Even though I don’t even really like watching dramas anymore, because tv is a draggy medium, I wanted to spend some time recapping the series coming out this summer. I’m doing this because I feel like non-wuxia Chinese dramas need more love. More than mainland music or mainland movies. Chinese television has been a well established industry much earlier than either of those mediums, and there are some really great series, that for the life of me I don’t understand how they are so unknown. I also just like being snarky and recapping is a nice chance to do that.
And luckily this is summer, which means slightly more free time for me, there are plenty of exciting releases with a variety of subjects . You can vote more than once, but please limit your choice to two. I have more information for these series below the cut.
Disclaimer, the poll is for my reference only and may not actually influence me to recap, depending on when the series airs, in conjunction with my schedule.
Also this is only a small sampling of what will actually be airing in China this summer. I cut out all wuxia dramas and dramas that I don’t think fit the demographic of visitors to this site. If you had a series you liked that’s not on this list, then sorry.
In the order I believe they are appearing:
An Xiang – Wang Luodan, Huang Xiaoming
Mystery and romance are intertwined in this series about a family with demons and secrets.
A Tribute to Stephen Chow – Jing Boran (BOBO), Yang Zi
Parody of Stephen Chow movies; very tongue in cheek
Chinese Paladin 3 – Hu Ge, Yang Mi
Fantasy series based on a Chinese RPG
Nonstop – BOBO
Sitcom about teenagers produced by SMG and Korea’s MBC.
Nv Lang Zhi Nv – Ady An Yixuan and Tian Liang
Ancient drama based on ancient Chinese folklore
Always Smile! – Ming Dao, Zhang Jiani
Modern day Hunan TV romance series revolving around a hotel
Infernal Lovers – Deng Jiajia, Mike He, Jing Dong
Idol/ serious mainland drama mix, produced by bigshots across the strait. Period drama.
Meteor Shower – Zhang Han, Zheng Shuang, Yu Haoming