Legend of the Concubine's Daughter Ming Lan Zhao Li Ying


She will be headlining the drama adaptation of the novel Do You Know? It Ought To Be a Red Flower Amongst The Leaves 知否知否应是绿肥红瘦 aka Legend of the Concubine's Daughter Ming Lan 庶女明兰传 as the titular heroine Ming Lan. 

She is the unfavored daughter of a household unloved by her father, despited by her stepmother and siblings, yet she overcomes her dire situation to attain success. I can definitely see Zanilia Zhao Li Ying in the role of the empowered female that is clever yet adorable. In fact, she has done it before in Legend of Lu Zhen which is the drama that helped the actress to really burst into the scene. 
A Life Time Love Chinese drama
June is going to be so busy in a good way, and it has just gotten busier now that A Life Time Love 上古情歌 joins the rush of summer premieres. I was skeptical at first given how under promoted this show is compared to most but there's no denying that it's happening since it's even printed in black and white. 

Along with the poster drop comes more character stills as well as the release of the theme song Peach Blossom Promise sung by popular Hong Kong singer G.E.M. The show premieres June 12 every Monday and Tuesdays at 10pm on Dragon TV and Tencent QQ. 

It stars Huang XiaomingVictoria SongSheng Yi Lun and Zhang Li with a special appearance by Zhai Tianlin and special introductions for Leo Luo Yunxi and Janice Wu Qian (translated as per the poster above). I don't know what the special designations entail but I am liking most of the cast from the main leads down to the supporting roles.  
The King of Blaze Chen Bolin
Just when you think you've seen it all, something interesting crops up, and I mean really interesting from the sound of it. The King of Blaze 火王之破晓之战 is a Taiwanese comic published in 1991 and it will be adapted into a Chinese drama.

Author You Su-Lan recently posted images of the animated characters on weibo and encouraged fans to let the guessing begin. It hasn't even been that long since and the news has finally dropped today confirming Chen Bolin and Jing Tian as the titular leads.

The King of Blaze Animation
If I'm reading this right, it has a fantastical premise with a god of fire, a god of wind and many others making up the seven gods of the realm. Then the premise gets loopy with reincarnated gods in the present day world? As for the main couple, he is in love with a beautiful girl who turns out to be a man cross-dressing as a girl. Now, I'm getting all this from trusty wikipedia so if it's wrong, please please let me know.  

The drama is still in its early stages and filming hasn't even begun. Even so, the hype around the source material and the stars of the show puts this high up on my list. I'm already curious to see how the manhua translates onscreen and I have a feeling that visually it's going to look spectacular. 
Pretty Proofreader Lay Kan Qing Zi



Operation Love 求婚大作战 is in the midst of broadcast but as these things go, there are already talks of Lay Zhang Yixing's next possible project opposite Kan Qing Zi. If proven to be true, he will be jumping right into a remake of yet another popular Japanese drama.

The source material is based on the Kouetsu Girl novel series by Ayako Miyagi that was adapted into the 2016 J-Drama starring Satomi Ishihara and Masaki Suda. The plot revolves around an aspiring fashion editor who takes a job in a publishing company and becomes a proofreader. It's not the most ideal situation, and how she makes the best of it is undoubtedly going to be the heart of the story.  
Push Puttichai Kasetsin Stairway to Stardom


I wasn't planning to write another post on Stairway to Stardom 逆袭之星途璀璨 but it is so glitzy and glamorous that I ended up writing one anyway. The latest concepts are inverted posters this time because you know, it's a show about turning your fate around and reaching for the stars. 

Push Puttichai Kasetsin plays Duan Cheng Xuan, the acting president of Star Entertainment which makes him in effect, Su Cheng's boss. He is the leading man that will have some growing up to do because in spite of his accomplishments, he is immature, arrogant and headstrong. He definitely has a charming side though. 
Legend of Dragon Pearl
Legend of Dragon Pearl 龙珠传奇 may not be the best show but it has its charms that are evident even in its latest batch of flowery posters. It is simple, sweet though not without melodramatic angst. After all, this is still a story quite like Romeo and Juliet except in the context of two warring dynasties. 
Princess Agents

Princess Agents (June 5 Hunan TV every Monday - Friday 10 p.m.)
A slave girl rebels against her fate and trains to become a deadly spy who later on becomes a hero of the people. Starring Zanilia Zhao Li Ying, Lin Gengxin, Shawn Dou and Li Qin. 
Stairway to Stardom 逆袭之星途璀璨 is a 50-episode Tencent web series adapted from an interactive game created by I am YT where players foray into the entertainment industry through the point of view of the heroine.   
Mark Chao


On May 19, Mark Chao officially became Tiffany & Co.'s brand ambassador in China. He is a man in his early thirties and son of Allen Chao, a veteran actor in Taiwan. His entertainment career started after graduating from University of Victoria in Canada and he even brought home a Golden Bell Award from his acting debut in the police drama Black and White
Luhan


Harper's Bazaar is quickly becoming my favorite magazine with its continuous outpour of fun and creative ideas. Its latest spread features Luhan and there's really nothing more a fan can ask. From the striking photos to the most random bottle-opening challenge to the sweet birthday surprise, it's been a treat looking through it all. I think the video interview's the real winner though (translated below).
Ode to Joy Season 2
Ode to Joy continues to take the lion's share of ratings with both its broadcasts coming in first and second. It's hard not to when you have Wang Kai and Olivia Wang heating up the screen and that's just one of many lovey-dovey pairs. 

