I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who gets the the head turning from TVB. But even if you dont, I'll explain what TVB does to me...
Remember War of In- Laws 2 and how disappointed I was by their trailer and themesong? Remember how I bet Best Selling Secrets is the lowest sitcom TVB has ever made? Remember when you go to a blog and when we discuss about dramas we would watch and I'd list a whole bunch i.e The Price of Greed, On the First Beat, The Family Link, The Brink of Law and Devil's Disciple?
Anyways I found out that I alwasy ended up watching them eventually and then I'm sucked into TVB's world!
I dont know what it is, could it be that TVB wants their viewers to not have such high hopes of certain series that they make really unappealing trailers so that when people actually watch the series they're blown away? Cause that's what happened to me. I wasn't interested at all by the idea or the trailer but some how everytime I get a break and I end up watching all of them!
The next thing you know, I'm done the series and realize hwo wrong I was...with a few exceptions ofcourse i.e Devil's Disciple = WORST SERIES EVER!!!!
Oh an remember how I complained War of In Laws 2 themesong wasn't good and how I complained it "sucked" ? Guess what song was stuck in my head all day...well except for now? I've literally taken a second look for everything about War of In Laws 2!
So it makes me wonder...
...does TVB like to give their series they feel less comfortable with a horrible trailer, lack in promotion or bad music videos so that viewers wont have such higher expectations?
...is it just the magic of TVB? Their series are just too well scripted no matter how lame the idea is?
...is it the magic of American Series? I mean WOIL 2 is a remake of Devil Wears Prada...Family Link was supposedly made from Desperate Housewives
... or am I just too in love with TVB?
*Side Note: My exams are coming up at the end of the month so I got to do lots of studying...so for now I'm not going to be able to do posting uncle probably February :D I hope I dont lose my readers!
By the way, which size font do people like?
Oooh, and when I was bored I decided to play around with the TVB 2008 calendars, but as you can see it's really horrible since I dont have photoshop and only paint. =P Since it's January I'll only post up January:
Yea, I had to cover up the site I got it from but I lack in the tools :P
Best Child Star:
Jacky Jai Wong in Fathers & Sons, Family Link
Lawrence Ng in Ultimate Crime Fighter
劉靖琳as Fong Fong in Family Link
陳濼錚 as Little Girl 'B' aka B Lui in Family Link
羅芷晴 as Pui Pui in Fathers and Sons
Jacky won as usual just like Jenny Shin would back when she was young and acting. Could it be that we didn’t see the other kids as often or was it just because Jacky was cuteR? Between Jacky and Lawrence Ng though, Jacky wins with his cute face and witty roles! Jacky’s acting was strongest for me this year was in Fathers and Sons as Bobby’s son. He was cute yet he liked acting mature in the beginning which made me laugh. The only down side to his acting at the moment is his crying scenes. He’s got to work on it a bit because he still doing the face scrunching thing and sounds.
Saddest Death Scenes:
Louise Lee in Heart of Greed
Ha Yu in Heart of Greed
Raymond Lam in Heart of Greed
Leila Tong in Phoenix Rising
All of them had teary moments but Louise Lee has majority of the votes in her favour. Louis Lee’s Dai Kei in HOG was a strong, understanding mother. We loved her from the start and we saw all the trouble she went through just to keep the family together. She wasn’t super women where everything that hits her would bounce off and she had her moments where she just had to leave or break down. Her role was easy to understand by everyone which made us even more involved with her character. We see her do so much for her kids and even the ones who she didn’t give birth to. She fainted and had a relapse and we all knew she was falling ill. But we just weren’t sure when she’d say good bye. She’d have the moments where she’s pale, saying good bye, fainting but she’d wake up. And the story gives us all hope when she finally is given permission to leave the hospital, it then builds up with people thanking her for being understanding, saving her son’s marriage and getting rid of the wicked 2nd wife. Yet she ends up fainting again, and this time she says her final good byes and the scenes are focused on everyon’s reaction to her final words. Taking in everything she has left to teach every one of them – especially to her new daughter in-law, Tavia. As we watch, we too are crying. Dai Kei has left a mark in everyone of us viewers that it seems like she was family and she was leaving us too.
Wendy says Without a doubt, the saddest scene was when Dai Kai died. I weeped my eyes out. Lee Sze Kei played the role of a dying woman with her last wishes was excellent, but the credit goes not to her alone, but to everyone who was in the hospital room at that time. It was the way she clasped everyone hands, and bid them their final goodbyes; that for me was what made it the saddest. On her death bed, she wanted to be able to say goodbye to each and every one of them - it was poignant, touching and very very sad.
