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Nomination list and my prediction for the Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards 2017

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2017 by vincentloy

I was reminded by a person that leaves a comment to me here that the nomination list for the Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards 2017 is out and asking me whether I will be writing a post about it and putting in my thoughts and predictions. I didn’t realize that the nomination list is out and it marked the first of the three annual major awards presentation honouring the best of TVB series and programmes (the other two awards that will come later are the TVB Star Awards Malaysia and Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards).

I find that it is a bit too early for Starhub TVB Awards to be held in October every year. This automatically puts those usually better series released in November and December to be placed in contention for the next year’s awards. This is a huge disadvantage to these series. However, in the same time, I find that Hong Kong has been very biased and putting too much of their attention to their anniversary dramas while forgetting other good dramas released in early parts of the year. As for Malaysian voters, they tend to just simply vote for their favourites without really judging wisely which one is truly the best in terms of performance. Pros and cons to these 3 respective awards.

Let’s get back to this coming Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards 2017. It is going to be held on 21 October 2017 and the nomination list is out two days ago. Only Singaporeans are eligible to vote for this awards. Malaysia and Hong Kong citizens will have their turn later on. Here below is my predictions for each categories: (There’s asterisk marks (*) that indicate my top 5 predictions for several categories)

Nomination list for Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards 2017

My Favourite TVB Drama Theme Song:

Sand in Hand – Hana Kuk (My Unfair Lady)
I Would Not Pout – Stephanie Ho (My Unfair Lady)
Walk With You – Kayee Tam (My Unfair Lady) 
King – Hubert Wu (Two Steps from Heaven)
That’s The Way I Am – Nancy Wu (The No No Girl)
Insight – Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks)
In Front Of Love – Stephanie Ho (Legal Mavericks)
The End Of The World – Fred Cheng (Provocateur)
Trigger On – Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance)
Alone – Gallen Lo (Provocateur)
Conquer – Fred Cheng (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)
Skynet – Pakho Chau (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Forgot Myself – Hana Kuk (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Behave Oneself – Vivian Koo (Line Walker: The Prelude)
After Graduation – Mag Lam (Oh My Grad)

My Pick: Walk With You – Kayee Tam (My Unfair Lady)

Opinion: I hardly remember most of the nominated theme songs above. Looks like ‘My Unfair Lady’ and ‘Line Walker: The Prelude’ is overwhelming the list. I have not even heard anything from the latter since the drama is not released yet. So far the most beautiful song this year is ‘Walk With You – Kayee Tam’ that is always playing whenever there is a romantic scene between Vincent Wong and Natalie Tong in ‘My Unfair Lady’.

My Favourite TVB On-Screen Couple:

Tony Hung & Priscilla Wong (Married But Available)
Frankie Lam & Jessica Hester Hsuan (My Unfair Lady)
Vincent Wong & Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady) *
Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Ruco Chan & Rosina Lam (Burning Hands)
Edwin Siu & Priscilla Wong (Two Steps From Heaven) *
Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Eddie Cheung & Adia Chan (The No No Girl)
Kenneth Ma & Charmaine Sheh (Bet Hur)
Vincent Wong & Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)
Raymond Cho & Grace Wong (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch) *
Matthew Ho & Rebecca Zhu (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)

My Pick: Joel Chan & Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance)

Opinion: I feel like Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu will win this since their relationship is very much hyped now eventhough obviously there is nothing happening between them. Vincent Wong & Natalie Tong may win this too since I remember their romance outshine even that of the main leading pair in ‘My Unfair Lady’, Frankie & Jessica. They missed out Edwin Siu & Kristal Tin pairing in ‘A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch). I prefer this pair to replace Matthew Ho & Rebecca Zhu. Very tough competition.

My Favourite TVB Variety Show Host:

Pauline Lan – Lady First Singapore Season 5
Alice Chan – Wai Gor’s Wok
Tony Hung – Retiring in Paradise
Kenny Wong, Brian Tse, Chris Leung, Mayanna Mak, Alychia Chan, Ashley Chu – Peak to Pit
Benjamin Yuen, Mat Yeung – All Work No Pay Holidays (Series 2)
Lee Ka Ding, Helen Tam – The Ahistoric Grandpa Cooking Show (Series 2)
Samantha Ko, Auston Lam – Chef Minor in Singapore
Maria Cordero, Luk Ho Ming – Good Cheap Eats (Series 6)
Gigi Wong – Eating Well With Madam Wong (Series 3)
King Kong, Kitty Yuen, Jarvis Chow – Neighborhood Gourmet (Series 4)

My Favourite TVB Infotainment Programme:

Big Big World III
Retiring In Paradise
Easy Come, Easy Health
Belt And Road Initiative
Cantoxicating!

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme:

Wellness On The Go Singapore *
Lady First Singapore Season 5 *
Chef Minor In Singapore *
The Ahistoric Grandpa Cooking Show (Series 2)
Spirits On Vacation
Peak To Pit
50 Golden Classics *
Good Cheap Eats (Series 6) *
All Work No Pay Holidays (Series 2)
Side Walk Scientists (Series 5)
TV Awards Presentation 2016
Dinner Ma’s

My Pick: Anything that has ‘Singapore’ name in it.

Opinion; I didn’t watch most of the nominated programmes. I enjoyed watching ‘Spirits On Vacation’ but I don’t think it will have any winning chance. I heard many have been enjoying the ’50 Golden Classics’ particularly in Hong Kong because those classic Hong Kong songs are mostly great (unlike now).

