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.

Kenneth Ma Has Steamy Scenes with Jacqueline Wong in “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”

Kenneth Ma Has Steamy Scenes with Jacqueline Wong in “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”



With TVB Anniversary drama Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2,深宮計> to air later this year, preview clips were released to the media. Real-life couple, Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎), portray lovers in the drama and share some steamy scenes.

In addition to romantic scenes where they were locked in a tight embrace, Kenneth appeared undressed in front of Jacqueline by the river bank. Since the duo have continued to maintain that they are still getting acquainted, it seems as though this was a great opportunity for them to “get to know each other” even more!

When asked whether he had butterflies while filming, Kenneth said, “Of course it was sweet. Our romantic storyline [in the drama] is very romantic and sweet. When I am filming, I am not Kenneth Ma, and she is not Jacqueline Wong. We were both very engrossed into our roles.”

Recently, it was reported that ladies’ man, Adrian Chau (周志文), has taken a liking to Jacqueline. The pair were even spotted out partying late one night with a group of friends. When teased that he should officially win Jacqueline over as his girlfriend before she is wooed by another, Kenneth confidently responded, “I feel that if something is meant to be yours, then it will be yours. Leave it to fate. At the moment, we are getting along very comfortably.”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.

Steven Ma is Surrounded by Beautiful Women in “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”

Steven Ma is Surrounded by Beautiful Women in “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”



TVB anniversary drama, Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2·深宮計>, is slated to air in the last quarter of 2017. Steven Ma (馬浚偉), Edwin Siu (蕭正楠), Michelle Yim (米雪) and the cast recently attended a banquet for the drama. A preview of the drama was played, showcasing many passionate scenes.

In addition to kissing scenes between Steven and Nancy Wu (胡定欣), there were also kissing scenes between Edwin and Annie Liu (劉心悠), as well as real-life lovers Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎).

Steven, who portrays Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty, is blessed with many scenes opposite of many beautiful women, including the sexy Chrissie Chau (周秀娜). Steven joked that when he had scenes with Edwin and Kenneth, the three men would be unmotivated and bored to tears. However, their spirits quickly livened when filming opposite Nancy, Chrissie, and the other beautiful ladies

Whenever Chrissie filmed scenes, there was always a lot of laughter. Steven said, “She is not used to ancient dialogue, so there would be a lot of blunders. It’s quite funny. She also blinks much slower than any normal person!” He also teased that Taiwanese actress, Annie, would sometimes have difficulty with her Cantonese pronunciation and curse accidentally.

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.

Kenneth Ma and Jacqueline Wong are Very Sweet Together

Kenneth Ma and Jacqueline Wong are Very Sweet Together



Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2·深宮計> is bring flavors of real life romance into the drama. Ex-lovers Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Nancy Wu (胡定欣) star as a pair of old lovers, while Kenneth’s love interest in the drama is also his currently rumored girlfriend, Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎).

Although Kenneth and Jacqueline continued to say they are still just getting to know each other, their relationship has become an open secret. On their current relationship status, Kenneth teased, “Still the same! Trying to get to know each other more. I know now that she can eat spicy foods, but I cannot.” However, Kenneth declared that he would not refute reports that brand Jacqueline as his “girlfriend”.

Despite being an ex-couple, Kenneth and Nancy continue to maintain a civil relationship. Nancy pointed out that Kenneth and Jacqueline are very sweet when they are together. Kenneth quickly dodged the comment.

When it was pointed out that Nancy previously sent her blessings and hoped that Kenneth would find a nice girl soon, Kenneth responded, “I also wish she can find a nice guy soon, so she won’t have to work so hard in her career.”

Teased as to when he will start a family, Kenneth said, “Not this soon! At least not until we go look at furniture together. If we shop for furniture together, then shopping for a home will be just around the corner!” Since Jacqueline is currently in the process of buying a home, would Kenneth take advantage of this to shop for furniture together? “She is buying the home herself. This is not a mutual project.”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.

A Glimpse into TVB’s “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”

A Glimpse into TVB’s “Deep in the Realm of Conscience”



TVB is going to take the audiences back to the Tang Dynasty again, nearly ten years after the original series. Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計深宮計>, the franchise sequel to 2009’s Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>, will be hitting TV screens this year, in celebration of TVB’s 50th anniversary.

Co-produced by China’s Tencent Penguin Picture, Deep is set during the reign of Li Longji, or Emperor Xuanzong, during the early 700’s of Tang China. Starring Steven Ma (馬浚偉) as the emperor, the series revolves around the women in his life, all with their own motives to achieve power in court.

The drama first begins with the conflict between Empress Dowager Wei (portrayed by Michelle Yim 米雪) and Li Longji, before he became Emperor Xuanzong. Along with his aunt Princess Taiping (portrayed by Alice Chan 陳煒), Xuanzong succeeds in a coup that dethrones Empress Wei. After becoming emperor, Xuanzong experiences through political reforms, and tries to keep his throne safe from his aunt Taiping, whom he believes to be plotting a coup of her own.

