On Friday, Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略> finally completed its 70-episode broadcast in Hong Kong. Although the show has already finished its run in China and in other online platforms, television ratings in Hong Kong still managed to hit past 38 points, easily becoming one of Hong Kong’s highest-rated dramas of the year. The drama has successful brought Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) back to being one of the industry’s most sought-out actresses, hitting new records of popularity in the mainland and reconfirming her status as Hong Kong television’s number one sister.
According to industry reports, TVB has been courting Charmaine to return to the station for a new drama. Charmaine has maintained a good relationship with her mother station since establishing her production studio back in 2016. She made an easter egg cameo appearance in last year’s My Ages Apart <誇世代>, which viewers like to predict as a hint that Charmaine would soon return to TVB for a new drama.
Charmaine herself did not rule out the possibility of returning to TVB. She has mentioned that she’s always open for another collaboration, and as long as she finds the script “okay,” she will gladly return.
Coincidentally Louis Koo (古天樂), who recently signed Charmaine under his new agency, is also rumored to be returning to TVB soon to “pay his dues.” The actor, whose last TVB drama was 2001’s A Step into the Past <尋秦記>, still owes TVB one more drama as stated in his contract. At an event, Louis was asked if he would be interested in filming a movie version of 1999’s Detective Investigation Files IV <刑事偵緝檔案IV> (which also starred Charmaine), and he happily said that he would need to discuss with TVB about copyright issues.
What about a TV sequel? Louis teased, “I’ll leave that for TVB to announce.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.