Chinese Version of Ice Road Truckers Features Heavy Use of Methamphetamine

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Binglu Qianxing

BEIJING — The highly anticipated Chinese adaptation of Ice Road Truckers premiered last night on CCTV-10, but die-hard fans will find that it strays from the American version to better reflect the dangers that Chinese truckers face, including deadly switchbacks, harsh Dongbei winters and the heavy use of methamphetamine.

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CCTV Biopic Changes Deng Xiaoping’s Words to “Let Some People Get Rich First, Then Let Them Get Even Richer”

Friday, August 22, 2014
Deng Xiaoping at History’s Crossroads

BEIJING — CCTV’s new biopic Deng Xiaoping at History’s Crossroads has generated some controversy over its historical accuracy and humanistic portrayal of the former Chinese leader.

But no part of the series has proven more controversial than the decision to change some of Deng’s most famous words.

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Changes in CCTV’s Cleaner Version of The Big Bang Theory

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The Big Bang Theory

After pulling The Big Bang Theory from domestic streaming sites, Chinese authorities have announced that they will broadcast a “cleaner” version of the show on CCTV. Here are some of the expected changes:

  • Instead of being a theoretical physicist at Caltech, Sheldon Cooper now studies classical Chinese at a small liberal arts college.
  • To familiarize audiences with actress Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory will air after back-to-back episodes of the hit 90s sitcom Blossom.
  • The characters must mention “5,000 years of Chinese culture” at least once per episode.

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Hit CCTV Show Just Footage of Old People Weeping

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Hit CCTV Show

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CCTV Mistakenly Runs Meryl Streep Obituary

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Either Meryl Streep or Margaret Thatcher

BEIJING — China Central Television executives were left with egg on their faces Monday evening when they mistakenly announced the death of actress Meryl Streep, confusing her with recently deceased former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

During the nightly 7 p.m. Xinwen Lianbo, anchor Wang Ning interrupted a report about how ethnic minorities love the People’s Liberation Army to make a sudden announcement.

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CCTV: “Edward Law Assured Us He Was Only Into Normal Porn”

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Edward Law

BEIJING — Edward Law, a former host of BizChina on CCTV-9, was charged with two counts of possessing “extreme pornography” this week, after detectives found more than 800 pornographic videos on his laptop.

To get ahead of the growing scandal, CCTV assured viewers that their employees are only into normal porn and “not the least bit aroused” by that kinky stuff.

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