To prepare for the sales presentation at end of the year, TVB will entice advertisers with proposals for blockbuster dramas. Each year, the drama production team headed by Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍) and Tommy Leung (梁家樹) will compete with each other to present their blockbuster dramas at the sales presentation. This year, Catherine Tsang and Tommy Leung will also find themselves contesting with external parties to produce the most thrilling dramas.
TVB majority shareholder, Charles Chan (陳國強) has invited Wong Jing (王晶) and Eric Tsang (曾志偉) to produce top quality dramas for TVB. Wong Jing announced that he would cast internationally acclaimed actress, Deanie Ip (葉德嫻) in his drama. Eric Tsang also declared that he had invited Andy Lau (劉德華) to star in his drama.
TVB Invites Lawrence Ng and Charmaine Sheh to Return
Tommy Leung has already begun the race to produce the next blockbuster TVB drama by inviting two heavy-weight actors, Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and Chilam Cheung (張智霖), to star in Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄 2>. The sequel also features many fadans and siu sangs, including Ron Ng (吳卓羲), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Fala Chen (陳法拉), Him Law (羅仲謙) and Kenneth Ma (馬國明).
In addition, Tommy Leung had also invited Healing Hands <妙手仁心> star, Lawrence Ng (吳啟華) to film the sequel of The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時>.
Still left with one series contract with TVB, Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) reportedly has been approached by Catherine Tsang to film early next year. Catherine Tsang also plans to cast the two TV Kings, Moses Chan and Wayne Lai in a blockbuster drama.
Moses Chan and Wayne Lai to Pit Their Acting Skills
Known for groundbreaking sitcom, War of the Genders <男親女愛>, Tsui Ching Hong (徐正康) will produce a new 30-episode drama, in which Moses Chan and Wayne Lai will pit their acting skills with each other. It is common to have two siu sangs and two fadans in previous blockbuster dramas. However, it will often be differentiated into first or second lead roles.
Admitting that there is such a plan to cast the two TV Kings together, Producer Tsui said, “Indeed, I have the idea to use Moses and Wayne. It will be a refreshing collaboration. As both of them are excellent actors, we will not waste their talents. They will have many chances to appear opposite each other.”
Confessing that it was a challenge to plan the roles, Producer Tsui said, “There is difficulty, but it’s important to allow everyone an opportunity to perform. We will try our best to balance the roles.”
Wayne Looks Forward to Work with Moses
In 2005, Moses and Wayne had collaborated together in The Gentle Crackdown <秀才遇著兵>, in which Wayne was only a supporting actor in the drama. Despite their earlier collaboration, Wayne shared that they did not have much screen time together back then.
When asked if he will put in extra effort now that he was pitting against another TV King, Wayne replied, “I deliver my best for every drama. When I receive my script, I never ask how much screen time I have. It doesn’t matter; it’s important to act well. Some scenes will be eye-catching. It’s easier for actors, unlike the actresses who may need to compete with their images. The actors simply have a healthy competition in their acting. Moses has improved so much in recent years. It was a comedy the previous time, and now this is a serious drama. After so many years, I also hope that we can have an exchange of acting skills.”
Asked if there is a possibility that two actors from the same drama will be nominated for TV King, Wayne replied, “It’s not surprising. It will be good as well; everyone has a chance.”
Moses Not Pressured in Working with Wayne
Although Wayne is a veteran actor, Moses is not pressured at all. “I am already looking forward to our collaboration. I think there will be onscreen chemistry when we work together. It is a positive relationship and not a competitive one where we vie for our own screen time. I really want to work with a good opponent. The more formidable he is, the more I am looking forward to it!”
Moses further said, “I did not have many opportunities to work with Wayne in The Gentle Crackdown. After seven years, we have greatly matured. It’s truly rare that we can work together again. I never bothered how much screen time I have. It’s important that we deliver a good drama.”
This article is written by Stella for JayneStars.com.
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