Mandy Wong Takes On Split Personalities for New TVB Drama

Mandy Wong Takes On Split Personalities for New TVB Drama



TVB’s new romantic comedy Threesome <三個女人一個「因」> is a change in style. Starring Mandy Wong (黃智賢), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), Jason Chan (陳智燊), and Arnold Kwok (郭子豪), the drama tells the story of Evie, played by Mandy Wong, a lawyer who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder. Evie splits into three distinctly different personalities that take her on a journey of self-discovery.

Benjamin Yuen plays trainee lawyer Kai, Evie’s pupil, who witnesses the manifestations of Evie’s different personalities. Evie’s first alternate personality state is the confident, feisty, and “crazy” Pina Colada, who is based on a manhua hero Evie idolized when she was a child. Pina Colada is a party animal, and she eventually gets into a one night stand with Dominic, played by Arnold Kwok. To help keep Evie’s personality disorder a secret, Kai pretends to have a crush on Dominic. Evie’s second alternate personality is an introverted, worrisome girl who has a crush on Kai.

On playing the complicated role of Evie, Mandy compared the drama to taking a licensing exam. “I did a lot of research on this disorder, and I spent a lot of my time on the role. I added little things to each personality to differentiate them from each other, such as not wearing a bra when I play the crazy role. I got pretty violent too.”

Which personality was her favorite? Mandy immediately said, “I rarely play a role [like Pina Colada] and she’s very different from myself. For these kind of roles, I get to do a lot of freestyle. It takes me back to the days when I danced. It gave me courage and power, so I love her the most.”

Asking if playing such a complicated role had gotten Mandy to feel a little dissociative herself, she said, “There is one scene where all three personalities start talking to each other, and it was just me continuously talking to a mirror. That scene definitely got me feeling a little crazy.”

Threesome will air every Sunday starting February 16, 2018.

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Louisa Mak Interested in Writing a Legal Drama

Louisa Mak Interested in Writing a Legal Drama



TVB actress and former Miss Hong Kong Louisa Mak (麥明詩) is expressing interest in doing some behind-the-scenes work.

At the celebratory dinner for the 2017 TVB Anniversary Awards, which were held on January 21, Louisa shared with reporters that she has just completed the filming of TVB legal drama OMG, Your Honour <是咁的,法官閣下…> and is not filming a new drama at the meantime. The 26-year-old, a former law student, said her experience filming the show fueled her interest in studying more about law.

“I have been busy recently,” said Louisa. “I have some other stuff going on right now. I do want to continue studying law. I am thinking about maybe writing a script for a legal drama after doing some more research.”

Louisa has reached out to TVB executives about her interest in scriptwriting, but she is not sure if TVB would consider giving her the greenlight. “I’ve mentioned the idea, but there hasn’t been much talks yet,” she said. “I’ve been doing research by watching legal dramas from other countries, and I do want the drama to be able to deliver the story in a legal perspective. Besides the entertainment, I would also want it to be educational. Of course, if all of this does come through, I would need the consultation and approval of official lawyers in regards to the script.”

Louisa said she hasn’t thought about who to cast, as her script is still in its very early production stage. “Right now I’m just going through a lot of cases. (Will there be any sexual offense cases?) I’m considering them, because I would want the cases to be simple and straightforward. Topics that everyone can relate to.” Asking if she would like to play a role in the drama as well, she said, “That would be great, but I shouldn’t assume that because I want to write the script in a third person perspective.”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

“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.

Chinese Remake of “A Step into the Past” is Actually a Historical Version of “Doraemon”

Chinese Remake of “A Step into the Past” is Actually a Historical Version of “Doraemon”



A Step into the Past <尋秦記> and Doraemon <哆啦A> don’t seem to go together, but if you’ve seen the Mainland Chinese remake of the classic TVB drama, then it will all eventually make sense.

Produced by Youku, the Chinese web drama A Step into the Past is a remake of the 2001 TVB drama, which starred Louis Koo (古天樂). The historical fantasy, an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Huang Yi (黃易), tells the story of Hong Siu-lung, a modern special forces agent who goes back in time to the beginnings of the Qin dynasty 2,000 years ago. His mission was to witness the throning of Qin Shi Huang, but his time machine accidentally brings him three years earlier.

