It may take another year before fans can see Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) in a drama again. Although Ruco’s martial arts drama Chinatown <唐人街> was originally set to air on September 21, it is now postponed to pave the way for the broadcast of Go! Go! Go! Operation C9 <C9特工>, which stars Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Samantha Ko (高海寧).
Regarding the sudden change, a TVB representative explained, “We have not officially announced any air dates yet. Program scheduling changes are very common occurrences. When these things happen, it is primarily because of having to coordinate with global broadcast arrangements.”
As this will be Samantha’s fourth consecutively-aired drama this year after Death by Zero <殺手>, On-Lie Game, <網絡騙案>, and Al Cappuccino <反黑路人甲>, many believe that this is a tactical change to capitalize on exposure for the 33-year-old actress, who is speculated to be nominated and likely win a TVB Anniversary Award this year. Samantha responded, “I feel very grateful to have so many of my projects aired and enjoyed by viewers this year. My hard work for the past couple of years have not gone to waste. I am very fortunate that all of my roles’ personalities and characteristics are different. This is a very good opportunity for everyone to see how I interpret different characters. I don’t want to be typecast so early on in my career. I want to explore more of my potential and possibilities!”
While viewers get to see more of Samantha, it has been two years since Ruco’s last drama was broadcast. It is disappointing that Chinatown will likely not be aired this year. When approached about the delay in the airing of Chinatown, Ruco expressed, “Will everyone think that I have retired? Actually, I am an active individual. Recently, I have been more involved with my music. Additionally, I am also preparing for a new drama now.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.