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Premiere Watch: Justice, Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung, Doctor Detective, Class of Lies, Doctor John, Golden Garden

Brace yourselves, six dramas are premiering! We have two doctor-centric dramas (both airing on the same network, natch) and a strong thematic emphasis on justice in several of the new shows. Now excuse me while I down all the coffee as I attempt to keep up with everything that’s airing this week.

 

Justice

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: KBS
Genre: Thriller
Episode count: 32 episodes (35 minute episodes)

Reasons to watch: Adapted from a Korean web novel, the drama revolves around heavy questions regarding morality and the value of life. For jaded lawyer Choi Jin-hyuk, right-versus-wrong isn’t what matters, money and power are what make life meaningful. He falls in with an unscrupulous CEO (Sohn Hyun-joo), and strikes up a deal to “take out the trash” for society’s most powerful people. In exchange, Sohn Hyun-joo compensates Choi handsomely. But when Choi Jin-hyuk gets caught up in covering for the disappearances of several young actresses, his deeds begin to weigh heavily on him. Clearly, serial disappearances won’t go unnoticed and I assume this is where Nana comes into the narrative. A dogged prosecutor, she’s willing to chase perpetrators to the ends of the earth in the name of justice. This could spell trouble for our morally conflicted antihero, as he grapples with his actions and his conscience.

 

Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: MBC
Genre: Fusion sageuk
Episode count: 40 episodes

Reasons to watch: In a new take on the fusion sageuk, Shin Se-kyung stars as the first woman historian in all of Joseon (without resorting to crossdressing to boot). In a break from the mores of the era, she was afforded an incredible education and spent time studying abroad. Upon returning to Korea, Shin Se-kyung chafes at the restrictions society wants to place on her and defies expectations by passing the civil servant exam. Shin earns a position as a royal historian, which is how she crosses paths with black sheep, Prince Yi Rim (Cha Eun-woo). The second-born son of the king, he’s spent his life hidden away in the palace and turned to secretly writing romance novels to stave off his loneliness. With the support of his doting older brother (Park Ki-woong as the crown prince) and a daring Shin Se-kyung by his side, Cha Eun-woo ventures out of his gilded cage. I’m expecting a fun take on young love that’s heavy on cuteness and comedy.

 

Doctor Detective

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Crime, suspense
Episode count: 32 episodes (35 minute episodes)

Reasons to watch: Doctor Detective kind of sounds like someone playing madlibs, but the phrase is an apt description of Park Jin-hee and Bong Tae-kyu’s jobs. The two are doctors who investigate the causes of mysterious illnesses and deaths of people who worked at industrial sites. Though the main leads are doctors, the focus is less on the practice of medicine. Rather, the drama broaches the ways that industrial “accidents” affect the lowest rungs of society and the shadowy efforts put into covering up these issues rather than preventing them. Complicating their work, the very company they suspect is responsible for countless deaths is owned by Park Jin-hee’s former in-laws. Lee Ki-woo will play Park’s ex-husband and heir to the company. Though they’re divorced, he never stopped loving her and he cares more about winning her heart than inheriting the company. Does that mean he’d be willing to expose the rot and corruption in the family business? If you love complicated relationships and medical mysteries, give the show a watch.

 

Class of Lies

Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Broadcaster: OCN
Genre: Crime, thriller
Episode count: 16 episodes

Reasons to watch: When a student is murdered at a high school for the children of Korea’s elite, the “facts” of the case leave a lot of unanswered questions and lead Yoon Kyun-sang on a hunt for the truth. Yoon starts out as a profit-driven lawyer who wouldn’t normally be the sort of person to concern himself with truth. But when a case he’s handling goes horribly wrong, in the aftermath of the fallout, he decides to take a position at the elite high school to find out what goes on within its walls. Though the school seems perfect, the pampered students may harbor some dark secrets. While he’s there to seek the truth, his fellow teacher (Geum Sae-rok) may not be ready to accept his findings, as she’s an idealistic teacher who thinks the world of her students. Could the culprit really be a student? OCN is synonymous for darker stories and there’s a wealth of subject matter to mine when privilege, murder, and justice collide.

