It was true that one will treat biological children more favorably. TVB was a prime example. Allotting departed artists, Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) and Bowie Lam’s (林保怡) series, When Heaven Burns <天與地>, in a “cannon fodder” time slot, TVB may once again treated its former artists, Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) and Joe Ma (馬德鐘), in a similar manner. Their new drama, Flying Tigers <飛虎>, will be airing in a weekend time slot, on Saturdays and Sundays [a time generally with lower ratings].
Joe Ma will be working for TVB’s rival station, City Telecom (CTI) while Jessica Hsuan did not renew her management contract and focused on filming in mainland China. Perhaps Jessica may even have a chance to collaborate with CTI in the near future. Since Jessica was one of TVB’s top former fadans and Flying Tigers featured Joe Ma the the muscular Him Law (羅仲謙) as Special Duties Unit police officers, the drama was quite appealing.
In the past, TVB will only broadcast overseas dramas in their weekend broadcasting time slot. Airing Flying Tigers during the weekend may appear to be a new strategy, while in actuality TVB was attempting to “clean out its drama stock pile.” Since Ricky Wong’s (王維基) CTI will be launching its operations soon, TVB appeared to be unloading dramas starring artists affiliated with CTI, avoiding paving the path for its rival station.
The producer of Flying Tigers, Lam Chi Wah (林志華), denied that TVB’s broadcasting time slot for the drama was due to its cast. Producer Lam said, “This decision is unrelated to the cast members. While filming the drama last year, we decided to launch a new ‘weekend series time slot.’ This resembles how overseas television dramas focus on one case in each episode. We hope to launch a new time when our series can be viewed by the audience, giving TVB and viewers a new experience.”
It was understood that Flying Tigers will be aired during the summer. Due to the grand scale action sequences and stunts featured in Flying Tigers, the drama will likely be broadcast after the 9 PM time slot.
Excerpt from Apple Daily
Jayne: “Flying Tigers” will be interesting to watch out for. I believe the drama is only 13 episodes, thus may have less filler side plots and hopefully focus on critical character and case development instead.