Chinese Dramas and the Elusive Season 2, is Joy of Life Sequel Possible?

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Joy of Life 余年 is almost coming down to its final run, which means that sooner than soon we’ll be facing the question of "what happens next?" It’s a great drama alright and has without doubt become one of the season’s bestsellers.  Joy of Life definitely had the makings of a potential hit, with a unique plot, interesting characters, the comedic injections of humour plus a talented group of main and supporting cast members which all make for a buzz worthy series. And it seems to be working because people are hooked! It’s a shame that pretty soon the series is coming to an end.  

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Will there be a season two you might ask? Logic dictates that it is most probably a yes because from the get go the episodes that are currently airing have been touted to be under Season 1. But don’t get too excited just yet because there hasn’t been any word that they’ve begun filming for Season 2 at all. In fact I don't think there's even a script for the sequel just yet! Wang Juan was asked in an interview about the scripts for season 2 of Joy of Life and Young Blood both of which are penned by the writer. He said that he can't answer because he really doesn't know. There's definitely a plan for it next year but which will be finished first, everyone will have to wait. 

So the bad news for fans - it might be a long wait. Time flies, but surely not when you’re waiting for the second season of your favourite drama to air. Lest you go on an all night binge fest to watch all the just dropped episodes, maybe you'd want to take the time to savour the episodes more?

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Not to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but looking back even a show’s success isn’t a guarantee that a sequel will be coming any time soon. Princess Agents was a big hit back in 2017 and that ending was totally unfinished. But nope, no season 2 yet. Same goes for Tribes and Empires:Storms of Prophecy whose ending pretty much left a lot of loose strings hanging. Again, no word on a sequel yet. Battle Through the Heavens Season 1 still needs a season 2. 

That’s not to say none of the shows get a sequel, in fact the continuation to Wang Kai’s Like A Flowing River 2 has already started filming last month, it’s just that while the production certainly leaves the obvious opportunity for a sequel, an immediate resolution might not be in the cards until a (much) later date. As for Joy of Life, when they finally do oblige to make the sequel, I hope they'll be able to wrangle the entire cast back for the second installment. Granted, it's a big cast and juggling everyone's schedules to get them all back together might be a challenge. But as they say, all good things come to he who waits.

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14 comments:

  1. Filming historical drama is much longer and complicated than modern drama. I don't think the cast would want to return for season 2 especially for big name cast. Plus all that time can be used to film other project. Even for Ever Night, Chen Feiyu didn't return for season 2 and was replaced with Dylan Wang.

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    1. Chen Feiyu didn't not return by choice at all. Dylan was forced on by sponsors. So he is not a good example to pick up.

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  2. Wait, does that mean the drama finishes halfway through the novel? :( That's a bummer to know...

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  3. There will be three season for this drama. They already have a give year contract to finish the drama within the five years.

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  4. They better give us a season 2 3 4 and 5 dammitttt

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  5. Lol, bad blog writer. Wikipedia already lists 3 seasons as the possible outcome of the series!!!

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  6. It would be blasphemy if they don't conclude this show. It is honestly the BEST chinese drama I have ever had the pleasure of watching. I feel like this show will have audience from all over the world not just in china. It'll help the chinese tv industry.

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  7. Can't wait anymore to watch season... It's to long to wait it's really sad... Please do male it soon...

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  8. I do really enjoy and best drama, it's really interesting ... I can't wait to watch season 2, please please do make it soon.. Thank you

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  9. I for one am not holding my breath. Most DO NOT come up with concurrent seasons. In fact, they would do well not to even start making dramas that they have to guess whether it will have a final ending or not, can't get the main and supporting actors back, or make a drama that has little chance of being totally finished and they know. I WAS entertained during season 1. However, had I known that the full story was incomplete I would never have started it. Viki, unfortunately, seems to be following in Netflix's steps concerning incomplete programming or, just as bad, having to wait a year or more for the next season. Why not simply complete all seasons and then air it or make an epic movie instead? Money issues? Then don't make it. I'm totally pissed about this.I for one will NOT watch season 2 even if it does get completed with the original cast. Why? I'm not one who enjoys being left hanging. I pay for consistent programmed entertainment....not a piece here, wait forever, and then get another piece there. Thanks but no thanks. I'll choose to waste my time some other way with far less disappointment and aggravation.

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  10. How can they start something that they will not be able to end? It's very glaring that this movie has not yet ended so they should start filming the season 2 as soon as possible.

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  11. Nunggu season 2 lamanya minta ampun ,sudah penasaran rasanya pengin nonton.

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  12. I can't wait any longer please release the season 2

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