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.
The teaser for A Love So Beautiful 致我们单纯的小美好 is SO CUTE. A young girl (the main couple’s daughter) narrates that she doesn’t understand how her parents interact, given her father Jiang Chen’s (Hu Yitian) cold personality. And then we rewind a few years, where we are given a glimpse of his warm and cheeky side when he’s with girlfriend Chen Xiaoxi (Shen Yue).