Anticipating; #1 - Unconfirmed, Unnamed...Unbelievable!
This article completely makes my day. Now I can't read Chinese characters to save my life, but I can recognise the names of some of my favourite actors. With the help of a few online Chinese-to-English translators, (and many funny translations later) I got the gist of it.
Apparently, according to said article and those trusty online translators, TVB will begin filming a new cop series which deals with the area of narcotics in March 2008, which stars Raymond Lam, Moses Chan, Jessica Hsuan and Bernice Liu. For those of you who read my foreword, you'd know that all four are amongst my favourite artists, and hence, this piece of information makes me very happy indeed. A little bit of squealing, grinning, you get the gist.
I've also been a fan of police dramas since I was little, so its as good as it gets. The producer slated for this series is Producer Poon Ka-Tak, whose other works include Triumph in the Skies, Revolving Doors of Vengeance, La Femme Desperado, and the three original Detective Investigation Files which probably spurred on my early love for police series.
This is listed as the main cast, and boy, is it a good-looking main cast. Obviously the next question that comes to mind: the pairings. I'm of course hoping for a Moses/Bernice pairing again, but chances are it will be Moses/Jessica and Raymond/Bernice instead. Fresh new pairings which I believe fans would really get behind. I know Raymond/Bernice already have a lot of fans on the Internet, and Moses and Jessica would look good as a couple (I know MC3 definitely agrees, lol). I know Wikipedia isn't a reliable source, and I know March 2008 is a long way away and that the cast could change, but I really, really am keeping my fingers crossed that these four don't change.
Selena is listed after the main four, and she's already proven herself to be a strong supporting actress to the masses. Nancy is listed rather far down, and while I love her as a supporting actress, she's been overlooked by TVB. Hopefully her role in here is larger than usual. I've liked Fala since Heart of Greed, and am fine by her. I would like to see her in more roles to see if she can really act, though.
Like Selena, Johnson is listed pretty high up on the list too. I don't know if they're any indication of importance, but I hope so, because Johnson is always good for comic relief. Maybe he'll be that funny man every cop squad needs. Oscar is one young actor (well, actually he's not that young, but I think he's just given 'young' and 'playful' roles, which is why) who has more potential than the other pretty faces who are being promoted heavily. I really do think they'll add more young actors to the mix later on, though.
The Others - Cecilia Yip Tung, Joe Ma and Margie Tsang Sin Wah
I don't know where else to classify these three artists. Joe is not listed as main cast here, although he's certainly led enough productions to usually be given a leading role (But yeah, again, it's probably too early to tell). Can't imagine what his purpose in here will be, unless he's a villain, or to serve as a third party so TVB can have their beloved love triangles. Cecilia, with the recent success of The Family Link, would probably be given a big role in this series. I don't really have a comment on Margie because although I remember watching her, I was probably too young to have been able to form an opinion on her.
Damian Lau would probably make an excellent police chief; he has the air and the charisma to play the part. Lo Yuen Yan and Law Koon Lan are always a joy to watch as bumbling, loving mothers. I have a newfound affinity for Ha Yu after Heart of Greed. I also quite like Gigi Wong, and as for the veteran whose name I don't know, I think he has an adorable accent.
All in all, seems like a rather well-rounded cast. There probably will be changes to the cast soon, that is if they even decide to film this. Could somemore read the linked article and tell me if I've missed anything, like, its reliability or the extent of its confirmation?
Probably way too early for me to be so excited, but I can't help it. Hence, this post. What do you guys think? Yay, or nay?
Edit: Latest update from Wiki, Sheren Tang and Kate Tsui have been added to the cast. The addition of Sheren is awesome news to me. I'm a great fan, and I don't think anyone can challenge the fact that she IS a phenomenal actress. Since apparently Jessica is on a one-series-per-year basis with TVB (Is that right?), I highly doubt TVB would 'waste' her on a low-budget, crappy series. Plus, now with the addition of Sheren too, makes this feel like another one of TVB's grand productions to me. It also states that part of filming might occur in Thailand. Feels very Split Second to me, heh. Hearing that Kate will be in it deters me a little, however.
Character names are also up and it looks like Raymond and Moses will be playing brothers, with Damian as their dad. Seems like Bernice and Kate will be playing sisters as well; while Joe Ma and Oscar Leung will be siblings in this show. Pretty interesting, what with all the family relations. Looks like it's going to be another one of those series with loads of drama and complicated relationships. If anyone could translate the names, that would be awesome.
I wonder if this is really real, or if someone has too much time on their hands and is playing a big joke on the TVB fandom. Lol. Keep your fingers crossed that it isn't, or else I, along with a lot of other fans, will be seriously crushed.
I'm just a little wary because March 2008 isn't that near; is it customary for them to release so much information this early? And for them to release so many details including character names and who's singing the theme song?
Oh well, if it's not true, it could be a very good fanfic idea. Someone needs to write it, to make all us crushed fans happy.