Carol Cheng and Dayo Wong May Team Up Again for “War of the Genders” Sequel
A sequel may be happening for TVB’s massive sitcom hit War of the Genders <男親女愛>, which broke ratings records when it aired in Hong Kong fifteen years ago. According to the sitcom’s producer Steven Tsui (徐正康), the team is thinking about reuniting for a possible sequel, and that includes the series’ lead stars, Carol “DoDo” Cheng (鄭裕玲) and Dayo Wong (黃子華).
War of the Genders broke Hong Kong’s viewership records when it first broadcasted in 2000. The 100-episode sitcom, which revolves around the office workers of CK Law Firm, aired to an impressive average rating of 47 points per episode. It then peaked to 50 points during its finale—scoring 3.2 million live viewers. War of the Genders’ popularity was reignited after TVB decided to rebroadcast the show at midnight this past year, and the sitcom opened up many popular discussions in online forums.
War of the Genders attributed to the popularity of Dayo’s stand-up comedy shows, and DoDo herself garnered a TVB Anniversary Award for Best Actress with her performance as “Miss Mo.” But after finishing a stage play sequel for War of the Genders and completing the Singaporean drama series Oh, Carol! <嘟姐駕到> in 2003, DoDo announced her retirement from acting, choosing to put her focus on MC work instead. Over the years, various production teams have attempted to persuade DoDo to make a comeback, but the Hong Kong Film Award-winning actress rejected all offers, even turning down brief cameo appearances.
Producer Steven Tsui: “A Sequel Is In Mind”
Last night, the cast and crew of War of the Genders came together for a hot pot meal to celebrate the series’ fifteenth anniversary. They shared that the cast have kept in touch over the years, and they would occasionally come together for dinner gatherings.
According to a report, Dayo has been pitching sequel ideas to producer Steven Tsui and DoDo, envisioning the project to be a miniseries of about five to ten episodes. At the dinner gathering, Dayo shared his ideas with the rest of the cast, and all of them were very opened to the idea of returning.
Steven Tsui confirmed the reports in an impromptu interview with the press. He said, “It’s true. We have this idea [sequel] in mind, and DoDo wouldn’t mind returning. However, I have a new drama project to film early next year, and Dayo will also be on tour. If everything works out, production will have to wait until late next year. We are all reminiscing the days when we collaborated. Those were very happy times.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.