Bobby-Joyce Duo Achieves Ratings Glory; “House of Spirit” Peaks to 30 Points

TVB drama House of Spirits <一屋老友記> is on its way to become one of Hong Kong’s highest-rated television dramas of the year. The ghost comedy, which stars Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華), Nancy Wu (胡定欣), and Joyce Tang (滕麗名), premiered on June 27 to critical and popular success, surpassing an average rating of 25 points on its first week of broadcast. On July 5, episode 8 peaked at an all-time high of 30 points, reaching 1.94 million live TV viewers. The drama currently has the highest peak audience for a third-line drama this year.

House of Spirits stars Bobby as Po Foon, a laid-off education worker who develops an ability to see his house ghosts. Joyce, Jonathan Cheung (張穎康), and Bob Cheung (張彥博) respectively star as Po Yan, Po Yue, and Po Yi, his younger siblings. House of Spirits is Bobby and Joyce’s first drama collaboration since the popular Armed Reaction <陀槍師姐> series (1997—2004), when they starred as uncle and niece.

The Bobby-Joyce duo have successful reignited the public’s interest in their familial partnership. Netizen critics are praising Joyce’s performance on the show, exclaiming that she outshines even the drama’s number-one female lead, Nancy. Nancy was also absent at the House of Spirits celebratory dinner on Thursday, leading to some gossip.

However, in a later phone interview with House of Spirits producer Dave Fong (方駿釗), he explained that Nancy’s absence at the dinner was due to the fact that she wasn’t in Hong Kong. He added that Nancy’s screen time on the show will increase in later episodes.

House of Spirits also star Koni Lui (呂慧儀), Bowie Wu (胡楓), Helena Law (羅蘭), Lau Kong (劉江), and Tsui Wing (徐榮).

Source: Oriental Daily

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  1. I’ve always liked Joyce tangs acting. I wished she could play more lead roles. Not just second female lead.

  2. This is a funny series for once from TVB, even though it’s a remake….
    Joyce is good, but I think Koni Lui is even funnier..

    Her portrayal as a HK princess is scene stealing…she should get best supporting actress for this role…

  3. although joyce and koni are not the prettiest girls in tvb but i’ve always enjoyed watching them on tv. i think these two laides can act.

  4. joyce did a great job in ‘presumed accidents’ and she is also doing well in this present drama.

  5. koni is good portraying the spoilt princess…at times funny. I enjoy this drama. with bobby, it should peak higher.

  6. I really like this show because of the majority of the veterans and I feel very comfortable with it, Joyce is indeed amazing… the storyline is cheesy but the meaning behind it, it’s touching with the siblings getting back all together. Bobby is truly an insurance ratings I hope TVB will threat him good for any future drama.

  7. Bobby is still very nice to see on drama. Joyce is the best, her acting is top here. I do agree that Nancy”s role have not made any impact yet.

  8. i like this show! fun to watch! def bobby and joyce duo highlight the show! Nancy’s character is a bit boring thb.

  9. Joyce is doing a wonderful job with her portrayal of the calculative sister. She is very loving as a mother to Fei Fei. Hope tvb produces more dramas with such veterans…they are really good.

  10. The acting of Joyce, Bobby, and Koni is highly commendable. The dry humour makes this comedy drama superb. The jokes are delivered quite seriously and straight-faced and that makes this comedy a class above. Waited for this kind of funny drama for quite a while. Well done, TVB!

  11. enjoying this drama a lot…it’s been a long time since tvb has produced such a comedy with high quality. Bobby is truly a pro…but there are good actors like Joyce, Koni, Jonathan Cheung and the 2 lovable ‘ghosts’…Law Lan and Wu Fung.

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