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Drama Reactions & Reviews
Five by five in 2015 [Year in Review, Part 3]
by | December 16, 2015 | 136 Comments
So it turns out that the only thing worse than being frazzled to capacity to write twenty reviews at year’s end is forcing a drama addict to choose ONLY FIVE shows to talk about. I’m pretty sure we knew this going in, and I even have vague recollections of saying things like, “Yes! The angst... More »


Drama Casting & News
Oh Yeon-seo courted for Rain’s afterlife drama Goodbye My Beloved
by | December 15, 2015 | 36 Comments
After Kang So-ra turned down SBS’s new fantasy afterlife drama Goodbye My Beloved, the production has been without a potential leading lady to carry what will be the drama’s most difficult role — the heroine who gets possessed by the soul of a middle-aged man. The offer is now out to Oh Yeon-seo (Shine or... More »


Drama Casting & News
First stills from the set of JTBC rom-com Madam Antoine
by | December 14, 2015 | 32 Comments
I don’t know how the re-airing of Padam Padam is doing for JTBC, but I’m definitely more inclined to catch the upcoming Friday-Saturday drama Madam Antoine after the year-end madness is over and I have time to watch lots of dramas again. As weird as a comic love story between a shrink and a quack... More »


Drama Casting & News
Jo Seung-woo drops Pied Piper, Shin Ha-kyun signs on
by | December 14, 2015 | 27 Comments
Saaaaad. Don’t get me wrong, I like Shin Ha-kyun (Mr. Back). But I love Jo Seung-woo (God’s Gift—14 Days), which is why I’m sad to hear that he ended up turning down the offer to headline tvN’s Pied Piper. Just don’t stay away from TV for too long, okay? The new series from the PD-writer... More »


Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1988: Episode 12
by | December 12, 2015 | 333 Comments
There are lots of secrets floating around in this episode, and to make things even more complicated, everyone with a secret gets found out by somebody else. It’s the price you pay for not locking your doors, right? The weight of keeping someone else’s secret is easy for some and heartbreakingly difficult for others, but... More »


Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1988: Episode 11
by | December 11, 2015 | 196 Comments
What happens when you make two families on this street shack up under one roof? Hijinks, is what. The unexpected proximity is an opportunity for some and a hindrance for others, though really, everyone treats this street like one big living room anyway, so how different from a normal day could it possibly be, right?... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Bean Count [Year in Review, Part 1]
by | December 11, 2015 | 355 Comments
Welcome to The Bean Count, a new feature we’re trying out this year, which arose, if we’re being totally honest, out of a half-loopy brainstorming session of thinking up new, improved (?) ways to weigh in on the past year’s drama offerings. The Beanie Polls are all about you guys, and the Editors’ Picks are... More »


Drama Casting & News
Mrs. Cop 2 in consideration for SBS weekend schedule
by | December 11, 2015 | 14 Comments
So it looks like this is really happening. There’s always talk about second seasons that never goes anywhere, but SBS is considering Season 2 of police drama Mrs. Cop for a weekend timeslot as soon as February 2016. The move to weekends doesn’t seem like a bad idea, given that the badass ajumma cop drama... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kisses and cuddles for fantasy romance Splish Splash Love
by | December 8, 2015 | 59 Comments
Oh my goodness, these two are so cute together. It’s not often that I care to follow two-episode drama specials when so many of them come and go and most of them are forgettable, but I can’t wait to check out MBC’s time-slip fantasy romance Splish Splash Love, because Yoon Doo-joon (Let’s Eat 2) and... More »


Drama Casting & News
Signal’s past and present cops converge via radio
by | December 8, 2015 | 37 Comments
Here’s our first look at tvN’s Signal, the paranormal police drama from the PD of Misaeng and the writer of Ghost and Sign. It’s about cops both past and present who can communicate with one another via two-way radio, and how they use this unique situation to crack long-unsolved cases. The teaser introduces us to... More »


How would you rate this episode?

5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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