Tencent’s new acting variety show releases stills of contestants

Peng Xiaoran (Goodbye My Princess) reenacting Chen Kaige’s Legend of the Demon Cat

Tencent’s upcoming big-budget acting variety show Attention, Actors 演员请就位 (lit.) has hired directors Li Shaohong (Palace of Desires, Dream of Red Mansions 2010), Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, Legend of the Demon Cat), Guo Jingming (Tiny Times, L.O.R.D) and Zhao Wei (So Young) as judges who will assemble their own team from a group of 58 actors.

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Chen Yao is Maiden Holmes in detective rom-com series

Chen Yao, who has previously played a man, will now play a woman pretending to be a man.

Chen Yao stars as a maiden who crossdresses to become a detective in order to overturn the case of her family in detective rom-com Maiden Holmes 少女大人. The series is currently filming.

After court politics forced him to effectively give up all his powers, the Duke Fei Yanzhi (Zhang Linghe) leaves the capital to explore the world. On his journey, he meets detective Su Ci (Chen Yao), the young master Xie Beiming (Zhang JIading), and poison master Dong Rushuang (Wang Yizhe). As the four teams up to solve a series of mysteries, they also discover each other’s and their own secrets.

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Round-up of current filming dramas

Eleanor Lee and Zhao Yiqin seeks the throne in Replacement Princess

A round-up of currently filming dramas, mostly detective procedurals and  rom-coms,  without their own posts yet.  Which ones are you looking forward to the most?

Replacement Princess 冒牌太子妃
Starring: Eleanor Lee, Zhao Yiqin
The rise to power of a free-spirited bandit who somehow stumbles into marriage with the Crowned Prince.
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Wuxin: The Monster Killer 3 will be set in the Tang Dynasty

This poster makes it like a tomb raider movie. 

After two dramas in the Republican era, Wuxin: The Monster Killer 无心法师 goes back in time to the Tang dynasty for its next installment.  Han Dongjun returns as Monster Killer Wuxin, while Chen Yao returns as a new character Qingluan who Wuxin helps to return home in the turbulent late Tang dynasty.  On the way, the two are met with a string of mysteries that all seem to point to  Wuxin’s old enemy Bai Liuli. When the two stumble upon the secret to everlasting life (and death), Wuxin must choose between his dream of death and saving Qingluan and her brother.

The scriptwriter will still be Xu Ziyuan of the first two dramas, while the directors will be Xu Huikang and Li Yizhong of the second Wuxin. Filming began on Feb. 15. (more…)

Promo Round-up: Age of Legends

Age of Legends stars William Chan as the amnesiac Liu Ziguang, a man who returns to his hometown under a new identity and helps to bring mob boss Nie Wanfeng (Liu Yijun) to justice. Ma Sichun costars as the policewoman in charge of his case, while Chen Yao plays a CEO and single mother who has an unrequited love for the hero.

The 47 episode drama airs daily on Dragon TV / Zhejiang TV beginning tonight.

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Chen Yao, Chen Xiang cook up love in rom-com airing today

Chen Yao and Chen Xiao meet in youth and fall in love over food.

Chen Xiao and Chen Yao play childhood sweethearts finding each other and love again in Meet in Youth, Love in Foods 像我们一样年轻.   She grew up to be a struggling chef, while he’s an art buyer. When his family restaurant is struggling, the two team up to try and save the business.The series co-stars Zhao Lixin, Yang Feiyang, Lu Shan, and Liu Enyou. It airs two episodes every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday beginning May 28.

Chen Yao cross-gender casted for Wuxin: The Monster Killer 2

Yue Qishan is back, this time once more in a male body.

Born a male Taoist practitioner but appearing in season 1 in the form a 16-year-old girl whose body he took over,  Chen Yao’s Yue Qishan is one of the most interesting characters in recent Chinese TV.   This time, he’s  back once more in a male body.

Based on the book of the same name, Wuxin: The Monster Killer 2  无心法师2continues the story of monster hunter Wuxin (Han Dongjun)  and evil spirit Yue Qishan as they wake up  20 years later, in Republican Era Shanghai.  Female lead Jin Chen has been replaced with newcomer Li Landi, but the new ending MV still looks pretty awesome.