Great news, Come Home Love <愛·回家> fans! TVB has announced this week that the entertaining sitcom will be getting 200 more episodes, totaling the show’s entire episode count to 500.
Initially planned to be a 180-episode sitcom, TVB ordered 120 more episodes in August 2012, before increasing it to another 200 episodes in May 2013. Several media outlets have reported that the family-friendly series is getting more than 1.5 million viewers per episode, dominating TVB Jade’s current weekly prime time ratings.
TVB executive, Au Wai Lam (區偉林), made the episode renewal announcement on tonight, when a 15-table dinner banquet and a press conference was held at TVB Studios to commemorate the exciting news.
Come Home Love follows the eventful lives of a middle-class Hong Kong family headed by “Big Sir” Ma Fu (Lau Dan 劉丹), a retired correctional services officer. He lives with his younger sister Angel (Florence Kwok 郭少芸), who is over twenty years his junior; his elder son Keung (Tsui Wing 徐榮), the owner of a second-hand shop; Diana (Yvonne Lam 林漪娸), Keung’s educated wife; younger son John (Lai Lok Yi 黎諾懿), a paralegal; and his two adult grandchildren, Leslie (Joey Law 羅天宇) and Tracy (Angel Chiang 蔣家旻).
Other series regulars include Carlo Ng (吳家樂) as Jacky, a Ma family friend; Queenie Chu (朱慧敏) as Alex, a solicitor and John’s superior; Geoffrey Wong (黃子雄) as Damon, the owner of his legal chambers; Glen Lee (李霖恩) as Anthony, Alex’s colleague; and Max Cheung (張達倫) as Richard, a barrister.
Last year’s Miss Hong Kong participant Roxanne Tong (湯洛雯), who debuted in Come Home Love’s 220th episode as Sze Sze, will be promoted to a series regular. “People in the streets are recognizing me as my character in the show! In the past, people only remembered me as ‘that Miss Hong Kong,’ so I am very happy and honored to be able to be part of such a popular show!”
Asked if she has gotten a pay raise, Roxanne said, “My salary is stable. Right now, I am still under a Miss Hong Kong contract. It’s a fifteen-month contract, and it will expire at the end of the year. Afterwards, I think I will sign a management contract. I am not afraid of the long terms in the contract. All artists need time to train and improve anyways.” Roxanne expressed that she will use five years’ time to develop her career in the entertainment industry.
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