[Updated for November]
It’s rumoured that palace/political intrigue dramas Thankful for the Remaining Years and Luo Jin & Li Yitong’s Royal Nirvana 鹤唳华亭 will be streaming in early November. Fingers and toes crossed!
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.
Ten Years Late 十年三月三十日 – Sept 19
Starring: Shawn Dou, Nazha, Xu Zhengxi, Song Yanfei
Details: 45 episodes, weekly drama on iQiyi
Remake of Asunaro Hakusho.
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.
The Locked Room 上锁的房间 – Sept 26
Starring: Jin Shijia, Chen Yilong, Xiao Shunyao
Details: weekly drama on Youku
Loose adaption of Kei Enomoto series.
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, Huang Zhizhong
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.
No Secrets 没有秘密的你 – Oct 17
Starring: Qi Wei, Jin Han
Details: 30 episodes, weekly drama on Tencent
Remake of I Hear Your Voice.
A Little Thing Called First Love 初恋那件小事 – Oct 18
Starring: Lai Guanlin, Zhao Jinmai
Details: 28 episodes, weekly drama on Mango TV
Adaption of the Thai rom-com First Love.
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 – Oct 22
Starring: Zhang Ruoyun, Wang Ou, Sun Yizhou, Kan Qingzi
Details: 45 episodes, daily drama on Hunan TV
Hero is a police informer turned Kuomintang spy turned Communist agent.
Blossom in Heart 海棠经雨胭脂透 – Oct 24
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)
Who’s Not Rebellious Youth 谁的青春不叛逆 – Nov 3
Starring: Yu Menglong, Mao Xiaotong
Details: 44 episodes, weekly drama on Mango TV
Hero swaps identities with his CEO older brother because they want a taste of each other’s lives.
Return 归鸿 – Nov 6
Starring: Ling Xiaosu, Liu Yifan, Fu Dalong
Details: 39 episodes, daily drama on Jiangsu TV
China’s two biggest airlines become disillusioned with the Kuomintang government and fly twelve planes into Communist territory.
Homeland 河山 – Nov 6
Starring: Wang Xinjun, Qin Hailu, Zhang Jiayi
Details: 32 episodes, daily drama on Beijing TV
Revolves around the Xi’an Incident
Flavour It’s Yours 看见味道的你 – Nov 7
Starring: Song Yiren, Gong JUn
Details: 25 episodes, iQiyi
Crocodile and the Plover Bird 鳄鱼与牙签鸟 – Nov 17
Starring: Bolin Chen, Zhang Tian’ai
Details: 50 episodes, daily drama on Hunan TV
Hello Joann 2 乔安你好 – Nov 27
Starring: Joe Chang, Ying’er
Details: 38 episodes, daily drama on Zhejiang TV
Some sort of sequel to Qi Wei’s Hello Joann 你好乔安.
There Was Once A Spirit Sword Mountain 从前有座灵剑山 – Nov ??
Starring: Xu Kai, Zhang Rongrong
Details: weekly drama on iQiyi
Some sort of sequel to Qi Wei’s Hello Joann 你好乔安.
Royal Nirvana 鹤唳华亭 – Nov ??
Starring: Luo Jin, Li Yitong, Jin Han
Details: 60 episodes, weekly drama on Youku
Revolves around an unfavoured prince’s struggles against a corrupt government and a heartless father.
Royal Nirvana sounds like a ripoff of Nirvana in Fire from the title to the plot.
Sorry for bringing up politics. I just wanted to voice my concerns about the media regulators, that’s all. I came back from a Sino political forum that was openly talking about the issue so I figured this site would be receptive to the discussion as well. Didn’t realize it made the room awkward.
No hard feelings 🤝🤗!!
Happy 70th Anniversary:
I thought Yang Yang new drama will be in the list too? Hope it is not too delayed.
The CPC should take a look at how Hollywood movies work. For example, in the Avengers movies, the US govt and military are cast in a positive supporting role not the main focus. When it’s played out like that it’s way more subtle, and viewers won’t write it off as government-sponsored propaganda.
What the CPC is doing now is incredibly clumsy and way too overt. I get the feeling the officials working in the PR department has no understanding of PR..
Pretty much everything Chinese regulators do concerning mass media and entertainment is heavy-handed.
Yeah, I’ve noticed. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with the govt trying to promote itself, just that it needs to be done in an elegant manner – make it cool and sexy. Mass media requires a delicate touch and a good understanding of PR, an area the CPC is lacking in..
Can’t blame them for being clueless though. Depictions of sex, overt sexiness, tattoos, ear piercings on men… are all banned from mass media 😜
I can understand what they’re thinking – it’s a negative influence on youth. That’s true to some extent. But banning stuff outright doesn’t work:
“The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide or remove a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. The term is a modern expression of the older phenomenon that banning or censoring something often makes that item or information more desirable, and leads to it being actively sought out to a greater extent than it would have otherwise been.”
What the regulators should be doing is taking more of an advisory role similar to the film ratings system in other countries. Give viewers warnings and caution them on the content in the media, and let them decide for themselves.
Simply speaking, that government doesn’t trust its own people.
It’s more like the govt is an overbearing parent who wants to make sure his/her child doesn’t mess up their lives by dabbling in the negative parts of society..
There are good intentions behind this move (protect the child) but the long term effects of this approach is it stunts the development of the child and will eventually damage the parent-child relationship.
But children grow up and should be allowed to make their own judgements.
Add in suppression of unapproved political thoughts, policy criticisms, and “subversive” ideas, this is much less benign than a strict, overbearing but well-meaning patriarch.
The fact public figures parrot the official government stance on various matters is quite telling.
Even when commemorating national holidays on social media, everyone is simply reposting the same official content.
If this particular post were on any Chinese platform, it would likely have been prevented from showing up or been reported as inappropriate speech then removed. Similarly for the “government not trusting its own people” post.
This comment chain is getting too political and unsuitable for this TV drama website. So here’s my last reply on this topic:
“But children grow up and should be allowed to make their own judgements.”
ummm I already mentioned this in my previous comment. Short-term, being an overbearing parent yields results. Long term, it stunts the child’s development and ends up damaging the parent-child relationship.
” Add in suppression of unapproved political thoughts, policy criticisms”
Criticizing govt policies is allowed in moderation. For example, when Novoland Eagle Flag got pulled off air, there were comments on weibo calling out the media regulators for taking away the public’s entertainment.
A while back there were residents in Guangdong protesting against the installation of a coal power plant as well:
“Even when commemorating national holidays on social media, everyone is simply reposting the same official content. ”
That’s why I mentioned the CPC isn’t good at PR. The way they communicate via media is dull and ineffective.
“If this particular post were on any Chinese platform, it would likely have been prevented from showing up or been reported as inappropriate speech then removed.”
If you can read Chinese, you can find all sorts of comments (including criticisms) on weibo..