TVB 2012 Sales Presentation

Okay, I think it’s too much of a joke that I do these segments though I rarely watch TVB series anymore. BUT don’t worry, I’ll get to some of them eventually, just not within the year. But here goes another year of curious choices. (YES, it’s going to be another set of sarcastic rants so don’t mind me.) Go here first and then read my rants. OR you could read my rants first. Either way is fine. Oh yeah, go here, here, and here for more pictures.

What’s up for this year? I’m going to list it by the order that it appears in the clip, NOT preferences or anything.

The King Makers (造王者) – Seeing Wayne and Kent respectively reminds me of their past collaboration in The Greatness of a Hero. I’m so serious, especially with how Kent was dressed in that custome as well. Aside from that, might be promising. Who knows? But honestly, Lai Lok Yi doesn’t belong in an ancient series–regardless of era. I’m not picking on him. I quite like him. But it just looks wrong. Pierre Ngo–on the other hand–reminds me of the day when he was in Love Is Beautiful (though that was a different time frame). For once, I would rather see another one of those political fights than those cat fights within the palace so this might be worth it.

Tiger Cubs (飛虎) – Joe and Jessica’s police related one. This looks quite intense. Of course. But it could be the trailer’s attempt to make everything so exciting to lure us in. My only hope is that it focuses on the ‘Flying Tiger’ team(s) and NOT too much on romances like how other cop related ones have been misleading us this past year. Could they do it? Yeah right. But I might check it out since I was waiting. Is Oscar Leung getting a role worth watching again? But considering how it’s 13 episodes (or supposedly from some source), it couldn’t be that draggy, could it?

Lucky Father (當旺爸爸) – Although I really, really want to see one with Steven and Evergreen YET I know better. I learned my lesson with A Watchdog’s Tale SO I’m so skipping this one. I had enough of ‘Steven and Linda’, more a Linda problem than Steven, considering how Steven’s one of my favorites. I don’t know why people think Linda’s good with comedy but I think she’s better when she’s not trying to be funny. But whatever suits everyone. I had enough. Besides, Steven already left so why should I support TVB?

Miscellaneous Morels from Youyang (酉陽雜俎) – They are seriously going to change the title when it’s done, right? I’m not sure how good it would sound later or if good at all, but the current one is too long. I sort of want to see this for some of the cast. But hope the CGI isn’t so messy like it showed in the trailer. It’s like crazy blinding. NOT to that extreme but it’s bordering there. Not to mention how some of the costumes looks like Captain Jack Sparrow–if people know what I mean. It has been ages since the last promising ancient series. Could this one make it? Probably NOT. Yes, I’m that hopeful.

The Prominent Family(名媛望族) – Once in awhile, TVB would get down on their knees and beg Damian to come back so they could get some ratings in. YET is his participation worth it this time? Pre-modern theme. NOT quite sure but yeah. The scene that Ron steps in to stop the wedding between Kenneth and some girl seriously is a Shanghai Bund rip-off. I’m so serious! Hope they reconsider in the actual version. ‘Cause it doesn’t matter how you want to compare or not, people are going to talk about it. (Even if I’m not much of the other drama’s fan, I could still see the similarity.) And more cat fights? GREAT. (Yup, sarcasm.) I want to see more of Damian and Idy AND let’s hope Damian doesn’t die like in the other one. When was that? In that one promising production called Catch Me Now ages ago. Awhile back, but it seemed a long time ago.

Thunderous Drug Raid (雷霆掃毒) – The sales presentation featured Michael, Kevin, Roger, Joyce, and Kate in it. However, I found some info that Kevin’s no longer in it but Raymond Lam. Nice? Not that I have a problem with Raymond Lam or anything. But I felt it was pretty cool that three of my favorites got to be in one together (aka Michael, Roger, and Kevin) YET that got changed. Maybe there’s a good reason behind it (I’m so joking here). But so much for it. I was looking forward to another Kevin and Roger collaboration. But I guess it would be broken this time around? Kate’s finally getting a challenging role? Will Joyce Tang still be in or get replaced too? I wonder. It looks excited yet now I don’t know what to say anymore. I will have to wait and see. I guess I have to adopt the principle of watching several episodes and then abandon if all else fails. It’s kind of ironic that Kevin was talking about it when they zoomed the camera to him after showing all clips. ‘Cause he seriously got cut out. I’m still holding a hopeful glint. BUT we’ll see.

4 In Love – If you add in Raymond Cho and take out Charmaine to replace with Ada Choi, you’ll get Fly With Me all over again. I’m so serious! Let’s just hope this one is better. But considering how TVB has an approach with those ‘superheroes’ ones in recent years, hopeless. Too bad. Someone separate the whole ‘Moses Chan, Kenny Wong’ and whoever usually appear in the same series team. Honestly, I like them at one time or another but found it kind of boring to see the same group in different series over and over again. Moses and Charmaine could look cute together based on some scenes (and pictures) but not having high hope either.

