Chinese Government Intervenes and Puts Salary Cap
Several media companies like iQiYi, Youku, Tencent, Daylight Entertainment, Huace Film and TV, Linmon Pictures, Ciwen Media, Youhug Media, Hengdian World Studio and New Classics Media have released joint statements to puts a cap on the salaries of actors and actresses to address the increasing income gap and the perceived "money worship" among others.
Panda Impressions
This week's first impressions bring us a web drama and a historical drama. Will you be watching? 
Huang Xiaoming Stock Manipulation Scandal
Huang Xiaoming is the latest actor to be hit with a financial controversy.  This news comes in after China's been upping the ante on investigating some of the country's highest paid celebrities and their financial dealings.  Dubbed as China's Brad Pitt, Huang Xiaoming is allegedly involved in stock manipulation. 
Meteor Garden 2018: Episodes 33-34 Quick Recap
Shan Cai and Dao Mingsi are back together and the spotlight has turned to another love team: Ximen and Xiaoyou. We know from the 2001 version that Ximen and Xiaoyou became one of the cutest couples of the drama. Kim Bum and Kim So Yeon continued the trend with Boys Over Flowers. The storyline between Ximen and Xiaoyou seem to have been taken a backseat so far that both characters have sort of faded into the background for me. Now that things are picking up, will we be seeing the same cuteness from these two? 
Zhu Yilong The Lost Tomb new Wu Xie
This is a very exciting year for Zhu Yilong. He will be playing Wu Xie for an upcoming Youku production, The Lost Tomb Chong Qi 盗墓笔记重启The character, Wu Xie, is based on a series of online novel by Nanpai Sanshu 南派三书 published in 2007. He is the spiritual leader of the Iron Triangle who was born into a family of grave robbers. Zhu Yilong is going to be the fifth actor to play the role. 
Story of Yanxi Palace Chinese series network views
We are more than halfway through Story of Yanxi Palace but there's still quite a number of episodes to go and plenty of room for growth in viewership considering that the drama has 70 episodes in totalThe show has reached 5.5 billion views 25 days after premiere and currently leads among the dramas online.
Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace Poster
To say that this has been a long time coming has been an understatement. Being the sequel to Legend of Zhen HuanRuyi's Royal Love in the Palace 如懿传 led by Zhou Xun and Wallace Huo is one drama that many people have been clamouring for, but it's had a hard time securing a premiere date on account of being a historical drama

Today's Qixi Festival aka Chinese V-day and Ruyi just dropped some wonderful news via the show's official weibo. Ruyi will will premiere on August 20, 2018 exclusively on Tencent. It looks like the plan to have a simultaneous Chinese network broadcast did not pan out, but what's important is that it's airing. Two episodes will be released daily from Monday to Thursday at 8pm while Tencent members can enjoy 6 episodes in advance. 

This comes at a time when Story of Yanxi Palace which was the dark horse among the two shows premiered much earlier and is currently basking in its success. Will Ruyi live up to increasingly heightened expectations to find the same success? 
Rocket Girls 11 again
In what seemed like a fiasco that was sure to escalate into one expensive lawsuit after it was revealed that 3 members of Rocket Girls were suddenly leaving the band effective August 7, 2018, the problem seems to have resolved itself. Zhou Tian, Yuehua and Mavericks Entertainment released a joint statement today to announce that Meng MeiqiWu Xuanyi and Winnie Zining are staying with the band to continue with group activities as 11 members. 

The three ladies and their management companies apologize for any issue caused by the early contract termination and that they will respect the terms of the contract. Tencent and the producers behind Produce 101 remain steadfast in their dream to create a new generation girl group in China.
Dilraba Dilmurat recently filmed a series of tourism videos featuring the very beautiful island of Seychelles. In case you don't know as I had to google this myself, Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean that lies on the east of Africa and there are only less than 95,000 inhabitants. It looks so serene and magical and having Dilraba promote it just adds to the beauty of the place. 
The Meg Chinese poster Li Bingbing Jason Statham
The Meg 巨齿鲨 is not exactly a critics darling.  Sitting on a 49% review rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is criticized as either being too silly to be taken seriously, yet not silly enough to be enjoyed without serious viewing.
The Rise of Phoenixes 天盛长歌 has been on air for two nights in a row, but both tv and online viewership have fallen below expectations. Upon its premiere, the show garnered CSM52 ratings of 0.558% and CSMNationwide ratings of 0.732%. Day 2 pulled in CSM52 ratings of 0.539% and CSMNationwide ratings of 0.688%. 

