TVB Scrambles to Develop Female Leads

In the last three years, TVB has been scrambling to build up a new generation of acting talent after Nancy Wu (胡定欣), Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), Selena Lee (李施嬅), and Grace Wong (王君馨) left the company. There are many dramas planned to start filming and all producers are fighting for the same actresses. Due to the shortage of high caliber talent, producers cast actresses who may not have been ready for the responsibility.

Among its A-listers, Ali Lee (李佳芯), Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) and Samantha Ko (高海寧) are not involved in any upcoming dramas. . It is now said that Samantha’s meetings to renew her contract are going well, and there is a high chance she will continue working with the station.

Mandy Wong (黃智雯), Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), and Elaine Yiu (姚子羚)are currently filming TVB and Shaw Brothers productions, and will likely be taking vacations afterward. Looking forward to recharge, Sisley expressed, “As artistes, we lose out on life when we’re busy filming. So we need to rest and discover life again. But I won’t be doing anything special, just daily things.”

Currently leading The Beauty of War <美麗戰場>, Jeannie Chan (陳瀅) has been heavily criticized for her performance Fortunately, this has not affected her motivation to promote the drama. She held a live talk recently with good friend and co-star Moon Lau (劉佩玥), while sharing a photo album that she made for the drama with pictures of the cast. Jeannie plans to give away the photo book in a contest after the drama finishes airing.

Kaman Kong (江嘉敏) has increasing opportunities, she fell ill while filming for mini series, Golden Wanli <黃金萬両> leading to a dysregulated immune system and skin allergies all over her body. Kaman is still not fully recovered, and is currently being treated with both Western and Chinese Traditional medicine.

TVB has been grooming Hera Chan (陳曉華),Angel Chiang (蔣家旻), Erica Chan (陳嘉慧), and Crystal Fung (馮盈盈), hoping to transition them into lead roles. Angel in particular had won praise for her portrayal of her conniving character in The Beauty of War.

For next year, TVB will be partnering with Chinese companies to produce heavily-financed projects and followups to successful dramas. This includes: such as Enterprise Strong Men <企業強人> starring Moses Chan (陳豪) and Shaun Tam (譚俊彥) in January; Your Highness 2 <痞子殿下2> starring Jeannie and Kalok Chow (周嘉洛) in March; Kids’ Lives Matter 2 <星空下的仁醫2>; Sinister Beings 2 <逆天奇案2> starring Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Rosina Lam (林夏薇); and Rosy Business 4 <巾幗梟雄4> starring Sheren Tang (鄧萃雯) and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥) in April. Although the original leading cast are set to return, it is likely heavily promoted actresses will also be cast to increase their exposure levels.


This article is written by Kiki for

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  1. Don’t agree on Natalie’s talent and didn’t notice the TV station giving Grace Wong opportunities.
    Jeannie has never been a good actress, neither have those newest generation actresses whom they are trying to push to leading actresses show potential too.

  2. I actually think it should be Kaman Kong before all the bad press. If you go back to her early days in film and television, she’s a natural. Next, will be Joey Thye but she’s in a league of her own. I see Joey like a Kate Tsui–indifferent about showbiz but talented.

    There’s something about Jeannie I can’t put my finger on that makes her distracting and not in a good way. She’s pretty and I actually like her fashion choices but her roles are always so unrealistic that I just can’t see the acting range. She has potential though. FYY is in a league of her own like Joey but louder. She is wealthy already. She has the charisma, looks, and talent. The talent is limited to 3 types of roles only: career woman who seems standoff-ish, rogue/girl in a gang, and I will think of the third one. Grace Wong is an entertainer not actress. I hate, hate to say it but she can adapt well and work hard because she perseveres but she really is a better dances and entertainer on reality shows.

  3. I only finished one tvb drama this year, have either barely touched the rest or have given them up early. And the one I did finish was Hello Misfortune . Not a good sign for me at all

  4. I find Jeannie’s acting very one note. She is pretty at certain angles, and a bit above average in others. The scene where Angel pushed her back into the crazy guy in the currently airing drama was done so bad. She just does the big eye thing. I think Moon is a much better actress. I actually think most of the other actresses in the drama is a better than her.

  5. Jeannie irritates the heck out of me, she is so terrible at acting her new show, I skip most of her parts because the moment she does the eye thing and talks in that voice, I can’t watch it. Out of everyone mentioned I’d rather watch Angel and Moon. Hera and Crystal too. Who gave her the lead in this show??? She’s just terrible

  6. I think Priscilla Wong is taking a break; she’s one of TVB’s best actresses at the moment along with Ali. Sad Grace Wong left. I loved her. I also enjoy Sisley and Moon Lau. I’m also interested in seeing Venus Wong in more shows. Mandy Wong is not captivating on screen. Jeannie is being forced onto the audience too much. I like Samantha but she’s also overexposed. The rest I don’t even care to know about…

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