“Inbound Troubles” Make New York Times Headline
Conceived by Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍), TVB drama, Inbound Troubles <老表，你好嘢！> is a success from all standpoints. The drama peaked with ratings of 34 points with 2.176 millions Hong Kongers tuning in to watch. During its broadcast run, Inbound Troubles overtook local media headlines and has now succeeded to be featured in the international news.
On February 10, The New York Times, who often publishes articles covering social change within mainland China, picked up the story on Inbound Troubles. The drama explored the tensions between mainlanders and Hong Kongers, often due to cultural differences and competition of local resources in the crowded City. Despite the reported censorship of certain scenes in China, Inbound Troubles was a popular series in online streaming sites among mainland viewers.
The New York Times highlighted one pressing problem agitating Hong Kongers: the shortage of baby milk formula due to mainlanders sweeping retail supplies after the 2008 tainted baby formula scandal in China. Hong Kongers are even petitioning the United States to deliver assistance in the baby formula shortage situation, attracting 23,000 signatures to-date.
Inbound Troubles also snagged the honor of being the highest rated TVB drama to-date in 2013. Not bad, considering that the series was aired in the months when the local station normally earns the lowest ratings of the year. The finale, which was aired on February 8 picked up 3.9 million viewers through the myTV streaming broadcast.
TVB hopes to build upon the success of Inbound Troubles by filming a movie version and drama sequel later this year. Wong Cho Lam will once again be conceptualizing the script.