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Premiere Watch: Clean With Passion for Now, Boyfriend, Memories of the Alhambra

Some of the year’s most anticipated dramas premiere this week and I have my fingers crossed that the shows will exceed expectations.

 

Clean With Passion for Now

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: JTBC
Genre: Rom-com
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Adapted from a webtoon drama of the same name, Clean With Passion for Now follows Kim Yoo-jung as she finds a job at a cleaning company — despite being a total slob who doesn’t care about cleanliness. Yoon Kyun-sang is the germaphobe CEO of said cleaning company who is both appalled by and drawn to Kim Yoo-jung. A true odd couple pairing, they may be polar opposites but that doesn’t stop them from developing feelings for each other. Song Jae-rim also stars as the mysterious occupant of a rooftop apartment.

 

Boyfriend

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Noona romance
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: The A-list pairing of Song Hye-gyo and Park Bo-gum has fans all a-flutter in anticipation of their first project together. Song Hye-gyo plays a rich, divorced single mom whose life of privilege hasn’t quite translated into a life full of happiness and fulfillment. By chance, during a trip to Cuba, she and Park Bo-gum cross paths and develop a relationship. Park is young, poor, and still getting a foothold in life but his happy, carefree attitude has a profound impact on Song Hye-gyo. Can their love endure whatever obstacles fate throws their way?

 

Memories of the Alhambra

Time slot: Saturday & Sunday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Fantasy, sci-fi, romance
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Brought to us by the director of Forest of Secrets and the writer of W-Two Worlds and Nine, this show has all the makings of a great blockbuster. Hyun Bin is the CEO of an investment firm who visits Granada, Spain with a mission — He wants to purchase the hostel that Park Shin-hye’s character owns and operates. Hyun Bin’s desire for the hostel seems to revolve around his main reason for being in the city: a high-tech augmented reality game that involves knights, swords, and guns. The two get swept up in a strange event that sends them on a journey that begins in Granada.

 
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Wow I can't believe that the day has finally come where I am planning to check out all the new releases!!
Drama slump cured finally?

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From your lips to the drama gods ears.

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All are on my watch list too.

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@urnaa Seeing your comment brought back my TLAHL memories! <3

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Same! Usually I am only interested in 1 of the dramas (or there are times when none interest me). But this time I am excited for all 3 of the dramas!

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Please please please dramagods! #slumpsover

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Definitely going to check out Alhambra and CWPFN. Planning to check out Hymn of Death as well (noticed this hasn't been added, is it because its a short drama?)

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Is it airing this week? I'll definitely check it! 😍😍

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Yup it airs tomorrow after Where Stars Land!

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Thanks for letting me know!

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So American shows will start the winter break and Korean channels are debuting very strong dramas, great timing :D

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They're all cable dramas. Sigh. Here's hoping that they get subbed or get picked up by Netflix or something.

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What's with cable dramas? I felt like it was more the actors popularity that would intervene with subbing. I'm not sure though.
Anyway, with these actors, I can hardly see a problem.

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MoA is picked up by Netflix.
No idea for the other two but I'm sure either Viki or Viu will pick them up.

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Thx!

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Boyfriend and Clean with Passion for Now will be available on VIU, while Memories of the Alhambra (and SBS' Hymn of Death) will be on Netflix.

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Thx!

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Oh my gosh! Thanks for sharing this info with the masses! I was so excited but VIU isn't available in the US. 😭

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It looks like Boyfriend will be available on Viki. Just saw that the page for it is now Coming Soon, rather than fan page.

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Thank goodness! The page I saw on Viki was "Content not available in your region," so I hope you're right! :D

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It's called "Encounter" on Viki and says it won't be available for the US region but will be for others.

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U guys cant check kiss asian very fast updated drama korean top star yoo baek also alredy on the list

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Ugghh, darn it. ... I only see Coming Soon in my phone. It doesn't tell me Restricted. I still have yet to check it via my laptop.

