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[Hong Kong TVB Drama 2012] Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles 名媛望族

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Details:
Title: 名媛望族 / Ming Wun Mong Zuk
English title: Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles
Producer: 
 Chong Wai Kein
Genre: Pre-modern, Drama, Family
Episodes: 40
Production Company: TVB 
Broadcast period: October 22, 2012

Cast:
Damian Lau
Idy Chan
Kenneth Ma
Tavia Yeung
Ron Ng
Rebecca Zhu
Elena Kong
Mary Hon
Sire Ma
Vincent Wong
JJ Jia
Shek Sau
Charmaine Li
Chan Wing Chun
Lily Lee
Stephen Huynh
Bak Yan
Sammy Sum

Synopsis:
The 1930s Hong Kong is the time of the East and West cultural shock. Women start fighting for their rights and status, changing the 'men superior to women' image. Famous barrister CHUNG CHEUK MAN (Damien Lau) studied in England and lives a British lifestyle, but inside he's actually a traditional Chinese man. He married several wives to show off his power and upper class status. First wife KOO SUM LAN (Mary Hon) was a rich girl, second wife is former Qing dynasty princess YEE YIN (Idy Chan), third wife came from a family that owned banks YIK YI FONG (Elena Kong), fourth wife is famous Damadan HONG TZE KWAN (Tavia Yeung) and the fifth wife CHUI DAN DAN (JJ Jia), an vanity admiring woman. However, MAN only loves TZE KWAN, but because she's fighting for women rights, she often gets into a conflict of interest with him. Because MAN is a strict and authoritarian father, his two sons CHUNG KAI SAN (Kenneth Ma) and CHUNG KAI WAH (Vincent Wong) eventually starts going against him. His daughter CHUNG HO YEE (Sire Ma) gave up everything to marry a poor police officer (Adrian Chau). Meanwhile, the girl who KAM MUK SHUI (Ron Ng) loves, KWAI SIU YAU (Rebecca Zhu), marries into the Chung family to start her plan for revenge. This wealthy and prominent family may seem warm on the surface, but in reality they are are scattered and disunited. (aZnangel) 

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    edited October 2012

    Damian Lau Gives Way to Younger People for Awards
    Tuesday October 16, 2012 Hong Kong
    Credits: to hyn5 @ http://hyn5-hyn5.blogspot.com


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    Artiste Damian Lau attended a charity ball. As one of the hot contenders for TV king, he laughingly said that he has already been hot for a long time: "Hot to a boil". When it was mentioned that this year is 'one person, one vote' public voting with character actors' chances being greater, he said, "I'm already at this age! Leave the awards to the younger people". He also expressed that he thinks highly of Tavia Yeung and Kenneth Ma, who are also in "Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles". When it was said that his good friend, Michelle Yim, is also one of the hot contenders for TV queen, he immediately said, "She is not in my series...don't care". 

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    Damien Lau supports Kenneth Ma & Tavia Yeung to get the Awards
    Tuesday October 16, 2012
    Source: Mingpao
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums/

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    The TVB Anniversary Awards battle is getting more and more heated. This year the audience gets to vote for the TV King and Queen, the head of TVB's Variety Shows department (Yu Wing Shan) reveals the details for the public voting will conclude within the next two weeks. Currently, there are no problems with the technology. She explained they must resolve the technical problems to prevent online hackers from coming in again. She also revealed not all the awards will be up for public voting. Audience my get a few days to cast their votes, instead of opening up the polls that evening. The details regarding this matter is still in discussion.

    This year's hot favorite for TV Queen, Tavia Yeung, was rumored that she's using 'cheap' tactics to crackdown her competitor Kate Tsui. She asked her boyfriend Him Law to sign a TVB contract in exchange for the award. Yesterday the cast of anniversary series Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles including Tavia, Damien Lau, Kenneth Ma, Ron Ng, Rebecca Zhu, Sire Ma, JJ Jia and Elena Kong attended the promotional event. Damien is also seen as a favorite for the TV King award, he laughed: "I've been a favorite for many years! But leave it for the younger generation. At this age, awards aren't as important to me. I support Kenneth Ma and Tavia this year. (Michelle Yim is a hot favorite too.) She's not in my series, I don't care about her."

