China authorities cracking down on television remakes

China authorities cracking down on television remakes

Following strong recommendations from friends, my Friday night routine now includes curling up in front of the television at 10pm to catch Where Are We Going, Dad?

The reality show, which features five celebrity dads and their children travelling to rural places, has generated plenty of buzz on both social media and traditional media since its first episode was rolled out on Oct 11.

The star-studded line-up includes Taiwanese star Jimmy Lin, former Chinese Olympic diving champion Tian Liang, top Chinese male model Zhang Liang, actor Guo Tao and director Wang Yuelun.

The premise of the show sees the adults having to team up with their children, aged between four and six, to complete the tasks assigned to them during their three-day, two-night trips.

The six trips are then edited into 12 two-hour episodes.

Although competition is not the main highlight of the show, the father-and-child teams are usually pitted against one another as they attempt to complete the tasks at hand.

The feel-good show is appealing because it provides a delightful glimpse into the celebrities' private lives through the tender moments that they share with their children.

Their experiences are summarised in one conclusion: the joy of parenting.

Ultimately, however, it is the children's unscripted behaviour that lends magic to the show.

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