Friday, January 17, 2020

Joey Law Broke Up With Auston Lam's Sister-in-Law?

If anyone has been watching the YouTube channel 威武WHEREWOLF, they may have picked up on the fact that TVB actor Joey Law was dating the sister-in-law of Auston Lam. But it appears their romance was short-lived.

Wherewolf is a channel started by a group of TVB actors, including Auston, Joey, Tammy Ou-Yeung, Brian Chu and Kelvin Lee. They produced ten episodes where they played the game "Werewolf." They even recruited guest stars, like JW, to appear on the channel.

One of the players on the channel was Bu. She is Tammy's younger sister and Auston's sister-in-law. (Auston and Tammy married in 2018.) Bu is often teased on the show because she tends to make critical mistakes that leads to her team losing.

In episode six, the group organized a surprise for Joey's birthday. While Joey had his eyes closed for the game, the rest of the group quickly changed their clothes and put on make-up. When Joey opened his eyes, he was shocked to see everyone wearing T-shirts with handwritten messages for him. They went around the circle for everyone to show off their T-shirts and say their message. When it came to Bu's turn, Auston said "Don't interrupt Bu. Cue some romantic music and let's turn it over to Bu."

Bu blushed and said "Don't be like that." She looked down at her shirt and said "I wrote it already." Someone called out "Say it!" She shyly said "I love Joey." The group cheered as Joey looked on sweetly. 

When it came to Tammy's turn, she said "Mine is related to Bu's. It is 'I love Joey. Let go of Bu.'" She pleaded with Joey, "Please don't use your charm on Bu anymore."

There were other hints of a romance between Joey and Bu. Earlier in the episode, when Bu spoke after being voted off, she urged the witch in the game to poison Joey. Someone shouted "So that he can keep you company outside?" Two hearts popped up on the screen. 

In another episode, Bu was eliminated after incorrectly guessing that her sister was a wolf. Plato Lai (former TVB Entertainment News channel host) asked "Did you do that purposely so Joey can carry you away?" Other people joined in the teasing. Auston asked "Before, when Brian Chu was carried away by Joey Law, Bu, were you angry or upset?" Mark Ma (TVB actor) said "You just wanted take that spot," pointing to the spot next to Joey. Indeed, Bu was in the spot next to Joey and both smiled as they were teased.

Bu's Instagram page (@bubuubu) shows that she is a make-up artist who has worked with Auston, Tammy, Daniel Chau, Adrian Chau, Rainky Wai, and of course, Joey. 

Bu's Instagram has other pictures of her and Joey hanging out (click to see). 

After a special episode on Halloween, Wherewolf stopped posting videos. Around Christmas, a new channel called 陋室 New Set was created, featuring Auston, Tammy, Bu and a few other players from Wherewolf. Yesterday, Wherewolf posted a video announcing that they will be returning with a new team in February. Curiously, Joey had remained with Wherewolf while Bu stuck with Auston and Tammy. 

Even more interestingly, Bu deleted an Instagram post she had made on Joey's birthday. It was a group photo from Joey's birthday party. In the comments, someone had wrote in Chinese "Must be blissful!" She also deleted the post that promoted the Wherewolf episode for Joey's birthday. (I don't have screenshots, so you will just have to trust me.)

Coincidentally, in December, rumours started that Joey was dating TVB actress Joey Thye, after the pair were caught having dinner and walking on the beach together. The Joeys denied the rumours and said that they were just friends who play basketball together. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Overview - The Dripping Sauce

Man Koon Yuen is a century-old soy sauce maker in Foshan. The patriarch (Hugo Ng) and his wife (Mimi Kung) abide by the rule "Pass to males, not females; pass to family, not outsiders." But an incident of contaminated soy sauce forces Hugo to allow two females, Rebecca Zhu and Katy Kung, to join his son (Matthew Ho) as trainees. The trio and young soy sauce master, James Ng, develop a complicated four-way relationship, while indirectly revealing many family secrets. When Matthew is suddenly kidnapped, everyone feels anxious. Within the business, Hugo's brothers - Timothy Cheng, Gary Chan, and Tsui Wing - are looking to divide the family fortune. From the outside, official Andew Yuen is also secretly plotting to steal the family's assets. The century-old business may be destroyed!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Predictions for TVB Anniversary Awards 2019

My predictions for the TVB Anniversary Awards. See nomination list here.

Best Actor: Kenneth Ma (Big White Duel)

TVB can't possible justify giving Kenneth a fourth Favourite Male Character award and promoting someone else over him. This year should finally be Kenneth's turn. Will he have a shocked face when his name is announced?

Best Actress: Kara Hui (The Defected)
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Selena Li would have been the likely winner if not for her lack of a contract. Kara deserves the award in her right and would be a safe choice, since no one will dispute her acting abilities over Selena's.

Favourite Male Character: Joel Chan (Barrack O'Karma)

A consolation prize for losing out on Best Actor, which is not bad for Joel's first leading role.

Favourite Female Character: Rebecca Zhu (Wonder Women)
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The conventional guess would be Selena as consolation for losing Best Actress, but TVB can be very petty about contracts. TVB has made Rebecca a blackhorse winner before, so they could make her the surprise winner of the night again.

Best Supporting Actress: Samantha Ko (Barrack O'Karma)
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TVB has been steadily promoting Samantha and giving her more leading roles, so they could give her this award in a year where the competition is weak and she participated in a popular drama.

Best Supporting Actor: Matthew Ho (Big White Duel)
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Matthew is a rising star and with no strong candidates in this category this year, he has a chance at grabbing this award.

Most Improved Actress: Kelly Cheung
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Kelly received praise for her performance in Big White Duel and has already been promoted to lead actress in two upcoming dramas.

Most Improved Actor: Karl Ting
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Karl is the latest "fresh meat" at TVB and has received a lot of exposure on variety shows.

Favourite TV Partnership: Joel Chan and Selena Li (Barrack O'Karma)
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The pairing is undoubtedly very popular and they are set to film a sequel, so Selena won't go home completely empty-handed.

Best Series: Big White Duel

While Barrack O'Karma was an unexpected hit, Big White Duel still bested it in ratings and was the bigger production, which TVB tends to favor for Best Series.

Best Theme Song: Can You Hear (Kayee Tam)

This year's beneficiary of endless loop effect (also known as the "越難越愛" effect).

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Overview - Of Greed and Ants

In the 1970s, Hong Kong's economy is booming and the stock market serves as a battleground for greed. Thai-Chinese Eddie Cheung's perspective on life changed completely because of his father's misfortunes. He escapes from Thailand to Hong Kong. Learning of the stock market's power, he is determined to be the one that controls it. The upright Edwin Siu, who comes from a grassroots background, and his friends Tony Hung and Anthony Ho are young people with dreams. Unfortunately, they get bruised and battered by the storm in the stock market... Edwin lives with a mother and two daughters. The sisters, Elaine Yiu and Jeannie Chan, have polar opposite personalities, and are waiting a chance to change their lives. Eddie connects with the wealthy Ben Wong and gradually achieves his life's goals. At the same time, Tony and his friends get pulled in and their fates are rewritten.

TVB Inventory Levels

The number of outstanding series by artist
As of January 1, 2020

Blue = airing date schedule
Yellow = filming completed (2018)
Orange = filming completed (2019)
Green = currently filming
White = unconfirmed
Italics = Shaw Brothers production