Earlier, TVB Producer Lee Tim Shing announced that he will film pre-modern series, My Cruel Lover <我的如意狼君> at the end of January. Tim Gor noted that the male and female lead roles were customized for Raymond Wong Ho Yin and Niki Chow Lai Kei. However, Niki’s music company, BMA recently joined the Recording Industry Alliance and became part of the four major music labels in Hong Kong . Due to unresolved broadcasting rights between TVB and the four major music companies, Niki may not have a chance to star in My Cruel Lover.
Allegedly, Niki sought to terminate her music contract early as she wanted to star in the TVB production. Originally, Niki was scheduled to appear at the costume fitting for My Cruel Lover on January 4th, however the event was cancelled at the last minute.
When asked whether TVB notified Tim Gor to change the casting arrangements and not use Niki, he said, “About ten days ago, I read in the newspaper that Niki’s music company joined the Recording Industry Alliance. Since now is a sensitive time, it is not a good time to contact Niki and cause more problems. I have pleaded with TVB to continue to use Niki as she will be acting and not singing for us. TVB told me to wait awhile. Of course I will respect the company. As I am involved in production only, I will let TVB decide on the matter.”
When will Tim Gor know whether Niki will be able to appear in My Cruel Lover? “The filming schedule for My Cruel Lover will follow its original plan. At this time, I will treat Niki as part of the cast. At the last minute, if she can not appear in the series, I will modify the script and find another female lead. The timing will be a little hurried.”
Did Niki seek to end her contract with BMA in order to film My Cruel Lover? Tim Gor said, “That’s what I read in the newspapers earlier.” Allegedly, Niki’s contract with BMA would expire by the end of January, thus the early termination would just accommodate the situation.
Jayne: It sounds like a good chance that Niki will be able to appear in “My Cruel Lover.” I’m glad to see her back, as she has an infectious, bubbly onscreen persona which I enjoy watching.