Highly anticipated period romance drama, The Song of Desert <星月傳奇>, based off a novel by Bu Bu Jing Xin <步步驚心> author Tong Hua (桐華), will reportedly air on Hunan Satellite TV starting October 8 – more than two years after the series completed filming.
Starring Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩), Hu Ge (胡歌), and Eddie Peng (彭于晏), The Song of Desert is adapted from the novel Da Mo Yao <大漠謠>. The story takes place during the Han Dynasty and tells of how Jin Yu (Cecilia Liu), a girl raised by wolves in the desert, flees to Chang’an following a revolt among the Hun people. There, she changes her name to Shen Yue and finds herself caught in a love triangle with the handsome general Wei Wuji (Eddie Peng) and the brilliant but disabled doctor Mo Xun (Hu Ge).
Although primary filming for The Song of Desert wrapped up in July 2012, the drama faced difficulties getting approval to air. In particular, SARFT disapproved of how the series handled historical figures like military tactician Huo Qubing, who was portrayed by Eddie Peng. In the end, The Song of Desert’s production team decided to change the title of the drama and the names of the characters, in order to avoid further clashes with SARFT.
The Song of Desert is expected to air on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting October 8. Currently, Hunan TV is broadcasting the fantasy-wuxia series Swords of Legends <古劍奇譚>, also known as Legend of the Ancient Sword. Based off a role-playing game of the same name, Swords stars Yang Mi (楊冪) and Li Yifeng (李易峰), and has been setting ratings records for dramas airing on a weekly basis.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.