“Return to the Three Kingdoms” Shelved; Ruco Chan’s New Comedy Replaces June Time Slot

By on May 3, 2012 in NEWS, TV Dramas

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Raymond Lam (林峯) and Kenneth Ma’s (馬國明) fantasy ancient drama, Return to the Three Kingdoms <回到三國>, was originally scheduled to broadcast on June 11th in Hong Kong. However, TVB decided to postpone the air date without citing specific reasons. Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Krystal Tin’s (田蕊妮) recently completed romantic comedy will take its time slot instead.

The cast and crew of Return to the Three Kingdoms indicated their surprise by TVB’s sudden change in airing dates. The new broadcast date for the drama was not announced yet. Kenneth Ma noted his surprise, but was not disappointed. He said, “It will be broadcast sooner or later!”

There was a conspiracy theory that TVB was acting petty and postponed the broadcast of Return to the Three Kingdoms due to producer Lau Ka Ho’s (劉家豪) resignation. Kenneth said that was not possible, as Mr. Lau’s wife, producer Mui Siu Ching (梅小青), had also resigned yet Daddy Good Deeds <當旺爸爸> was aired earlier. The couple now work in senior management at rival station, Now TV. Furthermore, Mr. Lau’s final TVB production, Dangerous Protection <護花危情>, will be aired in July.

Kenneth said, “TVB has already invested in the production of this drama. It will not let such [petty] reasons overrule its decision to broadcast it or not!”

Producer Amy Wong’s (王心慰) comedy, Charge! Thin Salary Corps <衝呀!瘦薪兵團>, formerly known as Chok Family, had just completed filming in early April. Currently in the post-production stage, Ms. Wong said that there will be sufficient time to make the final cut prior to airing. Ruco Chan said that he was happy that his recent drama will be seen by audiences shortly. 

Charge! Thin Salary Corps will air on June 11th in Hong Kong. The drama stars Ruco Chan and Krystal Tin as a married couple. Other cast members include Louis Yuen (阮兆祥), Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), Leanne Li ( 李亞男), Jason Chan (陳智燊), and Katy Kung (龔嘉欣).

Source: Oriental Daily

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Jayne: TVB’s decisions regarding broadcast dates seem very abrupt lately. Certainly with the good hype that Sergeant Tabloid has generated, you would think that they would choose to air it sooner as well?

83 comments to “Return to the Three Kingdoms” Shelved; Ruco Chan’s New Comedy Replaces June Time Slot

  1. NP says:

    I’m disappointed. I was looking forward to Return to the Three Kingdom. I do, however, look forward to Ruco and Kristin’s performance. Will they be playing a couple?

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    • lol replied:

      Too early to be disappointed. The series has Raymond, kenneth ma and Tavia who are popular figures in TVB. They’re saving this for a better time. Maybe in Aug or Sept

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      • Fox replied:

        I hope they will save it for next year and air Highs and Lows this year instead :P.

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  2. Crystal says:

    I’m very disappointed I would have liked to see ma Ming sooner again

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  3. irene says:

    I think this might be a plan to air kingdom later like just before the awards so it gives Raymond lam a chance at the best actor award. if they air it now, there wont be much of a hype in Nov

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    • M1RACLE replied:

      Yeah that’s exactly what I was thinking when I read that.

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      • minmin00 replied:

        if they wanted raymond to get best actor, wunt they just air highs and lows??

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      • Vivien replied:

        HAL might air in second half is better for LF. Easier to remember during award voting

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    • J,njk replied:

      but it would make much more sense if they air highs and lows (& gives him a change at best actor nominations) then airing kingdom because i think that highs and lows is a big production

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    • Fox replied:

      If that, they should air Highs and Lows and keep this 3 for next year. In any aspect, HAL looks better than this 3.

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  4. Jill says:

    Nah, they’re saving the more dramatic pieces for later in the year for awards purposes. That and war with CTI.

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    • lol replied:

      In agreement. B3K might just be saved for nearer time to the anniversary just in case Raymond’s HAL can’t finish the editing. Both series look big scale and both has Raymond as lead and TVB might pick one to represent Raymond this year to fight the award.

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  5. Faith says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised the reason they are airing Krystal Tin’s new series because her husband have been in the news lately with his health condition.

    It’s just business with TVB.

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  6. Daisy says:

    Yeah I believe they will air this! This series is too grand to be shelved. But if it does I would be really surprised same with When Heaven Burns

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  7. HeTieShou says:

    I think they are just waiting for a good time to air this series. Good airing time may result in higher ratings.

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    • lol replied:

      yes exactly

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  8. lol says:

    @jayne – There are rumours that TVB will air ST in between July-Aug to make Niki and Laughing in stay in TVB

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  9. Larry 3 says:

    Unless it sucks.

