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TVB 2010 Sales Presentation

December 12, 2009

this year’s Sales Presentation is the 1st i’ve seen in my whole life! i guess this really marks the start of me doing more than just following TVB dramas :)

these series will be put into 4 categories according to what i’m most excited to to not excited about at all:

  1. MUST WATCH!
  2. LOOKING FORWARD TO
  3. let’s see how it goes.
  4. no thank you.

[all photos belong to TVB; screencaps by me :)]

Cops/ Interpol 刑警

cast:
Michael Miu, Felix Wong, Jessica Hsuan, Crystal Tin, Nancy Wu, Rebecca Chan, Vincent Wong

this 30 episode action drama is Felix Wong’s comeback series, marking a drama where 2 of  the TVB five tigers reunite :)

this is a police drama, which deals with crime and justice. yet, it has a revenge plot which is dark and mysterious. i’ve seen many others mention that this is like a cross-over between “Last One Standing” and “E.U.”, both of which i loved!

the whole edginess is so cool, and i always enjoy a Michael Miu series! :) it looks so exciting! glad to see Jessica Hsuan back to starring in a TVB series! i’m really excited about this; hope it doesn’t disappoint!

current status: on my MUST WATCH! list :D

“Wu Jie Monk” 武偈大師

cast:
Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui, Michael Tse, Sunny Chan

palace intrigue, schemes and blood seem to be the theme of this drama; very ironic for a drama named after a monk. in this drama, TVB seems to be trying to draw the line between ultimate good and ultimate evil – an interesting concept, throwing a pure monk into the treacherous world filled with greed and lust.

Bosco look rather creepy as a monk. and the passionate scene between Kate Tsui and Michael Tse was disturbing.

current status: let’s see how it goes.

“Seven Days of Love Next Door” 隔離七日情

cast:
Bobby Auyeung, Bowie Lam, Sonija Kwok, Myolie Wu, Sammul Chan, Yoyo Mung, Crystal Tin, Dexter Yeung, Evergreen Mak, Ram Tseung

TVB are so smart! this is based on a real event! see BBC, WSJ, CNN 1, CNN 2 :) TVB just spiced it up and made it into a semi-comedy!

i enjoyed this preview the most! the star-studded cast is another reason to watch this series – everyone’s expressions are so cute! the whole pace of this drama and its little sub-plots all seem hilarious and interesting! i can’t stop laughing at Evergreen’s reaction when Myolie dropped the knife on him; and Bowie’s expression when he realised his wife was having an affair with his boss – gosh! Bobby Auyeung pairs with Yoyo Mung again? haha ok. i expect lots of laughs and many memorable funny moments. yes, i have high hopes for this show :)

current status: on my MUST WATCH! list :D

Five Flavours of Life 五味人生

cast:
Esther Kwan, Roger Kwok, Michelle Yim, Derek Kwok, Oscar Leung

this 25 episode pre-modern drama focuses on cooking; this is Esther Kwan’s so-called comeback series since she left “Best Selling Secrets” halfway last year.

this series looks very dramatic; it’s more than just cooking. there’s plenty of misery, family politics, a love triangle (between Esther, Roger and Derek), and many slapping scenes.

that said, i’m looking forward to this series! can’t wait to see Esther Kwan onscreen again, and Michelle Yim, Roger Kwok and Derek Kwok never disappoint.

current status: on my LOOKING FORWARD TO list :)

Shall We State the Case 談情說案

cast:
Raymond Lam, Kenneth Ma, Tavia Yeung, Bernice Liu, Jack Wu, Lisa S.

this 25 episode series marks the return of the Raymond Lam and Tavia Yeung pairing. this is another crime drama, in which physics is used to solve crimes :)

everyone is looking forward to FungYi and Bernice-Kenneth in this series. i actually haven’t seen a FungYi series before, and only saw Bernice and Kenneth in “Into Thin Air”. the way Raymond was solving the cases sounds so super profound. haha :D and Tavia looks so cool as a policewoman. Kenneth Ma seems to have a pretty cool role, somewhat like how he appeared in “D.I.E.”; overall, this series is very different from others TVB has produced, so i’m looking forward to it!

current status: on my LOOKING FORWARD TO list :)

The Legend of Pu Songling 蒲松齡

cast:
Steven Ma, Linda Chung, Sunny Chan, Fala Chen, Elaine Yiu, Matthew Ko, Rebecca Chan

this 25 episode series focuses on the author of 聊齋 (Liao Zhai), Pu Songling, and his lifestory. Steven Ma is Pu Songling, and once again, he acts with Linda Chung and Fala Chen (they were all in “A Journey Called Life”).

i’ve not watched a single adaptation of 聊齋, but the preview of this series looks very interesting. Steven Ma’s theme song is so beautiful, and the whole feeling the preview gave me is haunting, yet it’s sad and tragic. ok, i don’t really know what i’m saying, but i think i’ll be looking forward to this. Steven Ma doesn’t disappoint!

current status: on my LOOKING FORWARD TO list :)

“Female Fist” 女拳

cast:
Liu Xuan, David Chiang

this series features Wong Fei-hung (David Chiang)’s last woman, who was 40 years younger than him. lots of kung-fu and fighting scenes are expected.

other than the fact that the main character is someone i’ve never seen before, much less know who she is (other than that she is an Olympic gold medalist), this series seems to feature a lot of fighting and kung-fu. that’s pretty cool. however, if the storyline isn’t solid, no matter how good the fighting is, it won’t be very engaging.

current status: let’s see how it goes.

