Li Qin, Shawn Dou, Zhang Yunlong’s Tears in Heaven premieres tonight

The producers haven’t even released any new posters…

Based on Feiwosicun’s torturous romance novel of the same name, Tears in Heaven is finally going to air after 4 years. The melodrama stars Li Qin as an entertainment reporter, Shawn Dou as a stoic CEO and Zhang Yunlong as a kind-hearted doctor and the heroine’s boyfriend. [Extended synopsis]

The 41 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Wed-Fri on all five platforms (yup, LeTV is making a comeback) beginning tonight at 8pm (CN time).

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Promo Round-up: Falling into Your Smile

Gaming drama Falling into Your Smile stars Xu Kai as a professional League of Legends player and Cheng Xiao as a casual player who is eventually signed by an e-sports agency. Like all rom-coms, theirs is also a bickering frenemies to lovers romance. [Extended Synopsis]

The drama premieres tonight on Youku / Tencent.

Episode previews: 1, 2

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Review: My Best Friend’s Story

“As close as we are, I can’t make your decisions for you. But when you do charge forward, know that even if you retreat in defeat, there’s someone to catch you.” – Jiang Nansun to Zhu Suosuo in My Best Friend’s Story.

A belated review for one of my favorite dramas of the past year, My Best Friend’s Story 流金岁月. The series by director Shen Yan is a rare Chinese modern series that romanticizes women and the relationship between them with an almost wuxia-like camaraderie.  The women are imperfect. They can be greedy and worldly, idealistic and naive, ambitious and ruthless, old-fashioned and spoiled, but they’re also humans who grow and change and who are there for each other.    They can be in-laws, sisters, friends, love rivals, or business rivals, but they rarely have innate jealousy for other women. Instead, unspoken loyalty (义气)  is prevalent throughout most of the female and some male characters.   Combined with gorgeous outfits and some enlightened casting choices, the drama is definitely one of my recent favorites.

Liu Shishi and Ni Ni star as Jiang Nansun and Zhu Suosuo, two best friends who seem to be polar opposites but are bound by their loyalty and willingness to give everything to people they love.  While Jiang Nansun’s plotline is better written in both character development for its star and her relationships, Zhu Suosuo’s line succeeds with its plethora of excellent actors who added so much complexity to their characters. .

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Hai Qing, Tong Yao play sisters-in-law in upcoming modern drama

Life Is A Long Quiet River 心居 stars Hai Qing as Feng Xiaoqin, a strong-willed countryside woman who married into the well-off Gu family a decade ago. She persuades her husband Gu Lei to borrow money from his twin sister Gu Qingyu (Tong Yao) to buy a house, yet is politely rejected by the latter.

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Promo Round-up: Ancient Love Poetry

Xianxia romance Ancient Love Poetry stars Zhou Dongyu as a powerful goddess who sacrifices herself for the greater good in the first life, and Xu Kai as her protector over three lifetimes.

The drama releases 2 episodes every Thurs-Sat on Tencent / WeTV.

Playlist of promos
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Promo Round-up: The Day of Becoming You

I am loving all the trailers for The Day of Becoming You, an iQiyi rom-com that focuses on the fish-out-of-water scenarios when a superstar (Zhang Xincheng) body-swaps with an entertainment reporter (Liang Jie). If this setup is going to last for at least half the show, I think I’ll be in for the ride.

The drama will be English-subbed on iQiyi beginning tomorrow at noon (June 17th 12pm CN time).

Trailer 1, BTS, Zhang Xincheng BTS, Special

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Yuan Bingyan, Liu Xueyi in character for Love Never Fails

Love and Redemption costars Yuan Bingyan and Liu Xueyi will be leading Love Never Fails 落花时节又逢君, an upcoming xianxia drama based on Shuke’s novel of the same name. They will be play deities with differing beliefs – Yuan Bingyan’s character treasures the ability to feel human emotions, while the Liu Xueyi is initially set on turning her into an unfeeling and powerful god.

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27th Magnolia Awards

The Magnolia Awards are here, and it’s another year of wishing that my favourite shows, or at least recipients deserving of the accolades, take home the awards. It’s always a delicate balancing act when it comes to giving out the awards, but I’m happy to report that there were no major surprises tonight (apart from the fact that Liu Lin didn’t win…again). Best Actress was the closest race this year, and Tong Yao edged out Reyizha to take home the award.

Judges include director Liu Jin (White Deer Plain), director Fu Dongyu (The Thunder), Tao Hong (A Little Reunion), Tong Dawei (A Love For Dilemma) and screenwriter Zhang Lei (Chinese Style Relationship).

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