HKTV will start up on the day of TVB Anniversary Gala; Citizens can vote which dramas to broadcast first
Earlier this month, Ricky Wong announced that HKTV will officially start broadcast next month on the internet, breaking the tradition of watching on television. Citizens can watch through the computer, smartphones, etc. by downloading the HKTV App to watch their shows and the shopping channel. Earlier this week, HKTV announced on Facebook that their new app will be released on the 19th of next month, which is the day of TVB's Anniversary Gala, directly challenging their competitor! HKTV will be letting citizens vote, and choose which drama they want to see as the first to broadcast. Voting will begin on the 27th until November 10th. They simply need to go to the HKTV webpage (http://www.hktv.com.hk) and choose their favourite from 16 dramas. The dramas that mirror latest society topics, "The Borderline", "Battle of Choice" and "The Menu", are predicted to be the strongest. The daring, yet sensitive plotlines involving black cops, political darkness and freedom of the press are much anticipated by the audience.
List of HKTV Dramas
"The Borderline 警界線" (Police procedural drama) Cast: Liu Kai Chi, Dominic Lam, Leila Tong, Deon Cheung Plot: The borderline of policemen are to tell between black and white and keep moral integrity. If they pass this line and cooperate with criminals, the bright and evil will be blurred, black cops will cause harm to citizens. Selling Point: The first episode was once broadcasted online, with approximately 1,300,000 hits. Because of recent controversies, it is definitely in the audience's interests.
"The Menu 導火新聞線" Cast: Debby Yang, Catherine Chau, Noel Leung, Gregory Wong, Sek Sau, Samuel Kwok Fung, Benji Chiang, Summary: Three female reporters clash everyday because of news, facing the reality of the business society, how can the reporters show forth justice, using merely their pens to protect their ambition? Selling Point: In recent years, freedom of press has become more and more limited. When we open up the newspapers, are we really seeing the truth?
"Battle of Choice 選戰" (Political drama) Cast: Angelica Lee, Liu Kai Chi, Gregory Wong, Kwok Fung, Summary: Angelica Lee runs for chief executive, bearing her husband's dream of bringing peace to society, but is rolled into complications because of the reality of society. At the same time of facing internal competition, she must also face the attacks of her opponents. Selling Point: Film Queen, Angelica Lee's first time in a drama. In addition to recent political matters, the audience would definitely be into the drama.
"來生不做香港人" (Previously named Hakka Women) (About HK-Mainland matters) Cast: Maggie Cheung Ho Yee, Prudence Liew, Poon Chan Leung, Savio Tsang Summary: Two sisters turn their backs on each other to live in Hong Kong. The two reunite after many years and lifts their past. Talks about the change in the relationship between Hong Kong and Mainland China in the last 30 years.
"Fourth Grade Class B 四年B班" (Comedy) Cast: Sam Chan, Joman Chiang, Kwok Fung, Crystal Leung Info: A 30 minute mini series. Small issues are nonsense in the eyes of a grown up, but in a child's eye, it is something real important. This series allows the audience to see the world in the perspective of a child. How can their simple and determined little minds achieve these important small issues. Adults should understand not to use their own styles to restrict them and let our children have their simple and sincere dreams! The story revolves around a fourth grade class, they had just advanced to a higher grade level, but have not truly established their own independent thoughts. They may easily have many silly and embarrassing moments, but the adults will feel their sincerity. (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel) Selling Point: See the world in the perspectives of children. Touched by the purity of the child actors.
"Second Life 第二人生" Cast: Wilfred Lau, Joey Tang, Bondy Chiu, Patrick Lui Info: People who have lived for many years, and reach middle-age, they will bound to complain because of life pressures and setbacks. People would only remorse over their missed opportunities from the past, but this dreamless life, how useful can a salty fish life be? In the series, the protagonist experiences down time in life and by chance he had the opportunity to change history, but when history was rewritten, life didn't get any better. The protagonist came to realize, if he's going to be upset over the past, then why not just grasp the present and live on. (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel) Selling Point: Wilfred Lau gets the chance to change history in his life's lowest point. In the end, he realizes people must grasp the present and live on.
