“Prison Break” Catches on in China – Evan Osnos

From Chicago Tribune:

To understand the widening digital gap between the Chinese state and its people, consider the underground success of the American TV show “Prison Break.”

There isn’t much about this Fox drama that would suggest a Chinese hit. Chock full of flashbacks, cliffhangers and so on, “Prison Break” has been a respectable success during its two seasons on American screens.

In China, however, the show has ignited among the growing ranks of 132 million Web users. As of nearly two weeks ago, it was leading all other American programs on China’s most popular underground downloading sites. A translation of its second season has received more than 2.5 million views, nearly 10 times that of “Desperate Housewives,” China’s long-running online favorite.[Full Text]

January 25, 2007 3:31 PM
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