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Passing of 'Friends' theme song writer sparks wave of nostalgia on Chinese internet

Allee Willis, best known in China for writing the theme song for the long-running TV series Friends died on Tuesday. As Chinese netizens offered their condolences and reminisced about the classic NBC comedy, they also expressed a strong eagerness to see a Friends reunion.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/26 15:05:54

Chinese animated series 'Scissors Seven' to debut on Netflix

The second season of Chinese animated series Scissor Seven will debut on streaming giant Netflix as a Netflix Original on January 10, 2020, and will be dubbed into English, Spanish, French and Japanese in more than 190 countries and regions around the world.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/19 18:50:55

Sohu TV releases upcoming 2020 slate of streaming dramas

At its annual Sohu TV World conference on Wednesday, Chinese streaming site Sohu TV announced its slate of dramas for 2020.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/19 18:03:43

Future of entertainment

The year 2019 has seen various entertainment shows dominate small screens in China, from reality shows revealing the lives of celebrities to dating shows involving ordinary people and stars.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/15 17:48:39

TV drama 'Macao Family' shows big changes, consistent themes

"During filming, every time I went home, my daughter would always smell around and thought the house smelt different. It later turned out to be the smell of almond cookies from my clothes and skin," said actor Yam Tat-wah from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, who was part of the TV drama Macao Family.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/11 21:08:40

British foodie enjoys learning cooking from Chinese grannies

Jamie Bilbow, a 31-year-old host and documentary producer, is passionate about Chinese cuisine. His desire to talk with Chinese people about cooking led him to become fluent in the language.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/11 17:47:40

CCTV examines 'suicide curse' in K-pop industry

World Weekly, a China Central Television (CCTV) program, focused on the K-pop industry on Sunday, looking into the deaths of three young South Korean celebrities recently.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/11 10:08:40

What's trending on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Thursday

The 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) held in Japan on Wednesday night has become one of the hottest topics on Sina Weibo, with the hashtag getting more than 1.3 billion views.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/5 17:48:41

Lay Zhang's mobile variety show demonstrates the potential of portrait-mode-only programming

Chinese singer and K-pop EXO member Zhang Yixing, also known by his stage name Lay Zhang, launched his solo variety show Reknow on short video platform TikTok on November 28. Unlike other variety shows aimed at mobile users, Zhang's new show was filmed and is meant to be watched in portrait mode.
Source: Global times | 2019/12/4 20:42:05

Chinese costume drama 'Qing Yu Nian' treats audience with veteran actors and talented new stars

The 46-episode-long Chinese costume drama Qing Yu Nian (English: Joy of Life) adapted from a fictional web novel of the same title was released on November 26 on online streaming sites Tencent Video and iQIYI. It managed to receive a warm response from the audience and garnered a high rating of 8.0/10 on the Chinese media review platform Douban.
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/2 19:29:50

Casting of infamous actor and actress causes new drama to go trending on Sina Weibo before premiere

There were jokes galore from Chinese netizens on Sunday after it was revealed that actress Li Xiaolu and actor Jiang Jingfu would be playing the lead roles in the new drama Love Me and Convince Me. The hashtag #TheNewDramaCastingLiXiaoluAndJiangJinfu soon earned more than 420 million views on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo. Many netizens expressed their astonishment over the choice of leads, with some even joking that it was due to the two's backgrounds that they were “kind of looking forward to watching it.”
Source: Global Times | 2019/12/1 16:30:11

Reality show 'Encounter' sets sights on children's songs in local dialects

The upcoming latest episode of reality show Encounter, which will be made available on Tencent Video on Tuesday, will see Chinese musicians Aya, Tan Weiwei and Xiao He collect children's folk songs in local dialects in Hangzhou and other neighboring areas in East China's Zhejiang Province.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/28 17:28:41

Top French actress files abuse charge against renowned director

French star Adele Haenel lodged a complaint on Tuesday against a film director she claims sexually harassed her between the ages of 12 and 15, her lawyers said.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/27 16:53:40

Netflix makes deal to keep one of NY's oldest theaters open

Streaming giant Netflix will use New York's historic Paris theater, which had been shuttered earlier this year, for special events and screenings of its films - the latest twist in the company's ongoing spat with the traditional film industry.
Source: AFP | 2019/11/26 18:53:41

Legal drama 'Without Knowing Dawn Break in the East' to debut in on Sohu Video next month

A new TV drama Without Knowing Dawn Break in the East will debut in Sohu Video on December 25.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/26 16:13:40

Chinese-foreign co-production documentary on 70th PRC founding anniversary makes global debut

The biggest birthday party the world has ever seen is being held this year as nearly 1.4 billion people across China are marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China with a year-long celebration.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/14 17:57:23

Film, TV industry insiders eye more opportunities in China

There are more opportunities to further deepen exchanges and cooperation between the film and TV industries of China and the US, industry insiders from both countries have said.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/11/14 17:53:40

Extreme sports documentary 'The Journey of Ultimate Challenge' pits man against nature

Extreme sports documentary The Journey of Ultimate Challenge, produced by Toutiao, Watermelon Video and OXStudio, made its China debut on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/11/13 17:48:40