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Drama Casting & News
Park Eun-bin up to challenge Han Seok-kyu as Princess Hyegyeong
by | July 8, 2014 | 20 Comments
Ooh, the casting is shaping up to be quite promising for SBS’s upcoming sageuk thriller Secret Door, which recently confirmed that Han Seok-kyu (Tree With Deep Roots) would be taking the lead role as King Yeongjo. I’m still waiting on pins and needles to know if Lee Je-hoon will ultimately take the role of Yeongjo’s... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Answer Me, Youths Over Flowers
by | July 8, 2014 | 51 Comments
Trust evil genius Na PD (Grandpas Over Flowers, 1N2D) to trick us yet again! He’d initially kidnapped a trio of musicians (and variety regulars) for his new backpacking variety program Youths Over Flowers, giving the title a tongue-in-cheek twist since Yoon Sang, Yoo Hee-yeol, and Lee Juck are all fortysomething and more appropriately ajusshis than... More »


Drama Casting & News
Production in full swing for Temptation
by | July 7, 2014 | 29 Comments
Time to check in on SBS’s Temptation, which has been busily filming away in preparation for its premiere mid-month. I was actually expecting a bit more buzz from the promo machine given the high-profile reunion of Choi Ji-woo and Kwon Sang-woo, two of the mainstays of Hallyu 1.0, but perhaps there’s still time to build... More »


Drama Casting & News
Yoon-ah as Nodame?
by | July 6, 2014 | 356 Comments
So the big news today is that Girls Generation’s Yoon-ah has been offered the lead role in the Nodame Cantabile remake. Inasmuch as this is a highly anticipated adaptation of a beloved Japanese series whose heroine was pretty much universally loved (Ueno Juri), already there’s a flurry of mixed reactions to the news. Currently Yoon-ah’s... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: Star-spangled barbecue
by | July 6, 2014 | 48 Comments
javabeans: Happy Fourth of July, for everyone for whom that means anything! And by “means anything” I’m mostly referring to meat and beer, I think. girlfriday: Hey, where I come from, meat and beer are things worth celebrating. Not that anyone really needs an excuse to fire up the grill and drink beer. Are you... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #350
by | July 4, 2014 | 264 Comments
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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 »