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Premiere Watch: Designated Survivor: 60 Days, Weekday Afternoon Lovers

July is poised to bring us a deluge of dramas (17 in total!) and we’re starting off the month with two remakes.

 

Designated Survivor: 60 Days

Time slot: Monday & Tuesday
Broadcaster: tvN
Genre: Political thriller
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Can a man with no political ambition become president? When you’re the only ranking survivor of an unprecedented attack on the government, you sure can. That’s the situation Ji Jin-hee finds himself in in Designated Survivor: 60 Days. As the entire government, and most of the president’s cabinet, is gathered at the National Assembly Building for a presidential address, an explosion decimates the entire government. The sole survivor is the Minister of the Environment: Ji Jin-hee. In the aftermath of the attack, he’s installed as interim president for a 60 day term. During those 60 days Ji must protect both his family and his country–all while fending off rivals to the presidency and getting to the bottom of the attack. The cast is chock full of veterans and strong rising actors such as Heo Jun-ho, Bae Jong-ok, Kim Gyu-ri, Sohn Seok-gu, and Lee Jun-hyuk. Kang Hanna rounds out the cast as the intrepid investigator who’s determined to the truth of the terrorist attack.

 

Weekday Afternoon Lovers

Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Broadcaster: Channel A
Genre: Romance, melo
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: Weekday Afternoon Lovers is a remake of a hit Japanese drama (Hirugao) and it’s a rather unconventional romance melo. The plot revolves around two married women who ultimately fall in love with men who aren’t their husbands. Park Ha-sun and Ye Ji-won are both married but that’s where their similarities end. Park is a faithful and reserved housewife who leads a quiet life, whereas Ye Ji-won is more of a thrill-seeker and habitual adulterer. Park Ha-sun’s uneventful life with her husband turns upside down when she suddenly finds herself falling in love and contemplating an affair with Lee Sang-yub. On the other end of the spectrum, Ye Ji-won has no compunction about cheating and never gets too attached to her flings–until she meets Jo Dong-hyuk. Angst, affairs, and romance make for an intense mix of topics and though adultery-centered dramas make for a tough sell, the cast and the strength of the original drama have caught my eye.

 
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Yaaas WATCHER! Please be a good thriller! Need my crime/mystery fix.

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Yess. Watcher is premiering this week. OMG, I can't wait! My heart is ready!

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The great news also is that WATCHER will be available on Viki so there is no availability angst. So let’s all be patient as we wait for the subbed episodes to be made available. No subwhining please!
I hope I am seeing a beautiful Viki-OCN relationship developing here.

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Yeah!!!

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I really wish the list is completed with Weekday afternoon lovers and Joseon survival!

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Oh, k-drama. Will you really make me say I'm watching a show called "Weekday Afternoon Lovers"? 🤦🏻‍♀️

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LOL!

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How are you spending your Friday nights?
I'm watching Weekday Afternoon Lovers!

... -_-

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It could be worse. It could be Weekend Midnight Lovers. See? It's just painful on the tongue.

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It's all about the cringe factor for me and Weekend Midnight Lovers is another show I don't think I could tell anyone I was watching 😆

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You could tell anyone you're watching Weekday Afternoon Lovers as long as you explain this is a kdrama and kdramas never go there.

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"I'm watching Weekday Afternoon Lovers but it's okay because there's no sex in Korea".

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@linda-palapala, @leetennant ChinguMode,
You guys are slaying me!

Kdramas: All the sizzle, none of the steak (usually). ;-)

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Not a lot of sizzle either @pakalanapikake; unless it's when they're cooking actual steak.

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this....is hilarious

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😆🤣😂🤣

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*jumps into handbasket with @bbstl*

As if watching BEFORE WE GET MARRIED isn't embarrassing enough. This ought to cover all the infidelity bases. Sheesh.

Here, have some geezer mood music. Who needs a love hotel when you can take it easy with some afternoon delight in your chevy van or Ford pickup? ;-)

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/820869/

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/820946/

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/820983/

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What, did I never listen to the lyrics of "Take it Easy", it's about sex? 🤣
Btw, PP, CNN has two two-hour specials on The Eagles that might be available On Demand.

