Three Hours of Oceane Zhu Every Night
It’s not a strange sight to see TVB reusing the same actors in their dramas over and over again. Two years ago, veteran Hong Kong actor Law Lok Lam (羅樂林) made it to the international news when he died in five different television dramas that aired in a 24-hour period, shooting off a discussion about how TVB lacks sufficient number of supporting actors in their productions.
The complaint was brought up again earlier this year when veteran actress, Mary Hon (韓馬利), made it to the news about how her characters in both Friendly Fire <女警愛作戰> and Missing You <幸福摩天輪>, which were broadcast on the same days, had the same story arc that dealt with her reuniting with her sons.
TVB’s prime time slot usually contains the broadcast of three local television dramas that air in a row. The first line is usually reserved for family-friendly sitcoms; the second line is reserved for regular serials, while the third and final line is reserved for programs that are classified with a PG (Parental Guidance) rating.
Oceane Zhu (朱璇) is currently starring in all three lines. She has been renewed to a series regular in the first line sitcom, Come Home Love <愛．回家>, since late 2012. Oceane’s starring television drama with Niki Chow (周麗淇), Sergeant Tabloid <女警愛作戰>, is currently airing as a second line serial. Third line serial A Great Way to Care 2 <仁心解碼II>, which features Oceane in a supporting role, premiered earlier last week.
Oscar Leung (梁烈唯) and Matthew Ko (高鈞賢) have also been regularly appearing on television. Both actors are currently being featured in Sergeant Tabloid and A Great Way to Care 2.
Viewers Are Delighted and Confused
Despite Oceane’s poor Cantonese, viewers praised the Beijing-born beauty for her natural acting talent and charisma. However, although Oceane’s scene-stealing performance in Sergeant Tabloid is positively received by critics, featuring her in all three dramas have confused viewers.
Viewers also found it ironic that Oscar Leung, who guest starred as a drug-induced youth in an episode of Sergeant Tabloid, is portraying a psychiatry resident in A Great Way of Care 2. A netizen commented, “He finally got rid of the drugs and came back as a doctor.”
In regards to the reuse of actors, TVB stated that they are aware of the situation and have been working on trying to improve the situation. However, due to the station’s recent staff drain, it has been increasingly difficult to prevent the overlap from occurring.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.