    Yesterday at the promotion, Damien's five 'wives' gave him a kiss and the event organizers prepared a cake to celebrate his 63rd birthday. After the ladies gave Damien kisses, there were lipstick marks left on his cheeks.

    Recently a magazine reported Tavia wanted to defeat her strongest TV Queen competitor, Kate Tsui, so rumored boyfriend Him Law signed a 'lifelong' contract with TVB in exchange for the award. In regards to this, Tavia said: "I think that is really funny. I've been in the industry for so long, I signed a 'lifelong' contract long ago, then how come TVB hasn't given me the award? The report is purely fabricated, the media said I used 'cheap tactics to kill Kate', but I'm good buddies with Kate, and I don't want fabricated news to affect our relationship." When asked if she thinks Kate is her greatest competitor? Tavia said she's not anxious for the award. Did she talk to Him about a 'lifelong' contract with TVB? "Nothing to talk about, I didn't ask if its true or not. I don't care about that, just as long as TVB helps us earn more money. (Do you support Him signing a TVB contact?) I 'sold' myself already, but everyone has the right to choose, just as long as he's happy." 


    Tavia Yeung and Kate Tsui vie for top TVB award


    Both actresses are said to be in the running for top honours at the TV station's annual awards ceremony

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    With the year drawing to an end, speculations over the nomination list for the year-end TVB awards sees competition heat up between two hot favorite actress, Tavia Yeung and Kate Tsui.

    Speculations are brewing that Raymond Lam and Tavia Yeung will be internally crowned as Best Actor and Best Actress this year. A Hong Kong entertainment magazine has also backed up the rumor and revealed a list containing this year's TVB award winners.
    It is known that TVB's management arranged for Tavia's upcoming drama, Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles, to be aired closer to the date of the annual awards ceremony in order to build favorable publicity for her.

    However, the impressive performance of former Miss Hong Kong, Kate Tsui in Highs and Lows, will prove to be a tough competitor for Tavia. The 33-year-old has garnered rave reviews from the public for her turn as a "drug queen" in the show.

    Worried of losing out the Best Actress award to Kate, Tavia reportedly persuaded her rumored boyfriend, Him Law, to put on a front and work with her as an on-screen couple for TVB. This move is seen as an act to salvage her image after her recent alleged intimate behavior with Him in a car.
    Responding to accusations where she called Kate an "inexperienced, mean-looking and unpopular," artiste, Tavia, 33, replied, "I'm friends with Kate and not afraid to be compared [to Kate], but I've no time to watch her drama, thus I cannot comment on her performance."
    Kate, on the other hand, made light of the rumors and referred it as a "publicity stunt" that happens every year.


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    Kenneth Ma Rushes to the Bridal Chamber with Rebecca Zhu

    Sunday October 21, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Mingpao
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums/

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    Yesterday Damian Lau, Tavia Yeung, Ron Ng, Kenneth Ma, Rebecca Zhu, Vincent Wong, Jess Shum and the other cast of TVB anniversary series Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles took part in the promotional event. The three couples from the series were dressed in wedding attire. When Kenneth read out the marriage vow to Rebecca, he frankly expressed he's in a rush to go to the 'bridal chamber' (洞房) and then joked to his 'love rival' Ron Ng, "I get her body, you get her heart!" This left Ron in embarrassment. During the games, the grooms were blindfolded and had to guess who their bride was by feeling their hands. Kenneth appeared very antsy, no matter if it was a man or woman, he grabbed everybody's hand to touch. In the end, Kenneth successfully guessed who Rebecca was just by feeling her pair of hands.

    Tavia attended the promotion with a leg injury, but when she changed into the wedding dress, she still displayed a blessed look on her face. She expressed although she has worn wedding dresses several times, she is still looking forward to her future marriage, "When I was younger, I envisioned myself getting married and having children at age 25, but now I don't really think about it anymore. Leave it all to fate. A life with just two people isn't bad either." Tavia believed children aren't used to keep her other half. When asked if she has met her Mr. Right yet? Tavia said: "I hope. (Him Law?) Still in the observation stage, need some time to get to know him more. Work is the priority now." When speaking of Him's recent rumor with a girl from Beijing? Tavia casts her vote of trust for him, "I just think this is fabricated news. There is no need to ask or mention it. It's old news, nothing special. This month is 'fabricated news month'. After all, he is a person worth my trust."

