2017 was a much better year for dramas in general (I’m actually more excited for 2018-2019, as all the movie actors are returning to the small screen), with several shows hitting it out of the park in terms of ratings and/or online popularity.
Web dramas really started to gain traction this year – in fact, I’m marathoning tworight now, and each one stands out for various reasons, whether it be high production values or tight storytelling. These online shows have become an outlet for creativity due to the strict censorship rules applied to television dramas, though SARPPFT has decided to nip it in the bud by making web dramas undergo the same rigorous process before premiering online. Hopefully the streaming sites continue to come up with quality fare in the future despite the roadblocks that are being put in place.
There are plenty of tears in the first teaser for A Life Time Love, the upcoming fantasy romance starring Huang Xiaoming and Song Qian as a pair of star-crossed lovers. Sheng Yilun rounds out the main love triangle as a powerful noble and the female lead’s husband.
Zhang Li and Shen Tai will have a tragic romance of their own, and it seems like Luo Yunxi and Wu Qian may be the only couple that gets their happily ever after.
The drama will air 6 episodes a week beginning June 12th.
A Life Time Love 上古情歌 is loosely based on Tong Hua’s fantasy novel Once Promised, and stars Huang Xiaoming (Xuan Zang), Song Qian (Ice Fantasy), Sheng Yilun(Pretty Li Huizhen) and Zhang Li (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart). The ending theme song is sung by G.E.M.