Promo Round-up: Weaving A Tale of Love

Fun fact: This is the first period show to premiere on primetime television since Legend of Xiao Chuo in November, and Hunan’s first primetime period show since Serenade of Joy in April 2020.

Weaving A Tale of Love 风起霓裳 (previously Bright Moon of the Tang Dynasty 大唐明月) apparently has nothing to do with the original novel, but Hunan TV’s teasers do make the show look appealing in its own right. The period romance stars Nazha as an imperial seamstress who wants to avenge her mother’s death and Xu Weizhou as her love interest. [Extended]

The 40 episode drama is a loose adaption of the first half of the novel, and releases 2 episodes every Sun-Thurs and 1 episode every Fri-Sat.

Teaser 1, Theme song by Zhou Shen

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Promo Round-up: Vacation of Love

Vacation of Love stars Yao Chen as a talent agent rejected by her crush – who also happens to be the singer she is managing (Zheng Yunlong). She becomes acquainted with the carefree Hou Hao (Bai Yu) while on holiday at Sanya, and a bickering romance begins.

The 36 episode drama airs daily on Beijing TV.

Insert song by Shen Yicheng, Ending theme by Liu Yuning

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Sisters Who Make Waves Season 2 premieres today

Michelle Chen, An Youqi (singer), Chen Xiaoyun, Alan Dawa Dolma (singer), Chen Zitong (singer),

Hugely popular variety show Sisters Who Make Waves is already back for a second season, and has brought in notable singers and actors Na Ying, Cecilia Cheung, Zhou Bichang & Wang Ou among others as contestants (full list below). The variety show releases 1 episode every Friday at 12pm (CN time), and should be up on Hunan TV’s official Youtube a few hours later.

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Zheng Shuang becomes the first artist to be publicly blacklisted by regulators

Zheng Shuang

Controversial actress Zheng Shuang, best known for her roles in Meteor Shower, Mural and Love O2O, has been condemned and banned, in writing, from future onscreen appearances by television and film regulator NRTA (formerly SARFT). The actress has been making headlines over the past few days for the use of surrogacy in the US (China has a de facto ban on all forms of surrogacy) and allegedly planning to abandon her children, who are currently in the US with her ex-husband.

The regulators have their own double standards when it comes to blacklisting artists, though this is the first time they have published an official editorial. Her upcoming dramas A Chinese Ghost Story (opposite Hou Minghao) and Masked probably won’t be able to broadcast unless they use AI to replace the actress, much like what The Message and The Glorious Era did after Zhao Lixin was quietly blacklisted.

Photoshoot round-up: Douyin Star Night

Guan Xiaotong

Studios have released perfectly photoshopped pictures of their stars ahead of the broadcast of Douyin’s event (although it probably isn’t getting the level of attention it would like at the moment…). Catch the stars on the red carpet now at Youku.

Red carpet compilation: Ladies & Gents

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Yang Yang, Dilraba’s You Are My Glory releases behind-the-scenes special

You Are My Glory wrapped up filming last week, and has just released a promo where the main cast farewell their characters. Starring Yang Yang and Dilraba in a romance between a space engineer and a top star, the 27 episode drama should air on Tencent later this year.

Yu Tu x Qiao Jingjing