Monday, June 1, 2009

Rosy Business: At last, a TVB hit show again

At last, after a couple of months of lukewarm ratings figures, Hong Kong’s TVB network had a program that attracted a decent audience. The costume drama Rosy Business (巾幗梟雄), despite a slow start, steadily picked up viewers, and gained an extremely healthy 42 points in its last week, including a high of 47 points for the final episode. That translates into 3 million Hong Kong viewers who tuned into the show, and came close to breaking the ratings record set by the Korean drama Jewels in the Palace and Moonlight Resonance.

Inspired by a mainland CCTV TV series The Grand Gate Mansion, rather than the other way around as is usually the case, the period drama unfolds in 1800s China and follows the fortunes of a wealthy rice merchant and his family. It starred Sheren Tang (邓萃雯: Dèng Cuìwén) and Wayne Lai (黎耀祥: Li Yao Xiang) in central roles, as well as veteran Hong Kong actor Eric Ngok as the family patriarch and rising star Ron Ng.

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