Joel Chan to Lead in New TVB Drama by “The Exorcist’s Meter” Creators

Joel Chan just landed his first lead role in TVB’s “The Golden Night Building”, a weekend drama written by TEM creators.

Hubert Wu Sets Goal for HK Coliseum

Hubert Wu Sets Goal for HK Coliseum



It’s been seven years since The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的> star Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞) debuted his first performance on television. The 27-year-old, who made his debut through the singing competition The Voice 2 <超級巨聲2> in 2010, took the backseat after stars like Alfred Hui (許廷鏗) and James Ng (吳業坤) shot to popularity.

Reaching a bottleneck in his singing career, Hubert decided to try out acting—he made his first major supporting appearance in 2016’s Blue Veins <>, followed by a second male lead performance in last year’s hit drama The Exorcist’s Meter. The theme song “I Was Here” <到此一遊> successfully put Hubert back in the market. “I Was Here” became a city hit, earning a Gold Song Award at the JSG Awards last year.

It’s been over a year since Hubert last attended a prominent music awards ceremony, and he was grateful for the chance to rejoin his peers in music ceremonies again. “It was definitely a huge booster,” said Hubert. “I’ve always wanted the chance to attend all music awards shows. I keep a normal mindset for all of them—the most important thing, for me, about making music is that they are well-liked by fans. Winning would be great of course, but my point of getting into music was not for the awards, but for the ability to communicate through my music, and send the message I want to send. My initial heart and ambition never changed. I still want to be an impactful singer.”

Asking if Alfred’s departure from The Voice Entertainment had given him more promotion opportunities, Hubert said, “I am always questioning myself, but it’s true that I’ve gotten more ambitious. I cannot control these circumstances—all I can do is do my part and do my best. I’m giving myself credit this year for being able to break out of the box.”

Hubert has been providing his voice to TVB theme songs since 2010, but The Voice winner said he wants the opportunity to perform his own original songs. “Honestly, most people know me through [TVB] theme songs, but I really want my music to become part of me. I am definitely grateful for the opportunity to sing theme songs—after all, not all of us have that opportunity, but I would love to achieve more balance so the audience can know more about the kind of music I can do.”

The 27-year-old said he dreams of performing at the Hong Kong Coliseum, and makes it a goal for himself to perform on the HK Coliseum stage before he turns 30 years old. As for his own concert dreams, he said, “I don’t want to hold my own concert before I’m ready.”

Hubert is thankful for his slow burn to fame. “I know I won’t be ready for [fame]. I don’t think I’m still ready, because we all need time to learn and improve. I’m now much more mature than I was before, and I’m enjoying this slow improvement.”

He shared that when he first joined the industry, he never thought about acting. “I was immature. I only wanted to sing, but singing and acting actually do go together. [Acting] teaches you how to work with other people as a team.”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

TV Dramas: Bad Boys No Longer the Trend

TV Dramas: Bad Boys No Longer the Trend

Once upon a time not so long ago, bad boys were something that all drama-loving girls would fall for. From Meteor Garden’s <流星花園> Dao Mingsi to Devil Beside You’s <惡魔在身邊> Ahmon, bad boys were the trend that defined idol dramas of the 2000’s.

But as we officially hit the late 2010’s, it appears that bad boys are no longer the main act for business. Starting with 2011’s In Time with You <我可能不會愛你>, the “sweet boy”—or warm boy (暖男)—became the one where all girls would fall for. Gone were the days when girls would chase after angsty boys who were broken and mistaken; now all they want is someone who is kind, loving, and supportive.

This transition from bad boy and good boy isn’t just happening to Taiwan and Korea—its influence is affecting Hong Kong dramas too. Manipulative bad boys like Bosco Wong’s (黃宗澤) Sheldon in 2016’s Two Steps from Heaven <幕後玩家> got more hate than love, while simpler characters like Kenneth Ma’s (馬國明) Ma Kwai in The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的> is getting all the love letters. In fact, Kenneth’s good, obedient image is the reason why he is still so popular with girls, despite not having the handsome looks of Bosco Wong nor the athletic image of Vincent Wong (王浩信).

