With The Offliners <堅離地愛堅離地> coming to an end this week, TVB announced on January 20 that The Runner <大步走>, featuring Joel Chan (陳山聰) and Elaine Yiu (姚子羚), will be airing next. The trailer was even broadcasted last night to build up excitement for the show’s premiere on Monday. However, TVB has suddenly decided to have Moses Chan (陳豪) and Jessica Hsuan‘s (宣萱) Armed Reaction 2021 <陀枪师姐2021> (previously known as Armed Reaction 2020) air on Monday instead.
This abrupt change to a drama lineup would not be TVB’s first time. Last year, Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Natalie Tong‘s (唐詩詠) Chinatown <唐人街> was supposed to follow Al Cappuccino <反黑路人甲>, but Samantha Ko (高海寧) and Kenneth Ma‘s (馬國明) Go! Go! Go! Operation C9 <C9特工> took its place instead. To this day, Chinatown has not been broadcasted due to scheduling issues.
This year, Charmaine Sheh‘s (佘詩曼) mainland Chinese drama The Legend of Xiao Chuo <燕雲台> was reportedly going to air for two hours daily from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., but TVB decided to leave the 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. slot open. Now, TVB has officially announced that Armed Reaction 2021 would take over that 9:30 p.m. time slot since The Runner was already broadcasted on myTV Gold last year.
This explains why Moses and Jessica presented awards during the 2020 TVB Anniversary Awards. They took the chance to promote their upcoming drama on the stage and even revealed that it would be airing soon.
Remaking a Classic
Armed Reaction is a TVB classic that first aired in 1998 and featured a strong cast comprised of Esther Kwan (關詠荷), Bobby Au-Yeung (歐陽震華), Ada Choi (蔡少芬), and Joyce Tang (滕麗名). Due to the high appraisal for this drama, three more installments followed.
Not long ago, TVB decided that it was time to come out with a fifth series since it has been almost 16 years since the last Armed Reaction aired. Despite plans to name it Armed Reaction 5, the production team eventually settled on Armed Reaction 2021 to honor the chemistry between new leads, Moses and Jessica.
This article is written by Hailey for JayneStars.com.