“The Forgotten Valley” Ratings Top Over TVB Anniversary Dramas

“The Forgotten Valley” Ratings Top Over TVB Anniversary Dramas

The period drama The Forgotten Valley <平安谷之詭谷傳說> starring Raymond Wong Ho-yin (黃浩然), Grace Chan (陳凱琳), and Louisa So (蘇玉華) was an anticipated success, and according to a rumor, the drama achieved an average rating of 26 points last week, defeating TVB blockbuster dramas such as Heart and Greed <溏心風暴3> and My Ages Apart <誇世代>.

This rumored rating didn’t even take into account the “seven day all-platform total ratings points”, a method that TVB has been using to report its viewership ratings. Due to this method, TVB has changed to reporting viewership ratings every two weeks instead of every week.

TVB anniversary drama “Heart and Greed” failed to leave a lasting impression on HK audiences.

On its last week of broadcast, My Ages Apart reported an all-platform average viewership rating of 27.8 points. TVB’s other anniversary drama, Heart and Greed, reported 24.5 points on the same week The Forgotten Valley started airing.

The final first-week rating for The Forgotten Valley has not been determined yet, but it is speculated that the total ratings would most be higher than both My Ages Apart and Heart and Greed.

“The Forgotten Valley” includes social commentary on women’s rights during 1910’s China.

The Forgotten Valley producer, Andy Chan (陳耀全), is thrilled about the success of his new show. He shared and interesting story from Raymond: “A woman who stayed in the bed next to him was urged by her son to pack and leave the hospital, but the woman said she wanted to watch an episode of The Forgotten Valley before leaving!”

The Forgotten Valley takes place in the early years of Republican Era China, and centers on a group of women who band together to fight the patriarchy that has so long controlled their lives. Lau Kong (劉江), Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗), Katy Kung (龔嘉欣), Louis Yuen (阮兆祥), Zoie Tam (譚凱琪), and Jess Sum (沈卓盈) also star. The first episode premiered on January 15, 2018.

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

2017 TVB Anniversary Awards: Vincent Wong Wins Best Actor; Natalie Tong Wins Best Actress

At the 50th TVB Anniversary Awards, Vincent Wong won Best Actor for “Legal Mavericks” and Natalie Tong won Best Actress for “My Unfair Lady”.

Moses Chan Rallies Votes for TV King

Moses Chan Rallies Votes for TV King

TVB anniversary drama My Ages Apart <誇世代> will air its final episode tonight. Kristal Tin (田蕊妮), Moses Chan (陳豪), Maggie Shiu (邵美琪)and Elena Kong (江美儀) attended a promotional event in anticipation of the finale. Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華) and Ali Lee (李佳芯) were unable to attend due to conflicting priorities. In addition, due to continuing issues between his manager and TVB, Louis Cheung (張繼聰) has also halted all work with TVB.

The cast have endured 50 episodes of filming in the past six months. When asked whether he will miss the cast and crew, Moses said, “We filmed for nearly half a year. Everyone had a great time filming and have become great friends! [Louis] wanted to come, but couldn’t. We will get together and have dinner soon though.”

Nominated for TV King this year for his role in the drama, Moses teased that he would take the opportunity to rally any votes he can. His wife, Aimee Chan (陳茵媺), has also voiced her support in Moses winning the award. Moses sweetly replied, “In my wife’s eye, how would I lose? But let’s see if I have the fortune [to win the award]. If they give me the award, then I’ll take it!”

At the end of the drama, Moses will become pregnant. Recalling the scene, Moses laughed and said, “My wife has given birth to three children, so I should give it a try too! A man giving birth… why not? This ending is the most unconventional that I have ever filmed. A lot of people are uncertain about it, but I really admire it. It’s very creative and steps out of the box.”

Kristal has also been nominated for the TV Queen award this year for her role in the series. The 2013 TV Queen said she is leaving awards up to fate, but remains confident in herself. When asked who she feels will win the TV King award, Kristal said, “Kenneth Ma (馬國明)! I really enjoyed The Exorcist’s Meter (降魔的).”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.

“My Ages Apart” Ending Goes From Plastic to Legendary

“My Ages Apart” Ending Goes From Plastic to Legendary

WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for the TVB drama My Ages Apart, ending January 12, 2018. 

My Ages Apart <誇世代> is kind of blowing everyone’s minds, and we don’t know if it’s a good thing or not.

The 50-episode TVB anniversary drama My Ages Apart, headlined by Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華), Moses Chan (陳豪), and Louis Cheung (張繼聰), is many genres in one. On the one hand, it talks about people from different generations swapping bodies, where they have to briefly learn how to live in each other’s worlds. On the other hand, it is also a revenge story, where a man marries into a powerful family to destroy them from the inside.

