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Upcoming TVB Dramas 2014

By on August 15th, 2014 | Hong Kong Entertainment, TVB

Here’s the lineup of upcoming TVB Dramas for the rest of 2014. Check back here for updates as we add new dramas!

Line Walker poster

Line Walker
Chinese title: 使徒行者
Cast: Michael Miu, Charmaine Sheh, Raymond Lam, Sharon Chan, Elena Kong
Broadcast: August 25 – October 3

All That is Bitter is Sweet

All That is Bitter is Sweet
Chinese title: 大藥坊
Cast: Linda Chung, Ruco Chan, Raymond Wong, Natalie Tong, Pierre Ngo, Sammy Sum, Shirley Yeung, Samantha Ko, Susan Tse, Poon Chi Man
Broadcast: September 8 – October 17

Battle of Tomorrow

The Battle of Tomorrow
Chinese title: 再戰明天
Cast: Lawrence Ng, Kate Tsui, Kenny Wong, Vincent Wong, Tracy Chu, Jacqueline Wong, Josie Ho, Jade Leung
Broadcast: October 6 – October 31


Michelle Ye and Raymond Lam to be reunited in “The Purple Hairpin Romance”

By on October 1st, 2012 | Hong Kong Entertainment, TVB

It has been been confirmed that the two stars will be reunited in their lead roles of the drama adaptation of “The Purple Hairpin Romance”. Prior to “The Purple Hairpin Romance”, Raymond and Michelle worked together in other TVB productions such as “Lofty Water Verdant Bow” and “Eternal Happiness”.

The Purple Hairpin Romance will begin filming sometime in October.


TVB top executives arrested for alleged corruption

By on March 14th, 2010 | Hong Kong Entertainment, TVB

We’ve seen it often enough in TVB’s dramas where the lives of professionals working against corruption and fraud in Hong Kong’s ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) are dramatized. The irony is that TVB’s General Manager, Stephen Chan Chi-Wan, has been asked to “drink coffee” with the ICAC for alleged corruption for some cool HK$10 million. Four other top executives were also arrested for questioning.

The investigation is going on whether a shell company that Stephan Chan controlled has pocketed significant money from outsourcing production contracts to other production companies from TVB. It was also speculated that many of TVB’s artistes were forced to perform for very low costs while the shell company pocketed the difference.

Source: AsiaOne


TVB 42nd Anniversary Awards 2009

By on December 15th, 2009 | Hong Kong Entertainment, TVB

The TVB report cards were passed out recently on December 4th 2009 to celebrate the best of TVB’s actors and productions. “Rosy Business” (巾帼枭雄) was the hot drama this year, picking up awards for Best Male Actor, Favorite Male Actor, Popular Artist (all 3 won by Wayne Lai), Best Female Actress (Sheren Tang), Most Improved Actor (Pierre Ngo), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Susan Tse), and Best Drama. These are long-awaited recognitions for veteran actors Wayne Lai and Sheren Tang. There were rumors that if Sheren didn’t win this year – after her disputed loss to Gigi Lai in 2004 for her role in War and Beauty – her fans would protest outside of TVB.

Tavia Yeung was also a big winner this year, she won the the Favorite Female Actress and Best Performance of the Year awards for her role as the villainess Yiu Kam Ling (姚金鈴) in “Beyond the Realm of Conscience” (宮心計). The Best Performance award is supposedly judged unbiasedly by industry critics for technical points in an actor or actress’s performance.

Michael Tse also easily won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his popular role as Laughing Gor in “E.U.” (學警狙擊).

The awards list:
“Best Actor in a Leading Role” Award (最佳男主角) : Wayne Lai (Rosy Business)

“Best Actress in a Leading Role” Award (最佳女主角) : Sheren Tang (Rosy Business)

“Best Performance of the Year” Award (最佳表現大獎) : Tavia Yeung (Beyond the Realm of Conscience)

“Best Actor in a Supporting Role” Award (最佳男配角) : Michael Tse (E.U.)