Now that Surgeons and Star April has ended, Song of Phoenix moves up the line to settle for fourth, or rather third place among the primetime shows. White Deer Plain averages at around 0.5 on each of its two networks, which technically adds up to a higher number than Song of Phoenix.

Competition seems quite tepid otherwise that even reruns like Above the Clouds and Undercover are also breaking into top ten. For curiosity's sake, I read up on the plot for the latter and it tells a thrilling story based on 38 real life police cases. I'm already intrigued. 

On the 10pm front, the rankings remain roughly the same with Fighter of the Destiny still pulling ahead while Operation Love and Legend of Dragon Pearl stay in the low 0.1-0.2 range. Given that I'm religiously following Fighter of the Destiny, I'm still unabashedly proud that Luhan has been topping the vlinkage celeb list for weeks. 
The Adventurers Chinese movie


The Adventurers 侠盗联盟 has a star studded cast with Andy Lau, Shu Qi, Tony Yo-ning Yang, Zhang Jing Chu and French actor Jean Reno. It is a movie directed by Stephen Fung, who returns from Hollywood after working on the AMC TV series Into the Badlands. He also reunites with girlfriend-turned-wife Shu Qi in this production.
Little Valentine
Little Valentine 小情人 is a 40-episode Chinese family drama about a widower running a successful bodyguard business who single-handedly raises his daughter. Hu Jun and Gina Jin Chen (Legend of Ace) headline as the father-daughter pair. 

For a second there, I thought they were playing a couple in spite of the 22-year age gap, but I like this direction a lot more. It is veteran actor Hu Jun's first time playing a fatherly father when he has been so used to playing the manly man. It's not hard to envision him as one since he showed off a gentler side to him in the Chinese version of the variety show Where Are We Going, Dad?

The cast also includes Song Yi (Disguiser), Hu Jing (In the Name of People), Cheng Pei-Pei (Ice Fantasy), Gao Tai Yu, Mike D'Angelo (My Little Princess) and Niu Jun Feng (Princess Agents).
Luhan KFC
Ever since Chen Xiang enjoyed a hearty KFC meal on V-day, I get amused every time I see stars randomly endorsing the brand. A little research later and I learn that KFC actually has a very sizeable franchise in China and operates under Yum! Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut. 
Rico Gu Hyun Ho Fighter of the Destiny


You may have heard about the hallyu ban but its after effects are closer than you think. For one thing, I was surprised to learn that there is someone in Fighter of the Destiny 择天记 who has yet to appear and probably never will.

In the first batch of posters for the show, one features Korean bodybuilder and model Gu Hyun Ho who forays into acting for the first time. He plays Zhe Xiu, a half-demon and half-human who has the animalistic traits of a wolf that can cause him to lose all sense of self. He has led a difficult and solitary life due to people's fear of his powerful abilities, that is, until he strikes a friendship with Chen Chang Sheng and gang and then finds a budding romance with Qi Jian. 

Speaking strictly regarding the role, his character seems genuinely interesting so it is unfortunate that the newbie actor's television debut would go up in smokes but at least he seems to be doing well on his own, judging from a very attention-grabbing instagram.
Zanilia Zhao Li Ying

If 143 means I Love You in English, then 520 is the Chinese equivalent as it plays on the similarity in pronunciation of the numbers to the phrase wo ai ni, which translates to I Love You. It's May 20, a day about confessions of love and romance and on this day, Zanilia Zhao Li Ying was at Madame Tussauds Beijing being playfully coy with her own wax figure.
Shanghai Star 48 Culture and Media Group, which is the management company behind the Chinese girl group SNH48 is working on a novel to drama adaptation of Poison Genius Consort under the title Legend of Yun Xi 芸汐传. I can't tell you why they had to go from a name that is catchy and original to a generic Legend of Something, but it is what it is.


Retourner Le Monde A Toi 归还世界给你 is a 40-episode Chinese drama starring Yang Shuo (Ode to Joy), Gulnezer Bextiyar (Fighter of the Destiny), Jeremy Jones (Angelo) and Zhao Han Ying Zi (Love of Aurora).

It is tense and suspenseful as two high-powered executives who are also lovers are forced to clash in the fashion world. Theirs is a troubled romance that continues to be put to the test having literally experienced life and death before meeting once again. 

Yang Shuo can currently be seen every night as everyone's favorite swaggering businessman in Ode to Joy and he eases into a similar role as the president of a company, but completely different in personality as he harbors a secret. Gulnezer Bextiyar also has a show on the air where she plays a badass phoenix in Fighter of the Destiny. She's been in many period roles ever since her debut, so it'll be interesting to see her in a modern day setting.