Air date update, August 2018

Update: a couple more period dramas (Ruyi, The Wolf) may be on the way later this month!

Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost 香蜜沉沉烬如霜 – Aug 2
Featuring: Yang Zi, Deng Lun, Luo Yunxi
Details: 60 episodes, daily drama on Jiangsu TV
Tells of the romance between the daughter of the Flower Deity and the Prince of the Heavens.

The Evolution of Our Love 爱情进化论 – Aug 2
Featuring: Zhang Ruoyun, Zhang Tian’ai, Xu Weizhou
Details: ~40 episodes, daily drama on Dragon TV/Zhejiang TV
Remake of In Time With You.

Martial Universe 武动乾坤之英雄出少年/ 武动乾坤之冰心在玉湖– Aug 7
Featuring: Yang Yang, Zhang Tianai, Wang Likun, Wu Chun
Details: 20+20 episodes, 2 eps every Mon-Thurs on Dragon TV
An unfavoured boy from the Lin clan levels up to become the most powerful fighter in the land, and finds true love in the process.

Accidentally in Love 惹上冷殿下 – Aug 8
Featuring: Guo Junchen, Sun Yining
Details: 30 episodes, 2 episodes every Wed-Fri on Tencent/Mango TV
Focuses on the romance between a top idol who returns to high school and an heiress who disguises herself as a new student to escape an arranged marriage.

The Rise of Phoenixes 凰权·弈天下 / 天盛长歌 – Aug 14
Featuring: Chen Kun, Ni Ni, Zhao Lixin, Ni Dahong, Yuan Hong, Wang Ou, Bai Jingting
Details: 70 episodes, daily drama on Hunan TV

Tells the story of an ambitious prince who wants the throne for himself, and his love-hate relationship with a cross-dressing genius politician.

When We Were Still Young 那些年,我们正年轻 – Aug 18
Featuring: Yang Shuo, Su Qing, Ni Dahong, Li Xuejian
Details: 40 episodes, daily drama on Beijing TV

Tells the story of China’s military modernisation.

Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 如懿传 – Aug 20
Featuring: Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo, Janine Chang, Dong Jie, Li Chun, Tong Yao, Xin Zhilei
Details: 80~87 episodes on Tencent
Focuses on the failed marriage between husband and wife who also happen to be ruling China at the same time.

Eagles and Youngster 天坑鹰猎 – Aug 30

Featuring: Karry Wang Junkai, Wen Qi, Jiang Yiyi
Details: 40 episodes, weekly drama on Youku
A young boy embarks on a dangerous adventure to find an antidote for his teacher.

16 thoughts on “Air date update, August 2018

    • I think it meant that one of those two (Rise of the Phoenixes or Cry Me a Sad River) was going to be aired in that slot, but it hasn’t been announced which one. It looks like Rise of the Phoenixes won

  1. I’m so glad to see The Rise of Phoenixes. I was scared bc I didn’t see any news about the release date and thought I’d have to wait till 2019. *wipes forehead*. Also Yang Yang in a new drama? I really need to catch up.

  2. I am so excited for Heavy Sweetness and Rise of Phoenix. So happy Heavy Sweetness is a daily drama so i assume it would be 2 eps on weekdays and 1 ep each on weekends. Please correct me if i am wrong.

  3. I am so excited for Rise of Phoenixes! My only worry is that it’s airing on Hunan Weishi…I hope they don’t mess it up.

  4. Thank you. I’ve become reliant on your monthly writeup for broadcast dates. It’s so nice to have the whole list on the same page.
    You encountered a cut and paste issue. The synopsis for Let’s Shake It 2 is the same as Martial Universe’s.
    Thanks also for the info, recommendation for Guardian. That CP is indeed better than many other dramas’. Now I know why people complain about the various supporting actors. I wish they had used a different actor for their frequently appearing villain and a number of other characters.
    ZYL signed a 35-year contract? Does that mean that his earnings potential may be limited by the contract? I saw Youtube videos that discussed many of ZYL’s previous dramas. It sounded like he had been in a long string of very low-budget dramas. Poor guy. Both actors appear gracious and wholesome on interviews. Nice to see they are so well-mannered in interviews, unlike the Hu Yitian, Yang Xuwen, Chen Xiang group. I never read the article content for scandalous headlines, but written headlines for some actors are enough for me to avoid seeing their interview videos. Actors don’t need to be saints, but sounding like the other extreme is a bit unnerving. Interestingly, Douban review scores for YXW and CX’s 2018 dramas have been low. Around 3’s. I wonder if the low scores are related to their scandalous headlines. Those dramas happened to be not my cup of tea, so I didn’t feel like I missed anything skipping them.

    • Thanks for pointing it out – all fixed.
      Rumour has it Zhu Yilong is taking his company to court, but there’s no concrete news. I’ve only seen him in Shaw Eleven Lang (that translation…) and Border town Prodigal, but he does the best he can with what’s given. XD

      • is that really zhu yilong sign 35 year contract? if its true with who?please reply me…one more thing…since when he sign that contract?

        • A youtube video showed a quick snapshot of his current (or at least recent) contract. I don’t have details. There’s no Q&A on the video.

          I’ve had a couple of truly horrible people for supervisors. People who just want to milk the most out of you every day in every way they can think of. (Not that different from what’s on the next paragraph below.) I cannot imagine being tied to them for 35 years. So I sympathize with ZYL’s predicament. I suspect people who make artists sign a 35-year contract are not going to be the nicest people you can meet though I don’t have facts on that either.

          Some of the real-life c business drama is so craptastic

    • I wouldn’t call his previous dramas low-budgeted. Three Lifetimes, Shaw Eleven Lang, Border town Prodigal are all medium-budgeted period dramas with fighting (both which tend to be more expensive) with some star power and production sizes. Guardians and Fleeting Life, while looking to be cheaper than those, all have decent budgets for their genre.
      His biggest project yet, The Story of Ming Lan, probably ranks among one of the most high profile dramas of late.

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