The war among television stations will officially start next year [due the addition of three new free television broadcasting stations in Hong Kong]. Over the last few days, TVB producers have been filming sales presentation clips of upcoming 2012 dramas, hoping to attract advertisers, which are critical in driving the company’s profits. One of the new series in the limelight was Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄II>, in which Chilam Cheung (張智霖) will replace hunky pilot, Francis Ng’s (吳鎮宇) role. Triumph in the Skies 2 will be featured as next year’s Anniversary series. Allegedly, in order to prevent Chilam from being recruited by other television stations, TVB increased his filming fee from $40,000 to $80,000 HKD per episode!
When Triumph in the Skies was released in 2003, the series garnered good ratings and reviews. The series also launched the careers of siu sangs and fadans, such as Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), and Michelle Ye (葉璇) as new idols. Although TVB wished to feature the original cast in a planned sequel, this did not occur since it was impossible to have Francis Ng reprise his pilot role. For a long time, the [lead] pilot role remained empty. Although there were rumors that Michael Miu (苗僑偉) would star, the role was recently confirmed to be accepted by “TVB outsider” Chilam Cheung. Only filming one series each year, allegedly Chilam’s requirements were very high. Although the theme of Triumph in the Skies 2 was very tempting and Chilam had received a copy of the script earlier, he considered for a period of time before accepting the role.
Aside from Chilam, the star-studded cast of Triumph in the Skies 2 included Raymond Lam (林峯), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Fala Chen (陳法拉), and Kate Tsui (徐子珊). Since Triumph in the Skies 2 will be a heavyweight drama in next year’s line-up, the series will film overseas in Europe, Southeast Asia, and other locations and aired during next year’s Anniversary time frame.
Chilam’s earlier series, The Rippling Blossom <魚躍在花見> received good reception and ratings during its broadcast this year. Since three new free television broadcasting stations will be introduced in Hong Kong in 2012, increased competition will arise. Chilam also became highly sought after by various television stations. To attract Chilam in filming Triumph in the Skies 2, TVB will increase his filming fee from $40,000 to $80,000 HKD per episode. In comparison, TVB’s artists, such as Moses Chan (陳豪), Raymond Lam, and Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) only received $30,000 per episode.
Yesterday, the primary cast of Triumph in the Skies 2 filmed a sales presentation clip at the Hong Kong airport. Portraying a pilot captain in the series, Chilam’s character will will be a divorced father. At the airport, his ex-wife took their son and left Hong Kong. Prior to his son leaving, Chilam took his son to the airport facility’s open rooftop to let him ride on his shoulders and teach his son how to fly an airplane.
Drafted into the cast of Triumph in the Skies 2, Raymond Lam will portray a heavyweight role and be involved in a love triangle between Myolie and Chilam. Due to an accident, Myolie was left in a wheelchair.
In addition, 40-episode TVB series, Prominent Family <名媛望族> also filmed a sales presentation clip yesterday. Since her evil concubine role in Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>, Tavia Yeung (楊怡) will take upon a new challenge by partnering with veteran actor, Damian Lau (劉松仁) and portray his fourth wife. The backdrop of Prominent Family will be set in the 1930s and be filmed in Shanghai in March 2012.
Another sales presentation clip filmed was for new series, Detective Columbus <高倫布神探> starring TV King Wayne Lai (黎耀祥), Evergreen Mak (麥長青), Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), Aimee Chan (陳茵媺), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), and other stars. Perhaps new sparks will occur among the cast members.
Source: Sing Tao
Jayne: My speculation is that due to a traffic accident, Francis Ng’s character was likely killed, while Myolie was left (temporarily) in a wheelchair. I also wonder if Nancy Wu will portray Bosco’s girlfriend in the series again, or whether he will simply be paired with Fala?