Drama Casting & News
MBC’s Dong Yi also halts filiming
by | September 2, 2010 | 29 Comments
Historical drama Dong Yi is the second show whose filming has been interrupted by the union strike over unpaid crew and cast wages, following Gloria. On September 3, union representatives went to the set to talk to the cast of Dong Yi, who agreed to refrain from participating in shoots... More »

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Playful Kiss ratings round two: 3.7%
by | September 2, 2010 | 198 Comments
I know some viewers were holding out for a marked improvement in Playful Kiss‘s numbers given its surprisingly poor start yesterday, but alas, it was not to be. Episode 2 didn’t fare much better, following Episode 1’s 3.5% rating with a 3.7%. Competitor drama Baker King Kim Tak-gu hit yet... More »

Drama Casting & News
Filming halts on Gloria due to union strike
by | September 2, 2010 | 23 Comments
Gloria is the first drama production to halt filming as a result of the union strike (details here), after the cast decided to follow the union’s stance and refused to shoot on September 2. KBS and now SBS have settled the unpaid wage issue with the broadcasting/film labor union, but... More »

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Kim Min-sun’s new name and new drama
by | September 2, 2010 | 18 Comments
Actress Kim Min-sun was already a decade into her career when she decided to change her name last year — not just a stage name, but her actual real one. Her next project will be the first where she acts under her new name, Kim Gyu-ri. The reason for her... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kwon Sang-woo in Daemul
by | September 2, 2010 | 45 Comments
Now it’s Kwon Sang-woo‘s turn to be featured in new Daemul stills. (His co-stars Go Hyun-jung and Cha In-pyo were the focus of the drama’s first stills released just a day prior.) I’m a little confused with the description of his character: he’s a passionate prosecutor, Ha Do-ya, who is... More »

Drama Recaps
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 7
by | September 1, 2010 | 222 Comments
Such a sweet episode — I awwed repeatedly throughout. I suppose this is where the romantic angle gets going in earnest, but truth be told that doesn’t even matter that much to me. I’ve gotten so much delight out of the growing friendly rapport between Mi-ho and Dae-woong and the... More »

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Playful Kiss makes a dismal premiere (ouch!)
by | September 1, 2010 | 394 Comments
OUCHHHHH. Even for those who don’t put much stock in drama ratings, this has to hurt: Playful Kiss premiered today with a painfully low rating, 3.5%. That’s even lower than the flop it replaced, Road No. 1, which ended on an already low 5.3%. Unsurprisingly, competitor KBS Baker King Kim... More »

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Daemul (finally!) begins filming
by | September 1, 2010 | 61 Comments
Who knew this day would ever come? After numerous delays and production problems, Daemul has begun filming and released its first stills. Pictured are Go Hyun-jung, who plays the country’s first woman president, and Cha In-pyo as a politician, in a scene where their realistic argument “sparked fireworks,” according to... More »

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Seo Woo and Yoo Seung-ho as a couple
by | September 1, 2010 | 109 Comments
Wow, straight from high school slacker-turned-test-rocking-genius (God of Study) to wealthy heir and husband to Seo Woo? Yoo Seung-ho, you sure are moving up in the world. New MBC special weekend drama A Woman Only Loves Once (I OBJECT!) has cast Yoo Seung-ho as the male lead, a chaebol son... More »

Drama Casting & News
Strike looms for ten MBC, SBS dramas
by | September 1, 2010 | 63 Comments
As previously mentioned, the three major broadcasting companies (KBS, MBC, SBS) have been faced with a possibility of strike that would put some of their current dramas, all of whom are outsourced to outside production companies, on temporary hiatus. The issue at stake is unpaid wages to employees who are... More »

Drama Recaps
Sungkyunkwan Scandal: Episode 2
by | August 31, 2010 | 200 Comments
I liked Episode 2 even more than the first; now that we’re past some of the setup, I find these relationships quite compelling, and all the various possible entanglements are rife with possibility. Even the more clichéd elements (such as her cross-dressing at school) have different stakes here, since the... More »