The long-anticipated Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace 如懿传 may finally get to see daylight. It stars Wallace Huo as Emperor Qian Long and Zhou Xun as the Step Empress Ulanara. The show which had many expected release dates that turned out to be false kept being pushed back as producers were unable to secure a time slot.
You might be wondering why this is so. The Chinese government has a strict quota for broadcasting historical period pieces and the stations, Dragon TV and Jiangsu TV, who are handling the release are considered provincial stations. Provincial stations are only allowed to dedicate 15 percent of its airtime to historical period pieces so they are unable to air more than 110 episodes per year. Ruyi has at least 90 episodes!
According to a SARFT (State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television) statement last March 30, a license has been issued so there is hope that we might see this show soon enough.
Moreover, Producer Huang Wei explained that if they are unable to release the show through Dragon TV and Jiangsu TV, then they will look into having the show released overseas instead. Win the World is another large-scale historical drama that would have similar issues though it is currently bogged down by the more pressing scandal involving Gao Yun Xiang.
I feel sympathy for this drama because chinese gov.give the strict rules and unreasonable censorship…it is not fair for any drama…and it will kill the creativity…on the other side I wonder why production company are very interested make the many episodes for that drama…which is for me 90 episode are very long…and it will get draggy and boring…huhuhu…if there is no solution..it is better to air this drama outside china…
I don't feel any sympathy for this series, they deserve it. I'm kind of happy that there's a restriction on the number of episodes. This is what they get for trying to do their competitor dirty. After watching and then dropping so many series, I am tire of these long episodes series. Most just recycle the same old drama tropes without adding anything to the overall storyline. I don’t need to see beautiful cinematography or people looking extremely beautiful, there should be a restrained in it. It’s okay for people to dress in not so pretty clothes, just focusing on making a good storyline.
Hopefully with the restriction, more production companies will focusing on producing series that wrap up the storyline in a nice, contained, reasonable number of episodes.
You don't watch western series then… cuz for instead i have been watching one for 13 years and i havent lost interest. We got seasons to segment the thing but in the end is 1 storyline with a bunch of eps. Is absurd to think something will be boring for having many eps.
@Anonymous APRIL 11, 2018 AT 2:20 PM
Wow I have to be honest and i'll try to be as nice as I can. You sound so miserable and hateful. You must feel real ugly about yourself which is a damn shame. Hope you get over it, that negative attitude will just drag you down into a hole! Look in the mirror and say your beautiful and once you except that then you will appreciate the beauty of others as well as this planet earth.
What about Legend of Minglan? Just as long too. I heard the novel didn’t have many things happening too but just lots of descriptions. Maybe the drama will be filming lots of tables and plants and beautiful stuff but no actions. Based on the trailer people will be talking slow pace and walk 5 minutes before anything should happen. just like tribes and emperor.
I don’t understand understand why would government has such restriction? What’s wrong with airing so many historical dramas.. no matter how long the eps, chinese historical dramas are still much better than their modern drama. Their modern drama sucks except very few. Chinese just don’t know how to make a decent modern drama without the story being makjang or the story being cringeworthy. modern drama tend to cast idols/fresh meat as lead and most of them can’t act. Historical drama can be suck too but the number isn’t as many as modern drama.
so many episode will cause the drama drag with annoying story line and will cause a boring plot…
Ancient dramas are starting to be as dumb too. We just watch them with the hope that at least 1 will bring back the excellent 90’s and early 2000’s wuxia style back but I am losing great hope as I cannot find anything good for more than 5 years already. It won’t get any better. I would just rewatch my favorite old stuff, I DON’T fast forward them and spent the time watching every well thought, creative, and importantly made scenes. The truth about these stupid 60 or more episodes shows are that we spent 2 hours and finished 30 episodes and total of 4 for the entire thing bc of skipping. Compared to shows in the past we would really spend 2 hours for the first 2 entire episodes and so forth. Even they are not perfect we skip sometimes too. Just a bit though. But instead of improving things went downwards.
The length of some Chinese dramas has become ridiculous lately. Too many dramas are too long for the story they are telling and the writing, editing and storytelling suffer as a result. Avenue X also discussed on her channel that a lot of these dramas have made their series extra long to stifle competition because if a channel uses all their allocated hours they won't be able to air any other period drams so all resources and promotion will go towards their drama. Very sneaky!