iQiyi has released a handful of trailers and posters for its upcoming dramas. The successful Light On programme is back for a second round, and the streaming platform has also lumped its romance dramas into a Sweet On schedule, which is set to begin this month. Which dramas are you looking forward to most?
First up is Luoyang, and the trailer is giving me huge The Longest Day in Chang’an vibes. Huang Xuan‘s character seems pretty similar to Lei Jiayin’s, in that they’re both former government officials who are tasked with solving intriguing mysteries.
Humans 你好，安怡 stars Ma Tianyu and Qi Wei as a pair of conscious robots trying to adjust to the world in 2035 as the world adjusts to them. The 30 episode drama releases two episodes every Friday and Saturday on Tencent and iQiyi.
Heroes in Harm’s Way 最美逆行者 dramatises China’s response to the virus outbreak in Wuhan, and will feature 7 x 2 episode shorts. Leading actors include Chen Shu, Yang Zhigang, Sa Rina, Li Yixiao, Xu Jiao, Kan Qingzi, Cheng Taisen, Niu Junfeng, Ma Tianyu, Su Qing, Han Xue, Zhang Ming’en and Xiao Yan.
The 14 episode anthology series premieres on CCTV-1 tonight. Another COVID-19 drama is also slated to air later this month.
Ma Tianyu plays Mowgli (Mogeli), a boy who grew up with wild animals in the forest. He is accidentally taken into the city by budding entrepreneur Ling Xi (Yang Zi), and after some cohabitation shenanigans, they eventually fall in love.
Produced by the team behind Rush to the Dead Summer, the 50 episode drama will release 2 episodes every Thursday to Sunday on iQiyi. VIP members get an 8 episode head start. It looks like it’ll be English Subbed on Viki soon here.
Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu play a pair of childhood friends whose paths separate in their third drama together, River Flows To You 流淌的美好时光 (formerly Cry Me a Sad River 悲伤逆流成河). The series, so loosely based off the original book that its title is literally the opposite, begins air daily beginning July 1st. It should be available on Youtube here.
In semi-related news, Ma Tianyu and Zheng Shuang are currently regulars on new variety show We’re Growing Up 我们长大了, which is available on Youtube here.
Humans uses the same English name as the British remake of the Swedish series.
In a remake of Swedish sci-fi series Real Humans, Humans 你好，安怡 (literal translation: Hello, Android), Qi Wei and Ma Tianyu head a team of conscious robots trying to adjust to the world as the world adjusts to them. The series co-stars Lin Ludi, Zeng Kelang, and Sun Anke as fellow robots, and Wang Cong, Zhang Heng, Han Xiuyi, Wu Yuyao, Chen Youwei as humans.
Two trailers released today shows the two leads’ plots. Qi Wei plays An Yi, a service robot who is actually a conscious robot kidnapped and hacked with new software.
Fun fact: They’ve had to re-film a portion of the show and cut a chunk of Ma Tianyu’s scenes because the censorship board wasn’t happy with the fauxcest storyline.
All Out Of Love 凉生, 我们可不可以不忧伤 is an upcoming melodrama based on Le Xiaomi’s novel of the same name, and stars Sun Yi (Because I Met You) as a young woman who has fallen in love with one man but can’t leave her childhood sweetheart behind.
InSecret of the Three Kingdoms, Liu Ping (Ma Tianyu) is a secret prince who was raised outside the palace with Sima Yi (Han Dongjun). His twin brother Liu Xie, the last emperor of the Han Dynasty, summons him back to help save the country as the ambitious warlord Cao Cao (Tse Kwanho) begins to amass even more power.
He is helped by empress Fu Shou (Wan Qian) and Sima Yi, though the latter eventually decides to serve Cao Pi (Tan Jianci) to further his own ambitions. The 54 episode drama will air 2 episodes every Tuesday to Thursday on Tencent beginning tonight.
The latest teaser for Cry Me A Sad River shows the childhood friends, played by Zheng Shuang and Ma Tianyu, each going about their own lives before finally reuniting at the end. Perhaps the only thing worth crying about is how vastly different this adaption is from the original?