She Kills Huang Xuan Fan Bing Bing
Director Cao Bao Ping has a follow-up movie for the critically-acclaimed The Dead End which rose to fame in 2015 and it has just confirmed Fan Bing Bing and Huang Xuan as the leads. A picture of the script was shared on weibo to reveal the working title which translates to She Kills 她杀 and it seems in keeping with the prevailing theme that initially started out as a gripping crime drama. 

I feel like this pair will have a lot to offer as Fan Bing Bing is often tantamount to box office success and Huang Xuan is showcasing his acting talents everywhere these days with the currently-airing Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy and soon-to-premiere movies like Youth and Legend of Cat Demon. She will be playing a woman with many secrets while he will be her undoing as a man who is only after the truth. 
Mark Chao Yang Mi H&M China
In keeping with previous years, H&M China will be launching their New Year Collection and they've chosen Yang Mi and Mark Chao from the hit drama Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms as their new endorsers. Both are amazingly photogenic and comfortable with each other behind-the-scenes that it's easy to see why they had so much chemistry as Bai Qian and Yehua and why they keep getting reunited for work. Now if only the powers that be could also reunite them in a drama! The fashion editorial will be released early next year.
Win the World to air on ATV

Asia Television (ATV) which has ceased broadcast since April 2016 will be announcing its rebirth on December 18 as it seeks to bring back classic variety shows. Onto their new roster of dramas, the first one on the list is Fan Bing Bing's upcoming historical epic Win the World, which is much-awaited because of the A-list actress' attachment to the project and also because it is the work of the creative team behind the highly-successful Empress of China

ATV has shelled out approximately RMB 17 million (approx USD 2.5m) for exclusive rights to air the drama in Hong Kong. There were rumors that TVB was also interested to acquire the rights but couldn't close due to the price. Although no broadcast date has been announced, it is expected to air on the same day as China. 

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Wen Tian Lu Xing Zhao Lin
Compared to the initial poster, we've got a much better looking batch of stills for Wen Tian Lu 问天录 though it still seems to be your generic fantasy wuxia about good versus evil. Xing Zhao Lin takes the lead as Zhong Kui as he sets out on a journey to hunt demons with his band of friends and as these things usually go, there's also complicated love lines to be had. 

Jian Ren Zi takes on the role of the leading lady, but she's not just playing one person but three different characters or maybe it's really one character with three personalities. I'm not finding this that interesting at the moment but if Xing Zhao Ling managed to turn The Eternal Love into a hit, who's to say this won't be one too?
Yes! Yes! And yes! This is one detective drama you won't want to miss! With incredible action, humour, and fantasy, Two Cops is a well-rounded show that's worth the watch.
Fu Xin Bo and Ying Er announce baby's birth
Ying Er celebrates her 29th birthday today, December 12, and at exactly 12:12, she uploaded a birthday cake along with the caption, "Thankful for the baby's arrival, the best birthday gift for the year."  Her hubby Fu Xing Bo shared the post a minute later with the comment, "Happy birthday, from today onwards I have two treasures." It's sweet that the reel-to-real couple from Sword of Legends 2 who just got married August of this year get to welcome another happy news so soon and a big congrats to their growing family.  
Fantasy Westward Journey
Fantasy Westward Journey 梦幻西游 is a Chinese drama produced by Tangren that stars Sebrina Chen Yao (Monster Killer 2) and Simon Gong Jun (Lost Love in Times) as seasoned gamers who inadvertently come to possess superpowers in real life.

So I caught the ten-minute long trailer thinking that it would be another Just One Smile is Very Alluring with the whole students bonding over gaming but then it turned out to be more like Power Rangers when the team bands together to fight a greater evil. And then Chan Yao's character also happens to be dealing with a dual personality and if you've seen one too many dramas like me, it's quite like A Different Kind of Pretty Man 2. I still might watch this though. 
Zhou Dongyu Thousand Faces of Dunjia
Zhou Dongyu, Ni Ni, Yuen Woo Ping and Tsui Hark participated in a photoshoot themed around their upcoming movie The Thousand Faces of Dunjia 奇门遁甲 and the ensuing stills are enchanting, eclectic and an exquisite mesh of traditional and modern. If fashion editorials are going to be the new way for films to be promoted, then please keep them coming because it's a feast for the eyes. 
Black Knight Korean drama First Impressions
It definitely gave me more than I expected with gorgeous cinematography, and the Kim Rae Won 'effect' that has me anxiously waiting for the next two episodes. 

Tribes and Empires celebrates 4 billion views and moves up to second in web rankings. With Game of Hunting just ending its run, we should see a new first placer soon and all signs point to Tribes and Empires taking over. A Love So Beautiful is the little web drama that continues to get much love as both its leads are now in the weekly top ten with Hu Yi Tian in second and Shen Yue recently making the list in tenth. 

