My list has TWO. And these are very, super promising, as in I’m freaking out being sooooooo excited. I’ve done all the contemplations, these have such a narrow margin to SUCK. So pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease. Don’t! I would be irreversibly broken if any one of these could be another dud a la ChuHan Contention. T_____T
1. New Stories from the Editorial Board/ 新编辑部故事
This is PD Zhang’s followup since his massive acclaimed hit Zhen Huan Zhuan. As I had repeatedly raved about how well done ZHZ is, even with a few little complaints like the meandering pace, what I take from it is PD Zhang has a bottom-line in his craft, he could have easily thrown in gallons more ‘dogblood’ 狗血, but he didn’t go the easy route pimping for ratings. I respect that. *狗血 is a popular chinese slang somewhat like makjang; 血/xuè sounds like shi…t, and 狗 is similar phonetically to 够, ie 狗血 is very enough/a lot of S. It also is based upon a phrase with its etiology from the turn of (last) century’s opera scene: 洒 (sprinkling)狗血, where it’s a negative connotation of jabbing at an artist who has no true talent, with laughable technique, who will throw in all sorts of over-the-top, superficial distractions on stage to fake it. *
The drama was a remake of a popular oldie from the 90s: Stories from the Editorial Board/ 编辑部故事. I’ve not seen it, but it’s the drama that shot Ge You to fame. PD Zhang’s forte is serious social commentaries. ZHZ is actually an anomaly on his revered resume. The topic may be too serious and his dramas may be too proper to be rabidly enjoyable as entertainment, but the trailer of this actually looks lighthearted a workplace comedy jabbing at current events. I trust PD Zhang and his old-school pride would steer him off stooping too low. I’m not sure I’ll find it as funny as intended, CN comedy is a case of lost in translation for me, but at least it won’t be brain-numbing. The cast is a very solid mix of veterans, with Boran Jing thrown in (I only know him as a younglings’ heartthrob and not my type). Ge You is said to appear in a cameo. This should air in April:
1991年至今阔别二十载，《人间指南》编辑部早已物是人非。退休的退休，去世的去世，跳槽的跳槽，就剩下戈玲还坚守着这块阵地，成了一名老字辈的女主编。戈玲费尽力气也没能挽住《人间指南》的颓势，发行量一年不如一年，编辑部面临着被解散的命运。众人力保之下迎来海归新运营总监安妮, 《人间指南》改头换面成了《WWW》。安妮的到来使编辑部内部分为“老派”戈玲与生活财经版编辑刘向前，“新派”头牌摄影师袁帅、90后网站编辑何澈澈以及80后时尚娱乐版编辑欧小米两大阵营。每集上演一个新故事，内容涵盖了诸如“谁主沉浮”、“鉴宝”、“碟中谍”、“爱心总动员”、“招聘启事”、“养生之道”、“见义勇为”等社会热议话题， 性格各异的六个人共同努力，最终将编辑部办得有声有色，成为一个既团结友爱又色彩纷呈的集体.
20+ years since 1991. <Life’s Guide>’s editorial board has seen drastic changes. Those retiring had retired, those who passed away were dead, those who made career leaps had jumped ships, all that is left is GeLing (Lu LiPing, revisiting the same role from the original) safeguarding the last frontier, becoming the veteran of female editor-in-chief. She has tried everything she could but still can’t save the magazine from its free-falling volume of circulation, worsening by the year. The editorial board is facing the fate of being dissolved. After a lot of hardwork by the team, they welcomed a new operating executive Annie (Chen Hao) who is back from the country after studying aboard. <Life’s Guide> is revamped into <WWW>. Annie’s arrival divided the editorial board into 2 main fractions: the ‘veterans/old’ GeLing and the Life and Money editor Liu XiangQian (Wang QianYuan) *lit. Left behind.Go.Forward*; and the ‘new’ head photographer Yuan Shuai (Huang HaiBo) *Shuai=handsome: and why is myLoverboy not the ideal casting for THIS?!?!*, an 90er, editor of the website He CheChe (Boran Jing) *lit. ‘he’ is homophone to river and 澈澈 is clear clear* and the 80er style and entertainment editor Au XiaoBe (Jiao JunYan)*Au= Europe/European; XiaoMi is the cutenick of America. Each episode will focus on a story. Covering myriads of current hot topics and memes (as listed above in chinese). The six different characters will work together, eventually the editorial board flourishes into a team of tightly bonded yet unique personalities.