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Well, let's hope for a change 🤞🏽

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I'm in US and I can see it as "coming soon".

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It seems like it will be available for the Americas as I see episode 1 coming out tomorrow--it actually says today but I know they mean tomorrow. I guess we'll have to wait and see to confirm, but I think we'll be alright.

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sorry, got a little lost trying to follow this. are you seeing this on Viki for the US?

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@anothernicole as you may have found out by now, yes, it is available on Viki in the US.

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Boyfriend IS available on Viki- and the first episode is 100% subtitled (at least for English) I have just watched the first few minutes and then took a break to report in. Please note that on Viki it is titled "Encounter"- but the program notes do say that "Boyfriend" is its alternate title.

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I never get Noona and much younger man pairing (I dropped What's Up Fox. I'm sorry Chun Jung Myung. I love you, but I can't..), BUT... I have irrational fondness for Song Hye-gyo. So I probably will check it just to watch her then drop it after a half episode.
I feel most excited with Alhambra. I'm not a fan of the actors but I always enjoy the writer's works. I hope Alhambra will live up to my expectation.

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This! The combo writer-director is quite a pull for Alhambra but then again, I was not really sold by the teasers and other promotional materials.

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Have you checked the netflix trailer? This one you can tell more about the plot and it looks great. Plus there is eng sub on the trailer.
Here the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lcy3XUDd_A&t=4s

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Thank you! I watched this one and it was not really what I expected so I was quite taken aback.
I will certainely wait for the reviews before watching it.^^

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I was not interested in the least for this drama and then I saw the writer and followed by the trailer. Let’s just say this shot up to my most anticipated drama!

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I must be one of the few persons but seeing these actors names doesn't automatically mean starting the drama for me.
For now, the synopsis doesn't draw me in, I'll certainely wait for the reviews before watching any of them. .. Or maybe I'll start Memories of the Alhambra? 🤔 The plot seems fresh and original.

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Noona romances are my favorite. I'll definitely check out Boyfriend though I'm not convinced I'll be sticking to it. haha

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If I stick with it’s it’s only because PBG is just the cutest.

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I am excited for this week! I have been in a drama slump for months now...I am going to watch Encounter and MOTA. Encounter looks very pretty and I looove Noona romances and MOTA sounds really original and it is by the writer of Queen in Hyun’s man my favourite drama so..I am feeling optimistic..fingers crossed

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And Hymn of death, I love a good tragic romance..

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I will definitely watch Alhambra, and will give Boyfriend a fair crack for no other reason than PBG's hair from the trailers.

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so glad I'm not alone

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Crossing my fingers that Memories of Alhambra will meet (and hooefully exceed) my wild expectation. Please be a satisfying drama from start to finish.

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When it comes to Memories of the Alhambra, I've seen enough of the writer's work to expect some very creative and well done storytelling, and the last ten minutes will wind up being infuriating and horrible.

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All these teasers are so bad...

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Well I’m definitely looking forward to all of these. This year of dramas has been a disappointing one I hope at least the year can go off in a bang with the upcoming shows

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Definitelly Clean with Passion for Now, I'm already dying from watching their fun press con event ! 😄

I have already picked two other dramas for my weekly plate, so I might skip Boyfriend and Alhambra (as they didn't really give me feelings since the beginning, what's the point of watching a drama if they couldn't make me feel something, anything..)

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I'm in for something light and fun and I love the cast.
I'll probably check out MoA for the writer and PD. I think Hyun Bin has talents but I wouldn't watch a drama just for him alone.

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I would watch all of these...*checks schedule* ugh, still no time. Tell me which one ends up being good, guys! I had forgotten MOA had such a compelling writing/directing team, and it’s probably edged out the other two as a live watch if I can fit it into my life.

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psssssst HB!

