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Rising stars Choi Woo-shik, Lee Won-geun up to play romantic rivals
by | January 12, 2016 | 28 Comments
Choi Woo-shik (Ho-gu’s Love) and Lee Won-geun (Sassy Go Go) have both had big years, they’re both baby-faced up-and-comers to keep an eye out for, and now we may be seeing them acting in the same movie, titled Your Name Is Jang-mi. The movie is a romance drama about a sad love, intertwining a past... More »

Drama Recaps
Cheese in the Trap: Episode 3
by | January 11, 2016 | 318 Comments
Cheese in the Trap has all the makings of a crack drama and pop-culture sensation, which the ever-climbing ratings only serve to confirm. But more than a sweet, potentially giddifying romance with appealing characters, I’m really responding to the thread of thoughtfulness running through the show, and the development of the characters beyond the romantic.... More »

Drama Casting & News
tvN provides early look into crime thriller with Signal: The Beginning
by | January 11, 2016 | 9 Comments
If you don’t wanna wait a full two weeks to catch tvN’s new time-bendy cop thriller Signal, you’re in luck, in that they’re kicking off with an Episode 0 this weekend, a full week in advance of their premiere. They’re calling it Signal: The Beginning and essentially it’s an hourlong preview to introduce the series... More »

Drama Recaps
Youths Over Flowers in Iceland: Episode 2
by | January 10, 2016 | 50 Comments
girlfriday: You know, even in replay, “Please hot dog world” cracks me up just as much as the first time. We resume on the first morning in Iceland, with the boys all excited about their first day trip out to a waterfall. It’s about an hour and a half away, and they figure they’ll be... More »

Drama Casting & News
MBC’s Tyrant gets renamed Monster, still looking for a leading lady
by | January 8, 2016 | 30 Comments
The MBC project formerly known as Tyrant has opted for a name change, and is now going by Monster (it’s the English word transliterated into Korean, not a Korean word meaning monster). I don’t think Monster’s a bad title for a drama, but it does kinda seem to me to be one step down on... More »

Drama Casting & News
Desperate voice from the past sends clues to the present in Signal
by | January 8, 2016 | 31 Comments
I have to say, I’m drawn to the retro-nostalgia feel we’re getting in tvN’s cold-case investigation drama Signal—or at least in half of it, since it’s partially tied to the past though mostly set in the present. The show is centered around the conceit that two cops in the present day (Lee Je-hoon, Kim Hye-soo)... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Chung-ah joins Vampire Detective amidst air of mystery
by | January 7, 2016 | 13 Comments
A couple more cast additions have been announced for OCN’s Vampire Detective, the drama that previously cast Lee Joon (Heard It Through the Grapevine, Gap-dong) to play the titular hero who turns into a vampire suddenly one day and now works as a private investigator, solving cases for a diverse clientele. OCN thrillers never lack... More »

Drama Casting & News
Girl Who Sees Smells writer returns with idol drama Dance With You
by | January 6, 2016 | 25 Comments
If you liked last year’s rom-com-slash-serial-killer drama Girl Who Sees Smells, and/or 2013’s harder-edged story of ruthless ambition Yawang, you may be interested to hear that the writer of those two, Lee Hee-myung, is working on another drama for SBS, tentatively titled Dance With You. The plot description is very thin, giving us only that... More »

Drama Recaps
Cheese in the Trap: Episode 2
by | January 5, 2016 | 221 Comments
Another strong episode continues the positive momentum from yesterday’s premiere, and we get much more of a lot of things: a deepening of the relationships, an intriguing glimpse of the hero’s backstory, cuteness, and a heavier undercurrent of angst. And now that we see more of the developing plotline, I start to see a little... More »

Drama Recaps
Cheese in the Trap: Episode 1
by | January 4, 2016 | 204 Comments
Initial thoughts: I like it. I wasn’t sure I would, given the excessive buzz and weighty expectations, which always seemed to me to be overblown, although maybe that’s because I wasn’t part of the webtoon’s fervent fanbase. But given that it didn’t have multiple drama versions or anime seasons or a particularly long history (the... More »

How would you rate this episode?

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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