House of Harmony and Vengeance (耀舞長安) – Seriously, I’m sick of seeing Bobby in similar customes with ancient setting. Give him some new attires, please! NOT targeting Bobby, but lazy people who don’t give cast new wardrobe thus making it look like they’re portraying the same roles. Aside from Bobby and Evergreen, I seriously see no point in watching thus not looking forward to it. Okay, so I sort of like Angela Tong too but too bad. And seriously, Linda and Myolie do not match with both Bobby and Evergreen at all. Even if in ancient settings. Some pairings manage to pull it off quite well. But it looks like a bad combo this time around. Oh well.

The Hippocratic Crush (On Call 36小時) – The only series that I see any presence of Raymond Cho? Seriously? He’s on the poster but didn’t catch him in the trailer. However, I probably won’t watch this though I like some of the cast. Why? Not into doctor series as much as cop ones. And this seemed more like romance than doctor related so I’ll call it a pass for safety.

War and Beauty 2 (金枝慾孽2 ) – Didn’t care that much for the first one, except for Maggie’s character at the beginning and a little bit of Charmaine’s character near the end. Yet I don’t care about those cat fights back then, what makes people think I care now? YUP, in short, a skip.

Detective Columbo (神探哥倫布) – I say it could be worth it because it’s Wayne and all. Then there’s the whole idea with him being a detective. However, not sure if it would turn out too lame. Nothing beats it more than some lame story. The raincoat and the weird attitude reminds me of Roger’s character in D.I.E. Yet to be fair, most of the good detectives in the world of fictions are somewhat weird and the raincoat does make the detective image. So…

Triumph In The Skies II (衝上雲霄II) – I didn’t watch part 1. I can’t think of a reason to start watching now.  Or even look forward to this one.

OMG! How could this be? I can’t even place anything on the map of looking forward to. Maybe just the ones that aren’t featured. Or the ones from last year that didn’t get air yet. How terrible is this? Well, for me. I looked forward to more series last year than this year. I swear I did. Hmm… But seriously, if I have to really choose, I would choose the following: The King Makers (because it looks serious enough), Tiger Cubs, Thunderous Drug Raid, and Detective Columbo. That’s it.

And seriously, they need to juggle between cast a bit more. What in the world happened to Raymond Wong? They tossed him aside again? Roger and Michael only have one series? I’m sure when the airing comes, it would be more since they held some of Michael’s back. I’m so talking about Michael Miu here. Then there’s Kevin. They splashed him all over the screen last year, then what happened? Possibly because they still need to air The Boxing King? Oh yeah, no Selina either.  And wait, what about Ben Wong? At this rate, I’m actually evilly wanting to see some shuffle around so the cast would appear more promising.

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9 Replies to “TVB 2012 Sales Presentation”

  1. Hey there! Just read your post and overall, I agree with most of the comments. I’m actually working on a post of my own regarding the Sales Presentation (just like I did last year), so once I have that up on my blog, we can discuss further….

  2. @llwy12 – Thanks! Will read it and discuss over at your post when I’m done.

    @TVB Fan – First off, thanks for taking the time to read and comment. To tell you the truth, I had steered from TVB series the past few years, on and off. YES, blame me for being curious and coming back at times to watch one show or another. I could be quite tolerant but I’m just kind of sick of the same cast and want some variety in it when it comes down to it all. However, I must say that I had stopped participating in forums regarding TVB related stuffs all together. So I think I’m entitled to rant in my own blog about it. Sorry. Peace!

  3. I haven’t seen tvb stuff in a while. I come back once in a while to see some of my favorite actor/actress. So I heard Steven ma has left, and the last drama he did with tvb doesn’t sound like its worth watching.
    TVB really has to find some new script writer and shuffle their pairing. Its not just the male/female pair. I want to see some collaboration between some good male actors too. TVB just promote whoever they want to promote it seems like and lots of them are leaving. The sales presentation usually have really good pairing and promising scripts but then in the actual drama they switch the leads out :/. Micheal, Roger, and Kevin series looked awesome but they switched joyce out and I think only micheal is left.

    I’ve been going to korean, taiwan, japanese, and even mainland drama now to catch some of my favorite actor/actress. I saw a hawick lau in a 2011 ancient drama. He was pretty good and handsome too. He use to be a tvb actor but tvb doesn’t recognized talent when they see it so he left not long after “virtue of harmony.” I actually went back to watch Face with Fate with Frankie. I haven’t seen him in a while either. I thought at the time the series was so so but compared to what tvb is producing now its pretty good.