For comparison's sake, current primetime leader Heavy Sweetness Ash-like Frost has CSM52 ratings around 1.3%, but perhaps more surprising is that The Rise of Phoenixes also lost the lead in CSMNationwide, a ranking that has generally been favorable to primetime dramas on Hunan TV.  
Meteor Garden 2018: Episodes 31-32 Recap
Lei is on the move. When Shan Cai disappears to the province, it is Lei who brings her back. He then proceeds to tell Dao Mingsi that he will court Shan Cai again. Is this another ploy of Lei's or is it for real this time? It sure looks real enough.
First Impressions Familiar Wife
Sudden encounters, marriage, and life choices define this time travelling drama about a man and his wife.
Ivy Chen pregnant
Ivy Chen who has been dating Director Hsu Fu-Hsiang for more than a year just announced that she's expecting (see video). It's not the first time the actress was thought to be pregnant since like most celebs, she's been the target of speculations just for wearing loose-fitting clothes (see here). She denied it then, but today, news broke out that a friend of her boyfriend's has leaked to the media that she's 3 months pregnant. The couple are said to be preparing to get married and that Ivy Chen has turned down many projects to focus on the pregnancy. 

Ivy Chen shared that she had planned to make the announcement after registering their marriage on Chinese V-day (Aug 17), but now that the cat's out of the bag, it feels a bit like someone opened her presents before she did. It's a happy occasion regardless, and a big congrats to the soon-to-be family of three, plus dog, of course. 
Princess Silver Sophie Zhang Xueying
Princess Silver 白发王妃 which is Youhug's newest historical drama has wrapped on Aug 14 after 121 days of filming. With this coming from the makers of Ice Fantasy, the white-hair or should I say silver is back along with familiar stars like Zhang Meng who has come onboard as the producer! The concept about the white-haired princess is what really caught my attention. I'm curious to know the back story because if past experiences have taught us anything, it's usually overwhelming grief that causes a young woman to grow a full head of white hair overnight.
Kris Wu Gulnezer Bextiyar clamp down dating rumors
These days, rumors are coming out left and right with some are downright strange. Let's start off with a old rumor that Kris Wu and Gulnezer Bextiyar or Nazha are dating. After Kris Wu's new song, Hold Me Down, was released this month, netizens even drew inspiration from the lyrics about finding the right girl to back up the speculations that he's dating Nazha. 
F4 Fuyao Ethan Ruan, Lai Yi, Jiang Long, Gao Hanyu
Legend of Fuyao 扶摇 may have ended, but the F4 of Fuyao will never part, says Leon Lai Yi who posted a photo of himself with Ethan RuanGao Hanyu and Jiang Long. Who would have thought these four would end up together? Fresh from watching Fuyao, I still see Wuji, stone-faced doctor, Wuji's bodyguard and Fuyao's friend though it is cute to see that a friendship has blossomed. Even while filming, the four already laid claim to the title as F4.

On a side note, did anyone notice the name change from Lion to Leon? Guess that makes him Leon Lai 😂?  
Liu Haoran Novoland Eagle Flag
After nine months, the three leads of Novoland: Eagle Flag 九州缥缈录 have finally wrapped filming which hopefully means that we are on track for a 2019 premiere (yeesh, it sounds so far away). 

Lareina Song (Boyhood) completed her scenes a couple days before Liu Haoran (With You) while Chen Ruoxuan (Beyond Light Years) finished a week later to wrap today. I did find the order a little odd since Liu Haoran is supposed to be THE main character, but really, I'm just glad things are moving along.