Despite its melodramatic storyline, My Ages Apart is littered with comic relief throughout, so it actually doesn’t take itself very seriously. It’s a confusing show; even some netizens can’t help but to describe the drama as “plastic.”

But these netizens are starting to retract their words.

More surprises were dropped in My Ages Apart’s final week of broadcast, which ends this Friday. A strange but interesting shift in storytelling has completely changed the course of events. Subplots like a taxi that travels to the future and the butterfly effect were added. There’s even a segment about zombies inspired by The Walking Dead. It’s like viewers were watching an online fiction story being brought to life. Some netizens appreciated the change, calling it creative.

Moses Chan, who portrays “Mike”, responded to questions by confused netizens in an interview conducted yesterday. He admitted that, like the netizens, he too was shocked at the ending sequence for My Ages Apart.

“It’s definitely a brave creative move,” said Moses. “If I may be so bold, I have filmed many television dramas. I know how extreme and far we could go when actors and writers want to make a show funnier, so I was surprised that [the producer] was willing to give us the creativity to do so. Also, this is the point of the show. The story is meant to be imaginative and unconstrained. I don’t think I’ve ever come across a drama where the ending becomes so different. This drama definitely went beyond its borders, and I appreciate that.”

On its strange and weird ending, Ali Lee (李佳芯), who portrays “Paris”, said, “Fleshing out every single subplot [in a drama] is hard enough, but to be able to make your own story with each subplot in a drama is definitely something different. When I read the script, I never could’ve guessed the ending. It was definitely a surprise.”

Moses added, “I’m sure every actor who received the script was shocked, especially with the ending. I’m sure there were questions and there were skeptics, but we all stayed at our post and did our job. In fact, a lot of us started thinking, why not? Let’s try it! Let’s see what we can do! If everything is like a stick in the mud, then there won’t be any changes. No matter if you’re an actor or anyone else, it’s important to be open to try different things. Test your limitations. There are many things that the audiences can accept.”

Source: Mingpao.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

“Line Walker” Moses Chan Tests His Limits: “Do 99 Percent No Matter What”

“Line Walker” Moses Chan Tests His Limits: “Do 99 Percent No Matter What”

Moses Chan’s (陳豪) very first TVB drama was 2000’s Healing Hands II <妙手仁心II>, seventeen years ago. The past two decades have been filled with highs and lows for Moses, but no matter how hard the struggles may be, it is always important to keep an open mindset and chase for happiness.

“Sometimes, you won’t be in your best shape,” said the TV King. “Sometimes, you’ll even come across a role where you’ve played before. These circumstances happen all the time. I would tell myself that no matter what happens, I must give 99 percent. I have to try my best to do my part.”

Moses: “TVB is Learning Center”

In 2017’s Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, Moses played Victor Ngai, an educated, bone-chilling triad boss who is also the show’s main antagonist. Moses’ last villain role was 2012’s Master of Play <心戰>, in which he played a serial killer.

Moses admitted that he originally had a different take on portraying Victor. He envisioned the role to look much more menacing, with a tattoo-ridden body. Though his suggestions were ultimately not considered, Moses still had complete trust and respect for the production crew: “I should use this opportunity to challenge myself. After all, I’ve learned so much from this learning center [TVB], and I wanted to see how far my learning has come. I wanted to test my limits.”

Currently, Moses is starring alongside Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華) in the TVB anniversary drama My Ages Apart <誇世代>. The role is very different from Victor, and Moses considers it to be another acting challenge.

Unlike many of his acting peers, Moses never struggled to break character. Method acting is a good technique to train skill, but Moses advises rookie actors to use it with caution. “It’s not a bad idea, but you must know how to use it. Unless the script is very detailed with the character, it is understandable to do so. If everything just scratches the surface, putting yourself into such a deep situation can put you at a disadvantage.”

Asking if he had felt extreme pressure trying to keep cool for his role in Line Walker, Moses laughed and said, “Not really! The primary purpose of my character was to meet girls anyways. Killing people was only secondary! It was okay!”

Family Dictates His Career Direction

Most actors of Moses’ generation have already left TVB to challenge other acting industries, but when asked if Moses would do the same and eventually leave the station one day, he gave a very ambiguous response.

“I am always looking for opportunities to develop myself,” he said. “There are many things to do outside, and it would always make me think if I should hold onto that opportunity. I’ve put a lot of thought into it. Right now, I’m looking for what would suit my family the best.” Moses added that he would always keep a happy and positive mindset, saying, “I always hold onto happy and positive thoughts whenever I do things. There’s nothing that is impossible to get out of. It’s important to learn how to consider things in all angles. Consult more people and ask more questions, then analyze them.”