 

Doctor John

Time slot: Friday & Saturday
Broadcaster: SBS
Genre: Medical
Episode count: 32 episodes (35 minute episodes)

Reasons to watch: Our other medical drama of the week, Doctor John is based on a Japanese novel. Ji Sung stars as the eponymous doctor, John Cha. He’s as arrogant as he is brilliant, but that arrogance belies his utter devotion to his patients. He’s practically obsessed with relieving them of their pain, so when a long-suffering patient dies under his care, it’s easy for people to assume the worst. And so, that’s how Ji Sung ends up on trial and in prison. It’s not all bad as that’s where he meets costar Lee Se-young. Lee is a 2nd year resident of anesthesiology and pain management at her family’s hospital. She meets Ji Sung while volunteering at his prison, and he inspires her to approach medicine with a renewed vigor. Post-prison, they’re reunited at her family’s hospital, this time with Ji Sung as her advisor. But he’s not quite free–Lee Kyu-hyung will be playing the Javert to his Jean Valjean. Having prosecuted him years prior, Lee believes Ji Sung to be as dangerous as ever. It remains to be seen if Ji Sung will be able to escape the watchful eye of Lee Kyu-hyung.

 

Golden Garden

Time slot: Saturday & Sunday
Broadcaster: MBC
Genre: Melo, mystery
Episode count: 40 episodes (Four 30 minute episodes will air consecutively)

Reasons to watch: Four strangers have more in common than meets the eye in this melo mystery. Han Ji-hye plays a woman who’s made the best of a bad hand dealt to her by life. Abandoned at an orphanage as a child, she grew up to be a well-adjusted adult. But when she somehow learns that her life was stolen from her it becomes her life’s purpose to solve the mysteries of her past. Oh Ji-eun is the thief in question as she somehow took over the life that was rightfully Han’s. Oh is a successful social media influencer and budding celebrity who’s romantically involved with Lee Tae-sung (who’ll be playing an executive at his family’s firm). But Han Ji-hye won’t have to face the couple alone, she’ll have Lee Sang-woo for backup. Lee plays a violent crimes detective who meets Han by chance. During their time together, they realize they’re both afflicted by nightmares about the same car accident. A dangerous game is set into motion as the two couples face off and Han Ji-hye pursues the person who’s stolen her life. High drama alongside mysteries and birth secrets make for a heady mix.

 

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Aaaaaah! Just watched the first episode of Rookie Historian - I think I'm already in love. The leading lady is plucky and persistent, but in the best way and Eun-woo... well... can we just say Eun-*swoon*?

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looking forward to this one. im so excited its on netflix!

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I just looked for it at Netflix and didn't see it there. I'll check again.

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I have realized many times a show is on Netflix in certain regions or countries, but not in your region or country. I noticed when I went to Colombia and my family had Netflix there... the list of programmes was different from the one I have where I live in Germany. So, I have stopped to get excited when a girl say this or that show is on Netflix, because most likely it is not in "my Netflix", for here there are many restrictions and legal issues with the rights to watch anything😠

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It always depends for what regions Netflix acquires the shows. This one is available for me (I am in the UK).

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I can't seem to find this at the sites I pay for or even at the other sites I use when the dramas aren't at the regular sites. Where can I find Rookie Historian

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It is listed on Kissasian

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Thank you!

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Loving it too! First time in ages a K drama has made me sit up in anticipation.

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Yasss! I foresee it being torture to wait for new eps every week.

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I just wanted to watch it to take a break after watching too many dark thrillers...but hell...its more than just a heart warming juicy romance...feminism...historians witch I've not seen anywhere in kdramas before...social problems like people tending to read books witch do not do them any good or teach them anything (well ,that actually IS a social problem still ..books and movies)...AND EUN _SWOON god*_*....LOVELY female leads are rare for saeguk romance dramas but we have one already...I'm SO IN LOVE TOO

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Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung had a cute first episode. Shin Se-kyung really shines on saeguks.

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Yes it was cute. I know it is a drama but I hope it stays lighter.

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The lighter tone makes the show better and easy to watch to be honest. We need more lighter dramas this year.

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Just checked Class of Lies and the first episode was interesting with a mix of dark and playful tone. I need to see more of Yoon Kyun-sang in action!

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I think I'll check out ROOKIE HISTORIAN, for reasons. PARK KI WOONG!

P.S.: Choi Jin-hyuk's suit made me swoon at first sight (from dizziness).

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Yeah Choi Jin-hyuk looks real fine. Glad to see Park Ki-woong. I watched a few.
Justice: had familiar feel, but good
Docter Detective: Interesting topic, and I always liked Park Jin-hee(FL)
Gu Hae-ryung: Cute, but I hope Cha Eun-woo gets better acting-wise.

