This week, it was Hunan Satellite TV’s turn to give us all an update as to what’s in store for their viewers in the coming months. And believe me, there’s a couple of notable ones that will surely make you sit up and take notice.
Octogenarians and the 90s (八零九零)
Bai Jingting and Janice Wu Qian’s quirkily entitled Octogenarians and the 90s finds them in Sunshine House which Janice’s character Xiaomei inherited from her grandmother. The enthusiastic youngsters and their new ideas help put a little vitality back into the staid lives of the nursing home’s residents. However, not all change is considered good by its elderly residents who constantly butt heads with them. Not to worry though, with a little bit of patience, both these 90s kids and Sunshine House’s residents soon learn to accept each other. When urban planning threatens their little oasis, will this spell the end to Xiaomei’s Sunshine House?
Octogenarians and the 90s also features the familiar face of the Su patriarch in last year’s hit series All is Well, veteran actor Ni Dahong.
The Oath of Love (余生请多指教)
Dare we hope that the fresh pairing of Yang Zi and Xiao Zhan is finally making it into the small screens soon? Two people with “talented” hands – one a gifted doctor and the other a skilled musician finds the other in their orbit when cellist Lin Zhixiao’s (Yang Zi) father is diagnosed with cancer. Xiao Zhan plays his attending physician Gu Wei. The situation is not exactly the most ideal for developing a romantic relationship but fate it seems has plans for these two.
Song of Youth (玉楼春)
We couldn’t not include a Bai Lu drama on the list now could we? The actress plays up her comedic side in this Ming dynasty drama despite her character Lin Shao Chun’s desperate circumstances. After her father’s downfall, she’s forced to join the opera troupe to make ends meet. There, she makes the acquaintance of Sun Yu Lou (Wang Yizhe). Wanting to clear her father’s name, Shao Chun tries to pass herself off as a man to get into the national exams with Yu Lou’s help. Shao Chun eventually achieves everything she wants but will she be able to bring to justice the person who wronged her family?
Bai Lu ’s Huanyu colleague Wang Yizhe certainly hit the jackpot alright, forming the other half of the chameleon-like actress’ newest CP. Since the actress is known to have awesome chemistry with most of the men she’s paired with, successfully pulling this CP off will certainly shine a bigger light on Wang Yizhe’s burgeoning career.
Growing Pains 2 (少年派2)
Angel Zhao Jinmai and the gang return for the sequel to the original Growing Pains which finds everybody at the cusp of graduating university. And although the four classmates and their families have their own problems, they’re all working hard to find happiness. Miaomiao is on the fence between studying overseas and taking a job. Lin Dawei opens a elderly community centre and encourages Wang Shengnan to also get into the elderly care industry. Meanwhile, Qian Sanyi who’s secretly in love with Miaomiao is still trying hard to win the support of his family. Tianhao starts on his journey to entrepreneurship whilst Xiaoqi strives to follow her dream and become an actress despite her mother’s objections.
Revisit with everyone as Zhang Jiayi, Wang Yuwen, Yan Ni, Guo Junchen and Jiang Guannan are also featured in Growing Pains 2
Other dramas included in the network’s lineup are The Starting Line 起跑线, Datang Ming Yue 大唐明月, My Best Friend’s Story 流金岁月, She and Her Perfect Husband 爱的二八定律, Psychologist 女心理师, A Land So Rich in Beauty 江山如此多娇 and Being a Hero 冰雨火.