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China TV series viewers worried after new restrictions

Published on Aug 4, 2012 4:43 PM

(CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Chinese television series fans are worrying they may have nothing interesting to watch on television after the country's top broadcasting watchdog issued new guidelines that restrict the making of six genres of serials on the Chinese small screen.

The six guidelines issued by the State Administration of Film, Radio and Television ban remakes of foreign serials and serials based on online games. The guidelines also demand that revolution-themed TV series clearly distinguish between friend and foe, and that serials in a modern setting cut down excessive displays of family conflicts. Serials adapted from online novels are also "not encouraged".

The information was first released on a micro blog published by Zhongguo Juben Wang (the China Script Website), who said that the news was first heard at a national TV serial conference.

The information caused panic among scriptwriters, such as Mr Lin Lisheng and his peers, who complained on Sina Weibo - a popular micro-blogging service - that they might lose their jobs.

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