The formula for popularity is changing, and it’s exciting to know what would happen next.

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

TVB Ratings Report: Big Budget Does Not Equate to Big Ratings

TVB Ratings Report: Big Budget Does Not Equate to Big Ratings

With 2017 almost coming to an end, it is time to start reflecting on the results of TVB’s 50th television season. If there was any lesson to be learned at all, 2017 has taught us that blockbuster productions do not necessarily mean it would win the hearts of the masses, and that lower-budget dramas should not be swept under the rug.

As of today, three of TVB’s top-rated dramas of the year are locally-produced, smaller productions that were never meant to be promoted as big series. Coming fourth on the list is the recently-aired The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, starring Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Mandy Wong (黃智雯), Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞), and Moon Lau (劉佩玥). The Exorcist’s Meter, a horror drama about a taxi driver who can see supernatural beings, averaged 24.75 rating points per episode, putting it as the fourth most-watched television drama of the 2017 TV season thus far. The Exorcist’s Meter was never meant to be promoted as an anniversary drama, but after a successful premiere episode and an even more successful first week, The Exorcist’s Meter eventually followed the footsteps of Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, becoming a kickstarter for TVB’s 50th anniversary season. The Exorcist’s Meter underperformed when it aired its final episode on a Sunday, but the random switch in broadcast date was to blame.

Elena Kong and Ben Wong in “Tiger Mom Blues” (2017).

The third most-watched television drama of the year is Tiger Mom Blues <親親我好媽>, which aired in the beginning of the year. Starring Ben Wong (黃智賢), Elena Kong (江美儀), Sharon Chan (陳敏之), and a special starring appearance by Michelle Yim (米雪), Tiger Mom Blues averaged 25 rating points when it aired in February. The show is also responsible for pushing Matthew Ho (何廣沛) to stardom—the rookie actor is now leading TVB’s next generation of siu sangs, and is co-starring a drama with Joe Ma (馬德鐘).  Tiger Mom Blues was not produced with a big budget, and it also went through a controversial production phase, but it won the audiences with its heartwarming script and talented cast.

Second place is A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch <超時空男臣>, a time traveling comedy about three Ming Dynasty court officials who were warped into modern-day Hong Kong as they go on a search for their lost princess. Starring Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Raymond Cho (曹永廉), and Matthew Ho, A General was both a ratings hit and a trending series when it aired in Hong Kong this past summer. It averaged 26.8 points.

Number one on TVB’s most-watched list is no other than The Unholy Alliance <同盟>, the answer to last year’s A Fist Within Four Walls <城寨英雄>. Created by Four Walls producer Jazz Boon (文偉鴻), the martial arts drama saw TV King and Queen duo Ruco Chan (陳展鵬) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) returning as the lead stars, costarring Film Queen Nina Paw (鮑起靜) in her first TVB drama. The Unholy Alliance easily defeated all other TVB dramas that aired this year, averaging 28 ratings points during its broadcast run. It was not produced with a high budget, but its connection with Four Walls definitely helped with the promotion.

Jessica Hsuan and Frankie Lam in “My Unfair Lady” (2017).

On the other hand, big-budget dramas and carefully-crafted productions like My Unfair Lady <不懂撒嬌的女人> and the co-production Line Walker: The Prelude failed to outrun its local competitors. My Unfair Lady received praises on all fronts—the high-budget camerawork and no-studio filming style definitely earned many praises from critics, but it averaged only 24 points during its broadcast run. The show did, however, give Jessica Hsuan (宣萱) her first TV Queen honor since 1999’s Detective Investigation Files IV <刑事偵緝檔案IV>.

Though led by respected veteran actor Michael Miu (苗僑偉) and popular idol Pakho Chau (周柏豪), Line Walker: The Prelude failed to reach expectations. Despite being a co-production with China’s Penguin Pictures, Line Walker: The Prelude averaged only 24 points during its run. It also failed to catch the same attention in China as its 2014 predecessor.

Can you think of any other examples of successful low-budget TVB dramas?

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.