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Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Nam-gil joins Ryu Seung-ryong, Suzy in sageuk film
by | September 11, 2014 | 50 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 | 28 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 »


Drama Casting & News
Park Shin-hye headlines Pinocchio as reporter who can’t lie
by | September 4, 2014 | 164 Comments
Ah, so now we have the reason behind Pinocchio’s title — the drama features a heroine who can’t tell a lie. She’s a character who suffers from Pinocchio syndrome (I think it’s called different things, but they mean a condition where your body shows a physical sign whenever you lie), which makes her hiccup whenever... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Youths Over Flowers: Episode 5
by | September 3, 2014 | 24 Comments
javabeans: We resume on the last morning, when the three guys wake up extra early to begin their trip to Machu Picchu, which is the highlight they’ve all been waiting for. girlfriday: They get up while it’s still dark and Sang is so eager that he’s dressed and downstairs first. Problem is, he goes outside... More »


Drama Casting & News
Daniel Choi offered leading role in Pride and Prejudice
by | September 3, 2014 | 78 Comments
Okay, so first things first: There’s a new drama called Pride and Prejudice. Sadly, it has nothing to do with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, though maybe that’s a happy thing? Granted, if you’re wooing Daniel Choi (Big Man, School 2013) to star, you kind of make me want to see him be a Darcy.... More »


Drama Casting & News
She’s So Lovable teases warmhearted romance
by | September 3, 2014 | 29 Comments
The Scent of a Woman and Dr. Champ creative team has a way of taking very average commonplace drama setups and making them look so appealing. Though it might just be the Rain Effect, and I’m being swindled into feeling positive thoughts. Is there a cure? Do I want to be cured? There’s absolutely no... More »


Drama Casting & News
Pinocchio courts Lee Yubi and Kim Young-kwang to play reporters
by | September 2, 2014 | 57 Comments
We’ve got two more names in circulation for Pinocchio, the new drama about young reporters headed to SBS this fall: Lee Yubi (Gu Family Book, Nice Guy) and Kim Young-kwang (Plus Nine Boys, Good Doctor) are reportedly being wooed to join the cast, with the usual “just considering maybe” caveats. They’re up for supporting roles,... More »