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TVB Out of Ideas: Mary Hon Same Role in 'Missing You' & 'Friendly Fire' Airing at Same Time

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#1 foreverleila

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 05:47 AM

TVB Out of Ideas: Mary Hon Same Role in 'Missing You' & 'Friendly Fire' Airing at Same Time
Wednesday January 9, 2013 Hong Kong
Source: Apple Daily, HKChannel
Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net


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TVB series aren't just "once you've seen one, you've seen them all", but its just the same actors and actresses in all the series, causing audience to get confused on what they're watching.

There are no ideas, no people at TVB. Recently, the two current series Missing You and Friendly Fire, artists like Patrick Dunn, Rosanne Lui and Mary Hon appear in both series. The most ridiculous is Mary Hon, she portrays the same role, a mother looking for her biological son in both series. Last night, Mary admitted she was Sammy Leung's biological mother in Friendly Fire and tomorrow night, she'll again meet her biological son, Jason Chan, in Missing You. The same actress finds two of her biological sons within a week, is it because TVB is running out of ideas and artists?

Reporters contacted Mary last night, she laughed out loud and said: "It's just a coincidence, last time Law Lok Lam died 5 times in one night." When speaking of the same old, overused and repetitive stories in every series, Mary said: "There isn't much of a difference. Actually both series were filmed at different times, but it was just a coincidence that the two series were aired at the same time. I have no control over this, we (artists) are very passive. However, I remember many years ago, when they come up with the TV schedule, they won't let the same artist appear in two different series at the same time because this may cause a confusion." When asked why she didn't let TVB know that the two series had the same story? She said: "Nope, that sounds like I'm challenging them. Also, an artist would not want to miss an [job] opportunity. If the two roles are about the same, the artist will have to enrich the role themselves and hope the acting would differ. If they cast you in the series, it wouldn't make sense for you not to do it!"

#2 Kim4ever

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

hahaha, coincidence? maybe............. but TVB ran out of ideas ages agoPosted Image

#3 palmon

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

I laughed out loud when I saw her in Missing You playing the same role again. I was like: AGAIN??? Posted Image Posted Image Does make you wonder if the crew behind the production just couldn't be bothered to think up of a more original or better storyline for its characters - well that's just severe slacking from TVB!
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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

With so much competition from Korea,china, other countries and the emerging of new companies in HK, TVB is really facing a lot of challenges these days... I agree with Kim that TVB has been out of ideas for many years now. I really miss the good old days when TVB was golden and the competition was less which gave them more chances and opportunities to be more original. Back then, there weren't that many series that came out and we all eagerly waited for any new TVB series to release but now there are other options so TVB is no longer a top priority anymore.

Back in the days I would watch about 90% TVB but now only about 20% at most because I have other choices.

Edited by HeTieShou, 10 January 2013 - 08:59 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:27 PM

This is true but tbf this was written by different people? And it's just a coincidence it was aired at the same time...

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 02:18 AM

With so much competition from Korea,china, other countries and the emerging of new companies in HK, TVB is really facing a lot of challenges these days... I agree with Kim that TVB has been out of ideas for many years now. I really miss the good old days when TVB was golden and the competition was less which gave them more chances and opportunities to be more original. Back then, there weren't that many series that came out and we all eagerly waited for any new TVB series to release but now there are other options so TVB is no longer a top priority anymore.


Totally agree with you... actually I used to watch ATV as well as TVB but we all know what happened in the last decade or so with it. I've honestly been re-watching a lot of old Hong Kong dramas rather than starting new ones, maybe I'm just really attracted to the overall feel of old dramas opposed to new ones. Everything just seemed to be done better back then (ex. acting, pacing, storyline, etc.). In a way it feels like the more HD dramas got, the lower overall quality it got too...

Oh and the other thing about Mary's character in Missing You was her sudden yet peaceful death, it really reminded me of her death in SSSS (but her role and departure was a lot more memorable and touching in that one).

I also find it hilarious how Linda's character's mother is also a mother in Friendly Fire who looks the same and essentially plays the same role.

Edited by strawberry shortcake, 11 January 2013 - 02:19 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 04:32 AM

thats so confusing

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:21 AM

Although I read stuff on hk series, rarely do I watch and finish a drama nowadays with poor quality acting, script just everything doesn't pull you in. Thinking about it, haven't watched an entire series without ff or dropping it. Shame cause I use to love hk series.

#9 ImYan

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

kinda sad but true =/
I remember when I used to LOVE tvb dramas :D
But it seems like a lot of good actors have left tvb and there's no GOOD new ones :(

Still, I hope they improve soon ^___^
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:32 PM

I was a little shocked to see Mary as the mother in Missing You. At least in MY her son was more willing to accept her rather than in FF where her son refuses to accept the fact that she's his mother.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:56 AM

TVB is not out of idea actually...but their are using the same format to create the story.. therefore the audience always feel that TVB drama was predictable and out of resources.

For example ...
A Good guys and a bad guys
I love you, You love me
Father, mother, sister,
Orphan
Best friend,
I Hate you and You love Me
I catch you, you catch me
I Kill you, you kill me
and bla bla bla

All this typically was in all drama even Korean or China or Western .... Safe to said that, a fresh list of quality actor and actress will make the drama difference. Reused and reused the same list of actor and actress in a year will make the audience feel the same.....That is why the audience was slowly switch to Korean drama because of the fresh actor/actor in the audience eyes..

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:14 AM

Ditto^^ even with the same script, I see more eye candy in Korean dramas, which is a huge + they also use different actors / actresses in different dramas so I rarely see them collaborating more than once.

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

But doesn't she always play the same role in most of her dramas?