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Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 4
by | July 3, 2014 | 171 Comments
We’re here! With the requisite backdrop set and the conflict established, we now get to the meat of the present-day story, and I’m just about hopping in anticipation to see where we go from here. I suppose we can think of the first four episodes as the “childhood portion” of many a sageuk drama, only... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 3
by | July 2, 2014 | 115 Comments
Joseon Gunman continues to deliver just what I want. That’s an interesting thing because you would think that getting exactly what you wish for could be something of a letdown when you know what’s going to happen—we’re still establishing conflicts and heading toward revenge motivation. But in the way that a good romantic comedy can... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Idols bunk together in boardinghouse sitcom
by | July 2, 2014 | 22 Comments
Everything old is new again: MBC Every1 (a cable channel) is looking to revive the success of 1990s hit sitcom Three Men, Three Women (itself borrowed from the American Friends, sort of), which was a popular sitcom that notably starred a young Song Seung-heon back before he was a superstar. That show was centered around... More »


Drama Casting & News
Do-hee to join Nodame Cantabile’s orchestra
by | July 1, 2014 | 99 Comments
We still don’t have a lead actress but casting continues on the much-buzzed-about remake project of Nodame Cantabile, which will be adding Tiny-G idol and Answer Me 1994 actress Do-hee to the mix as one of the supporting characters. (Some stories say she’s confirmed, others hedge that she’s not final yet, so it’s pretty much... More »


Drama Casting & News
Sooyoung, Kam Woo-sung a potential match-up for My Spring Days
by | June 30, 2014 | 34 Comments
This is a casting notice I still have to wrap my head around: Girls Generation idol Sooyoung (Dating Agency Cyrano) and Kam Woo-sung (King Geunchogo) are currently in contention to play the leads of MBC’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama My Spring Days. This is the drama about a woman with a terminal illness who gets a... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: Zombie apocalypse
by | June 28, 2014 | 62 Comments
javabeans: Shall we pick more questions from the beanut gallery to start with? girlfriday: Sure. Let’s see… lots of people asked about the World Cup, though I already stopped watching because Korea lost. javabeans: You mean your cute player on the Korean team lost. girlfriday: Yes, poor Son Heung-min! And he even cried! It was... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #349
by | June 27, 2014 | 209 Comments
  The Barberettes – “한 여름밤의 꿈” (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) [ Download ] Open Thread #348 Open Thread #347 Open Thread #346 Open Thread #345 No tags for this post.... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 2
by | June 26, 2014 | 107 Comments
More good stuff! I don’t know what appeals to me more, the action, the romance, the humor, the political intrigue, or the revenge looming on the horizon—but as far as I’m concerned that’s a good thing since it means Joseon Gunman is doing an effective job juggling all of its elements. Episode 2 had a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Choi Ji-woo tests love with Temptation
by | June 26, 2014 | 32 Comments
The first teaser and initial stills are out for SBS’s upcoming melodrama Temptation, which initially seemed like it would center around the married couple where the husband (Kwon Sang-woo) is persuaded to take up the offer of an older rich businesswoman. But with Choi Ji-woo cast as the CEO with an indecent proposal, now it... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 1
by | June 25, 2014 | 122 Comments
I wasn’t disappointed! And given how ridiculously excited I was for Joseon Gunman, surely that says a lot, doesn’t it? I had expectations, they were unreasonably high, and they were met. The show is similar to The Princess’s Man (the obvious comparison, given the PD connection), but I mean that only in the best of... More »


Drama Casting & News
Dr. Champ, Scent of a Woman producers reteam for SBS
by | June 25, 2014 | 23 Comments
javabeans: New SBS drama alert! It’s a Wednesday-Thursday drama to air later in September after It’s Okay, It’s Love, but I… don’t know what that title means. girlfriday: Songpoyoo? You in Songpo? javabeans: Or you mean poyoo as in suckling a baby? girlfriday: Mr. Yoo in Songpo? Songpo Suckling? javabeans: Ohhh. Waiiiiiit. Is it by... More »