“Best Actress in a Supporting Role” Award (最佳女配角) : Susan Tse (Rosy Business)

“My Favourite Male Character Role” Award (我最喜愛的電視男角色) : Wayne Lai (Rosy Business)

“My Favourite Female Character Role” Award (我最喜愛的電視女角色) : Tavia Yeung (Beyond the Realm of Conscience)

“Most Vastly Improved Actor” Award (飛躍進步男藝員) : Pierre Ngo (Rosy Business, Sweetness in the Salt)

“Most Vastly Improved Actress” Award (飛躍進步女藝員) : Aimee Chan (Burning Flame III)

“Best Television Host” Award (最佳節目主持) : Eric Tsang, Chin Kar Lok, Louis Yuen, and Wong Cho Lam (Super Trio Supreme)

“Best Drama” Award (最佳劇集) : Rosy Business

“Best Variety Show” Award (最佳綜藝資訊節目) : Club Sparkle 星星同學會

“Most Enjoyable Value” Award (最具欣賞價值大獎) : One From The Heart 霎時感動 Popular Artist: Wayne Lai (Rosy Business)

“Lifetime Acting Achievement Award” Award (萬千光輝演藝大獎) : Li Tian Sheng 李添勝


TVB Burning Flame III makes opening record in last 3 years

By on July 8th, 2009 | Hong Kong Entertainment, TVB

Burning Flame III

The third installment of TVB’s firefighters drama, “Burning Flame III”, starring Wong Hei, Kevin Cheng, Bosco Wong, and Myolie Wu aired on 7/6/09 Monday and made viewership record history for a drama’s opening day in TVB’s last 3 years. It tied with the 2006 TVB drama “The Dance of Passion”. “Burning Flame III” averaged 36 points on the first day and reach 38 points since, the equivalent of over 242,000 viewers. And Myolie doesn’t even show up yet until episode 2.

Kevin Cheng seemed ecstatic over the news and when asked if he would don a swimsuit to celebrate if the drama reaches 40 points, he jokingly said it would be weird if he did it by himself and that Wong Hei and Bosco will have to do it together.

Source: Sina


TVB 2009 Calendar

By on December 25th, 2008 | TVB

TVB’s new year calendars are usually indicators of who are still the big drama stars they plan to continue, or start to promote.

What’s your favorite month?


TVB 41st anniversary awards results

By on November 24th, 2008 | TVB

The results are in for TVB’s 41st anniversary awards.  Ha Yu finally won the coveted Best Actor Award after 40 years in the industry while Michelle Mai Shuet took home the Best Actress Award.  Both won for their roles in Best Drama of 2008 “Moonlight Resonance” aka Heart of Greed II.  Wayne Lai also won Best Supporting Actor – it seems that TVB is finally giving some of its actors and actresses due notice.  Special guest presenters included Anthony Wong, Karena Lam, Athena Chu, Franics Ng, Adam Cheng, and Bak Biu.

The full list of TVB’s 15 awards:

Most Fashionable Artiste 時尚魅力大獎
Myolie Wu (胡杏兒)

Most Improved Male 飛躍進步男藝員
Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍)

Most Improved Female 飛躍進步女藝員
Nancy Wu (胡定欣) Most Popular Artist tvb.com人氣大獎
Raymond Lam (林峯)

Best Presenter 最佳節目主持
Susie Wong (蘇施黃)

Best Variety Show 最佳綜藝資訊節目
The Story of a Million People <了解‧關懷一百萬人的故事>

Most Enjoyable Value Program 最具欣賞價值大獎
The Art of Cantonese Opera <合晒合尺>

Favourite Male Character 我最喜愛的電視男角色
“Gam Wing-Ho” (”甘永好”) in Moonlight Resonance played by Raymond Lam (林峯)

Favourite Female Character 我最喜愛的電視女角色
“Chung Siu-Hor” (”鍾笑荷”) in Moonlight Resonance played by Louise Lee (李司棋)

Best Supporting Actor 最佳男配角
Wayne Lai (黎耀祥)

Best Supporting Actress 最佳女配角
Tavia Yeung (楊怡)

Best Drama 最佳劇集
Moonlight Resonance <溏心風暴之家好月圓>

Best Actress 最佳女主角
Michelle Yim Mai Shuet (米雪)

Best Actor 最佳男主角
Ha Yu 夏雨

Lifetime Achievement Award 萬千光輝演藝大獎
Paul Chun (秦沛)


Chun Wong’s Brush With Death

By on July 17th, 2008 | Hong Kong Entertainment, TVB

Chun Wong recovering at hospital

Chun Wong recovering at hospital

TVB veteran actor Chun Wong, now 60, had a brush with death on his birthday the past Saturday July 12th, 2008 when he fell overboard on a cruise back to Hong Kong from Cheung Chau Island. Chun was reportedly drunk after celebrating his birthday with friends and fell off the deck accidentally. Chun was in critical condition at one point as water had to be drained from his lungs but is now in stable condition at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Hong Kong.

Chun Wong is a long-time TVB actor and played numerous supporting characters. He’s probably best known for his role in the 1982 Jin Yong adaptation of “Legend of the Condor Heroes” as the impish Zhou Ba Tong.

Source: CRI