The last few years kickstarted a new era for Chinese palace dramas, but all things have to come to an end.
On January 26, all major Chinese stations stopped the broadcast of a few ongoing palace dramas, including the reruns of Story of Yanxi Palace <延禧攻略> and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace <如懿传>.
According to a statement by Chinese officials, the decision to halt the broadcast of palace dramas is due to the following five reasons: one, many citizens have grown obsessed with the royal lifestyle, such as using historical palace speech as everyday catchphrases; two, the scheming plots of palace dramas are starting to negatively impact society’s way of life; three, palace dramas have embellished the images of emperors and court officials, becoming the new “idols”; four, palace dramas promote luxurious lifestyles, conflicting with the Chinese values of hard work and virtue; and five, TV dramas now emphasize commercial interest above quality substance.
Dragon TV, which had been airing a rerun of Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace in the afternoon, now has another program to replace Ruyi’s time slot. Zhejiang TV has also taken Story of Yanxi Palace off air, replacing it with a new variety show.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.