Happy New Year! There’s plenty of dramas premiering over the next few days, so I thought I’d cover them all in the same post. Which ones are you looking forward to watching the most?
On a side note, I just started watching time-loop drama Reset, and it’s pretty good so far. It’s not the thriller I was expecting, though I do like how it spends time developing the backstories of the other bus passengers as well. Plus, it’s only 15 episodes long – what can go wrong? Try the first episode here.
Mirror: A Tale of Twin Cities 镜:双城 – 2 episodes every Sunday to Wednesday beginning Jan 16th on Youku, Tencent (WeTV)
The fantasy angsty romance drama stars Li Yifeng as King of the Seas who wants to lead his enslaved people to freedom. Chen Yuqi plays the queen of the noble Bai clan, and Zheng Yecheng costars as the crown prince of the ruling kingdom (and the third wheel).
Starring Bai Jingting and Xu Weizhou, the long-awaited sports drama Ping Pong focuses on the friendship between two competitive table tennis players with vastly different personalities. The 48 episode drama releases 2 eps every Tuesday to Friday on iQiyi.
Weaving A Tale of Love 风起霓裳 (previously Bright Moon of the Tang Dynasty 大唐明月) apparently has nothing to do with the original novel, but Hunan TV’s teasers do make the show look appealing in its own right. The period romance stars Nazha as an imperial seamstress who wants to avenge her mother’s death and Xu Weizhou as her love interest. [Extended]
The 40 episode drama is a loose adaption of the first half of the novel, and releases 2 episodes every Sun-Thurs and 1 episode every Fri-Sat.
Set against the backdrop of 1980s Guangzhou, Dear Mayang Street stars Xu Weizhou and Tan Songyun as young sweethearts who eventually split when the former becomes involved with gangsters and criminals. Niu Junfeng costars as the kind second male lead who carries a torch for the heroine.
The 37 episode drama premieres on Youku tonight (22nd). Release schedule at the end of the post.
Datang Mingyue (literally Bright Moon of the Tang Dynasty) stars Nazha as a royal seamstress and Xu Weizhou as a politician and her love interest. Apparently the drama only filmed content from the first few books – no news on whether a second season is in the plans. [Extended Synopsis]
Midsummer is Full of Love 仲夏满天心 is a remake of Korean drama Full House, and stars Yang Chaoyue as aspiring musician Luo Tianran who enters a contract marriage with top idol Jin Zeyi (Xu Weizhou).
The 24 episode drama will release the first two episodes today, and then 2 episodes every Monday and Tuesday. VIP members get a 6 episode head start. English subs should be available on WeTV and Youtube.