New “Housewife Killers,” Ruco Chan and Jason Chan, to Save TVB Ratings?
Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), Louis Yuen (阮兆祥), Jason Chan (陳智燊), and Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) promoted new TVB drama, No Good Either Way <衝呀！瘦薪兵團> the day before. Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) believed that No Good Either Way will be able to attract the housewives in Hong Kong to support the drama, due to “Housewife Killers” Ruco Chan and Jason Chan! With TVB’s recent slump in ratings, will office comedy, No Good Either Way, become the sleeper hit that TVB desperately needs?
Netizens noted that Master of Play <心戰> was unpopular among the middle-aged population due to its serial killer subject material and arcane plot. Thus, TVB wished to win back viewership ratings by airing comedy, No Good Either Way. After filming the drama in April, Producer Amy Wong (王心慰) was asked to rush post-production work to meet the broadcast deadline.
High Hopes for Ruco Chan
No Good Either Way will be broadcast in Hong Kong on June 11, 2012, replacing the 8:30 PM time slot of comedy, House of Harmony and Vengeance <耀舞長安>. No Good Either Way will be available for viewing to mainland China audiences via PPS.tv, in which the online community had good predictions for the drama. TVB comedies were usually well received by local audiences, such as Daddy Good Deeds <當旺爸爸> which peaked at 35 points earlier this year.
Since Ruco Chan shot to fame after last year’s The Other Truth <真相>, he has gained a wide following eager to see him in another TVB drama. In No Good Either Way, Ruco will portray a regular salaryman oppressed by a domineering boss. Netizens hoped that Ruco will becoming another “Laughing Gor,” in which he will be able to secure popularity and status among TVB’s first line actors when No Good Either Way airs.
Aside from Ruco, No Good Either Way also featured heavily promoted newcomer, Jason Chan. The 34-year-old was born and raised in Great Britain. Jason’s handsome exterior, good education and background has crafted a wholesome image which was well received by audiences since he appeared in Be Home for Dinner <誰家灶頭無煙火>. Jason Chan and Natalie Tong will portray a romantic couple in No Good Either Way.
At the promotional event for No Good Either Way, Natalie revealed that she had suffered from a fever while filming new TVB drama, Detective Columbo < 神探哥倫布>. Her voice grew hoarse after repeatedly shouting in a beating scene with Glen Lee (李霖恩). Natalie was ordered to take a few days of rest to recover before returning to work.
Watch Ruco Chan and Louis Yuen Sing the Theme of “No Good Either Way”
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Jayne: Ruco Chan and Jason Chan are very handsome leading men! If the story of No Good Either Way holds up, this series may boost their popularity further. I don’t expect the drama to be a major bomb that would potentially hurt their careers in any way though. The housewives in Hong Kong do need some fluffy diversion from murder and more murders in Master of Play.