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I thought he seemed very inexperienced in Gangnam Beauty, stiff and a touch self-conscious, but he appears much more self-confident in this role. I'm enjoying his portrayal so far!

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Enjoyable first episode. Park Ki Woong has a very magnetic aura.

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I loved the first two eps, WT. Great pacing, characterizations, humour, direction, editing, cinematography and plot! Reminds me a bit of Rebel in its quality.

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Oooh that sounds promising!

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Drama land doesn’t want us to get any sleep, now, does it??

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what sleep? no sleep.

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πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜°πŸ˜°πŸ˜°πŸ˜°πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜œ

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Sleep is for the weak, bebe!

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no sleep, just grind

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So many dramas and most of them have interesting premises, good thing it's summer vacation.

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Shin Sekyung is back and I love the drama already! I'm rooting for Haeryung because I feel her frustration. Stuck in this world of rules when all you want is to be free!

Will check out Kyunsang's drama. Everyone knows I'm Yoon Kyunsang trash.

I didn't know Lee Kyuhyung will be in JiSung's drama! Why does it have to be a medical one?!

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So many drama I want to see. I'm sure I'm gonna keep class of lies and rookie historian.

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Thankfully, only one interests me. *phew* Or I'd have to kiss my life goodbye. Class of Lies! Can't wait to catch it~!

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yes! this and rookie historian are on my list

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is 'Class of Lies' same as 'Mr.Temporary' in Viki?

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Yes it is!

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So Dr Detective is basically dr duo playing detective and probably didnt involve actual detective in the mix? oookkk show~

Justice has the actors that I like but not sure I'm up to watch heavy drama right now

Rookie first ep is light and cute which I hope it stays that way until ep 20 but knowing sageuk, we probably getting angsty/political mess in no time

The others......

So basically I'm a whiner with no drama (except maybe 1)~
lol

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Did you get the play on the title? They even said it in the 1st episode.

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Which one?
I actually only watch Rookie but the rest is based on the above post

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Doctor Detective?

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Hey, if they do detecting, then they are detectives ;)

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Just like House, M.D., except they are right the 1st time.

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And they have Kwak DongYeon, how could I miss it?!

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When is Level Up premiering? Or it did already?

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It already premiered this pass weekend

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Where can I watch it? Not on Netflix or Viu. The premise is interesting but I saw it had dismal ratings

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Dramafire and dramacool have it. If you put either in google, they will pop up.

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Please let Doctor John to be a good drama. Because I don't think I'll drop it no matter how messy it's going to be (which I hope isn't the case) because of Lee Kyu-hyung. I miss him in dramaland, and I'm ready to brave a medical drama just for him.
*chanting* Please be good, please be good, please be good.

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The first two episodes of Doctor Detective were definitely interesting and held my interest. I had been a little reluctant to watch this one because Bong Tae-kyu played such a despicable character in Return, a kdrama from last year. But so far in this drama I love his character. I also found a cameo appearance by an awesome young actor to be quite a surprise. So far I think this drama is going to be one to watch!

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Yasss! Kwak DongYeon.

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I only would like to watch the rooky historian, but I don't know whereπŸ˜•. It is not in my usual VPN... I am not paying any subscription now because I don't have money, even if it is in viki,, they only allow me to watch the premiere, but nothing less for long time😭😭

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Depending on where you are, it's available on Netflix. So far, I know it's in the US and Canada.

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U can also find it in many streaming sites or just DL it

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I dont know how to DL it πŸ˜…

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All the crime dramas sound interesting and I plan to give them all a try (who needs sleep anyway). I watched first episode of Rookie Historian and I like SSK and whole setting but Cha EunWoo is sooo bad I don't think I can stand watching him for 20 episodes, so I decided to drop it.

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I agree on Cha EunWoo...did not like his character. It just feels over the top.

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i have to admit, his acting is one of the things i find actually confusing because i have never seen such no-effort to emote

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Ugh, I was so looking forward to this but the disparity between Cha Eun Woo and Shin Se Kyung was so jarring, I feel SSK was talking to a wall most of the time! CEW had all the wrong emotions in all his scenes. Even when he was sobbing pitifully after being chided by his father, I felt nothing for him. I will watch again next week to see if things improve.

