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Drama Casting & News
MBN rejoins dramaland with Tears of Heaven
by | September 3, 2014 | 14 Comments
Cable station MBN is getting back in the drama game, two years since it gave them up, and has announced a new series titled Tears of Heaven. It sounds like an emotion-filled, relationship-driven drama that’s all about a strained mother-daughter relationship which leads to lots of conflict and eventually understanding. The drama has revealed its... More »


Drama Recaps
Three Musketeers: Episode 3
by | September 2, 2014 | 76 Comments
Today’s episode reveals one big mystery (or at least a big corner of it), which is a big enough twist to turn a few things on their sides. I like being surprised, and especially when we get one early on in the game, because it helps me to have faith that the show will keep... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Himalaya revived, now starring Hwang Jung-min, Jung Woo
by | September 2, 2014 | 20 Comments
This is an interesting re-casting, given that I had just assumed the movie Himalaya was dead once its two leads, Kim Myung-min and Lee Min-ki, dropped the project last year when its production was delayed. But now the project is back on track, having cast Hwang Jung-min (A New World, Veteran) and Jung Woo (Answer... More »


Drama Casting & News
Bad Boys behind bars prepare for the hunt
by | September 2, 2014 | 60 Comments
OCN may only have one genre angle in programming its original drama series content (crime, crime, and more crime), but if it can’t have breadth, at least it has depth. And of all the channels putting out scripted drama content, it does have the grittiest, goriest fare, and its new series Bad Boys ought to... More »


Drama Casting & News
Sentimental teaser posters for MBC’s My Spring Days
by | September 1, 2014 | 37 Comments
In keeping with the drama’s melo-with-a-light-touch vibe, here we have fresh, spring-like posters for the MBC drama My Spring Days, wherein a heroine (named Spring) who’d lived for years with a terminal illness receives a heart transplant and is given a new chance at life. Kam Woo-sung is the grief-stricken widower who falls in love... More »


Drama Casting & News
Iron Man’s hero and his literal knives of pain
by | September 1, 2014 | 143 Comments
I knew that the description of upcoming KBS drama Iron Man had the hero’s character, played by Lee Dong-wook, somehow painfully sprouting knives from his body—I knew this, all the articles said so—and yet, I was still clinging to the hope that maybe, just maybe, those knives would be a figure of speech. Say, they... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: Concept conception
by | August 30, 2014 | 86 Comments
javabeans: So I’ll be flying down to see you again this weekend, which is weird to say because when this post goes up I will have already done it. Which we’ve mentioned before, I’m sure. It’s like time travel, but without any of the fun parts. girlfriday: And also without any of the earth-shattering time-space... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #358
by | August 29, 2014 | 293 Comments
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Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 20
by | August 28, 2014 | 17 Comments
It’s showtime. The plot picks up and as both sides amp up their strategizing, with spies and counterspies deployed in the game to win the upper hand and outmaneuver the opposition. Both teams make some important strides and face obstacles, but ultimately this episode acts as the launching pad for the big event: military coup.... More »


Drama Casting & News
Secret Door preview hints at chilling father-son conflict
by | August 28, 2014 | 29 Comments
Ahhh, I’m going to have to enlist somebody to keep me calm about Secret Door, my expectations for which just keep climbing. The first teaser is out, and while it’s brief, it sets the suspenseful, intense tone perfectly with King Yeongjo (Han Seok-kyu) sternly facing his desperate-to-please but ultimately doomed son, Crown Prince Sado (Lee... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 19
by | August 27, 2014 | 19 Comments
We get some poignant character beats in today’s episode, but I’m sorry to report that it does also have the distinctive ring of extension-induced slowdown. I can see where there is, empirically, enough plot material to fill the rest of the drama’s run, so it’s not that the story has hit a dead end. I’d... More »