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Second week done with plenty of gatherings and a TVB drama review for ‘Destination Nowhere’ (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2017 by vincentloy

First week of the semester is considered a happy-go-lucky week as no one would like to start on the assignments on the first week itself. Now, even the second week is gone and there is no more time to be wasted anymore. There are several submissions coming very soon already and I’m way not prepared yet. I did do my work, but 24 hours a day is just not enough. I’m not on track in my progress in all the units this semester. Well, I took that off my mind for a while first to enjoy this weekend.

Last Friday, I get back to the court to play badminton with my friends for about 3 hours. That was after a very stressful design studio with nothing from my part to show to the lecturers and I don’t really get what they want with their super-hard-to-understand words. It’s good to be back playing badminton after several months of not playing it already, and unfortunately, my badminton skill has not improve. The gathering did not stop there as we went for some snack and drink after that. Then, yesterday evening, we had another gathering in a friend’s house to enjoy the potluck dinner as well as to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Several hours later, I will heading out with my housemate to watch a movie. So many activities, and hence, not much time to focus on my assignments. Well, I will promise to myself to concentrate on my study from tomorrow onward.

Recently, I finished watching another TVB drama. It’s ‘Destination Nowhere’ (迷), a Hong Kong drama about a female news reporter who get caught up in the problematic collusion scheme between government official and businesses. All the hardship she faced has lead to her to be forced to become cunning and evil especially after the murder of her daughter. Those complicated cases that were actually linked to one another were then investigated by a police inspector who later felt in love with the female news reporter. This 30-episodes series starred Kevin Cheng, Kristal Tin, James Ng, King Kong Lee, Winki Lai, etc.

The plot is very interesting but there are several obvious plot holes that ruin the logic of the story in some major parts. The main cast, Kevin Cheng and Kristal Tin only get to bump onto each other in the very later stage of the series. I’m fascinated by the director’s decision to show them crossing over but not knowing each other in many occasions in earlier episodes but that were taking too many episodes. Once they knew each other, their relationship builds up too quickly. It’s a fresh thing to see this new pairing between Kevin and Kristal by the way. Their acting in this drama were also top notch especially Kristal. I’m stunned yet by another groundbreaking performance by Kristal. Her character is a very challenging one that requires execution of variety of emotions. She has a role that has to show the innocent side, leadership side, crying side, and cunning side all in one drama. She nailed it. There were time when I was sleepy and not paying attention while watching new episode of this drama on late night, and then, I immediately paid attention and went fully awake by her performance. I don’t mind giving her another best actress award but it is too early to tell right now since awards season is at the end of the year. This drama is being shown too early in the year and will be usually forgotten by the time awards season come. Other cast also did good job such as James Ng (still don’t like his face and his crying is too ugly to watch) and Winki Lai. Even the bad guy portraying ‘Wat Dee’ is putting on a very good performance. I don’t know his name but I pity him for always portraying bad guy in TVB dramas. He has the bad-guy look.

Overall, this drama is nice to watch. It is all good due to the amazing performances by the cast. Their acting kept me not wanting to leave my seat watching every episodes of this drama. There is also a good amount of suspense and dramatic moments throughout the whole series to keep engaging the viewers. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Destination Nowhere’ a total of 7.5.

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TVB drama review: Burning Hands (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2017 by vincentloy

‘Burning Hands’ (乘勝狙擊) is a 2017 Hong Kong drama by TVB that revolves on a team of con-artists and illusionists who are hired by a casino tycoon to find the mastermind behind his casino’s embezzled funds. But the leader of the gang, Chak Koon-yat, has his own reasons for helping the mogul. Things then lead to unexpected development of conflict, betrayal, friendship and hardship to the characters. This 28-episodes drama starred Ruco Chan, Joel Chan, Rosina Lam, Pal Sinn, Kelly Fu, Rebecca Chan, Hugo Wong, Hugo Ng, etc.

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This drama is the best TVB drama so far for this first quarter of the year. Having casino as the main theme drives the plot to an interesting direction. It is at least a fresh take on a TVB drama that usually goes with typical occupation themes like doctor, lawyer, or police. Now, it all revolves mainly on a group of con-artists and businessmen. On top of that, the many tricks executed by the characters in the series to excel in their missions are exciting to watch and had me looking forward to watch every episodes. The series also explores into friendship value between friends and business partners as well as love relationship between the young as well as the old couples (surprisingly nice to see the pairing of Pal Sinn with Rebecca Chan).

Ruco Chan is as usual being great in his roles and this one is not an exception. As the leader of his gang, he put in a lot of energy and passion to act the best out of that character and he nailed it. Joel Chan is also convincing as the main villain, a person that nobody expects would turn this bad from the earlier episodes. TVB should give more good roles to Joel and I look forward to him getting some recognition soon. Rosina Lam on the other hand is not doing well. Her expressions were limited and it looks like she couldn’t concentrate on her role here. Also not performing well are the actors acting as his brother and father in this series. The other cast are fine especially the veterans like Hugo Ng, Pal Sinn and Rebecca Chan. Hugo Ng is making a huge comeback last year from his role in ‘Brother’s Keeper II’ and he is great as the other villain in this story too.

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One good thing for this drama is that it delivered quite a number of suspense. There are a lot of plot twists especially near the end of the series when things really get intense and literally mad when the villains are ‘betting’ all out to succeed. That was good. The very final scene of the last episode of this drama I had just finished watching revealed to us that Joel survived the bullet, imprisoned, having mental problem and showing to us a deck card of ‘2’. What a cool way of hinting to us that there may be a sequel that continues from this concluded story. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Burning Hands’ a total of 7.5.