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  10. moses says:

    Do you all think that Return to the Three Kingdoms will be TVB anniversary serial this year since it feature big boy kenneth and raymond in it and big girls like tavia and sharon and even new big boy ruco on it ,is tvb plan to give big boy raymond lam the best actor for tvb?

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    • Addy replied:

      I’m pretty sure The Confidant and Silver Spoon will be the anniversary dramas.

      Honestly, 3K doesn’t seem like it would be that great. It doesn’t look anniversary-material at all.

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      • lol replied:

        Maybe not anniversary but still important because many top boys and girls Raymond, Kenneth, Tavia, Ruco in it. I agree with Addy about the possible anniversary dramas

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      • NX replied:

        Yes, TVB never seems that into this series.

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      • Fox replied:

        The Confidant is Catherine’s or Tommy’s? This SSSS is Tommy’s already, then have to find a Catherine’s to fill in the blank.

        This 3 won’t be aired as anni series, pretty sure. And it looks lame, btw.

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    • lol replied:

      As for Raymond he actually has a more interesting character in HAL. So there is two options if TVB want to prop him up

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    • Fox replied:

      I doubt it. Provide that LF has never had any anniversary series and I doubt it’ll be a change this year.

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  11. Kidd says:

    I’m disappointed that The 3 Kingdom is delayed. I was quite looking forward to it. But, Thin Salary Corps has Jason Chan and Leanne Li, whom I like. I hope they have sufficient screentime in the series.

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    • jayne replied:

      Kidd,
      Hopefully we will not have to wait too long for Return to the Three Kingdoms.

      End of the year will have unveiling of Prominent Family, an exciting cast. I hope the story lives up to expectation.

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  12. simplitee says:

    3K can wait.. Just air HAL this year! 😀

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    • NX replied:

      Yap! Air HAL this year!

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  13. NX says:

    After looking at the trailer, I don’t care when 3K will air. I never that fond of Mr.Lau’s series anyway, his sense of humor just does not fit me. But anyway, when it’s out, I’ll give it a try since the cute guy is in it.

    I think they save the series for next year. I’m fine with that.

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    • Vivien replied:

      3K is comedy so I actually quite interested to see how theyll make it but HAL does look more grand

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      • Fox replied:

        You can watch the oversea trailer to see how they’ll make it, lolz. I think they made it… lame.

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  14. Fox says:

    LKH left TVB but to NowTV who is going to have a link with Txb, so maybe LKH’s place in Txb’s heart dun change much. I guess it won’t be a factor to affect his position and also his wife’s.

    But just keep 3K for next year. If Txb wants LF to win this year, air HAL instead :P.

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    • Vivien replied:

      maybe TVB will air both HAL and 3K to secure LF LOL

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      • Fox replied:

        Uhm, maybe. But all the signs are showing that 3 is postponed for HAL to come. HAL’s crew is shooting poster.

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      • NX replied:

        Hope so, but that’s mean next year he’ll need to film another at the beginning of the year or there’ll be no him for the whole year. With his concert coming up in Jan, I don’t hope he’ll film series arround that time.

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      • looooo replied:

        For your information, nowtv is a satellite pay broadcast channel where it comprise of variety channels of TVB production pay-channels which includes
        802
        TVB Movies
        803
        TVB Food
        804
        TVB E-News
        805
        TVBN
        806
        TVBN 2
        807
        TVB Drama
        808
        TVB Select
        809
        TVB Classic
        810
        TVB Lifestyle
        811
        TVB Kids
        812
        TVBM
        813
        TVBS Asia
        814
        TVBS News
        815
        TVB8
        816
        TVB Encore
        836
        Mainland News
        852
        SZTV
        854

        They are not rival stations , they are co-herent JV companies which indulge profit sharing.

        references:http://translate.google.com.my/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-TW&u=http://www.now-tv.com/&ei=oqikT9ePB4PjrAf_vujhAQ&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC

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    • lol replied:

      HAL looks good

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      • Fox replied:

        Looks better than 3K.

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      • Vivien replied:

        HAL and 3K both interesting! At least better than another Linda series with her boring acting LOL. She’s becoming Kate of last year

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  15. che says:

    i am so annoyed , have been waiting for raymond for a long time!!

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    • Fox replied:

      Maybe you can wait until the end of this year when he has 2 movies to be released.

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      • che replied:

        what movies

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      • Fox replied:

        Saving general Yang and Love is… Pyjamas. Both Pegasus’s. If it’s correct, maybe can have The One Detective in the end of the year or early of next year.

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  16. Applelim says:

    I am very disappointed to hear this news as looking forward to see Three Kingdoms

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    • Grace replied:

      Cant wait to catch 3 Kingdoms as well!!!

