[Updated for November]
A whole slew of government-recommended modern and Republican dramas celebrating 70 years of the PRC have been approved to air on the major broadcasters (there are a few rom-coms and Republican dramas that look pretty good).
The celebrations will last for 100 days, so I’ve included all the confirmed / rumoured titles for the next three months. Check back on Oct 1st and Nov 1st for possible changes to the schedule.
You Are My Answer 你是我的答案 – Sept 9
Starring: Wu Jinyan, Guo Xiaodong
Details: 40 episodes, weekly drama on Hunan TV
Love story between a detective and a screenwriter
Paratrooper Spirit 空降利刃 – Sept 15
Starring: Jia Nailiang, Li Chun, Zhang He
Details: 35+ episodes, daily drama on Jiangsu TV
Military drama revolving around paratroopers.
Era of Sweeping Change 激荡岁月 – Sept 22
Starring: Ren Zhong, Guo Xiaodong, Li Nian, Che Xiao
Details: 46 episodes, daily drama on Hunan TV
Three siblings take advantage of Shanghai’s economic rebound in the 90s.
On the Road 在远方 – Sept 22
Starring: Liu Ye, Ma Yili, Mei Ting, Bao Jianfeng
Details: 57 episodes, daily drama on Zhejiang TV / Dragon TV
Follows the growth of China’s express delivery industry.
Pretty Man 2 国民老公2 – Sept 23
Starring: Xiong Ziqi, Lai Yumeng
Details: 26 episodes, weekly drama on Tencent
Marriage –> misunderstanding –> divorce –> reunion?
Lucky’s First Love 世界欠我一个初恋 – Sept 25
Starring: Xing Zhaolin, Bai Lu
Details: 24 episodes, weekly drama on iQiyi
CEO feels threatened when his best worker goes on a blind date, and attempts to sabotage all her meetups, discovering his true feelings along the way.
Standing in the Time 不负时光 – Oct 2
Starring: AnYuexi, Xing Zhaolin, Zhu Yanmanzi
Details: 38 episodes, weekly drama on iQiyi. VIP members can watch the entire show from Day 1.
Revolves around the growth of an aspiring fashion magazine editor who is instead hired to be a proofreader
Your Secret 我知道你的秘密 – Oct 4
Starring: Ye Qing, Bosco Wong
Details: 37 episodes, weekly drama on Youku
Another medical examiner + police detective story.
My Girlfriend 我不能恋爱的女朋友 – Oct 8
Starring: Xu Weizhou, Qiao Xin
Details: 28 episodes, weekly drama on iQiyi
A girl who is cursed with all her boyfriends breaking up with her and finding true love immediately after.
The Glorious Era 光荣时代 – Oct 13
Starring: Zhang Yi,Pan Zhilin, Zhao Lixin
Details: 46 episodes, daily drama on Beijing TV / Jiangsu TV
Hero is part of the Communist police force, while his older brother works as a Kuomintang spy.
Files of Teenagers in the Concession 租界少年热血档案 / 热血少年 – Oct 22 Starring: Huang Zitao, Zhang Xueying
Details: 58 episodes, weekly drama on iQiyi Four idealistic youths work to save the country during Republican-era Shanghai.
The Galloped Era 奔腾年代 – Oct 22
Starring:Jiang Xin, Tong Dawei
Details: 36 episodes, daily drama on Zhejiang TV / Dragon TV
Follows the growth of China’s rail system.
Awakening of Insects 谍战深海之惊蛰 (麻雀2之惊蛰) – Oct ??
Starring: Zhang Ruoyun, Wang Ou, Sun Yizhou, Kan Qingzi
Details: 60 episodes, daily drama on Hunan TV
Hero is a police informer turned Kuomintang spy turned Communist agent.
Era of Awakening 觉醒年代 – Nov 7
Starring: Yu Hewei, Zhang Tong
Details: 32 episodes, daily drama on Beijing TV
Revolves around the May 4th Movement.
Sniper 瞄准 – Nov ??
Starring:Huang Xuan, Chen He,Yang Caiyu
Details: 42 episodes, daily drama on Dragon TV / Zhejiang TV
The hero is tasked with assassinating a high-level Kuomintang official within 180 hours.
Wait in Beijing 我在北京等你 – Nov ??
Starring:Li Yifeng, Jiang Shuying, George Hu, Jiang Mengjie
Details: 50 episodes, daily drama on Jiangsu TV
Romance between a struggling lawyer and a budding fashion designer.
After rain, the flowering crabapple turns into rouge 海棠经雨胭脂透 – Nov ??
Starring: Deng Lun, Li Yitong, Ying Haoming
Details: 52 episodes, weekly drama on Mango TV
The leads’ sweet romance is disrupted by the hero’s meddling and jealous brother. (Teaser)
A Little Thing Called First Love 初恋那件小事 – Nov ??
Starring: Lai Guanlin, Zhao Jinmai
Details: 28 episodes, weekly drama on Mango TV
Adaption of the Thai rom-com First Love.
Royal Nirvana 鹤唳华亭 – Nov ??
Starring: Luo Jin, Li Yitong, Jin Han
Details: 60 episodes, weekly drama on Youku
The romance between an unfavoured prince and a noble’s daughter.
Sword Dynasty 剑王朝 – Nov ??
Starring: Li Xian, Li Yitong, Liu Yijun
Details: 34 episodes, weekly drama on iQiyi
Revolves around a young man who seeks to assassinate the king.