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.

Arthur Chen Chen Kaige Director
Although already a rising star, many still know Arthur Chen Feiyu as the son of famous director, Chen Kaige. The two trended last night because of a silly blunder that Arthur Chen made when he took the stage to express a few words addressed to dad for the first time. He says, "Dad, I hope that two years from now or a few years later, others can say that I am your father." Realizing what he actually said, he quickly backtracks, "No, no, no. Not, I am your father but that you are Chen Feiyu's dad." Even though the message was incredibly honest and thoughtful, I've watched this on repeat, and it's funny every time!  

Arthur Chen also answered the question of what the name Chen Kaige meant to him. For him, Chen Kaige is simply a father, a good father. The father-son moment didn't end there as Arthur Chen later shared a picture of the two saying that he's made no mistakes this time, he really is taller than dad by 2 cm. 
Dilraba Dilmurat Vengo Gao Eternal Love
Fans of Three Lives, Three Worlds: Ten Miles of Peach Blossom (TMPB) aka Eternal Love which released in 2017 and is still being raved about are patiently waiting for its sequel. The sequel based on the novel Three Lives, Three Worlds: The Pillow Book written by the same author, Tang Qigongzi has wrapped up shooting and is expected to release this year. The drama will focus on the love story of Bai Fengjiu (Dilraba Dilmurat) and Donghua (Vengo Gao) whose relationship was a subplot and a foil to the principal love story of Bai Qian (Yang Mi) and Yehua (Mark Chao) in TMPB.
Ariel Lin Vin Zhang dog
If there's one thing I can't resist, it's cute animal pics, so here we are with photos of Ariel Lin having several selfie moments with Vin Zhang's dog.

Ever since I Will Never Let You Go 小女花不弃 premiered last week, Douban ratings average at a mere 6.1, and it seems that the show's been written off as uninventive and lacking originality. It's a tad disappointing for someone like Ariel Lin who has played the same character many times before though also commendable to know that she can pull off cutesy roles so naturally even in her mid-thirties. personally feel like many of the people watching the show are in it for the leads and to be honest, they're mainly why this drama's still on my radar.  
Lai Kuanlin
Popular South Korean boyband Wanna One will have their final concert towards the end of January after which the members will go their separate ways. Anticipation is high for each of the members and rapper Lai Kuanlin who's also the maknae at 17 year old seems to be gearing up for a debut in China. 
Poster Original Sin
The recent ending of crime thriller drama Original Sin 原生之罪 left viewers mourning when the main character Chi Zhen, played by Zhai Tianlin, was last seen on a train gravely wounded and presumably dead. The character's death trended on social media the next day for being too tragic and many demanding that Chi Zhen not be killed off. It looks like their prayers have been answered now that the show has dropped an easter egg to reveal the real ending
Mystery of Antiques ads
Inserted ads in streaming vides are nothing new.  Even Youtube and Facebook have them. To me, they're basically TV commercials for the internet age. It's certainly common to see Chinese dramas series with ad inserts but when is it going too far?
The Story of Ming Dynasty Darren Chen Guan Hong
It looks like the folks from Meteor Garden are truly branching out. Shortly after the news of Dylan Wang joining Ever Night 2, Darren Chen is also putting on the ancient garb for The Story of Ming Dynasty 成化十四年, an iQIYI web drama based on a novel by Meng Xishi 梦溪石
Zhao Liying Story of Minglan
The Story Of Minglan 知否知否应是绿肥红瘦 is a drama series revolving on the life of the unfavored sixth daughter of an official. It premiered to lukewarm ratings at the beginning though it has been improving as the weeks progress. It seems that ratings have turned out to be just as predicted. 
Fates and Furies kdrama First Impressions

A woman attempts to climb the social ladder by means of vengeance and ambition in order to capture one man's heart.