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TVB Drama review: Recipes to Live By (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2017 by vincentloy

‘Recipes to Live By’ (味想天開) is a 2017 historical comedy drama from Hong Kong by TVB with food as the theme. Having 25 episodes, the story centers on Ding Yat-san, a poor village boy who is a foodie and has a ‘golden tongue’ (can identify all ingredients in a tasted food) and later discovered that he is the son of the God of Cookery. He then investigates the past accusation against his father that got him killed. The drama starred Tony Hung, Sisley Choi, Rebecca Zhu, Hugo Wong, Ram Chiang, Mary Hon, Stephanie Ho, Toby Leung, Maria Cordero, etc.

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It has been such a long time since TVB last produced a series with food as the theme. Hence, this one got me interested eventhough I’m not that satisfied with the cast. With food as the theme, I’m expecting to see a lot of nice dishes, tricks and cooking competitions throughout the series. Yes, I do see them in this drama but they are not exciting as hoped. The story then swifts to many other directions to cover other smaller plots. That is necessary to keep the series going with more things to catch up. However, the excessive use of plot twists especially near the end of the series which are supposed to make the drama more exciting to watch turned out to be quite anti-climatic. They also forcefully put in too many unnecessarily tragic, ‘misunderstanding’ and ‘curse effect’ storyline to the characters in this drama. I’m annoyed when they are too many. Anyway, overall, the drama still has a decent storyline that goes back to the food theme.

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As for the cast and their performances, my expectation is right. Tony Hung is not a good actor and giving him the first male lead role here is a bad decision. There is still much for him to learn in acting. I think he did his best but there is something not right to his expression. Similar issue goes to the first female lead that goes to Sisley Choi. However, I find that she has at least improved. Anyway, I just don’t like her for being too thin and tiny, and having a sharp voice. Just not the right person for a leading lady role. Rebecca Zhu and Hugo Wong are both great in their supporting roles (or I shall say second leading roles). I hardly notice Hugo in the past but after seeing this and also in ‘Burning Hands’ where he is also involved, I think he is one underrated actor. Other veteran cast are great and I wish to highlight on Lee Kwok-lun who portrayed the main villain here. He is one excellent actor and is especially good in taking on bad roles. TVB should honours him with at least a professionalism or a supporting actor award soon.

This drama is worth to watch when you have nothing else to do. It is not a great series but still good enough with some comedic, touching and suspenseful moments. The only problem is the leading cast (Tony and Sisley). Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Recipes to Live By’ a total of 7.0.

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Best of TVB Dramas for the Year 2016

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2016 by vincentloy

This year, I have watched 11 Cantonese dramas by TVB, the biggest television station in Hong Kong. The station usually released over 20 dramas every year and it’s not bad that I have watched about half of them this year. There are awards presentation in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong to recognize the best of TVB series, actors, actresses and programmes annually. For me personally, I have my own set of selection for which series or cast that I think is the best out of the dramas that I have watched.

Kindly take note that this only applies to the dramas that I have watched and that is unfortunate for the dramas that I missed but are still good and praise-worthy. However, I usually covered major and heavily-debated dramas and this year is not an exception. The previous results from the Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards, Malaysia’s TVB Star Awards and Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards are not influencing my decision but serve as the precedents for my selection.

TVB Dramas in 2016 that I have watched:

  • Love as a Predatory Affair.
  • Short End of the Stick.
  • Fashion War.
  • The Last Healer in Forbidden City.
  • My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan.
  • Presumed Accidents.
  • House of Spirits.
  • A Fist Within Four Walls.
  • Brother’s Keeper II.
  • My Lover from the Planet Meow.
  • Dead Wrong.

So, here below is my picks for the best of TVB dramas (excluding their variety programmes) for the year 2016 in 15 categories. Some categories are new and not available in the other awards presentation.

Best Drama – A Fist Within Four Walls.

(Other top 4: Short End of the Stick, Presumed Accidents, House of Spirits, Dead Wrong)

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Best Leading Actor – Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

(Other top 4: Wayne Lai – Short End of the Stick, Lawrence Ng – Presumed Accidents, Bobby Au – House of Spirits, Roger Kwok – Dead Wrong)

Best Leading Actress – Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

(Other top 4: Tavia Yeung – The Last Healer in Forbidden City, Sisley Choi – Presumed Accidents, Kristal Tin – Brother’s Keeper II, Joey Meng – Dead Wrong)

Most Favourite TV Male Character – Bobby Au (House of Spirits)

(Other top 4: Wayne Lai – Short End of the Stick, Roger Kwok – The Last Healer in Forbidden City, Ruco Chan – A Fist Within Four Walls, Benjamin Yuen – A Fist Within Four Walls)

Most Favourite TV Female Character – Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

(Other top 4: Kitty Yuen – Love as a Predatory Affair, Nancy Wu – A Fist Within Four Walls, Grace Wong – A Fist Within Four Walls, Kristal Tin – Brother’s Keeper II)

Best Supporting Actor – Raymond Cho (Short End of the Stick)

(Other top 4: Power Chan – Short End of the Stick, Carlo Ng – A Fist Within Four Walls, Hugo Ng – Brother’s Keeper II, Vincent Wong – Dead Wrong)

