Behind the Scenes 幕后之王 – Jan 5 Starring: Zhou Dongyu, Luo Jin Details: 46 episodes, daily drama on Dragon TV / Beijing TV
A behind the scenes look at the daily lives television producers (but mostly their complicated love lives).
Royal Highness 回到明朝当王爷 – Nov 1 Featuring: Jiang Jinfu, Yuan Bingyan, Liu Ruilin Details: 48 episodes, weekly drama on Youku
An ordinary scholar uses his smarts to become a respected non-imperial prince of the Ming Dynasty.
N.B.: The ‘OR’ between two shows means the television stations haven’t announced which show will be taking over the time slot.
Fights Break Sphere Season 1 斗破苍穹第一季 – Sept 3 Featuring: Wu Lei, Lin Yun, Baron Chen, Li Qin, Xin Zhilei Details: 45-50 episodes, 2 eps every Mon-Wed on Hunan TV Coming-of-age story of a young boy who becomes a protector of the world.
Update: a couple more period dramas (Ruyi, The Wolf) may be on the way later this month!
Heavy Sweetness, Ash-like Frost 香蜜沉沉烬如霜 – Aug 2 Featuring: Yang Zi, Deng Lun, Luo Yunxi Details: 60 episodes, daily drama on Jiangsu TV
Tells of the romance between the daughter of the Flower Deity and the Prince of the Heavens.
Always With You 陪读妈妈 – Jul 1 Starring: Mei Ting, Xu Yajun, Vivian Wu, Hu Xianxu Details: 46 episodes, daily drama on Zhejiang TV
A mother gives up her career to become a full-time carer for her rebellious son, who is studying in Vancouver.
All dates are tentative. Legend of Fuyao may become the only period drama to make it onto network TV this month.
Demon Capturing Record of Zhong Kui 钟馗捉妖记 – Jun 4 Featuring: Yang Rong, Yang Xuwen, Madina Memet Details: 55 episodes, weekly drama on iQiyi
Zhong Kui, the vanquisher of demons, is demoted to the mortal world, and embarks on exciting new adventures with human monster catcher Lingxi.
May 3rd update:Lost in 1949may switch air dates with Tang Yan’s The Way We Were, and premiere on June 11th instead.
New Summer’s Desire 泡沫之夏 – May 8
Featuring: Zhang Xueying, Qin Junjie, Huang Shengchi
Details: 36 episodes, 2 eps every Tues-Thurs on Zhejiang TV
Love triangle between a rich young heir, a budding singer and a movie star.
I’m in the middle of a drama drought right now, though Great Expectations and Women in Beijing’s teasers have caught my interest.
Great Expectations 远大前程 – Apr 1 Featuring: Chen Sicheng, Yuan Hong, Tong Liya, Amber Kuo Details: 58 episodes, daily drama on Hunan TV
A story of love, romance and revenge set in 1920s Shanghai. I’m actually way more excited about the gang lords.