TVB’s lackluster ratings and ongoing competition with City Telecom (CTI) has certainly left the once-dominant television station in a difficult position. With many of TVB’s actors and actresses signing off to CTI or heading to mainland China for more opportunities, the station has been struggling to retain its veteran artists. When rumors sparked that Andy Lau (劉德華) and possibly Chow Yun Fat (周潤發) will be returning to TVB to film a television series, it has been the talk of the town since then.
Eric Tsang (曾志伟) has been credited for being the driving force in recruiting Andy Lau and Chow Yun Fat. Eric said, “I want to honor TVB for their contribution to the entertainment industry all these years. Although Hong Kong’s film and television industries have been going downhill for the past ten years, I want to do something to reignite the industry as a whole. After all, audiences in mainland China and the rest of the world understands Hong Kong through TVB’s series.” He added, “When the mother station is in need, I know they will come back to help!”
Eric also acknowledged that Andy has already agreed to return to TVB. While they are in the screenwriting and brainstorming stage right now, Eric said that Andy ultimately has the final say in the storyline and the script for the series, which is anticipated to be about 30 episodes long.
With Andy being the king of acting and music, the main questions lingering over everyone’s mind are how much will TVB pay Andy and who will be the lead actress? Eric dodges the money question when he said, “Money is not the deciding factor for Andy. What’s most important for him was our sincerity and genuinity when we approached him, because he understood what this meant to the industry as a whole.” Eric teased, “I also know that many of Andy’s fans are eager to find out who the lead actress will be. You guys will find out soon enough.”
When reporters approached TVB’s promotional staff about Andy’s return, they revealed that Eric is actually the investor in Andy’s drama series. Since Eric is holds part ownership in TVB, he has vested interest to drive up ratings for TVB. Eric also will ensure that his good friend, Andy, will be properly compensated for his work.
It is no wonder that Eric has been making the rounds in the media and discussing Andy’s return so openly. Regardless, Andy’s return to television certainly has many viewers in anticipation of seeing their beloved pop star grace the small screen again after 20 years!
This article is written by Natalie for JayneStars.com.
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