Best Supporting Actress – Grace Wong (A Fist Within Four Walls)

(Other top 4: Rosina Lam – Short End of the Stick, Ali Lee – Fashion War, Selena Li – Presumed Accidents, Joyce Tang – House of Spirits)

Most Improved TV Actor – Jonathan Cheung (The Last Healer in Forbidden City, House of Spirits, A Fist Within Four Walls)

(Other top 4: Jason Chan – Love as a Predatory Affair, Mat Yeung – My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan, Brother’s Keeper II, Tsui Wing – House of Spirits, Brother’s Keeper II, Bob Cheung – Short End of the Stick, Fashion War, Presumed Accidents, Brother’s Keeper II)

Most Improved TV Actress – Moon Lau (House of Spirits, A Fist Within Four Walls)

(Other top 4: Samantha Ko – Love as a Predatory Affair, Ali Lee – Fashion War, Brother’s Keeper II, Stephanie Ho – Love as a Predatory Affair, Dead Wrong, Koni Lui – Fashion War, House of Spirits)

Most Favourite Drama Theme Song – ‘Never Know You Are The Best’ by Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls – subtheme song)

(Other top 4: My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan – main theme, Presumed Accidents – main theme, House of Spirits – main theme, Brother’s Keeper II – main theme)

Most Favourite On-Screen Couple – Ruco Chan and Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

(Other top 4: Mat Yeung and Eliza Sam – My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan, Jonathan Cheung and Koni Lui – House of Spirits, Benjamin Yuen and Grace Wong – A Fist Within Four Walls, Edwin Siu and Grace Chan – Brother’s Keeper II)

Most Favourite TV Villain – Hugo Ng (Brother’s Keeper II)

(Other top 4: Lee Shin Cheung – Short End of the Stick, Chris Lai – Presumed Accidents, Ali Lee – Fashion War, Carlo Ng – A Fist Within Four Walls)

Best Visual Effects, Editing, Costumes, Make-Up, Hair-Styling and Production Design – A Fist Within Four Walls

(Other top 4: Short End of the Stick, Fashion War, The Last Healer in Forbidden City, My Lover from the Planet Meow)

Outstanding TV Veteran Artist – KK Cheung (A Fist Within Four Walls, Dead Wrong)

(Other top 4: Helena Law – The Last Healer in Forbidden City, House of Spirits, Chow Chung – Presumed Accidents, House of Spirits, Dead Wrong, Lau Kong – Love as a Predatory Affair, House of Spirits, Angelina Lo – House of Spirits, Brother’s Keeper II)

Outstanding TV Cast Ensemble – House of Spirits

(Other top 4: Short End of the Stick, A Fist Within Four Walls, Brother’s Keeper II, My Lover from the Planet Meow)

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‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ topped my list of selection above while ‘House of Spirits’ came in runner-up in number of picks. My selection above has very slight difference only if compared to the awards result in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong this year. It’s more or less the same names in most categories. I believe most of the people out there would be more satisfied with my picks here than the result by the TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 held yesterday.

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TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 ended with some shocking results.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2016 by vincentloy

TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 (萬千星輝頒獎典禮 2016) concluded a moment ago with some predicted and also some shocking results this year. This awards, held back in Hong Kong is the last of the three awards presentations to honour the best of TVB artists, dramas and programmes annually with the earlier two ceremonies being held in Singapore and Malaysia. For the full nomination list of the TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 before scrolling down to check the winners’ list, you can view back my previous post on that particular nomination list at this link:

https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/nomination-list-for-tvb-anniversary-awards-2016/

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Here below is the full result of the TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 along with my opinions:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Chow Chung

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Opinion: Chow Chung deserved this honour. Eventhough he will be already reaching 86 years old next month, he still actively participates in many recent dramas and I admire his commitment to TVB. Eventhough he appeared mostly in very minor or supporting roles, but his dedication is no doubt strong. I’m glad for him winning this award.

Most Improved TV Female Artist: Ali Lee (Fashion War, Brother’s Keeper II, Law dis-Order, Sidewalk Scientist, Organized Dining, Anchors with Passport Series 2)

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Opinion: I’m fine with Ali Lee winning as I do see she did very well this year with many good roles. I predicted earlier that Moon Lau to win this as I find Moon Lau slightly better with more notable and likable roles this year. Anyway, I still think Ali Lee deserves this award too.

Most Improved TV Male Artist: Jonathan Cheung (The Last Healer in Forbidden City, House of Spirits, A Fist Within Four Walls, Spirits on Vacation)

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Opinion: I’m very happy for Jonathan Cheung. His hard work paid off and I truly saw his excellent performances in all of the dramas he was involved in for this year. He is one good actor and shall be given more opportunities from now on. He nailed all the roles this year and there is no other person to take this award away from him.

Most Popular Series Partnership: Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (Over Run Over)

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Opinion: I didn’t watch ‘Over Run Over’ and so I couldn’t comment much on this one. Anyway, I’m fine with them winning. I believe they did have very good chemistry and have produced some sparks in that series.

Best Supporting Actor: Raymond Cho (Short End of the Stick)

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Opinion: Finally! I’m happy that Raymond Cho is finally winning. He has been in the acting industry for decades and finally this year, his work in ‘Short End of the Stick’ is paid off. Not only that an award for him is long overdue, but he also did very well portraying as one of the eunuchs in that drama.