Most Shocking Death Scene
Leila Tong in Phoenix Rising
Raymond Lam in Heart of Greed
Gigi Lai in Ultimate Crime Fighter
Ha Yu in Brink of Law
Leila wins with her role in Phoenix Rising. A lot of cicumstances built around her made it shocking. The fact that she was Louisa’s sister. The fact that she was a good person. The fact that when she finally did want to be with her lover, she couldn’t because she was killed and her lover believed that Leila will never accept him. All of that builds up the shock to make her death become so surprising.
Wendy Says I'm gonna have to go with Leila again. Again, the way in which she was killed was a real shocker in itself because of how cruel the act was. And at the same time, I totally didn't see that coming. I had idealistic hopes that she would finally give poor Jack Wu a chance and sail off happily into the sunset with him, but unfortunately, that didn't happen. Big shock for me.
Most Disappointed Series
Brink of Law
Heavenly In Laws
Ha! Pretty much all of these series would win since each of the voters had different opinions.
Wendy says I really hate to do this, because I'd anticipated this series for so long because it had both Bernice and Bosco in it and you might probably know how much I like them both. Also, the focus was on the young cast; I was hoping it would be a repeat of TOB, which was such a success and used the same format. However, it just fell flat on its face. It was ridiculous and contrived - the script couldn't decide if it wanted to be a wuxia series or a cartoon. There was a saving grace in the form of Sharon Chan and her love story with Kevin Cheng, but everything else was just so-so. It was good for a few laughs, but at the end of the day, with the stupidest ending possible, it felt like I had wasted 20 episodes of my time. Maybe it was because I had high expectations or because the ending was pure crap, but for me, the most disappointing series of 2007.
Flor.a says Although I enjoyed Steps the way it was, and I swear I'm gonna be the only one choosing Steps to be in the category, I was still disapointed because Bernice seemed like an angel and was too goody-two-shoes, whereas when they said they were going to make Fala an evil villian, she had so much to carry at a young age and didn't mean to be bad. Overall I think the characters weren't written well to cause me to be disapointed in the series. And I can't think of anything else I watched.
Most Surprising Series:
Drive of Life
Brink of Law
Now, I’m not sure if people understood what I meant by surprising series, but I’d blame myself again for not making myself clear. But either way they either chose they series because it surprised them for being so good or because it surprised them a lot. The Brink of Law wins “Most Surprising Series” for whichever reason.
Wendy says I didn't watch this series till much later on after it had ended and by that time, I'd heard all about its negative reviews and low ratings. I didn't even enjoy the first couple of episodes. But I usually never stop watching a TVB series I've started, so I kept on going, and I was very pleasantly surprised. There were surprising twists and turns in the plot that kept me wanting more. Granted, it was not as fast-paced as say Heart of Greed or Brink of Law, but it was very interesting to me in the very least. I loved watching the plot unfold around Damian Lau and how he handled it all, I loved all the meaning there was in the series, and I loved how the script actually allowed the characters to develop and mature as people and not just be cardboard characters. This was my surprise series of the year.
Flor.a says I didn't even give Phoenix Rising any attention until I read reveiws and I decided to watch it, and it captivated from there to finish the story.
Most Refreshing Series (topic use is new)
Life’s Art _ Art
Steps _ Dancing
The Drive of Life_Cars
Steps wins for it’s refreshing topic on Dancing. Some of you may think it isn’t since A Recipe for The Heart was about cooking AND dancing but Recipe was more on cooking while Steps was more on dancing. I guess a lot of us are into fancy dancing…like me XD. When I heard about this series, my MAIN purpose was to see some dancing which there were.
Wendy says I don't know if there has ever been a series that has focused so much on dancing before, but to me, this is the most refreshing theme. There was a nice mix of ballroom and latin dance, and it made for a very nice storyline and very nice dance sequences and shots in the series. Everything else in the series fitted the romantic theme nicely too, from the costumes, to the love stories, right down to the lovely music and the colouring of the scenes.
Favourite Theme Song
The Drive of Life
Heart of Greed
To tell you the truth, I can make a final decision for this topic because majority of my voters gave me their two choices. I too had two choices ( Drive of Life vs Heart of Greed) and couldn’t decided between the two.
Wendy says Bernice's So In Love With You for Steps. It's fun, latin-flavoured and just gives off a very breezy, in-love feel. It's so fitting for Steps, and the lyrics are perfect for the story between Steven and her. Plus, Bernice's voice sounds pleasantly sweet with the music.
