Popular TV shows race for top China TV awards

By Zhang Rui
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Organizers introduce the updates of the 33rd Flying Apsaras Awards and 27th Starlight Awards at a press conference held in Beijing, Oct. 27, 2022. [Photo courtesy of BRTV]

A total of 46 TV series and 69 television programs were shortlisted to vie for China's top TV awards, organizers announced in Beijing on Thursday.

The biennial Flying Apsaras Awards, launched by the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) in 1980 to honor China's best TV series, and the biennial Starlight Awards, also launched by the administration in 1987 to honor China's best variety TV shows, has completed their selection and voting processes. The two will hold a joint awards ceremony on Nov. 1 at Shougang Park in Beijing's Shijingshan district.

The shortlisted TV series for the Flying Apsaras Awards include some of the most popular TV productions in recent years, such as "The Age of Awakening," "Mining Town," "The Rebel," "My Best Friend's Story," and "The Ideal City," while the shortlisted TV shows for the Starlight Awards include variety shows such as "Spring Festival Gala 2021," "China in The Classics," documentary series "Remarkable Construction," "The Forbidden City," "Yuelu Academy" as well as some notable reality shows, traditional opera shows, and animation shows. 

These selected TV works cover numerous outstanding themes, such as celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, the victory in eliminating poverty, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, the fight against COVID-19, the development of urban life in the new era, and traditional Chinese culture. 

According to Yi Kai, secretary general of the China Television Arts Committee, eligible TV shows were broadcast on CCTV and various local TV channels as well as major video streaming platforms in the two years between Jan. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2021. "We adhere to the principle of selecting the best of the best, require the unity of profound ideas, exquisite artistry and excellent production, focus on the spiritual energy, cultural connotations and artistic value of the TV works, always prioritize the consideration of social benefits generated by the TV shows, and fully ensure the authority, professionalism and fairness of the Flying Apsaras Awards."

A total of 142 TV series were submitted by TV production companies and institutions, from which 46 were shortlisted, and a total of 454 TV programs were submitted, from which 69 were shortlisted. The respective jury panels chose 16 TV series and 14 TV shows to finally win awards, with winners to be revealed at the award ceremony. The event is sponsored by NRTA and the People's Government of Beijing Municipality and will be broadcast on Beijing Satellite TV and Youku online streaming platform. 

Zhang Su, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Radio and Television Bureau, also revealed that various TV events will be held in Beijing between Nov. 2-5, including forums, master classes, television market events, and exhibitions, which aim to further boost China's TV industry and its development.

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