    Jess Shum was spotted on a date with her new wealthy boyfriend. She smiled and said since youth, she spends a lot of time dreaming of her future wedding, but she and her boyfriend just started dating, so there are no plans for marriage yet.

    Also, it's been a while since 'Siu Long Lui' Idy Chan has participated in a TV series. She hoped everyone will not think too excessively of the old times, she said: "Siu Long Lui is too long ago, I'm not at the suitable age to be her anymore. Nobody should be out of touch with reality, it's not practical!"

    Just For Fun
    Tavia asked on Weibo: "Who do I match most with?" (Damien, Ron, Ben or Kenneth)
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    Netizens Ignore 'Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles' Plot, Busy Looking at Tavia Yeung's Nose

    Tuesday October 23, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Mingpao
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums/

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    Tavia Yeung's "Pinocchio's Nose" is often a hot topic for Netizens. It had been rumored several times that she got plastic surgery and in her latest TVB series Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles in which she stars in, her nose became a hot topic once again. Netizens said Tavia's nose stands out too much. Many have been busy studying her nose rather than paying attention to the actual plot of the series. One Netizen even changed the title of the series from "名媛望族" to "名媛望鼻" (High Status Women Watching the Nose) teasing that everyone is just busy looking at the nose rather than watching the series.

    Tavia is heavily supported to become this year's TV Queen, but Netizens said with disappointment that her performance so far has just been average, nothing special. This series is Rebecca Zhu's debut, but Netizens said her acting is too stiff and teased that her Cantonese is no good. She needs to really working on improving.

    In the series, Damian Lau, Kenneth Ma and Vincent Wong have many English lines to accommodate that time period, but a majority of the Netizens thought there was too much use of English. 

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    Kenneth Ma's Wave in "Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles" Dependent on Clips

    Saturday October 27, 2012 Hong Kong

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    Kenneth Ma is temporarily not as eye-catching as his promiscuous father, Damian Lau, in "Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles"; however, Kenneth's hairstyle is very eye-catching. Yesterday, a netizen posted a picture of him before his hair was set. Actually very cute...used three big hair clips to create a wave...like a young lady. Afterward, someone put Kenneth's wave and added two variation versions--one was Kazuhiko Hanawa, while the other was Astro Boy. All three having this hairstyle...definitely full of cuteness.


    According to an expert, Kenneth's hairstyle is called a 'finger wave'...a traditional hairstyle, which is a basic skill that must be learned by those learning how to set hairstyles. Tang Wei also had this in "Lust, Caution". 

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    Source: Mingpao, Oriental Daily, CSM (by wacow)
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums/

    TVB Rating Reports (22/10/2012 - 28/10/2012)

    Dramas
    Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles - 名媛望族 (EPS 01-06) - 29 PTS (Peaking at 35 PTS)

    Highs and Lows - 雷霆掃毒 (EPS 20-23) - 29 PTS

    Come Home Love - 爱·回家 (EPS 114-118) - 25 PTS 

    (CSM Media Research: 1 point represents 64,070 viewers)

    Complaints
    - SSSS: 32 complaints. Too many kissing and erotic scenes - morally offensive and not suitable to be shown on prime time hours; Displeased by the overuse of fur in the costumes; Plot is inconsistent with history; Too many English lines and the actors mispronounced the English words; Displeased by the colonial landscaping; Didn't like the 2HR premiere.
    - Highs and Lows: 14 complaints. The story is illogical and damages HK police's reputation; Displeased that the gang rape scene was cut; Displeased that the series used the gang rape scene to promote better ratings.

    Response
    - Damian Lau denied the 'erotic' scenes in SSSS. "Write it however they want, it’s just their own wishful thoughts!" Regarding the daring intimate scenes with Tavia, first Tavia bites Damian's lip and then seduces him to sleep with her, but there wasn't a generation gap between them. Damian said: "Actually I've done kiss scenes before, it's really nothing. We communicated before the shoot. (Awkward?) Acting is a form of artwork. I don't see it is an erotic drama. Asking me this question, is just like asking a painter of their reaction to drawing nude women."
    - SSSS producer (Chong Wai Kin): "The erotic scenes are suppose to convey the supremacy of men during that time period." 