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actress

Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Samantha Ko (My Unfair Lady) 
Katy Kung (Two Steps From Heaven) *
Rebecca Zhu (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)
Koni Lui (Tiger Mom Blues) *
Alice Chan (Two Steps From Heaven)
Kelly Fu (Burning Hands)
Jacqueline Wong (Provocateur) *
Vivien Yeo (My Lover From The Planet Meow)
Tracy Chu (Legal Mavericks) *
Roxanne Tong (The Tofu War)
Jeannie Chan (The No No Girl)

My Pick: Elaine Yiu (The Unholy Alliance)

Opinion: Elaine Yiu shines in her role in ‘The Unholy Alliance’. Her character goes through a lot of things in the series and she nailed it well, particularly the many emotional scenes she had in the series.

My Favourite TVB Supporting Actor

Owen Cheung (Legal Mavericks)
Mat Yeung (My Dearly Sinful Mind) *
Hugo Ng (Burning Hands) *
Jonathan Cheung (The Tofu War) *
Luk Wing (Two Steps From Heaven)
Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance) *
Eddie Kwan (My Lover From The Planet Meow)
Kenny Wong (Dead Wrong)
James Ng (Destination Nowhere)
Benz Hui (Line Walker: The Prelude) *

My Pick: Joel Chan (The Unholy Alliance)

Opinion: This should be Joel’s year. He has been impressive in these few years and many even said he outshined Ruco Chan in ‘The Unholy Alliance’ so far. He has improved significantly and I have no doubt seeing him taking on lead roles in the future.

My Favourite TVB Female Character

Jessica Hester Hsuan as Ling Man (My Unfair Lady)
Natalie Tong as Ling Yu-ken (My Unfair Lady) *
Nancy Wu as Yuen Ching-yan (The Unholy Alliance) *
Priscilla Wong as Koo Shing-seung (Two Steps From Heaven)
Rosina Lam as Ho Ching-fa (Burning Hands)
Elena Kong as Cha Heung-sin (Tiger Mom Blues) *
Ali Lee as Wong Lai-fan (Legal Mavericks)
Grace Wong as Guo Cian / Wong Yi-san (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch) *
Sisley Choi as Chiu Ching-mui (Legal Mavericks)
Samantha Ko as Tian Mi (My Unfair Lady)
Kristal Tin as Fong Wai-chi (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch) *
Adia Chan as Law Lai-ching (The No No Girl)
Charmaine Sheh as Sze Shiu-tung (Bet Hur)
Alice Chan as Koo Shing-fun (Two Steps From Heaven)
Katy Kung as Carmen Ching Sze-Yue (Two Steps from Heaven) *
Tracy Chu as Tai Tin-yan (Legal Mavericks)
Moon Lau as Emma Yip Yip (Two Steps From Heaven)
Mandy Wong as Lung Lai-sa (Nothing Special Force)
Rebecca Zhu as Fong Wai-ling (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)
Elaine Yiu as Kate Wai Yee-yau (The Unholy Alliance)

My Pick: All 6 names above with asterisks (*).

Opinion: Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards presented this award to 6 characters last year unlike in Hong Kong’s awards when there is only one winner. I didn’t watch ‘Two Steps From Heaven’ but I picked Katy Kung because she is lauded last year for her crying scene that led to her winning Best Supporting Actress in last year’s Hong Kong awards. Anyway, I’m still having doubt of that and Ali Lee, Elaine Yiu or Tracy Chu may steal that spot from her.

My Favourite TVB Male Character

Ruco Chan as Ko Tsz-kit (The Unholy Alliance) *
Raymond Cho as Zuo Guang-dao / Fung Yat-bo (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)
Bosco Wong as Chun Sing-hoi (Two Steps From Heaven)
Edwin Siu as Yuen Chong-huan / Wan Tai-kwan (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch) *
Frankie Lam as Man Nim-sum (My Unfair Lady)
Benjamin Yuen as Chui Tin-tong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Pakho Chau as Lok Siu-fung (Line Walker: The Prelude) 
Michael Miu as Cheuk Hoi (Line Walker: The Prelude) 
Moses Chan as Sit Ding-kap (My Lover From The Planet Meow)
Vincent Wong as Man Sun-hop (Legal Mavericks) *
Kenneth Ma as Chung Tai-yin (My Dearly Sinful Mind) *
Wayne Lai as Kong Sheung-hung / Kazuo Suzuki (No Reserve)
Tony Hung as Au Yeung Tsz-chung (Married But Available)
Mat Yeung as Tung Yat (My Dearly Sinful Mind)
Owen Cheung as Kuk Yat-ha (Legal Mavericks)
Raymond Wong as Cheung Chin-pok (Married But Available)
Eddie Cheung as Chong Fu-ho (The No No Girl)
Joel Chan as Ling Tsin-yau (The Unholy Alliance) *
Chris Lai as Wong Siu-ming (The Tofu War)
Wong Cho-lam as Choi Sum (Oh My Grad) *
Matthew Ho as Li Jin-zhong/ Li Siu-tung (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)
Roger Kwok as Wai yat-sing (Dead Wrong) 

My Pick: All 6 names above with asterisks (*).

Opinion: Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards presented this award to 6 characters last year unlike in Hong Kong’s awards when there is only one winner. ‘Oh My Grad’ isn’t released yet but I think Wong Cho-lam is going to be super funny again and that would make his character easily likable. I didn’t pick anyone from ‘Line Walker: The Prelude’ because I have less expectations from it. Usually a TVB prequel or sequel isn’t doing well and putting in so many new major cast in the drama isn’t helping either.

