“Oh My Grad” Premieres September 25
Oh My Grad <老表，畢業喇!>, the third installment to Wong Cho-lam’s (王祖藍) Inbound Troubles <老表系列> series, is Roger Kwok (郭晉安) and Ada Choi’s (蔡少芬) first collaboration in seventeen years. Much like its two predecessors, the comedy show focuses on current issues that Hong Kong society has to face this—and this time, the issue focuses on the Hong Kong educational system.
Roger Kwok plays To Ming-chi, the hot-blooded headmaster of a boarding school who is forcibly transferred to a local private college opened up by his father, portrayed by Bowie Wu (胡蜂). His values toward education clashes with the school’s executive director Mon Jeh, who has a practical mind. Though the two do not get along, they overcome their differences through their similar struggles.
Mon Jeh, a struggling single mother who also faces the label of being a “tiger mother”, is very strict with her son. Her severe parenting puts a straing in their relationship. Ada said, “[My] role is a mirror of many mothers today. I’m not acting it. There are mothers who are very much like my character. This story also reflects the stress that many children today have to face in regards to their education.”
As for working with Ada for the first time in seventeen years, Roger said, “I’ve never thought that this would happen. She still talks super fast.”
Eliza Sam (岑麗香) and Louis Cheung (張繼聰) play guest-starring supporting roles in this installment. Eliza plays a popular, well-liked student, known for being “the goddess” of campus. Louis, on the other hand, plays a former school worker who gets incarcerated after Roger’s testimony. He seeks his revenge on Roger after his release from prison.
The third installment introduces newcoming cast members Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜), Babyjohn Choi (蔡瀚億), and Mag Lam (林欣彤) in her TVB drama debut. Mag and Babyjohn play a couple on the show—both young college students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Joyce plays an “overseas big sister” who commands presence whenever she enters a room. Babyjohn plays the spoiled son of a rich couple who learns about the importance of education.
Oh My Grad premieres on TVB Jade on September 25, 2017.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
Let me savour the name BABYJOHN for a moment… Angelababy has a twin now. What a name.
Saw Ep 1 and sorta enjoyed it. Is Wong Cho Lam playing the same role as in part 2? Is Choi Sum the same name?
However Ada Choi has aged a lot. A bit shocked to see her so thin and tired. Roger doesn’t fare much better. Time has passed.
@funnlim Choi Sum is WCL’s character from the first installment. Despite him taking center stage in the poster, WCL only has a cameo role in this installment…supposedly his character will be coming and going throughout the series.
Yea, Ada and Roger do look old and tired…many of the veterans have looked that way in other series too but they seem to look fine in other programs and at events. Part of me feels like it’s TVB makeup department not quite catching up to the HD that all their series are aired in nowadays.
The second installment was god-awful for the most part and honestly not sure how this one is going to fare. At this point, the only part I’m interested in watching will be the segment where Ram Tseung, Rita Carpio, and Joe Tay perform a song together, though no clue which episode that will be in. Other than that, I feel like this series will be a waste of time to watch…
@funnlim apparently, the stage name babyjohn is taken from the bible because he’s quite religious? i remember seeing a interview about it a while back
Babyjohn has been around for a couple of movies, nothing special about his acting.
Ada has aged, weight loss and her voice is a bit raspy/tired. I can tell she is really trying to hit that comedic timing.
I thought it was ok, I guess better than part 2, we’ll wait and see.
@lileric I actually quite enjoy Babyjohn’s acting and he’s a big reason why I’m watching this drama (Ada and Louis are the main reason) as I didn’t bother with the first two. I’m not impressed with Babyjohn’s character yet but thought he did rather well in the movies Shockwave and Imprisoned: Survival Guide for Rich and Prodigal.
Well done to Babyjohn for replacing Wong Cho Lam as the most annoying character on our screens! It’s a difficulty void to fill…
So the young actor who plays master shih is Babyjohn? I would have thought WCL missed a great chance to play that role but I understand he’s busy. His Choi Sum is so funny. But I gotta admit I laughed at the RIP scene and also on his dad-day and ma-may English/Cantonese combo. Very funny. I think he’s doing fine. Mag (or is it Meg?) is also doing well.
But I feel her character is illogical.she’s supposed to be best student and has degree etc why not show her become university lecturer ? Surely with such academic excellence she doesn’t need some diploma in education and then teach secondary school? Feels like going backwards.
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