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    edited November 2012

    Him Law Praises Tavia Yeung Did Well in 'Lip-Biting Kiss' Scene

    Thursday November 1, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums/

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    Spoiler:
    Him Law and Ella Koon attended a Fashion Walk Halloween event held in downtown Causeway Bay. Ella appeared dressed in a black tube dress and 6-inch heels, linking arms with Him Law, who had on a suit. Ella exposed she once dressed up like a big fat man with a 60 inch waist measurement for Halloween, even her friends couldn't recognize her. As for Him, he is currently rushing to finish shooting his new film Young and Dangerous Reloaded, then he'll be heading to London and Paris for TVB series Triumph in the Skies II shooting next month. When asked if that means he won't get to see rumored girlfriend Tavia Yeung? He said: "I won't be seeing any of my friends until I get back. Friends have told me to buy souvenirs for them. (Count your 'girlfriend' in too?) Everyone will get one!" In regards to the TV Queen battle, Tavia is one of the hot favorites? Him strongly supported her as well, "I think she's a popular pick too, I will support her."

    He also expressed he's watching Tavia's new series Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles too. When asked if he paid attention to his 'girlfriend' and Damian Lau's lip-biting kiss scene? He said: "I believe it's just required for the scene, doesn't matter. She's doing very well! " 
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    Rebecca Zhu on Kiss Scenes: Kenneth Ma Is Implicit, Ron Ng is Direct

    Thursday November 1, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums/

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    Miss Hong Kong 2011 Rebecca Zhu makes her TVB series debut in the latest anniversary series Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles, where she had kiss scenes with both Kenneth Ma and Ron Ng. The two Siu Sangs each have their own way to kiss. Kenneth's kisses are more implicit, while Ron is more direct and unrestrained. However, Rebecca had no feelings after the kisses.

    Rebecca Zhu's role in the 40 episode long anniversary series was initially given to Fala Chen, but due to her health condition, Rebecca replaced Fala. She has screen time from beginning to end and gets entangled in a love triangle with Kenneth and Ron. In the series, Rebecca first had a kiss scene with Kenneth and then with Ron. However, the two Siu Sangs kiss differently.

    She expressed the two actors each have their own way of kissing, she expressed: "Kenneth will communicate with me in advance and ask if I had any problems with kissing on the lips. If I minded, he could change the kiss to the forehead, but in the end we had a peak on the lips. That was my first kiss scene, but actually I was more nervous about forgetting my lines than the kiss."

    On the contrary, Ron is a lot more direct. Rebecca laughed: "My kiss scene with Ron was intense. We were kissing on foot until we dropped on the bed. We didn't communicate at all prior to the scene, once the cameras started rolling, we began kissing. I wasn't prepared at all and we had to create a passionate kiss effect, but we completed the scene in one take. It seems like Ron has some good experience with kiss scenes." Although she got to kiss two Siu Sangs, but Rebecca said because she was so into character, she didn't have any feelings whatsoever after the kiss scenes ended.

    Ron really attracts rumors, he had been rumored with almost all of his female co-stars. When asked if she's worried she'll get rumors with Ron too? She said: "Nope. Actually he's very concentrated on his work and is very cool. He doesn't really speak, so I don't understand how he gets so many rumors."
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    Damian is the dark horse for the TV King title this year?
    Friday November 2, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily, Mingpao, Weibo (images)
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

    It was said Damian is the dark horse for the TV King title this year? He laughed and said he doesn't want the award: "Humans fear fame, Pigs fear becoming fat. I just want to stick to acting. This time, I'm actually very anxious about the areas I'm insufficient on. (The ending of this series had been exposed already?) You have to watch the whole story first, just knowing the ending is useless. (Shoot another TV series?) TVB hasn't given me anything yet, but if there is something I want to participate." A magazine published photos of Damian and a 30 something year old woman at the racecourse. At the time, the woman grabbed his arm and when reporters started taking pictures, she quickly stepped back. Damian said helplessly: "Those pictures were taken earlier this year, around February or March. She was pregnant at the time, so I just helped her out. She's already a mother now. I just think this rumor is funny. Just think of it as a benefit for me! Help promotes the series!"

