Ada Choi’s 6 Year Old Has an Admirer

Ada Choi’s 6 Year Old Has an Admirer

At a promotional event for Oh My Grad <老表,畢業喇!> earlier this month, Ada Choi (蔡少芬) spoke up about her appreciation for the series and some life lessons she’s learned while filming for the show. The 44-year-old mother of two girls said the show, a story about the teachers and their students within a fictional college, taught her a lot about what it means to be a parent and to understand her children.

Her older daughter Zoe, who is six years old, is currently attending primary one. Ada said little Zoe already has an admirer, and lamented that she didn’t even know what it means to have a crush until she was at least 8 years old. “Her classmate told her that he likes her, wants to kiss her, and get married to her. I didn’t even know what all of that meant until I was at least in primary three. I told my daughter that, if one day a boy does want to kiss her, cross your arms into an ‘X’ and kick him away! Learn how to protect yourself! She knows now that the only people who can kiss her are her parents and sister.” She then added jokingly, “It’s unfortunate that she’s as pretty as me. It’s dangerous!”

The Oh My Grad event—which was held at Disneyland—was Ada’s first promo event for the show since the drama premiered on September 25. Previous promotional events were attended by her costars Roger Kwok (郭晉安) and Wong Cho-lam (王祖藍), but due to work obligations, Ada was unable to attend an event until now.

“My schedule was already packed,” explained Ada. “I had to do many interviews in advance, because I wouldn’t be in Hong Kong. Now that I’m here, it’s time for Roger and Cho-lam to take a rest.”

Both Roger and Cho-lam were absent this time around. Roger fell ill, while Cho-lam had a schedule to attend.

“This is my show so I will definitely dedicate my heart and power to promote it,” stressed Ada. “I’ve seen how hard people have worked on it, so I hope the audience will like what we’ve made.”

“The Gem of Life” Gave Ada a Hoarse Voice

Reporters pointed out that Ada’s voice sounded much hoarser and weaker on Oh My Grad, and Ada said the hoarse voice was due to the vocal strain she experienced while filming for 2009’s The Gem of Life <珠光寶氣>.

“I broke my voice after filming The Gem of Life, so my voice gets hoarse whenever I don’t get enough sleep. It can’t be helped. When I was filming the show, I got sick, but I still had to yell. After all, my character was kind of crazy. I screamed so much that it broke my voice. I ended up getting a blood blister and had to get it removed. I didn’t get much rest after that because we were on a tight filming schedule. Unless I get a lot of good sleep, it won’t be completely cured.”

Source: Mingpao.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

“Oh My Grad” Becomes Hong Kong’s New Phrase Coiner

“Oh My Grad” Becomes Hong Kong’s New Phrase Coiner

Inbound Troubles <老表> is back for a third round and though it won’t be featuring original stars Joey Meng (萬綺雯) and Ivana Wong (王菀之), it’s introducing new blood like Ada Choi (蔡少芬), Babyjohn Choi (蔡瀚億), and Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜) to the franchise, which hasn’t been affecting the show’s popularity at all.

Like its previous installments, the grand scheme of Oh My Grad <老表,畢業喇!> focuses on societal issues. While 2013’s Inbound Troubles <老表,你好嘢!> discussed China-HK relations, 2014’s Come On, Cousin <老表,你好hea!> tells the story of an environmentalist, a celebrity, and a wealthy family. Oh My Grad, on the other hand, centers on the theme of learning and education.

The first episode starts with Roger Kwok’s (郭晉安) role To Ming-chi, the headmaster of a boarding school, who loses his job after the school gets shut down. His father To Fu (Bowie Wu 胡楓) hires him to be the headmaster of his new tertiary institution Hong Kong Brilliance Institute. The college has low entry-requirements and has taken in many troubled students. Despite this, To Ming-chi remains patient with his students and does not show any discriminating through his teachings.

Many of To Ming-chi’s lines on the show are being quoted by netizens across discussion boards, with some saying that Oh My Grad is becoming the new When Heaven Burns <天與地>, the show that coined the golden term “This city is dying.”