"The Years of Housing Passion 歲月樓情" (Philosophy) Cast: Ha Yu, Felix Wong, Leila Tong, Nina Paw Selling Point: Using the background of public housing estates and Hong Kong's last 30 years of history, witness characters' combatant spirit to live their lives. Info: A story spanning 30 years about HK public housing. Witness small potatoes struggle through tough situations and have never-giving-up spirit just to establish a stable home and family. Under one roof, in a building with thousands of other families, just start off with a family's health and happiness, then each individual can create a brilliant and substantial life. Ha Yu and Nina are a married couple with 2 children - Emily and Leila. Felix Wong is Ha Yu's illegitimate son. Lam Lei is a member in the triad and good friends with Felix. (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel)
"Malicious Elder Alliance 惡毒老人同盟" (Reality) Cast: Yuen Wah, John Chiang, Kwok Fung, Pak Piu Info: A series about groups that support the government, it reflects on the political issues that happen in reality. Selling Point: A group of experienced veterans as the series' leads. Using black comedy to sarcastically express the problems of discrimination elders get in society.
"Public Sexuality 大眾情性" (Romance) Cast: Jason Chan Pak Yu, Joman Chiang, LukChung Kwong, Maggie Wong Info: Sex is absolutely a complicated concept. It encompasses communication between two people, an emotional appeal for a couple, family love and a life philosophy. This is a realistic drama that investigates into this topic about three main characters whom have different natures -- smart, experienced and strange. One is a guy who had grew up repressing his emotions and deeply believes that he can only have sex once in his life; One thought he had a sexual barrier that makes him unworthy of loving women; One is a divorced and experienced man who does not understand how to please women. This is a light-hearted romantic comedy that focuses on the topic of sex. (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel) Selling Point: Real life story, uses a daring, humourous method to talk about sex and love.
"Doomsday +5 末日+5" (Sci-Fi) Cast: Phillip Keung, Mimi Kung, Gregory Wong, Alan Luk Info: On December 30, 2012 at 8:45AM, the conference hall in the government building was filled with 137 citizens who did not know each other and came from different backgrounds. The Chief Executive and other government officials were about to reveal a fact that cannot be changed. It turns out two hours ago, the government super computer was hacked and a secret document issued by the US government was stolen. Although the government had already found the hacker and arrested him, unfortunately he had already sent out 137 emails to 137 different people with the secret. Since the secret is out, the Chief Executive had no other choice, but to publicize the secret to those 137 citizens sitting in the conference hall. The secret was there is a comet in space that is heading towards Earth, they only had 14 hours and 37 minutes to do the last thing they want to do most... (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel) Selling Point: Separate stories in 5 episodes, describing finding their real selves in the last 10+ hours of life.
