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Drama Casting & News
Surplus Princess cut down to 10 episodes
by | September 26, 2014 | 129 Comments
Sad news for fans of Surplus Princess: The silly tvN comedy about a mermaid who joins the human realm to find love has just gotten a cut-down in episode count. Planned for 14 episodes originally, it’ll now end with 10 instead, wrapping up its run early next month. That’s a pretty sudden decision, especially since... More »


Podcasts
Dramabeans Podcast #24
by | September 25, 2014 | 40 Comments
There’s a lot of ground to cover in this podcast, so let’s get right to it! (Note: We recorded it about a week ago, so references to new shows may be a little less new than they were when we made them!)   Podcast #24 Running time: 1:08:57 In which we: start out by wrapping... More »


Drama Casting & News
Cantabile Tomorrow’s light, sentimental first teaser
by | September 25, 2014 | 94 Comments
The first teaser’s out for Cantabile Tomorrow, and I’m liking what I see. It’s not overtly funny, but has a light, sensitive touch (inasmuch as we can judge in thirty seconds), and the tone, cinematography, and use of music—Mendelssohn’s 4th—is really working for me. In the trailer, Joo-won says in voice-over: “The moment he waved... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Youths Over Flowers: Episode 8
by | September 24, 2014 | 45 Comments
javabeans: We’re back in Laos! You know, that blue-screened intro is funnier now that I saw what it took to get that footage. (Which, by the way, I watched about fifty times over the past week.) girlfriday: Yes, she turned it into a clip and sent it to me, and we’ve since been very unproductive.... More »


Drama Casting & News
Uhm Tae-woong gets a little bro in Valid Love
by | September 24, 2014 | 10 Comments
Valid Love’s launch may have been delayed in favor of another drama (the remake of Liar Game) but the upcoming tvN drama from My Name Is Kim Sam-soon and What’s Up Fox’s writer is still busily proceeding with pre-production: It has added Park Jung-min (You’re All Surrounded) to its cast, to play younger brother to... More »


Drama Casting & News
Bae Doo-na films in Seoul for sci-fi series Sense8
by | September 23, 2014 | 14 Comments
As previously mentioned, Bae Doo-na is back in Korea and busily filming, though not for a Korean production. She’s been cast in Sense8, a television series that’ll mark her third collaboration with Hollywood producers the Wachowskis (after Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending), which is planned for a Netflix run to launch in 2015. Sense8 is... More »


Drama Recaps
Secret Door: Episode 1
by | September 22, 2014 | 60 Comments
Secret Door is probably my most anticipated drama of the year, so to say I was nervous and excited about its premiere is something of an understatement. The history that this story deals with is so gripping, moving, and morbidly fascinating that once your imagination is grabbed, there’s no letting go. I’ll get into the... More »


Meta
CJ Giveaway: Win the DVD for Friend 2
by | September 22, 2014 | 96 Comments
Thanks to everyone who entered in our first CJ giveaway last week for tickets to see Tazza 2! We’ve notified the winners (check your emails), and now we have another giveaway for you. This one is to celebrate the DVD release of the action-noir film Friend 2: The Legacy, which is the sequel to the... More »
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Drama Casting & News
Park Shi-yeon becomes Miss Mom for Greatest Marriage
by | September 22, 2014 | 50 Comments
This drama’s been flying under my radar a bit, but it’s almost go-time for Greatest Marriage, whose launch is less than a week away. It comes to us via cable station TV Chosun, where it’ll take up residence for the next two months as their new weekend drama. The production held a press conference on... More »


Drama Casting & News
Campus meetings and musical instruments in Cantabile Tomorrow
by | September 21, 2014 | 105 Comments
So far I’ve been satisfied with the casting behind Cantabile Tomorrow, KBS’s remake of Japanese drama/anime/manga Nodame Cantabile, and now that we’re starting to see stills of the cast members in character, I continue to be cautiously optimistic. These first four images feature four of the more visible supporting characters, and at least visually, I... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: There’s no accounting for taste
by | September 20, 2014 | 136 Comments
javabeans: Taste sure is a subjective thing, isn’t it? girlfriday: Well that’s a strange (and somewhat obvious) thing to say. Are we playing non sequitur game? Is it my turn? Sometimes I wish rainbows were made of candy. javabeans: That wasn’t the game I was thinking of, but okay. I actually meant that in the... More »