Meanwhile, his empress consort Wong Chun (portrayed by Nancy Wu 胡定欣) comes across an old lover Yam Sam-syu (portrayed by Kenneth Ma 馬國明), the emperor’s closest ally and general of the militant guards. Along with Ho Lei (portrayed by Edwin Siu 蕭正楠), a royal guard, the duo work together keep the harem safe from danger. Sam-syu becomes acquainted with Cheng Sun-hei (portrayed by Chrissie Chau 周秀娜), who goes on to become one of the emperor’s consorts.

During one chance encounter, Ho Lei meets the maid servant Yuen Yuet (portrayed by Annie Liu 劉心悠), and falls in love with her. Yuen Yuet serves the Imperial Household Bureau, headed by the wise Lady Cheung (portrayed by Susan Tse 謝雪心). The bureau is split into four offices that manage inner palace affairs—jewelry proceedings by Lady Tsui (portrayed by Candy Lo 羅霖),  furnishing proceedings by Lady Nam-kung (portrayed by Akina Hong 康華), embroidery proceedings by Lady Luk (portrayed by Angie Cheong 張慧儀), and meal proceedings by Lady Wong (portrayed by Pinky Cheung 張文慈). Sam-syu’s love interest Kam Yeuk-chin (portrayed by Jacqueline Wong 黃心穎) serves one of the offices as a maidservant.

Deep is currently shooting in Hengdian World Studios. It is one of TVB’s seven anniversary dramas to celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary, and is slated to premiere in the last quarter of 2017.

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

The Cast of “Beyond 2” are Really Upset with the Weather

The Cast of “Beyond 2” are Really Upset with the Weather



The weather hasn’t been cooperating for the cast of TVB’s Deep in the Realm of Conscience <>, sister production to 2009’s Beyond the Realm of Conscience <宮心計>. Principal photography for the showed moved from Hong Kong to Hengdian World Studios last month, but because it’s the “Plum Rain Season” in Zhejiang, not much could be done in the last few days.

“Why? Please tell me why?” wrote Annie Liu (劉心悠) on Instagram. The actress portrays Princess Yuen Yuet, one of the main protagonists on the show. “I strongly hope that the strong rain will strongly leave,” she bemoaned.

Her costar, Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), uploaded a picture of her “crying”. The actress complained about the rain, expressing that the heavy rain had hindered their filming schedule. For the past few days, many of the Deep cast members could do nothing but stay on stand-by for hours, waiting for the rain to stop.

Leading man Steven Ma (馬浚偉), who plays Emperor Xuanzong (Li Longji) on the show, said in a phone interview, “I’ve seen the weather reports, and the next few days will be even worse. I’ve already canceled some schedules. Right now, we’re focusing on shooting my indoor scenes first.”

Steven shared that their worst experience with the rain thus far was when one of their sets flooded. “The hallway had water stains everywhere.” (Return to Hong Kong will be delayed?) “This is expected. I think we’ll be a few days late, but it’s understandable. We’ll work together to finish everything on time.”

The actor said that all the filming delays had allowed him time to go grocery shopping and cook meals for the cast and crew. Hopefully his soup had managed to “cool everyone down”.

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Steven Ma Falls Sick with Bronchitis

Steven Ma Falls Sick with Bronchitis



Filming in Hengdian for Deep in the Realm of Conscience <宮心計2深宮計>, Steven Ma (馬浚偉) recently fell ill with bronchitis due to the poor weather conditions.

Along with Nancy Wu (胡定欣), Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), Alice Chan (陳煒), and the rest of the cast, Steven was scheduled to stay in Hengdian for a short period of time in order to film their outdoor scenes. Unfortunately, the weather in Mainland China was unpredictable and often switched between very hot or very cold.

Not wanting to delay filming, Steven visited a doctor immediately. He disclosed, “The temperature differences are huge. My [bronchitis] was acting up again, so I went to see a doctor to get some Chinese medicine. I also bought an asthma spray, I should be okay!”

On the filming conditions in Hengdian, Steven exclaimed, “It’s very cold here today! When it’s hot, it’s usually 34 to 35 degrees, but it’s only 10 degrees today. Everyone was so cold that we had to huddle!”

Thankfully, Steven had his female cast who took good care of him. As well, Steven revealed that his old friend, Michelle Ye (葉璇) rented him an apartment in Hengdian so he had a place to stay. Upon hearing that Steven was feeling unwell, dozens of his fans also visited him on set.

Touched by his fans’ kindness, Steven expressed, “There were around 30 fans who took the plane and train to get here – they’re so thoughtful. They offered me encouraging words. Every time I come to Hengdian, they actually coordinate a time to come visit. I’m happy that they didn’t buy me presents this time but instead, brought drinks and food for the workers – this makes me even happier.”

Source: Oriental Daily

This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.