Youku Promotes Seven TVB Dramas
A first look at upcoming TVB productions.
Holding a press release in Shanghai last week, Chinese video streaming giant Youku introduced its upcoming programs Asia Super Young <亞洲超星團> and Brothers! That Can’t Be! <不服啊!我的哥>, which feature a megawatt cast of coaches and guest stars. Collaborating frequently with Youku in recent years, TVB also unveiled seven new dramas, including two sequels and five all-new productions.
In the posters unveiled, Flying Tiger 3 and The Impossible 3 were the first two in the lineup and were marked with “Youku VIP”, showing their blockbuster drama status. Appearing in three out of the seven dramas is actor Roger Kwok (郭晉安), who has left the station but has since returned for various productions.
A quick look at the upcoming dramas:
- Flying Tiger <飛虎之壯志英雄>
Besides the return of familiar cast members Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Ron Ng (吳卓羲) and Oscar Leung (梁競徽), as well as Joe Ma’s (馬德鐘) iconic character, Flyering Tiger will also welcome a new microbiologist character played by Roger Kwok.
- The Impossible 3 <非凡三侠>
Starring Chilam Cheung (張智霖), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), Sammy Sum (沈震軒) and Jacky Cai (蔡潔), this suspense drama tells the story of three ordinary individuals who join hands to resolve an unexpected crisis, and become hotly pursued by both cops and triads due to their involvement in a series of mysterious cases.
- Big White Duel 2 <白色強人2>
The highly anticipated sequel to Big White Duel, which saw Kenneth Ma (馬國明) in his award-winning male lead role, its cast will likely comprise of Roger, Moses Chan (陳豪), Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) who just inked her contract last month, although the lack of any faces or names on the text-only poster raises the possibility of unforeseen changes.
- Shadow of Justice <伙記辦大事>
Starring Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華) and Joe Ma, the production is also actress Joey Meng’s (萬綺雯) farewell drama at TVB.
- An Unforgotten Day <失憶24小時>
Starring Roger Kwok, Shaun Tam (譚俊彥), Grace Wong (王君馨) in the leads, An Unforgotten Day revolves around two characters of vastly different backgrounds and identities whose fates intertwine due to a 24-hour memory loss. Filming has commenced in end of 2019.
- Detective Investigation Diaries <刑偵日記>
The tentatively named production will star a strong veteran cast of Kara Hui (惠英紅), Alice Chan (陳煒), Philip Keung (姜皓文), Vincent Wong (王浩信), and Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪). While Kara, Philip and Benjamin had also headlined The Defected <鐵探> last year, Investigation Diaries is not a sequel attempt. Kara will play a recovered mental patient while Vincent plays her son who has multiple personality disorder.
7. The Witness <木棘证人>
Filming had ended 2019 for this drama, which will see Him Law’s (羅仲謙) policeman character protect Kelly Cheung’s (張曦雯) lawyer persona in a first-time pair-up.
This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com.
Does anyone know when the impossible 3 is coming out? They said later this year. Interesting cast so I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Obvi excited for DID such a good cast and interesting storyline + characters.
@tt23 I don’t think its in the list of drama airing this year, so it’s probably coming out next year. Since it’s only 6 episodes it can come out anytime.
@scre ahh okay. I saw somewhere it was but things changed I guess.
Also unpopular opinion maybe but I thought roger was better in big white duel than Kenneth? Also didn’t think big white duel was that good. I thought the defected was better tbh
@tt23 The defected definitely deserved the best drama award, it was one of the best crime drama in recent years. I agree that big white duel was just average, on call 36 was better imo. For me roger is a better actor than kenneth, but I think kenneth performs betters in medical dramas. Also tvb gave him the ba award just because he got nominated a lot of times and never got it. The sequel of big white duel will be interesting with the additions of nancy and moses, just wished ali was there instead o natalie.
@scre it was better but tvb has to split the pie evenly you know. Also seems like Big White Duel had the bigger budget so they had to “recognize” it in some way. Big White Duel’s characters were written rather poorly if you ask me.
@bubbles23 definitely. Only characters that had any growth was roger and ali both prob also poorly written but because of their skill set, they brought life to the character.
I don’t have anything against Natalie at all but she’s just soooo one tone. Every drama.
@tt23 I’m actually watching rerun right now and it’s so stupid for Kennis to hide her heart disease and still do surgeries. Lol yeah still irks me how Natalie won BA. Zero charisma in recent years
@bubbles23 The crazy thing is Natalie beat Jessica that year with the same drama.
@luye I wouldn’t say she beat Jessica lol… TVB handed it to her
@bubbles23 for me Barrack o karma was also a great drama last year, definitely had the potential to win best drama.
@scre Barrack is my personal favourite. Worth rewatching anytime.
@scre Big White Duel focused on politics more, while The Hippocratic Crush focused on different medical cases. Big White Duel has a similar theme as Law and Disorder.
@luye not a big fan of dramas related to politics, hopefully the sequel will be focusing more on medical cases.
This article is an effing joke right? No one will waste good money to access TVB dramas on Youku VIP. TVB penchant/laziness for making uninteresting sequels to their already dull original series is laughable. How many more Flying Tiger can TVB keep pushing out? Michael Miu is a legend so he can goon forever, but Ron & Bosco have passed their expiration dates. Roger, Bobby, and past TVB “TV Kings” used to find glory in the mainland market, but that audience has since wise up and do not want heavily botoxed actors any longer. This article is nothing more than a paid advertisement for TVB.
@seriously people like michael Ron and bosco together and they like working together so win win. I think Bosco’s still got it. Ron has always been meh but he was really good in white war
@tt23 Ron was excellent in White War. He hasn’t had such a good cop role since E.U. Ron has definitely aged though. Agree that Bosco still got it.
@luye maybe I’m biased but I feel like Bosco has aged more considering that he was sooo handsome when he was younger. But both their acting have improved so much, better than Kenneth Ma. Anyways they are probably really fun to work with so that’s why they keep getting opportunities.
@seriously They keep making these mediocre productions because the mainland audience keeps lapping them all up, giving them record ratings/hits online. They’ll quit making inferior productions when the mainland audience have better standards and stop watching all kinds of garbage.
@irtrustno1 lol you can’t expect them to stop anytime soon when they’ve made William Chan famous for… well, nothing.
Well to be fair BIG WHITE DUEL 2 hasnt started filming yet so they wouldnt have the characters on the poster. All the other dramas they promoted have finished filming with the exception of the kara’s one. That is currently filming
@yummiki24 I thought the cast been confirmed and all, so it’s just talks and nothing is firmed?
@conan2209 They just confirmed the main cast, not the full cast yet.
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