Wong Cho Lam‘s (王祖藍) and the cast of TVB Anniversary drama Come On, Cousin <老表，你好hea!> have been handed the responsibility to save viewership ratings and fight against new local station HKTV’s Internet broadcasting service in November. Cho Lam’s Inbound Troubles < 老表，你好嘢!> was TVB’s second highest rated drama last year, and its sequel is riding on high expectations.
Due to Occupy Central’s ongoing protests, Hong Kong citizens have been paying more attention to the news rather than watching dramas. Unafraid of how Occupy Central may affect the reception of Come On, Cousin, Cho Lam said, “Everyone is paying close attention to the news right now. Obviously, viewership ratings would be affected. But I already tried my best. The show’s content is a little ironic right now. Last year when I was filming the prequel, I noticed the division between Hong Kong people, but I didn’t think things would progress this quickly.”
Hopes to Make Come On, Cousin into a Classic
As the main scriptwriter behind Come On, Cousin, Cho Lam hopes to add a more joy in viewers’ lives. Cho Lam prefers shows that have strong comedic elements. To further ensure that Come On, Cousin’s script is perfect, Cho Lam also enlisted the help of renowned scriptwriter, Lun Man Hong (龍文康), who co-wrote the script for The Greed of Man <大時代>. Cho Lam spent nearly a year fine-tuning the script as he hopes Come On, Cousin will become one of Hong Kong’s classics.
“There is a lot of anger in today’s society because people think they are not given enough opportunities. If I weren’t given the chance in the beginning, I wouldn’t have become who I am today. That’s why I want to be an ambassador and give those brand new pearls a chance to shine. I have a mission and it’s rather complicated. For example, when I see Liu Wai Hung (廖偉雄) and David Lo (盧大偉), I would be very touched because I spent my childhood with them. My dad is very strict, but when he watched The Funny Half-Show <笑聲救地球>, he would laugh happily. That’s why I think Hong Kong citizens are angry because we don’t provide them with enough entertainment. I hope that the audience will remember Come On, Cousin in 10 to 20 years and grow with them like the All’s Well, Ends Well <家有囍事> franchise.”
Maxes Out Friendship Cards
Earlier, Cho Lam revealed that Come On, Cousin will showcase an extensive list of guest stars. Since the popularity of Inbound Troubles, many artistes were more than willing to agree to filming the sequel. Cho Lam invited Ram Chiang (蔣志光) and Rita Carpio (韋綺珊) to perform their hit song “You Needn’t Be Acquaintances to Meet with Each Other” <相逢何必曾相識>. Although Ram previously stated that he had no intentions to sing before an audience again, Cho Lam managed to convince the former singer after continual persuasion.
Using his friendship card, Cho Lam also asked Fred Cheng (鄭俊弘) , Eric Kowk (郭偉亮), Elisa Chan (陳潔靈), and Hanjin Tan (陳奐仁) to make cameo appearances.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.