First season of Sohu TV streaming drama ‘Fox in the Screen’ receives more than 330 million views

The first season of Chinese drama Fox in the Screen, one of Sohu TV’s biggest self-produced shows, has received a total of more than 330 million views, according to a statement released by the streaming platform on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/19 16:43:39

Non-English language TV shows become popular in China

Nova Wang, a 20-year-old sophomore in Wuhan, Hubei Province, is following the third season of a popular Russian comedy Interny, which made its debut in 2010. Broadcast on, a video website famous for its real-time comments, the show features comical stories about a doctor and his four medical interns. So far, he has watched over 100 episodes of the show.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/15 15:43:39

Rumored ban on South Korean entertainment leads to name changes, opens door for Japanese productions

The Chinese version of popular South Korean variety show Running Man announced on its Sina Weibo on Monday that it was changing its name to Keep Running. The name change sparked suspicions online that the move could be related to a rumored ban on South Korean shows that seems to have started in August 2016 when tensions between the two countries increased due to South Korea's plan to deploy the THAAD system.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/14 17:58:39

Fostered Idols like TFboys and SNH48 gain ground in China as teams localize their efforts

With the debut of Chinese all-female idol group SNH48 at this year's Central China Television Spring Festival Gala and the appearance of Wang Yuan, a member of China's hottest boy group TFboys, at a UN youth forum on January 31, 2016, China's so-called "Fostered Idols" are just beginning to show their influence at home and as well as around the globe.
Source: Global Times | 2017/2/7 17:18:40

Boss of Australia's ABC TV resigns

The director of television at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Richard Finlayson, announced on Friday that he will be standing down in March, as speculation of dissension grows within its ranks.
Source: Xinhua | 2017/1/20 14:54:50

Netflix adds 7 million subscribers in global expansion

Netflix added a record 7 million subscribers over the past quarter as part of its global expansion drive, fueling a surge in revenue and profit for the streaming television giant.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/19 17:53:39

Taming the online wilderness

While 2016 saw an explosion of online variety shows in the Chinese mainland, that may change this year as Chinese media watchdog, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), has started tightening regulations on Internet productions.
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/18 18:28:39

Sitcom about Latino family takes on new resonance in Trump era

A new Netflix sitcom focused on a US Latino family touches on hot-button social issues like sexism, racism and immigration – entertainment that’s particularly topical as Donald Trump transitions into the White House.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/18 17:28:39

'Robber pulled gun on me,' Kardashian told French police

A French newspaper published Sunday Kim Kardashian's testimony to police of how a robber threatened her at gunpoint when she refused to hand over a ring worth millions of dollars.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/16 16:13:39

Golden Globes: ‘La La Land’ wins big; Meryl Streep takes on Donald Trump

As one of the biggest celebrations of film and television in Hollywood, the Golden Globes grabs the attention of not only audiences in the US, but also the media in China as well.
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/9 19:08:39

South Korean minister apologizes for government’s artist blacklist

South Korea's culture minister apologized Monday for the conservative government's blacklisting of thousands of artists for their political beliefs, as critics said the attempt to muzzle critics was the worst for decades.
Source: AFP | 2017/1/9 23:38:40

Saudi online storm over reality TV ‘porn’

A Saudi television channel apologized on Wednesday after a reality show in the strict Islamic kingdom featured a scene that critics denounced as "pornographic."
Source: AFP | 2017/1/5 19:48:39

Sherlock returns but disappoints Chinese fans

After three years of waiting for Sherlock season 4, Chinese fans of the show were in a fervor on Monday morning after they saw the first episode premiere on the BBC's official website.
Source: Global Times | 2017/1/3 18:48:39

CUC to live cast year-end cultural industry gala

The Communication University of China will hold China's first cultural industry year-end gala on the evening of December 31, according to a statement released on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/21 17:43:39

Popular Hong Kong movie series ‘Infernal Affairs’ reborn as streaming drama on iQiyi

A TV series adaptation of one of the most popular movie series in China, Infernal Affairs, is scheduled to debut on Chinese streaming site iQiyi on Wednesday, 15 years after the first film in the Hong Kong franchise hit big screens.
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/20 17:48:39

Colombia asks Madrid to remove billboard for Netflix drug lord drama ‘Narcos’

Colombian leader Juan Manuel Santos warned Wednesday against praising late drug lord Pablo Escobar "as a hero" as Bogota asked Madrid authorities to remove a giant poster advertising the Netflix series Narcos.
Source: AFP | 2016/12/15 19:18:40

Chinese fans pay tribute to their perfect dad, 'Growing Pains' actor Alan Thicke

Virtual candles were lit on Chinese social media platforms on Wednesday for Canadian actor Alan Thicke, as fans of the US sitcom Growing Pains in China bid farewell to the actor they will remember as "the most loving Dad ever on TV."
Source: Global Times | 2016/12/15 19:03:39

New reality TV show to pit man against harshest Siberian wilds

A new reality TV survival show soon to be launched in Russia will test the contestants' ability to survive in the vast unforgiving forests of Siberia during winter.
Source: Sputniknews | 2016/12/15 16:21:49