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Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Youths Over Flowers: Episode 7
by | September 16, 2014 | 23 Comments
javabeans: We start the first episode of the Laos trip with a clip of the Peru trip, labeled the last night of “the old youths.” Lol. Like it wasn’t rubbing it in enough to call Sang, Juck, and Hee-yeol “youths” in the first place. girlfriday: You just know Na PD was snickering to himself the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Lee Shi-young and Uhm Tae-woong get hitched for Valid Love
by | September 16, 2014 | 29 Comments
Confirmations are in for the cast of tvN’s fall Monday-Tuesday drama Valid Love, with Uhm Tae-woong (Could We Love) playing the leading man as expected, while the heroine will be played by Lee Shi-young (Golden Cross), rather than Han Ji-min, who was courted earlier. Now that it’s going to be Lee Shi-young and Uhm Tae-woong,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Dr. Frost gets his leading ladies
by | September 15, 2014 | 24 Comments
Now that cable network OCN’s new psychological crime procedural Dr. Frost has its hero in Song Chang-eui (Thrice Married Woman), it’s time to give the genius a team (of lesser geniuses). The show went on a casting spree, and secured Lee Yoon-ji (King’s Family) and Jung Eun-chae (Fatal Encounter) to play his coworkers and romantic... More »


Drama Recaps
Plus Nine Boys: Episode 5
by | September 12, 2014 | 44 Comments
Feelings get laid bare in this episode full of twists. We find out what makes Jin-gu such bad news, but also what happened to make him change. The question is, would anyone who hasn’t seen the way he secretly looks at Se-young believe him? There’s no shortage of lows to go with all the highs,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Newsroom drama Pinocchio secures rookie reporter cast
by | September 12, 2014 | 136 Comments
We’ve finally got a lineup for upcoming SBS newsroom drama Pinocchio, and there aren’t any big surprises or shakeups. Park Shin-hye (Heirs) was first to confirm the offer, and now Lee Jong-seok (Doctor Stranger), Lee Yubi (Gu Family Book), and Kim Young-kwang (Plus Nine Boys) have officially signed on. Of course I’M terribly excited that... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Nam-gil joins Ryu Seung-ryong, Suzy in sageuk film
by | September 11, 2014 | 48 Comments
Kim Nam-gil (Shark) always does well in sageuk (see: Queen Seon-deok, his current swashbuckling hit Pirate), so I’m happy to hear that he’s sticking to his forte in his next project. He’ll be joining the historical film Dorihwaga, named for a type of traditional pansori song. Heavy-hitter Ryu Seung-ryong (Roaring Currents) is headlining as the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Park Shi-yeon as star news anchor and single mother
by | September 10, 2014 | 52 Comments
Park Shi-yeon (Nice Guy) returns to dramaland this fall in cable network TV Chosun’s new weekend show Greatest Marriage, where she plays a star news anchor. Her character is smart, capable, nationally beloved, and she’s ranked at the top of female college students’ “women I want to emulate” lists. But one crucial choice takes her... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Myung-min cast as president in disaster film
by | September 9, 2014 | 26 Comments
Normally I find presidents to be the least interesting characters in disaster movies — the scientists usually do the heavy lifting, while politicians panic and then give speeches — but it’s a totally different story if you cast Kim Myung-min (A New Leaf, King of Dramas) in the role. I can see him being a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Lee Soo-hyuk up to play the other man in Valid Love
by | September 8, 2014 | 95 Comments
Valid Love is the new tvN Monday-Tuesday drama from the writer of My Name Is Kim Sam-soon that’s currently courting Uhm Tae-woong and Han Ji-min to play a married couple that hits a rough patch when the wife’s eye wanders. Enter: Lee Soo-hyuk (High School King of Savvy), he of greener pastures. Tags: Lee Soo-hyuk... More »


Drama Recaps
Plus Nine Boys: Episode 3
by | September 6, 2014 | 60 Comments
This show continues to be an understated slice-of-life tale that focuses on very relatable foibles, like getting your hopes up way too soon over the slightest possibility at love, or teasing the girl you have a crush on because it’s easier than letting her see your bleeding heart. Now that the premise has been set... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Na PD baits Lee Seo-jin to headline new variety show
by | September 5, 2014 | 26 Comments
girlfriday: Ooh, Na PD (Na Young-seok) is doing a new show! Okay, so technically he’s always doing a new show with Grandpas Over Flowers leading to Noonas and Youths and so forth, but apparently he’s switching gears with his next variety program and stepping away from the Over Flowers theme. javabeans: Is it really switching... More »