Sammul Chan (陈键锋) had once expressed his dissatisfaction with TVB, noting that the company gave more promotional opportunities to its managed artists. This was one of the reasons that prompted Sammul to leave the company in 2011. Losing its talent pool to competitors recently, TVB was willing to pay top dollar to have Sammul film Triumph in the Skies 2 <冲上云霄II>!
TVB’s heavy-weight drama, Triumph in the Skies 2 was scheduled to film in July. The “dream cast” included Francis Ng (吴镇宇), Chilam Cheung (張智霖), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒), Flora Chan (陳慧珊), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Ron Ng (吳卓羲), Fala Chen (陈法拉), Kate Tsui (徐子珊), and Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗). The return of Sammul Chan will make the 40-episode drama have an even more impressive cast, guaranteed to pull up ratings!
Charles Chan Singled Out Sammul Chan
It was reported that TVB’s majority stakeholder, Charles Chan (陈国强), had brought in new managers since taking over control of the company in March 2011. Mr. Chan’s Chief Financial Officer turned out to be Sammul’s cousin. Mr. Chan had stated that he wished to have Sammul Chan act in Triumph in the Skies 2, in which TVB was willing to pay Sammul $25,000 HKD per episode to film the sequel.
TVB Favored Its Own Artists
Sammul Chan was often given less opportunities than artists that had management contracts with TVB. Despite his acting talent and rising popularity after Survivor’s Law <律政新人王> and The Academy <學警雄心>, he received only supporting roles in recent years. After refusing to sign a TVB management contract in 2009, Sammul was forced to dress in drag in A Bride for a Ride <王老虎搶親 > and received little screen time in Relic of an Emissary <洪武三十二>.
Although grateful that TVB had cultivated his career, Sammul decided to leave the company in 2011. This decision turned out to be a blessing in disguise. His market value increased several-fold due to the popularity of 2009’s Palace <美人心计>. With City Telecom (CTI) also interested in recruiting him, TVB was eager to clinch Sammul Chan first.
On May 22nd, Sammul took a flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong to rest for three days. He was spotted meeting two male friends at a French restaurant. The 34-year-old actor has not confirmed that he has agreed to film Triumph in the Skies 2 yet. Hopefully, fans will not have to wait long for a positive confirmation!
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Jayne: Even if Sammul agrees to film “Triumph in the Skies 2,” his screen time may be limited due to the star-studded cast. Everyone has to make way for Francis Ng, who will still be the main lead. However, Sammul’s absence has been missed. So it would be great if he decides to film for TVB.
“Triumph in the Skies 2” is a great marketing vehicle for its cast, even if the ensemble cast means that the actors will all have to share limited screen time. Or engage in creative geometric love relationships (pentagon? octagon?) How many men will love Myolie Wu? How many will love Chilam Cheung? Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to have some “bishonen” action either. Maybe some pilot trainee will decide to pose in his uniform and briefs for a Mr. Lau, rocking the airline industry….