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Yun-ho gets rescued in Heading to the Ground
by | September 7, 2009 | 25 Comments
I think my excitement for MBC’s Heading to the Ground [맨땅에 헤딩] has been slowly but steadily shrinking ever since Kim Rae-won had to drop out. The drama makes its premiere this week as the new prime-time Wednesday-Thursday offering, and the production has just released a fresh set of stills. These feature Lee Yoon-ji in... More »


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Tamra will air complete version overseas, not at home
by | September 7, 2009 | 46 Comments
Despite fan furor, the decision to cut Tamra the Island down to 16 episodes still stands, but the MBC drama will be exported abroad with its 20 episodes intact. This mirrors the scenario for MBC’s similarly chopped Strike Love, which was cut to 16 in Korea but exported to Japan with all its original episodes.... More »


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The two Jung Yumis
by | September 7, 2009 | 12 Comments
Jung Yumi (26) and Jung Yumi (23) If you’re confused by the two Jung Yumis currently active in the k-entertainment world, you’re not the only one. Apparently the two actresses, ages 23 and 26, have been on the receiving end of repeated confusion because of their shared name, as the younger Jung Yumi explained in... More »


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Premium horror drama Hon’s ending lacks punch
by | September 5, 2009 | 18 Comments
This past Thursday, MBC’s “premium horror” series Hon (Soul) ended its 10-episode broadcast. While the drama has generally been received favorably, there were some comments expressing disappointment at its end. It’s been called “2% lacking,” which is an expression that means that everything was generally good, but missing a certain punch. (No spoilers in this... More »


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Yoon Eun-hye draws Jung Il-woo
by | September 4, 2009 | 33 Comments
We know that Yoon Eun-hye has artistic interests and had even added some of her own handiwork to the set dressing of her previous drama, Coffee Prince. Now she’s shooting her current drama, KBS’s My Fair Lady, which has released the image of a drawing she’d sketched while filming a scene from this week’s Episode... More »


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Fans are spitting mad at Tamra’s curtailment
by | September 3, 2009 | 49 Comments
Im Joo-hwan When MBC announced that Tamra the Island was getting cut and ending early, they pissed off fans and even spurred them to publish a large ad in a daily newspaper protesting the decision. (As I said before, the ratings are low but this is a mania drama, meaning that the fans it has... More »


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Heading to the Ground’s press conference day
by | September 2, 2009 | 21 Comments
Lee Yoon-ji, Jung Yun-ho, Go Ara, Lee Sang-yoon Heading to the Ground is nearing its air date, and held its production press conference on the afternoon of September 2 at Seoul’s Hyatt Hotel. The MBC series stars U-Know Yunho (aka Jung Yun-ho) in his acting debut, along with Go Ara, Lee Yoon-ji, and Lee Sang-yoon.... More »


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Tamra gets shortened to 16 episodes
by | September 1, 2009 | 80 Comments
Geez, what is MBC’s deal? First they butchered Strike Love’s ending — which already had a more fleshed-out ending filmed — and now they’re cutting their low-rated but well-received weekend drama Tamra the Island. According to Group Eight, the drama’s production company, “We received the report from MBC that the broadcast will end with the... More »


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Style criticized for excessive product placement
by | September 1, 2009 | 37 Comments
I stopped watching Style a while ago (I couldn’t take it anymore, it got on my nerves), but I’m still keeping an eye on the news about it, since it’s holding steady in the ratings in the mid-upper teens. (It hasn’t yet broken 20%, and has recently slipped into second place behind KBS’s weekend drama... More »


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Smile finishes casting, begins filming
by | August 31, 2009 | 24 Comments
The new SBS drama Smile [or Smile, You aka 그대 웃어요] has found its leading man to play opposite Lee Min-jung (Boys Before Flowers, Who Are You) in her first leading role. Although the cast already includes Family Outing‘s “Chunderella” Lee Chun-hee and Que Sera Sera‘s Lee Kyu-han, neither of them will be the main... More »


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Queen Seon-deok gets twelve more episodes
by | August 30, 2009 | 77 Comments
This was pretty much inevitable, and comes as no surprise: MBC has ordered 12 more episodes for its highly successful historical drama Queen Seon-deok, currently sitting with a comfortable lead on Mondays and Tuesdays, with ratings past 40%. This extension brings the episode total up from the originally planned 50 to 62. A representative from... More »