“Will Power” and “The Hippocratic Crush 2” Will Be TVB Anniversary Series
Both highly anticipated series, Bullet Brain <神探高倫布>, and Beauty At War <金枝慾孽(貳)> ended up as flops when they drew in some of the lowest ratings in TVB history. To save the viewership ratings for the rest of the summer, TVB management eventually decided to slot in Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄2> for mid July. Questions were raised as to why Triumph in the Skies 2 was not regarded as an Anniversary production.
TVB executive, Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), decided to launch modern legal comedy, Will Power <傅愛事務所>, starring Moses Chan (陳豪), Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), Fala Chen (陳法拉), and Christine Ng (伍詠薇), as one of the anniversary series instead. The producer for Will Power is Tsui Ching Hong (徐正康), and he is most notable for producing War of the Genders <男親女愛>, To Catch The Uncatchable <棟篤神探>, and the Justice Sung <狀王宋世傑> series. With the combination of two TV Kings and a famous producer, TVB is hoping to push ratings in time for the anniversary awards.
On the other side, Tommy Leung (梁家樹) is hoping that dramas under his management would be aired, but because TVB wanted to spread out the star-studded dramas apart throughout the four seasons, Triumph in the Skies 2 will play during the summer instead. Regarded as a grand production to popular prequel, Triumph in the Skies, it stars Francis Ng (吳鎮宇), Chilam Cheung (張智霖), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), and Fala Chen (陳法拉). When asked about the drama time slots, Tommy replied, “The summer is a prime time for shows, I’m sure that ratings will be very high! It doesn’t matter when it airs, as long as the audience likes the series.”
Another series being considered for the anniversary time slot is yet another sequel, The Hippocratic Crush 2 <On Call 36小時Ⅱ>. TVB management disclosed, “We’re still in the midst of deciding which dramas to air in the fall, and the filming for Rosy Business 3 is still going on, so it probably won’t be able to air this year.”
The medical drama, The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時> was a surprise hit when it was aired last February and earned Kenneth Ma (馬國明), the My Favorite Male Character award during the Anniversary ceremony. Last year, the cast and crew used the North District Hospital as their main filming location, however due to the overwhelming number of reporters bombarding the hospital, they filed complaints with TVB and refused to let them film The Hippocratic Crush 2. Not wanting to affect the patients again, TVB sealed a tight lid over the sequel’s filming at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. “We’re doing everything privately this time, and only working on the weekends. If the hospital employees need us to stop rolling the camera, we’ll accommodate immediately. It’s important to see to the needs of the hospital first.” Boasting an amazing cast and featuring many new advanced equipment, Kenneth hopes to give the audience a more realistic portrayal in the medical drama.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.