TVB hopes to create another ratings miracle by inviting Dayo Wong (黃子華) and Carol Cheng (鄭裕玲) to film War of the Genders 2 <男親女愛 2>. Dayo will partially be helming the script and given the freedom to choose a supporting cast of his choice.
The 100-episode sitcom, War of the Genders, was a phenomenal hit when it was aired in 2000. Ratings peaked at 50 points, as Hong Kong audiences tuned in every night to follow the hilarious exchanges between Dayo Wong and Carol Cheng.
Switching from the original’s law office setting, War of the Genders 2 will find humor at the Hong Kong police station instead. Leaked details of the drama claim that Carol Cheng will portray a police chief and crack cases together with subordinate, Dayo Wong. Ram Chiang (蔣志光) will also return, although many of the supporting cast will be fresh faces. Invited by Dayo to play his berated “floor mat,” Jazz Lam (林子善) noted, “Dayo said that confirmed details will be available in April!”
Making a TVB comeback this year to battle the threat of new rival stations, War of the Genders producer, Tsui Ching Hong (徐正康), admitted that he is seeking a Dayo and Carol onscreen reunification. “This pair is extremely difficult to match up! Many people want to see them act together again! However, Carol’s schedule is a little more difficult to manage.”
Although Carol wished to partner again with Dayo, whom she has remained in touch with over the last decade, she was hesitant to commit. “Producer Tsui contacted me in November, before the TVB Anniversary celebrations. It is not a matter of money, but there are many factors to consider.” Carol added, “Of course I want to act with Dayo Wong again, but I have to see how my health situation is.”
Dayo and Carol were reportedly offered $60,000 HKD and $50,000 HKD respectively to film War of the Genders 2. Their daily filming hours will be capped at a maximum of ten hours to allow the stars adequate rest.
Due to Dayo’s creative humor and ability to draw high ratings, it was reported that producer Tommy Leung (梁家樹) also wished to cast him and Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) in You’re Hired 2 <絕代商驕 2>. Since Dayo only has time to film one drama, he chose War of Genders 2 instead. The gifted 52-year-old comedian is reportedly now busy finding the perfect supporting cast for the new drama.
However, Dayo’s manager declined to comment on the leaked news reports. “We cannot reveal anything. It is best to ask TVB!”
Source: Sudden Weekly #910 via ihktv.com
Jayne: This is my most highly-anticipated drama for 2013! It’s a smart thing for TVB to give Dayo Wong creative freedom in writing the script of War of the Genders 2. Carol Cheng is likely waiting for a more finalized script to emerge before she commits to the project. Since she has met with Dayo and has not outright said no, there is still hope for an onscreen reunification.
Aside from Ram Chiang, Kingdom Yuen, and Wu Fung, the original cast of War of the Genders was quite weak. I hope they cast more talented stars with good comic-timing skills this time.