Latest season of 'Where Are We Going, Dad?’ reportedly hit by broadcast restrictions
Chinese authorities are cracking down on televised appearances of child stars
Popular reality-variety show, Where Are We Going, Dad?, is currently in its sixth season as the series has seen done well both in China and internationally. In the latest season, various celebrity father-child pairings headed off to rural areas of China to bond and explore the area. Some of the children who have gained much attention from audiences include Hong Kong actor Jordan Chan’s 5-year-old son, Jasper Chan and Taiwanese singer-actor Jimmy Lin’s 8-year-old son, Kimi Lin.
However, an industry insider recently claimed that Where Are We Going, Dad?, as well as Get Smart! Dad, which also features celebrity father-child pairings, have been hit by restrictions from the government.
Both shows, which were originally supposed to air in the summer, are said to be affected by the Chinese government’s decision to restrict the number of child stars in the industry. Under the new regulations by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, celebrity parent-child pairings should not appear on television. This has caused difficulties for the two shows as minors will no longer be allowed to endorse products as an advertisement model as well.
Where Are We Going, Dad? was originally scheduled to air on August 16, but 20 minutes before the scheduled air time, it was announced that the broadcast will be delayed. Similarly, Get Smart! Dad, announced an hour before their scheduled air time on their original air date, July 26, that the broadcast will be delayed.
Both programmes have not announced their new broadcast schedules as of press time.