More TVB Artists to Join HKTV?

By on August 9, 2013 in NEWS

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After four years, Ricky Wong’s (王維基) HKTV has still not received its official broadcast license. Meanwhile, he allegedly set his target once again at TVB artists, in hopes of having first-line actors join his station to create a stronger crew. Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯), Michael Tse (謝天華), and Fala Chen (陳法拉), were reportedly amongst the ones who were asked.

New TVB drama, Midas <點金勝手>, originally planned to star Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) and Michael Miu, but Michael turned down the offer last minute and said he had other things to do. According to tabloids, it was because he received an offer from Ricky. An insider revealed, “Michael returned to TVB in 2004, in hopes to film dramas for pleasure. Starting off as male lead, he soon dropped to second male-lead. He has not been very satisfied.” Since Michael’s good friend, Felix Wong (黃日華), has been blacklisted by TVB and joined HKTV, it should be easy for Felix to obtain a spot for his friend.

Michael was initially planning to finish filming Midas before leaving, but Ricky reportedly provided him with an opportunity to star in a grand production with Maggie Cheung (張可頤) next year. Hearing the news, he decided it was better to leave now. In an earlier interview, Michael expressed, “After all, I’ve been filming for so many years and have portrayed many different types of characters. Basically, I filmed one drama for TVB each year. They did thoroughly think about what kind of role to offer me, but I still think it’s quite hard. For instance, I’ve been participating in similar genres such as in The Academy <學警雄心> trilogy. I’ve portrayed a policeman many times. What else is there for me to do?”

Veteran TVB actress, Sheren Tang, was reportedly suspended by TVB earlier for publicly criticizing the production of Beauty At War <金枝慾孽II>. Due to the lack of completed and timely scripts, Sheren was involved in an angry exchange on Weibo with script editor, Chow Yuk Ming (周旭明). Her harsh criticism and complaints allegedly put TVB in rage. Now a “frozen” actress, HKTV was rumored to have taken this opportunity to ask her to join them instead.

On the other hand, Michael Tse’s TVB management contract came to an end a few months ago. Having been in the company for many years, “Laughing Gor” can be considered his breakthrough role. Unfortunately, Michael was unable to grasp the TV King title that year, and his chances in the upcoming years are slim. It has been reported that he does not plan to renew his TVB contract and is now deciding whether or not to join HKTV.

Fala Chen, who is currently brushing up on acting skills in New York, was also reported to have no plans of renewing her TVB contract. Earlier, Simon Yam (任達華) shared he spotted Fala meeting with Ricky. It was possible that Ricky was trying to persuade Fala to work for HKTV.

In addition, HKTV has also reportedly contacted Lynn Hung (熊黛林) and Jordan Chan (陳小春) for opportunities in their upcoming series.

Sources: Apple Daily; Apple Daily

This article is written by Shirley for JayneStars.com.

37 comments to More TVB Artists to Join HKTV?

  1. sandcherry says:

    Glad that HKTV has or will be able to recruit so many good veteran artists. Shame on TVB who only asked the veterans to teach and promote their siu sangs or fadans. They never created a good drama series just for the veterans. Anyway, TVB scripts are getting worse and worse. No longer interested in TVB scripts, as a result TVB drama series.

    Hope HKTV will get their licence soon. Otherwise, they will be in big trouble. I want to see some really good drama series, like the classic ones in the past, with good storyline and good acting. I don’t care too much about fresh, young, and pretty faces. I am not an idol fan anyway.

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  2. sandcherry says:

    Hope Sheren Tang will sign up with HKTV. In that case, I can watch her drama series in Cantonese, not in Mandarin if she only films in Mainland China.

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    • sheldon replied:

      Sheren will never sign with HKTV, she is freelance. Sheren said that she doesn’t like being trapped in a contract, so I believe she will never sign with HKTV. She will definitely stay in Mainland to film

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Sheren Tang can sign up with HKTV on a per-series basis. I know she won’t sign any management contract.

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      • llwy12 replied:

        Actually, that’s not necessarily true. HKTV gives alot of freedom to its artists. For example, Ha Yu and Paw Hee Ching are only signed on for 1 series with them (so they aren’t really even a ‘per series’ contract if we want to get technical) — and even though they signed 1 series, that doesn’t mean they are ‘tied down’, as they are free to film with any other station they want to (which is unlike what TVB does). People have to understand that signing a contract with HKTV is very different from signing a contract with TVB….

        As for whether Sheren will sign with HKTV or not…it’s actually a very huge possibility because they are doing all the things that she has been advocating all these years (i.e. 100% complete script prior to filming, filming in real life locations rather than with fake sets, sufficient time for rest, etc.). Oh and don’t forget that she actually praised Ricky Wong on her Weibo last year (rumor has it that’s one reason why she supposedly got ‘blacklisted’ by TVB).

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      • sandcherry replied:

        I hope Sheren Tang will film some drama series in Hong Kong. However, if she films some drama series for HKTV, she will probably be blacklisted for a while. TVB is rather “stingy” and does not like to take artistes back after they sign up with the competitors.

