Brace yourselves, historical C-drama lovers...
The following (non-contemporary, historical) genres of C-dramas and C-movies are restricted (限古令) from broadcasting or webcasting from March to June (and more like indefinitely):
- Palace struggle/intrigue
For dramas of above genres, if they haven't been shown, they would be till the finale. But, after that, they would all be wiped off from all (Chinese) internet platforms. Dramas such as 《独孤皇后 Queen Dugu》,《东宫 Goodbye my Princess》,《招摇 The Legends》,《倚天屠龙记 Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre》,《芈月传 The Legend of Mi Yue》,《延禧攻略 The Story of Yanxi Palace》, and so on. In particular, dramas of historical, period costumes and palace struggle-related genres would all be restricted across the board.
For dramas that are waiting for an on-air or live-stream schedule, either via broadcast or webcast, they would have to undergo another round of audit before approval, and before a new schedule of airing would be given. It is reported that most may not be on-air or on live-stream anytime sooner than two years later.
The most recent dramas that are affected:
《新白娘子传奇 The Legend of White Snake 2019》that was originally reported for premiere on 3.27.19 has now been rescheduled.
《我的波塞冬 My Poseidon》that was originally reported for premiere on 3.24.19 has also been rescheduled.
Also shelved, indefinitely, are:
《帝王业 Monarch Industry》now 《江山故人》Zhang Ziyi's debut TV drama
《大明皇妃·若传 The Empress of the Ming》Tang Wei and Zhu Yawen
《九州斛珠夫人 (lit.) Novoland: Pearl Eclipse》Yang Mi
《三生三世枕上 Eternal Love: The Pillow Book》Dilraba Dilmurat and Vengo Gao
《狼殿下 The Wolf》Darren Wang Dalu, Sweet Li Qin and Sean Xiao Zhan
《锦衣之下 Under the Power》Allen Ren Jialun and Seven Tan Songyun
《庶女锦兰 (lit.) Commoner Jin Lan》 Hu Ge and Cecelia Liu Shishi
Historically, this is the strictest across the board restriction ever imposed by the CN authorities.
So, for those who are watching The Legend of Hao Lan, or any other historical C-dramas, do complete your watching ASAP, before they are all taken down. While only the Chinese platforms are affected now, one never knows when the hammer will strike other non-Chinese platforms, like Youtube, Viki, etc.
Unfortunately, the unlikely benefactor in this whole scheme of things may end up to be those illegal streaming sites.
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PS: I was in the midst of preparing this post when the other popped up. Synchronicity? Anyway, rather than re-typing, I'll x-ref it here.