My Favourite TVB Leading Actress

Kristal Tin (Destination Nowhere) *
Jessica Hester Hsuan (My Unfair Lady)
Nancy Wu (The Unholy Alliance) *
Elena Kong (Tiger Mom Blues) *
Nancy Sit (The Tofu War)
Ada Choi (Oh My Grad)
Rosina Lam (Burning Hands)
Grace Wong (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch) *
Ali Lee (Legal Mavericks)
Adia Chan (The No No Girl)
Nina Paw (The Unholy Alliance) *
Mandy Wong (Nothing Special Force)
Sisley Choi (Legal Mavericks)
Charmaine Sheh (Bet Hur)
Niki Chow (Rogue Emperor)
Priscilla Wong (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Myolie Wu (No Reserve)
Natalie Tong (My Unfair Lady)

My Pick: Kristal Tin (Destination Nowhere)

Opinion: There is no other performance this year so far that can surpass Kristal’s acting in ‘Destination Nowhere’ even when you place the males into the picture as well. She is exceptional and handled the challenging role very well. The dark horse in this category would be Grace Wong and Nina Paw. Nina Paw is a Film Queen and she did a wonderful job in ‘The Unholy Alliance’ too. How about Nancy Wu that been winning a lot of Best Actress awards in recent years? Well, her role in ‘The Unholy Alliance’ is poorly written. She has the skill but the role didn’t need her to do much.

My Favourite TVB Leading Actor

Bosco Wong (Two Steps From Heaven) *
Roger Kwok (Dead Wrong) *
Kenneth Ma (My Dearly Sinful Mind) *
Ruco Chan (The Unholy Alliance) *
Frankie Lam (My Unfair Lady)
Edwin Siu (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)
Gallen Lo (Provocateur)
Vincent Wong (Legal Mavericks) *
Ben Wong (Nothing Special Force)
Eddie Cheung (The No No Girl)
Tony Hung (Married But Available)
Moses Chan (My Lover From The Planet Meow)
Chris Lai (The Tofu War)
Pakho Chau (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Benjamin Yuen (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Wayne Lai (No Reserve)
Kevin Cheng (Destination Nowhere)
Michael Miu (Line Walker: The Prelude)
Matthew Ho (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)
Raymond Cho (A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch)

My Pick: Roger Kwok (Dead Wrong)

Opinion: Roger Kwok is great in that series and there is no particular impressive acting by the other males in the dramas this year so far. Ruco Chan is no longer getting his winning streak because his performance in ‘The Unholy Alliance’ is ordinary so far.

My Favourite TVB Drama

Two Steps From Heaven
Burning Hands
Destination Nowhere *
My Dearly Sinful Mind
My Unfair Lady
Tiger Mom Blues
A General, A Scholar, And An Eunuch *
The Unholy Alliance *
Legal Mavericks *
Line Walker: The Prelude *
Oh My Grad
Dead Wrong
Provocateur
The No No Girl
Bet Hur
The Tofu War
Married But Available
Nothing Special Force
My Lover From The Planet Meow
No Reserve

My Pick: The Unholy Alliance

Opinion: So far, the best series of the year that I have watched is ‘The Unholy Alliance’. It has suspense in every episodes, it has cool actions, some exciting characters, has engaging and fast-paced storyline, and has great cast. I don’t understand why there are some harsh critics that pan the drama. After the top 5 listed above, my next 5 picks would be ‘Two Steps From Heaven’, ‘Tiger Mom Blues’, ‘My Dearly Sinful Mind’, ‘Dead Wrong’ and ‘Burning Hands’.

Once you look at the nominees above, you will notice that most TVB anniversary dramas have been left out as they have not been released yet. Hence, the result of this Singapore awards usually differ with that of Hong Kong and Malaysia. And there are no public voting for ‘Most Improved TVB Artiste’ or ‘Best New TVB Artiste’.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

 

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Full result of the TVB Anniversary Awards 2015 along with my insightful opinions.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2015 by vincentloy

It has been an unfortunate timing for me as I couldn’t watch the awards presentation ceremony for the highly anticipated Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards (萬千星輝頒獎典禮2015) live this year as I had an event to attend just now. Nevertheless, I kept myself quickly updated with latest announcement of winners in all categories of awards presented this night from the TVB page in Facebook. I’m glad that the webpage is quickly updated. If you didn’t know anything about this awards, it is an annual awards honouring the best of series, artistes and programmes of the year by TVB, the biggest television station in Hong Kong.

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Hereby is the full result for TVB Anniversary Awards 2015, with my brief comments below after each categories.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Nat Chan

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Opinion: Nat Chan is quite a popular veteran actor in Hong Kong and it is not surprising that he is the recipient for this year’s lifetime achievement award. I didn’t watch much of his past works but his contribution to Hong Kong entertainment industry is unquestionable. Eventhough I still think that he is not that deserving for this prestigious award but looking at some past recipients whom I felt further not worthy made me think that Nat Chan is considerably fine to accept this honour.

Most Improved Female Artiste: Grace Chan (Raising The Bar, Captain of Destiny)

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Opinion: Grace Chan is no doubt being given huge opportunity this year. She gained people’s attention in her nice role in ‘Raising The Bar’. However, her first lead role in ‘Captain of Destiny’ attracted more criticism than anyone else this year in terms of performances. However, that particular lead role in that anniversary series allowed her to push beyond her acting skill for a newbie, and despite she kinda failed in it, but it is still considered a breakthrough for a inexperienced actress like her. Since Tracy Chu, the other hot contender in this category is absent in the awards ceremony, so people is already expecting Grace to take this.

Most Improved Male Artiste: Tony Hung (Eye In the Sky, Every Step You Take, Captain of Destiny)

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Opinion: This is also a big year for Tony as I kept seeing him with more bigger roles beginning this year. Eventhough Mat Yeung, the other popular contender had more television roles this year but his roles were mostly not significant unlike Tony.

Best Supporting Actress: Elaine Yiu (Captain of Destiny)

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Opinion: This category is somehow very weak this year and I couldn’t select anyone that performed very great or at least memorable. Out of all the nominees, I had also selected Elaine Yiu as she had been in TVB for many years already and she should be given more opportunities. Her acting as the evil concubine in ‘Captain of Destiny’ is also quite convincing. She deserved it.

