Anyway, I'm sort of in 'wait and see' mode right now when it comes to CTI's series (since they just started filming and technically they don't even have their free-to-air TV license yet!). One thing's for sure though: with many of my favorite veteran artists all joining CTI and in turn, fewer artists that I like remaining at TVB, the decision on which series to watch will definitely be a difficult one!
Well, let's 'wait and see'.....
Former TVB artists Bernice Liu, Savio Tsang, etc. comprise cast of CTI’s newest series: “Fairytale Love Song 201314”
Source: HK Channel
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With the filming of CTI’s very first series already underway – the science fiction / vampire-themed series “My Boyfriend Mr. V”《我的男友 Mr.V》starring Taiwanese singer/actor Danson Tang and HK actress Michelle Wai – the company has already announced plans for its second series, which is set to start filming at the end of the month. The series, tentatively titled “Fairytale Love Song 201314”《童話戀曲201314》, will be filmed on location in Okinawa, Japan. In addition to the main leads Bernice Liu and Kelvin Kwan, the rest of the cast consists of singers as well as many veterans, including: William So, Jason Chan, Evelyn Cho, Zac Koo, Kate Yeung, Shek Sau, Lisa Lui, Wilson Tsui, Charles Ying, Sin Ho Ying, Benji Chiang, Lesley Chiang, Mimi Kung, etc. In addition, former TVB actor Dexter Young as well as veterans Savio Tsang and Kwong Chor Fai – all of whom recently left TVB and joined CTI – will participate in the series as well.
Veteran actor Savio Tsang, who joined TVB back in 1991 after leaving ATV, was recently asked why he decided to leave the company he served for 21 years [TVB] to join Ricky Wong’s CTI: “I feel that Ricky Wong has a lot of heart. He personally met with me to discuss joining his company – in my many years working at TVB, I’ve never had a high level executive approach me before! Also, I’d heard that he sold the telecommunications portion of his business so that he could focus entirely on building up his TV station – for someone like me who has a huge passion for acting, of course I find this particular action of his very admirable. In addition to personally being involved in discussions with artists as well as all other matters, he is also willing to invest so many resources into it – with this kind of boss, how could I not like him?”
Savio emphasized that he is not trying to say that TVB is a bad company – he is merely looking at things from an artist’s perspective -- if an actor works so hard for many years, yet never gets any recognition from the company, it can definitely be very discouraging: “After so many years of working hard, recognition and feeling valued become quite important. If you’re working endlessly day in and day out, yet no one pays attention to you at all, it truly gets very disheartening. For example, last year, my performance in the series “Yes Sir Sorry Sir”《點解阿 Sir係阿 Sir》received good reaction and feedback from audiences but at the company’s awards ceremony, there was not a single nomination; yet some artists who only did cameo roles in a few episodes of other series got nominated – I admit that I felt a bit dispirited! I’m not getting any younger – since the company is not willing to give me the opportunity, I figured why not try my chances elsewhere?”