Flor.a says I can't decide between Drive of Life or Phoenix Rising
Most Thrilling Series:
Heart of Greed
The Ultimate Crime Fighter
On The First Beat
Brink of Law
Phoenix wins for its evil main characters and the constants twists and surprising deaths!
Series You Are Most Likely to Watch Again
Heart of Greed
It’s a tie between HOG and Phoenix Rising. Both are well developed series with attention grabbing scenes and chair grasping climaxes. It’s hard to explain but both series had lots of nominations in inlovewithtvb’s yearend poll.
Wendy says Definitely without a doubt, Heart of Greed. I've already watched it twice, and now I'm watching it again with two different people separately. And I just can't get tired of it. It's easy watching in certain parts, yet at the same time so meaningful and so gripping. It's a good mix of drama, comedy and family and I just can't get enough of it. Furthermore, it's the mix of cast and characters which I absolutely love. The casting is brilliant and I really cannot imagine anyone else playing any other role, which is why I'm so wary about a sequel.
Flor.a says I would watch episodes 40+ in DOL again, but I guess it doesn't count.
I would watch all 40 episodes of HOG again, minus all the stupid SJS and Alfred argument parts, and half the series is full of that stupidity so I guess not.
I would watch Phoenix Rising again as a whole. Probably except for the parts that scared the crap outta me.
As refreshing as Bernice& Sunny or Tavia, Christine & Alex may be, it couldn’t compare to the freshness of Joe & Jessica but I blame myself. Why? It turns out on a real poll, Joe and Jessica would be disqualified because this wasn’t their first time cooperating. And I didn’t realize that until I started writing this post after votes were in.
Flor.a says It may have been their storyline that this pair has captivated my attention, and although they've paired before I gave them my full attention although the overall plot of DOL wasn't that popular.
Video Credits to teddieburrTVB
Producer: Nelson Cheung Kin Man ( not original Producer)
To be released January 2nd, 2008
Cast: Liza Wang
Magazine editor-in-chief KWO PIK (Liza Wang) will never save face for her superiors, nor will she come to the defense of her subordinates. She shows no mercy to her enemies and does everything she can to keep her son KWO TAK (Bosco Wong) under her thumb. She is an iron lady who can't afford to lose anything. As she is still full of confidence that she can determine her son's future life, a plain, geeky-looking girl named CHOW LAI-MAN (Myolie Wu) has already managed to become the wife of TAK. Later MAN resigns from the police force and chooses to work as a magazine journalist, thus leading to even more conflicts between her and PIK.Not long after, PIK is dragged into a scandal and gets framed by her assistant KO PO-PO (Joyce Tang), which causes her to lose her place all of a sudden. Facing a dramatic career slump and her deteriorating relationship with her son and daughter-in-law, PIK moves to the outlying islands on her own. There she meets a new man in her life, the knowledgeable and talented BUT PING-FAN (Benz Hung) who was once a convict. From FAN, PIK has learnt how to reflect on herself and let go of the past. As everything seems to be going fine, MAN discovers that there is a conspiracy going on and that the magazine she is working for is in danger of falling apart.
Info Credits to Golf @ AsianEU
My Personal Thoughts
As much as the series is suppose to be a replica from Devil Wears Prada, I have a feeling it wouldn't do so well like any other American remade series of TVB's. Perhaps it could be the different producer but after watching the music video and trailer, I'm just not grasped in to it. I feel it's cheesy and the way they promote it looks bad. If anyone wants me to provide the video for their trailers, let me know and you'll see why. I understand they are fashion designers and want to be...modern and classy but their english sounds so...off! It's like how we feel when we hear english born celebs i.e Bernice or Fala speak Chinese... it just bugs me when I hear it.
Secondly, the themesong I dont find it catchy enough or just doesnt seem to match the series. It seems like a tune for Life Made Simple or one of those cheery series. This series is cheery with the comedy but I feel the original WOIL's themesong sounded better.
I'm still deciding whether or not to watch this series. Perhaps anyone who is can give me some idea and opinions on the series. On the side note, I really hope TVB doesn't plan on having Liza win a Best Actress award again for her barbaric role ( like Roger Kwok for his Ah Wong's Role for Life Made Simple. I dont get it, Ah Wong was still Ah Wong...) but then again, there's so many bigger series coming up for the year 2008...chances of her winnning are lower with Gem made up of many great actresses.