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Is Kenneth Ma a Dark Horse to Clinch TV King Award?

By on September 4, 2012

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Kenneth Ma’s (馬國明) doctor role in The Hippocratic Crush  <On Call 36小時 > turned around his career and boosted his popularity immensely. With his good acting praised and prominent roles in TVB dramas this year, Kenneth may even be a dark horse to win the TV King award!

Will Kenneth’s Popularity Make Him TV King?

The Hippocratic Crush is the highest rated drama in the first half of this year. The drama’s ratings averaged 31 points and peaked at 39 points. Approximately 2.5 million viewers glued to their TVs to watch the drama on weekday nights.

In the recently broadcast Three Kingdoms RPG <回到三国>, Kenneth also had a breakthrough performance, playing the role of a comical slacker. The drama also delivered good results and its ratings averaged 30 points. Although it was the first time Kenneth had acted as a comedic character, his amusing and exaggerated expressions captivated  younger viewers. He is also very well-liked by young children!

TVB also plans to roll out a live voting system during the 2012 TVB Anniversary Awards, which gives Kenneth an advantage to win based on his popularity this year.

Kenneth is TVB’s Most Prominent Lead Actor This Year

Making a guest appearance in Tiger Cubs <飛虎>, Kenneth’s role as a violent robber continued to wow audiences, who praised him for his “ruthless killer” performance.

Kenneth has four upcoming prominent dramas:  Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族, Season of Love <戀愛季節>, Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄2> and The Hippocratic Crush 2 <On Call 36小時 2>. Starring opposite veteran actor Damien Lau (劉松仁), Kenneth’s  Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles is expected to be broadcast soon.

Branded as TVB’s “diamond bachelor” due to lack of scandalous rumors, Kenneth has attracted a large pool of female fans. As Kenneth’s popularity continues to rise, his chances of clinching the TV King Title also increases.

Kenneth Does Not Harbor Hope in Winning Award

As a dark horse in the upcoming TVB Anniversary Best Actor Award, Kenneth humbly replied, “There are many good actors this year. Dramas such as The Last Steep Aliment <天梯> and The Confidant <大太監>  have not launched yet. I dare not harbor any expectations. If I can be nominated in some categories, I am already very happy. I will leave it to the company.”

When asked if he hoped to win the award together with his frequent costar,Tavia Yeung (楊怡), Kenneth replied, “It does not necessarily have to be TV King or TV Queen. Even if they are Favorite Character Awards, we will be happy. I personally feel that Tavia’s acting has reached a certain standard. She only lacks an award. She is at the top position for the new generation of fadans. In my heart, she is considered one of the big sisters.”

Other Strong Contenders

Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) is also another strong contender in this year’s TVB Anniversary Awards. Bosco’s role as a Witness Protection Unit officer in Witness Security <護花危情> has earned him praises from the audiences. Many fans have even requested for a sequel. The drama is the highest rated drama year-to-date, averaging 31 points.

Other strong contenders for the TV King title include Kevin Cheng (鄭嘉穎) who reprised his role as “Law Ba” in Ghetto Justice 2 <怒火街頭 2>.

Moses Chan (陳豪) may also be a hot favorite, as his new drama The Last Steep Ailment <天梯> produced by Lee Tim Shing (李添勝) is set to broadcast soon.

Always a strong opponent to TVB sui sangs year after year, it is believed that Wayne Lai’s (黎耀祥)  King Maker <造王者> and The Confidant <大太監> will increase his chances for the TV King title as well.

Source: ihktv.com

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  • Readers' Comments (44)

    1. Funn Lim says:


      • Jayne says:

        Kent Gor has likely 0% chance of winning, due to TVB politics. I believe he said that TVB has not asked him to film since “King Maker.”

        Also if audiences’ live votes will count, then the actors with strongest fan base stand a chance. Kent Gor may lose in this aspect too.

        • lol says:

          If strong fanbase is the indicator, Raymond or Kevin will win especially if they count in mainland voters.

        • Funn Lim says:

          But Jayne, he is the deserving winner. It is like Tom Cruise versus Ian McKellan. Tom Cruise winning will not validate the award, it just confirm it is popularity vote. And even between the young ones, the best actor should win.

          Oh what am I saying! TVB has always been a popularity vote. The only few anomaly was when Rosy Business won for the actors. They were so good and so popular they can’t be denied.