Best Supporting Actor: Willie Wai (Lord of Shanghai)

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Opinion: This is the result that I objected the most. The character that Willie Wai took on in ‘Lord of Shanghai’ is only a quiet follower of Kiu Ngo Tin (Anthony Wong) without much important contribution to the whole series except in the very last few episodes of the drama. He didn’t do much in most of the series except than only standing behind with little emotions and saying only a few words. I couldn’t believe he won this. I would have prefer Joel Chan or Li Shing-Cheong from ‘Captain of Destiny’ to win as both of them are exceptionally great in that series.

Best Informative Programme: Big Big World 2.

Opinion: No comment on this category as I didn’t watch all of the nominated programmes. No interest in informative programmes.

Best Variety Show or Special Programme: DoDo Goes Shopping.

Opinion: I did watched some episodes of ‘DoDo Goes Shopping’ and it is quite interesting to see DoDo with some of her friends shopping and travelling to several places in UK, France and Australia. It surprisingly beaten out early favourites; Sze U Tonight and Sunday Songbird.

Best TV Host: Liza Wang, Adam Cheng, Jerry Lamb (Sunday Songbird)

Opinion: A consolation prize for veteran artistes. I would have prefer the bigger cast for ‘DoDo Goes Shopping’ to take this one too. Well, we shall give ‘face’ to Liza since she was there and she didn’t win the best actress.

Most Favourite Drama Theme Song: Secret of Tears by Jinny Ng (The Empress of China)

Opinion: Another outcome that I’m not that satisfied. I’m surprised that it beats out other many hot favourites like ‘Sailing’ by Fred Cheng (Captain of Destiny), ‘Regretless’ by Alfred Hui (Lord of Shanghai) and ‘The Beautiful Time’ also by Jinny Ng (Young Charioteers). These songs are much better and more deserving. Perhaps they awarded it to this song to give ‘face’ to this big-budget drama from mainland China.

Most Popular Classic Series: The Greed of Man (1992)

Opinion: I was only one years old when this series was first released and so I didn’t get to watch it or even its rerun several times later on. I would have prefer ‘War of the Genders’ to win this since I remember I find that drama starring Carol Cheng and Dayo Wong was very hilarious and entertaining. It’s a classic comedy.

Most Favourite TV Female Character: Kristal Tin (Ghost of Relativity)

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Opinion: As predicted, I knew that Kristal will win this as I think her chance for best actress is quite slim as she had won it not long ago. Kristal delivered a very convincing and natural performance in ‘Ghost of Relativity’ and I enjoyed her in that drama. She deserved it. I’m fine with her or even Linda Chung from ‘Limelight Years’ to take this. They are equally good this year in their respective roles.

Most Favourite TV Male Character: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny)

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Opinion: Another very much predictable and deserving result. I’m glad that Ruco Chan had finally received recognition in TVB Anniversary Awards. He had already won Most Favourite Leading Actor in Singapore and Malaysia earlier for the same role and it’s already like 100% sure he will take this home. He totally deserved it from his excellent performance in ‘Captain of Destiny’. He helped a lot on elevating the drama’s quality.

Best Leading Actress: Nancy Wu (Ghost of Relativity)

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Opinion: Another outcome that I’m not that happy for. I think it is a bit early to award Nancy best actress. Her role in ‘Ghost of Relativity’ didn’t need her to do much as compared to Kristal and it is not a role that stretches one’s limit in acting skill. She is no doubt a good actress but I don’t think she deserve to win this year from that role. I would have prefer Liza Wang from ‘Limelight Years’ to take it since her character in that particular series is more heavy and she is wonderfully great in it.

Best Leading Actor: Anthony Wong (Lord of Shanghai)

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Opinion: A result that I have to agree with. Earlier, I’m like many other people especially those Ruco’s fans who wish for him to take both ‘My Favourite TV Male Character’ and this coveted ‘Best Actor’ prizes. However, after seeing Anthony in ‘Lord of Shanghai’, I’m fully amazed by his performance. Now, that is one great example of acting many TVB artistes should learn from. That is how acting should be. Anthony delivered all the things needed through his subtle expressions and gestures. He nailed it. Now, he is both ‘Film King’ (won many past film awards for best actor) and also now ‘TV King’. Fantastic actor. As for Ruco’s fans, don’t be that sad and kept saying that it is unfair. It’s already good for Ruco to win that ‘My Favourite TV Male Character’ already which is also quite an important award. Maybe he will shine back with best actor prize next year. Anthony really deserved it slightly more than Ruco. It’s not about being heavily in favour or popular with many fans, but it’s all about acting in the end!

Best Series: Lord of Shanghai.

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Opinion: Last award of the night. ‘Lord of Shanghai’ is no doubt a nice drama but it could have been better in many levels. I had high expectation for it and I’m actually a little bit disappointed by how the series turned out to be in the end. Not that good as predicted earlier. However, it is still a strong drama with nice quality and heavyweight cast and so it shall win. In my mind, I think the other big contender is ‘Captain of Destiny’ of which it had won Most Favourite Series in Singapore and Malaysia earlier. I do enjoyed ‘Captain of Destiny’ for its technical achievement, plot and performances by some of the cast. In fact, I actually prefer ‘Captain of Destiny’ to win it slightly more than ‘Lord of Shanghai’ but I’m still fine with the latter winning in the end.

That’s it for the full list of result of this year’s TVB Anniversary Awards. I’m already tired of typing out the lengthy opinions I had for almost all the categories. Overall, this year’s awards is still fine with some very deserving while some not that deserving too. That’s the end for TVB stuff in my blog this year.

