Drama Casting & News
Yoo Ji-tae signs on to new Song Ji-nah drama Healer
by | July 21, 2014 | 13 Comments
Yoo Ji-tae is coming back! To television, for one thing, but also to acting—the Hwang Jini, Traces of Love, and Oldboy star has been focusing his efforts in recent years on directing, and thus hasn’t been taking on very many acting projects. Aside from a Japanese film (The Tenor), he... More »


Drama Casting & News
Oh Snap! Three musketeers go modern for Vogue
by | July 21, 2014 | 34 Comments
Erm… the previews for action-sageuk drama Three Musketeers looked pretty spiffy, but what say you to this photo shoot of the cast members (Lee Jin-wook, Jung Yong-hwa, Yang Dong-geun, and newcomer Jung Hae-in) in the new issue of Vogue? Cool and modern, or cheesy Ren-Faire costuming? Three Musketeers premieres on... More »


Drama Casting & News
Employment equals life for Surplus Princess
by | July 21, 2014 | 37 Comments
Character teasers are out for the fantasy-workplace-romance drama Surplus Princess, continuing tvN’s streak of bubbly, light-hearted previews for its romantic comedies. I still contend that mermaid fantasy and office drama are a random pairing, but they’re taking the title pun all the way, it seems (Surplus Princess and Little Mermaid,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kisses and post-breakup bitterness in Discovery of Romance
by | July 21, 2014 | 42 Comments
The great thing about a rom-com where your lead characters are exes is that you can just go ahead and start the promo with lovey-dovey cuteness — the happier they are at the outset, the harder they fall. The first set of teasers are out for KBS’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama... More »


Drama Recaps
Marriage Not Dating: Episodes 3-4
by | July 20, 2014 | 107 Comments
I love it. Marriage Not Dating is light, airy, and funny while also delivering a nice healthy dose of heart and depth. We’re starting to get glimpses into characters’ pasts that indicate that not everything is cuteness and romance in these people’s lives, and I think the show is setting... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Kolorful Palette: Rocking it [Joseon Gunman]
by | July 20, 2014 | 31 Comments
It’s difficult to describe what makes Joseon Gunman so enjoyable; on paper it sounds entirely generic, and yet it has me glued to the screen. There isn’t much intrigue and I have yet to see a plot twist. The cliffhangers aren’t even really cliffhangers since we usually know the inevitable... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: Ineffectual villainy
by | July 20, 2014 | 39 Comments
javabeans: So what was your week like? girlfriday: I guess busy and drama-filled. The usual? What about you? javabeans: Well, we recorded a podcast that should be up by the time this posts, so I got to listen to our voices over and over for hours on end. You know... More »


Drama Recaps
High School King of Savvy: Episode 10
by | July 19, 2014 | 267 Comments
This episode might start out cute, but it sure doesn’t stay that way. The simmering conflict between Min-seok and Jin-woo finally comes to a boil, and the lies Min-seok has been piling up begin to come crashing down. Public opinion, which has been split so far on the controversial issue... More »


Podcasts
Dramabeans Podcast #22
by | July 19, 2014 | 64 Comments
New podcast, finally! Fyi, we decided not to rush through a dozen shows at once this time (because that’s stressful), so we’ll be putting out another podcast shortly (as in, sooner rather than later) to cover the rest of the shows we haven’t mentioned yet.   Podcast #22 Running time:... More »


Drama Recaps
Trot Lovers: Episode 8
by | July 19, 2014 | 39 Comments
Romance is in the air as the guys step up and start to admit to themselves how they feel about Chun-hee. And possibly to her, too, although they hide behind their horses and guitars. Geon-woo at least takes a direct approach, by wining and dining, whereas Joon-hyun struggles with the... More »


Drama Recaps
Marriage Not Dating: Episodes 1-2
by | July 18, 2014 | 136 Comments
Now that my recap slate has freed up, I can finally turn my attention to something new. Marriage Not Dating is the newest Friday-Saturday offering from tvN, and I’ve been enjoying it immensely for its witty banter, laugh-out-loud humor, and its refreshing take on romance. Not to mention that there’s... More »