          What does TVB know eh? THey expect to fight competition with what? Doing better stories or creating more idols?

        • Jayne says:

          We criticize TVB politics for not giving the award to “deserving” winners. But when the masses are given free reign to choose the winner, they will likely not vote neutrally based on strongest acting performance.

          Despite TVB’s purported fairness in letting the audience decide, I believe it is more for hype and likely restricted to only certain categories.

        • Bee says:

          Although fanbases count, let’s not forget that a great number of audience will also vote for their favourite characters and from HK news that I’ve assessed until now, THC and Kenneth Ma’s character has been talked about a lot. THC and Kenneth’s determined doctor character brings back the glory of medical professions akin to Lawrence Ng and Healing Hands :)

        • Kidd says:

          All of the recent series Kent Cheng filmed are produced by Leung Choi Yuen. So, I think it’s LCY who invite him to film, not TVB.

      • skinnymocha says:

        I doubt Kent would care about the award; it’s lost its prestige long ago. This category should be scrapped, but what can they replace it with (aside from “My favourite actor”)? I would dearly love to see a critics’ choice, but we all know there’s always going to be some interference and politics at play…

    2. Bee says:

      I think yup because Kenneth Ma is really famous after THC. I however like Bosco’s performance in WI more but it’s not as famous so I know he won’t win.

      • Samantha says:

        Totally agree and he’s been with TVB for so long he deserves it :) acting better then Kevin Cheng..

        Definitely not Kevin cheng plzzzzzzz

        • Funn Lim says:

          He as in Bosco or Kenneth? Bosco won’t win because too much scandal. So I think this is Kenneth’s year.

        • Bee says:

          He is Bosco. I said although I like Bosco’s performance more but I know Bosco won’t win because WI and hui sir isn’t as famous in HK unlike THC that swept HK like a storm. I also think that this is Kenneth Ma’s year. He also has 3KRPG, Tiger Cubs, and SSSS. I like Kenneth Ma, he’s adorable and cute so I’m ok with his win since he’s went through a lot in TVB and has started with a humble beginning from a kehlehfei.

        • Linnh says:

          Ditto with you Bee

        • Samantha says:

          He as in Kenneth not Bosco no offense :)

    3. lol says:

      This year should’ve been Raymond’s turn to get it and I heard HAL and Raymond’s character is looking good.

      • Fox says:

        I’m not sure about this, hehe. Every year from 2007 to now, LF will fight against someone and in the end, someone will win as they are the true biological sons of Txb. Oh well, and then LF will have an Asian-Pacific as candy :D. As a result, he is having 3 candies on hand and if this year another true biological son of Txb win, he’ll have the 4th candies. On the other hand, Leo Koo will put a hand on the 4th HK male singer :P.

      • qq says:

        roger kwok was meant to be playing raymond role

    4. Jayne says:

      Much like Myolie Wu last year, Kenneth Ma and Tavia Yeung have good advantage this year, due to the airing of dramas. They had “The Hippocratic Crush,” in the beginning of the year, “Three Kingdoms RPG” in 3rd quarter, and “Silver Spoon, Silver Shackles” in 4th quarter.

      Along with their frequent news, Kenneth and Tavia have been on audience’s minds throughout the entire year.

      Raymond Lam seems to have one foot outside of TVB now. Raymond’s “true destiny” is to become the next Andy Lau, to conquer film and pop music scene. Although “Highs and Lows” has not aired yet, there doesn’t seem to be the right buzz for Raymond to clinch the TV King title this year.

      • Bee says:

        Same here. Kenneth Ma and Tavia Yeung has the best chance to win this year. Besides having many heavy and high rated series both of them have spend a long and rough time in TVB since their kehlehfei days. It’s about time they get this awards.

        I actually prefer Ah Sheh in WHB and Bosco in WI, but these two impossible to win anything so I will just support in silence :P

      • Bee says:

        Actually Raymond Lam should be given fair assessment too but since HAL hasn’t aired yet it’s best to leave Raymond Lam’s assessment aside first. I agree however that Raymond Lam has the makings of the next Andy Lau :)

      • a-pop says:

        Kenneth & Tavia

        Was the TVB world tat small or both of them have the fate to collaborate so frequently tis year series. I hope tat they can win Favorite Characters together TV King and Tv Queen just leave to who have best performance tis year.