(Images in this post are from official Facebook page for TVB at https://www.facebook.com/tvbcom)

TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2014’s Full Result and My Opinions.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2014 by vincentloy

TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2014 (TVB馬來西亞星光薈萃頒獎典禮2014) was held successfully just now at Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands on 23rd November 2014 (Sunday) from 8pm to 10.30pm. This is the second year the awards with this new name (previously called Astro Wah Lai Toi Drama Awards, then My Astro On Demand Favourites Awards) being held in Malaysia to honour the best of TVB actors, actresses, series and programmes in the particular year. The results are based on the public voting by the Malaysians that accounted to 70% of final outcome while the remaining 30% is based from professional judges. Official website of the awards: http://www.tvbstarawards.com.my/2014/en. logo

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List of attending Hong Kong artistes: Charmaine Sheh, Ruco Chan, Kenneth Ma, Tavia Yeung, Linda Chung, Roger Kwok, Kate Tsui, Bosco Wong, Selena Li, Him Law, Nancy Wu, Sharon Chan, Benz Hui, Sammy Shum, Samantha Ko, Fred Cheng, Joyce Cheng, Mag Lam, Bob Lam, May Chan, Jinny Ng, Lai Zi San, Lau Kong, Law Lan, etc. Also to all surprise, the superstar, Andy Lau came to present the Lifetime Achievement Awards. If I knew earlier that he will come, I will not abandon my tickets. Since I voted daily to this awards, I won two tickets to the awards presentation but I couldn’t manage to go. Hence, I have sold my tickets and I think it’s better to cover the event by watching it on TV. So, without wasting any more time, hereby are the full result of the awards ceremony alongside with my personal opinions:

My Favorite Top 15 TVB Drama Characters

1. Bosco Wong (The Ultimate Addiction)

2. Nancy Wu (The Ultimate Addiction)

3. Kate Tsui (Tomorrow is Another Day)

4. Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul)

5. Sharon Chan (Line Walker)

6. Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)

7. Benz Hui (Line Walker)

8. Michael Miu (Line Walker)

9. Raymond Lam (Line Walker)

10. Him Law (Tiger Cubs 2)

11. Tavia Yeung (Storm in a Cocoon)

12. Ruco Chan (Outbound Love)

13. Linda Chung (All That Bitter is Sweet)

14. Kenneth Ma (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)

15. Selena Li (Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain)

Comment: Very much agree to most in the list above. Very happy that Selena Li is finally being at least acknowledged after her many years in acting industry. She is not bad in Ghost Dragon Cold Mountain. The only one I find not really that deserving is Him Law. He won it just because of his huge fanbase in Malaysia, as his role is just an ordinary one. Would prefer Steven Ma from ‘Storm in a Cocoon’ to take over that place. Sad that Steven Ma is being left out again. He is great in that series. Also prefer Sharon Chan and Michael Miu’s slots to be replaced by Wong Cho Lam and Wayne Lai. There’s too many characters from ‘Line Walker’ winning.

My Favorite Most Improved Actress : Samantha Ko (Outbound Love/Line Walker/All That Bitter is Sweet).

Comment: Quite expected, but I prefer Lin Xia-wei to win this more. But anyway, Samantha Ko has many impressive characters this year, so it should be her. Happy for her too.

My Favorite Most Improved Actor : Sammy Shum (Line Walker/All That Bitter is Sweet).

Comment: Also expected, but I prefer Louis Cheung more in this category. Louis’ role especially in ‘Black Heart White Soul’ is more captivating that any roles that Sammy Shum taken this year. But people just love Sammy for being more smart and handsome. 

My Favorite TVB On Screen Couple : Ruco Chan and Aimee Chan (Outbound Love).

Comment: I definitely don’t like this outcome. I knew ‘Outbound Love’ is mostly shot in Malaysia and that Ruco has big popularity here, but Raymond and Charmaine’s on-screen chemistry in ‘Line Walker’ is undeniably the best of the year. Raymond and Charmaine are so fun and great as on-screen couple in ‘Line Walker’, much better than Ruco and Aimee in ‘Outbound Love’. 

My Favourite TVB Variety Programme : “Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk”.

Comment: Since this programme is very entertaining and mostly hilarious eventhough at some points I find it too nonsense and awkward, but in the end I had no reason to dislike this outcome.

My Favourite TVB Enrichment Programme : “Wellness on the Go 2”.

Comment: No comment on this category as I didn’t watch all the nominated programmes.

My Favourite TVB Host in Variety Programme : Nancy Sit & Wong Cho Lam (“Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk”).

Comment: Nancy Sit and Wong Cho Lam are both great and can host the show very well. So, it’s good that they won.

Most Rising TVB Star in Malaysia (new award) : Fred Cheng.

Comment: How come suddenly there is this award. Nobody is voting for this too. But no doubt, Fred Cheng is now very popular.

My Favorite TVB Drama Theme Song : 越難越愛 (Line Walker) Jinny Ng.

Comment: A very much predictable result. Nice and quite an addictive song. And wow…Jinny Ng can really do a very good live singing of the song just now. Whenever this song is playing, people will remember the ‘Line Walker’ series. Furthermore, this song is heavily promoted now in local Chinese radio stations.

My Favorite TVB Supporting Actress : Sharon Chan (Line Walker).

Comment: There isn’t any outstanding performances by any actress in supporting roles this year. I’m still fine with Sharon winning but I slightly prefer more for Elena Kong winning this. 

My Favorite TVB Supporting Actor : Benz Hui (Line Walker).

Comment: Everybody loves Benz Hui’s character as Brother Foon Hei in ‘Line Walker’ so much. So, it’s expected he will win. Agreed to this outcome too. A very exceptionally impressive performance by Benz. 

TVB Star Award Malaysia Lifetime Achievement Award (new award) : Law Lan & Lau Kong.

