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Dramabeans Podcast #31
by | January 21, 2016 | 69 Comments
It’s a new year, and we’re eager to get through all of our backlog so we can start fresh again! We have a lot of catching up to do in this podcast, so we did our best to speed through to cover as much as we could in a (somewhat) reasonable amount of time. It’s... More »

Drama Casting & News
MBC melo Monster secures Kang Ji-hwan to headline
by | January 21, 2016 | 76 Comments
Ah, this casting makes more sense: Kang Ji-hwan (Big Man) is now confirmed as the leading man in MBC’s upcoming 50-episode melodrama Monster (formerly titled Tyrant), while relative newcomer Seo Kang-joon (Cheese in the Trap) is no longer in consideration for the show. It seemed so strange to have a young rookie like Seo being... More »

Drama Recaps
Cheese in the Trap: Episode 6
by | January 19, 2016 | 289 Comments
It’s a great episode for cuteness, and growth in understanding, and poignant character beats, and just everything, really. There are nice moments for several characters, but it’s our main couple who shines as they draw closer, start growing out of their awkwardness a bit (though I’ll always welcome a little comical flailing), and find common... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoon Sang-hyun, Lee Yo-won up for quirky JTBC rom-com
by | January 18, 2016 | 27 Comments
JTBC has announced a new drama in the works, as well as two stars in contention to headline it, Yoon Sang-hyun (Gap-dong) and Lee Yo-won (Empire of Gold): The show is titled (something like) Hot Temper and Nam Jung-ki, but I have to warn you that I’m not a hundred percent on that because the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kang So-ra considers human drama Neighborhood Lawyer with Park Shin-yang
by | January 18, 2016 | 26 Comments
Ooh, I’m suddenly more interested in this drama: She may have turned down Rain’s fantasy-melo drama Come Back, Ajusshi, but it looks like we’ll get another chance to see Kang So-ra (Warm and Cozy) back on TV with the upcoming drama Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho. The lead role was offered to Park Shin-yang (Sign) back... More »

Drama Casting & News
Drama viewership ratings for the week of Jan. 11-17, 2016
by | January 17, 2016 | 67 Comments
We had a couple noteworthy moments this past week’s drama ratings, and starting backwards (because why not?), we have to look at Answer Me 1988 ending its massively popular run with an all-time high in many rights: It was a high for the drama, going out with an 18.803%, and also a high for the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Action blockbuster movie Pirates to get a sequel
by | January 15, 2016 | 26 Comments
Producers have announced plans to make a sequel to historical action movie The Pirates, and I suppose that if ever a movie were primed to be turned into a franchise, this would be it. It’s got the simple premise, appealing cast, big-budget effects, and flashy action sequences that make for crowd-pleasing entertainment, with the first... More »

Drama Casting & News
Seo Kang-joon offered leading role in MBC melo Monster
by | January 15, 2016 | 54 Comments
Seo Kang-joon’s current drama has barely begun airing — tvN’s hit-in-the-making Cheese in the Trap is in its second week, but you knew that, since the drama is already a sensation — but already he’s looking toward his next drama, with latest reports pegging the 22-year-old rising star as a potential lead in MBC’s Monster.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Love gets cynical, lovelorn, and tested in Madam Antoine
by | January 13, 2016 | 15 Comments
We’re a week (and change) out from Madam Antoine’s premiere, so we’re probably winding down with the promo stills and previews as the show prepares for lift-off. By now, we know the premise: Han Ye-seul is the fake fortuneteller whose skills are really rooted in her ability to read people, and Sung Joon is the... More »

Drama Recaps
Cheese in the Trap: Episode 4
by | January 12, 2016 | 335 Comments
Time for the pendulum to swing, and the thing about being in an overthinker’s brain is, there’s no end to the number of ways a thing can be read, analyzed, and interpreted. I’d say misinterpreted, but to be fair, our resident overthinker isn’t so far off-base when she’s trying to get a handle on someone... More »

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5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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