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Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 22
by | March 19, 2008 | 32 Comments
I wonder if the production team cares at all about the rhythm of the episodes being thrown off due to last week’s postponement — today’s episode was supposed to be the big week cliffhanger, but instead we get episode 23 following immediately. No matter; in just a week it’ll all be over! So we’ve had... More »

Drama Casting & News
Straight-shootin’ Chae Rim [Oh snap]
by | March 19, 2008 | 16 Comments
Chae Rim gets fired up for her new series Rivals, as a presidential security agent. Not quite badass, but a far cry from cute, spunky Dal Ja. RELATED POSTS Chae Rim heads for the Blue House Tags: Chae Rim, Rivals... More »

Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episodes 3 & 4
by | March 18, 2008 | 24 Comments
Jin Yi Han. Jin Yi Han. Jin Yi Han. Jin Yi Han. Jin Yi Han. Okay, the rational part of me fully recognizes that Jin Yi Han the actor is much different than his character (the questionably motived — is that a word? sure why not — art gallery employee, spoiled manboy Shin Jae Ha).... More »

Celebrity News
Taking a break from wizarding classes… [Oh snap]
by | March 18, 2008 | 21 Comments
New (mini) feature! I’m calling it [Oh snap] — a photo for your perusal with some or no commentary. (I’m totally ripping off Jezebel’s “Snap Judgment” — their series of photo posts — almost entirely because I love me a clever pun.) ‘Cause it’s true, sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s Kim... More »

Drama Casting & News
It’s a Blue House season
by | March 18, 2008 | 19 Comments
First we’ll have KBS’s upcoming Blue House-centered drama, the Chae Rim vehicle Rivals, after which SBS’s Daemool premieres. I first mentioned the manhwa-based project back when SBS was courting Lee Young Ae for the lead role, but Lee Young Ae turned it down, and they’ve finally settled on another female to headline in a casting... More »

Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episodes 1 & 2
by | March 17, 2008 | 52 Comments
MBC’s new drama Who Are You? will probably not be a huge hit — On Air will easily claim that timeslot — and I doubt it carries the potential to join the ranks of the exceptional. The conceit is pretty clear — body-switching, and the hilarity that ensues — like a mix of Big, Ghost,... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
On Air: First impressions
by | March 16, 2008 | 88 Comments
Hm. Perhaps SBS and I are not meant to be on friendly terms. It’s not that there’s anything about the broadcast station in particular that I don’t like; it’s just that it’s been ages since I’ve seen an SBS drama I really enjoyed. And the dramas I’ve actively disliked recently have all been SBS series.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Chae Rim heads for the Blue House
by | March 16, 2008 | 36 Comments
Chae Rim, aka plucky Dal Ja of last year’s hit romantic comedy series Dal Ja’s Spring, has been cast to headline the new KBS Monday-Tuesday drama series Rivals [강적들], which takes place in the Blue House (Cheongwadae), Korea’s presidential residence, opposite Lee Jong Hyuk (sexy!) and Lee Jin Wook (cute!) Chae Rim’s character — energetic,... More »

Celebrity News
Song Il Kook gets hitched
by | March 15, 2008 | 72 Comments
Song Il Kook (Jumong, Lobbyist) is a bachelor no more. The 37-year-old actor married his bride in Seoul on the 15th in a mostly traditional ceremony (embellished with a few modernized twists to give it a “creative” fusion vibe). The event was closed to the public, although more than a thousand well-wishers were present at... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread # 21
by | March 14, 2008 | 40 Comments
  Happy White Day everyone! (Although I think more of us probably don’t observe the holiday than do.) In case you’re not familiar with the concept, White Day takes place a month after Valentine’s, on March 14; and since V-Day is when girls gift boys with chocolate, White Day is the reverse when boys return... More »

Kpop News
Horan, the bookworm author
by | March 13, 2008 | 15 Comments
Did you know Clazziquai vocalist Horan was a book lover? Well she is, and now she’s got a book coming out. But before you disparage her move outside her native kpop (or, k-alternative or k-electronica, rather), first consider the following: Her dream in younger days was in “serious” literary writing; in adolescence her attentions leaned... More »