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  17. fez says:

    its annoying because a potentially good series are affected by short post-production time. why the rush in broadcasting “Chok Family”? they just finished filming less than a month ago. same deal with Sergeant Tabloid. rushed job with post-production… resulted in the ending being rushed. they don’t even have a theme song.

    3 Kingdoms finished filming ages ago, its time to broadcast it.

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    • lol replied:

      Wasn’t there news about Niki and Michael recording the themesong for ST?

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      • fez replied:

        yes that’s for the hk version which will we don’t when it will air. us foreigners got to watch the rushed version.

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      • fez replied:

        the overseas version had no themesong just random music

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  18. lol says:

    Did anyone notice that Linda is out of favour a bit this year? Although she has 4 dramas out including WP but TVB is clearing out all her series before the ‘golden’ airing times of Sept-Nov which is closer to anniversary, and none of Linda’s series are grand productions.

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    • lol replied:

      The ‘golden’ timeframes(Sep-Nov) will be filled with more crucial and grand series such as SSSS, TC-The confidant or The Eunuch), HAL, Moses, Maggie and Aimee period series, GJ2 and possibly B3K and ROE-formerly ATF.

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      • Fox replied:

        3K was never a big series, and won’t become one.

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      • lol replied:

        It looks more than an average series with many first liners such as Raymond, Kenneth, Tavia and Ruco all on one and can generate hot discussion among fans when it aired.

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      • Fox replied:

        But the investment for it isn’t high, cause to the lack of good quality.

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    • lol replied:

      Some Linda fans told me that WP’s airing is assumed to be at 830pm and that means half of the series will clashed with London Olympics starting July 29 and it leaves them with half hearted excitement. They also don’t understand why TVB is airing all Linda’s series close to one another, they could’ve waited another few months, but we know TVB’s practice that the last few months is for promotional purposes such as SSSS.

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      • Vivien replied:

        Tired of Linda. The new Linda series in July might suffer in ratings because audience tired of her ROFL. Good move by TVB to not promote Linda anymore.

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      • fez replied:

        extremely sick of seeing Linda. she’s had 3-4 series aired within first 5 months of 2012. almost back-to-back.

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      • Vivien replied:

        if the new series to air in july is real Linda will have 4 series back to back in the first 7 months of this year. Really sick.

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    • exoidus replied:

      620 is promoting others now. Whatever Linda will hopefully leave soon anyway.

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      • Fox replied:

        I doubt such thing, lolz. Without TVB, Linda will go to CTI? But did Ricky Wong email/call her? No info :P.

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      • exoidus replied:

        It’s top secret so obviously the doggies couldn’t find any info abt it la 😛

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      • Fox replied:

        Ricky Wong made his calls like an open secret, lolz. If not him, the artists also revealed when they were asked. But neither Ricky nor Linda had something to say, so I reserve my right to doubt 😛 but dun make an assumption. I’m scared that you might attack me to say that I like to make assumption or always think I’m absolutely right. I can’t bear that attack.

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      • exoidus replied:

        Ricky is not stupid he tries to cause trouble within TVB with these rumors of recruiting artists he has no intention of hiring while secretly negotiate with artists of potential e.g. Linda 😛

        LOL, you scared? hahaha
        Im the one that can’t bear the all-powerful attack i.e. accused of being a LIAR, hehe.

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      • Fox replied:

        Haha, I don’t agree with you. But time will be the best answerer for our convo. When Linda will jump ship, then we’ll know how long does it take her to leave Txb and where she’ll go. However if she sticks with Txb for more than 10 years later, I’m afraid that I can’t rmb who she is.

        BTW, do you mean that Ricky dun have any intention with TY – the one who said very loud that Ricky called him and she saved his number?

        You lied, it’s a fact. So it can’t be an attack.

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      • lol replied:

        620 did mention about promoting new faces. The latest one she spoke of includes Mandy Wong and some guys.

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      • Fox replied:

        Good. I want to see new faces in TVB.

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      • exoidus replied:

        Ricky has prolly mixed it up i.e. some rumors are true while others are for pure diversion.

        TY rumor is most likely true, while I doubt abt Kate. It’s not out of question that she made it up to save face or to make TVB value her more.

        I suppose it’s a fact in your mind that I lied. Where’s the evidence? Can’t wait for you to make a case out of it, LOL.

        Btw I will be acquitted since it is a groundless accusation in the first place 😛

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      • Fox replied:

        I’m laughing. What make TY and Kate different? You and your mind only. Why not vice versa that TY made it up and Kate said the truth? LMAO~. All are your biased assumption. And on the other hand, Ricky’s mixed tactic dun include your Linda in it or she is a pure diversion, why not?

        Lolz, or you are saying you are Ricky Wong, haha.