The Chinese web drama remake, which has been showing on Youku, stars Sean Chen Xiang (陈翔) as Hong Siu-lung and Niu Zifan (牛子藩) as the young Ying Zheng, before he becomes Qin Shi Huang. To make it different from the original show, the new remake adds more futuristic elements to the characters, rewriting Hong Siu-lung as a man from the year 2050 rather than the present day.

Throughout the show, Hong Siu-lung woos the ladies by showing off the gadgets from his world, including laser guns and a watch that shoots off a 4D image. Hong Siu-lung saves Ying Ching like how Doraemon saves Nobita with his trusty gadgets. Hong Siu-lung also uses these gadgets to defeat his opponent Lin Chun (portrayed by Zhao Zhenting 赵振廷).

With such powerful futuristic weapons, it’s a wonder why Hong Siu-lung didn’t end up conquering all of China.

What do you think about the new remake?

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

A Predictable Cheesy Ending for “Heart and Greed”

A Predictable Cheesy Ending for “Heart and Greed”

Heart and Greed <溏心風暴3> has finally ended, but the safe and predictable ending is so cheesy viewers don’t know why they even bothered.

The TVB anniversary drama, the third installment to the Heart of Greed franchise, aired its final episode on Friday, January 19. The ending surprised no one, especially if you read the reported spoilers. In standard Heart of Greed fashion, the story finished with a happy ending—all the good people lived happily ever after while the bad people get their punishment

In the last episode, Kau (Bosco Wong 黃宗澤) realizes his wrongdoings and is released from jail as a brand new person. Not only does his family forgive him, he immediately ties the knot with his soul mate Son (Priscilla Wong 黃翠如) and the two live happily ever after. Kau’s niece Venus (Sharon Chan 陳敏之) finds happiness with boyfriend Gei (Ben Wong 黃智賢), while ex-boyfriend Nic (Michael Tong 唐文龍), who had betrayed her feelings, is left struggling in another relationship. Kyle (Vincent Wong 王浩信) and Belle (Eliza Sam 岑麗香) can finally be together, joining their two families as well. Even Adam (Lee Shing-cheong 李成昌) and his wife have changed their evil ways.

The final scene features Ching Ba (Ha Yu), waking up from his coma, and calls out his savior, Alan’s (Joseph Lee) name.

All in all, it was a pretty predictable, cheesy ending with no surprises.

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

2017 TVB Anniversary Award Nominees Announced

2017 TVB Anniversary Award Nominees Announced

On Thursday, TVB did a head start in announcing the nominations list for its upcoming 2017 TVB Anniversary Awards, first revealing the nominated actors for its four major acting awards.

Various nominated actors including Nina Paw (鮑起靜), Kenneth Ma (馬國明), Mandy Wong (黃智雯), and Elena Kong (江美儀) were in attendance to reveal the nominations list.

Out of the nominated actors, Vincent Wong (王浩信) is taking the lead in popularity, as his performance in Legal Mavericks <踩過界> had earned praises all around the block. However, with Michael Miu’s (苗僑偉) Best Actor win at the TVB Star Awards Malaysia and Kenneth Ma’s popularity from The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, Vincent is facing tough competition. Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), who has earned his first Best Actor nomination for his performance in Line Walker: The Prelude <使徒行者2>, said he already knows he’s out of the race, but will work harder for next year.

Without a popular favorite, it is hard to determine who will win Best Actress this year. However, possible candidates include Ali Lee (李佳芯), who won Best Actress in Singapore, and Jessica Hsuan (宣萱), who won Best Actress in Malaysia.

As usual, the Best Supporting Actor and Actress awards are in for a tight race. Hot favorites include the popular Owen Cheung (張振朗) and Joel Chan (陳山聰). Thanks to his tear-jerking performance in The Exorcist’s Meter, Anthony Ho (何遠東) is also in the hot spot. Interestingly, Moon Lau (劉佩玥) received no Best Supporting Actress nomination, despite her popular performance in The Exorcist’s Meter.

Like previous years, TVB will take into consideration votes from judges, artistes, and the public to determine the winners. According to TVB executive Felix To (杜之克), there will be some additional changes to the awards ceremony this year. More details will be revealed after the 20th, when TVB unveils more nominees of other categories.

