The theme of rivalry and revenge has always been one of the most popular genres for Hong Kong television viewers. TVB’s recent hit drama, Divas in Distress <巴不得媽媽…>, also explores on those themes – but comically. Starring Liza Wang (汪明荃) and Gigi Wong (黃淑儀), their first collaboration in thirty years, Divas in Distress is about how Liza and Gigi, portraying two popular television actresses in the seventies, grow to dislike each other after various misunderstandings. Thirty years later, Gigi’s son, Chin Ka Lok (錢嘉樂) falls in love with Liza’s daughter, Yam, and sired a son, Michel, with her. However, Yam dies from childbirth, and Liza holds a grudge against Chin Ka Lok and his family ever since.
Since its premiere on August 27, the ratings for Divas in Distress stayed toe-to-toe with the ratings of King Maker <造王者>, which aired its final episode last weekend. Although overshadowed by King Maker’s epic finale, Divas in Distress only staggered a couple of ratings points behind, and achieved an average rating of 30 points and peaked at 35 points.
Divas in Distress will air its final episode this coming Sunday, September 23. In the finale, Liza discovers that Michel’s blood type is different from Chin Ka Lok’s, but the same as his grandfather’s, Henry Lee (李成昌). She concludes that Chin Ka Lok may not be Gigi and Henry’s biological son. In a hilarious conclusion, it turns out that Henry had mixed up his own blood type, so Liza’s worries are finally over.
On the other hand, Liza’s son, Him Law (羅仲謙) and Gigi’s neice, Mandy Wong (黃智雯) will finally get engaged. Chin Ka Lok and Eliza Sam (岑麗香) will also have their happy ending. The feminine, but straight “So Gay” (Koo Ming Wah 古明華) and the tomboy Lo Lo (Wan Yu Hung 溫裕紅) will also become a couple.
No Word on a Sequel Yet
In an interview with Metro Radio yesterday, Koo Ming Wah discussed his recent rise in popularity. He laughed and said, “It’s true that I’ve been doing more interviews lately, but my work has not increased much!” Asked if people often mistook him to be very feminine due to his character, he laughed again, “It’s not that they’re mistaken, it’s that they think it’s true! They’re not used to seeing the real, manlier me!”
As of now, Koo Ming Wah has not heard of any news of TVB planning for a sequel to Divas in Distress. He joked that everyone should send in letters of suggestions to put pressure on TVB to do one.
When the topic of Him Law’s “car-shaking” scandal with Tavia Yeung (楊怡), came up, Koo Ming Wah teased, “When you’re in love, you’ll do it anywhere! But my wife and I are way too old to do that. Maybe they’ve been really busy!”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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