Falling ratings and an exodus of well-loved fadans and faces have been aching concerns for Hong Kong’s Television Broadcast Limited (TVB), which is seeking to retain viewer support.
Since leaving TVB, acclaimed actress Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) has turned her career focus to mainland China. In July, she filmed a variety program which saw her recounting memorable moments of her career at TVB City, prompting viewers to express their yearning to see Charmaine appear in a Hong Kong production – which might just come true, according to recent swirling rumors!
Charmaine Sought to Save Ratings
On October 28, talk surfaced that TVB had invited popular actresses Charmaine Sheh and Tavia Yeung (楊茜堯 , formerly楊怡) to return to their “alma mater” to film a new drama collaboration, given the stellar ratings the two were expected to bring in.
Hong Kong productions aside, even the Chinese productions which Charmaine starred in including hit drama Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略> and more recently The Legend of Xiao Chuo <燕雲台> proved a strong ratings winner when aired in Hong Kong, with the former garnering 31.3 viewership points and surging to 39.2 during its finale episode, to become the highest-rated drama in 2018.
Modern Version of “Beyond the Realm of Conscience”?
According to sources, the drama is tentatively titled Anchorwoman (lit. translation) <新聞女郎> with Chung Cheng (鍾澍佳) as producer, and is based on American drama series The Morning Show.
Given how the plotting and backstabbing antics of “Sam Ho” (Charmaine) and “Kam Ling” (Tavia) in 2019 costume drama Beyond the Realm of Conscience had viewers intrigued, it is believed many will be looking forward to reminiscing the two’s chemistry and sparks, leaving more to wonder if Anchorwoman will be the modern rendition of the ancient drama.
An Instagram profile with the moniker ”stephen._.chow” also posted an update about the news, which posted “With Do Jeh’s (Carol Cheng 鄭裕玲) departure, TVB approached Charmaine and Tavia to film Anchorwoman”, heard it 3 minutes ago and (the) negotiations are almost finalized, this time with Chung Cheng (as producer), and a solid incentive…” However, the news remains to be confirmed by official sources.