All three dramas have confirmed air dates!
Can’t they be happy? Look at them!
I’ve been reading a lot of discussion since the last post about Tribes and Empires running out of money (true!) and who’s to blame. A lot of rumors. It’s hard to say. This is director Cao Dun’s first venture into ancient fantasy series so he is ambitious and has an artistic vision and didn’t realize many costly things. It’s hard to entirely blame him because he’s well-loved by the cast and we were all wow-ed by the first trailer Tribes dished out. Weren’t we? At least now many realize a good drama isn’t just about the directing but a combination of directing, writing, and acting. Whether or not Huang Xuan’s scenes were cut, we can’t verify, but I did watch Zhou Zi Wei’s interview where he admitted that he shot the drama and then was told they could only give him so much and he replied that he didn’t need to be paid because acting out emotional turbulence like Shuo Feng in itself is a mark in his acting career. The opportunity cannot be exchanged for money. So everyone in the cast suffers in one way or another, not just any one actor.
If they are lucky to get funding for another season, let this first season be a good lesson for the production company about budget management (!!).
So we only have one more week of Tribes and Empires totaling 75 episodes because they only shot up to Huang Xuan’s ascension to the throne. What will they do from here? I don’t know because it’s not a small project. The novel writer wrote on his weibo that he has big dreams for Tribes (on the level of Attack on Titan and Lord of the Rings) but the project lacks funding so he’s looking for ka-ching!
As of 12/26, the drama online views have hit 7 billions. 😀 Hunan has also sucked it up and will air Tribes starting 12/29 on TV.
Art In Love (那刻的怦然心动) is a modern drama with George Hu and Kan Qing Zi as leads. George plays a perfectionist artist, who is introverted, sensitive, and cold. His personality is challenged by our heroine (Kan Qing Zi) who isn’t afraid of anything. They know each other in college and begin clashing then. When given the chance to pursue further education in arts, our hero chooses to follow his dream and study abroad, sacrificing the budding romance. Seven years later, he returns home and meets our heroine again, but throughout the years, she is guarded by a handsome basketball player (Hong Yao). Places have changed, time has changed, but their hearts ache the same… sounds so familiar! Lol!
Never mess with caged women!