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      • lol replied:

        The new faces that 620 mention are Mandy Wong, Jason Chan, Benjamin Yuen, Kenny Wong, Ruco Chan and Edwin Siu. I think she meant new faces to the frontline.

        Sudden Weekly: 新一代的名字她提到黃智雯、陳智燊、袁偉豪;黃德斌、陳展鵬和蕭正楠也是力捧上位的第二梯隊

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      • exoidus replied:

        What about acting skills and market value?

        Yeah you could be right since I do believe that CTI needs at least one who doesn’t mind intimate scenes with her co-stars and that’s her selling point, LOL.

        @lol,

        thx for the info. Fact is it doesn’t matter as your average TVB series sucks big time. Need to steal and modify ideas from japanese manga…

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      • Fox replied:

        Market value and acting? I don’t consider these things on TY after BTROC anymore, hehe.

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      • Fox replied:

        @lol: Uhm I did read this article of 620 on Sudden. She mentioned of the new bloods on Txb. I hope it’s true. I also think that there is a chance for Joel Chan given by 620.

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      • Fox replied:

        Ah exoidus, forget to mention: Steal ideas from J mangas isn’t a bad idea. Taiwan and Korea did such things and got successful series. Just that how they adapt these mangas. In most of cases, the J series (live action) adapted J mangas are always better than the same adaptions of Taiwan and Korea. For example: Nobody can deny that Hana Yori Dango live action is the best adaption of Hana Yori Dango, over Meteor Garden of Taiwan, Boy over flower of Korea and Meteor Rain of China. Another examples are Hana Kimi, The story of Yamada Tarou.

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      • exoidus replied:

        LOL, fact is you just hate TY for what I know dubious reason.

        Obviously you know much more about the japanese culture compared to me 😛

        Btw, you still haven’t answered my question so I suppose you have many rocks already. Still will a crystal pendant do?

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      • TVBFanatic replied:

        Actually, I didn’t mind TY in BTROC… she’s hasn’t done much for me outside of that though. I thought she managed to play the psycho quite well. Some people know I wasn’t keen on NW’s acting in COTRH, she could have taken pointers from TY’s performance in BTROC imho…

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      • Fox replied:

        Just like you are biased toward Kate, exoidus. But I did judge her acting in this one without considering her personality and I think it’s rather bad. Whatever.

        You can google where is selling Fengshui rock and then ship one to me. Fengshui rock is Fengshui rock, not some kind of crystal. But I don’t mind if you are not rich and only can afford a crystal for me. Put your email here and I’ll give you my address through email. How many rocks I’m having isn’t a matter because it’s your swear to buy me a Fengshui rock :).

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      • exoidus replied:

        LOL, im not biased when it comes to Medusa she is indeed pretty much talentless and can’t even be compared to 2nd line actresses such as Natalie and “lazy one”.

        You forgot the contract clause? i.e. IF you didn’t possess any rocks currently then you will get one from me. I guess you are just desperate after fengshui rocks la.

        I just thought that a crystal pendant is better choice as you can wear it and you seem to own many rocks already. Yeah im dirtpoor and will probably have to live on bread and water for several months to save money for your present, LOL.

        Think the best option is for Jayne to give our respective email to each other. I don’t want to be spammed with emails requesting for these rocks, hehe.

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      • Fox replied:

        Yawn @ you. I don’t want to bother Jayne and who bother to spam your email? Not me. You think you are too important.

        I just want you to do a thing you promised to do. It’s fine if you can’t do it and state it out in here because I don’t really want a rock but I want to see you keep your word and be more responsible with your words. However you are trying to make everything complicated and like I’m forcing you to give me. Remember that it’s you the one who said such thing at first place. Oh man, just say that you don’t/can’t keep your words and everything is solved.

        Overall, I will believe you one more time that you are dirtpoor so I don’t need anything from you. Please take this one like a lesson about considering your situation before giving out a promise.

        Good day to you and hope you can have some money soon.

        =========

        I don’t think Kate is talentless and once again, your own opinion can’t become the fact or the thinking of everyone. Never. In the end of the day, you are biased, so do I. End of story.

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  19. Buddha says:

    Could the serial shelved because of Euro 2012 soccer kick off time.
    Honestly if this drama show during the time clashes with EURO 2012 the fan of kenneth and raymond will not be happy since most guy busy betting on soccer games ,maybe air a weaker serial will do.

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  20. Some Linda fans told me that WP’s airing is assumed to be at 830pm and that means half of the series will clashed with London Olympics starting July 29 and it leaves them with half hearted excitement. They also don’t understand why TVB is airing all Linda’s series close to each other, they could’ve waited another few months, but we know TVB’s

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  22. Vivien says:

    @jayne

    new trailer for 3K is out! Link was in my filtered comment!

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