Some of  To Ming-chi’s quotes include: “Those with blonde hair can still study Chinese, and those with tattoos can still do liberal studies” (染金毛都可以讀到中文,有紋身嘅都可以讀到通識) and “Teachers teach you how to become a person. Famous teachers help you get a promotion. (老師係教你點做人,名師係保你平步青雲) “

To Ming-chi’s education philosophy clashes with Cheung Chun-keung (Ada Choi), the college’s public relations consultant, a “tiger mom” who is profit-oriented. Seeing how kids grow competitive when it comes to earning credits for graduation, To Ming-chi says, “Doing an activity together with a classmate is still learning. You don’t have to graduate to have learned something.”

Babyjohn and Mag Lam Film First TVB Drama

Babyjohn Choi, better known for his work in the film industry, was personally invited by Wong Cho-lam (王祖藍) to star on the show. Babyjohn plays a rich second generation who likes to use English in his daily speech. After erroneously using the phrase “RIP” on his father Si Bok-man (Chun Wong秦煌), his father sends him to Hong Kong Brilliance to further his education.

Oh My Grad is also Mag Lam’s (林欣彤) first television drama since her debut in 2010. She plays Ching Shu, a student who dreams of being a tutor, and chose to study in Hong Kong Brilliance to earn a degree in education. Because of this, she and her father Darling Sir (Ram Chiang) end up becoming classmates. Ching Shu has her own views on education and learning. She said in the third episode, “If there is a problem to Hong Kong’s educational system, then that should be c hanged. Nothing will be solved if you just leave to find something better, so don’t just sulk about it and say the city is dying.” It seems like Ching Shu was paying homage to When Heaven Burns!

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

“Oh My Grad” Premieres September 25

Wong Cho-lam’s “Oh My Grad” addresses issues of Hong Kong’s current educational system.

Introducing TVB’s Anniversary Drama Lineup for 2017

Introducing TVB’s Anniversary Drama Lineup for 2017

Now that The Unholy Alliance <同盟> has completed its broadcast, and Legal Mavericks <踩過界> is nearing the end of its run, it’s time for TVB’s traditional anniversary season of television dramas. 2017 is TVB’s 50th year since establishment, and the legendary Hong Kong station will be celebrating it with a total of six anniversary dramas this year.

This year’s anniversary season will start with Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, a prequel to the award-winning 2014 drama of the same name. The crime drama takes place right before the events of the 2014 drama, and sees the return of Michael Miu (苗僑偉) reprising his role as the CIB inspector Cheuk Hoi, who uncovers a dark secret within the police department. The prequel is a co-production with Mainland China’s Penguin Pictures, and costars Moses Chan (陳豪), Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), Pakho Chau (周柏豪), Priscilla Wong (黃翠如), and Hui Shiu-hung (許紹雄), with guest appearances by Eddie Cheung (張兆輝), Alice Chan (陳煒), Kenny Wong (黃德斌), Tony Hung (洪永城), and Shiga Lin (連詩雅). Line Walker: The Prelude premieres Monday, September 18, 2017.

The second anniversary drama to grace HK television screens is  Oh My Grad <老表,畢業喇!>, the third installment to Wong Cho-lam’s (王祖藍) Inbound Troubles <老表> television series that started in 2013. Oh My Grad stars returning cast members Wong Cho-lam, Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Bob Lam (林盛斌), Louis Cheung (張繼聰), and introduces new cast members Babyjohn Choi (蔡瀚億), Koni Lui (呂慧儀), Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜), and a guest appearance by Eliza Sam (岑麗香). Due to scheduling conflicts,  Ada Choi (蔡少芬) replaced Joey Meng (萬綺雯) as the drama’s female lead. Oh My Grad premieres September 25, 2017.