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I am only for Boyfriend (although that with cleaning looks like also good one!😅)

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clean with passion should have followed House helper or House helper should have aired with this one.
Even without considering the high profile actors listed, Memories of Alhambra seems to be those rare good melos that grace drama land once in a while. I could be totally wrong as I have only read the synopsis and seen the stills but there is a sober feeling.
If dramas are good I may turn in actors are not really an attraction.

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I'll try Memories of Alhambra since it will be on Netflix. I like the writer, but I always end up frustrated by her dramas so I'm a bit cautious going in.

Not interested in the other two and it doesn't look like they will be subbed legally in the U.S. anyway.

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I love writer Song's dramas but the ending always turns out to be less than stellar like she ran out of steam towards the end.

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I like nine end, probably one of the few ones lol

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Yea NINE is the exception :).

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Netflix US picked up MoA, so am definitely watching it.
Others, not interested.

I have to catch up on dramas am watching now. My backlog is too long.

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Wait - what?? Netflix USA picked up MoA?? Hope this is true...

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yeah, search for the title you will find it!

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On my watchlist now. I rely on you people to tell me when a drama is on Netflix. I never seem to know otherwise.

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wow high expectations all around for all the dramas premiering this week!

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I'm really surprised Viki US doesn't have licensed yet for Boyfriend. That should be a given. Is it too expensive? OR did Netflix bought it but will not air it on same day?

I'll watch Memories of Alhambra, but I don't want to get my hopes up. I would like this to be a legit thriller, where characters end up dying. But since Park Shin Ye is there, then we know it will be romanticized. It's going to have a happy ending.

Also, the writer's previous drama was a mess at the end. So, I'm also being cautious.

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Correction: just found out Boyfriend will be on Viki US.

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And Boyfriend is the one I could care less about. Where will you watch Alhambra? That's the one I really want to watch but it isn't licensed on Viki.

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Alhambra will be available on Netflix in many countries, including US. That's where I'll watch the drama, thanks to my brother's account.

I don't have expectations of Boyfriend as much. I'll check the first episode out, and will decide if it's worth it continuing. I drop dramas easily.

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Its titles as 'Encounter' and it says 'Restricted access' - I am not sure its available in the US

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Boyfriend (there titled Encounter) is running on Viki in the US

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Fantasy-Sci Fi is not my normal cup of tea but I am looking forward to Memories of the Alhambra (I love to read the best Sci Fi- but most Sci-Fi for TV is abysmal). I wonder if it will do justice to the wonderful classical guitar piece that it is named after: Francisco Tarrega's "Recuerdos de la Alhambra". The creators of this show set themselves a very high bar to meet when they give it that name. The trailers for this show have certainly been intriguing. And it has two great leads so I am hopeful.

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"..the best Sci Fi...that's a fairly subjective statement. What do you consider "the best"?

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The Sci Fi books authored by the late Iain M. Banks is a good example starting with "Consider Phlebus".

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Ha, I've read just about all of his books. My favorite is Matter, which wasn't that popular with anyone else. Have you read Richard K Morgan, or are his books too dark? (He's a personal friend...)

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Matter was very good indeed.

I have never read anything by Mr. Morgan. I may check him out sometime.

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I'm excited I can watch a few of these dramas, but Clean with a Passion is restricted in the US. Which I find aggravating. Now where I watch this stuff legally and without spam pop ups!

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Feeling the slump. Not looking forward to Mondays anymore. None of these pique my interest. Rather wait for great reviews before I attempt them. What I really need to do is tackle old dramas instead.

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That's exactly what I'm doing - picking up and re-watching old dramas.

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Can't wait for Weds- Thurs drama Encounter! Waiting finally will be over soon.

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I will definitely be checking out all of these! I love Park Bo Gum (he’s so adorable I can’t) and Yoon Kyung Sang is also just the sweetest. The premise of MoA is interesting so I wanna check it out. I hope this cycle is better than the last! I didn’t finish anything.

