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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 | 62 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 »

Drama Casting & News
Park Bo-gum in talks to join Hello Monster
by | April 7, 2015 | 18 Comments
After losing Lee Jin-wook, KBS’s summer Monday-Tuesday drama Hello Monster is still on the hunt for a leading man. Meanwhile, Jang Nara (Fated To Love You) and Lee Chun-hee (Dating Agency Cyrano) are still considering starring roles, and now Park Bo-gum (Cantabile Tomorrow, Roaring Currents) has been offered a supporting role on their special police... More »

Drama Casting & News
Script reads for new KBS spring dramas Producer and School 2015
by | April 6, 2015 | 58 Comments
I’m really looking forward to KBS’s spring lineup, which will bring us the teen coming-of-age drama Who Are You–School 2015 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the industry insider drama Producer on Fridays and Saturdays. Both shows held their script reads to launch production, with about a month left before premieres roll around. The two dramas... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Soo-hyun courted for split-personality crime thriller
by | April 3, 2015 | 37 Comments
So I guess this means the split-personality trend isn’t going to die anytime soon? I’m starting to think that a leading man without dissociative identity disorder is becoming the rarity in film and television, because I just can’t seem to get away from it. Kim Soo-hyun may have turned down the split-personality drama Dr. Frankenstein,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Woo-bin looks at killer role in new action thriller
by | April 3, 2015 | 57 Comments
It looks like Kim Woo-bin will be sticking to the big screen for the time being. I was sad about him turning down the Hong sisters drama (that is, until Yoo Yeon-seok came along and made it right as rain), but it’s good to see that his movie career is taking off. His current coming-of-age... More »

Drama Recaps
Angry Mom: Episode 6
by | April 2, 2015 | 76 Comments
Woohoo, now that a certain split personality love triangle is off my plate, I get to join in on the Angry Mom party. I really love Kim Hee-sun in this role, not to mention the hilarity of watching her mix it up with a whole new generation of young actors and blend right in among... More »