Best Supporting Actress: Katy Kung (Two Steps from Heaven)

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Opinion: I didn’t watch ‘Two Steps from Heaven’ and so I couldn’t comment further. Deep down in my heart, I wish for Joyce Tang (House of Spirits) or Grace Wong (A Fist Within Four Walls) to win this. The race in this category is particularly strong this year. I read from news that Katy Kung has the hype due to her crying scene in ‘Two Steps from Heaven’. I don’t like the way that Hong Kong citizens now prefer to judge a person’s acting based solely on his or her crying ability. It’s a poor judgement, and that leads to a poor decision to this result. I’m nothing against Katy but I still think Joyce or even Grace’s performances are more solid than Katy. This is the first shock of the evening.

Most Popular Drama Theme Song: ‘Never Know You Are The Best’ by Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: An expected result. This song which is only a sub-theme song for the drama ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ turns out to be a big hit. It’s a nice song and once you hear it, you know which drama we are talking about. That’s how good it is. A deserving win.

Best Variety Programme: I Heart HK

Opinion: I prefer ‘Sunday Stage Fight’ to win this. ‘I Heart HK’ is not much entertaining compared to ‘Sunday Stage Fight’ with much lesser games and funny scenes this time.

Best Enrichment Programme: Sidewalk Scientist

Opinion: No comment on this category as I have not watched any of the enrichment programmes this year.

Best Special Programme: Heaven and Earth

Opinion: Also no comment for this category.

Best Programme Host: Carol Cheng, C-Kwan & Luk Wing (Do Did Eat)

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Opinion: I have no issue with them winning this. Everyone wants them to win since Carol Cheng is a very respected figure in TVB. Her partnership with C-Kwan and Luk Wing also turned out to be surprisingly awkward yet good. They created interesting hosting atmosphere.

Professionalism Awards x 3: Koo Ming Wah, Carlo Ng & Chun Wong.

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Opinion: Out of these three, I find Koo Ming Wah to be the least deserving. He has won Best Supporting Actor several years ago and that should be more than enough to recognize his contribution. This is a bit too much for him. I would rather have Power Chan to take this one since he is one great actor that has always been left out in races to win awards. Carlo Ng and Chun Wong are very deserving winners of this professionalism awards.

Most Favourite TV Female Character: Grace Wong (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: Second shock of the evening. I would prefer Grace Wong to win for supporting actress rather than this one. This is also a bit too much for her. She did very well in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ but I couldn’t accept the fact that Joyce Tang didn’t win anything for the evening. This is so unfair and unfortunate for Joyce Tang who gave extremely brilliant and likable performance in ‘House of Spirits’.

Best Actress: Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: This is a predicted outcome. There is not many strong competitors this year for best actress and so it’s the second consecutive win for Nancy. Anyway, she did a very good job in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. There is no other choice as she is the only one that stood out this year. I would prefer her to get this Best Actress for the first time this year as I still think Liza Wang from ‘Limelight Years’ is a much better choice for best actress last year.

Most Favourite TV Male Character: Benjamin Yuen (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: Third shock of the evening. I hardly put my eyes on Benjamin’s character when I was watching ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. His role is nothing much and out of sudden, he won this coveted ‘Most Favourite TV Male Character’. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. I wonder how Hong Kong citizens vote? They have very poor judgement. Bobby Au should easily win this from his impressive and well-received performance in ‘House of Spirits’.

Best Actor: Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

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Opinion: Finally, it’s time for Ruco Chan to be awarded best actor after he lost out to Anthony Wong last year in this category. He is one talented actor and since ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ is such a hit and is a drama that required him to put in a lot of effort, in the end, he managed to pull it off, and that leads to his victory here. Very deserving. There was one moment when I’m afraid that Roger Kwok may win this again and snatch the best actor prize away from Ruco. Roger is good in ‘Dead Wrong’ but I find his acting is a bit forced, brittle and exaggerated this time.

Best Series: A Fist Within Four Walls

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Opinion: Also another quite expected outcome. ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ is a fantastic drama this year with many suspense, plot twists, great action sequences, incredible cast performances and wonderful production. This drama is a huge hit, gets high viewership rating, and get us all talking about it when it was airing. A deserving win for this drama. It is also the biggest winner of the evening, also taking almost all the major acting awards as well as the song award. I felt pity for ‘House of Spirits’ that got snubbed heavily. They should award something to Bobby Au and Joyce Tang.

This year’s result for the TVB Anniversary Awards is not that good. Some are deserving but most of the major awards went to the people who I don’t think deserved them. I believe many out there share similar thoughts with mine too. Not a very good outcome this year. Poor voting decision by Hong Kong audiences in certain categories obviously.

As for the ceremony, I am annoyed by the poor editing of the ceremony as well as very rude cut-off of award winners’ speeches just to make time for the excessive slots for advertisements. I also hate it when they cut off the part when Ruco and Nancy sang their winning drama theme song for advertisements again. Very bad. I only enjoyed the ‘Mannequin Challenge’ done in the introduction part of the ceremony, but for that, it has sacrificed a usual segment to introduce all the attending nominated actors and actresses. Carol Cheng, Luk Wing and C-Kwan should have just stayed on stage all the time to host together with Sammy Leung rather than staying inside a room doing nothing much. The guests presenting the ‘Most Favourite TV Male Character’ and ‘Best Actor’ prizes should be of heavyweight celebrities rather than having two almost unknown young actresses presenting that two highly coveted honours. I hope TVB can do much better next year for its 50th anniversary gala and awards show. This year is pretty bad in almost all areas, and that includes the awards’ result.