Comment: Also didn’t know the existence of this awards in Malaysia’s awards version. I thought this award is only available for Hong Kong only. Happy for Law Lan and Lau Kong, the two very professional veterans. Their contribution spanning at least several decades in television and also film industries is defining. Also I’m sure everyone is surprised to the max when Andy Lau is the special guest and presenter for this awards. Well, he is just returning to his wife’s home country. 

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My Favorite TVB Leading Actress : Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker).

Comment: I am very happy for this result. I love Charmaine Sheh. She is pretty and gorgeous. And her performance in ‘Line Walker’ is simply the best of the year. No question to that. Excited that she won this, becoming Malaysia’s TV Queen of the year. She also won Singapore’s TV Queen a month ago, and I believe her winning will continues to the coming TVB Anniversary Awards next month. The other top two finalists are Linda Chung (All That Is Bitter Is Sweet) and Kate Tsui (Tomorrow Is Another Day).

My Favorite TVB Leading Actor : Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul).

Comment: Also quite happy that Roger Kwok won it from his awesome performance in Black Heart White Soul as the main lead and also as the scheming villain. At least better than Ruco Chan winning this as I am afraid earlier that Ruco’s huge popularity in Malaysia may push him to this title despite that his role and acting is still not extremely well yet. But actually, I voted for Raymond Lam as he also contributed wonderfully in ‘Line Walker’. So, Ruco Chan (Outbound Love) and Raymond Lam (Line Walker) are the two other finalists.

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My Favorite TVB Series : Line Walker.

Comment: Quite predictable. This series is generating so much buzz, and it is very well received. For me, this is the best series of the year, and so I’m happy of it winning ‘My Favorite TVB Series’. A wonderfully crafted series that gives us so much suspense and acting performances beyond boundaries. The other two finalists are ‘Outbound Love’ and ‘Tomorrow Is Another Day’. Quite surprised that ‘Black Heart White Soul’ couldn’t even enter the top 3 despite it is another excellent drama this year.

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So what do you think of this awards’ results? Share your view. For me, I’m satisfied with most of the outcomes. Very happy for the result. The deserving wins. Great. I also particularly enjoyed the huge number of artistes attending the show to support it (also knowing that they will sure at least get an award at the night). And Andy Lau! Wow…came as a huge surprise and shock to everyone. On the other hand, I also like Benz Hui’s funny speeches when he is presenting awards and also on the segment when he is receiving supporting actor award. He is very entertaining.

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Overall, I just find that TVB hijacked the show and made it more Hong Kong feel. There is no Malaysian feel or style to the awards show. It’s all Hong Kong artistes performing and not Malaysians. The show should actually engages more to Malaysia. And besides that, the awards’ trophy looks ugly. Should be designed simple yet elegant. Well, that’s my general feedback to the show which is organized quite successfully except for the technical glitch disabling us to watch the segment when Kenneth Ma and Selena Li won two of the top 15 most favourite TV drama characters. Now, I’m looking forward to the upcoming TVB 47th Anniversary Awards 2014 scheduled to be held somewhere in the middle of next month. It’s nomination list should be out by this week.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

Sum up of 2012’s TVB series I have watched.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2012 by vincentloy

TVB 45th anniversary celebration brought its curtain down yesterday with the awards presentation. Overall, the result is very satisfying except for the last two main awards, best actor and best series. You can read the full result of this prestigious awards and check out my analysis and comments over the result in my previous post. And now, it’s almost the end of the year, and I wish to have a post to sum up all the series in 2012 that I have watched. Out of 24 series released in 2012 and included into nomination for the TVB awards presentation yesterday, I have watched 11, almost half of the total number.

Here listed below are the series released in 2012 that I have watched along with a link of my review, my rating and lastly my final general comment over the respective drama in this blog too:

1. Wish and Switch

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/wish-and-switch/

My rating: 6.2

General comment: Great idea, but not of good drama material. Plain and boring most of the time, and Johnson Lee’s appearance made it worst.

2. Queens of Diamonds and Hearts

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/a-drama-on-legendary-wu-yen-queens-of-diamonds-and-hearts-2012/

My rating: 7.4

General comment: An entertaining drama especially with Roger Kwok in it as the emperor. I don’t like Fala Chen in ancient drama, including this one.

3. The Greatness of a Hero

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/tvb-drama-review-the-greatness-of-a-hero/

My rating: 7.5

General comment: An interesting drama revolving fight between Wayne and Kent. Rebecca Chan did very well in this drama as Wu Ze-tian. I find Bernice Liu a bit annoying in this drama.

4. Three Kingdoms RPG

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/starting-to-get-back-to-tvb-series-just-finished-the-whole-series-of-three-kingdoms-rpg/

My rating: 6.7

General comment: A highly potential drama ruined. Kenneth is quite awkward while Raymond is too ‘wood’ in this series. Low-budget visual effect. Touching but poor ending.

5. King Maker

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/king-maker-%E9%80%A0%E7%8E%8B%E8%80%85-a-wonderful-and-thrilling-series/

My rating: 7.5

General comment: Another drama on battle between Wayne and Kent. This time, Kent is the villain, and I find this arrangement is weird. Anyway, a very exciting and interesting drama.

6. Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/my-thoughts-on-silver-spoon-sterling-shackles/

My rating: 7.0

General comment: Interesting setting with several social issues raised. Solid performance by all casts, and quite touching in the end. Too bad, this drama is a bit too long.

7. The Hippocratic Crush

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/the-hippocratic-crush-a-very-impressive-tvb-drama-that-caught-my-surprise-and-attention/

My rating: 8.0

General comment: Impressive script and very likeable performance by casts. Kenneth and Tavia as on-screen couple steals the show. Touching, memorable, great theme song and definitely for me the best series of the year.

