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Drama Casting & News
First look at detective Yoon Sang-hyun in serial-killer drama Gap-dong
by | March 7, 2014 | 41 Comments
‘Tis the season for serial killer thrillers, with tvN’s Gap-dong preparing to join the mix in another month. (Fine, so there’s only one other serial killer drama out right now, God’s Gift, but can we agree that having serial killers running loose in dramaland in any sort of plural form is a lot?) Gap-dong—which is... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #333
by | March 7, 2014 | 376 Comments
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Chungmuro/Film News
Ryu Seung-ryong headlines disaster movie Seoul Station
by | March 6, 2014 | 17 Comments
Casting on a new disaster movie has been announced all at once, so we have the news that Seoul Station will boast a star-packed cast in Ryu Seung-ryong (Miracle in Cell No. 7), Shim Eun-kyung (Miss Granny), Moon Sori (The Spy), and Lee Joon (IRIS 2). Not bad, eh? But before you get too excited,... More »

Celebrity News
Oh snap! Yoo Ah-in + Kim Hee-ae – pants (x2)
by | March 6, 2014 | 46 Comments
I was going to make a whole string of jokes about how it looks like Yoo Ah-in forgot his pants for this High Cut photo shoot, but then I (1) got distracted by the gorgeousness of his co-star Kim Hee-ae, (2) saw Kim Hee-ae rocking the bottomless photo, and (3) figured maybe with the steamy... More »

Drama Recaps
Three Days: Episode 1
by | March 5, 2014 | 101 Comments
We are just awash in premieres, aren’t we? SBS’s 24-esque Blue House thriller Three Days opened this week, and it certainly has the grandeur of a presidential drama, with a tone of solemnity that I find compelling in its own right. The story itself is just getting started so it’s unclear where that’ll go, and... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Seo-jin gets cookin’ for Grandpas Over Flowers in Spain
by | March 4, 2014 | 40 Comments
Reminding us that the show is only a few days from its premiere, we have new teasers and a poster out for tvN’s upcoming reality-variety show Grandpas Over Flowers: The Spain Trip. (I’m not totally certain how they’re counting “seasons” of this show with all the various trips and spin-offs going on — some places... More »

Drama Casting & News
Idol D.O. cast in warm romantic melo It’s Okay, It’s Love
by | March 3, 2014 | 99 Comments
Here we have some more casting news on the Noh Hee-kyung-written drama It’s Okay, It’s Love, which we’d noted previously to be considering Gong Hyo-jin and Jo In-sung as its leads. That makes sense since Jo In-sung anchored Noh’s previous drama That Winter, The Wind Blows, though neither he nor Gong have confirmed yet. We... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Bungee-jumping and basketball
by | March 2, 2014 | 62 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your requests for future Name That Dramas by using the contact form. Help Helen identify a recent drama she saw airing in Korea: I’ve recently moved to Korea and I’m enjoying the drama supply on TV, except I can’t speak much Korean yet and I cannot read... More »

Odds and Ends: Flat tires and lip gloss
by | March 2, 2014 | 106 Comments
javabeans: It’s the weekend! So, what did you do this week? (As if I didn’t already know the answer to that was: Sit in front of a computer all day and do a lot of recaps.) girlfriday: Pretty much that. Oh, and I got a flat tire. javabeans: Oh nooooo. Is this column just going... More »

Drama Recaps
Wonderful Season: Episodes 1-2
by | March 1, 2014 | 59 Comments
Wonderful Season is the new KBS weekend family drama that began last weekend, and as noted, it’s a hit right out of the gates. It had a good lead-in with KBS’s previous ratings blockbuster King’s Family, but don’t expect anything like that show in this one (a great thing, by anyone’s measure)—Wonderful Season is thoughtful,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Golden Cross: Park Shi-hoo out, Eom Ki-joon in?
by | February 28, 2014 | 59 Comments
So that whole thing about Park Shi-hoo making his drama comeback? Never mind! The news had only been out in the media a day before Park’s reps updated their statement by saying that he wouldn’t do Golden Cross after all, attributing it officially to a conflict with his schedule. He does have promotional activity for... More »