Will 2020 be the year of female ensemble dramas?

Zhou Xun, Kara Hui and Angie Chiu have already finished filming 24-episode webdrama The Imperfect Woman 不完美的她 (lit.), a remake of Japanese drama Mother.

It might have started in early 2018, when a tweet proposing a Chinese drama featuring female friends whose lives aren’t revolving around romance and kids got millions of retweets as women across China (and overseas) shared their wishes to see more female characters with diverse aspirations and female friendships not tied together by their common rivalry for a man.

In the year since then, companies seem to have picked up the hint as one after another modern female ensemble dramas began production this year. The dramas range from women fighting their place in college (Unfazed at Twenty ) to women dealing with mid-life crises to women seeking to find a new meaning in life in old age (Good Times).

Here’s a look at some of the announced upcoming female ensemble dramas, which one are you looking forward to the most?

First trailer for Jiang Shuying, Tong Yao, and Mao Xiaotong’s Nothing But Thirty
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Trailer and posters round-up: 2020 Hunan TV dramas

The official poster simply has ‘Ming Dynasty’ as the English title – it’s going to be a pain sifting through Google searches using that title…

Hunan TV has released previews for some of its 2020 shows. Do note that schedules and even broadcasters are subject to change due to updates to censorship policy and budget. Which dramas are you looking forward to most?

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Unfazed at Twenty stars Bu Guanjin, Guan Xiaotong

Guan Xiaotong finally drops the girl-next-door act and plays the beauty that she is in Unfazed at Twenty.

Nothing but Thirty‘s companion series, Unfazed at Twenty 二十不惑, also began filming last week. Both of these dramas have surprisingly age-appropriate casts, with the four leads being Guan Xiaotong (21), Li Gengxi (19), and Dong Siyi (20), and Bu Guanjin (25) . Directed by Li Zhi (Women In Beijing), the series follows four college roommates as they get ready to begin the next chapter in their life.

Without looks (???), influence, or money, Jiang Xiaoguo (Bu Guanjin) has always been jealous of her college roommates. Duan Jiabao (Li Gengxi) is wealthy but simple-minded, only caring about celebrities and food. Luo Yan (Dong Siyi) ‘s mother is over-controlling but has already planned out her career after college. Liang Shuang (Guan Xiaotong) is a stunning socialite. Yet as graduation comes near, each person must face their own problems. The fangirl Duan Jiabao begins to navigate real-life romance, Luo Yan tries to repair relations with her mother; Liang Shuang learns how to not hurt those who love her; As for Jiang Xiaoguo, she has to learn to open her heart to maintain her friendships and find a job and romance on the way.

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