    Also, TVB received 2 complaints yesterday on the disturbing sex scenes. The HK OFCA (Office of Communication Authority) received over 20 complaints in the past week for the series having too many sex and smoking scenes, some where erotic and violent. Damian expressed: "Educates Netizens not to just focus on the sex scenes! Also, Tavia's nose didn't bother me either. This is unfair to the artists, we should all be watching and focusing on her acting, don't be so silly!" 

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    'Silver Spoons Sterling Shackles' Scenes Too Intense, 4 Episodes Were Cut

    Saturday November 3, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Mingpao Weekly, HKChannel (scans)
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

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    Popular TV Queen candidate Tavia Yeung challenges Kate Tsui's 1 second gang rape scene in Highs and Lows with her 1 minute 'lip-biting' kiss scene with Damian Lau in anniversary series Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles (SSSS). In terms of momentum, apparently Tavia is riding the winds. It was understood, the SSSS scenes are going to get more and more intense as more episodes broadcast. In the later episodes, Tavia will have a rape scene as well and Elena Kong won't be weak either as she'll have intense kiss and intimate scenes with Ron Ng. It was said Damian and the kiss scenes with his 4 wives were developed by the artists themselves and wasn't in the script.

    When TVB first started shooting SSSS, Ricky Wong from CTI was already in the process of his mass recruitment, therefore SSSS lacked behind-the-scenes crew. Usually a 40 episode series requires at least 7-8 directors, but TVB only had 4 directors and there were several new scriptwriters in the crew. It was understood, Damian participated in developing the script and dialogue and actively tried to communicate with everyone in the crew.

    Damian frankly expressed he handled several different relationships, which was quite challenging. "One person having to look after so many people, that can get very complicated, so of course I had to go communicate with the others. Everyone in the Chung Family was part of the group chat, which gave us all more opportunities to communicate." Did he add on the kiss scenes with Tavia, Elena and his other wives himself? Did he communicate with them on how they should shoot these type of scenes beforehand? "We all must have communication. If it wasn't useful, then they wouldn't have listened to me. Actually we just used the most concise way to convey the different relationships I had with the four wives. The first episode clearly explained how my relationship was with the first three wives. Just like third wife, Elena Kong, she likes to take initiatives and I take a lot of initiatives with second wife Idy Chan. First wife, Mary Hon, I don't even care about her. The first episode conveys my relationships with the wives before unfolding the actual story."

    Regarding the rumor that Damian came up with the dialogue and the details for every segment of the series? He denied: "It's like that for every series, we communicate during the course of the production. It is not that artists do whatever they are told to do and can't put their own creativity into it. It is just like someone gives you the resources, you can't change anything and just have to write it in that way, would that be fine with you? Not really."

    Producer Chong Wai Kin expressed: "The script is written with all the scenes that each character has. For example, Tavia and Damian's kiss scene, they had to express feelings of love and hate, that will rely on their communication. There are actually less than five of those so-called 'heavy aftertaste' scenes in the entire series. Also, we had cut out a lot of scenes, like the explanation for Tavia thinking she's infertile was because of her past. Back then when she was working her way up to become the lead Peking opera singer, she actually got raped before. We will only be broadcasting her flashback after she had been raped and the scene just shows her sitting by her rapist crying. We just had a very short scene to explain it. The kiss scenes were the same. A lot of the lip-biting scene between Tavia and Damian were cut. In addition, there was a scene where Bella Lam, who plays Rebecca Zhu's younger sister commits suicide by biting her tongue, but several parts of that scene was cut because it was too terrifying. Actually, we cut four episodes worth of scenes."

    As the discussion topics for Tavia is just circling around the "heavy aftertaste" scenes, Tavia said: "It's just a talking point. The scene is necessary for the plot because men during that time period had several wives. Women had to do everything they could to keep the man's heart. As the lip-biting kiss scene was the most memorable, Tavia expressed it's not only memorable for the audience, but also a memorable moment for her while she was shooting the scene. Was the scene really added in by Damian or was it part of the script? She said: "Actually the script did say we would kiss, and I chatted with Damian about it prior to the shoot. We discussed if I also bite his lip, it would better convey how much more character loves and hates him."

