Drama Reactions & Reviews
Finding Merit in the Mediocre [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 31, 2008 | 75 Comments
2007 was a rich year for drama-land. There was something for everyone, whether your tastes ran toward dark thrillers (Devil), intense dramas (White Tower), heart-warmers (Thank You), off-the-wall eccentrics (Mixed-up Investigative Agency), trendy fare (Coffee Prince), romantic comedies (Dal Ja’s Spring), and so on. 2008, on the other hand… not... More »

Drama Casting & News
2008 KBS Drama Awards
by | December 31, 2008 | 66 Comments
All right, we’ve seen MBC’s Acting Awards (met with much criticism) and SBS’s awards, so now we close out the broadcast station awards with the 2008 KBS Acting Awards. No real surprise (or controversy) for KBS’s Daesang, awarded to veteran actress Kim Hye-ja for her role in the popular series... More »

Drama Casting & News
2008 SBS Drama Awards
by | December 31, 2008 | 66 Comments
Following MBC’s Acting Awards on the 30th, the 31st saw awards ceremonies for the other two stations. First up: 2008 SBS Drama Awards. (KBS coming up next!) The big news is that the SBS Daesang was awarded to the very young but very talented Moon Geun-young for her gender-bending role... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hana Yori Dango creator cheers on Boys Before Flowers
by | December 31, 2008 | 47 Comments
Kamio Yoko, the manga-ka (manga writer-artist) who started it all in 1992 with the incredibly popular manga series Hana Yori Dango, has recently come to Korea to meet with the cast and production crew behind the latest adaptation, KBS kdrama series Boys Before Flowers. She was actually an unannounced attendee... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Dahee Fanel’s 2008 Review [Year in Review, Part 3]
by | December 30, 2008 | 60 Comments
The K-drama world rolled into 2008 still riding the high that was 2007, a year in which a startling number of quality dramas were made, and enjoyed. Maybe it rolled in too fast. It ended up getting smothered by the waves of its previous success. In fact, you could say... More »

Drama Casting & News
2008 MBC Acting Awards
by | December 30, 2008 | 146 Comments
MBC hosted its awards ceremony for the 2008 Acting Awards on December 30. Let me first reiterate that I think these end-of-year broadcast-station awards are mostly meaningless. That said, this year’s Daesangs were TOTAL WEAKSAUCE, MBC. Top honor (the “Daesang” grand prize) went to… Oh, you mean it was split... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 6
by | December 29, 2008 | 23 Comments
Mari is starting to grow on me. I was prepared to merely put up with her (didn’t love her, didn’t hate her), but I actually liked her in this episode. Choi Ji-woo still kinda pushes the cute factor too hard sometimes, but while I usually find it annoying, I thought... More »

More bloggy growing pains
by | December 29, 2008 | 10 Comments
  Just a quick note. I’ve been putting this off for ages, but I think I’ve gotta finally do it: I’m disabling audio replays on old posts — to start with, posts more than a year old. Maybe six months. The site has been growing recently and although I’m probably... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
A Grump Reviews 2008 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 29, 2008 | 91 Comments
How should one convey bad news in writing? By creating a buffer first. Avoid traumatizing your audience with the bad news all at once, but instead cushion the blow so that you can maintain goodwill. That textbook approach (business communication, by the way) would be dandy if the crop of... More »

Celebrity News
Legal issues resolved for Lee Junki
by | December 29, 2008 | 13 Comments
Actor Lee Junki (Iljimae) has made nice with his former management agency, Mentor Entertainment. Both parties have come to an agreement following some unpleasant recent disputes. In September, Lee had been sued by his former management company for violating his contract, to a tune of 500 million won (approx $400,000)... More »

Celebrity News
Schedule cleared and absolute rest prescribed for Hyori
by | December 29, 2008 | 11 Comments
Following a post-concert collapse, pop singer Lee Hyori has canceled all her year-end activities. She had been found unconscious at home on the 26th and taken to a hospital. She was found to be suffering from pneumonia and malnutrition, which follows a period of overwork as she spent two months... More »