Desperate Housewives is coming to Chinese television — for real, this time. We first brought you this news back in July when Shanghaiist was just a young pup. Then, in August, we gave you an update that said the hit TV show would hit Chinese airwaves in September … and, yeah, that didn’t happen. But, now, with only slight hesitation, we can say that Desperate Housewives, dubbed in Mandarin, will make its CCTV-8 debut on Monday. Guess they needed those extra three months to edit out all the naughty bits.
CCTV is banking on the assumption that China likes its American primetime dramedies in unhealthily large doses. They will air three episodes back-to-back, every night until the entire first season has shown in its entirety. Said Laurie Younger, president of Buena Vista Worldwide Television, which produces Desperate Housewives: “The series’ addictive blend of dark comedy and gripping drama is sure to thrill audiences in China the same way it does in 202 other territories around the world.” It already has — Desperate Housewives has been available on DVD, with Chinese subtitles, for the better part of a year here.
In other Chinese television news …
- For this to work, shouldn’t it be a webcast?:
Called Shan Dian Mao De Gu Shi (The Story of Shan Dian Mao), the first Internet addiction themed television show in China will soon be aired to show teenage viewers the horrors of using the Internet too much.
The 38-episode sitcom, shot by the Care for the Next Generation, China Youth League’s Online Movie and TV Center, and the China Youth Internet Association, reveals ways for youth to avoid Internet addiction.
- Haven’t these guys heard of Cop Rock?:
It was lights, camera and action on November 24 in Shanghai for the mainland’s first TV musical, Walk of Fame, expected to hit TV screens next summer.
Sponsored by Starlight International Media Co. Ltd, the 20-episode TV series will feature some of Hong Kong’s best including Jordan Chan, Eric Tsang and Ruby Lin. But these heavyweights will only be playing a supporting role this time because the real stars of the show are newbies Huang Yida, Yang Ziting, Lu Jiejun and Li Xuan.
As a musical, the music in Walk of Fame is the key to its success. Singaporean music producers, brothers Lee Si Song and Lee Wei Song, were asked to contribute to the soundtrack. Some of today’s biggest Chinese music stars owe their success to the Lee brothers including Gigi Leung, Jolin Tsai, and Stefanie Sun.
15 songs written by the Lees will be performed in the musical.
Actually, this will probably do really well here.