In its latest attempt to implement a weekly series, Hunan TV will be airing the first mainland series in a long time to have the script be written as it is airing. Paranormal Adonis 不一样的美男子 stars Zhang Han as the titular adonis who wakes up with the ability to see into the future after an accident. The series co-stars Guigui, Fan Shiqi, M4M, Lu Chen, and Yi Yizi.
The series, which will air every Sunday beginning June 29th , so far only has 10 episodes written, and only begun filming last month in Xiamen. In addition to Paranormal Adonis, Hunan TV is also opening a new weekly series with Legend of Ancient Sword, which will air on Wednesday and Thursdays. I really want Hunan TV to succeed in this weekly series push because weekly series encourage more succinct but high-qualitied productions.
The first teaser for the new series:
i like it so far, and seems quite interesting. now sure how it will go in the long wrong since i can’t do dramas with long episodes and what not. but i wanna give this a chance as it’s paranormal. haha. i hope i’ll be able to watch this with eng subs whenever it comes out.
as for talks about long episodes and what not… i find Thai dramas in the “ancient, fantasy, paranormal’ genre are much more draggier and longer being close to 90+ and even over 100 episodes. sigh >~< i like them but can't do it for that long nowadays.
Is that GuiGui we see in the background? The drama looks good. Just like the Koreans. Weekly dramas with live-filming. I find the quality of recent Kdramas are not as good due to this practice. But it does depend on the storyline. It is not a continuous long story, it will work. As each eps has its own story. This the scriptwriters will just be concentrating on a storyline each eps.
I am so glad we have new dramas to look forward too. This week, there are about 6 new dramas that started but I am expecting alot of tears in at least 3 of the dramas. There are no period dramas this time round. From dry period to wet period…
Yup! Hkdrama, twdrama, jdorama, kdrama and even US dramas are having a drought now so i’m glad there are so many cdramas coming up!
Hmmm, I like that there are more weekly releases (keeping up with dailies is craaazy), but the simultaneous writing/airing thing never appealed to me. Maybe it’ll be different for a cdrama, but it never works out all that well with twdramas. :/
Most American series are also simultaneous writing/airing. I think the key difference is that American series have a set number of episodes pre-ordered, so popular dramas are not dragged out like tw/kdramas are.
The problem with dailies is that it essentially forces you to have a gazillion episodes because if it’s only 10 episodes, it’ll be finished airing before there’s any time for promotions. I miss back in the days when Chinese dramas were only 20 or so episodes instead of the monstrosities with 50 or even 70 episodes we have now.
omg yes re: drama length. I think 25-30 is a pretty solid number. I can handle 40-45 if the storyline is really good or if there’s enough eyecandy, but 50+ is just ridiculous for dailies. >_>
Btw, have cdrama dailies always aired 2-3 episodes per day? I grew up on Chinese TV in America, which was always 1 episode per weekday, so the 2-3 episodes per day totally threw me off when I started watching online. I mean, it’s nice to have the option to watch a lot every day, but it’s just overload most of the time.
I know the journey to the west sequel was one ep per day, and I think so was HZGG. (both in the late 90’s)