Updates on the New Meteor Garden, Zhang Jie and Jackie Chan, Chen Chusheng, Guo Jingming and other EE Media/Hunan TV aka Mango TV related news.
Everything about the New Meteor Garden is still undecided, so here are the latest “news” flying around. The announcing of the casting of F4 has been moved back again, but the female lead has been chosen. She’s a nineteen-year-old from the Beijing Film Institute. The story will be significantly changed, with different names and backgrounds of each of the characters. For example, Rui might play the piano instead of the violin. Being forever Chinese, the drama will also be less violent and more inspirational. Domyouji has pretty much been confirmed as not from the Super Boys. But of course, as CFensi should’ve pounded into you by now, you can’t always trust what you read.
Chen Chusheng, who dissappeared on New Year’s Eve, held a press conference on the 16th in Beijing and stated that he will end his contract with EE Media. He was unhappy that he had to do so many commercial things when he just wants to make music. Chen Chusheng is a true musician, and a good one at that, but good luck finding a company that’ll let you “just make music.”
(sidenote: After Zhou Bichang’s contract with her second company ended on New Years, which makes her free again. However, she has yet to find a new company. Good luck to her, too.)
Searching– Chen Chusheng
Despite being nominated for 11 categories, Zhang Jie only won the Gold Melody award at the Chinese Pop Charts on the 13th. Nevertheless, he got a “special prize” from Jackie Chan, who came up to him afterwards and said,
I asked them to schedule it so that I can perform after you sang “Tian Xia”
Apparently, Jackie Chan watched Super Boys and was impressed by Zhang Jie’s singing, so he wanted to sing right after him. I’m not sure why singing before Jackie Chan is such a great honor, but being praised by him sure is.
Tian Xia– Zhang Jie
Guo Jingming was hired as the assistant editor-in-chief at the headquarters of one of the biggest publishing houses in China, Changjiang Press. He is the first author from the 80’s generation to hold such a high position. In addition to finishing Tiny Times 2.0, Guo Jingming also plans to introduce a new serial later this month through his magazine Top Novel. The new serial, named Jueji, will be a medieval fantasy. Meanwhile, fans are franatically analyzing the poster for clues to the plotline of Tiny Times, which apparently has turned into a very intense story of mystery and thriller. I would put up the poster, but it creeped me out.