    What happen to Bernice Liu? Who in the world is Aimee Chan?

  4. @kotomi: Thanks for commenting.

    I have to say you’re not really missing out that much. LOL! I do the same too, coming back from time to time. I’m sure you heard about the new stations that are launching their projects this year so there goes another batch of actors/actresses. But I’m sort of curious to see IF that would indeed cause some changes within TVB (though so far they’re still denying any problems). NOT that I hate TVB because I’ve been watching their productions for an extended period of time before slowly giving up. But I would hope that this new wave of competition would encourage more variety. They don’t have to release SO many series but possibly work more on the plot? And like you, I want to see a shuffle too (as I put in my post). It’s not like I don’t welcome new bloods and all, but I want to see a different group of cast working together at times to see how it is. AND that includes supporting cast as well so I agree with you about the ‘NOT just pairing’ comments.

    Regarding Steven, sadly so. I enjoy comedy but based on that trailer, it feels like a skip for me.

    As for the ‘Thunders Drug Raid’ one (the one with Michael/Roger/Kevin), Joyce got replaced too? Geez whiz. The last I heard was Roger and Kevin are both out, only Michael is in. Then there’s still Kate, but they placed Raymond Lam in. I saw some of the supporting cast posing for pictures (possibly the blessing ceremony or press conference?) and saw that Derek Kwok and Ben Wong are also in there? NOT sure who else. But this would be based on the plot for me. I like cop dramas BUT I want to see a promising plot also. NOT sure if they had changed the plot from the trailer’s idea OR NOT. So the short version? There goes that one for me as well.

    Face to Fate – YES, comparing to recent series, that one was pretty good.

    Hawick Lau – Yeah, I like him too. Ironically, the media’s splashing around the idea that he looks like Raymond Lam? (Which is almost a joke. NOT going to go into the insult game but it’s kind of irrelevant because Hawick is basically considered Raymond Lam’s senior?)

    I think Bernice Liu left too. (BUT don’t take my word for it since I don’t follow TVB news as actively anymore.) And Aimee Chan? I think she used to participate in those Miss HK pageant too? NOT sure. But she’s one of the newbies. She’s all right for me (aka not really a favorite but doesn’t annoy me that much either) but I know a lot of people have some beef with her at the moment.

  5. @kotomi: As a long-time TVB ‘follower’, I’ve always had a problem with the way they do the sales presentations (the fact that what they put in to the preso is rarely ever what we end up getting)….maybe because I grew up here in the U.S. and over here, we have specific laws against “false advertising” (TVB’s sales presos definitely fall under the “false advertising” category to me).

    Also, the problem with TVB promoting who they want to promote is that the current management (who is responsible for most of the ‘promoting’) absolutely suck and have no eye for talent whatsoever — they promote primarily based on looks as well as whoever is able to kiss up to the them the best….unfortunately, the acting abilities of those they promote are less important in the scheme of things!

    I already commented about the Drug Raid series, so not going to rehash that one again — basically, it’s already crossed off my ‘possible watch’ list…

    And yes, I agree that Face to Fate was much better in comparisons to today’s series (though the only reason I thought so was primarily because of John Chiang and Frankie Lam’s performances as well as a few others — plus the plot was interesting…). Ironically, Frankie won’t be working for TVB anymore, as he and his wife Kenix Kwok signed on with one of the new TV stations, CTI — they’re 2 of the more talented ones (as well as 2 of my favorites in terms of actors / actresses), so this will definitely be a huge loss for TVB. John Chiang will actually be going to CTI as well (haha…maybe FTF is cursed or something cuz things just never seemed to go well with that series).

    Bernice left TVB already — on bad terms, might I add (if you’re interested in the story behind her departure, let me know…she actually gave a detailed interview to Mingpao magazine in which she talked about why she left…really makes us loathe TVB for how they treat their artists!)

    Aimee is a Miss HK winner from 2006….she actually won the crown (first place) that year. As is usually the pattern with TVB, they started utilizing her in their programs almost immediately (they love to promote their MHK contestants / winners). I actually can’t stand her, but that’s because I’ve watched most of the series she was in (not because of her of course) and witnessed first hand how horrible her acting was (and still is to some extent)….though I will admit that her performance in her latest series “Forensic Heroes 3” was definitely one of her better ones (compared to her previous performances that is)….

  6. @llwy12 – You probably know it already, but one of the reasons why ‘Face to Fate’ was sort of fresh was because it was from Wen Rui An’s story (like the whole ‘four detective guards’ novels that he writes – though that’s more popular). Though I have no idea how accurate the series followed the novel because I’m still trying to hunt down that novel to read.

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