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Drama Casting & News
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the first day of School
by | April 15, 2015 | 31 Comments
Based on the first teaser, I’d guess that Who Are You—School 2015 is going to be lighter than its predecessors in the School franchise, even though we’ve been told repeatedly that this year’s spin is the mystery genre angle. It’s just that Bruno Mars doesn’t exactly scream mystery thriller. Maybe Angry Mom really did corner... More »

Drama Casting & News
Winter Sonata gets sequel 13 years later
by | April 14, 2015 | 105 Comments
Just when you think you’ve seen everything under the sun being made and remade (and recycled and rehashed) for television, there’s news that dramaland is going back in time to 2002 to revive one of its most iconic Hallyu hits, Winter Sonata. Have we officially run out of ideas, people? A sequel called Winter Sonata... More »

Drama Casting & News
Will Hello Monster finally find its profiler hero in Seo In-gook?
by | April 14, 2015 | 90 Comments
Why can’t a drama hang on to a leading actor these days? Between Hello Monster and Scholar Who Walks the Night (and a half-dozen other spring/summer dramas), I can hardly keep a drama cast straight anymore because it’ll just change on me tomorrow. The last we heard, KBS’s new crime-thriller-meets-rom-com Hello Monster was courting Lee... More »

Drama Casting & News
First script read for Hong sisters drama Warm and Cozy
by | April 13, 2015 | 67 Comments
Woohoo, production is underway for the new Hong sisters rom-com Warm and Cozy, which reunites the writing team with the PD of Best Love. The creative reunion makes me doubly excited for this new drama, since Best Love was the last time they were pee-your-pants funny. Stars Yoo Yeon-seok (Answer Me 1994) and Kang So-ra... More »

Drama Casting & News
High School King of Savvy team returns with new tvN drama
by | April 11, 2015 | 22 Comments
Oh I’m excited to get more from this PD-writer team: PD Yoo Je-won and writer Yang Hee-seung, the crew behind tvN’s hit 2014 drama High School King of Savvy, will be making a comeback this summer with a new series. The only thing we know about the show so far is the title, Love and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Vampire kisses and Yeo Jin-gu tears in Orange Marmalade’s first teaser
by | April 10, 2015 | 81 Comments
Ugh, nobody cries like Yeo Jin-gu. I wasn’t anticipating much from KBS’s new supernatural teen drama Orange Marmalade, but then they went ahead and made Yeo Jin-gu cry, and now I’m interested. The show’s first teaser is like a taste of a music video of the angsty romance to come, between human high-schooler Yeo Jin-gu... More »

Drama Recaps
Angry Mom: Episode 8
by | April 9, 2015 | 125 Comments
We focus almost entirely on the students and Kang-ja’s quest to right wrongs from the inside, and it makes for a great episode. It isn’t anything new to point out that the world is corrupt, but watching children accept that as fact is another thing entirely, and the wave of disillusionment just makes Kang-ja more... More »

Drama Casting & News
Chaebol’s Daughter loses Moon-Park pairing, gains Park Hyung-shik
by | April 9, 2015 | 65 Comments
There’s been a casting change-up for SBS’s new melodrama Chaebol’s Daughter, which was initially courting Park Seo-joon (Kill Me, Heal Me) to play the leading man and Moon Geun-young (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi) to play the titular heroine. Now reps from both actors’ camps have declared that they’re passing on the roles, which leaves the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Soo-hyuk joins Scholar Who Walks the Night
by | April 8, 2015 | 64 Comments
We’ve got another possible addition to the cast of MBC’s supernatural drama Scholar Who Walks the Night, starring Lee Jun-ki (Joseon Gunman) as the night-walking vampire scholar of webtoon and soon to be drama fame. Model-turned-actor Lee Soo-hyuk, who’s been steadily gaining more acting cred on cable (Valid Love, High School King of Savvy) has... More »

Drama Casting & News
Shin Mina considers new SBS drama about single life
by | April 8, 2015 | 60 Comments
Yay, Shin Mina might be headed back to television this summer. Sadly it’s not a reunion with her Arang and the Magistrate co-star Lee Jun-ki, but really I’m just glad to have her back in dramaland at all. It’s been three years since Arang and she was sticking to movies for a while — Gyeongju... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Grandpas Over Flowers in Greece: Episode 2
by | April 7, 2015 | 51 Comments
javabeans: We’re back! So the first episode was a mega-hit, both among public opinion and with the ratings, which averaged 10% and hit a high of 12.5%. I enjoyed reading the handful of news articles that were clearly trying to stir a tempest in a teapot by suggesting that the disproportionate attention on Ji-woo and... More »