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.

TVB Loosening Its Filter on Coarse Language: Realistic or Bad for Kids?

TVB Loosening Its Filter on Coarse Language: Realistic or Bad for Kids?

In recent years, common Cantonese profanity such as “puk kai” (also known as “PK”) and “hit your lungs” (a watered-down version of a much more vulgar phrase) have been showing up a lot more in TVB dramas, leading to some heated discussions about the reason behind TVB’s lax control of coarse language on TV. My Ages Apart <誇世代>, currently airing on TVB’s second primetime slot, recently aired an episode where Bobby Au-yeung (歐陽震華) uttered out “hit your lungs” in a natural manner. In an episode of the supernatural horror series The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, which currently airs on the third primetime slot, Kenneth Ma (馬國明) yelled out “puk kai” several times in a row, without any filter.

While many are appreciating TVB’s attempt at attracting younger viewers with the trendier, more realistic dialogue, not everyone is happy with this new change.

TVB’s large housewife audience, in particular, have expressed that coarse language is inappropriate for children to hear, and because children are fast learners, they could easily start using the same crude language at school. This is the reason why popular online series OCTB <反黑>, a crime drama about triad organizations, refused to use crude language on the show.

Defenders of TVB’s new approach, however, argue that words like “puk kai” and “hit your lungs” aren’t exactly profane, but merely minor curse phrases. TVB programs that include such words would also be labeled with a “Parental Guidance” (PG) rating, and that parental discretion is always advised. It is for the benefit of older viewers that TVB programs include realistic dialogue rather than dumbed-down speech.

What do you think about this? Should TVB continue to include crude language in their dramas?

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com

Kenneth Ma and Moon Lau Teased about Chest-Touching Scene in “The Exorcist’s Meter”

Kenneth Ma and Moon Lau Teased about Chest-Touching Scene in “The Exorcist’s Meter”

The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的> costars, Kenneth Ma (馬國明) and Moon Lau (劉佩玥), attended a TVB function and was teased about their chest-grabbing scene in a recent episode. In the scene, Kenneth touched Moon’s chest. In response to his action, Moon slapped Kenneth across the face, reprimanding him for being a creep.

Known for his jokingly flirtatious demeanor, reporters teased whether Kenneth enjoyed filming the scene. The cheeky actor said, “Of course! This is every man’s dream!”

Moon, who stood beside him, clarified, “That’s not the entire truth. At first, Kenneth told me not to add protection padding. But right before we were to start filming the scene, he told me to add the protection padding! He said it’s better if I did. In the end, I ended up using it. But it didn’t really matter, because I wore a thick sweater on the outside. He wouldn’t be able to feel anything anyway!”

Jokes aside, Kenneth praised Moon for her work ethics. “I think Moon is great. She’s very professional. The director told me to just go in for the touch and it would be okay. Actually, there wasn’t much feeling because there were barriers. However, we had several outtakes and had to redo the scenes again from different angles.”

Did Kenneth talk to his girlfriend, Jacqueline Wong (黃心穎) before filming the scene? Kenneth responded, “No, there’s no need. It is understandable when filming. This scene was very successful. Several of my former schoolmates left messages for me. They said, “It would’ve been great if it were me!”

Source: Ming Pao

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.

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.