Check out the nominees for the four big acting awards below:

Best Actor

01 Tony Hung – Recipes to Live By
02 Wayne Lai – May Fortune Smile On You
03 Ben Wong – Tiger Mom Blues
04 Gallen Lo – Provocateur
05 Eddie Cheung – The No No Girl
06 Frankie Lam – My Unfair Lady
07 Vincent Wong – Legal Mavericks
08 Raymond Cho – A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch
09 Edwin Siu – A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch
10 Ruco Chan – The Unholy Alliance
11 Lai Lok-yi – The Tofu War
12 Pakho Chau – Line Walker: The Prelude
13 Michael Miu – Line Walker: The Prelude
14 Benjamin Yuen – Line Walker: The Prelude
15 Roger Kwok – Oh My Grad
16 Kenneth Ma – The Exorcist’s Meter
17 Bobby Au-yeung – My Ages Apart
18 Moses Chan – My Ages Apart
19 Ha Yu – Heart and Greed
20 Bosco Wong – Heart and Greed

Best Actress

01 Rosina Lam – Burning Hands
02 Sharon Chan – Tiger Mom Blues
03 Elena Kong – Tiger Mom Blues
04 Kristal Tin – Destination Nowhere
05 Jacqueline Wong – Provocateur
06 Adia Chan – The No No Girl
07 Jessica Hsuan – My Unfair Lady
08 Natalie Tong – My Unfair Lady
09 Sisley Choi – Legal Mavericks
10 Nina Paw – The Unholy Alliance
11 Nancy Wu – The Unholy Alliance
12 Nancy Sit – The Tofu War
13 Roxanne Tong – The Tofu War
14 Priscilla Wong – Line Walker: The Prelude
15 Mandy Wong – Nothing Special Force
16 Ali Lee – My Ages Apart
17 Susanna Kwan – Heart and Greed
18 Louise Lee – Heart and Greed
19 Michelle Yim – Heart and Greed
20 Eliza Sam – Heart and Greed

Best Supporting Actor

01 Hugo Ng – Burning Hands
02 Matthew Ho – Tiger Mom Blues
03 King Kong – Destination Nowhere
04 James Ng – Destination Nowhere
05 Mark Ma – Come Home Love: Lo and Behold
06 Fred Cheng – Provocateur
07 Mat Yeung – My Dearly Sinful Mind
08 Max Cheung – My Unfair Lady
09 Lai Lok-yi – My Unfair Lady
10 Andrew Yuen – My Unfair Lady
11 Owen Cheung – Legal Mavericks
12 Timothy Cheng – A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch
13 David Chiang – A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch
14 Jimmy Au – The Unholy Alliance
15 Joel Chan – The Unholy Alliance
16 Kwok Fung – The Unholy Alliance
17 Carlo Ng – The Unholy Alliance
18 Hui Shiu-hung – Line Walker: The Prelude
19 Brian Tse – Line Walker: The Prelude
20 Kenny Wong – Line Walker: The Prelude
21 Ram Chiang – The Exorcist’s Meter
22 Anthony Ho – The Exorcist’s Meter
23 Hugo Wong – The Exorcist’s Meter
24 Hubert Wu – The Exorcist’s Meter
25 Louis Yuen – Heart and Greed

Best Supporting Actress

01 Stephanie Ho – Recipes to Live By
02 Kaman Kong – Tiger Mom Blues
03 Mandy Lam – Come Home Love: Lo and Behold
04 Joyce Tang – Come Home Love: Lo and Behold
05 Kelly Fu – Married but Available
06 Vivien Yeo – My Dearly Sinful Mind
07 Eileen Yeow – The No No Girl
08 Samantha Ko – My Unfair Lady
09 Zoie Tam – My Unfair Lady
10 Toby Chan – Legal Mavericks
11 Tracy Chu – Legal Mavericks
12 Rebecca Zhu – A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch
13 Grace Wong – A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch
14 Harriet Yeung – A General, a Scholar, and a Eunuch
15 Elena Kong – The Unholy Alliance
16 Elaine Yiu – The Unholy Alliance
17 Alice Chan – Line Walker: The Prelude
18 Susan Tse – The Exorcist’s Meter
19 Katy Kung – My Ages Apart
20 Sharon Chan – Heart and Greed

Sources: (1, 2)

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.