A couple more dramas have ended with the more notable one being My! Physical Education Teacher as it was also a drama that was consistently in the top five. As Flowers Fade and Fly Across the Sky inherited the slot but barely made it past 0.5% with its makjangy plot. Meanwhile, I Am Not An Elite just broke 1.0%, maybe it's worth a look? 
Rise of the Phoenixes Filming Wrap
The Rise of the Phoenixes 凰权弈天下 finally wrapped in Guizhou after almost two hundred days of filming. As the main leads, Chen Kun and Ni Ni were among the last to finish their scenes and both were crying by the end of the journey. Chen Kun was always the fan favorite to play the titular lead and he has expressed his love for the character many times before that it's no wonder that he would become emotional at the thought of goodbye.  
Yang Mi short hairdo
Yang Mi uploaded a selfie showing only half of her face (coz that's her thing) to show off her fresh new hairdo. She comments, "Short hair lalala."
Meteor Garden 2018 Dee Hsu Dylan Wang

Dee Hsu announced on weibo, "I can finally reveal that I'm in Meteor Garden! Just as a side character but at least I'm playing the sister. Those who guessed that I'm playing the mother, I am against you."  Along with the news comes the instant familial connection to the original Meteor Garden as Dee Hsu is Barbie Hsu's younger sister. The 39-year-old star who is best known for hosting the long-running Taiwanese variety show Kangsi Coming is known for being quick-witted, sassy and a tad intimidating which makes her casting as Dao Ming Si's older sister Dao Ming Zhuang quite a fitting choice. 

Today was her first day of filming and she shared some photos of herself with Dylan Wang 'Dao Ming Si'  and the rest of F4. There's also one of her and Producer Angie Chai. Dylan Wang shared her post on social media and said, "Jie Jie (older sister) is too awesome, can't lose face." Darren Chen who plays Hua Ze Lei said that his character wants a beautiful sister too.
So many dramas this December and so little time but the variety of choices affords us viewers the luxury to be choosy. Aside from Tribes and Empires which is a big must-watch, is there anything else you recommend?   

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Tan Song Yun’s main protagonist seems so much like her character in The Fox’s Summer, often bullied but still full of spunk. Aside from insignificant side characters who are there to take the hate, each of the main characters seem genuinely nice. The brothers played by Zhang Dan Feng and Ying Hao Ming have a close relationship and younger bro is winning me over with his sunny personality. Even the second female lead is cool but probably only until she bears her claws. The same goes for the brothers as the story is supposed to be about the two of them fighting each other in business. So far, it’s all fluff, and I kind of don’t want the ensuing drama.
Luhan tops CBN Weekly Top Chinese stars 2017

It's going to be the end of the year soon and along with awards season are the top 100 lists. It's time to check out who's moved up or down since last year, and the rankings almost feel like a report card as it reflects how the year's achievements have affected the stars. 

Luhan takes the top spot as he continues to make music, entertain in variety shows and even headlined Fighter of the Destinyhis first Chinese drama. Zhao Li Ying pulled in yet another hit with Princess Agents. It's the same for Yang Mi who started the year right with Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms and even though she only had one drama, it was THE drama to be watching. All three have moved up from last year when they were 7th, 8th and 23rd respectively. 

Below is the complete top 100 most commercially valuable celebrities list compiled by business magazine CBN Weekly based on data from November 2016 to October 2017

Yang Mi Marie Claire 2017Yang Mi Marie Claire 2017
There seems to be some kind of event almost every night this month and tonight is reserved for the Marie Claire Style China Gala 2017. We're indulged with another onslaught of prettiness starting with Yang Mi who's channeling goddess from head to toe. Goddess headbands must be the trend too.
Petition Shawn Dou as Li Shang
So this started when Sunny commented 'Please cast Shawn Dou for Shang' in our previous post on Mulan, the idea stuck and here we are creating what's turning out to be a petition because the more we think about it, the more we believe that Shawn Dou is the perfect choice. The 28-year-old actor who's one year younger than Crystal Liu Yifei aka Mulan is not nearly as famous as her but his star has been rising fast with consecutive hits like Princess Agents and Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy in the latter half of this year.  



It would be wonderful to help each other by listing the gems you have discovered or perhaps underrated dramas that were successful in one country and not another. 

Below is my humble list and they are divided into four categories. It would be wonderful if you would also, share yours. There will be a follow up Drama Drought post listing the dramas and movies mentioned in the comments.

Drama
Surgeons (Stories Behind OR) - 外科风云 Chinese, 2017
A Girl and Three Sweethearts 好きな人がいること Japanese, 2016
Shall I compare You To a Spring day  春风十里,不如你 Chinese, 2017
Tomorrow with you 내일 그대와 Korean, 2016
The First Half of My Life 我的前半生 Chinese, 2017

Action/Thriller
Medical Examiner Dr. Qin 法医秦明 Chinese 2016
When a Snail Falls in Love 如果蜗牛有爱情 Chinese 2016
Signal 시그널 Korean, 2016
Memory Lost 美人为馅 Chinese, 2016

Romantic Comedy
A Love so Beautiful  致我们单纯的小美好 Chinese, 2017
Fabulous Boys 原來是美男 Taiwan, 2013
It Started with a Kiss 惡作劇之吻 Taiwan, 2005
Hello Mr. Right 老师晚上好 Chinese, 2016
We Married as a Job 逃げるは恥だが役に立つ Japanese, 2016

Wuxia / Xianxia / Historical (Costume Dramas)
Nirvana in Fire 琅琊榜 Chinese, 2015
Princess Agents 楚乔传 Chinese, 2017
Tribes and Empires: The Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记 Chinese, 2017
Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花 Chinese, 2017

Could anyone recommend any wuxia dramas that aren't well known?