Following Fala Chen’s (陳法拉) recent decision to not renew her management contract with TVB, other artists whose contracts are expiring this year, including Moses Chan (陳豪) and Michael Tse (謝天華), may also not renew their TVB contracts.
Since his breakthrough role as Laughing Gor in E.U. <學警狙擊>, Michael has enjoyed a rapid rise in fame. Because of his appeal to the Hong Kong public, TVB began to cast him as the male lead in several dramas, including the E.U. spin-off series, Lives of Omission <潛行狙擊>. Michael’s dramas garnered good response, with the recently-aired Sergeant Tabloid <女警愛作戰> earning 32 points in ratings.
Although Michael has found success in TVB, he may not renew his management contract with TVB when it expires this year. However, due to his good relations with TVB, he will continue working with TVB under separate arrangements.
Catherine Tsang Denies Michael Tse’s Departure
With the growing list of artists rumored to be leaving the company, TVB executive, Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍) assured that Moses Chan, Michael Tse, and others were interested in making more money in mainland China, but this did not mean that they were leaving the station.
Catherine also mentioned that former i-Cable presenters, Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) and Tony Hung (洪永城), were very promising. Catherine denied rumors that Moses Chan and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) had complained about the former i-Cable artists. Catherine said, “I don’t believe [Moses and Wayne] are such people. I have seen with my eyes how Wayne taught newcomers acting skills [on set].”
Kenneth Ma and Tavia Yeung Hope to Film in China
In other related news, it is confirmed that Kenneth Ma (馬國明) will not leave TVB as he does not want to leave his familiar and comfortable life in Hong Kong. He would rather earn less and will be content if he can film a mainland China drama each year. Filming for The Hippocratic Crush 2 <On Call 36小時II> yesterday, Kenneth did not have the chance to celebrate Mother’s Day with his mother. However, the filial son said he has frequently buys presents for his mother throughout the year. When asked if his mother has been asking for a daughter-in-law, Kenneth said, “She didn’t say! But she did complain to me about the rising costs of groceries, so I have given her more money.”
Co-star Tavia expressed she would like to have the opportunity to head over to China to earn more money. However, her busy filming schedule in TVB does not allow that to happen. Tavia asked TVB to lessen her workload so that she has the chance to film more mainland dramas.
This article is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.
Note: This article was updated on May 13, 2013 at 11:17 p.m. to reflect Catherine Tsang’s comments on Michael Tse’s departure from TVB.