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TVB drama review: Dead Wrong (2016)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2016 by vincentloy

‘Dead Wrong’ (致命復活) is a Hong Kong television drama by TVB that revolves around Vincent, a man who was abducted and imprisoned on a deserted island in Vietnam for ten years. After being rescued, he struggled to adjust to his new life, but soon learns that there was more to his abduction than it meets the eye. It is the last of the three anniversary dramas this year to celebrate TVB’s 49th anniversary. It is also the last drama this year in contention for the TVB Anniversary Awards to be held tomorrow.

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Before the series started, I look forward to watch it because I read a number of news about it, highlighting that Roger Kwok (portraying as the main lead, Vincent) has filmed several challenging scenes particularly on his abduction and has also purposely lose down weight for this role. There was hype even before this drama’s release and everyone is anticipating for Roger Kwok’s performance in this one.

Yes, Roger did well in this drama. His acting experience and determination to get into the character enabled him to shine again. However, I have to say that this is not a breakthrough role for him as he is already professional enough and has set a bar that is almost impossible for him to achieve further. He nailed the abduction scenes, he nailed the skinny look, he nailed the crying times, and he also nailed the scenes when he has to carry out his revenge. However, there are times when I find that he overacted slightly and that some of his expressions are a bit forced and exaggerated. Just a bit. But that’s the bit that pull him down in best actor race tomorrow. Well, that is just my opinion. He still stand a strong chance as a dark horse contender for the best actor race tomorrow in the TVB Anniversary Awards while Ruco Chan is the current frontrunner. He has won the prize three times in the past, and so I think it is better to award best actor to Ruco this year for his equally well-received performance in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’.

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Joey Meng also did very well in ‘Dead Wrong’. I don’t really like her in her past TVB dramas but this one changed my mind. She is also a great actress and she still looks young despite her current age. Vincent Wong also did incredibly well as the supporting character who helped Vincent (Roger) a lot in this storyline. He is one young talented actor that I think TVB can give more opportunities to him than many other ‘younger-generation’ artists who are not up to the standard yet. Kenny Wong, taking on the villain’s role in the story, is as expected, unlikable. I don’t enjoy seeing him in any dramas as I always find his acting to be slightly wooden. I would prefer other actor to replace him for this role.

As for the storyline, the first few episodes look quite intense. However, the plot goes slow and draggy after that unfortunately. This series tried too hard to extend the whole story into a 28-episodes drama. It would be better if they shorten it to 20 or 25 episodes so that there would be something intense or exciting for audiences to catch on in every episodes. Hence, it started to feel a bit boring in the middle. The final 2 episodes aired just now was good and saved the day. It was a good ending and the plot twist at the end there is quite shocking yet predictable too.

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Overall, this drama still has chance for best actor award (Roger Kwok), and Vincent Wong is snubbed for a nomination in best supporting actor race from his role here, and in the end not the quality yet for best drama honour. I also find it annoying to keep seeing flashback scenes repeating over and over again. Those were too much. I think I saw flashback of the abduction scenes for more than twenty times throughout the whole series. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Dead Wrong’ a total of 7.6.

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Nomination list for TVB Anniversary Awards 2016

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2016 by vincentloy

I find it very strange that TVB is so late this year on releasing the nomination list for their upcoming awards presentation on 18th December. They just released it yesterday. Some of the awards will be decided by public and TVB judging panels’ voting while some will be decided by TVB judging panels and their own employed artists’ voting. Well, I have no issue with that as long as they don’t end up handing out awards to those who do not deserve it yet.

As usual, here below is the full nomination list for Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards 2016 alongside with my predicted Top 5 or 3 in each categories marked with *, my predicted winner, my preferred winner, and my opinions.

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PUBLIC & TVB JUDGING PANEL VOTING

Best Leading Actor
Kenny Wong (“The Executioner”)
Raymond Wong (“K9 Cop”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Moses Chan (“Fashion War”)
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”) *
Kevin Cheng (“Blue Veins”)
Kent Cheng (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Lawrence Ng (“Presumed Accidents”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”) *
Ben Wong (“Between Love & Desire”)
Johnson Lee (“Daddy Dearest”)
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Edwin Siu (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Kenneth Ma (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Liu Kai Chi (“Law dis-Order”)
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Roger Kwok (“Dead Wrong”) *

My predicted winner: Roger Kwok (Dead Wrong)

My preferred winner: Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

Opinion: It’s quite an intense race for leading actor category with many that are on par to take this award this year. Besides than my top 5 actors chosen above, there are 3 more dark horses; Alex Fong and Liu Kai Chi from ‘Law Disorder’ and Bosco Wong from ‘Two Steps from Heaven’. It will probably end up with a neck-to-neck battle between Ruco Chan since he won Best Actor at both Singapore and Malaysia earlier and Roger Kwok who gave another exceptional performance in ‘Dead Wrong’, a series that didn’t get to compete at Singapore and Malaysia as it has not aired yet that time.

