Drama Casting & News
My Country Calls ends quietly on KBS
by | June 30, 2010 | 55 Comments
KBS’s romantic comedy My Country Calls went out quietly on Tuesday with its finale episode, its 16th. The drama has performed under the radar in its Monday-Tuesday timeslot, having gone up against two heavy-hitters: MBC’s historical Dong Yi and SBS’s saga Giant. Its ratings have been consistently in the 6%... More »

Celebrity News
Jung So-min’s marine girl shoot for In Style
by | June 29, 2010 | 19 Comments
I like this marine-themed shoot of Jung So-min in In Style, because not only is it pretty to look at, it could pretty much be taken from the set of her current drama Bad Guy. (If Bad Guy were a happy drama, that is, rather than a mystery thriller.) The... More »

Celebrity News
Park Yong-ha discovered dead at home
by | June 29, 2010 | 548 Comments
Breaking news: Park Yong-ha was discovered dead at his Nonhyun-dong, Seoul, home on the morning of June 30. I’ll update with details if/as they become available. I am in utter shock. WHAT? Park Yong-ha died at the age of 32, having debuted fifteen years ago in youth shows like KBS’s... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Cyrano Dating Agency opens its set to the press
by | June 29, 2010 | 54 Comments
Here’s our first look behind the scenes of the new romantic comedy Cyrano Dating Agency [시라노연애조작단], a movie based on the French classic Cyrano de Bergerac. The Korean version stars Uhm Tae-woong (Devil) as the Cyrano character, Daniel Choi (High Kick Through the Roof) as the suitor whom he assists,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim Nam-gil’s army enlistment endangers Bad Guy
by | June 29, 2010 | 67 Comments
As if the production weren’t beleaguered enough with pre-show timeslot confusion, delayed broadcasts, and random controversies, now they may be facing a critical situation with the loss of the drama’s star, its titular bad guy Kim Nam-gil. Kim received his papers to report for army enlistment on July 15, which... More »

Drama Recaps
Coffee House: Page 9
by | June 28, 2010 | 160 Comments
Oh, it’s good to have Coffee House back. Unfortunately, the four-episode postponement most certainly did set the drama’s ratings back, nearly halving them. It was performing in the 9% to 10% range, but this episode dropped things to a 5.9%. (Giant didn’t have as big a drop — only about... More »

Drama Casting & News
Bad Guy cast gives interviews on open set day
by | June 28, 2010 | 36 Comments
Bad Guy is finally returning this week, and to whet your appetites, here’s a collection of mini-interviews with the cast. They were given two weeks ago on the drama’s open set day, June 14, at the filming location in Yongin. We won’t yet know if the World Cup interrupted Bad... More »

Drama Recaps
First Impressions: Road No. 1
by | June 28, 2010 | 76 Comments
I neither hate war epics nor do I love them. I neither anticipated this drama nor dreaded it. So when I say I came into this with zero expectations, I mean it literally. I know there’s a lot of hype surrounding this drama, but me? I’m not about the hype.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Jung Yumi teams with Jung Kyung-ho for Drama Special
by | June 28, 2010 | 30 Comments
I’m happy about this news: After doing a string of film projects, Jung Yumi is coming back to television, three years after her last drama role in Que Sera Sera. She’s pairing up with Smile‘s Jung Kyung-ho in the next installment of KBS’s short-drama series Drama Special, titled “The Great... More »

Drama Casting & News
Playful Kiss drops Park Bo-young from its casting shortlist
by | June 27, 2010 | 57 Comments
Playful Kiss is MBC’s remake of Japanese manga Itazura na Kiss and Taiwanese drama It Started With a Kiss, and despite hopes that the production would be able to bring Park Bo-young onboard as its lead, it looks very unlikely. The drama’s production company, Group Eight, hasn’t made any official... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoon Eun-hye makes drama comeback in Love Song
by | June 27, 2010 | 117 Comments
Whoa, I was NOT expecting this, but I think I like it: Yoon Eun-hye has been cast in upcoming drama series Love Song, the remake of the epic Hong Kong romance Tian Mi Mi (Comrades: Almost a Love Story). The original 1996 film spanned ten years and starred Leon Lai... More »