With censorship and other restrictions, It’s rare to see a historical drama making it to television nowadays, most just air online or not at all, but it looks like one drama is about to buck the trend. The Rise of Phoenixes 天盛长歌 has been scheduled to broadcast as a daily drama beginning August 14, 2018 on Hunan TV. It will also air exclusively online via streaming website iQiYi.
I can’t say that I’m watching this for sure with so many choices for this summer, but it’s arguably shaping up to be one of those historical epics (it has 70 episodes!) and boasts an impressive lineup from A-listers Chen Kun and Ni Ni down to the supporting characters. Lost in 1949 didn’t bring in spectacular numbers despite being Chen Kun’s comeback drama though I feel that this genre may make a more compelling watch especially with the big network and primetime slot to give ratings a further boost.
Hopefully, there will be no sudden postponements like what happened to Peace in Palace, Peace in Chang An (I was really looking forward to that).