TVB finally secured limited broadcasting hours to air the London 2012 Summer Olympics along with ATV, after a drawn-out negotiation with i-Cable. Earlier, when TVB thought it will be unable to broadcast the Olympics, it made drastic programming decisions to secure ratings. Aside from producing the star-studded variety program, TV Funny <玩转三周1/2>, TVB decided to cut the length of Bosco Wong’s (黄宗泽) Witness Insecurity <护花危情> to make way for Kevin Cheng’s (郑嘉颖) Ghetto Justice 2 <怒火街头 II> ! Was Bosco Wong sacrificed in order to boost Kevin Cheng?
“Witness Insecurity” Not Well Regarded by TVB
A production crew member leaked that TVB executive, Virginia Lok (乐易玲), favored Kevin Cheng and suggested that Ghetto Justice 2 be broadcast earlier, while sacrificing Witness Insecurity. Many of Bosco Wong’s explosion and action scenes will now be cut from the drama!
An insider revealed, “Bosco risked his life to film this drama! He requested to film many car chase scenes and dangerous stunts without the use of stunt doubles!” TVB’s decision to trim down the length of Witness Insecurity allegedly made the drama’s production staff quite upset.
Originally marketed as 20 episodes, Witness Insecurity has now been cut down to 19 episodes. Director Ludwig Ng (伍兆荣) confirmed, “Yes, the episodes have been trimmed down to 19 episodes. Producer Lau Ka Ho (刘家豪) is very concerned and often calls us to find out about the ratings results.”
TVB reportedly did not regard Witness Insecurity highly and did not expect it to perform well in ratings. Compared to another currently aired drama, Three Kingdoms RPG <回到三国>, TVB arranged far less promotional events for Witness Insecurity. However, Witness Insecurity’s ratings peaked at 35 points, surpassing even Three Kingdoms RPG! Despite the good performance of Witness Insecurity, TVB did not arrange a celebratory dinner for the cast and crew.
It was understood that Witness Insecurity was originally scheduled to air at the end of the year. Since producer Lau Ka Ho left TVB to work for now TV, the drama was aired during the summer instead.
Virginia Lok Did Not Watch “Witness Insecurity”
TV King, Kevin Cheng’s popularity surged after last years’ broadcast of Ghetto Justice. To boost the anticipation of the sequel, TVB aired Ghetto Justice in the midnight time slot in June.
Regarding allegations that she advocated to cut the length of Witness Insecurity, Virginia Lok said, “I do not know! The length and content of each drama is controlled by the production department. Why would it involve the artist department? I do not even know which drama will be aired next!” Ms. Lok said that she did not even suggest a drama’s airing time slot.
Regarding sacrificing Witness Insecurity for Ghetto Justice 2, Ms. Lok said, “I do not even know how many episodes are in Witness Insecurity! I did not watch the drama!” When it was pointed out that she favored Kevin Cheng, Ms. Lok said, “No, no, I have to go home now!”
Bosco Wong has been unable to be reached for comment, since he is currently filming mainland drama, The Woman Above the Bread Tree (面包树上的女人) in China.
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Jayne: By reducing Witness Insecurity to 19 episodes, which would make the finale fall on a Thursday night, did TVB hope to broadcast the first episode of Ghetto Justice 2 on a Friday night? This would make it coincide with the start of the Olympics…which may actually make the ratings suffer for Ghetto Justice 2.
Witness Insecurity has been under-promoted by TVB. Can this be the reason why Bosco did not take time off from filming his mainland drama to take photos for the highly regarded 45th Anniversary photo shoot, which gathered 329 artists?