Candle in the Tomb The Wrath of Time cdrama
Given the success of the Candle In The Tomb web series back in 2016, it was no surprise that the producers would make a sequel for it.  The first drama adaptation of the Tianxia Bachang 天下霸唱 novel which starred Jin Dong and Joe Chen was such a hit among viewers that the producers made a second series in 2017. Candle in the Tomb: The Weasel Grave which starred Ethan Juan and Xu Lu ended up drawing in somewhat mixed reviews from viewers.  
Wu Xiubo alleged mistress
It may have seemed like Wu Xiubo's scandal last year has blown over. After actress Chen Yulin claimed to be Wu Xiubo's mistress for seven years and went on to claim that he had affairs with several other women, the scandal quieted down as months passed and Wu Xiubo resumed activities. 
Sonia Sui
Actress Sonia Sui married businessman Tony Chia back in 2015 and it looks like motherhood fits Sonia pretty well.  She now has three healthy kids... in just a few short years.  
Nichkhun gain weight
Nichkhun was trending some days ago under the hashtag 'Nichkhun got fatter' on weibo. The topic came after close up pictures of his face from a recent event started going around online. It's probably not something he wanted to be trending for but the singer-actor did notice and was a good sport about it. He explains that there are too many good Chinese dishes and he just couldn't stop (eating)! 

First Impressions The Crowned Clown kdrama
A King flees his palace when he discovers a lookalike whose a mere commoner and Clown, but the Clown may be the real sun. 
Youku turns off view count
Following iQIYI, Youku is the second major video hosting service to turn off view count functionality. The company released a statement to explain that they wanted to foster a good environment in the industry and to destroy the noise from popularity indices. 
Jacky Heung Bea Hayden Kuo
video of Hong Kong actor Jacky Heung holding hands with actress Bea Hayden Kuo while in Taipei went viral today.  Let that sink in for a bit. Holding. Hands. It's not surprising that netizens are putting the rumor mill into overdrive. 
Jackson Wang apology Street Dance of China
Jackson Wang, a member of the Korean group GOT7 and an active figure in various shows in China, recently apologized and explained the truth behind the fiasco he got into last year.  If you guys can remember, the issue arose end of 2017 saying that Jackson Wang was supposed to be in Youku's Street Dance Of China when he went to iQiyi's Hot Blood Dance Crew instead.  
Legend of Awakening cdrama filming wrap
Legend of Awakening 天醒之路 starring Arthur Chen Feiyu, Dylan Xiong Ziqi, Cheng Xiao and Ancy Deng Enxi has wrapped after 129 days of filming in the three locations of Xinjiang, Yinchuan and Hengdian. It sure feels like an uncanny coincidence that production wraps around the same time that Ever Night 2 held their booting ceremony though I like to think of it this way, now we've got two fantasy series to look forward to. 

Ever Night 2 booting ceremony cdrama
We've been hearing reports about the cast of Ever Night 2 将夜2 for some time and after the wait, the show finally holds its opening ceremony in Xiangyang with Director Yang Yang, Dylan Wang, Song Yiren and a few other new and original cast members from season 1. 

Zhang Zhehan
Looks like this year is shaping up to be a good one for actor Zhang Zhehan.  He may have left his talent agency of six years, but it has been revealed that he will play the lead role in the online drama series Everyone Wants To Meet You 谁都渴望遇见你. Filming has begun since December but his addition to the cast was only revealed this month. 
Stephen Chow Cecilia Cheung New King of Comedy
A lot us probably remember the 1999 classic The King Of Comedy which starred Stephen Chow and Cecilia Cheung.  Well, here's a bit more good news. The New King Of Comedy 新喜剧之王 which brings the two together again is slated to premiere on Chinese New Year!
Huang Xiaoming Weibo Night Award
The Weibo Night Awards which held annually since 2003 was recently held in the China National Convention Center. Like always, the event was a star-studded affair for many pairs of eyes to see. 
The Lost Tomb Continuation cdrama Zhu Yilong
Nan Pai San Shu's The Grave Robbers Chronicles and Tian Xia Ba Chang's Ghost Blows Out the Light novels have spawned a trend of adaptations based on tomb-raiding adventures. 

Since Nan Pai San Shu's stories are mostly in a shared universe, there have already been many actors who have attempted the same character in the pastThe newest drama that stars Zhu Yilong as Wu Xie is a continuation of The Lost Tomb 盗墓笔记重启 series based on Nan Pai San Shu's novel of the same name. The show's been unveiling the cast in recent months and despite new faces playing the same characters, it's shaping up to be a very solid lineup to satisfy fans of the franchise. 
Legend of Ba Qing
Fan Bingbing and Gavin Gao in Legend of Ba Qing
It seems that Gavin Gao Yunxiang's troubles are far from over in the new year ever since his arrest on sexual harassment charges in 2018 shortly after the actor had completed filming a drama with wife Michelle Dong Xuan in Sydney. Beijing Yexuan Cultural, Co. which is owned by the couple is now facing the aftermath of Gavin Gao's bad publicity. 
Reunion Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace Cast Zhou Xun
Although Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace 如懿传 only premiered last year, it's been almost three years since the cast and crew first got together to film the drama that went on for a duration of over eight months. It seems their time together has brought lasting friendships and frequent reunions as attendance was high for their first get together this year. 

I'm guilty of watching the drama's 80+ episodes with the help of the fast forward button, but even with all that skipping, the amount of infighting, deaths and betrayals was very heavy to watch. It's a little strange but nice seeing everyone together, not in costume and most of all happy! In the center of the group photo is Director Wang Jun, surrounded by Zhou Xun, Wallace Huo, Tong Yao, Li Chun, Huang Youming, Yuan Wenkang, Viva He, Guo Hong and more.  
Story of Minglan Zhao Liying Feng Shaofeng baby
Although it's telling a very different story, watching The Story Of Minglan 知否知否应是绿肥红瘦 starring newly weds Zhao Liying  and Feng Shaofeng can feel like watching their love story and even if they were secretive while dating, Feng has been openly answering questions about the drama and the couple now that they're married.  
ariel lin yichen I will never let you go cdrama
CSM55 Cities + Online

Starting from Jan 2, 2019, the three cities of Dandong, Bengbu and Luzhou have been added to CSM 52 to make CSM 55 cities the new benchmark. I Will Never Let You Go's CSM55 ratings went from 0.5% on premiere to 0.7% by its third day. It's not a high number and quite expectedly, the show seems to be doing better online as it placed in third within the first week. The show has also reached 200 million views 3 days after release. 

With Like a Flowing River out of the way, The Story of Minglan takes over as the ratings leader while the rest play catch up. Among the new premieres, Spy Hunter starring Qin Junjie and Xu Lu looks the most promising as it inches closer to the 1% mark with ratings of 0.8%. The show seems well-timed as there aren't as many spy dramas lately. 

Meanwhile, online rankings have barely moved. Emperors & Me which is another web drama in the plentiful time travel genre seems to have something fresh to offer as it joins the top 10. 

CSM Nationwide

The Story of Minglan ranks in first.