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There are more dramas to premiere this week, though I admit these 3 seem to be the cherries on top. First there's tha short drama Hymn of death, then at the weekend, Fate and fury (SBS) and Coffee, please (Channel A). And on MBC, A promise with the gods premiered this past Saturday (or Sunday). Please add them to the currently airing drama list here!

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A Promise with the Gods Watched the first four episodes, and am not sure what to make of it yet. It definitely breaks the mold for Korean dramas, but have not decided if in a good way or not. So far, everyone hates everyone, and ethics is a joke. Will keep watching to see how far they carry this - and so far it seems like everyone is bound for destruction.

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Of course the one I really really want to watch is not picked up by Viki. The one I could care less about will be on Viki.

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If I'd read any comments I'd see MotA is on Netflix. Yay!

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I’m excited for all three!❤️

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I am going to check all 3 out, "Boyfriend", "Memories of Alhambra", and "Clean With Passion"... but I have toned down my expectations for MOA, because it seems like it will be about video games. Basically it looks like the male lead is playing a video game or something (like he is a gamer?), traveling to another country just to play a game sounds ridiculous. Anyways, my expectations for this drama are lowered now. "Boyfriend" also looks boring, but I like PBG and am fine with SHK (even though she gives me standoffish vibes), so I think I will give this drama a chance.

I am also interested in checking out "Death Song", because I like the cast of the H/h. In conclusion, of the premiering shows, I am most looking forward to "Clean With Passion" and "Death Song"

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really? the premise for MoA is extremely unique and interesting. Not what you would expect from kdramas. And it's a big production with a big production so the visuals will be amazing.

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Actually in Memories of the Alhambra he went to another country to find the developer of the game that he wants to buy. Since he receive a call from the developer (chaneyol), while he was there he "test" the game. It is not like he was traveling only to play lmao
he wants to make money since he is owner of a company, actually that make sense lol

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I just don’t like video games (too juvenile and a waste of time). So to have the male lead heavily involved in gaming, whether as business or pleasure, is a turn off.

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Oh i see, well i guess it won't connect with you then but give a try you never know. I myself like videogames since i was young and specially nowadays there are games for all ages so i wouldn't say it's juvenile but it surely is not for everyone so i get your feelings.

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I am going to give the show a chance

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It's more than just video games I think, from the casts' interviews.

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Why am I most excited for Clean with Passion for Now?! The trailer was so cute, and I'm just smitten by Kim Yoo Jungs adorableness! I didn't even finish Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds but this one I'm excited for! If only Ahn Hyo-Seop was still the main lead. He would have added even extra awesome and adorableness! He was such a darling as Yoo Chan!

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Moonlight was super dull. I found it super icky as well with zoom in on her chest.

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Boyfriend has SHG but the writer sucks. Alhambra has an impressive production ensemble but it also has PSH. Argh 😤
I’ll start with Clean With Passion

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nothing wrong with PSH, in fact all the more reason to watch it

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Personally preference

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Damn spellcheck 🤦🏻‍♀️

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LOL 😂😂😂😂😂
I also don't exactly like PSH, but since she did a great job in Pinocchio, I would give her a chance. The only problem: Hyun Bin... I just cannot stand that guy. So I pass...
I will take a look at the other two dramas instead.

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"Boyfriend" is on my watch list. I'm a sucker of noona romance... :). Reading the description, I'm reminded of "Secret Love Affair."

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Thanks for your Premiere Watch, @stroopwafel. I've been waiting to see Yoon Kyun-sang in CLEAN WITH PASSION FOR NOW, even though I am a slob in real life. Methinks we'll be in for some HOTARU NO HIKARI vibes, which will be fun as long as sanitation stays above that of Nae-il's in CANTABILE TOMORROW. ;-)

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Can't wait to watch Alhambra and see my love Granada again. Those who wish to travel to Granada should go. I miss it everyday.

