Realistic dramas bring young audiences back to TV

Chinese viewers' enthusiasm for realistic TV dramas is increasing, domestic industry insiders told a TV forum of the ongoing 24th Shanghai TV Festival.


Chinese viewers’ enthusiasm for realistic TV dramas is increasing, domestic industry insiders told a TV forum of the ongoing 24th Shanghai TV Festival.

Last year, a few TV dramas tackling real-life issues impressed audiences. Shows like the anti-corruption series “In the Name of the People” and “The First Half of My Life” have also brought a lot of young viewers back to the genre.

Many famous TV professionals attended the forum, titled “Building a Never-Ending Chinese Theater: Production and Innovation of Realistic TV Dramas.” 

Among the speakers were TV series directors Liu Jiang and Shen Yan, screenwriters He Qing and Li Xiao, actor Wang Lei and actress Yin Tao.

Liu Jiang, known for award-winning family drama “Beautiful Daughter-in-Law,” said that realistic TV dramas are a mirror on contemporary life and personalities.

“These dramas should tell inspiring and thought-provoking stories and convey positive energy,” Liu added. 

Screenwriter Li Xiao said that realistic TV drama combines reality and theater. It reflects the most real parts of human emotions and relationships.

“TV producers should not swarm to make certain types of subjects in this genre,” Li explained. “They can also innovate in cinematography and visual technology to attract young audiences.”

In the opinion of actor Wang Lei, realistic dramas usually feature strong compassion for people and deep reflection on life.

“Shooting a realistic drama is also challenging for an actor,” Wang said. “An actor should never stop learning and understanding the era and life of the characters.”

Insiders are also optimistic about the development of online series in China for its condensed story length, interactivity and imagination. 



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