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Ignore me

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Impossible, sic.

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I'm just that fabulous huh

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Yup.
Deal with it.

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Request denied.

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nope - not doing that.

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Whoops, I failed too.

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***?

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sic's trying to raise in ranks through post spamming ;)

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shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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Generally or specifically? Because the latter might be doable but the former is impossible.

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My attention starved skeleton is grateful.

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Wow, I missed this thread for a whole two days!

Have you picked a theme song for the Ghost Assassin Jester Queen of Melonia?

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Yeah just imagine that Jackpot by Block B and Attack of the Dead Men by Sabaton had a love child, that child is my theme song.

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Gawd!

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100 points to Slytherin if you know either or both of those songs

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@sicarius

I admit I had to look them up.

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Of course I'm mostly feel excited for Class of Lies ! I'll have Hotel del Luna and The Devil on my watch list too so I think that's already enough πŸ˜„

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I watched the first episode of Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung but it did not blow me away. The acting is not really the best. Might try to watch one more episode.

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Way too many premieres!

I watched the first episode of Rookie historian - it was light and easy. Nothing great. The acting was very spotty (both leads). If its funny and they keep palace politics in the background I might continue. It might be good to have something light to watch after a long day.

Doctor John - Yes! waiting.

Class Of lies- looks interesting I want to watch. Is this same as 'Mr.Temporary' in viki?

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We also get premier week for Chinese drama too. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Novoland Eagle Flag finally premier this week. Love and Destiny drama and See you Again drama premier too.

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I'm excited for Love and Destiny! People say it feels a lot like Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (which makes sense as it's done by the same director and production team) and Ashes of Love which are 2 of my favorite cdramas. Just need to find where to watch it as I don't see it on Viki.

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L and D is on YouTube with subs. I need to watch a few more episodes before I decide. The male lead 's face looks very strained and almost gaunt so he'll need some personality for me to see him in a romantic light. Doable! But seems an odd choice.

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Looks like this will be a slower cycle for me which is okay because I've been busy binging other stuff.

Planning to try Doctor John.

Watched the first episodes of Doctor Detective and Justice: Dropped.

Do the networks get together and decide on a theme or what? Last cycle was dominated by romance and this one medical and justice.

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To answer your question. Yup, I think so. we have robots dramas. We have Priest theme. We are having Doctors theme. I guess Justice too. By the way. My youngest son name is Justus. (A Greek Orthodox saint. At least, starts with a letter J. Like my hubby name starts with a J. LOL)

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"With the support of his doting older brother (Park Ki-woong as the crown prince)..."

He better stay a doting brother or I will go into a rage! For once I want the princes to remain loving brothers and not have it turn into a feuding and jealous filled bloodbath for the throne.

Yes. I will watch this drama. Don't stop me!

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Honestly. I also dont want older brother to like hae ryung. He should help them sneak around for dates and stuff

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Yassss His arc can be the righteous Crown Prince who finally ascends to the throne and have a great reign serving the people.

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class of lies and doctor detective def. i am kinda worried abt the intensity of class of lies just cos i really dont want to wait AGES to have the bad people get their ass handed to them

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I'm interested in only one. Rookie Historian

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it's my exam season so I limited myself to only one show and can I say I think I made a good choice! the drama I watched was Class of Lies and the first episode was really really good. Writing was very tight, characters actually had believable motivations that made me really root for them. the whole episode kept me on my toes and just when I would have thought the legal aspect was too much, they'd switch to something else, and vice versa, which kept me interested the whole time. am really excited for episode 2 because I feel like thats where all the real action would start. I also didn't know YKS was so good acting until this show... wow

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so good at acting*

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Glamour models may be any size or form.

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Surprised that Han Ji-hye and Lee Sang Woo got paired up again so soon after the weekend drama Marry Me, considering that was the last gig for both as well. Since theirs was the only story line I was invested in during the run of Marry Me, I might need to check out Golden Garden as the plot sounds my kind of makjang.

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Haven't seen Lee Tae-sung in ages it seems. I was wondering what he was up to.

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The posters released for Rookie Historian Gu Hae-ryung were so gorgeous that I've been waiting for it to come out, just to see if the costumes, sets, actors and cinematography will be as stunningly beautiful as those posters were!

The only other one that looks immediately interesting to me personally is Justice, because lawyering plus Choi Jin-hyuk are just what I like!

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