"Once Upon a Song 童話戀曲201314" (Romance musical) Cast: William So, Bernice Liu, Kelvin Kwan, Evelyn Choi, Jason Chan Pak Yu Plot: During childhood, we all wanted to become princes and princesses. When we are older, the reality is we live in a world of HK Girls and HK Guys. When choosing a girlfriend, must have the outer qualities, and when choosing a boyfriend, must have a house, car and career. Thinking deeper, do we still have a dream in our hearts? (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel) Selling Point: First musical television drama, using singers and dance to tell a love story
"Brain Opening Detective 開腦儆探" (Suspense) Cast: Felix Wong, Lo Hoi Pang, Sam Lee Plot: A supernatural-themed detective series – however the ‘supernatural’ won’t be the traditional ghosts and spirits-theme that audiences are used to seeing. Rather, it will utilize ‘super’ scientific concepts as well as realistic methods to investigate a variety of mysterious, unusual cases. The series will revolve around the main character San Kei Yuen (Felix Wong) -- a former high-ranking police inspector who, after being traumatized by the mysterious death of his son, acquires the hidden ability to capture and enter other people’s subconscious, as he deeply believes that his son was actually murdered in the ‘inner confines of the subconscious’! At the same time, he starts to display signs of having a split personality and works hard to study about the ‘hidden subconscious’ in the hopes of one day finding his son’s killer. Each main character in this series will have some sort of ‘hidden ability’ that makes them different from other people. Even though each of them will have a ‘regrettable flaw’ and perhaps even be viewed by society as being ‘abnormal’ or ‘weird’, this does not affect their self-esteem. In fact, they are able to turn this ‘regrettable flaw’ into a ‘hidden ability’ and use it to help them solve many mysterious cases. (Article does not have series info, Translation by: llwy12 @ AF) Selling Point: Felix Wong's son dies mysteriously. He deeply believes that his son was murdered in the "inner confines of the subconscious".
"Hidden Faces 三面形醫" (Reality) Cast: Frankie Lam, John Chiang, Ai Wai, Kate Yeung Selling Point: The "trend" of plastic surgery, males and females bear the pain under the knife to look pretty. The real "story" behind plastic surgery will be shown before our eyes. Plot: Humans, naturally love beauty. Many people would put on makeup, go to the beauty salon, or even get plastic surgery. However, there may not be too many people that can actually look at themselves in the mirror. Plastic Surgeon CHEUK TIN NAM (Frankie Lam) is Hong Kong's top plastic surgeon, but he's actually a greedy man. After one liver replacement surgery, and going through a life or death situation, he changed completely. He left the private hospital and joined Asian millionaire TIN HO CHEUNG's (Carlos Chan) medical group and became the chairman. NAM met optimistic obstetrician CHAN BUN YEUN (Al Wai) at the hospital and the two worked together to save lives. Meanwhile, the head at the medical headquarters CHIU JAN PONG (John Chiang) killed CHEUNG's mother in a surgery and because of this, CHEUNG targeted against PONG in hope to kick him out of the medical group. PONG eventually resigned himself and established his own clinic, but when everything went smoothly, he gets accused of murder... (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel) Preview
"Still Have Time to Love You Again 還來得及再愛你" (Romance) Cast: Danson Tang, Michelle Wai, Terence Yin, Sherming Yiu Plot: A 224 year old man (Danson Tang) guarded himself for 200 years due to a damaged romance. Growing up in a village, the man goes through enormous changes, including experiencing the murder of his lover by a demon. He survived because a vampire rescued him. He was heartbroken, but can't get the tears out until he meets the energetic female lead (Michelle Wai). His heart unconsciously melted by her heartwarming love. The guy had an immortal body, while the girl only lives until age 80. Is it Heaven that's playing games with them or are they a match from Heaven? (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel) Preview
"Night Shift" (Police procedural drama) Cast: Frankie Lam, Dominic Lam, Kathy Yuen, Kwok Fung Info: A series filmed entirely at night; a story about nightlife. The story revolves around the EU team encountering many different people working night shifts. They encounter unpredictable challenges and dangers along the way. They encounter inexhaustible entice at night and their determination will turn weak; their awareness of personal defense is lower. Night, is mysterious and beautiful, but also brings along dangers. Without constraints and control in the night, one can easily step over the limits. (Article does not have series info, Info credit to aZnangel)
"My Mother is Black Rose 我阿媽係黑玫瑰" (Comedy) Cast: Kara Hui, John Chiang, Dominic Lam, Maggie Wong Info: Kara is Black Rose, has a relationship with John. Dominic is her ex-husband and Carlos Chan is her son. John is a police officer.