Best Leading Actress
Maggie Shiu (“The Executioner”) *
Kitty Yuen (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Samantha Ko (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Sisley Choi (“Speed of Life”)
Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)
Tavia Yeung (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”)
Teresa Mo (“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)
Grace Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Selena Li (“Presumed Accidents”)
Sharon Chan (“Come with Me”)
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Kristal Tin (“Brother’s Keeper II”) *
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”) *
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Joey Meng (“Dead Wrong”) *

My predicted winner: Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

My preferred winner: Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls)

Opinion: On the other hand, this category is very weak this year. There is like almost no competition at all, paving way for Nancy Wu to take home best actress twice in a row. Well, she deserved it as I find her performance in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ much better than her role in ‘Ghost of Relativity’ last year that won her first Best Actress. She is also very hardworking this year with 4 series. Perhaps the only other competitor that could bring out the surprise is Kristal Tin who did well in ‘Brother’s Keeper II’. Luckily, TVB didn’t nominate her in ‘My Lover from Planet Meow’ which is an awful series and nobody did good there. 

Best Series
“Angel In-the-Making”
“The Executioner”
“Love as a Predatory Affair”
“Speed of Life”
“K9 Cop”
“Short End of the Stick”
“Fashion War”
“Over Run Over”
“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”
“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”
“Blue Veins”
“ICAC Investigators 2016”
“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”
“Presumed Accidents”
“Come with Me”
“House of Spirits” *
“Between Love & Desire”
“Daddy Dearest”
“A Fist Within Four Walls” *
“Brother’s Keeper II”
“Inspector Gourmet”
“Law dis-Order” *
“No Reserve”
“My Lover from the Planet Meow”
“Two Steps from Heaven” *
“Dead Wrong” *

My predicted winner: A Fist Within Four Walls

My preferred winner: A Fist Within Four Walls / House of Spirits.

Opinion: ‘Dead Wrong’ has not finished airing yet and so I couldn’t put that as my top preference first. But so far, it is good that it deserves a top 5 ranking. Hence, the top 2 in battle now are ‘House of Spirits’ and ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. For me, both series are different but equally good. So, it’s very hard for me to decide. I’ll go with ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’ since more people love to watch drama with more suspense and actions than a drama with light-hearted comedy and warm family values. 

Most Popular TV Male Character
Tony Hung (“Angel In-the-Making”)
Jason Chan (“Love as a Predatory Affair”)
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”)
Wayne Lai (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Him Law (“Fashion War”)
Vincent Wong (“Over Run Over”) *
Wong Kwong Leung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Mat Yeung (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Eddie Cheung (“Come with Me”)
Bowie Wu (“House of Spirits”)
Bobby Au Yeung (“House of Spirits”) *
Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Ruco Chan (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Hugo Ng (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Louis Yuen (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Alex Fong (“Law dis-Order”)
Eddie Kwan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Bosco Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”) *
Roger Kwok (“Dead Wrong”)

My predicted winner: Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

My preferred winner: Ruco Chan (A Fist Within Four Walls)

Opinion: I have a feeling that TVB doesn’t want to give Best Actor to Ruco yet. It’s not because TVB is biased but whenever he shown strong performance in a year, there must be suddenly another one or two better performances by others in that same year. His role is very popular and likable in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’, hence, there is no reason for him not to win this twice in a row.

Most Popular TV Female Character
Akina Hong (“The Executioner”)
Natalie Tong (“Speed of Life”)
Linda Chung (“K9 Cop”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Angela Tong (“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)
Kay Tse (“Blue Veins”)
Eliza Sam (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Alice Chan (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”) *
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Yuen Chau (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Nancy Wu (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Kristal Tin (“Brother’s Keeper II”) *
Jacqueline Wong (“Inspector Gourmet”)
Ali Lee (“Law dis-Order”) *
Mandy Wong (“Law dis-Order”)
Priscilla Wong (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Joey Meng (“Dead Wrong”)

My predicted winner: Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

My preferred winner: Kristal Tin (Brother’s Keeper II) / Nancy Wu (A Fist Within Four Walls) / Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

Opinion: I’m fine with either any of the three names I mentioned above to win. This category is a tough call and it’s very hard for me to decide. There are a number of very good and likable female characters this year. If Nancy win Best Actress, then there is much lesser chance for her to win this.

Most Popular Series Song
我們都受傷 (“Angel In-the-Making”) – Jinny Ng *
真我 (“Angel In-the-Making”) – Aaryn Cheung
相信明天 (“The Executioner”) – Hubert Wu
記住忘記我 (“Wu Xin the Monster Killer”) – Alfred Hui
愛情食物鏈 (“Love as a Predatory Affair”) – Stephanie Ho
同步 (“Speed of Life”) – Justin Lo
你懂我 (“K9 Cop”) – Linda Chung
聽海 (“K9 Cop”) – Vivian Koo
藍天白雲 (“Short End of the Stick”) – Edwin Siu
最真心一對 (“Over Run Over”) – Stephanie Ho
靈魂的痛 (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City”) – Hubert Wu
完美的生活 (“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”) – Jinny Ng
諸神混亂 (“Blue Veins”) – Kay Tse
天地不容 (“Blue Veins”) – Hubert Wu
The Only One (“Blue Veins”) – Stephanie Ho
火線下 (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”) – Fred Cheng *
問天 (“Nirvana in Fire”) – Alfred Hui
可以背負更多 (“Nirvana in Fire”) – Jinny Ng
天地 (“Nirvana in Fire”) – Alfred Hui
命運的意外 (“Presumed Accidents”) – Hubert Wu
講 (“Come with Me”) – Sharon Chan, Louis Yuen, Grace Wong, Hoffman Cheng, Ronald Law & Stephanie Ho
愛的溫暖 (“House of Spirits”) – Edwin Siu *
最後一次分手 (“Between Love & Desire”) – Jinny Ng
爸爸 (“Daddy Dearest”) – Hubert Wu
圍城 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan
從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu *
誰可改變 (“Brother’s Keeper II”) – Ruco Chan *
誘心人 (“Inspector Gourmet”) – Jinny Ng
我記不起 (“Inspector Gourmet”) – Linda Chung
公義的抉擇 (“Law dis-Order”) – Hubert Wu
Can You See (“Law dis-Order”) – Kayee Tam
夢裡花 (“The Imperial Doctress”) – Stephanie Ho
孤嶺花 (“No Reserve”) – Kay Tse
喵喵 ft. C Kwan & Moses Chan (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) – Alvin Ng, Auston Lam & Penny Chan
得寵 (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”) – Kristal Tin & Nancy Wu
造王 (“Two Steps from Heaven”) – Hubert Wu
不可告人 (“Dead Wrong”) – Vincent Wong
愛需要勇氣 (“Dead Wrong”) – Stephanie Ho

