Promo Round-Up: Serenade of Peaceful Joy

Serenade of Peaceful Joy is the first court-focused Song Dynasty drama in forever.

Director Zhang Kaizhou (The Story of Ming Lan) returns to the Song Dynasty in  Serenade of Peaceful Joy (formerly Held in the Lonely Castle) in this tale of the court and harem of the Emperor Renzong of Song (Wang Kai). The series focuses on the attempts of the leads to try to balance their responsibilities and personal lives and stars Wang Kai, Jiang Shuying, Ren Min, Bian Cheng, Yang Le, Wang Churan, Ye Zuxin, Yu En’tai, Xu Lingyue, and Zhang Tian’ai.

The series should be available on Youtube on this channel beginning April 7th, with two episodes a day on weekdays and one episode a day on weekends.

Relationship trailer and promos playlist
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Serenade of Peaceful Joy TV spots spotlights the relationships

Ren Min and Bian Cheng play out a rare romance between a Princess and her eunuch

Here’s a compilation of the much more enticing TV spots for Serenade of Peaceful Joy (formerly Held in the Lonely Castle), focusing on the relationships between the Emperor (Wang Kai) and his Empress (Jiang Shuying), favorite concubine (Wang Churan), daughter (Ren Min), and first love (Crystal Zhang Tian’ai), as well as that between the Princess and her first crush (Ding Jiawen), husband, eunuch (Bian Cheng), and father.

The drama has been moved back to April 7th due to a national day of mourning for victims of the coronavirus on April 4th.

Princess Huirou’s relationships
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Li Gengxi, Huang Junjie begin filming period rom-com Truth or Dare

Titled Truth or Dare 花好月又圆, the mistaken-identity rom-com that sounds like a mix of Wrong Carriage, Right Groom and My Fair Princess stars Li Gengxi (absolutely perfect in A Little Reunion) as Xiao Wanzi, a mischievous and optimistic young girl who performs on the street for a living. Huang Junjie (Dr. Cutie) costars as the third young master of the Mei family and her love interest.

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Pan Yueming, Zhang Yuqi’s Candle in the Tomb now streaming

The Lost Caverns 龙岭迷窟 is the first of Tencent’s Candle in the Tomb series, and stars Pan Yueming as Hu Bayi. He played Hu Bayi’s ancestor Chen Yulou in The Wrath of Time. Costars include Zhang Yuqi as Shirley Yang and Jiang Chao as Wang Pangzi, and the trio will be reprising their roles in the next 4 instalments.

The 30min x 18 episode drama releases 3 episodes every Wednesday. Find the first three English-subbed on WeTV.

Held in the Lonely Castle gets name change and release date, releases new promos

So SARFT has decided to give Held in the Lonely Castle a new name, and the historical drama is now going by the name Serenade of Peaceful Joy 清平乐. The new name is the title of a popular song during the Song Dynasty commonly used by poets to pen lyrics of common life, a reference to the peaceful and prosperous reign under the Emperor Renzong, in part perhaps due to the high and lonely standards the Emperor held for himself and his family. Wang Kai plays the emperor stuck between a rock and hard place, while Jiang Shuying costars as his empress.

The 69 episode drama airs daily on Hunan TV beginning April 6 April 7.

Despite the name change, there is definitely not an iota of joy in the new trailer below.

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Song Qian, Luo Yunxi’s Broker releases first teaser

Broker (native title change to 心跳源计划) stars Song Qian (Find Yourself) as an intelligent and capable scientist and Luo Yunxi (Princess Silver) as the dangerous broker out to steal coveted research data.

I have read the original novel, and I must say this trailer has really exceeded my expectations. The 48 episode drama is scheduled to air within the next couple of months.

Review: My Roommate is a Detective

My Roommate is a Detective is one of the most hilarious offerings in drama land right now that’s more enjoyable as a sit-com than a detective mystery. Hu Yitian plays consulting detective Lu Yao, a goofier version of Sherlock Holmes who loves to snack on baked plant seeds. He’s definitely more expressive here than in The Handsome Siblings, and provides much of the comedy in the show.

The drama is available English subbed on Youtube here.

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