8. Daddy Good Deeds

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/daddy-good-deeds-a-fun-family-drama/

My rating: 6.9

General comment: A light, warm, fun and entertaining drama revolving on two families. I like Steven Ma’s series and this is not an exception.

9. Ghetto Justice 2

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/ghetto-justice-2-quite-an-effortless-sequel/

My rating: 6.2

General comment: Quite an effortless sequel, which is so bad compared to its predecessor. It’s like a sequel forced out without considering quality and substance.

10. Highs and Lows

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/wow-highs-and-lows-definitely-had-the-best-ending-for-a-drama-i-have-ever-seen/

My rating: 7.7

General comment: A good drama to watch. There is thrill in the beginning and at the ending. Kate Tsui had breakthrough here while Raymond did a good job too. This drama had a touching and intense ending.

11. The Confidant

My review: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/my-thoughts-on-the-confidant/

My rating: 7.7

General comment: A very beautiful drama with strong plot involving friendship between eunuchs, romance of no future, jealousy and hatred. Solid performance by huge ensemble of casts. Had a plain yet meaningful ending.

So, within these 12 series, this is the order of their standing in terms of my rating: (top three in bold with their official series poster)

1. The Hippocratic Crush (8.0)

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2. The Confidant (7.7)

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3. Highs and Lows (7.7)

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4. King Maker (7.5)

5. The Greatness of a Hero (7.5)

6. Queens of Diamonds and Hearts (7.4)

7. Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles (7.0)

8. Daddy Good Deeds (6.9)

9. Three Kingdoms RPG (6.7)

10. Ghetto Justice 2 (6.2)

11. Wish and Switch (6.2)

In the end, it is unexpectedly ‘When Heaven Burns’ that won the Best Series Award yesterday. Unbelievable. I didn’t watch this series because I find it really boring even in earlier episodes already. Anyway, looking forward to TVB series next year like ‘War and Beauty 2’, ‘Triumph in the Skies 2’, ‘The Hippocratic Crush 2’, ‘Rosy Business 3’, etc. Wow, it seems like there is a lot of sequels planned next year.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web, but still to credit tvb.com)

Everything on TVB now: The TVB Sales Presentation 2013

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2012 by vincentloy

Every year at around this time of the year, TVB would introduce to the media on upcoming projects and series planned for next year through sales presentation event. This is the event where many artists attend to get close to media and business executives, while at the same time promoting themselves to become one of the hot favourite artists. Year 2012 is almost coming to an end and it’s time for TVB to hold its sales presentation and they did it like two weeks ago if I’m not mistaken. This is also the time when I would write quite a number of posts on TVB stuff that are able to gain my blog increasing number of views.

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The clip of the sales presentation is only available recently and I had watched the promotional trailers of some upcoming planned dramas for next year. Some might not be getting a ‘yes’ to proceed for filming while some is already in filming progress. Overall, I find the planned dramas for next year aren’t interesting or appealing to me. There isn’t any new particular drama introduced that is able to catch my attention at this moment. It seems that in recent years, TVB really runs out of good idea to make a good drama like what we have seen from some of their earlier works several years ago. Too bad…many of their famous artists decided to pursue their career in mainland China that promises more profit. Furthermore, TVB also received criticism for treating several artists badly and only emphasized on full-contract artists.

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Some trailers are even done so badly that it doesn’t indicates things in order at all unless you take the time to read the description (suggesting plot) which TVB would usually change most of it in the end. So its quite pointless. Things just get messed up and all I can say is that many trailers are bad in quality. It’s too simply done without successfully suggesting how the story goes that would invites us to catch up with it next year. No…nothing. The trailers are boring and from there on, I didn’t expect much from TVB for next year’s series. Well, they are filming Triumph In The Skies 2 and I’m looking forward to that also, since its predecessor is quite a big success. For War and Beauty 2, I’m going for it too taking the consideration of the fame its predecessor had achieved earlier in 2004. TVB, give us some surprise with new dramas with big hit!

I’m not here to talk on the bad things TVB had in recent years. TVB still produced some good dramas in recent years but are in very minimal number. For year 2012, I only find ‘The Hippocratic Crush’ the best series of the year so far, and congratulation to the series for winning Most Favourite Series Award at the recent My AOD Favourites Awards 2012 held in Malaysia. Hope this series would do well in the upcoming TVB 45th Anniversary Awards too, to be held on 17th December at Hong Kong. Well, I’m looking forward to its sequel planned next year; The Hippocratic Crush 2 which saw addition of Lawrence Ng. Long time didn’t see him in drama and it would be quite refreshing to see him back as a professional doctor in this medic-based drama. Other than that, I find most of the other series aren’t interesting and I only watch some of them just to pass through my night’s time for a bit of entertainment.

At this point, if you would ask me to choose the top 3 dramas of the year, on which I believe would also gets into top 5 nomination for best series on the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards; they would be The Hippocratic Crush of course, The Confidant (one of the two anniversary series of the year) and the highly controversial Highs and Lows. But these three are still far behind if compared to earlier masterpiece of TVB like Rosy Business, Moonlight Resonance, War and Beauty, Heart of Greed, etc.6597649209284312248 To watch the trailers of several planned dramas next year, you can go to this website: http://hkstarz.com/tvb-45th-anniversary-sales-presentation-series-for-2013/. You would be disappointed by their sales presentation clip, just like me (except the one showing The Hippocratic Crush 2).

