Only one confirmed drama on our radar currently. As always, please check back for more updates. There are also a few rumored dramas floating around, some we believe more than others listed below:)
Behind the Scenes (Jan 5 Dragon TV, Beijing TV, Youku)
A story revolving around a famous producer and a college student as they walk on the same path towards reaching their dreams. Starring Zhou Dongyu and Luo Jin.
I Will Never Let You Go (Jan 8 Zhejiang TV, Tencent, iQiYi, Youku)
A beggar with extraordinary talents in business meets the chivalrous hero who saves her, thus beginning a sweet yet painstaking romance that progresses from their first meeting to becoming friends and falling in love. Starring Ariel Lin, Vin Zhang and Austin Lin.
The Crowned Clown (Jan 7 tvN)
In order to protect himself from assassination attempts, the King commissions a clown who looks exactly like him to become his impostor. Meanwhile, the clown learns what it means to become a King. Starring Yeo Jin Goo and Lee Se Young.
New Legend of White Snake (Postponed)
Who is Bai Suzhen’s destiny? Unable to continue cultivating, the white snake must end her attachments in the human realm or put her own existence at risk. Starring Sun Xiaoxiao and Lu Hong.
Spy Hunter (Jan 10 Jiangsu TV, Zhejiang TV, Tencent, iQiYi, Youku, Mango TV)
A story revolving around spies who navigate around dangerous powers in a battle of wits and will to defend their country. Starring Qin Junjie and Xu Lu.
The Legend fo Hao Lan (Jan 19 iQIYI)
A story that follows three people – the daughter of a public official who has fallen from grace, a Qin prince that has been living as a hostage and an ambitious merchant. The three play a crucial role in Ying Zheng’s rise to power. Starring Wu Jinyan, Mao Zijun and Nie Yuan.
Candle in the Tomb: The Wrath of Time (Jan 21 Tencent)
It follows the adventures of the older generation of the Candle in the Tomb series as two forces join hands in a dangerous expedition. Starring Pan Yueming, Vengo Gao and Xin Zhilei.
Kingdom (Jan 25 Netflix)
Suspecting the King to be dead, the Crown Prince takes up arms against the zombie apocalypse that plagues Joseon while navigating the political intricacies among those in power. Starring Joo Ji Hoon and Bae Doo Na.
The Legends (Jan 28 Hunan TV, iQIYI)
A one of a kind xianxia story with the right amount of action, humor, cuteness and drama that is told from the POV of the master of a Demon Sect. After her ‘death’, she is determined to regain her place ass King. Starring Bai Lu and Xu Kai.
Yan Shi Fan (
Jan 30 Dragon TV, Beijing TV, Youku, Mango TV)
A story set at a period of great unrest during the end of the Qing Dynasty that follows two impassioned youths as they devote their lives to their country. Starring Huang Zitao, Jackson Yee and Hu Bingqing.
- This list is updated as more dramas are announced.
- We do our best to cover newly-airing mainstream Chinese dramas and a few web dramas / Korean dramas that catch our eye.
- We rely on weibo for announcements, so dramas that are not yet officially announced might not be here.
- The dates above are subject to change.
- For a more comprehensive list of dramas airing this month, please check out ChineseDrama.info.
I'm anticipating Yan Shi Fan the most. Mostly due to Huang Zitao, I can't wait to see his performance and growth since The Negotiator, but also because it's a historical (and fictional, as far as I know), as well as an action-packed drama, something I absolutely love. Romance dramas with rich heirs and so on tend to go in a pretty ridiculous direction throughout the drama, so I'm really happy with this choice of his. Furthermore, it appears that the patriotic notions and friendships are going to play a more important role than the romance, also a bonus. Romance can be nice, but it shouldn't interrupt or direct the flow of a story (I really, sincerely hope that romance is only a by-product). Anyway, I think the drama is pretty much confirmed for the end of January or early February at the latest.