When considering his past seventeen years at TVB, Moses said he had worked on many productions that were worth treasuring and remembering. “From my first TVB drama Healing Hands, to my first costume drama Where the Legend Begins <洛神>, and then to a comedy like Family Man <絕世好爸>. They were all huge turning points of my life.” Moses is also thankful of his teachers at TVB, including producers Catherine Tsang (曾勵珍), Jonathan Chik (戚其義), Lau Ka-ho (劉家豪), and Miu Siu-ching (梅小青).

Raising a Family of Five

In 2013, Moses married his Master of Play costar Aimee Chan (陳茵媺). The couple have three children, all under two years apart. An involved father and a loving husband, Moses expressed the importance of keeping children active. “Learning doesn’t just end at education. There are many things that the kids have to catch up on, which is why I highly recommend kids to take up an after school activity, such as sports.”

Asking if Moses would enroll his children in overseas schools, Moses said, “It’s something that we’re going to eventually do. Right now, I really want them to spend more time in Hong Kong to learn their Chinese well.” Both Moses and Aimee were educated overseas—Moses attended college in Australia, while Aimee is native to Canada.

Though Moses is very involved with his children, he hopes to be able to avoid becoming a “monster parent.” He said, “The environment of this society creates monster parents. It’s not that we want to be monsters—we’re all just learning how to survive in this educational system. Every parent would want their children to get into good schools, and these schools want to accept more kids with different backgrounds, so parents are pressured to keep their kids competitive. They want them to learn faster so they’re guaranteed to meet their target. Honestly, I prefer taking a more relaxed approach to educating my children so they learn things at their own pace, but on the day of [school] interviews, an unprepared child would encounter 20 to 50 other prepared children. That is when you truly know who is in the winning side.”

Though he only had two dramas released in 2017, Moses did not purposely try to decrease his workload. “My work has always been managed by TVB. Nowadays, I film only two to three dramas a year. It’s just a coincidence that Line Walker and My Ages Apart came out at around the same time. I don’t expect myself to do less work, but on important days, like my kids’ birthdays or schooldays, I expect myself to be available for them.”

With three young kids close in age, Moses and Aimee would sometimes have disagreements, but their children comes first no matter what. Moses added that it’s also important to maintain their husband and wife relationship. “Many couples disregard this after having kids, but sacrifices and compromises must be made for each other. Keeping that love and fire for each other is important.”

There is never a boring moment for Moses and Aimee with three kids. Moses pointed out that the most ideal situation is for both Moses and Aimee to take turns working. Once the kids grow older, Moses and Aimee can then spend more time with each other.

Besides his acting career, Moses also had forays into the coffee and dessert business. He hopes that his knowledge of coffee brewing could open up a new career for him. He has shared his intentions to open another coffee shop.

Asking if Moses prefers his children to join the entertainment industry or to manage his coffee business, Moses laughed and said, “Then that would be something for them to decide. I cannot tell them what to do for their future. I can only help them build their foundation—as for what they want to do for their own future, I will leave that to them. They need to constantly learn how to challenge failures and loneliness. As a parent, my job is to train them to become independent.”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

2017 TVB Anniversary Awards Predictions

2017 TVB Anniversary Awards Predictions

The 2017 TVB Anniversary Awards is just around the corner, and with half of the nominees for Best Actor and Actress already revealed, it is time for some major TV King and Queen predictions.

For this season, the 2017 TVB Anniversary Awards will not be held until January 2018—perhaps this extended time is to make room for anniversary dramas My Ages Apart <誇世代> and Heart and Greed <溏心風暴3> to run for the race. My Ages Apart, which stars Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華) and Moses Chan (陳豪), won’t air its last episode until January 12, 2018. Heart and Greed will end its run on January 19, 2018.

For this reason, it seems highly likely that Bobby Au-yeung, Moses Chan, and Heart and Greed’s Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) and Ha Yu (夏雨) would make it into the top five Best Actor nominations for their performances in their respective dramas. This dampens Vincent Wong (王浩信) and Kenneth Ma’s (馬國明) chances to win TV King, despite their popularity.

Though Ali Lee (李佳芯) won Best Actress for her role in Legal Mavericks <踩過界> back in October in Singapore, the possibility of her making it into top five nominations at the anniversary awards is not high. Ali Lee’s Best Actress nomination is not for her performance in Legal Mavericks but in My Ages Apart, which is not getting the same amount of buzz.

What are your predictions for TV King and Queen?

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

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