(All images on this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

‘Highs and Lows’ to end soon, and next, I’m looking forward to ‘The Confidant’

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2012 by vincentloy

Now in almost every nights, I would stay on track to latest episodes from two airing TVB dramas currently. The 30-episodes long ‘Highs and Lows’ would ends this weekend and as usual, I would write my review over this series centred between narcotics bureau police officers with drug dealers. The ending part of the series looks very satisfying at the moment. Another series that I have been recently starting to watch is a grand production entitled ‘Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles’. That’s quite a complicated English title to a TVB series. It’s also one of the two anniversary dramas of the year. It looks quite fine and interesting from its first few episodes. Things get a bit too extreme from this drama too. You will know what I mean once you watched it. The drama is focusing on a prominent family led by a barrister with several wives living in Hong Kong at 1920s and 1930s.

 

(Image above shows the poster for ‘Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles’. Image source: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/jj-jia?before=1350756784)

But what’s captured most of my attention would be the coming up release of the final anniversary drama of the year before the annual prestigious TVB Anniversary Awards. It’s entitled ‘The Confidant’, revolving on the famous imperial eunuch, Li Lian Ying (portrayed by Wayne Lai, previous two-time TV King in 2009 and 2010) and how he rises to power and is in favour by Empress Dowager Cixi (portrayed by Michelle Yim, 2008’s TV Queen). The 33-episodes long drama involves a group of huge popular casts including Maggie Shiu, Raymond Wong, Oscar Leung, Edwin Siu, Natalie Tong, Nancy Wu, Aimee Chan, Elliot Ngok, Selena Li, Raymond Cho, and many others. It’s definitely another high-budget production with beautiful costumes and part of filming sets at the world’s largest filming studio, Hengdian World Studios.

 

(Image above shows the official poster for the new drama ‘The Confidant’. Wow…Michelle Yim looks so good from this drama and I couldn’t believe she is almost 60 years old looking from her appearance here. Image source: http://img.tvb.com/ii/15/23045/000002304461_1351234509.jpg)

There were several promotional trailers released earlier and I certainly look forward to this not-to-be-missed drama. I usually like those dramas set on palace background as it would involves a lot of scheming and tactic-full plots. Besides that, ‘The Confidant’ tries to explore the life of not only Li Lian Ying, the famous imperial eunuch but also portraying another side of Empress Dowager Cixi which is usually seen as a villain in history of China. This could be the drama of the year and it is already receiving a lot of hypes even before its release this coming Monday. The drama had its grand premiere two  days earlier in a theater, which is the first time a TVB drama did so. It gave a whole new experience to the casts and the privileged fans to be the first to watch the first two episodes of the drama in cinema.

I hope that this drama would have a lot of intense scenes and climax, great and memorable acting, and solid script and plot which would pave its way to making a big sweep at the upcoming TVB Anniversary Awards if possible. The awards presentation is also postponed to the middle of December (usually held in early December) to give way for this drama to end before final decision is made to the awards. However, TVB announced that this year’s awards would be determined by one-vote system by audiences. I think this is only suitable for most favourite categories and not for deciding the best actor and actress awards. Perhaps, this drama could win the Best Series, while Wayne Lai for Best Actor and Michelle Yim for Best Actress? Will be judged after the series ends. For now, it hasn’t even started airing yet. Looking forward to this drama with high expectation.

Now I realize I didn’t watch TVB dramas lately for over few months already…

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2012 by vincentloy

TVB dramas lately receive decreasing number of viewers, and that is not a good sign to the company which is now facing problem of lacking staff and strong competition from the other TV companies. The main reason for drop on interest to TVB dramas is solely on the quality of the company’s production.

There is no more great series to watch after ‘The Hippocratic Crush’ which is seen as a great success, marking a recovery to regain interest of viewers to TVB productions. I like ‘The Hippocratic Crush’, released way back few months ago. A medical-based drama given a fresh whole ensemble of junior casts led by some senior artistes, accompanied with awesome script appears to open a good path for the rest of the year to other TVB series. However, what comes after this series didn’t do well. Nowadays, I don’t even care what series are playing now. Rating dropped, feedbacks being mostly negative, weak in script are the typical comments we know of TVB recently.

Besides than receiving plenty of complaints (especially for the recent drama ‘Master of Play’) this year as well as accumulation of reports on copying (in many previous dramas), TVB is also facing tough time nowadays with lack of good directors, producers and scriptwriters. Many of them left the company to join the others with much better salary and treatment. That is no doubt proving that TVB isn’t a good company after all. Without them, TVB is now producing very weak dramas with no more credible production like seen in previous years like Heart of Greed, Moonlight Resonance, Rosy Business, etc.

The worst thing is that many artistes have also left TVB, particularly to film Mainland dramas which promises bigger success to the artistes in terms of payment, as well as popularity. Let see one example. Sammul Chan (non-contract TVB artist previously) began his acting career in TVB over a decade ago, similarly to other TVB contract artistes like Bosco Wong, Kenneth Ma, Ron Ng, Raymond Lam, etc. The others have been recognized, presented with awards and most importantly, given major roles. For Sammul, he didn’t get all that despite his performance is generally favourable. It’s a good decision that he left TVB, and now he is so popular in China, as well as in other parts of Asia, receiving recognition and awards from only a few Mainland dramas he starred in.

So you see, it is TVB that do things which puts those talented people away. Now, TVB even face the problem of lack of artistes. Nowadays, I see the same people again and again in TVB series. Boring…Taking this opportunity to train young casts isn’t a good idea also as they are still inexperienced and incapable yet to deliver in major roles. Wrong plan. It’s time for them to change. If not, the downfall of TVB would be further severe, with possibility of only minority amount of people watching their programmes or dramas in near future. Nowadays, their dramas didn’t capture my attention or interest, as well as many other people who love to watch Hong Kong dramas. Right now, what I have to do is just to wait for some TVB dramas which are expected to be good like the ‘Three Kingdoms RPG’, ‘Ghetto Justice II’, ‘The Confidant’, ‘The Prominent Family’ (just started filming),  ‘Triumph in the Skies II’ (not even start filming yet).