"Line Walker" holds celebration dinner; Charmaine Sheh will leave it to fate regarding reconciliation with Kevin Cheng
TVB drama "Line Walker"had great ratings success; therefore, as promised, TVB Executive Chairman, Norman Leung, held a celebration dinner for the cast and crew yesterday. Charmaine Sheh and Raymond Lam were asked about relationships. Asked if she has reconciled with Kevin Cheng, Charmaine smiled sweetly and said she is waiting for love, whether or not it comes will be up to fate. On the other hand, Raymond Lam expressed that he has prepared something sweet for girlfriend, Karena Ng's birthday!
TVB drama "Line Walker" was extremely popular in the city during its run, recording an average of 30.5 PTS. Yesterday night, TVB Executive Chairman, Norman Leung, treated the cast and crew to celebrate their ratings success. Main cast Charmaine Sheh, Raymond Lam, Sharon Chan, Sammy Shum and Stephen Huynh and others attended. This is the third drama this year to receive a celebration dinner after "Come Home Love" and "Gilded Chopsticks".
Waiting for love luck to come
Earlier, Charmaine was photographed attending Raymond Cho's birthday with ex-boyfriend, Kevin Cheng. Asked if the two have reconciled? She laughed and said it was a misunderstanding: "I only knew there was another party going on when I got there, but the parties were in different rooms." Asked if she and Kevin talked (at the party)? She smiled sweetly and nodded: "It was just hot pot! Very lively atmosphere! (Reconciled?) We haven't contacted in a while. I was a bit drunk that night, don't remember much, but everyone was happy! (Contact through messaging?) No. (Do you want him to?) I am waiting for my own love, leave it up to fate! (He's pursuing you again?) Leave it to fate, I also want someone by my side who can make me happy. (A lot of people pursuing you?) No!" Afterwards, she quickly changed to subject saying she will be filming the movie "Return of the Cuckoo", and humbly stated that she has not yet been nominated for TV Queen.
Raymond Lam, who was rumoured to have joined EEG at a sky value of 100 million HKD, admitted that he has indeed signed a contract with EEG already, but the price is business confidential. Asked if he signed a 3 year contract? He said: "That's what the news said, then sure it is!"
Asked if he has been planning for girlfriend, Karena Ng's birthday, which is on the 27th of this month? Raymond expressed that he is preparing a birthday party for her: "Been preparing for 3 months, it will be held in Hong Kong! (Give her a gift?) I will give her something handmade. I told her not to guess. She is always able to guess right, so in the end it's not a surprise anymore!" Norman Leung heavily praised "Line Walker" for being creative. Speaking of how the audience TV habits have changed, will they lower their expectations and treat cast and crews to dinner if they can reach 24 to 25 PTS? He expressed that the best is at least 28 PTS: "There still needs to be a bit of a challenge!" As for HKTV starting their online channel soon, he stated that he is not worried at all: "Their platform is like a shopping platform, it isn't a channel, not really even considered media. We are different types of business. (They will also broadcast dramas?) They are broadcasting dramas they have in their storage, they will eventually run out of dramas to air."
Sharon Chan loses her voice due to her cold
As for Sharon Chan, who lost her voice because of her cold, is currently busy handling her new bakery business, "Blesscuit Bakery", asked if her husband feels pained to see her like this? She said: "A little! He told me to go see the doctor. (Affected business because you're sick?) I can still type, friends are all very supportive, buying by boxes of ten!"
Note: 30.5 PTS average most likely includes MyTV viewership count as well, as many people watch the live broadcast on MyTV opposed to television.