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Memories of the alhambra is on my top list !!!! the trailer is not a koke ! wow

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I am excited for Memories of Alhambra, wondering how the Great Alhambra and the streets surrounded it look like in the hands of kdramaland's citizen. Will it different from the Alhambra i saw recently in early spring?

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Not listed here but drama that I'm mostly looking forward to for this week's premiere is Praise of Death because amazing Shin Hye sun as the leading lady. Tragic love story not usually my cup of tea but it's just 3 episodes, so I can bear with it. I will check spoilers for CWPFN to see if I want to spend my 16 hours for it. The rests depend on the reviews and my time too.

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Christ lord . How am I going to watch all these dramas. From Kim yoo jung to song hye kyo to park shin hye. I can do this. Hwaiting👍👍

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Hell yeah queens from three different generations!

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Back to drama slump. None of the premise has intrigued me. Well, they have re-run for Because This Is My First Life, and I have yet to finish my re-run on The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. So, old drama it is. Maybe take a little peek on jdrama Miracle currently airing.

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Drama slump season continues. I've moved on to watching anime. I'm thinking of checking out the Japanese version of Suits even.

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Except for Memories nothing appeals to me. Park bogum is seriously over rated and I find Kim youjung very underwhelming as an actress. Thank goodness for Hyun bin and Park shinhye combination to keep me going through this winter. Either way I'm sure all 3 dramas will pull in high ratings since its hard to get poor ratings on cable.

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All three seem interesting although the description of Memories of the Alahambra sounds completely absurd. Ahahha but then again it's a kdrama and most of the time the description of the plot line is completely different from what the story actually is about (100 day my Prince mentioned that the female character was the owner of the first detective agency... Ehm, ok...)

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The other new release, a Chinese drama with Chen Bolin called King of Blaze, looked so promising after reading the synopsis. It was terrible. I'm now too skeptical of anything new, even Alhambra, which sounds so good.

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Is it? I enjoyed the first two episodes and it seems decent?
But that's because I've never watched the Manga.

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Maybe I'm too quick to judge so harshly! I'll have to give it another go. But I'm comparing all things to An Oriental Odyssey, which is so cute.

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Oriental Odyssey was fun till they go to another kingdom and then the storyline began to collapse >< Also doesn't help that I ship the FL with the second male lead more...

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This is an odyssey after all. I was fully expecting a turnaround when he got his memory back. I don't think the storyline has collapsed at all. As far as who's shipping who, I don't really care. Mu le loves her no matter what and I think shell return the love. But will they get together in the end? Who knows. The 2nd male lead should end up with the evil princess - I wish they hadn't made her too evil for redemption because that means she can't be his love. He's been too mean to Mu le anyway.

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This week I'll be really busy watching dramas!

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is it bad i have zero interest in Boyfriend?

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I find absolutely nothing appealing about Boyfriend. So there's two of us at least.

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Park Bogum is very dull I've never liked him and the drama plot sounds pretty pathetic. I saw CWNP and it was so OTT cringe I had to drop it. Awful just awful. Here's hoping for MOA to be good.

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Nah, me too.
I like Park Bogum but the genre feels overdone.
Will watch if there are positive reviews though.

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Wow! I think my drama slump will finally be over! I have so much expectations on the upcoming dramas with new set of otps! Hoping that it will not be about gorgeous still photos and awesome promotinal materials!😉

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You guys were right. Boyfriend is on Viki (even able to play it here in Germany) - they called it: "Encounter"... LOL

And the one of cleaning with passion I found it in a certain VPN...
So I am all set.

For this cold weather, I feel like I will enjoy sometimes watching under my warm blanket, with my warm bottle of water.

Greetings from the now very cold Europe

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Hmm tried out CWPFN and Boyfriend... one was okay and the other boring. Please MOA, don't disappoint me....

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maybe I should too visit anime. Just found this anime called devil's line,probably start from there.

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