My predicted winner: 從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu 

My preferred winner: 從未知道你最好 (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) – Ruco Chan & Nancy Wu 

Opinion: There is no competition at all. There is no other theme song more memorable than the one by Ruco and Nancy in ‘A Fist Within Four Walls’. 

Most Popular Series Partnership
Wayne Lai, Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”)
Vincent Wong & Tracy Chu (“Over Run Over”)
Jimmy Au & Kim Li (“Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”)
Bowie Wu & Helena Law (“House of Spirits”)
Joyce Tang & Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”)
Ruco Chan & Benjamin Yuen (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Carat Cheung, Apple Chan, Chloe Nguyen & Doris Chow (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Alex Fong & Florence Kwok (“Law dis-Order”)
Eddie Kwan & Vivien Yeo (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Bosco Wong, Edwin Siu & Louis Cheung (“Two Steps from Heaven”)

My predicted winner: Wayne Lai, Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”)

My preferred winner: Wayne Lai, Edwin Siu, Raymond Cho & Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”)

Opinion: This is a new category. It’s not couple award, but partner award. Very new and strange. I will give this to the four males in ‘Short End of the Stick’. Their chemistry is very good and that can be seen in ‘The Confidant’ already, the unrelated predecessor of ‘Short End of the Stick’. It’s also a consolation prize to that drama that received very high rating this year but was released too early hence not getting any award buzz.

TVB JUDGING PANEL & EMPLOYED ARTISTES

Best Supporting Actor
Law Lok Lam (“The Executioner”)
Oscar Leung (“K9 Cop”)
John Chiang (“Short End of the Stick”)
Wai Ka Hung (“Short End of the Stick”)
Raymond Cho (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Power Chan (“Short End of the Stick”) *
Pal Sinn (“Over Run Over”)
Joel Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Lai Lok Yi (“Presumed Accidents”)
Cheung Wing Hong (“House of Spirits”) *
Philip Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Carlo Ng (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Oscar Li (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Jimmy Au (“A Fist Within Four Walls”)
Hugo Ng (“Brother’s Keeper II”) *
Mat Yeung (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Matthew Ho (“Law dis-Order”)
Ram Chiang (“Law dis-Order”)
Luk Wing (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Ku Ming Wah (“Dead Wrong”)

My predicted winner: Raymond Cho (Short End of the Stick)

My preferred winner: Raymond Cho (Short End of the Stick) 

Opinion: It’s not easy to portray a transvestite and it’s not easy to stood out among the rest of the male characters in the same drama. Raymond did that and he is long overdue for this award. 

Best Supporting Actress
Elaine Yiu (“The Executioner”) *
Akina Hong (“The Executioner”)
Rachel Kan (“Speed of Life”)
Lin Xia Wei (“Short End of the Stick”)
Yoyo Chen (“Short End of the Stick”)
Zoie Tam (“Over Run Over”)
Jeannie Chan (“Blue Veins”)
Elena Kong (“ICAC Investigators 2016”)
Kingdom Yuen (“My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan”)
Koni Lui (“House of Spirits”) *
Joyce Tang (“House of Spirits”) *
Helena Law (“House of Spirits”)
Roxanne Tong (“Between Love & Desire”)
Grace Wong (“A Fist Within Four Walls”) *
Jade Leung (“Brother’s Keeper II”)
Florence Kwok (“Law dis-Order”)
Vivien Yeo (“My Lover from the Planet Meow”)
Moon Lau (“Two Steps from Heaven”)
Katy Kung (“Two Steps from Heaven”) *
Rebecca Zhu (“Dead Wrong”)

My predicted winner: Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

My preferred winner: Joyce Tang (House of Spirits)

Opinion: Joyce Tang is also another artist long overdue for an award. Her comeback performance in ‘House of Spirits’ is excellent and putting her into this supporting category is already something that I felt slightly uneasy already. 

Most Improved Male Artiste
James Ng (“Blue Veins”, “Jade Solid Gold”, “Organized Dining”, “Music Power”, “J.S.G. Selections 2016 (Part 1)”, Big Boys Summer)
Matthew Ho (“Brother’s Keeper II”, “Law dis-Order”, “No Reserve”) *
Hubert Wu (“Blue Veins”, “Taipei High Hi”, “Sermon by Sir Ben”)
Mark Ma (“Love as a Predatory Affair”, “Speed of Life”, “Short End of the Stick”, “Come Home Love: Dinner at 8”, “Presumed Accidents”, “Between Love & Desire”, “Inspector Gourmet”)
Bob Cheung (“Over Run Over”, “House of Spirits”, “Between Love & Desire”, “Daddy Dearest”, “Spirits on Vacation”) *
Cheung Wing Hong (“The Last Healer in Forbidden City, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”, “Spirits on Vacation”) *

My predicted winner: Cheung Wing Hong.