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@bbstl,
The girl's driving and ogles the guy for a change. ;-)

Thanks for the concert pointer. In July '76 I heard Boz Scaggs open for the Eagles at the old Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ. One of my favorite bands of all time.

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Huh, I heard Boz Scaggs open for Randy Newman in probably 1975, he moved up in the world!

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@bbstl July 6, 2019 at 7:25 AM

Very cool -- Mr. "Short People" himself. ;-)

IIRC, that was Boz's "Silk Degrees" tour in '76. The album came out in March. "Lowdown" was the big hit from the LP, but my fave is still "Lido Shuffle." What a great opening bass line, not to mention keyboards.

http://www.dramabeans.com/members/pakalanapikake/activity/822231/

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Sure, I bought the album!

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Was it "Naked Man in the City"? I remember my sister gave me that album. Also had Short People I believe. At the time she was living in Baton Rouge.

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I meant that I bought the Boz Scaggs album, but I certainly bought the Randy Newman album too 😁! I love Randy Newman with a passion, that tour was for the album "Rednecks" and predated Short People.

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Has anyone watched the original Designated Survivor??? It stars Kief Sutherlad, the amazing Maggie Q, Hal Penn, and other less recognizable actors. I started watching it on Netflix recently , just before I read that a Korean version was about to be released. Finished s1 two days ago and it was very good. It has its flaws but also great pacing and support cast. I’m interested in seeing how this Korean adaptation will hold up. My favorite characters are the President’s close staff (his Chief of Staff, Special Advisor, and Press Secretary) as well as the female FBI agent who is trying to uncover the truth behind the Capitol attack. So that’s to say the supporting cast is the draw for me in the original series (2 seasons to go!). I hope the supporting cast/characters are equally compelling in this version. The weakest aspect (for me) is the President’s pointless family drama.

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I have never watched the American version, but I liked the first episode of the Korean version. About to watch episode two.

Afterward, I may watch the American version so that I can compare and contrast.

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I’m planning the same but in reverse :), got about 30 more episodes of the American version to go.

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I’m not one for dramas about adultry, but I’m excited to have Park Ha Sun back :)

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Yess.. Waiting the day for Park Ha Sun come back.

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Thanks @stroopwafel for the update. ^^ (also @radily for noting Watcher as well) I rely on the DB premier watch post to make my drama watching and scheduling decisions, and was waiting for this week's post because of the Lee Sang Yeob drama. Though it might be about "thrilling" love affairs, the description itself sounds rather boring. :( But its Lee Sang Yeob! Ugh, must I skip another drama of his? I also really like Park Ha-sun. Also the Japanese original has been called thought-provoking by many reviewers, so I may indeed check it out. I hope it's good!

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I saw the Japanese version and I did not feel that way. That series could have been a lot better.

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Ouch. That does not bode well.

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I did not finish Hirugao either. If the J version failed to win me over, I doubt the K version would.

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It had so much potential and did absolutely nothing with it.

Adultery is complicated and so are the people involved. At the end of the day there is emotional collateral damage and none of that was explored. They wrote Sawa has a victim of circumstance (and rather infantile to boot) instead of a adult woman who is having feelings for someone other than her husband and the conflicts that come with that. And don't even get me started on Rikako. What cheap novels did they pick up from the five and dime to write her character.

Failure to the characters and overall plots all around.

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I had a different opinion. I watched the jdrama and it had me hooked. I think it did more than the affair aspect. It explored the very normal reason why marriages loses the love. Each couple had very different reasons. I enjoy seeing that and the chemistry between the leads were explosive. I'm an avid jdrama viewer and would not expect this kind of story but it was good. The ending in my opinion is very realistic because it shows that damage from the affair. Not sure if this a spoiler.

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Now that I read what you wrote that is something on the other side to think about.

I just thought the characters where not really fleshed out enough.

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@greenfields,
I guess weekday afternoon whoopee will have to do until Ma-dol oppa's next ship comes in. Cue the biology jokes.