        If they really want to award artists base on voting system , just abolish the tittle TV King and TV Queen and replace it with Most Favorite Actor/Actresses.

      • AC says:

        I agree that they have the best chance. Raymond’s Highs and Lows is actually being broadcast at the perfect time, right before the anniversary series and if his performance is good, it would be the perfect time to start the buzz. Also, there’s also Damian in SSSS. They might want to award him since he also helped with the script in that series.

        • looooooooooooo says:

          if it is live voting system , raymond might possible have a chance since he had bigger fan base

        • lol says:

          There are 3 male leads in SSSS. Damian, Kenneth and Ron. They will have to share the limelight.

        • Fox says:

          Only if it’s really a voting system solely run by fans and not have the hand of Txb in, the ones with bigger fanbases will have more chance. But if Txb put a hand in, it won’t be like that anymore :P. Overall, still the favourite kids of Txb will win no matter what.

      • Fox says:

        If giving MM before LF, do you think it’s a sign for LF to put both feet out of Txb? He is supposed to be the leader of the generations including the old S4 and after guys and his popularity is still on the head of all Bosco, MM, Ron, so letting any of the 3 win before LF will be a punch to LF’s face, isn’t it? If it happens, I’ll support MM to win this year. Although I find MM’s acting in 3Krap is under my standard of good acting (I don’t watch THC to judge) and TC isn’t suitable for him in my opinion, if it can push LF to leave Txb, I’ll support MM to win :P.

    5. Pvt. Joker says:

      Can’t stand his voice…. or his face for that matter. Option B is?

    6. vivien says:

      It’s LF!

    7. NP says:

      Of the new Siu Sangs, I think he deserves to win. We’ll need to see how LF does in HAL but so far I think Kenneth’s performance is better. Even though no one did well in RT3K, I consider Kenneth’s performance better the LF.

      But there are always the veterans like Damian and Wayne.

    8. Ice says:

      Would vote for Kenneth Ma, although I think Michael Tse deserve to win something last year too. Kevin Cheng is ok in Ghetto Justice, but I am not seeing something wow.

    9. Grace says:

      I like Kenneth but if base only on acting alone I dont think he should win. However he has come a long way. Maybe next year?

    10. lara says:

      I really like Bosco’s acting in WI but with Damian Lau, Wayne Lai, Adam Cheng and Kent Cheng in the picture he’s not the Best Actor yet. Paul Gor is also a better actor. The veterans are the best!

      • lara says:

        Paul Gor could’ve been nominated for Best Supporting actor this year had he not moved to CTI. He’s a great veteran :(

    11. karen says:

      “If I can be nominated in some categories, I am already very happy. I will leave it to the company.”

      even kenneth thinks the awards are rigged

    12. Hannahh says:

      Finger Cross for MA MING!

    13. Y2K says:

      Kenneth can win and he deserved the award ,kevin cheng or wayne lai could be his hardest opponents .

    14. Ric says:

      If the voting is implemented, the winner can’t really be predicted until it’s revealed how the voting will occur. If TVB does preregistration and early voting, Raymond will surely be the hot favorite as he has the fans. However, if TVB once again tries live voting, the result may be quite different. People will actually have to sit in front of the television and wait for the chance to vote. The question would be, who is watching? Will it be the younger generation who likely support Raymond, Kenneth, and Tavia or will there mainly be older viewers? If older viewers make up more of the vote, veteran actors such as Damien, Michelle Yim, etc might be surprise winners.

    15. Samantha Fong says:

      Kenneth Ma… “No way” based on acting skills alone. “Yes way” based on his popularity and his “turn” to get the award is probably ‘up’… ah well.

    16. simplitee says:

      Kenneth seems to perform better than LF on the surface because he had more series aired this year, offering a range of different characters to show that he can take on any role however LF only films a series per year and the series we all watched are picked by TVB for him to film but they dont give him much exciting roles or the plot of the series is too crap.. only this year where HAL is chosen by him. Like 3K, people say Kenneth performs better than LF but imagine if LF and Kenneth swap roles.. Can Kenneth pull a CKL? Maybe but I cant imagine.

    17. H says:

      I don’t like this new “voters choice” award. Not professional at all. If they want to do that, just make a separate award show. >:(

    18. Eros says:

      Either Kenneth Ma or Raymond Lam become the next TV KING only could satisfy me.

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