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.