Drama Casting & News
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... More »

Drama Casting & News
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... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Jin-young takes a turn for the worse passes away
by | September 1, 2009 | 69 Comments
UPDATE: Jang Jin-young has passed away on September 1, at the age of 35. This is very sad. Actress Jang Jin-young (Singles, Lobbyist) had announced last September that she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She stopped all acting activities to focus on treatment, and a few months later seemed to... More »

Drama Recaps
My Fair Lady: Episode 4
by | August 31, 2009 | 78 Comments
Episode 4 was a lot of fun. The entanglements of early-stage romance are often my favorite parts, and also often the funniest, and we get some of that going here with some significant developments on the romantic front, involving more than one couple. SONG OF THE DAY Bada – “Dilemma”... More »

Drama Casting & News
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... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Busan’s fateful relationship between two fathers and one son
by | August 31, 2009 | 17 Comments
With the shooting wrapped and the release approaching, the movie Busan [父,山] has released its first poster, featuring its stars Go Chang-seok, Yoo Seung-ho, and Kim Young-ho. (At first, I thought 16-year-old Yoo Seung-ho was posing with a cigarette, till I realized the lollipop was just meant to look like... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Preview screening for Itaewon Murder Case
by | August 31, 2009 | 55 Comments
Another press conference, another eccentric ensemble worn by Jang Geun-seok, right? On August 31, the cast of the movie Itaewon Murder Case [이태원살인사건], the mystery thriller based on a true story, convened for the film’s preview screening event. In attendance were actors Shin Seung-hwan, Jung Jin-young, and, of course, Jang... More »

Drama Casting & News
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... More »

Drama Casting & News
Oh Ji-ho as Chuno’s tortured slave
by | August 30, 2009 | 38 Comments
The first image released of KBS’s upcoming drama Chuno [aka Pursuing Slaves, 추노] featured Jang Hyuk. These latest images showcase the drama’s other lead actor, Oh Ji-ho, playing a wrongly accused man who is made into a slave. The drama began filming earlier this month on August 13 and has... More »

Drama Casting & News
“Heading” interview with U-Know Yunho
by | August 30, 2009 | 21 Comments
Filming is progressing and the premiere date nearing for the new soccer drama Heading to the Ground [맨땅에 헤딩], which features an idol star in his acting debut, U-Know Yunho. Casting an idol is nothing new, but putting him in a lead role for his first project makes him something... More »

Celebrity News
Rain plans drama role next
by | August 30, 2009 | 23 Comments
Earlier this summer, superstar singer-actor Rain alluded to the possibility of taking another movie or television project, and now he has announced his decision to make his acting return with a drama. He’s currently engaged in singer-ly activities, kicking off his 2009 Asia Tour (“Legend of Rainism”) on August 29... More »