    Elena responded to her seductive lap dancing scene, she said: "In fact, Damian and I learned from a dance instructor because I don't know how to dance at all. The outcome was pretty good, since I've always been on the tomboy side, so this dance showed another side of me. As for the 'heavy aftertaste scenes', I believe its because audience rarely sees Damian, Tavia and I do such scenes. Later in the series, when Damian starts neglecting me, I hook up with Ron Ng and we have a heated kiss scene."


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    edited November 2012
    Source: The Sun, CSM (by wacow)
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums/

    TVB Rating Reports (29/10/2012 - 04/11/2012)

    Dramas
    Highs and Lows Finale - 雷霆掃毒大結局 (EPS 29-30) (2HRS SUNDAY) - 35 PTS (Peaking at 38 PTS)


    Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles - 名媛望族 (EPS 07-11) - 29 PTS (Peaking at 31 PTS)

    Come Home Love - 爱·回家 (EPS 119-123) - 26 PTS

    (CSM Media Research: 1 point represents 64,070 viewers)

    Complaints
    - Highs and Lows, 32 complaints. Last week, audience complained the plot was unreasonable, no new concepts, it was just repeating, too bloody and violent, and the ending was bad, it was too tragic. Others complained that the series damages the police's reputation, promotes drug use and the Chinese-English mix in the series was not strongly unlikeable. There were several "odd" scenes in the finale, such as Ben Wong was surrounded by over 20 police officers, but was still able to escape without a trace; Kate Tsui was tied up in the car, but she easily broke free, etc.
    - SSSS, 14 complaints. TVB received 5 complaints by phone and 5 by email. Audience complained that there were too many sex and smoking scenes; the screen time was distributed unevenly and the content is morally offensive. It is not suitable to broadcast during prime time; There were too many English dialogue and the pronunciations were incorrect; Some were displeased by the excessive use of real fur in the costumes. 
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    Kenneth Ma Running for TV King: Will Not Rally for Votes

    Monday November 5, 2012 Hong Kong

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    Kenneth Ma attended a radio station to promote the new series "Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles". As for the new series' focus falling on Damian Lau, he said, "That's normal. My line with Rebecca Zhu has just begun!" When asked whether he had confidence in winning TV king, he frankly pointed that "The Hippocratic Crush" was released too early: "Because it aired earlier, it's at slight disadvantage. (Rally for votes?) I feel that telling others to vote for myself would be very awkward!" 

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    TVB Plays with 'Gang Rape' Again, Netizens Criticize Lacks Seriousness & Creativity

    Friday November 9, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily, On.cc, HKChannel
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net
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    Recently there has been some 'heavy after taste' in TVB series. It appears TVB is trying to boost the TV ratings with a chain of rape scenes! Earlier there was Kate Tsui's 'one second gang rape' scene in Highs and Lows and yesterday Tavia Yeung gets 'raped' by three men in anniversary series Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles. Her rapist played by Law Mong forcefully took her virginity, then laughed lasciviously, "Looks like you're still a virgin!" In the series, the rapist seriously wounded Tavia's character and she became infertile.

    Netizens were outraged and criticized TVB's rape scenes, making it seem as if the production is not taken seriously. Netizens scolded: "It's either a 1 second scene or it's pitch black!" Additionally, Netizens were upset and disappointed that TVB's recent series have so much 'heavy after taste', lacks creativity and many scenes are inconsistent too!

    As Ella Koon said before, audience are psychos for wanting to see rape scenes. In fact, TVB is the most psychotic. Aside from Kate and Tavia, earlier Aimee Chan had a rape scene in The Last Steep of Ascent and she ended up becoming pregnant as a result. In addition, there are still two more unreleased series that have rape scenes in it. These include Natalie Tong in Detective Columbo and Samantha Ko in Friendly Fire. Natalie joked: "I do pretty well in rape scenes, and I'm getting a hang of seducing others too." TVB, enough raping already, isn't it time to put a stop to it? 

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    Source: Mingpao, CSM (by wacow )
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

    TVB Rating Reports (05/11/2012 - 11/11/2012)

    Dramas
    The Confidant - 大太監 (EPS 01-06) - 31 PTS (Peaking at 36 PTS)

    Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles - 名媛望族 (EPS 12-15) - 29 PTS

    Come Home Love - 爱·回家 (EPS 124-128) - 27 PTS

    (CSM Media Research: 1 point represents 64,070 viewers)

    Notes
    - The Confidant: 3 complaints on the random personality changes made to historical characters.
    - SSSS appears to be more popular in Mainland. It is currently in 9th place on a Mainland streaming site and continues on a strong trend, there is hope the series can make it to top 3. TVB deputy of foreign affairs (Mr. Tsang Sing Ming) expressed perhaps because the series filmed in Shanghai, so the local audience there feel more attached and interested. 