Picking up Line Walker: The Prelude’s timeslot will be the horror comedy The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, which centers on a taxi driver who has the ability to see supernatural beings. TVB will be complementing the drama with a spin-off web series, which will air alongside the original show. Despite the show being aired during the anniversary lineup, it is not regarded as one of the seven 50th anniversary dramas. The Exorsist’s Meter stars Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Mandy Wong (黃智雯), Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞), Moon Lau (劉佩玥), Ram Chiang (蔣志光), Susan Tse (謝雪心), Hugo Wong (黃子恆), Kitty Yuen (阮小儀), and King Kong Lee (金剛). It premieres October 30, 2017.

The cross-generation drama My Ages Apart <誇時代> will be taking over the time slot of Oh My Grad, and premiere on November 6, 2017. The 50-episode drama was filmed at a budget of nearly HK$50 million, and follows the story of two families. It has a star-studded cast, featuring Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華), Moses Chan (陳豪), Kristal Tin (田蕊妮), Louis Cheung (張繼聰), Maggie Shiu (邵美琪), Ali Lee (李佳芯), Elena Kong (江美儀), David Chiang (將大衛), Hui Shiu-hung (許紹雄), Eddie Kwan (關禮傑), Katy Kung (龔嘉欣), and Sammy Leung (森美).

The highly-anticipated thirdquel of the Heart of Greed <溏心風暴> trilogy is set to premiere sometime in November or December. The award-winning, record-breaking TVB television series will see the return of Best Actor and Actress winners Ha Yu (夏雨), Louise Lee (李司祺), and Michelle Yim (米雪) at the helm, bringing legend back to life. Though most of the older generation cast members will be returning, only Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) of the younger generation is returning. Costarring is Susanna Kwan (關菊英), Vincent Wong (王浩信), Priscilla Wong (黃翠如), Eliza Sam, Sharon Chan (陳敏之), Michael Tong (唐文龍), and Louis Yuen (阮兆祥).

Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2·深宮計>, sister production to 2009’s record-breaking Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計> is slated for an early 2018 release. The Tang Dynasty epic stars Nancy Wu (胡定欣) and Annie Liu (劉心悠), respectively the empress and princess of Tang. Costarring is Steven Ma (馬浚偉) as Li Longji, Emperor Xuanzong of Tang. The drama also stars Kenneth Ma, Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), Alice Chan, Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎), Susan Tse, Candy Lo (羅霖), Akina Hong (康華), Angie Cheong (張慧儀), Pinky Cheung (張文慈), and a guest appearance by Michelle Yim.

Dicky Cheung’s (張衛健) first TVB drama in 20 years, The Learning Curve of a Warlord <大帥哥>, is in the anniversary drama lineup for early 2018. It takes place in the early Republican era of China, and costars Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), Tony Hung, Raymond Cho (曹永廉), Tsui Wing (徐榮), Oscar Li (李嘉), Zoie Tam (譚凱琪), and Vivien Yeo (楊秀惠).

The last anniversary drama for TVB’s 50th anniversary is the historical epic Succession War <天命>, a Qing Dynasty drama that centers on the life of corrupted official, Heshen. Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) stars as Heshen, costarring Shaun Tam (譚俊彥) as Emperor Jiaqing. It also stars Selena Li (李施嬅), Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), Elaine Yiu (姚子羚), Joel Chan (陳山聰), KK Cheung (張國強), Jonathan Cheung (張頴康), and Matthew Ho (何廣沛).

With such a long line of dramas waiting in line for broadcast, there is a high possibility that the TVB Anniversary Awards will be pushed back to January 2018.

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Dicky Cheung, Michael Miu, Bobby Au-yeung, and More Promote Upcoming TVB Anniversary Dramas

Dicky Cheung, Michael Miu, Bobby Au-yeung, and More Promote Upcoming TVB Anniversary Dramas



Some of the biggest stars in Hong Kong entertainment have gathered together this week for the 2017 Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, or FILMART, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The fair ends on Thursday, March 16.

TVB was one of the biggest content producers at the fair, bringing over 70 artistes and introducing 16 upcoming television dramas to the media, seven of them being anniversary dramas for the network’s 50th anniversary.

