Kate Tsui (徐子珊) may be on her way to be TVB’s next big sister.
Sources say that the 35-year-old’s TVB contract will be ending this May, but the actress is currently negotiating a renewal with the station. With top stars leaving one by one, TVB is willing to step up the game to prevent another mass talent drain.
According to Jayne Stars, Kate is reportedly in talks to renew her TVB contract for $1.2 million HKD, a 15 percent increase over her current contract.
To lure Kate to stay, TVB promised Kate that they will tailor-make a role for her, and will also cast her in an Anniversary drama production.
If Kate does say yes to the renewal, TVB will immediately start working on her new drama, which will be centered on women, and hopefully have it completed by the end of the year for the Christmas timeslot.
An insider said that while Kate is very interested in tackling the television industry outside of Hong Kong, she is not confident of her star power in the Mainland Chinese market.
The likelihood of Kate renewing her TVB contract is high. The currently-airing Smooth Talker <以和為貴> is Kate’s only drama of 2015, but if she renews her contract, more work will be coming her way.
With these new developments, it is expected of TVB will groom Kate to become Hong Kong’s next TV Queen.
Kate was close in winning Best Actress in 2012’s Highs and Lows <雷霆掃毒>, but lost the award to Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles <名媛望族> star Tavia Yeung (楊怡). However, Kate did manage to win the highly coveted My Favorite Female Character.
Linda Chung Demoted?
While prospects are looking good for Kate, TVB’s other top star, Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣), is reaching a decline in status.
Not only does Linda have to deal with her breakup rumors with Philip Ng (伍允龍), TVB is allegedly pushing Linda aside in order to promote Kate.
Linda will only guest star in Brother’s Keeper 2 <巨輪 II>, which is set to begin production at the end of the year. Grace Chan (陳凱琳) will instead star in a prominent role in the series.
The competition between Kate and Linda remains fierce for 2015.
Linda may find a new breakthrough in the upcoming Limelight Years <華麗轉身>, premiering in late April. She will also be leading in a new drama with Bosco Wong (黃宗澤), which will begin filming in June.