Twilight Investigation 囧探查過界

cast:
Linda Chung, Wong He, Raymond Wong, Lai Lok Yi, Toby Leung

this 20 episode comedy promises to bring even more laughs to the crime/detective genre than “D.I.E.”!

haha, Linda’s so cute, in this bimbotic role. LOL :D and Wong He is equally amusing! hold on, is this even a detective series? or are they P.I.s? ‘cos they seem to be secretly snapping photos and placing hidden cameras quite a lot. hehehe.

current status: on my LOOKING FORWARD TO list :)

Growing Through Life 摘星之旅

cast:
Damian Lau, Raymond Lam, Bosco Wong, Toby Leung, Cecilia Yip, Dominic Lam, Power Chan, Mimi Chu, Felix Lok, Tammy Ho, Oscar Chan, Vivien Yeo, Matthew Ko

this 30 episode co-production with the Shanghai Television Station is a dramatic series with tons of family problems, and fights over power and money.

it seems like “The Drive of Life” is back, with Damien Lau, Raymond Lam and Toby Leung. and yes, it’s a co-production with China, like “The Drive of Life” was. it focuses on a huge business, like “The Drive of Life” did. it may not be 60 episodes, so i might give it a try. Bosco seems to be evil; i’ll be looking forward to that – i still can’t get his evil smirk while swirling his wine out of my head. haha :D

current status: let’s see how it goes.

The Arrival of the Princess 公主駕到

cast:
Charmaine Sheh, Moses Chan, Linda Chung, Fala Chen,Raymond Wong, Susanna Kwan, Lee Heung Kam

i’m not a fan of costume-comedies (think “A Bride for a Ride”); and if TVB really adds those ‘special comic effects’ in, it’ll make it look like such a cheap production. i guess that’s not a good impression ‘cos with this star-studded cast, we would really expect something better. the plot doesn’t seem very solid, and it’s probably petty revenge on the princess’ part which will entail her falling for Moses.

current status: no thank you.

Forensic Heroes III 法證先鋒 III

cast:
not confirmed but Kevin Cheng and Raymond Cho will be in it.

the preview was the most disappointing of the whole lot! they didn’t even bother to make a proper preview ‘cos all the clips were all taken from I & II! more crime and solving them by using forensics is expected. the problem is how many of the original cast will be included in this series – if there’s no Bobby, Yoyo and Frankie, there’s no point. we know there’s Kevin (from II) and Raymond Cho (from I & II), but the two of them just aren’t enough to carry the “Forensic Heroes” name properly.

current status: even though there’s no proper preview, plot, or even confirmation of who’s going to be inside, i’ll be LOOKING FORWARD TO it :) yes, i was enjoyed FHI, and was so addicted to FHII, can’t miss this.

“Rosy Business: Righteous Sea of Heroic Love” 巾幗梟雄之義海豪情

cast:
Wayne Lai, Sheren Tang, Susan Tse, Nancy Wu, Fala Chen, Kara Hui, Raymond Wong, Pierre Ngo

this 30 episode series is set in the 1930s and deals with the opium trade. the story starts before the Second Sino-Japanese war, goes through those turbulent times and continues when the war is over.

wow. i don’t know what else to say. the story looks amazing – even better than “Rosy Business”! it’s great to see the “Rosy Business” cast reunite, with the exception of Ron Ng. new cast include Fala Chen and Raymond Wong. Sheren’s role is the most intriguing – OMG she’s ruthless! it was so sad when she was ordering Pierre to kill all those who refused to collaborate with her, and Wayne walked right into that scene with a ring – he was going to propose to her! i’m looking forward to this series so badly!!

current status: on the top of my MUST WATCH! list!!! :D

i’m done with my ‘special’ posts! my subsequent posts will all be reviews on dramas i’ve completed recently, like “You’re Hired”, “The Four” and “To Get Unstuck in Time”. i’ll also review series which i finished a while ago. keep a look out for them!

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4 comments

  1. Haha looking forward to Cops, Rosy Business 2, 5 Flavours of Life, Shall We State the Case, Pu Song Ling, Twilight Investigation and the Quarantined 7 Days.

    Female Fist, Monk & Growing Through Life look super super boring.


    • zz — haha :D how ’bout FH3?

      kRysTaL~


  2. […] covered this series shortly in my TVB 2010 Sales Presentation […]


  3. […] will be “new series in June!“, featuring Ghost Writer 蒲松齡 (wrote about it in my Sales Presentation post) and Love for Double White Lines 情越雙白線 (hmmm? not heard of this […]



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