The Hong Kong entertainment industry is suffering a great deal from the repercussions of the “Sum On Cheating Scandal,” specifically TVB.
The main characters of the scandal, Andy Hui (許志安) and Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎), have already halted all work and were benched by their respective agencies. Andy canceled his upcoming September concert, while Jacqueline was dropped by most of her endorsers. Her upcoming drama The Offliners <堅離地愛堅離地>, which was slated to pick up the time slot after The Defected <鐵探>, is now officially pulled from broadcast. Plans to air her other upcoming dramas—Finding Her Voice <牛下女高音> and Maid Alliance <丫鬟大聯盟>—have also been postponed. Owen Cheung (張振朗), Jacqueline’s co-lead in The Offliners and Finding Her Voice, was reportedly “extremely furious” about the postponements.
And that isn’t all. TVB’s grand production Forensic Heroes IV <法證先鋒IV>, starring Raymond Wong (黃浩然) is also affected. Reportedly, TVB is under discussions to erase Jacqueline and have her scenes reshot. Although Jacqueline is not a main lead on the show, her role is a pivotal character, and is heavily involved in Raymond Wong’s story arc.
As Forensic Heroes IV has already completed filming and is now in post-production, many artistes weren’t pleased to hear that they may have to reshoot the series. According to a source close to Raymond Wong, he is extremely furious and upset about the possibility of having to reshoot, expressing that the incident has “wasted everyone’s efforts and time.”
Raymond, who is currently overseas, has not responded to the source’s claims. TVB did not officially confirm the reshoots, but Forensic Heroes producer Mui Siu-ching (梅小青) did say that it could be a possibility. At the moment, TVB does not have plans to postpone Forensic Heroes IV’s broadcast timeslot, which is slated for Fall 2019.
In terms of variety projects, Jacqueline’s variety show with Lai Lok-yi (黎諾懿) lost an endorser after the scandal broke out. TVB has plans to replace Jacqueline with Mat Yeung (楊明).
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.