Hi I'm Saori Chinese drama
Hi! I'm Saori 我的保姆手册a new drama about an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Nanny, has released new photos introducing more characters. Aside from Zheng Shuang who will play the AI Saori, we get to meet her leading men which will be played by Thai actor God Itthipat Thanit and Yu Yi JieI love how the posters give off a sort of manga feel which is cute and would definitely appeal to audiences. 

We can't see the extent of this AI persona yet for Zheng Shuang so we'll have to wait and see for now. She looks more like an inventor who builds robots in the poster.   
Leon Lai New Dad
If you are an 80s baby like myself, famous Cantopop actor and singer Leon Lai was a household name along with fellow Cantopop actors and singers like Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and of course, Jacky Cheung. There's no shortage of controversy amongst the Four Heavenly Kings but it's was still truly a surprise to hear that Leon Lai got his assistant, Ah Wing, pregnant.

So the couple were not yet due to expect their bundle of joy until late May of this year but Ah Wing unexpectedly delivered their daughter last Monday, April 23, 2018. The baby and the mother are reportedly safe and happy so it's all well and good.

Leon Lai is the last of the Heavenly Kings to welcome a daughter with Aaron Kwok's wife, Moka, delivering their daughter around six months ago. It's nice to hear that they are all starting to settle down and discover the joys of parenthood.

I am sure he will be doting father to his little princess. Come to think of it, all four heavenly kings have daughters. Andy Lau has one daughter and Jacky Cheung as two. 

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Here to Heart Chinese romance drama premiere Apr 30
So here's a classic example why c-drama premieres are so unreliable. Here to Heart 温暖的弦 which was scheduled to premiere on April 29, 2018 has just announced a change in date to April 30, 2018. It will air as a daily drama on Hunan TV and on streaming websites Tencent, Youku and Mango TV (episodes to be released at 24:00). 
Throwback Meteor Garden 2001 Shan Cai and F4
The excitement surrounding the upcoming Meteor Garden 2018 has turned the attention back to the original Taiwanese drama that started it all. A rerun is currently being broadcasted on Tencent, and its leading lady Barbie Hsu recently posted the ultimate throwback on social media with a picture of herself, former F4 members Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Ken Chu, Vanness Wu as well as Winnie Qian and Edward Ou who played supporting roles in the drama. 

Kris Wu Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group has made an announcement in their Santa Monica headquarters to reveal that they have signed an exclusive recording contract with music producer, singer, rapper and actor Kris WuThe deal also entails a partnership with Interscope Geffen A&M and Island Records U.K. Kris Wu is the only Chinese artist to reach no. 1 on the U.S. iTunes Chart with his English single Deserve. He has also appeared in Hollywood movies like XXX: Return of Xander Cage, which is a testament to his international appeal.  
Wei Zheng: In the Li Family backyard, there will no longer be peace.
Peace in Palace, Peace in Chang An 天下长安 has been ramping up activity as it held a press conference and dropped two trailers within the past week. One reveals a rather conventional historical drama while one highlights the complicated character relationships. It's so easy to fade into the background as just another drama, but the second trailer drew me in. Zhang Hanyu is the wise official who keenly observes a tragedy in the making. 
Jing Tian Avengers Infinity War
The hype is real for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War which has been promoting extensively in preparation for its worldwide release on April 27, 2018. Believe me! I have been counting the days until this movie, and lo and behold, I found an excuse to post about it here. 

The Love Knot: His Excellency's First Love  结爱 ▪ 千岁大人的初恋 is a 30-episode Chinese web drama based on a novel by Shi Ting Rou 施定柔 titled, Jie Ai·Yi Ke Feng Huan

This fantasy romance drama stars Victoria Song as the newbie reporter who has felt alone and abandoned by the world, Guan Pippi, and Huang Jing Yu as the mysterious Jade Master, He Lan Jing, who has never shown his face to the public before. 
DramaPanda Ratings Long Time No See c-drama
Long Time No See spends its last three days continuing its lead on primetime with CSM52 ratings past 1.0%. It also manages to overtake Only Side By Side With You in the weekly web rankings. No drama in particular seems to be pulling in stellar numbers, but the show's been doing relatively well to be able to beat out the rest. 

For the remainder of the week, The Great Expectations and the newly-premiered Love's Lies and Next Time, Together Forever play within the same range though a rerun called Magic City scores high in both CSM52 and CSMNationwide ratings. 