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    Source: CSM (by wacow), Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

    TVB Rating Reports (12/11/2012 - 18/12/2012)

    Dramas
    The Confidant - 大太監 (EPS 07-11) - 31 PTS (Peaking at 33 PTS)

    Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles - 名媛望族 (EPS 16-20) - 28 PTS

    Come Home Love - 爱·回家 (EPS 129-133) - 25 PTS

    Complaints
    - SSSS, 8 complaints on the morally offensive plot and too many scenes were cut.

    (CSM Media Research: 1 point represents 64,070 viewers) 

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    Source: On.cc, HKChannel
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

    TVB Rating Reports (19/11/2012 - 25/11/2012)

    Dramas
    The Confidant - 大太監 (EPS 12-15) - 31 PTS (Peaking at 36 PTS)

    Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles - 名媛望族 (EPS 21-24) - 28 PTS

    Come Home Love - 愛·回家 (EPS 134-137) - 25 PTS

    Special
    TVB 45th Anniversary Gala 2012 - 萬千星輝頒獎典禮2012 (MONDAY) - 34 PTS (Peaking at 36 PTS)

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    Elena Kong Fears Following Joyce Cheng's Footsteps After Kissing Ron Ng
    Friday November 30, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net
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    Yesterday Tavia Yeung, Elena Kong, JJ Jia, Kenneth Ma, Damian Lau, Ben Wong and the rest of the cast of attended Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles'Christmas event. Tavia had noticeable pimples on her face and forehead, but she denied she got pimples because the TV Queen battle is stressing her out. She said: "Just have to look after my health more, endocrine disorders and hormone imbalance." Tavia is heading over to Malaysia for the Astro TVB Awardssoon, she said: "I do have confidence. (Engage in a skirmish?) I hope to get the award too, but then again I'm afraid if I get the Astro award, I wont' get the one in HK." It was said Kate Tsui was paid more than Tavia at an earlier event they attended together. It seems like Tavia doesn't mind at all, she said: "I don't know how much she was paid, but its pretty good, keep it going, work together and earn more money!"

    In last night's episode of SSSS, Elena had a face-to-face 'risk of kiss' scene with Ron Ng. She reveals actually there will be an actual kiss scene to broadcast later, but she's already feeling the 'repercussions'. She said: "Earlier I got some very nasty comments from fans, they said I'm an old cow trying to eat tender grass. (Hard to take?) It's funny! Of course we are at different levels. I've heard there was big reactions when Joyce Cheng kissed Ron years ago, but the audience nowadays are clever, they know how to distinguish." As for her boyfriend (Ng Kwan Cheung) spotted with Chinese singer Mandy Yan at a night club? Elena said: "That's pretty funny too. I trust my boyfriend 100%, the photos were forced to make it look like they were kissing. Basically they have known each other for many years, I know her too. ('Heavy Aftertaste' for boyfriend?) The heavy aftertaste is more on me, just blame it on my black stocking seducing scene, got me some headlines and now even my boyfriend gets dragged into it. (You used black stockings to seduce your boyfriend too?) Why do I have to do that? Once he sees me, he already thinks I'm hot and can't hold it!"

    As for JJ Jia, last night she showed off her long 'career line', seduced and kissed Damian Lau. She said: "Accidentally ran into him and kissed him. Damian is quite attractive. (You wanted more?) No, I just can't believe I could kiss my idol." As for Damian, he said: "They're all just kissing me, not me kissing them. You all shouldn't talk about this and lowering the level. When it comes to exotic films, nobody talks about it and just talks about the picture, it's so strange." 

