A source claimed that CCTV has deleted at least 15 episodes from the original 60-episode serial of the new The Deer and the Cauldron <鹿鼎记> remake, to censor a major subplot involving Wei Xiaobao with his many wives.
The Deer and the Cauldron 2020 premiered on November 15 on CCTV. It is slated to air for 45 episodes, while the DVD release will have 49 episodes. The wuxia series is based on the famous novel of the same name by Jin Yong (金庸). It centers on an orphaned thug called Wei Xiaobao, who befriends the Kangxi Emperor to have a rich life, but ends up becoming the emperor’s most trusted sidekick.
The original story ends with Wei Xiaobao living happily ever after with his seven wives. However, according to sources, CCTV has decided to censor that aspect of the story because they did not want to promote polygamy, which is illegal in China.
The source said a total of 15 episodes were deleted to cut down Wei Xiaobao’s romantic interactions with the other female leads in the story. The only remaining female lead is Princess Jianling, whose screen time remained allegedly untouched.
28-year-old Zhang Yishan (张一山) stars as Wei Xiaobao, with 33-year-old Zhang Tianyang (张天阳) as Kangxi. 33-year-old Tang Yixin (唐艺昕) plays Princess Jianling.
The Deer and the Cauldron has been adapted many times by television over the years, most famously by Hong Kong’s TVB in 1984, in which Tony Leung Chiu Wai (梁朝偉) starred as Wei Xiaobao and Andy Lau (劉德華) starred as Kangxi. The 2020 remake is the sixth television remake.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.