dimsum’s newly added Chinese series, Zhao Yao: Love Story of Devil Angel aka The Legends is a love-and-hate wuxia with light and unconventional romance. Led by Bai Lu from “King is Not Easy” and Xu Kai from “Story of Yanxi Palace”, the plot follows the titular character, Zhao Yao, leader of a demonic sect in her journey of revenge after being betrayed and supposedly dead.
• Zhao Yao: Love Story of Devil Angel aka The Legends | 55 episodes
While trying to obtain the Wan Jun Sword, Lu Zhao Yao (Bai Lu) is ambushed by the ten immortal sects and died. Five years later, Li Chen Lan (Xu Kai), the Demon King’s son whom she has saved earlier, takes over her sect and claims the power. Now a spirit, Zhao Yao decides to exact avenge on Chen Lan, whom she thinks has betrayed her. She possesses the body of Qin Zhi Yan (Xiao Yan) and becomes the direct disciple of Chen Lan, but things don’t go as she planned, when she slowly starts to fall in love with him instead.
New Hong Kong series added are:
• Brother’s Keeper II | All 39 episodes
Takes place one year after the events of “Brother’s Keeper”, Lo Wai Shun (Edwin Siu) and Yiu Man Ying (Kristal Tin) finally succeeded in spreading their bakery chain, Lo Shun Kei, across Hong Kong and Macau. Their success upsets property developer Ko Tin Tsau (Hugo Ng), who attempts to suppress their business, and this leads to Shun’s betrayal by his trusted aide. Shun escapes for a getaway in Okinawa, where he falls for a mysterious girl, Nana (Grace Chan) and gets entangled in an unsolved homicide that happened twenty years ago. Meanwhile, Man Ying’s husband, Lung Fei (Louis Yuen) treats her as a stranger after getting into an accident and suffers a severe brain injury…
• A Fist Within Four Walls | All 28 episodes
Chor Au Kuen (Ruco Chan) returns to the once-peaceful Kowloon Walled City to find his long-lost sister. Concealing his real identity as a Bajiquan master, Au Kuen creates a new identity and gets acquainted with the feisty Tiu Lan (Nancy Wu), the hair salon owner; Duen Ying Fung (Benjamin Yuen), a dentist; and a retired martial artist Yuk Bo Fung (Yuen Qiu), who owns a mini store. To restore law and order in the walled city, Au Kuen unites everyone to form a welfare association to resist the triad growing power. When a triad leader mysteriously dies under the hands of a Bajiquan master, Au Kuen and Tiu Lan investigate, and their investigation leads them to Fa Man (Grace Wong), the leader of a stripping dance troupe. But one discovery leads to another, and Au Kuen finds himself uncovering the truth behind his father’s death.
Other variety shows highlighted:
• Cooking Beauties | All 20 episodes
Brought back from the popular cooking reality show “Beautiful Cooking” after a 10-year hiatus, this new season is joined by new hosts Edwin Siu, Bob Lam and Owen Cheung. It continues the show tradition by inviting three young female celebrities to cook and get scored by a group of judges, usually chosen for their beauty or popularity.
• Battle for The Exorcist’s Meter | 2 episodes
In the two-episode variety show based on “The Exorcist’s Meter”, Kenneth Ma, Bob Lam, Oscar Leung, Regina Ho, Judy Kwong, Grace Chan, Dickson Yu, Matthew Ho, and Sisley Choi are given 48 hours to complete a series of tasks. To win the game, they need to destroy all the “demons” lurking in the game and restore the world peace.
• Adventures of The Young | Every Sunday 8pm
Formerly known as ‘24 Hours’, this competitive outdoor reality show has 12 episodes in total, with a different theme in each episode. Among the popular guests are Wang Kai from “Ode to Joy”, Wu Jin Yan from “The Story of Yanxi Palace”, Bai Yu from “Guardian”, as well as up-and-coming young artistes Adam Fan, Wei Da Xun and Hu Xian Xu and Lin Yun.