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      • Bec replied:

        TVB needs Sheren more than Sheren needs TVB 😛

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  3. based says:

    Wait, so is it confirmed that Michael Miu left TVB? If so, that’s a huge loss…there’s very few male leads with his presence with his screen presence.

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    • based replied:

      very few male leads left with his screen presence. messed up there.

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  4. azndoraemon says:

    I can’t wait to watch more HKTV dramas.

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  5. AC says:

    Michael Miu already clarified that he still has a contract with tvb and will not be joining hktv. Also, he’s never been dropped to second lead in any of his series and is always first lead. Laughing and Fala are only mentioned because they currently don’t have a tvb contract but they’re still on good terms with them so I don’t see them going over, especially since they can probably make more in Mainland. The only one I can see happening is Sheren since she is on bad terms with some people at tvb.

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    • llwy12 replied:

      Yup…to me, this is another example of tabloids making up crap because they have nothing better to do.

      Just because an artist leaves TVB doesn’t mean that they are automatically going to be recruited by HKTV….people leave for different reasons and not all artists like to talk about what their future plans are, but the tabloids love to take advantage of artists’ ‘vague’ answers and spin a story out of it. Pathetic…

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      • sheldon replied:

        I agree with u. They are definitely making things up. Those pathetic tabloids, always trying to make their sells go up, without thinking about other. They are ridiculous bunch.

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  6. H says:

    I really really really hope they get their license soon!

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    • H replied:

      Michael Miu, Sheren Tang and Maggie Cheung all in 1 drama sounds good!

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  7. Jill says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Maggie C, Sheren T, and Michael M in a series together. That would be nice. Throw in Felix too and that’s a real grand production.

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    • sandcherry replied:

      Excellent! Sheren and Maggie both act very well.

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      • sandcherry replied:

        Excellent idea ……….. 2 male actors vs. 2 female actresses……… and they are all good.

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      • Tam replied:

        i love this idea!!

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  8. TN1 says:

    Awesome! But d waiting is dreadful!!!!! c’mon give them d licence Mr VIP! Me wanna watch Sheren Tang!

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  9. Loki says:

    This is interesting development. HKTV doesn’t have any TV license to broadcast but is loading up on programming. Ricky Wong must have a hell of a lot of money to spend on this adventure of his. By the time these programs air, it would be so dated that it probably is not even worth the time. Who today has the time to sit in front of a TV waiting for things to broadcast. HKTV’s business model is so ass backwards. Doesn’t Ricky Wong own a telecom/broadband Internet provider? Can he not stream the programming or put it on iTunes to download. At least the guy will be making some money on his investments. There is no guarantees that he will ever get a license simply because it is a media license and I am pretty damn sure the Chinese government will want to keep a tight leash on those. You got to give Ricky Wong some props for trying…

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    • jayne replied:

      Loki,
      Ricky Wong likely doesn’t want to broadcast the series on the Internet without serving it on the local TV network first. He is not necessarily interested in short-term revenue, and has confidence in obtaining the HK government approval. HKTV dramas were filmed early with the intention that the station will have wide-ranging selection of programming once they start broadcasting.

      It’s like buying all the merchandise and stocking up a store before grand opening. Ricky sees the dramas as prerequisite investment, along with the TV production staff payroll.

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  10. lol says:

    Don’t join just yet wait until the station gets the license first

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    • nick replied:

      I think they get paid regardless or else I wouldn’t think any of these actors would jump to HKTV. How long does it take for them to get a license? By the time HKTV gets its license all the series would be old…

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      • Larry 3 replied:

        The Hong Kong government is slow. They will have to wait for TVB and ATV license to expire.

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  11. lol says:

    Michael mui isn’t a second male lead his a heavy weight first male lead

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    • GD replied:

      Yes

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  12. sheldon says:

    really hope they don’t get their license

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    • MrsTorres replied:

      Same here. Hahaha I hope everything back fire on Ricky.

      Always the top choice TVB!!

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    • Coconut replied:

      Why? What harm to you? You scared hktv will kick tvb butt and fire your fav?

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    • Ling replied:

      It is better to have competition so that the quality will be better . Hope they get their license as soon as possible .

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    • Panzer replied:

      Why would you say something like this? This is probably the poorest attempt at trolling I have seen this year.

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  13. bloom says:

    I dont really watch TVB shows anymore as I prefer to watch those veteran artiste as they can really act & potray the character so well. I wish them all the best with the new tv station.

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    • sandcherry replied:

      Me, too.

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  14. jd says:

    how about having Felix Wong and Adam Cheng? i want to see these two together on a series of Stock Marker/Business Theme like Greed of Man

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    • Panzer replied:

      That would be a great and weird pairing I think.
      Wonder how low the stock market would go if that happened? I don’t think that would be a great idea for them to make until they get their license and overtake TVB.

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  15. anoninhk says:

    michael dropped to 2nd male lead? that’s news to me! he actually started off in 2nd, even 3rd male lead roles when first returning to tvb and climbed back to the top after a couple of years.

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