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    TVB Rating Reports (26/11/2012 - 02/12/2012)


    Dramas
    The Confidant - 大太監 (EPS 16-20) - 30 PTS (Peaking at 33 PTS)

    Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles - 名媛望族 (EPS 25-29) - 29 PTS (Peaking at 32 PTS)

    Come Home Love - 愛·回家 (EPS 138-142) - 25 PTS

    (CSM Media Research: 1 point represents 64,070 viewers) 

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    Stitch Surprisingly Spotted in 'Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles'

    Wednesday December 12, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Mingpao
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

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    TVB series Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles has entered its finale week. Idy Chan and Damian Lau's goodbye scene last night touched the hearts of many. However, in the scene when Idy was leaving the mansion, the purse she carried had a design that looked similar to the Disney cartoon character Stitch (Lilo & Stitch). The screen capture circulated all over the internet, Netizens said: "TVB is trying to be funny again, Stitch spotted in SSSS." The number of "Like" for the screen capture rapidly increased. Netizens commented Stitch is even older than Mickey Mouse since its seen in the pre-modern era. Taking a closer look at the purse, the design just looks like Stitch. Netizens sure have great imaginations that could attract such a cute misunderstanding. 

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    The 'Silver Spoon Sterling Shackles' Cries Watching the Finale

    Saturday December 15, 2012 Hong Kong
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net
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    Last night Tavia Yeung, Damien Lau, Kenneth Ma, Sire Ma and the rest of the cast of TVB series Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackle watched the finale with the audience. During the finale, there were a lot of flashback scenes, which was heavily criticized by Netizens that the story dragged on for too long. The men in the series got on their knees a total of 7 times in front of the women, Netizens said they looked like "the great classic of tragic men". However, the cast watching the finale including Sire Ma, Jessie Shum, Rebecca Zhu and Elena Kong were all tearing up and had to use tissues too.

    Damian expressed he's ready to lose the TV King award, but will vote for Kenneth Ma and Tavia Yeung. When Tavia heard this, she said confidently: "I'm his wife! He has to vote for me! I hope the finale tonight gets high ratings, so we could find time to celebrate together. Also, I haven't celebrated after coming back from Malaysia. (Take the TVB award too and then celebrate altogether?) Let's just eat first, perhaps I'll get celebrate again! (Already celebrated with Him Law?) Happiness does not just have to be two people, nor is the achievements just on the award winner. There are also a large group of staff behind the scenes." Kenneth praised Damian's acting as "God level" and expressed the award is not important, he is grateful for all the advice Damian gave him. He smiled and said the award ceremony is like a big party to him. 

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    Source: Mingpao, KuangaiTVB
    Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

    TVB Rating Reports (10/12/2012-16/10/2012)

    Dramas:
    Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles - 名媛望族 (EPS 35-40 END) - 32 PTS (Friday Finale - 35 PTS, Peaking at 37 PTS)

    The Confidant Finale Week - 大太監 (EPS 26-29) (FINAL WEEK) - 31 PTS

    The Confidant - 大太監 (EPS 30-31) (SATURDAY) - 26 PTS

    The Confidant Finale - 大太監大結局 (EPS 32-33) (SUNDAY) - 35 PTS (Peaking at 37 PTS) 

    Complaints:
    - SSSS, 20 complaints: morally offensive plot, no "viewer discretion is advised" warning before the broadcast; Displeased with Ron Ng and Elena Kong's intense kiss scene, insulting to Ron Ng; finale got 9 complaints: too draggy, tragic and uncreative ending, sets a bad influence on children, story was inconsistent, inconsistent with history, artist's inaccurate pronunciations. Viewers felt it was a pity Damian and Idy Chan couldn't end up.
    - The Confidant: 8 complaints: Too many 4 character phrases, uncreative, story was inconsistent; finale got 4 complaints: too bloody, too violent, inconsistent with history 

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    Kenneth Ma dating Rebecca Zhu

    Wednesday December 19, 2012 Hong Kong

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    Rumour has is that Kenneth Ma has found new love in the form of his "Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles" co-star, Rebecca Zhu.

    As reported on Asianpopnews recently, tabloids claimed that the TVB Most Favourite Character winner was dating Rebecca secretly after he was spotted picking up and sending Rebecca home after the screening of their drama's finale at a shopping mall.

    The two were also often seen together offscreen throughout the course of the "Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles" filming.
    The actor was also always praising the 25-year-old actress' charming personality, and called her "Morning Zhu".

    Both Kenneth Ma and Rebecca Zhu have yet to make any comments regarding the rumours. 

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