2009 TVB series (Jan-June)

Title: The Gem Of Life
Episodes: 82
Main Stars: Gigi Lai, Ada Choi, Maggie Siu, Moses Chan, Bowie Lam, Wong Hei, Linda Chung, Bosco Wong
Recommendation: NO unless you have a LOT of time to watch this
Other Comments: The first half is really boring and there's a lot of business talk. It gets a little more interesting in the end so if they had managed to cut the whole series in half, it would have been better. Even for such a long series, they don't really develop the characters and the storyline properly. My favorite story line involved Wong Hei and Linda Chung but that's only a tiny portion of the series. Ada is really good here though.

Title: E.U.
Episodes: 30
Main Stars: Ron Ng, Sammul Chan, Michael Miu, Michael Tse, Kathy Chow
Recommendation: YES
Other Comments: I think this is my favorite series of the year. The whole story was really great and the acting is pretty good as well. This was also another breakout series for Michael Tse because his character got so popular that they based a movie around him!

Title: The Winter Melon Tale
Episodes: 20
Main Stars: Sunny Chan, Louisa So
Recommendation: NO
Other Comments: It's an ancient series revolving a fairy tale. If you liked, Ten Brothers, you'll probably like it but the whole thing was kind of silly. I did think it was cute but other people would probably not care for it much.

Title: The King of Snooker
Episodes: 20
Main Stars: Adam Cheng, Niki Chow, Patrick Tang, Joyce Tang
Recommendation: NO
Other Comments: If they had replaced Patrick Tang with a more handsome and better actor, it might have been more interesting because his acting is too bland to bring some life to this series. The couples were boring too and I barely remember what happened.

Title: Rosy Business
Episodes: 25
Main Stars: Wayne Lai, Sheren Teng, Ron Ng
Recommendation: YES
Other Comments: This is one series where most of the people can really act. Wayne and Sheren really deserved their Best Actor and Actress award! The story revolves around 4 wives fighting for power and Wayne tries and stand by Sheren through the whole thing. It's a great series that had me at the edge of my seat and there will be characters that you hate, that you love, and that you will cry and root for.

Title: Man In Charge
Episodes: 20
Main Stars: Kenneth Ma, Leila Tong, Kate Tsui
Recommendation: NO
Other Comments: This was filmed a long time ago as evidenced by Kate's really short bangs and chubbier face (and bad acting). I can't even remember how this ends but if you're a fan of Kenneth and Leila, then you should watch it.

Title: Just Love II
Episodes: 25
Main Stars: Jessica Hsuan, Sunny Chan, Joyce Tang, Johnson Lee
Recommendation: YES if you liked the first part
Other Comments: To be honest, I don't know why they chose this series of any of the TVB series to make a sequel for. Patrick Tang and Selena Li make a cameo in a few episodes in the beginning and the rest of the series is reminiscent of the first series in which cases are interwined with their family drama.

Title: The Threshold of A Persona
Episodes: 26
Main Stars: Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung
Recommendation: NO
Other Comments: This is another boring series so I would only recommend it if you are a fan of the stars. The story revolves around working in immigration, which isn't really the most fascinating topic.

Title: Sweetness in the Salt
Episodes: 25
Main Stars: Steven Ma, Tavia Yeung, Raymond Wong
Recommendation: YES
Other Comments: I love this series! My only gripe would be that they could have cut the series down to 20 episodes but other than that, I love the whole progression of the story. The love triange between the 3 main leads is one of the best I've seen TVB do because they don't make anyone the villian just so you would root for one side more than the other. I wish this series got better ratings because Raymond Wong did such a fantastic job with his character.

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