2. 金陵十三钗/The drama of The Flowers of War/四十九日·祭/Si Shi Jiu Ri Ji/49 days. Sacrifice
This is my absolutely most anticipated upcoming Cdrama in 2014, and I’m preemptively bleeding my hearts and tearducts out this very moment!! First let me just squeal on the fact it is rejoining the 悬崖/Cliff OTP, awesome duo of thespians SongJia (yup, my fav working Cactress of her gen) and 张嘉译/Zhang JiaYi (of Snail House/Dwelling Narrowness’ fame).
PD ZhangLi, Writer Yan Geling, Song Jia, Zhang JiaYi.
The GRAND icing on the cake is we have PD 张黎/Zhang Li at the helm he’s arguably one of the most talented master of the Cdramaland atm, my folks have sent me the entire collection of his work in dvds through the years, forcing goodness down my throat. I’d admit some are too dense for my taste but it’s undeniably masterpieces. His work made it to 4 slots on my Cdrama favs list. Nothing can suck if he’s the mastermind of it, trufact. You must’ve heard of his works like the glorious 雍正王朝/Yong Zheng Dynasty, based on the best work of my Loverboy’s favorite historical novelist Er Yue He, which abominably is gonna be brutally mind-raped very soon by the pesky toad yz unless yz is gonna be fumigated, beaten to a pulp before that happens, answering ALL our prayers. *and lolz, the webby is full of lovely bighearted sweethearts the likes of Koala and STILL I’ve not seen such an unanimous outburst, across the board, 100%, of hallelujahs and absolute rapture of ecstasy and the highest praises of the perpetrator/hitter as a hero doing JinYung proud when the news of yu zit being hit swept the gossips yesterday. Seriously I don’t mind being an accessory to a crime and chip in the YuZit hit fund. I digressed. * He is also responsible for the cinematography of JohnWoo’s Red Cliff. As much as I hated and was bored to tears by RC the movie, the camera work was powerful. His best work maybe Ming Dynasty 1566 but my Mom favs are 中国往事 and 人间正道是沧桑. Zhang is working closely with the original wrtier Yan Geling of the novel, source material, 13 Flowers of NanJing. Everything is hitting above and beyond my dream pick for a faithful drama adapt of the depressing epic. I’m pinching myself nonstop. OUCH! Hurts soo GOoOoDDD! XDDDD
Also some scandalous gossip, SJ allegedly became the married PD Jiang’s lover during the filming of Memoirs in China, a MayDec romance of a 24 year gap, they had a torrid affair and Zhang went on divorcing his wife #3(?) but he and SJ broke up soon after, rumor was not amicably. PD Zhang did not hold his tongue of not particularly happy working with SongJia here. He openly dissed even he, a big deal director in the business, has no say in casting as to who the investors picked as leads when asked by gutsy reporters what he thinks of working with SongJia again. Touche. But yuck, be a bigger man grandpa!
SongJia will be the titular heroine YuMo (SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!). Zhang will play a character raised by a priest, hoping for a stable living under the shelter of the Church in wartime.
The kicker for all shallow fangirls? Hu Ge is in it. YES! This is what I am begging since Day1 for HG to do, picking supporting roles in a great production as opposed to lead in silly idolfluffs, and surrounding himself with veterans and talents he can sponge up and improve, because although his acting has not been impressing me, an extra notch up might do it. I do like the boy, mostly now due to his association as BFF of YH. I am one weirdo who do not think HG is at his best of looks in periods, his features are more delicate and woobie-ish, ie won’t hold up to the manly boldness of the period costumes if he’s playing an epic hero. BUT in anything circa 1900s-1950s. He’s the perfect aura and looks of the educated New Youth.
He is playing The patriotic Nationalist general Dai Tao, who will undergo so many personal sacrifices for the greater good during those 49 days of hell on earth in Nanjing.
PS: both Loverboy and his bff HG will be in uniforms of opposing political fractions on their respective sets. I’m squeeing on the possibility of all the hottest slashy fanvids alone!
PSS: Word is Loverboy’s current spy captain drama MiMiHangXian will wrap up primary filming in June?July? and it has a tentative boardcast slot in October. <_< It’s not that I don’t wanna believe but please let it be true even when I have been let down too many times.