My preferred winner: Cheung Wing Hong.

Opinion: It has to be Cheung Wing Hong. He is the only one among the other nominees that stood out. He was involved in 3 series this year, and he nailed all the 3 roles given. I noticed him few years back in some of his earlier dramas but he went unnoticed. This should be the year for him. A breakthrough year for him.

Most Improved Female Artiste
Tracy Chu (“Speed of Life”, “K9 Cop”, “Over Run Over”)
Stephanie Ho (“Love as a Predatory Affair”, “Blue Veins”, “Dead Wrong”, “Jade Solid Gold”, “I Heart HK”)
Ali Lee (“Fashion War”, “Brother’s Keeper II”, “Law dis-Order”, “Sidewalk Scientist”, “Organized Dining”, “Anchors with Passport (Sr. 2)”) *
Mayanne Mak (“Sidewalk Scientist”, “Anchors with Passport (Sr. 2)”, “A Starry Homecoming”, “Community Chest Charity Show”, “TVB Most Popular TV Commercial Awards 2016”, “I Heart HK”, “Sermon by Sir Ben”, “天與地”)
Moon Lau (“Angel In-the-Making”, “Over Run Over”, “Blue Veins”, “House of Spirits”, “A Fist Within Four Walls”, “Birth of 8 Records”) *
Katy Kung (“The Executioner”, “Two Steps from Heaven”) *

My predicted winner: Katy Kung.

My preferred winner: Ali Lee / Moon Lau.

Opinion: Out of sudden, Katy Kung shot to fame with her crying scene in ‘Two Steps from Heaven’. It is a great timing for her since the awards presentation is just around the corner. I don’t think she will snatch supporting actress award from Joyce Tang, and hence, she has high chance for this category out of a sudden. This will be a major blow to the two other early hot favourites; Ali Lee and Moon Lau. Both of them gave fantastic performances this year too. 

Best Host(s)
Sammy Leung & Sharon Chan (“Sunday Stage Fight”) *
Benz Hui, Oscar Leung & King Kong (“Eat La Men”)
Carol Cheng & Fama (“Do Did Eat”) *
Tony Hung (“Not Far but Away (Sr. 2)”)
Maria Cordero & Luk Ho Ming (“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”)
Eric Tsang & Various Artistes (“I Heart HK”) *
Evergreen Mak, Elena Kong & Joyce Tang (“Bazaar Carnivals”)
Benjamin Au Yeung (“Sermon by Sir Ben”)
Alice Chan, Michael Wai, Steven Cheung & Tyson Chak (“Wai Gor’s Wok”)
King Kong & Kitty Yuen (“Neighborhood Gourmet (Sr. 4)”)
Helen To (“Kansai Raider (Sr. 2)”)

My predicted winner: Carol Cheng & Fama (Do Did Eat)

My preferred winner: Carol Cheng & Fama (Do Did Eat)

Opinion: Carol Cheng and Fama are going to host the awards ceremony as well. Hence, giving them this award would be a nice touch. Furthermore, they do did well in the ‘Do Did Eat’ programme despite the strange partnership formed. An unbelievable partnership that turned out to be good and fun.

Best Variety Programme
“Sunday Stage Fight” *
“Eat La Men”
“Do Did Eat” *
“A Starry Homecoming”
“Taipei High Hi”
“All Work No Pay Holidays – India”
“All Work No Pay Holidays – Northern Europe”
“The Magicians’ Game of Thrones”
“I Heart HK”
“Spirits on Vacation” *
“Neighborhood Gourmet (Sr. 4)”

My predicted winner: Sunday Stage Fight.

My preferred winner: Sunday Stage Fight.

Opinion: ‘Sunday Stage Fight’ is the programme that gave me the most laughter this year. It’s a very entertaining and hilarious show. ‘I Heart HK’ led by Eric Tsang and many other artists is no longer that much fun to watch as the show has very few games in it only. 

Best Enrichment Programme
“Sidewalk Scientist”
“Not Far but Away (Sr. 2)”
“Touring the Hood”
“My Handy Man”
“The Treadmill Runner”
“Good Cheap Eats (Sr. 5)”
“Bazaar Carnivals”
“Sermon by Sir Ben”
“5 Kids and a Bloke”
“Wai Gor’s Wok”
“Kansai Raider (Sr. 2)”

Opinion: No comment in this category as I have watched none of them.

Best Special Programme
“My Love, myTV SUPER”
“Community Chest Charity Show”
“Hong Kong Heroes”
“Mr. Hong Kong Contest 2016”
“Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2016”
“Gala Spectacular 2016”
“A Time of Love 2”
“TVB Anniversary Gala”
“Tung Wah Charity Gala 2016”
“天與地”

Opinion: Also no comment for this category.

The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of 18th December 2016 (Sunday). The ceremony also marks the end of TVB station’s 49th anniversary celebration this year. By the way, their 49th Anniversary Gala held last month is super dull and boring. I watched it online, and I skipped most parts of it. No big stars to attend, no great performances, no funny segments, and no ‘party’ feel overall. TVB have to seriously work on it especially for next year when they are heading to the big 50th anniversary.