Stills of mostly Kimi, Zhang Tiantian, and Zhang Liang from the desert trip of Where are we going? Dad. The group went desert camping, camel-riding, fishing, goat herding, cow milking, and helped to build grass grids to prevent desertification in Shapotou.
It wasn’t long ago when China’s state-run TV resented entertainment rising star Hunan TV’s rise so much that they wouldn’t even show faces of Hunan-related artists. Yet last month. Gao Yuanyuan and Huang Haibo‘s Let’s get married 咱们结婚吧 became the first TV series aired simultaneous on both channel. The series, a commissioned series by both channels, is another major step in CCTV-Hunan TV collaborations. .
In the past, the only such show have been major “red dramas” like Qia Tong Xue Shao Nian, and that was only if it aired on CCTV first. Now, the two are of equal status. Not only has CCTV begun broadcasting Hunan TV primetime dramas like Spring Romance during the day, but channel 2 aired Hunan TV’s reality show “Life Exchange 变形记” during the popular 6 o’clock spot.
“Where are we going?Dad” dads promotes “Let’s get married.” Little did they know at this time that they were filming a live version of “We got married”.
Round-up of recent modern series we haven’t had time to post on, including Love Shine, One Karat of Dreams, Little Daddy, Love on Tiptoe, Fiancée, and Best Time.
Love on Tiptoe 踮起脚尖吻到爱
Aspiring manager (Yao Di) finds a distraught former model (Kim) at her doorsteps, causing a string of events that shockingly ends in love. If nothing else, model Pei Bei is gorgeous here. The series airs 3 eps on weekdays and 2 eps on weekends. Continue reading
The show that’s captured viewers with an 89% approval rate has also captured the hearts of sponsors, breaking not only viewership ratings but also record sponsorship fees. Their latest ad sale for season 2 saw the sponsorship go to Yili milk for 312 million RMB, the highest ever for a sponsorship (the second is The Voice of China 3 at 250 million). This is on top of 171 million RMB of three partnerships, not to mention potential product placement revenues (season 1 had frozen goods, toothpaste, milk, beddings, and cars sponsored) and actual ad revenue to come later.
The new record is just one of many in China’s accelerating TV biz. Sponsorship fees have multiplied 20 times since 2005.
For their latest album 再生 Recyclable, duo Yu Quan decided to release their album on flashdrives instead of in CD form for their 15th anniversary.
“The market for CD albums have degenerated to its limit, and we can’t just sit here and wait. Very few people buy CD’s to listen to now, and everyone’s listening to songs online, but the quality of digital music online is too low. As musicians, since we’ve spent so much time and energy at the studio, we want to spread higher-qualitied digital music,” Quan said to Sina. The music, along with lyrics and photos, fill up 3 GB of the data.
Interestingly enough, attending their press conference were the heads of China’s two biggest Internet entertainment sources and probably violators of intellectual property – Tudou and Youku. While digital release has been done before, with Li Yuchun releasing her last album digitally, this is the first time a major Chinese artist chose to put the digital release in a more physical form. What do you think, is this going to be the start of a new trend?
While the leads of The Condor Heroes are getting all sorts of hate, the rest of the cast still get pretty stills. The latest set released are of name-changed Yan
Yikuan as Wang Chongyang, the founder of the Quanzhen Sect, and Dong Xuan as Lin Chaoyin, the founder of the Ancient Tomb Sect of the main character XiaoLongNv. The pair of star-crossed lovers has a rather beautiful love story, which you can read more about here.
Known for clever dialogue and a classic Beijing humor, director Zhao Baogang (Eternal Moment, Struggle, My Youth) focuses his latest series, Lao You Suo Yi 老有所依, on the issue of single children now faced with taking care of their parents by themselves. While it’s not on top of my to-watch list, leads Liu Tao, Zhang Ze, Qiao Zhenyu and Wang Qianyi look quite the action stars in the posters and the concept trailer below, and surely now that it’s announced that Qiao Zhenyu and Wang Qianyi had a baby during the filming of this, we know there must be a lot of chemistry (or a lot of stress). The series is currently airing three episodes per day on Zhejiang, Dragon, Tianjin and Beijing TV.
Qiao Zhenyu: Thankfully you appeared in my life. In my eyes, you’re the most beautiful, the most strong, and the most excellent. And thank you for giving the chance to make a promise, to let me hold your hands to enjoy the happy, healthy life that belongs only to us! Wife, I love you! // Wang Qianyi: 2013 is almost over. Recollecting, it has been a fruitful year for me. Today is Thanksgiving. Watching the cold wind outside the window, my heart is warm. Thankfully I have you on this road.
According to her long Weibo, the two met last year during the filming of Lao You Suo Yi 老有所依 in November 2012. She was pregnant soon after filming ended, and gave birth to a child this September, which you would’ve never guessed given this is how she looked like less than two months later.
China’s most anticipated sequel of 2014, A Bite of China 舌尖上的中国 2will air during Chinese New Year’s in 2014 on CCTV 9. The documentary series that explores the stories of nature, culture, and history through food continues artist Zhang Facai’s posters with a “farm fields scroll”, depicting plants in a farm as characters written on bamboo scrolls.
The new season will consist of seven episodes – 《Seasons 时节》 as in summer and not in salt、《Foot steps 脚步》、《Heart’s message 心传》、《Daily domestics 家常》、《Realm of Secrets 秘境》、《Encounters 相逢》 、《Three Meals 三餐》.