Drama Casting & News
Han Jae-seok added to Merchant Kim Man-deok
by | February 3, 2010 | 16 Comments
Lee Mi-yeon has a leading man for her upcoming historical epic, Merchant Kim Man-deok: actor Han Jae-seok of Women in the Sun and Lobbyist. The KBS drama stars Lee Mi-yeon as the real-life figure born in the 18th century who became a gisaeng, then turned herself into a prosperous merchant... More »

Celebrity News
Oh Ji-ho’s new CF offers huge payday
by | February 3, 2010 | 58 Comments
Oh Ji-ho is seeing the fruits of his labor in the currently running smash series Chuno, as he has landed a CF deal that comes with a startlingly large paycheck: 200 million won (approximately $175,000) for six months as brand model. The deal is to represent Nong Shim and Ojingeo... More »

Drama Recaps
Wish Upon a Star: Episode 9
by | February 2, 2010 | 68 Comments
In earlier episodes, I really hated the Jae-young character and found the actress pretty awful on top of that. I felt we were supposed to feel sympathy for her — she loves a man who treats her with disinterest, how sad — and in that, she failed. However, now she’s... More »

Goong to be turned into a musical
by | February 2, 2010 | 34 Comments
Four years after it was a drama sensation, Goong (aka Princess Hours) is being turned into a musical. (That means that the franchise has a manhwa, a drama, a drama spinoff, and now a theater production.) Production company Group Eight announced on February 2 that the musical would open on... More »

Drama Recaps
The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry: Episode 3
by | February 2, 2010 | 53 Comments
This is shaping up to be a fun, amusing drama — somewhat light, but not necessarily empty. With the phrase “wants to marry” in the title, naturally romance is a recurring theme, but I actually like that this drama is more about the friendships between the three women. The romances... More »

Drama Casting & News
Nam Sang-mi back in Life Is Beautiful
by | February 2, 2010 | 18 Comments
Nam Sang-mi, Yoo Min Looks like the disagreement is at an end: actress Nam Sang-mi has officially signed back on to the upcoming drama Life Is Beautiful, only a week after dropping out due to a “difference of opinion” with producers that could not be resolved (at the time). The... More »

Celebrity News
Joo Ji-hoon begins military service
by | February 1, 2010 | 118 Comments
Joo Ji-hoon headed off to serve his two years of military duty on the afternoon of February 2. He will complete five weeks of basic training before heading into the reserve corps. Despite the noise about his indictment last summer on charges of drug use, Joo still has ardent fans;... More »

Drama Casting & News
Fine Windy Day off to successful start
by | February 1, 2010 | 30 Comments
Today saw the premiere of a new KBS daily drama, Fine Windy Day, which started right off the bat with an impressive 22% rating (AGB Nielsen). Granted, daily dramas tend to get solid ratings because they have pretty loyal audiences, but that’s still quite a feat for a first broadcast.... More »

Drama Recaps
IRIS: Episodes 16-17
by | February 1, 2010 | 24 Comments
I did say I was very hesitant to watch Episode 16 because of the spoiler that I saw in the previews, but it wasn’t as bad as I initially thought (more on that later, or skip to my comments section). Honestly, I think this series could end by episode 18,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Dragon Zakura creator visits set of God of Study
by | February 1, 2010 | 28 Comments
KBS’s current drama hit God of Study is, as you’re probably aware, a remake of a 2005 Japanese drama that was based on a manga, Dragon Zakura. Last week, the manga’s creator, Mita Norifusa, paid a visit to the drama’s sets and showed his support for the production team. Tags:... More »

Drama Casting & News
Three Brothers leads KBS’s winning streak
by | January 31, 2010 | 43 Comments
KBS is on a hot streak — not only does it have several strong hit dramas currently on the air, it dominates every night of the week. KBS actually has more series bringing in 30% ratings than it does in the 20% range. At the head of the pack is... More »