I also like Ye Ji-won. She was great in OH HAE-YOUNG AGAIN, but I don't think this show will pair her up with a live wire like Mr. Rooftop Party. I doubt this character will be anything like the leading lady's best friend in SHOULD WE KISS FIRST, either. I smell a cautionary tale in the offing. -- The good news is that YJW's new movie with Jun-ho, HOMME FATAL (formerly GIBANG BACHELOR), is being released on July 10. ;-)

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Definitely trying Designated Survivor, I skipped on original because I'm not into multi season arcs but plot itself is intriguing. Plus whatever new drama OCN puts I'll always check it out.

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1st day was promising.

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I was in a kdrama dry spell this month, and I was watching nothing as nothing seems to interest me. So today I saw Designated Survivor is on Netflix, and the shallow me couldn't pass on Ji Jin Hee (I even watch second to last love because of him), so I tried Designated Survivor. And boy I'm glad I did. it was packed, I didn't even look at my phone while watching(i tend to do that a lot these past couple of month). Really hope drama keep up the pace till the end.

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There is nothing shallow about appreciating Ji Jin Hee. He is a splendid ahjussi.

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Yep, he is one fiiine ahjussi. /drooling/

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😍😍😍

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I really recommend watching the original! Without spoiling too much, s1 can even be watched as a stand-alone season. (In fact, going in I decided ahead of time would ONLY watch s1, because I read s2-3 were poorly received, but I fell in love with the core supporting characters so here I am just having finished off s2e1 haha.)

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I’m so excited for weekday afternoon lovers which has been on my radar the past 2 months. I really hope it does justice to the great cast and melancholic tone which I am feeling for this winter.

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I am super excite for Weekday Afternoon Affair, because adultery dramas are my guilty pleasure. Also Lee Sang-yub.

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Since neither Viki nor Netflix has picked it up, I'm wondering where to watch it.

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I am sure fastdrama will have it

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i am in the minority in this post, but weekday afternoon lovers sounds exhausting. adultery plots just aren't my thing though and i can't really stomach it lmao

i'm eager for designated esp cos i like ji jin hee so much. and i am READY for watcher!

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This shows how far the site has come. A few years ago, this drama wouldn’t even have gotten a mention.
I can never watch an adultery plot without my stomach churning and neither can I buy the excuse for getting into one. I prefer the ones that are far removed from reality instead.

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well, all things made etc. it's a personal thing for sure and it's not real life or anything. but the idea of it makes my anxiety ratchet up to the highest levels. there have been some good dramas about this, but the content is damn near impossible if you feel the way you or i do

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ji jin hee is another one i love to watch.i will give the other one a try too. i am watching a lot of dramas but i have to drop some cause i just can't get into them.

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@diana-hansen,

I watched the first two episodes of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, and Ji Jin-hee is terrific. Dang, can he emit conflictedness. Kim Kap-soo, Heo Jun-ho are dandy. I'm impressed with the rest of the talent they fielded for this cast. Looking forward to Lee Joon-hyuk's arrival.

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Though not mentioned here ‘Watcher’ is the one am eagerly awaiting!! And Viki has it in ‘coming soon’ section (US). Yay!

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If it is faithful to the Japanese show WEEDAY AFTERNOON LOVERS will not deliver a happy ending for anyone.

BTW- McDonalds is now advertising a "Stroopwafel McFlurry". The ad would have been a little more effective if they had not stuck a French flag in the top of the picture of this desert.

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@oldawyer,

ROFLMAO! DramaBeans's own Reverse PPL! Manseh, @stroopwafel!

Er, that's the Dutch flag on the McD's website. Red-white-blue horizontal stripes. The French tricolor is arranged vertically blue-white-red. My teeth hurt just thinking about the icy cold "Stroopwafel McFlurry" -- which sounds like a lucrative re-purposing of busted wafers.

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Viki has not yet licensed "Love Affairs in the Afternoon."
Please request license from Viki.

https://vikiinc.wufoo.com/forms/title-request-form/

Here is the latest teaser:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=19&v=skGdZAVmIJw

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You may know this already. Episode one is available English subbed at OnDemandKorea.

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Thanks for the heads-up, @stroopwafel. I'm checking them both out. DESIGNATED SURVIVOR's first two episodes are excellent.

*off to watch WEEKDAY AFTERNOON LOVERS*

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Out of the 2 political dramas on air now, I prefer Chief of Staff! It feels fresh and Korean! I like Designated... too but the vibe is a little off. Maybe cos it's not original.

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