Headlines From China: Chinese TV’s Newest Heroes Are Ebola Fighters

Chinese TV’s Newest Heroes Are Ebola Fighters

A TV drama called “Ebola Fighters” premiered Wednesday in China, depicting the deadly Ebola outbreak in Africa that took over 11,000 lives from 2014 to 2016. Made by Tencent Video, the lavishly produced 24-episode series took three and a half years to produce. The first two episodes have been viewed 16 million times on streaming site Tencent Video as of Friday. It was also broadcast on the national channels Beijing Satellite TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, and two other major streaming platforms. It was ranked the fourth-most popular television drama on television on Wednesday evening. Read more Sixth Tone

China Box Office: ‘Schemes in Antiques’ Conspires to Hold Top Spot

Chinese action-adventure title “Schemes in Antiques” conspired to hold its own at the top of the China box office with a $14.7 million second weekend, having opened first last week with a solid $25.6 million three-day debut. It maneuvered ahead of second place comedic thriller “Be Somebody,” which grossed a further $9.85 million in its fifth weekend to bring its current cume up to $133 million. Read more Variety