The first anniversary drama in the roster is Oh My Grad <老表,畢業喇!> starring Roger Kwok (郭晉安), Ada Choi (蔡少芬), and Wong Cho-lam (王祖藍), which is projected to air sometime in the early summer of 2017. Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, prequel to the 2014 drama of the same name, may be next in line. The crime drama stars Michael Miu (苗僑偉), Moses Chan (陳豪), Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), Pakho Chau (周柏豪), and Priscilla Wong (黃翠如).

Assistant General Manager of TVB productions, Felix To (杜之克), said, “This year is actually a very important year [for us], and each and every drama we’ve chosen to do has its own value. The anniversary time slot will start in July or August, and it will end in the first quarter of 2018.”

Felix To added that the long broadcast period of anniversary dramas may affect the broadcast date of the 2017 TVB Anniversary Awards. “Because the anniversary time slot is so long, it’s possible that we may postpone the awards show. But it won’t be too far ahead. We don’t want severe changes.”

Due to their long filming periods, Dicky Cheung’s (張衛健) The Learning Curve of a Warlord <大帥哥> and the blockbuster Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2·深宮計> will be some of the last anniversary dramas to air this year. Productions for both dramas will not be completed until the late summer.

“We’ll be going to Fujian to shoot the drama this summer,” said Dicky. “I’m not looking forward to that.” He laughed at his own misfortune at having to film most of his costume dramas in the heat, but added that some of his most successful dramas were shot during the summer.

Reporters told Dicky that his ex-girlfriend, Line Walker actress Jessica Hsuan, is interested in collaborating with him again. Dicky said, “She should have said that earlier! I don’t have a say at TVB, but I will not be against it! I am still friends with [my exes].” (What about your other ex, Elvina Kong 江欣燕? Do you mind if she makes a guest appearance?) “I’ve actually thought about this, but it really depends on the script.”

It has been said that Dicky’s costar, Tony Hung (洪永城), was seen going to the restroom with Dicky. The actor nodded with a laugh, “That’s true. I was lost.” (Together?) “Of course!” (You’ve seen it then!) “I rather not!”

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James Ng and Bobby Au-yeung

Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華), who headlines TVB’s other anniversary drama My Ages Apart <跨時代> with Moses Chan, joked about the incident where costar James Ng (吳業坤) had a visible bulge while accepting a music award on stage in 2015. Bobby said he has given James the nickname “Big Eagle” while Sammy Sum (森美) liked to call him “Burst”.

My Ages Apart is produced at 50 episodes. It also stars Louis Cheung (張繼聰), Kristal Tin (田蕊妮), Ali Lee (李佳芯), Maggie Shiu (邵美琪), Elena Kong (江美儀), Hui Shiu-hung (許紹雄), Eddie Kwan (關禮傑), and John Chiang (姜大衛).

Former couple Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) got along really well while the two promoted Deep in the Realm of Conscience, sister production to 2009’s Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>. Kenneth, however, did not interact much with his current rumored girlfriend Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎), who also stars in the show and attended the event.

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Jacqueline Wong and Kenneth Ma

Jacqueline said she’s not jealous of Kenneth and Nancy, also expressing that she doesn’t mind working with Kenneth as a couple on-screen, regardless of their real-life relationship status.

Like its predecessor, Deep in the Realm of Conscience is set in Tang Dynasty China, during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong, 100 years before Beyond. It stars Nancy Wu, Kenneth Ma, Steven Ma (馬浚偉), Annie Liu (劉心悠), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), Alice Chan (陳煒), Susan Tse (謝雪心), Candy Lo (羅霖), Angie Cheong (張慧儀), Akina Hong (康華), Pinky Cheung (張文慈), and Michelle Yim (米雪).

Other anniversary dramas marked for 2017 includes Succession War <天命> starring Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Shaun Tam (譚俊彥); and Heart and Greed <溏心風暴3>, starring Michelle Yim, Ha Yu (夏雨), Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), Louise Lee (李司棋), Susanna Kwan (關菊英), Michael Tong (唐文龍), and veteran actress Nora Miao (苗可秀) in her first TVB drama.

Sources: TVB.comHK01.com, On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.