Round-up of new TV available recently per request. English link is original streaming, Chinese is YouTube streaming.
Battle of Sing & War 唱战记 aka eeMedia musical – The music is great and the cast is pretty good looking, but the show really needs to get more fast-paced to be a weekly series. You can listen to the songs featured each episode here.
Boys studying room 男生学院自习室 (subbed) – I find it kind of disturbing how purposefully shippy these sit-coms are for a show with minors, but the show and TH Boys have succeeded where no other boybands have done so in China.
If I love you 如果我爱你 (Mingdao, Li Qin, Godfrey Gao, Hu Bing, Dijie, etc. ) You have to give Mingdao credit for his selflessness, because both of Zhang Han’s series produced by Mingdao are infinitely better than the ones starring Mingdao himself. The cast is gorgeous, but the story and characters are awkward at best. I ended up rewatching SOP Queen (also available subbed!) instead.
Peony 牡丹 – If you liked the stories in A Bite of China, then Peony is a must watch. From the story of a gardener who devotes her life to breeding the most pure yellow, to the man who scales cliffs to search for the rare wild peony, to a battle against ice and heat to keep the peonies alive, the team of A Bite of China focuses on the strengths and aspirations of individuals through their common love of a flower.
Bu Bu Jing Qing (subbed), Perfect Couple, and Gong III are all coming to an end. I still highly recommend Perfect Couple for the first twenty or so episodes of pure cuteness and also because this is the only series where I can’t help but ship the lead actors without even watching them interact in real life. BBJQ and Gong are just so incoherent throughout. Also watch the BBJQ cast on A Date with Luyu, Period’s Show and High! 2014, the Gong III cast on Happy Camp, and the Perfect Couple cast on really boring Internet interviews (unless you count Lu Yi’s cameo as being a cast member).
Flowers and Youth Divas Hits the Road 花儿与少年 – See how Liu tao is a grown-up version of the kind and hardworking Cindy and be angry for how poorly Zhang Han is treated. Also a lesson on what not to do on a trip in Italy and Spain. The cast was also on last weekend’s Happy Camp, where Zhang Han is the cutest thing ever when Zheng Shuang was mentioned. While you’re waiting for ep3, you can also play the 2048 game.
Daddy’s Home 爸爸回来了 Episode 2 – Watch Li Xiaopeng‘s daughter Olivia on the “balance beam” and breaking hearts of twin brothers while Wu Zun tells us his requirements for Neinei’s future boyfriend. Guest star today is Jing Boran, who serves up the daily gossip of Andy Lau with Wang Zhonglei. Next episode will feature Calvin Chen from Fahrenheit, the Chinese national gymnastics team, and other famous friends.
Like the fog, the rain, and also the wind 像雾像雨又像风 – A decent version of the Chen Baogang classic starring a future all-star cast of Chen Kun, Zhou Xun, Lu Yi, Li Xiaoran, Sun Honglei, Luo Haiqiong, and Liao Fan is finally available online. Zhou Xun and Chen Kun are potentially the cutest things ever here.