‘Cha Seung-won’


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Thing vs. Thing: Seojinnie vs. Chajumma
by | June 2, 2015 | 47 Comments
girlfriday: I can’t really imagine a context in which you’d compare Lee Seo-jin and Cha Seung-won as actors, since they’re such different types. But as variety personas on Na PD’s shows (Three Meals a Day), sometimes it feels like there’s a meta narrative of them competing against each other, even though they’ve never even been... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Cha Seung-won to follow up Hwajeong with another Joseon-era sageuk
by | May 11, 2015 | 11 Comments
I guess we won’t be seeing Cha Seung-won in this century anytime soon, because he’s following up his current 50-episode historical drama Hwajeong with a new movie also set in Joseon. (Though you know what we’re really waiting for is another stint as Chajumma on Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village. *puppy eyes*) The film... More »


Drama Recaps
Hwajeong: Episode 1
by | April 17, 2015 | 32 Comments
Hwajeong (or Splendid Politics, depending on your tolerance level) premiered earlier this week on MBC, and hits the ground running—no small feat considering that it comparatively has all the time in the world to tell the story of Gwanghae, the man who became king, and presumably a whole bunch of other things. My inability to... More »


Drama Casting & News
Hwajeong teases court politics and intrigue
by | April 1, 2015 | 28 Comments
We’re two weeks out from the premiere of MBC’s latest historical drama, Hwajeong (Splendid Politics), which has just released another teaser (the first teaser has been out a week; the second is newer). The sageuk trappings look familiar — royal protagonists looking conflicted, royal antagonists looking shifty and/or dark, court intrigue — but man, if... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
It’s a wrap for Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village
by | March 27, 2015 | 57 Comments
javabeans: You know, despite my early misgivings, Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village turned out to be a lot more interesting than I’d thought. And also, way more entertaining than the farmhouse edition, which was fun in a boring way, or maybe boring in a fun way. girlfriday: Yeah, for starters, there’s Chajumma. That’d be... More »


Drama Casting & News
Cha Seung-won dons his villain’s hat for Hwajeong
by | March 10, 2015 | 65 Comments
There was a time in my life when envisioning Cha Seung-won playing a future king or dignified gentleman would have been obvious—the default setting, really. I think of that time as Pre-Three Meals a Day, before he was the home-cooking badass Chajumma who could whip up gourmet meals in a flash, without recipes or breaking... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kim Jae-won goes up against Cha Seung-won in MBC’s Hwajeong
by | January 30, 2015 | 32 Comments
This historical epic is assembling a pretty epic cast: MBC’s new sweeping sageuk Hwajeong (short for Splendid Politics) already has the likes of Cha Seung-won, Lee Sung-min, and Lee Yeon-hee onboard, and now Kim Jae-won (Scandal) is joining them to play Cha Seung-won’s rival. I know, who in his right mind would rival Cha Seung-won?... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Trials, tribulations, and tuxes for Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village
by | January 9, 2015 | 92 Comments
The newest installment of Three Meals a Day, the cooking-reality-suffering show produced by PD Na Young-seok, is premiering next week, which called for a press conference on the afternoon of January 9. This series is titled Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village, and inexplicably, Na PD’s three newest victims showed up wearing formal tuxes, which... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Na PD ships out cast for Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village
by | January 2, 2015 | 59 Comments
The Three Meals a Day spinoff seems to have just settled on Three Meals a Day: Fishing Village as its title, and you can’t argue with that since it’s literally that: Na PD taking three actors, plonking them down in a far-off fishing village, and making them work for their three square meals a day.... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Cha Seung-won, Jang Geun-seok, Yoo Hae-jin for Three Meals spinoff
by | December 15, 2014 | 74 Comments
Na PD strikes again — tvN variety show Three Meals a Day is getting a spinoff series, and an unexpected trio has been gathered to headline. Actors Cha Seung-won (You’re All Surrounded), Jang Geun-seok (Pretty Man), and Yoo Hae-jin (Tazza 2) have signed on to become the newest troop of Na PD’s voluntary slaves, in... More »


Drama Casting & News
Cha Seung-won courted to join Lee Yeon-hee in MBC sageuk
by | November 27, 2014 | 23 Comments
Thank goodness for title changes. The drama formerly operating under the name Splendid Politics has switched to the more straightforward Princess Jeongmyeong, and is courting Cha Seung-won (You’re All Surrounded) to join the production. Lee Yeon-hee (Miss Korea), who was reported to be in the mix earlier this month, is still favorably considering. The MBC... More »