This year is looking to be an exciting year for TVB! Ever since Charles Chan (陳國強) took over the reigns at TVB, his management style has been to experiment with new ideas. With the threat of CTI getting a broadcasting license, TVB tasked Eric Tsang (曾志偉) to pull his favor cards by asking Andy Lau (劉德華), Tony Leung Ka Fai (梁家輝 ) and Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) to return and film for the station.
Eric has been working his magic for the past year trying to sway the big name celebrities to return to TVB. Charles Chan has also given Eric the freedom to put any price tag on negotiations, but Eric knows that no dollar amount can convince the A-list stars, but rather to listen and accommodate to their needs and requests.
Below is a list of the A-list celebrities whom Eric has approached:
Chow Yun Fat (周潤發)– A known TVB-drama addict because he is constantly discussing the series plot with the media at public functions, Chow Yun Fat was the first actor whom Eric approached. Eric, together with Charles Chan and Wong Jing (王晶), went to Chow Yun Fat’s house to personally invite him to return to TVB and let him choose any script, any role and any cast. Chow Yun Fat shared that he is particularly is fond of Tavia Yeung (楊怡), Myolie Wu (胡杏兒) and Kate Tsui (徐子珊), so the three fadans may very well have a chance to star in a series with the movie king himself!
Andy Lau (劉德華) – Andy has already agreed to star in a 40-episode series with the only request that he has control over the script. Due to his busy schedule, the earliest that Andy has time to film would be the latter part of 2013, so fans will have to wait just a bit longer.
Jacky Cheung (張學友)– Jacky has already verbally agreed to Eric’s invitation, but since Jacky places a heavy emphasis on spending time with his family, his only request is that filming does not coincide with his daughter’s school schedule and that he cannot commit to a long-running series. Jacky will most likely guest star for a few episodes with shooting slated in May.
Anthony Wong (黃秋生) and Tony Leung Ka Fai (梁家輝 )– Both film kings has expressed interest in returning to TVB. Eric hopes to create a series for them mainly surrounding on the topics of men.
Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) – Carina’s only request is that she stars alongside Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), as she became his fan after watching Witness Insecurity <護花危情>. She will only star in a maximum of 5 episodes because she is afraid of the laborious filming hours.
Deanie Ip (葉德嫻 ) – Upon completion of her concert in March, Deanie will star in a 40-episode series produced by Wong Jing. The series will be funded by TVB and will air in both Hong Kong and mainland China.
Sandra Ng (吳君如 ) – Sandra is also one of the celebrities whom Eric wishes can return to TVB and star in a comedy series. They are currently still in the negotiating stage.
Veronica Yip (葉玉卿) – Although Veronica verbally agreed to star in series earlier, she withdrew her promise after getting upset with the Hong Kong media reporting rumors of her husband’s bankruptcy. Eric said he will not give up and will make sure there is a good script for Veronica to consider.
This article is written by Natalie for JayneStars.com.