TVB 2014 Sales Presentation: New Storylines and Fewer Sequels
This year, much of TVB’s productions had been sequels to previous dramas. For 2014, the company has decided to stay away from old storylines to come up with new exciting themes. The TVB 2014 Sales Presentation features 16 dramas in total, comprised of only two sequels – Tiger Cubs 2 <飛虎II> and Inbound Troubles 2 <老表, 唔係呀嘛!>.
Executives Tommy Leung (梁家樹) and Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍) are each responsible for eight dramas in the new year. One of Tommy’s proposed productions, Apostle Walker <使徒行者>, aims to garner high viewership ratings with its recruitment of a star-studded cast. The crime thriller will feature Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Raymond Lam (林峯), and Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) as the main leads. Recently having signed a contract with TVBC, Charmaine’s return has gained wide attention. Veteran actor, Tony Leung Ka Fai (梁家輝), was originally supposed to star in the drama, but unfortunately had to withdraw due to injuries.
In Apostle Walker, Raymond will take on the role of an undercover cop with a complex triad background. Although the sales presentation clip was only a few seconds in length, it showcased many action scenes involving gunfire and explosions. Official filming of the drama will begin in January. At this point, Raymond is unable to confirm whether he will actually take part, since his schedule may be due for change.
A major hit from Catherine’s productions include Walk With You <陪着你走>, starring Moses Chan (陳豪), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), and Priscilla Chan (黃翠如). Myolie will portray a blind runner, in which the touching story is based on a real-life one. Getting used to a blind woman’s life and working with guide dogs for the first time will serve as a new challenge for her. The drama is set to start filming in February.
Besides starring in Property Protector <守業者>, Tavia Yeung (楊怡) will also be female lead in the newly proposed series, Extensive Eyesight <天眼>, alongside Ruco Chan (陳展鵬). She expressed, “I think the drama will be a good one. I’ve worked with Ruco before in The Other Truth <真相>, and we get along well. There will also be a refreshing feel with the addition of Tony Hung (洪永城) and Fred Cheng (鄭俊弘).” Details for the new modern drama have not been released yet, since it is still in the planning stage.
Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣) sees her fiery policewoman role in Tiger Cubs 2 as a big breakthrough. Speaking of the idea of sequels, she exclaimed, “Sequels are fine, but there shouldn’t be too many installments. If the story continues on and on, it would be tedious for the actors. It’s hard for them to achieve a breakthrough.” In November, Linda will star in a new period drama, Big Apothecary <大藥坊>, where she will portray the first female doctor in China.
This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.