The Youku webdrama Women in Beijing dropped from the Vlinkage rankings while Qi Wei joins the weekly celeb list. It seems like a win-win situation either way for the drama and its actress. Flying Tiger moves one spot up to sixth place, and so the wait begins to see for the new crop of dramas as many shows on the top 10 have already concluded their run. 
Against the Light Chinese workplace drama
Against the Light 逆光 recently released promotional posters to announce the casting of Zhang Hanyu (Peace in Palace, Peace in Chang An) and Lan Ying Ying (Never Gone). There's a whopping 26-year age gap between them in real life and in the drama, Zhang Hanyu plays one of the founders of a large conglomerate while Lang Ying Ying plays a newcomer looking to unravel the truth behind her mother's imprisonment. 

I just realized that Zhang Hanyu's filmography has been in period pieces, and this marks Zhang Hanyu's return to modern dramas after being away for nearly ten years. It is a workplace drama focusing on the jewelry industry. The two main characters are an antithesis of each other - one protects a promise and one searches for answers.   
Eagles and Youngster Karry Wang
Eagles and Youngster 天坑鹰猎 is a 40-episode Chinese drama based from a novel of the same name by Tian Xia Ba Chang 天下霸唱. It tells the story of Zhao Baoqing, a city boy from Beijing, who is experiencing nature for the first time.  He, along with two other friends, go on a quest to find a cure for their mentor but fall down the snow-capped mountains. 

Tang We Character poster Empress of the Ming
Tang Wei's comeback to the small screen after more than ten years has released a drama poster of the actress as Empress of the Ming 大明皇妃孙若微传. The drama started filming late last year and what we know so far is that the main cast includes Zhu Yawen, Zhang Yixing, Qiao Zhenyu, Yu Haoming, Deng Jiajia and Sun Xiaoxiao
National Geographic Earth Day Run Jackie Chan Vengo Gao
Vengo Gao recently participated and achieved great results in the Earth Day Run held by National Geographic in Shanghai on April 21, 2018. The actor posted pictures from the event and expressed delight at being able to contribute to environmental awareness efforts alongside Jackie Chan
Zhou Xun
Chanel ambassadors Zhou Xun, William Chan and Liu Wen graced the luxury brand's Coco Crush event last Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Other stars in attendance include Sandra Ma and Jelly LinThe event which runs from April 19, 2018 - April 22, 2018 is being held at the Beijing Jiade Art Center.

Victoria SongBai Bai He, Zhou Yi Wei, Tong Liya and Sun Yi came on opening night and even took photos together. I tend to wonder if the industry is so tight-knit that everyone knows everyone already especially when running into each other in functions like these.  
Guardian Chinese drama poster
Guardian 镇魂 is a 40-episode Chinese supernatural drama that stars Bai Yu, Zhu Yi Long, Xin Peng, Jiang Ming Yang, Wang Chao Wei and Liu Min Ting. This show is based on a BL novel by Priest.  

Yang Mi Dilireba magazine cover
Dilireba and Yang Mi are on the covers of the April Issue of Madame Figaro and the May Issue of Cosmopolitan, respectively. Yang Mi's styling for her spring/sakura spread is so fun and quirky from Dilireba's retro sexy. Yang Mi is six years older than Dilireba who goes for a more matured than usual look, and it suits her. The two ladies of Jaywalk Studio have many relationships - they are mentor and mentee, boss and employee, colleagues and good friends. Both are similarly stunning, yet stand out on their own. 
City of Desire Chinese TV series
City of Desire望之城 is a 45-episode Chinese drama about betrayal, hope and second chances. It stars Wu Xiu Bo as Jiang Nian Hua and  Angelababy as Lin Li. It follows the protagonist, Jiang Nian Hua, after he was left by his wife, Jonah, to pursue her own dreams. While he was able to accumulate the wealth, he was still heartbroken, depressed and just about when he was about to give up on life, he meets a beautiful, kind-hearted woman, Lin Li. 

The Flame's Daughter Vic Chou painting
It's been two weeks since The Flame's Daughter 烈火如歌 aired its final episode on Youku, but non-members who had to wait for the episodes piecemeal only saw the series finale today. Along with the ending comes a new batch of lovely posters featuring Vic Chou, Dilireba, Zhang Binbin and Wayne Liu, which leaves a nice sentiment for the aesthetically appealing show.  It has racked up 7 billion views as of Wednesday.