t have to retype everything here, lol). In general though, ViuTV definitely has potential now that they are switching their focus to producing TV series instead of “factual entertainment” programs, especially given the good reception they’ve gotten to the few series they’ve done so far…however, they are still very far away from being any type of threat to TVB – their return on investment probably won’t come for another couple of years, though it’s good to see that they are finally heading in the right direction after a year of pretty much non-activity. Their series are targeted toward a younger audience and they are actually taking HKTV’s approach in terms of producing series across multiple genres and not being afraid to push the envelope – it’s a refreshing change from TVB’s formulaic stuff, that’s for sure!
  • @llwy12 I agree, I love Roger too, but the rest of the cast is unmatched with the "original" casts, from star-power to acting. It's like they are filming a completely new series, but taking various elements from the At The Threshold of an Era franchise so they can be in a better position to market and draw an audience. It's pity! Thanks for that extra bit about the possibility of Sheren Tang and Francis Ng returning. That is definitely something to look forward to. By the way, any updates with HKTV? What are your views of the new ViuTV series?
  • Aside from the familiar name, there will be little to no similarities to the original. Another weak attempt from TVB to gain an audience!
  • @anon @jjwong Yup, well-said and agreed! I haven’t watched a TVB series from beginning to end in a long time either (not counting re-watches of old 80s/90s classics of course). The episode count itself is already a deal-breaker – TVB can’t even make a 30 episode series nowadays without it being draggy and a waste of time, yet they’re going to make this one 50 eps? When are they ever going to learn that dragging a series out in order to fulfill a certain episode count is stupid and they need to let the content dictate the number of episodes instead? I guess the answer is never...
  • @jjwong I agree, one of many reasons why TVB is no longer relevant. I can't remember the last time I watched a TVB series from beginning to end.
  • Linda is genuine and nice in-person, but she needs to retire from acting. It's not her strength.
  • Linda is a nice person (in life and yes I know her). My only hope is that she can retire from acting as it's not her strength.
  • There are plenty of guys with sweet lips like that.
  • @jjwong @anon So true! But you know the HK media -- they are going to go crazy now. They are going to do the same thing to Louis that they did to Andy Lau and Chow Yun Fat -- basically, next step is for the reporters to ask Louis if he is going to return to TVB and if he gives any answer other than a straight NO (since most artists are going to be nice and give vague answers so as not to disrespect TVB), the media is going to have a field day with it and hype up his "return" as though it were true and imminent. (TVB is not going to bother clarifying because this gives them an opportunity to use his name.) Then comes the "speculation" stage where everyone is going to get all excited about "who is Louis going to collaborate with" and reporters will be asking various artists for their opinion and whether they would like to collaborate with Louis, etc. etc. Then a few months down the road, everyone forgets since other stuff comes up and this becomes old news and so both the media as well as TVB got away with using Louis for their own promotional benefit. I still remember back when the media was hyping up Andy Lau's supposed return to TVB a few years ago and made it into such a big deal, with everyone and their mothers seeming to go along with it....and did he return? Of course not!! (though I guess the media counts the movie "From Vegas to Macau" as his "return" to TVB, since Shaw Bros was one of the investors for that movie and one of the promo events was actually held at TVB City -- yea, far stretch I know but hey, the HK media is shameless)...
  • @anon I don't blame Stephen Chow not attending. TVB only gave him the award because they wanted to use his name, to associate his "fung gwan." He doesn't need jack from them, lol. They probably thought it'll get them into his grace. Like you, I doubt neither will ever return to TVB. Money aside, they have no ties whatsoever with them. Don't blame them.
  • Louis would not come back to TVB to film, and TVB can't afford him. Dream on! If you're a big enough star, you don't need to honour the episodes owed. Stephen Chow still owes TVB 40 episodes, you think he will be forced to come back to TVB to film? Heck, he hasn't been associated with TVB for over 20 years and was given a 30-year service award a couple of years ago (which he did not even attend, mind you). What a joke!
  • She needs to retire from acting.
  • I made it to Ep. 11 for BKII, and I had to stop because of her. Terrible acting and voice.
  • @anon Nancy is currently her only competitor with Fist. Don't know which dramas will release next. Maybe there will be another fadan as a darkhorse.
  • @anon Kristal tin is not tv queen material...never quite liked her. nancy wu in 'a fist within 4 walls' is better than Kristal, although her make up could have been lesser. I like Grace Wong.
  • If she's not up for TVB queen, who else is there to compete against her this year? Any half-decent actresses are gone, and the ones that still exist at TVB AND can compete with her were likely in lousy roles/productions where they won't stand a chance at winning. It's not that I think Kristal is TV Queen material, but her acting, the role, and the production she's in, was established in a way that it is the perfect storm for her to win.
  • @anon true. Sometime is just wrong timing.
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