Charmaine Sheh (佘詩曼) is confirmed to star in TVB’s News Anchorwoman < NEWS新聞女王>. Rounding out the powerful cast will be Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Shaun Tam (譚俊彥). Selena Lee (李施嬅), Samantha Ko (高海寧), and Regina Ho (何依婷) will portray anchorwomen fighting for the primetime spot.
Produced by Chung Cheng (鍾澍佳), filming will start in March, lasting about half a year. Dramas revolving around the news network are often seen in South Korea and the United States, but this is the first time TVB is embracing the genre. No stone is left unturned in regards to the script and costume design. TVB will also hire a movie crew to help with art direction and lighting. As it is a collaboration with China, the filming method will follow their standards.
Shaun will portray Charmaine’s love interest, while Kenneth plays Charmaine’s news partner in the primetime slot. Kenneth’s character is witty and very adept at building his network connections, so he often competes with Charmaine. As filming for the drama will not start until March, he is currently planning and doing a lot of research for his own wedding with Roxanne Tong (湯洛雯). The couple is happy that a lot of wedding sponsors have approached them.
Samantha will play an intelligent and cheerful morning news anchor. As Kenneth’s protégé, she is trained by him to become Charmaine’s replacement. As her character does not have any financial backing from her family, she can only rely on herself to get what she wants. “Every industry will have interpersonal conflicts. The drama will show the good and malicious side of humans, so it’ll be fun!”
Selena plays Kenneth’s ex-girlfriend, who has an honest personality with a tough exterior. Although she is passionate about work and has strong moral principles, things change as events unfold. Experiencing a health scare with a severely weakened immune system, Selena had stopped work completely last year. “It was really scary and I was very anxious. Now, I will try my best to schedule work accordingly and relax. Knowing that Chung Cheng is the producer makes me relieved, as we won’t have overnight filming and we’ll have enough time to rest. Even now, I am still monitoring my health.” Selena looks forward to working with the producer for the first time. “
Another reason why Selena agreed to the role was the chance to work with Charmaine again. They had worked together in When Easterly Showers Fall on the Sunny West <東山飄雨西關晴>, Can’t Buy My Love <公主嫁到>, and Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>. Currently on vacation with her husband Anson Cha, Selena is still reading through the script to prepare for her new role.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.