Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Kenneth Ma Admits The Cuts In His "The Hippocratic Crush 2" Screen Time

Recently Netizens have been actively discussing the "Uncle Trend" seen in the upcoming TVB series. Housewives like to watch veterans, therefore they are guaranteed to get good ratings. No wonder TVB has been bringing back former artists back to help with their series such as Francis Ng in Triumph in the Skies II, Ada Choi in Beauty At War and even Kenneth Ma's popular series The Hippocratic Crush II (On Call 2), TVB got Lawrence Ng to make his comeback in this series. Back then, Lawrence Ng's role Dr. Paul Ching in Healing Hands was highly acclaimed, but this time he intrudes into On Call 2, where the initial lead actor was 'Yat Kin Tau' Kenneth Ma, but he had to cut his screen time to accommodate Lawrence.

39 year old Kenneth Ma has been working at TVB for 14 years and finally takes the lead in last year's popular series The Hippocratic Crush. He left a deep impression on audience based on his portrayal of 'Yat Kin Tau' and became known as the new generation 'god' and 'suen poon' (the best deal). However, once TVB invited Lawrence Ng back, Kenneth has split his screen time with him.

Boost Popularity in Mainland

It was understood, TVB added Lawrence Ng into the cast not just because they wanted to bring a refreshing feeling, but also to borrow Lawrence's popularity in Mainland to help Kenneth get more famous in China. An insider expressed: "Kenneth is climbing up in HK, but not many people know him in Mainland. Since many people still remember Lawrence's Dr. Paul Ching role, TVB thought they could use Lawrence to get more people to know Kenneth outside of HK." In the 25 episode sequel, the screen time is split the whole way. This time Lawrence and Kenneth will have a good opportunity to develop in On Call 2. Lawrence plays an attending physician (or consultant physician), who also suffers from a chronic illness. The ending will be a tearjerker and can 'steal' Kenneth's limelight at any time.

Not As Much Concentration on Kenneth & Tavia

Last Saturday (March 9th), Kenneth was shooting outdoor scenes with Tavia Yeung. The scene was about Tavia feeding him fish balls and they completed the scene in one take. In regards to Lawrence Ng stealing his screen time, Kenneth openly admitted: "This time the screen time isn't as concentrated on us, but it's a good thing because in this sequel, I'm going to be with Tavia Yeung from beginning to end. I don't have any other romantic relationships. Having Lawrence in this series will make it more refreshing. (Are you afraid he'll have more screen time than you?) Nope, the most important is to have more audience liking the much screen time I have is not as important."

Kenneth & Tavia Candidates to become HK Tourism Ambassadors

[Mingpao] In other news: Peter Lam, the founder of Media Asia Entertainment Group, will take over as the chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) next month. Earlier he expressed his personal relationships in the entertainment circle would really be useful in the work of HKTB. In the future, he hopes to invite several HK artist volunteers to help promote HK Tourism. Some of the artists he has in mind are Miriam Yeung, Charlene Choi, Tavia Yeung and Kenneth Ma.

As the winner of the 'Most Outstanding TV Actress' award, Tavia smiled and said she would choose her on-screen partner Kenneth Ma to be the HK Tourism ambassador with her. She said: "Although I don't really do travel shows, but I usually shoot a lot of TV series, if Kenneth and I could extend our on-screen partnership from TV series to travel shows, then wouldn't that be amazing!" Kenneth agreed with Tavia entirely and is more than willing to be a travel ambassador to help promote HK Tourism.


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