Kevin Cheng and Charmaine Sheh rumoured to have reconciled due to Raymond Cho's party; Raymond Cho denies
Recently, there were rumours that Kevin Cheng and Charmaine Sheh had reconciled due to Raymond Cho's birthday party. Earlier, HK actor, Raymond Cho held his 50th birthday party at a hot pot restaurant in Cheung Sha Wan. Media outlets reported that ex-couple, Kevin Cheng and Charmaine Sheh came one after another. When Kevin arrived, he denied that he was the host, just here to eat. But when asked if he told Raymond to throw a big party, he said: "50th birthday is a big event, of course you should make it big!" Afterwards, Charmaine Sheh arrived in a taxi alone. Charmaine, who wasn't wearing any makeup, was very startled when she saw reporters there. After a few moments, she politely said hi to reporters. Asked if she was here to attend Raymond Cho's birthday party? She mysteriously said: "I'm here to eat with a friend." Asked if she prepared a birthday present, she patted her bag, seemingly to say she has prepared something, and quickly entered the restaurant.
Yesterday, Raymond Cho attended the TVB Lighting Ceremony and clarified the news, saying Charmaine was not there to attend his birthday party and only came to say hi. He does not feel that the two reconciled either: "Charmaine was actually there to attend another friend's gathering. But after 8pm, I got drunk already, so I didn't pay attention to them." He expressed that he thinks this year's TV King will be between Wayne Lai and Roger Kwok, and laughed saying he hopes there can be a "double champion", so everyone can be happy.
Raymond Lam signs 3 year contract with EEG at $100 million HKD
Raymond Lam, who had returned to "freedom" earlier, was extremely popular for grabs in both Hong Kong and Mainland China after leaving TVB. According to sources, he has already made a decision and signed a 3 year contract with EEG (Emperor Entertainment Group) with the sky value of 100 million HKD, becoming one of the "yat gor"'s of EEG, along with Nicholas Tse and Leo Ku.
Having been in the industry for 15 years, he finally became "free" after his contract with TVB ended at the end of July. Earlier, his character "Bao Seed" in TVB drama "Line Walker", was very popular amongst the audience in both Hong Kong and Mainland China, while his Mainland drama, "The Virtuous Queen of Han" was also well-received. His value shot up because of this recent success, with his price for Mainland dramas being 500,000 RMB per episode. Apparently, recently, Raymond Lam has determined his "new home", signing a contract with EEG Entertainment for $100 million HKD.
Albert Yeung personally met with him
In 2007, Raymond Lam joined EEG to debut in the music industry, until mid-last year when his contract ended. At the time, he only signed a music record contract with EEG, but both sides had kept a friendly relationship. After Raymond Lam and TVB ended their 15 year relationship, he quickly became the target of many large entertainment companies in Hong Kong and Mainland China, like Mainland company Huayi Brothers, Bona Film Group, etc. According to sources, Emperor Group chairman, Albert Yeung, even personally went to meet with Raymond Lam, to show their sincerity. Raymond also asked his father's opinion on his contract, and in the end, both sides were agreeable and Raymond Lam officially signed his contract earlier with EEG, ready to build a tremendous position in the singing, film, and television industry.
Yesterday, Emperor Group CEO Ng Yue responded through a phone call and laughed: "Good for you guys, receiving the news so fast." But he refused to reveal Raymond Lam's value in the contract: "This is confidential business, the main point is we have a consensus." Ng Yue expressed that the company and Raymond had good understanding in their previous relationship with his singing contract. EEG helped Raymond hold four concerts, and cooperated very happily. In the future, they will have more cooperations in terms of films and dramas, and EEG will also hold an induction ceremony for Raymond Lam as soon as possible. Raymond Lam, who hasn't released an album in two years, will begin producing a new album for fans as his first project after signing with EEG.
Drama cost, 500,000 RMB per episode
In recent years, Raymond Lam has started targeting the Mainland market, his value only rising and rising, never decreasing. Last year, he accepted a Mainland drama, "Detectives and Doctors", with the price of 500,000 RMB per episode. With 30 episodes, the total he earned was 19,000,000 HKD. Including events, commercials and endorsements, he at least earns 5,000,000 HKD. Last year only, he already earned 24,000,000 HKD. Afterwards, he filmed the Mainland drama, "The Virtuous Queen of Han", which had first place ratings in Mainland China.