Asian leading men are often depicted as stand-offish and indifferent. But then, a female love interest appears and melts their cold heart.

If you’re a sucker for such male characters, we’ve got a list of upcoming TV shows just for you. Of course, there are other elements such as food, trauma, and mental illness to spice up the plot. Take a look:

1. “Dating in the Kitchen” (我喜欢你)

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  • Synopsis: After suffering from a double blow of failure in love and unemployment, Gu Sheng Nan waits for her knight in shinning armour to rescue her. However, that person is the picky and arrogant Lu Jin. When Lu Jin becomes impressed by her exquisite craftsmanship, they inevitably fall for each other.
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Episodes: 24
  • Starring: Rosy Zhao Lu Si, Lin Shen

2. “Miss Crow with Mr. Lizard” (乌鸦小姐与蜥蜴先生)

  • Synopsis: Gu Chuan lost much of his confidence after an unfortunate car accident. Enters the optimistic Jiang Xiaoyu, someone who manages to reignite Gu Chuan’s passion in life.
  • Genre: Romance, Fantasy
  • Episodes: 36
  • Starring: Allen Ren Jia Lun, Fair Xing Fei, Wayne Liu Rui Lin, Chloe Zhao Yi Huan

3. “Hello My Shining Lover” (遇见璀璨的你)

  • Synopsis: Joe Chen plays a talent agent who was betrayed by her artist and assistants. As a form of revenge, she turns someone ordinary into an all-around idol to get a second shot at her career. The bystander-turned-idol is played by UNINE’s Chen Youwei in his first major acting role.
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Episodes: 45
  • Starring: Joe Chen, Jin Han, Chen Youwei, Wang Zixuan, Wang Jianing, Wang Zirui, Xie Shuai, Zhou Ting Wei

4. “Use For My Talent” (我亲爱的小洁癖)

  • Synopsis: “Opposites attract when a neat freak and a slob who works at a cleaning company get acquainted as boss and employee and become lovers. Her mother’s death due to a car accident has shattered Shi Shuangqiao’s (Shen Yue) once happy life and turned her into a person who can no longer be bothered to keep up appearances. Gu Renqi (Jasper Liu) who grew up isolated and closed off due to his broken family is obsessed with cleanliness. Gu Renqi becomes Shi Shuangjiao’s boss when she starts working at a cleaning company. Through their interactions, their relationship gradually evolves from frenemies to lovers.”
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • Episodes: 24
  • Starring: Jasper Liu, Shen Yue, Dai Yunfan, Yan An

5. “Love is Sweet” (半是蜜糖半是伤)

  • Synopsis: “Jiang Jun (Bai Lu) is an educated woman with a double degree in economics and psychology. Her parents liberal ways of raising her gave rise to her strong, independent, and idealistic character. After graduating from college, she begins to work for a non-profit organisation to follow her dream of helping others. However, her father’s sudden death leaves her on a crucial crossroad in her life. She decides to join MH, a top investment company, to fulfill her father’s dying wish. Jiang Jun runs into her childhood friend Ma Yuanshuai (Luo Yunxi), yet he’s different from the gentle and caring protector that she remembered him to be. He is now her rival at work. Furthermore, someone seems to be plotting against her and she must rely on her wits and will to succeed not just in her career, but also in love.”
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Episodes: 36
  • Starring: Bai Lu, Leo Luo Yunxi, Shane Xiao Yan, Kido Gao Hanyu, Riley Wang Yilun

6. “Way Back Into Love” (拾光里的我们)

  • Synopsis: “When they were in high school, Lu Jia (Sun Qian) had a crush on Xu Jiaxiu (Tang Xiaotian) who excelled in academics and had good character. However, they went their separate ways after graduation and lost contact. After working for many years, Lu Jia finally returns to her hometown of Dongzhou. She joins a company only to realise that the founder is none other than Xu Jiaxiu and that they have become neighbours.”
  • Genre: Romance
  • Episodes: 30
  • Starring: Daddi Tang, Sun Qian, Wang You Jun

Sources: Goody25, My Drama List.

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