Paige Chua & Elvin Ng Show Their Support For James Seah As He Makes His Debut In The Heartland Hero
James also joked that his character "undergoes a facelift" the night his first episode aired.
Last week, Shane Pow said goodbye to his The Heartland Hero character, Zhong Yiyuan, a cute but loveable ex-convict, after 31 episodes.
Shane was originally scheduled to play Yiyuan for the length of the entire 130-episode drama. However, his contract with Mediacorp was terminated after it was reported that he had been booked for his second drink driving charge in April this year.
His involvement in The Heartland Hero was also prematurely terminated.
As with most longform dramas, future episodes are shot concurrently as the series airs. Therefore, even though Shane had already filmed 31 episodes as Zhong Yiyuan, the decision was made to have fellow actor James Seah replace Shane for the remainder of the show.
James’ first episode as Yiyuan aired today (Oct 19) on Ch 8.