Lawrence Ng’s (吳啟華) doctor role in TVB drama trilogy, Healing Hands <妙手仁心>, left a deep impression upon viewers. Fourteen years after its broadcast, audiences still considered Lawrence Ng to have embodied his character perfectly, conveying the compassion, grace, and intelligence of a doctor. On April 20th, Lawrence announced that he will be returning to TVB in February 2013 to film a medical drama. It was widely speculated that Lawrence will appear in the sequel to The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時>!
Year-to-date, The Hippocratic Crush was the most highly rated drama in 2012, averaging 31 points in its entire broadcast and peaking at 39 points. The Hippocratic Crush stimulated a renewed interest in medical dramas in Hong Kong. Kenneth Ma’s (馬國明) performance in The Hippocratic Crush was often compared to Lawrence Ng’s Healing Hands, which had aired in 1998. Now, TVB’s most famous neurosurgeons can duel their acting chops in the upcoming sequel!
Lawrence wrote on his blog, “Last night, I met with two old friends in TVB senior management. Discussions to collaborate filming on a drama together went very well. They were very sincere in inviting me to participate in their new medical drama, willing to accommodate my work schedule. TVB even moved their original filming date from November 2012 to February 2013! I was very moved! Thinking about the opportunity to be able to work with former colleagues, I am really happy!”
Lawrence did not have all the details of his role in his new TVB drama. He did not know whether he will be resuming his “Ching Chi Mei” role from the Healing Hands triology. In a separate Weibo blog post, Lawrence also stated that he hoped that the original producer of Healing Hands 1 and 2, Gary Tang (邓特希), would also return to TVB.
With the upcoming ratings battle to occur between TVB and new rival television station, City Telecom (CTI), perhaps TVB needed all the ammunition it can muster.
Source: Ming Pao via ihktv.com
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Jayne: Other than sequels, perhaps TVB should latch on to “crossovers” which have always been popular in fan fiction. Reusing Lawrence Ng’s character name, “Ching Chi Mei” in the sequel to “The Hippocratic Crush” would do wonders in generating more excitement for the series, as it would cross two of TVB’s most brilliant neurosurgeons in one drama!
Maybe Kenneth and Lawrence can fight for Tavia’s affections?
I see producer Gary Tang as possibly fitting in better at CTI?